Welcome To On Demand WeeklyAugust 21, 2009

Welcome To On Demand Weekly
Did you know you are part of 40 million strong and growing? There are over 40 million US households with Video On Demand (VOD) via cable and it’s projected to grow to over 60 million by 2011! That’s more than Netflix subscribers and Wii owners combined [CAN YOU THINK OF ANOTHER HOME ENTERTAINMENT OPTION?]. This makes VOD one of the fastest growing home entertainment options and nobody is talking about it. Until now…
On Demand Weekly (ODW) is the first and only online publication dedicated to the rising VOD consumer market. There were over 3 billion VOD orders in 2008. They consisted of your favorite TV Shows, Movies, Sports, Kids Programming, Music Videos and so much more. But with so many VOD programming options available to the digital cable subscriber, the messaging and choices can be confusing. ODW is here to simplify and promote VOD with the following features:
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New TeeVee Live RecapNovember 18, 2009

New TeeVee Live Recap

New TeeVee Live

On Demand Weekly recently attended the 3rd Annual New TeeVee Live conference in San Francisco. Here’s our take on what occurred.


3 topics that may affect ON Demand TV

1. Why besides Comcast, no other MVPDs [Time Warner, Cox, Verizon, DirecTV, Dish] had a presence @ NTVL?

ODW: Missed opportunity to speak to Silicon Valley?

2. Brian Fuhrer, SVP, Nielsen sees new digital video efforts (ie TV Everywhere) as "The Extended Screen."

ODW: How will they incorporate new technology into their ratings system?

3. Amy Banse, President of Comcast Interactive Media advocates for Nielsen to include On Demand & Time Shifting Views into their overall ratings?

ODW: Will they?


5 most interesting speakers at New TeeVee Live

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On Demand News & Links - 1/21January 21, 2010

On Demand News & Links - 1/21


On Demand Weekly rounds up stories affecting the On Demand TV / VOD Industry.

Netflix Bends To Warner Bros., Won't Rent DVDs For 28 Days After They Go On Sale
This will please the movie industry: Netflix has agreed to a 28-day window before it rents Warner Bros. DVDs and Blu-ray discs after they go on sale. The idea is that this will allow Warner Bros. to sell more discs, which is more lucrative than rentals.... (Silicon Alley Insider)


Think the Internet Will Replace Cable ? Read this first

Its going to be cheaper to have the big traditional cable distributors offer your content to viewers than it will be to reach a large audience on the net. Thats for a one time offering. If you plan on doing it more than once or on a regularly scheduled basic, there is no question its cheaper to do it this way. And the picture quality will be dramatically better… (Mark Cuban)


Thinking Outside the Box: Web TVs Skirt Cable Giants
In the meantime, they insist that cable-cutting is more urban myth than reality. "We see some interesting stuff out there, but right now people are watching more TV than ever; cable-cutting is largely on the fringe," said Alex Dudley, spokesman for Time Warner Cable, the nation's No. 2 operator.....(Ad Age)

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Sea Change in Movie-Rental MarketJanuary 19, 2012

Sea Change in Movie-Rental Market

Brick-and-mortar retail stores continue to cede movie-rental market share, as kiosks and digital-streaming rentals become more accepted by consumers.

Market research company, The NPD Group reports the U.S. consumer rental of movies in DVD and Blu-ray Disc formats fell by 11 percent in 2011, versus 2010,

Nearly one in three paid movie rentals (31 percent)

now come from paid video-on-demand (VOD) options.


Netflix is the dominant provider of paid digital movie rentals, posting a 55% share in the fourth quarter of 2011 (though down from the company’s peak of 59% in Q2 and Q3 ‘11).

“The movie-rental market is clearly undergoing a sea change, as consumers become better equipped to access on-demand and streamed movies and are more comfortable with available delivery options,” said Russ Crupnick, senior vice president, industry analysis for The NPD Group.


