Why Netflix Has A 'Game Of Thrones' Problem

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by: The Entertainment Oracle
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While the final season of “Game of Thrones” could be seen as more of a problem for HBO, the real problem may be more for streaming rivals, namely Netflix.

Part of “Thrones” success is that it is a high profile weekly episodic series which fuels water cooler buzz and essentially forces the majority of viewers to watch live.

Netflix may have hit programs, but by remaining so stringent to the “batch” model, they are losing that weekly blitz which is what helped “Thrones” rise to new levels.

Netflix is especially vulnerable to this as Hulu and Amazon have figured out ways around that problem which has helped result in transforming key award nominations into key award wins.

While “Thrones” will leave a void for HBO, the network will catch fire again with another new series, and when it does, it’ll again have be the ultimate strategic advantage. time.

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As tempting as it would be to make a bold statement like “Winter Is Coming” for Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), it just isn’t true. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t problem points