Netflix Breaking From All-At-Once Release Strategy with ‘Turbo Fast’

Chris Welch on The Verge:

Netflix is deviating from the all-at-once release strategy it’s followed for House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and the fourth season of Arrested Development. Instead of releasing an entire season on day one, just five episodes of Turbo Fast will be available for streaming on Christmas Eve. Additional new episodes will follow “throughout the year” according to Netflix.

An interesting move by Netflix, but one that makes a lot of sense. The article goes on to say:

In its Q3 2013 letter to shareholders, Netflix noted that original shows see “more viewing in the early months” after they first premiere.

Seems that their numbers drop once people are done binging on a particular show. I know of many who only renew their subscription while they watch a new series,1 which can’t be good for Netflix financially. We’ll find out whether this is just an experiment, or their new strategy come February.

  1. These jerks better not ruin it for the rest of us. It’s $8 people. 

A List Apart Issue 386

In “Surveying the Big Screen”, Mike Pick does a great job of pointing out the need to explore the possibilities on larger screens.1 Alex Feyerke writes an excellent article titled “Designing Offline-First Web Apps”, and talks about a fact of life—being offline. How does that affect the way we design and build applications?

  1. Be sure to check out the CSS Columns-based demo that Mike created for this article. (via Tim Murtaugh

Yahoo’s ‘Year in Review’ Report

Ken Yeung on The Next Web:

Are there any shockers in the top searches of 2013? What may come as no surprise to some people is that Miley Cyrus takes the top spot, followed by Kim Kardashian, and American model Kate Upton. Minecraft and Apple’s iPhone 5 are the only two technology-related queries to make it into the top 10.

Shocking. It should be cause of concern that in the top ten searches on Yahoo, only one of them is a current news item that people should be well informed on.

Ron Burgundy Takes Over Local News to Promote ‘Anchorman 2’

Kwame Opam on The Verge:

The theatrical release of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is only weeks away, and the promotion campaign for the film is only getting wilder. After starring in 50 short clips where Ron Burgundy reads news from around the world, Will Ferrell co-anchored a live news broadcast in North Dakota last night, staying in character the entire time.

Hilarious. The way they’ve promoted this film is absolute genius, and I can’t wait to watch it.

Amazon Plans to Use Drones for New Prime Air Service

John Ribeiro on TechHive:

Amazon.com plans to deliver packages to customers using unmanned aerial vehicles in 30 minutes or less.

“It looks like science fiction, but it’s real,” Amazon said on its website. Its Prime Air service, powered by drones, will be ready from a technology point of view to enter commercial operations as soon as the necessary regulations are in place, it said. The company’s research and development team is already working on the new delivery method.

I don’t know whether I should be enthused or panicked by this story. I think the answer is both.

Organize that Sass!

One of the many beauties of working with Sass is how easy it is to get organized. In the past, importing different CSS files wasn’t good practice and in fact made for more HTTP requests. With Sass, you can have many different partials which allow you to isolate styles in a logical way.

I’m so excited about my first post for the A List Apart blog! It’s a quick post on using partials to get organized with Sass.

Magneto Blamed for JFK Murder

Kwame Opam on The Verge:

To promote the upcoming X-men: Days of Future Past, a new viral site takes the 50th anniversary of JFK’s murder and spins a new conspiracy theory out of the historic tragedy.

Some will say this is wrong, but it’s quite an interesting twist on actual history, and an intriguing way to promote a movie.