“Even so renting physical discs from now-ubiquitous kiosks in grocery stores and other venues has taken the lead as the most popular movie-rental method in the U.S.”

The leaders in the physical-disc rentalsvportion of the home entertainment category continues to change.

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Mark Duplass’ Top 10 MoviesOctober 06, 2012

Mark Duplass’ Top 10 Movies

Mark Duplass

On October 4, 2011, Mark Duplass (DO-DECA PENTATHLON, YOUR SISTER'S SISTER) began tweeting daily movie recommendations available on Netflix (#netflix365). 365 days later, the daily tips from one of today's funniest and candid talents in front of and behind the camera concluded. For someone who wrote, starred, co-directed in multiple films and FX's "The League," where did he find the time?



See the latest Independent Movie On Demand (IMOD) Trailers here...

We salute Mark's effort with his Top 10 List. Let's hope he finds a new interest to cover soon (music, beer, antibacterial soaps, breaking down on set feuds #Marino #Kroll).

Mark Duplass 

Only 10 more @netflix recs before my full year of #netflix365 is up... gonna do a top ten list for the last 10 days...

#10: OLD JOY. Set in the Oregon Cascades, this lyrical, nostalgic tale of old friendship is heartbreaking. #netflix365

#9: HOOP DREAMS. 2 boys want to be NBA stars. Quite possibly the greatest sports doc of all time. #netflix365

#8: HALF NELSON. Ryan Gosling becomes a great actor in this moody drama about a drug-addicted teacher. #netflix365

#7: THE HORSE BOY. A couple journeys to Mongolia to help their autistic son in this beautiful/inspiring doc. #netflix365

#6: BUFFALO '66. Vincent Gallo wants to kill former Bill's kicker Scott Wood. Sad. Unique. Funny as hell. #netflix365

#5: MAN ON WIRE. In 1974, Philippe Petit walked a high wire bw NY's Twin Towers. Stunning, inspired doc. #netflix365

#4: KRAMER VS KRAMER. Streep/Hoffman in their prime as a divorced couple fighting for custody of their son. #netflix365


#3: THIS IS SPINAL TAP. Mockumentary brilliance from Chris Guest and company. This one goes to 11. #netflix365

#2: ROCKY. An underdog southpaw from Philly just wants to go the distance with the champ. Noble. Inspiring. #netflix365

and... the final #netflix365 of 365 days worth of @netflix recommendations is... drumroll...

#1: THE BIG LEBOWSKI. Bc the Coen Bros r an American treasure + the dude is my hero + the film is perfect. #netflix365

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3D Printing Comes Alive in PRINT THE LEGENDSeptember 29, 2014

3D Printing Comes Alive in PRINT THE LEGEND

Bre Pettis, Makerbot / PRINT THE LEGEND. Photo courtesy of Netflix.

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies and TV Series on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: PRINT THE LEGEND (Netflix).


Produced by members of the award-winning documentary team that brought you FREAKONOMICS, KING OF KONG, MAKE BELIEVE and 2012 Oscar winner UNDEFEATED ... PRINT THE LEGEND is an original Netflix film -- part of their recent documentary strategy to go beyond the "TV series" -- showing the world a behind-the-scenes look at yet another revolution (THE SQUARE gave them an Emmy and their first Oscar nomination) ... This time it's technological.


Max Lobovsky of Formlabs / PRINT THE LEGEND. Photo courtesy of Netflix

They wanted to capture the next Woz, Jobs, Apple moment. Was it augmented reality? Nope. The IoT? Not quite. 3D Printing? You bet. The industrial technology had been around for decades, and now they were taking it to your desktop, and into the browser, for a fraction of the price. This was history. The movie had to be made.

They passionately pursue their American dreams, they desperately want to change the world. The race is to the finish, and this cast of colorful characters is determined to bring you everything from that infamous printable burrito to customizable kidneys. We see them grow up, act out, sell out, move on. Yet ultimately, many will make the greatest sacrifice of all -- beyond the crazy billable hours and coding marathons -- losing their moral compass, even their belief system ... Their heart.

