Quartz introduced me to this long interview with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and movie producer Brian Grazer about how Netflix has become a television network. There are some very interesting comparisons in this interview between television and the early days of fiction, when stories were serially published in ad-supported magazines. Hastings argues that "publishing" series live all at once on Netflix makes the viewing experience more like sitting down with a novel, rather than skimming a magazine. That actually seems like a pretty apt comparison to me:
Netflix's evolution has always interested me. It seemed as though they were originally trying to replace the video store model, but they've gradually gone on to be HBO's biggest competitor. It was hard to root for Netflix when it was putting video rental outlets out of business, but I very much like the idea of HBO being shaken out of its premium cable nest by a young upstart.