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Netflix To Launch New Season Of Arrested Development On May 26
post #2 of 27
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Just a note that I added Arrested Development to my Instant Queue. Instead of showing stars for the rating, it has bananas!!
post #3 of 27
Your may overestimate the intersection of Netflix subs and Arrested Development fans biggrin.gif. I predict that Netflix users overall will not notice any affect.
post #4 of 27
GOB will make Netflix's problems dissapear.biggrin.gif
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Arrested what? confused.gif
post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by Mr.G View Post

Arrested what? confused.gif


That's a good one!




Ian biggrin.gif
post #7 of 27
Actually the 26th was a good idea for the debut because it's a vacation weekend so many won't be watching TV let alone NF. And they won't be up against some ongoing series or series debut. Most series have completed and new ones debut the following week.
post #8 of 27
IIRC, Arrested Development was caned by FOX because of LOW ratings so I seriously doubt much viewing except by the cult following.
post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by Wendell R. Breland View Post

IIRC, Arrested Development was caned by FOX because of LOW ratings so I seriously doubt much viewing except by the cult following.

The low ratings for Fox were still a lot of viewers and could still mean a lot of people streaming new episodes from Netflix at the same time.

That said I saw no problems when they released House of Cards - generally Netflix has been very reliable for us on Comcast 16 Mbps.
post #10 of 27
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Fox also canned Family Guy and Futurama. Both have come roaring back.
post #11 of 27
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Fox also canned Family Guy and Futurama. Both have come roaring back.

I don't know that Futurama can be said to have come "roaring" back, having been reincarnated as a cable network show, but Family Guy regained its original position. I love both shows. I believe they were both revived based on disc sales.
post #12 of 27
Yeah, Family Guy's strength was on DVD sales. Most people missed it when it first aired and picked it up when it hit disc, and got hooked. To be honest, I preferred Family Guy's first few seasons before it went on hiatus.

Futurama's situation was more erratic on Fox. It was constantly preempted and no one had a clue when new episodes would air after the first two or three seasons. It was picked up by Comedy Central five years later(!) where it is still there today, but I can't say it's burning up ratings.
post #13 of 27
Futurama Season 10 will start on the 19th of next month, so it must be performing well enough (versus its cost) for Comedy.
post #14 of 27
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It's not just DVD sales, but Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block that helped revive both Family Guy and Futurama. For Futurama, it's just that Viacom outbid Turner for the rights to new episodes after the DVD 'movies' sold well.

But, for a live action show, you also have to get all the actors together, which can be difficult. For animation, they can do the voices anytime and most anywhere.
post #15 of 27
No crash, I watched NF all night.
post #16 of 27
Did you watch ALL the new episodes? biggrin.gif

I saw the listing in new releases but when selected it only showed the 15 of the first season. BUT, if you selected the first episode, the pilot, you could select All Seasons then the new episodes were available. At least that was how it worked on my BD player's funky app.

I watched the pilot but not sure this is a show I would be that interested in.
post #17 of 27
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I watched the pilot but not sure this is a show I would be that interested in.
Don't judge by the pilot. It gets a lot better. The jokes are a mile a minute and have many levels. You really have to pay very close attention to get everything. But when you do it's great.
post #18 of 27
I like the new format, and the humor better than season 3. I'm 10 episodes in.
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by Brian Conrad View Post

Did you watch ALL the new episodes? biggrin.gif

I saw the listing in new releases but when selected it only showed the 15 of the first season. BUT, if you selected the first episode, the pilot, you could select All Seasons then the new episodes were available. At least that was how it worked on my BD player's funky app.

I watched the pilot but not sure this is a show I would be that interested in.

