Reporters' Roundtable: Netflix, Dish, Facebook rewrite video marketplace

It's been a big news week for video and movies on the Web. Netflix split apart, Dish announced Blockbuster-branded video services, and then Facebook introduced social video players. We discuss changes with GigaOm's Ryan Lawler and Variety's Andrew Wallenstein.

Rafe Needleman Former Editor at Large
Rafe Needleman reviews mobile apps and products for fun, and picks startups apart when he gets bored. He has evaluated thousands of new companies, most of which have since gone out of business.
Rafe Needleman

It has been a huge week for video and streaming media on the Web.

First, Netflix split into two companies, and that's after raising rates and losing the Starz library.

Then at Facebook's F8 developers' conference, the social platform company launched the timeline and the "lightweight engagement" model that will change how people find out about media to watch.

And then just today, Dish, which bought Blockbuster about five months ago, announced the Blockbuster Movie Pass, which the company appears to be pitching as a Netflix competitor.

Looming in the background of all this: the "cord cutters," people just itching to dump their traditional cable subscriptions and move their TV and movie viewing to Internet services. So we've got a lot to discuss on this show. Our guests to help sort it all out: Ryan Lawler, a writer at GigaOm; and Andrew Wallenstein, TV editor for Variety.

Watch this: Ep. 93: Netflix, Dish, and Facebook rewrite the video marketplace


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Discussion points
First topic: Netflix. Why'd it split up?

What happened with Starz?

Today's Blockbuster/Dish announcment, the Blockbuster Move Pass. Is it really aimed at Netflix?

Discussion of competitors: Amazon, Redbox, Apple, etc.

What about Hulu? Or HBO Go?

Let's talk about cord cutters.

Facebook - great, now the world knows when I'm watching old Twilight Zones on Netflix. Why do I want this?

Social viewing: Good for Hollywood?

Are we moving from buying to leasing our media content? is this good or bad for entertainment content companies?