Netflix on Net Neutrality: We"re Big Now, It"s Not Our Problem"

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03 June, 2017

Another big victor is Stranger Things, which will return for season two on Halloween this year.

So if you've been watching the Trump administration's attempt to kill net neutrality, you've probably noted that one-time net neutrality supporters Google and Netflix have been notably absent from the debate, leaving small companies and consumers outgunned and outspent in the attempt to protect the rules. "Most importantly it's fantastic for Okja and Meyerowitz Stories... they'll get a lot more awareness".

"We're committed to an ad-free experience", Hastings said.

While Netflix has been a vocal proponent of the rules in the past, CEO Reed Hastings said it isn't his company's fight anymore.

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That's a business that Netflix CEO Reed Hastings knows well.

"We're continuing to watch them and be impressed with them", Hastings said in an interview. Backed up with an extremely successful in-house production, Netflix further ventured into making their own shows under their Netflix Originals banner.

"Because then, what you get is you get some winners that are just unbelievable winners like 13 Reasons Why. I think the principals of net neutrality are very well accepted by all the large ISPs around the world, not just in the U.S. In many countries we don't have net neutrality laws, but we don't have problems either". Hastings hinted, though, that shows with larger viewerships are less likely to be canceled by the streaming service. "I think the principles of net neutrality are very well accepted by all the large ISPs around the world - not just in the United States and in many countries, we don't have net neutrality laws, but we don't have problems either", he advised. "The culture around net neutrality is very strong", Hastings said in response to a question from the Verge. Much like Netflix, Amazon has been acquiring rights to original TV shows and movies in recent years, though it's still expected to spend about $1.5 billion less on original content than Netflix's expected $6 billion this year. He also pointed out that the company has kept its base price at $7.99 for eight years, although he didn't say if it will increase prices in the future.

Hastings was asked if Netflix wants to leverage its subscriber base for something other than the company's core content offering. He have moved the HD and the upper tiers.


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