No I didn't watch that show at all. Not big on sitcoms.
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by mdavej View Post

Don't judge by the pilot. It gets a lot better. The jokes are a mile a minute and have many levels. You really have to pay very close attention to get everything. But when you do it's great.
I watched some episodes a few years ago since I knew one of the editors on the series. For some reason just wasn't my cuppa tea.
post #21 of 27
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Netflix slumps after 'Arrested Development' release
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Fox's early cancellation of "Arrested Development" played out like a rock star dying in his prime: It catapulted the show into cult-favorite status, leaving fans wondering what could have been.
http://money.cnn.com/2013/05/28/technology/netflix-arrested-development/
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Originally Posted by Mr.G View Post

Arrested what? confused.gif
+1
post #23 of 27
I'm wondering about the wisdom of releasing the series on a vacation week. Often many workers given a three day weekend will take the remaining 4 days of the week off to get a full week's vacation. And most likely many of these vacationers aren't planning to watch Netflix.
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by Brian Conrad View Post

I'm wondering about the wisdom of releasing the series on a vacation week. Often many workers given a three day weekend will take the remaining 4 days of the week off to get a full week's vacation. And most likely many of these vacationers aren't planning to watch Netflix.

The best thing about Netflix is you can watch what you want when you want it. Netflix gains nothing by having a big viewership night, they gain by signing subscribers who want the content. Maybe it was an optimal time to release something that could have high demand and impact the system.
post #25 of 27
This report seems to be being picked up and quoted from by a lot of the media

http://aim.proceranetworks.com/2013/05/28/arrested-development-netflix-launch-frozen-bananas-and-ostriches-for-all/

Some of the highlighted stats from the report


- One DSL network had an astounding 36% of devices watching Netflix on Sunday watch at least part of one episode of Arrested Development. This was over 3x the number we saw for House of Cards (which had 11% viewing).

- Preliminary numbers show about 10% of viewers made it to Episode 15 on Sunday/Monday (More on this later today as we get data collated).

- One cable network saw a jump in Netflix traffic peak volumes of 10% on Sunday over the previous Sunday, with a corresponding 8% jump in the number of subscribers accessing Netflix overall. Even though this was a holiday weekend, Arrested Development was a significant contributor to that traffic jump.

- Peak usage for Arrested Development on Netflix on Sunday was twice that traffic seen on Monday, with a range of 2-7% of total Netflix traffic on various networks being directly attributable to Arrested Development.

- Arrested Development made an appearance on European mobile networks, with one operator seeing ~.01% of overall active subscribers accessing Arrested Development through their PC/Mac systems. This is significant even though the total subscriber counts were low because this was an “unlimited” operator, where Netflix is a much smaller portion of the traffic than on fixed line networks. I suspect much of this was for Fixed Mobile Substitution, where the customer only has a mobile broadband connection and skips a fixed line connection.

- Arrested Development represented 10% of all Netflix traffic on one University network in the US.

- Xbox and PS3s generated the most traffic for Arrested Development on fixed line networks. This is pretty common on most networks, with consoles usually being the favored Netflix viewing device, as well as supporting the highest resolution streaming today.

- There was significant file sharing activity for the Arrested Development episodes, even though this was a streaming only, DRMed connection.


and this interesting comment at the end of the report


One interesting observation: Netflix seemed to rely on their own CDN for delivering this video to subscribers rather than other CDNs that they work with. All of the traffic that I personally saw was coming from the Netflix CDN, but they may have used other CDNs in other places to deliver the video. It is a great sign for Netflix that they were able to pull this off using their own CDN, as it certainly helps with their cost of video delivery to have the more popular shows delivered through their own CDN.

post #26 of 27
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Not even Netflix is safe from pirates
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around 100,000 people downloaded season 4 illegally within the first 24 hours alone
http://news.yahoo.com/not-even-netflix-safe-pirates-193004940.html
post #27 of 27
I did decide to watch a couple of the new episodes and found them more interesting. Perhaps there was something about the original that watered down too much even on FOX. I'll probably finish off the remaining 13. I get a kick out of the guest stars they have too. And they are a bit "stand alone" episodes so if you're missing some ongoing back story it doesn't matter too much (and often explained anyway).
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