5 New-to-Netflix Streaming Movies and TV Episodes Made for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day can be seen in one of two ways: either it’s a glorious celebration of our nation’s connection to and history with Ireland, or it’s a terrible excuse for binge alcoholics to practice while wearing green and watching a parade. If you’re looking to drown out the bagpipes and the sounds of the Dropkick Murphys, avoid all that Irish nonsense (thanks, 30 Rock) with these five Netflix choices that will bring laughter and maybe tears in equal Irish measure. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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HBO Is Doing Great — But Netflix’s Growth Means It Urgently Needs to Make HBO Go a Standalone Service

As reported by Variety, HBO recently released profit and revenue figures which just go to show you that prestige-TV producing is a great business to be in, at the moment. HBO pulled down about $4.9 billion overall. But the numbers also show that Netflix is catching up. In the last quarter of 2013, HBO earned about $1.3 billion in revenue. Netflix, for its part, earned $1.2 billion, and its profits are growing much faster than HBO’s. … Read More

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Five Features Netflix Needs to Add

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The Problem With Netflix’s Goofy Sub-Genre Algorithms

Because we love to hear about the secretly complicated ways in which the things we take for granted work, Alexis C. Madrigal’s recent Atlantic deep dive into Netflix’s ultra-specific genre-generation algorithm has been inspiring quite a bit of discussion. And for good reason — it’s a fun piece, a painstakingly researched (with said research painstakingly described) examination of one of the streaming service’s goofiest elements, complete with charts and graphs and a “Netflix-Genre Generator” and even a lengthy, on-the-record interview with the folks at Netflix (who aren’t always so open about the nuts and bolts of their organization). But its underlying assumptions and conclusions are a little dodgy, the result of a bit too much consumption of the Netflix Kool-Aid. … Read More

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