• Why Netflix investors shouldn't celebrate yet

    Its offerings of television shows and movies are mediocre at best, and competitors are catching up.

    By Sanjay Sanghoee, contributor

    FORTUNE -- At almost $338 a share, Netflix (NFLX) stock has surged more than fourfold since the start of last year. Next week, the video streaming company is expected to report earnings for the final quarter of 2013, but before investors get too excited, they should take a deeper look at the MORE

    Jan 15, 2014 1:25 PM ET
  • 5 lessons from survivors of the dotcom crash

    Veterans of the first generation of web startups have not only survived, they continue to be big brands with 11-or 12-digit market caps.

    By Kevin Kelleher, contributor

    FORTUNE -- It's now been 15 years since 1999, a year that has since become synonymous with crazy Internet excess. The first Internet boom began several years earlier with an overhyped IPO and took a while to reach its febrile climax. Of course, it all MORE

    Jan 3, 2014 5:00 AM ET
  • Exclusive: LearnVest hires Netflix data scientist

    The financial planning site is growing fast, and has a lot of data to show for it. A newly hired data whiz from Netflix will take on the challenge.

    By Daniel Roberts, writer-reporter

    FORTUNE -- You may not have heard of LearnVest yet, but your financial planner likely has.

    The startup that Alexa von Tobel launched in 2009, initially as a budget-help website directed at women, has pivoted slightly in its time. MORE

    - Dec 17, 2013 3:05 PM ET
  • New FCC chairman's thinking comes into (slightly) sharper view

    Tom Wheeler seems to be OK with regulation, as long as it fosters competition.

    FORTUNE -- Now that he's in office, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is only slightly less inscrutable than he had been in the months leading up to his nomination by President Obama and approval by the Senate. That's probably as it should be: It's unwise for a regulator to get too specific on particular issues before MORE

    - Dec 3, 2013 3:05 PM ET
  • Why Amazon is goosing Prime memberships

    It's not just a loyalty-shipping program.

    FORTUNE -- Last Friday, Amazon (AMZN) announced customers can now officially give others a $79 Amazon Prime membership -- a move that came just before the official start of holiday season.

    Users simply add an Amazon Prime membership to their online cart, enter the recipient's email address, then select a virtual delivery date.

    When it debuted in 2005, Prime was notable for two-day shipping. But the loyalty MORE

    - Nov 26, 2013 5:00 AM ET
  • Netflix refashions itself for the small screen

    With a content strategy well underway, the media company takes a hard look at how its core product appears in the living room.

    FORTUNE—America's obsession with Netflix goes well beyond recent hit shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. It spans genres and generations, and accounts for 1 billion hours of viewing a month—nearly one third of all downstream Internet traffic.

    Now Netflix (NFLX) wants to ensconce itself even further in MORE

    - Nov 13, 2013 12:01 AM ET
  • 4 ways Netflix can maintain the momentum

    Here's what the company should do.

    FORTUNE -- Netflix (NFLX) is on a roll.

    Earlier this week, the video streaming service provider reported net income had more than quadrupled to $31.8 million last quarter. Membership climbed to 40 million worldwide, with strong growth overseas. And with three Emmy wins this September, it seems the company is stronger now more than ever -- impressive given the company's public struggles two years ago with MORE

    - Oct 24, 2013 2:24 PM ET
  • Could Oyster be the Netflix for books?

    The Peter Thiel-backed startup, launching today, offers unlimited reads for $9.95 a month.

    By Beth Kowitt, writer

    FORTUNE -- Could Oyster be the Netflix for books? It's the question many industry-watchers have been asking since last October, when the New York City-based startup received $3 million in funding led by Founders Fund.

    Today's launch of Oyster in Apple's (AAPL) App Store gets us closer to an answer. With Oyster, subscribers get unlimited digital MORE

    Sep 5, 2013 10:57 AM ET
  • Why cable companies keep pushing metered Internet service

    Critics say data caps are aimed squarely at hindering competition from Internet video providers.

    FORTUNE -- Cable companies continue to expand their imposition of data caps on Internet customers in some areas. Critics see it as an attempt to thwart competition from Internet video providers like Netflix (NFLX) that offer alternatives to cable TV.

    DSLReports' Karl Bode reported this week that two companies, Comcast (CMSCA) and Mediacom, have both expanded caps or MORE

    - Aug 9, 2013 2:24 PM ET
  • Netflix is laser focused on making customers happy

    Ever since Netflix's 2011 stumble, when it announced a price increase and a spinoff of its DVD business, the company has concentrated on pleasing customers. The latest: allowing customers to create their own user profiles.

    FORTUNE -- As Apple (AAPL) continues to send out near-daily barrages of product updates for iTunes, Netflix continues to focus squarely on improving its customer experience.

    The latest example of this is Netflix's (NFLX) new user profiles, MORE

    - Aug 2, 2013 12:56 PM ET
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