Podcast Episode Twelve: Netflix

netflixCaitlin leads Cat, Charley, Hazel, Jilly and Laura in a discussion on Netflix, the international on-demand media provider. They consider how it has transformed domestic television- and film-viewing, posing a challenge to more traditional viewing platforms, as well as how it has more recently complicated conventional methods for producing and diffusing original television shows.

Listen to the episode here!


2 thoughts on “Podcast Episode Twelve: Netflix

  1. I very much enjoyed this discussion, thank you. The way these steaming services have changed how we access and digest films and tv, reminds me of my own shift away from CDs – a few finite physical entities that I used to browse on my shelves and listen to repeatedly – towards the seemingly endless music libraries available on the likes of Spotify. I personally find the limitless choice too much to cope with sometimes and the personal recommendations not yet intelligent enough. (I’m a bloke but that doesn’t mean I want to watch Top Gear or brain dead action films) Some of you might enjoy Netflix Roulette as an alternative way to ‘browse’ their catalogue… http://netflixroulette.net It’s very similar to a game I used to play with my flat mates many years ago, when we’d go to the local VHS rental store and pick a film at random by giving the person behind the counter an arbitrary catalogue number. Whatever we were given we had to watch. Sadly Netflix is shutting the door on most of these sites that creatively engage with their content. More info here: http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/13/netflix-api-instantwatcher-feedfliks/

  2. Hi Jerome. Thanks for taking the time to get in touch and for leaving such an interesting and engaging comment. VHS rental roulette sounds intriguing – what was the worst thing you had to watch? I couldn’t agree more about the limitless choice and frustratingly inappropriate personal recommendations. I don’t think that any of us realised that such ‘helper’ sites existed (certainly, nobody addressed this when we were all moaning about the difficulty of navigating Netflix). If Netflix is closing the door on most of them, could this mean that they’re looking to improve their own search/display functions? Probably not, I suspect.

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