In the spirit of INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE, the film follows the lives of personal 3D printing CEOs Mak-erbot's Bre Pettis (market evangelist, DIY guru) and Formlab's Max Lobovsky (MIT competitor and Kick-starter sensation) as they forge forward to create that next historic PC movement, encroaching on the industry's powerful players with their disruptive, controversial consumer technology.


Formlabs / PRINT THE LEGEND. Photo courtesy of Netflix

 In retaliation, 3D Systems sues Formlabs, launching a litigation litany to protect their 30 years of intellec-tual property and patents. But Stratasys takes another classic approach, turning from foe to friend, merging in the end. Ultimately, Cory Wilson, the notorious Texas anarchist and maker of the Liberator (first 3D printable gun) upstages everyone, creating an international uproar, leaving the industry and Congress to ponder the social and constitutional implications of their prolific printing products.

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Netflix’s BOJACK HORSEMAN vs. Hulu’s THE AWESOMESOctober 01, 2014



Netflix and Hulu have both drastically stepped up their original programming in the past few years. Netflix received a combined 17 nominations for the 2014 Emmys. Hulu offers 39 original series, with every single episode of those available to binge-watch.

And people are binge-watching. Viewers are able to rifle through a series in an immersive and captivating way to engage an audience. Audiences don’t want to make a weekly commitment to a series for six months, when they can knock out a season in a weekend.

The two preeminent streaming video services are targeting young with their original programming. At the risk of losing viewership, Netflix and Hulu have turned to animated comedies.

The animated comedy series has a come a long way. There’s the big three; “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” “South Park.” Then there’s everything from “Spongebob Squarepants” to “Futurama” to “Beavis and Butt-head” and “King of the Hill.”

“The Simpsons” just began its twenty-sixth season. “South Park” is already at season 18 “Family Guy” is up to season 13. The millennial audience enjoys these show so much because of how easy they are to watch and how little they ask of the viewer. They’re pure entertainment. This is a concept that Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim has been able to capitalize on since 2005.

“The Awesomes” and “BoJack Horseman” try to capture the magic those shows did.

Hulu’s “The Awesomes” boasts an incredible cast. Seth Meyers stars, backed up by Ike Barinholtz, Taran Killam, Bobby Lee, Kenan Thompson, Rashida Jones, Bobby Moynihan and Josh Meyers. Bill Hader, Rachel Dratch, Cecily Strong, Steve Higgins, Will Forte, Amy Poehler, Colin Quinn and Maya Rudolph all have arcs on the series.


“The Awesomes” (Hulu)

As Prock, Meyers voices the son of the greatest superhero of all time, Mr. Awesome, voiced by Higgins. After Mr. Awesome retires at the age of 90, his super superhero team, the Awesomes, disbands when Prock volunteers himself to lead the team. Prock then has to put together a rag-tag group that has to earn respect. Prock is nothing like his father. The only thing he can do is pause time, but people don’t know he can do that because they can’t see him doing it.

Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman” also has an all-star cast. Will Arnett leads the main cast that’s rounded out by Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins and Aaron Paul. Patton Oswalt, Stanley Tucci, JK Simmons, Cedric Yarbrough, Wendie Malick, Olivia Wilde, Yvette Nicole Brown, Ken Jeong, Jon Daly, Judy Greer, Anjelica Huston, Chris Parnell, Kristin Chenoweth, Horatio Sanz, Stephen Colbert, John Krasinski, Aisha Tyler, Melissa Leo, Wallace Shawn and Naomi Watts have guest roles.


“BoJack Horseman (Netflix)

Arnett’s BoJack is a washed up TV star that deals with

public relations nightmares, relationship problems and a drinking problem. He’s also a horse. 

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