FORTUNE -- There was nothing particularly new in Ken Auletta's highly readable article about Netflix (NFLX) in the current issue of The New Yorker. (Here's a link to a snippet of the article; the rest is for paying subscribers.) The beauty of a Ken Auletta article, though, is that there doesn't need to be a ton of earth-shatteringly fresh information for it be worth your time to read. Auletta succinctly summarizes complicated topics, like how Netflix got to be what it is, and he name-checks all the most important people on a given subject so that by the time he's done, you're in the know, too.
A few nuggets that did pop out to me as noteworthy, whether or not they were new.
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 MOREJan 15, 2014 1:25 PM ET
Internet-connected televisions can be clunky, expensive, and redundant with what's already in your living room. But that isn't stopping Roku from betting its future on them.
FORTUNE -- In the battle for the living room, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Roku rise above all other contenders. These technology companies all have one thing in common: They manufacture external devices that connect to conventional televisions to allow people to view streaming music, TV MOREChanelle Bessette - Jan 8, 2014 5:01 AM ET
Why instinct matters for making the right business decisions, and more.
FORTUNE -- The list of former positions on Courtney Holt's résumé is brimming with creative energy: president of Myspace Music, executive vice president of digital music for the MTV Networks Music & Logo Group, and a mélange of media production jobs where he directed music videos and commercials. It comes as no surprise, then, that Holt would become the COO of MOREChanelle Bessette - Jan 7, 2014 3:24 PM ET
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 MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 24, 2013 2:24 PM ET
Shane Smith, CEO of Vice Media, talks about finding success online, his unorthodox approach to news, and filming Dennis Rodman in North Korea.
FORTUNE -- Born as an indie magazine, Vice Media has morphed into an irreverent digital media powerhouse, in large part, through the force of personality of its iconoclastic CEO-cum-on-air-personality, Shane Smith. Its approach to the news has been described as "More 'Jackass' than journalism." Yet, Vice's raw, in-your-face voice MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Oct 14, 2013 10:19 AM ET
YouTube-based network Maker Studios, which sees about 4 billion streams per month, is raising more money to help expand its global footprint.
FORTUNE -- Maker Studios, the powerhouse network of YouTube channels, said Thursday that it secured an additional $26 million investment, bringing the total amount it has raised since December to $62 million.
Maker, which is behind YouTube mega-hits like Epic Rap Battles of History and PewDiePie, said the additional financing, MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Sep 12, 2013 9:00 AM ET
The venture capital dollars are flowing on YouTube.
FORTUNE -- The rise of the YouTube studio shows no sign of abating.
On Thursday, Tastemade, a year-old YouTube studio focused on food and cooking shows, said it raised $10 million in its second major financing round from venture capitalists. The funding is the latest in a string of investments and acquisitions of digital channels or networks dedicated to creating professional video content primarily MOREMiguel Helft, senior writer - Aug 15, 2013 9:00 AM ET
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, MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Aug 2, 2013 12:56 PM ET
Fortune's cover story looks at how the online video service is changing everything.
FORTUNE -- Cat videos and viral hits? No more. Over the past two years, YouTube has undergone a radical transformation. The Google-owned site has emerged as a legitimate platform for professional content creators to communicate with their viewers. A new breed of digital studios like Awesomeness TV, Maker Studios, and Machinima are thriving on YouTube, gathering massive audiences MOREJul 25, 2013 8:00 AM ET
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