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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Does Netflix Makes Money? Sure, But Not As Much As You'd Expect.

On the digital planet, we're all used to see big numbers and big figures. We rarely see the real numbers behind the success stories. It's all kept hidden.

I just stumbled across this Netflix report. We all know Netflix has millions of paid subscribers, and they make billions in revenues. But how about the operation expenses? Right now, Netflix is not even convering their share of bandwidth usage across content distribution servers, but let's take a look at their current (2014) numbers.

  • $3.4 billion revenues, 62.3% of the total, from domestic streaming business.
  • $1.3 billion revenues, 23.8% of the total, from international streaming .
  • $765 million revenues, 13.9% of the total, from domestic DVD business.

Of the $5.5 billion of Netflix total revenues in 2014, $3.8 billion represent the cost of revenue. Say, the operation expenses.

This results in $1.7 billion of gross profit and a gross margin of 31.8%. Netflix spent $607 million, $472 million, and $270 million on marketing, technology and development, and general and administrative expenses respectively.

This results in $403 million of operating profit and an operating margin of 7.3%. After interest and other expenses and taxes, Netflix had a net profit of $267 million and a net margin of 4.8%.

That's $267 million profit, it sure ain't bad.
But it's out of a revenue of $5.5 billion.

Read more detailed infos right here:

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Black Flag TV System Update - Stream Offline

Folks, I'm updating software on my broadcast server!

Black Flag TV and all sister channels are offline for a moment. Hang on there, channels will be back later today!

Thanks for your understanding.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Black Flag TV's New Sister Channel: SerialsTV!

It's now LIVE!

Black Flag TV's new sister channel has arrived! SerialsTV focus on these exciting 40s and 50s serials that were presented in theaters, before every feature presentations.

Space adventures, secret agents, zombies, alien invasions, it's all there. Atomic adventures from simpler times, fasten your rocket backpack, and jump in the action!

Just like all the other channels, Serials TV is available on Roku for those who prefer to watch on TV instead of the free web stream. All series' episodes are shown one after the other, non stop. Each series air for around a week before being replaced by a new show.

Serials TV main portal

Serials TV on ROKU

Other channels on Roku:
Cult Movies TV on ROKU 
Obskura on ROKU
Black Flag TV on ROKU

Running a TV portal, blog or website?
Add Serials TV to it with this embed code:

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width="320" height="240"></iframe>


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Apple To Produce Original Content?

Variety reported that Apple is considering to start producing original content. Weird idea? Not really.

Apple wants to jump in the ever growing business of streaming media. But why produce original content? Because AppleTV. The talk is that Apple is about to launch a new version of their streaming box, and what better way to sell devices than to create original content exclusively for it.

That's where money is. Selling real world goods. Content's purpose is to sell real world devices and physical goods. Nowadays there's very little profits to be generated by creating content, writing books, building software, applications, music or movies. Money comes with selling physical goods.

Noticed how Apple (among other hardware manufacturers) is claiming applications are the future, and billions of dollars are to be made with developing apps? We hear it very often, right?

But then, why isn't Apple developing more apps themselves? In fact, Apple has abandoned a whole lot of their software lineup these past couple of years. Because they know money doesn't come from apps. Developing software is a continuous, never ending investment and applications have a very short lifespan.

Money comes from the devices a manufacturer sell and that's what Apple will focus on.

If you don't control the physical support of your content, you don't control anything.

Real money is in the real world, period. All the other sensational claims are e-marketers bullshit!


Some online video numbers from the folks at Statista (remember that "revenues" are NOT "profits").