Netflix's Next Move: TV?
Company is in talks to become cable TV service: sources
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2013 6:50 PM CDT
A Netflix DVD envelope and Netflix on-screen television menu.   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

(Newser) – Netflix, the website that proved great television shows don't have to actually broadcast on your TV, is considering expanding ... to TV. Sources tell Reuters and the Wall Street Journal that the company is in negotiations with US pay-TV companies to make the on-demand video service part of their cable offerings. Netflix already has a similar deal with the UK's Virgin Media, but as Reuters notes, a move into the US market would be a big deal, because Netflix has generally been seen as an enemy of pay-TV here. However, at a conference last week, its CEO said that cable was " the natural direction for us in the long term," because it could rival Time Warner's HBO.

Still, it isn't a done deal yet. The Journal reports that many cable providers have been reticent to adopt the special technology Netflix says is imperative to making its content stream smoothly. Others are concerned that Netflix would use its service as a "Trojan Horse" to offer things like pay-per-view movies that would compete with the cable provider's other offerings. In the meantime, the company will continue to try to lure viewers away from their set-top boxes—it has just inked a deal with Sony Pictures Television for a 13-episode psychological thriller from the creators of FX's Damages, reports Deadline.

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Challenger
Oct 15, 2013 6:29 AM CDT
If cable or Satellite TV was A La Cart a lot of the networks and TV shows would be gone, for good reason. We are paying for shows and networks that very few people watch.
HMD-SMD-ITY
Oct 14, 2013 8:39 PM CDT
Netflix and Hulu Plus is my tv service. I hate paying bundle pricing and get Telemundo, Al Jazeer, etc. I then stream local tv through my Slingbox. I can watch it as I travel on the laptop or phone. Its then nice getting to the hotel and not relying on their crappy hotel headend junk.
WarmWeatherGuy
Oct 14, 2013 8:15 PM CDT
What is this cable / TV thing I keep hearing about?