Tag: Netflix

Nielsen’s New Top 30 Streaming Video Ratings…Explained! Plus a Visual of the Week

Starting last August, Nielsen began releasing a weekly American top 10 most watched list for streaming video. I’ve been using it ever since. Nielsen mixed together TV and movies, and new (“originals”), second-run and library (“acquired”) on the same list.  In their year-end top ten list, though, Nielsen flipped the script and provided three different ...

Can Peacock’s “Live TV” Strategy Win the Streaming Wars? Yes – Most Important Story of the Week – 29 Jan 21

(Sign up for my newsletter to get all my writings and my favorite entertainment business picks from the last two weeks or so.) It’s rare–though not as rare as it seems–for a company to compete not just for the top spot in my weekly judgement of the most important story in entertainment, but to have ...

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Read My Latest “Netflix’s 2020 Year in Review” at Whats-On-Netflix

Want an in-depth look at Netflix’s 2020? I mean a couple of thousand words on everything from their stock price to subscriber growth to their biggest content to executive moves? And what it all means? Well, check out my latest at Whats-On-Netflix, “Netflix’s 2020 Year in Review: Biggest Hits & Business Insights“

Price Discounts Continue in the Streaming Wars and Other Contenders for Most Important Story of the Week – 22 Jan 21

As The Stranger told The Dude, sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you.  Such was last week’s weekly column for me. (By the way, check out this great article on the origins of the quote above.) I had a lot of thoughts percolating about the most popular topic in streaming–rightly Netflix–so ...

Netflix’s Step One Was to Break Even, The Next Step is to Generate Massive Cash Flow – Most Important Story of the Week – 22 Jan 21

(Sign up for my newsletter to get all my writings and my favorite entertainment business picks from the last two weeks or so. The last issue went out yesterday with my best reads of January.) When a Netflix earnings report comes out, it generates lots of news. Usually, though, they don’t claim the top spot ...

Has Netflix Lost Ground Since the Pandemic? Using Reelgood’s Share of Streaming Data to Find Out – Visual of the Week

Yesterday, I speculated that Netflix had a weak summer for content, and until the end of December, this may have caused it’s usage to slip. This was driven by the Nielsen weekly data, which hit a peak in March, and then in the middle of November. Yet, I can’t show that since I don’t actually ...

The Christmas Chronicles Was Netflix’s Most Watched Film in the US in 2020 and Other Data Thoughts from “Who Won December”

December was a big battle in the streaming wars. The Christmas Day/end of year is becoming increasingly important to the streamers since it is the last time to grab subscribers before annual reporting. This is why the latest installment of my “Who Won the Month” series at Decider may be the most important one of ...

Is Streaming Winner Take All? My Question of the Year for 2021

Well, give 2021 credit for trying to catch up with 2020 in terms of monumental new stories. This is absolutely one of the craziest weeks in my lifetime and I assume many of the folks who read. (Though, for historical hindsight, we tend to forget how absolutely chaotic the 1960s were, which featured the assassinations ...

The Top Four Licensed Shows on Netflix Account for 6% of Netflix’s Viewing in the US – Visual of the Week

In 2020, Netflix lost the rights to Friends. In 2021, they lose the rights to The Office. How much do those big shows impact viewing on Netflix?  Quantifying that via Netflix’s data is fairly hard, though, since they focus overwhelmingly on their original series, as that’s the key to “building a moat” in the eyes ...

“The Mandalorian vs The Queen’s Gambit: Who Won November” at Decider

In what is now a recurring column, over at Decider I took a look at all the ratings data I could find to declare the streaming winner in the US for November. This one is packed with with charts, tables and data. (If you’re curious for the older editions, here’s September and July.) Also, I ...