Netflix is not burying their viewership metrics for individual shows because they are too good.
Interesting. I think using IMDB as a source introduces all kinds of selection bias issues, especially with non contemporaneous ratings of older programs.
Founded in 1990, IMDB is a treasure trove of data with “…2,882,569 titles (includes episodes) and 5,909,020 personalities in its database.” Using a simple scraper written in Ruby, I was able to grab data on the >90,000 TV shows in the IMDB database. This is what I found.
There has been…
If spam filters sorted messages the way Silicon Valley sorts people, you’d only get email from your college roommate. And you’d never suspect you were missing a thing.
Aereo Had Other (bigger) Problems
This morning the US Supreme Court ruled against Aereo which wanted to stream broadcast TV without paying programming fees. Basically Aereo set up OTA antennas in each city and then streamed the broadcast content they picked up with those antennas over the internet.
I suspect this will be the end of Aereo.
But Aereo had another really big problem more fundamental than their likely fatal legal one. In order to scale they would need to both directly peer into, and cache content, in the networks of the major Internet Service Providers located in each DMA they served. In most cases those ISPs are MSOs (cable and telco operators) who also retransmit TV signals and pay a lot of money to content owners (billions nationally) in order to be able to do that.
Aereo would be in the position of needing peering and caching relationships to deliver content they are not paying for, with ISPs who are paying large retransmission fees to distribute exactly the same content over the same pipes (which the ISPs paid millions to build).
Great article on some of the misconceptions of net neutrality.
Dynamically changing a TV show
The most interesting thing I have discovered about watching the new season of Netflix Orange is the New Black is when watching on an iPad the app skips the opening credits when watching sequential episodes. If I watch 3 episodes in a row I only see the title sequence once. It’s a feature focused on binge consumption.
It is a very crude version of a TV show dynamically editing itself based on how the viewer is watching it.