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Business Wars

Wondery

Netflix-HBO. Nike-Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet, or your attention. Sometimes, it's just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shape what we buy and how we live. Behind each of them, there are inventors and investors, founders and executives, risk-takers and regulators. Sometimes they destroyed an entire industry so that a new empire could rise. We get a close-up look at what drove these entrepreneurs to take the risks that drove their companies to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers. Premieres February 6th.

Netflix-HBO. Nike-Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet, or your attention. Sometimes, it's just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shape what we buy and how we live. Behind each of them, there are inventors and investors, founders and executives, risk-takers and regulators. Sometimes they destroyed an entire industry so that a new empire could rise. We get a close-up look at what drove these entrepreneurs to take the risks that drove their companies to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers. Premieres February 6th.
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United States

Networks:

Wondery

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Netflix-HBO. Nike-Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet, or your attention. Sometimes, it's just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shape what we buy and how we live. Behind each of them, there are inventors and investors, founders and executives, risk-takers and regulators. Sometimes they destroyed an entire industry so that a new empire could rise. We get a close-up look at what drove these entrepreneurs to take the risks that drove their companies to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers. Premieres February 6th.

Language:

English


Episodes

Netflix vs Blockbuster - Binge | 6

2/15/2018
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Hollywood execs thought Netflix was crazy to give up advertising and spin off opportunities by letting viewers flop on a couch and watch a whole season of a show in one go if they wanted. But Netflix knew it was on to something. It’s focus groups found was that viewers who binged formed an emotional attachment to Netflix. Support us by supporting our sponsors: ZipRecruiter - Post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE by visiting them at ZipRecruiter.com/BW Squarespace - Get 10% off your first...

Duration:00:26:34

Netflix vs Blockbuster - HBO Gets In The Ring | 5

2/13/2018
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We take a step back to explore how HBO--what used to be called Home Box Office -- went from serving B-movies to some 325 homes in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania to become the juggernaut of original shows and movies that it is today. And in the process, become the standard by which all other cable companies would one day have to measure themselves. Support us by supporting our sponsors: ZipRecruiter - Post jobs on ZipRecruiter for FREE by visiting them at ZipRecruiter.com/BW Squarespace - Get...

Duration:00:33:27

Netflix vs Blockbuster - The Digital Divide | 4

2/8/2018
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You know that expression “content is king”? Well it turns out, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s a hard-working algorithm that burrows into customer habits and viewing patterns. With that, Netflix had a clear upper hand on Blockbuster. That, and the fact that Netflix targeted this new “streaming” technology that in 2007, no one really believed in. Soon they were on top of the world. But it’s dangerous being on top. If you trip, you have a long way to fall. Support us by supporting our...

Duration:00:27:45

Netflix vs Blockbuster - Dirty Tricks | 3

2/6/2018
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Thinking like your enemy is the best way to beat them, and during the war, Blockbuster tried every trick in the books to get inside Netflix. Sometimes they succeeded - sending “housewives” into warehouses as spies, and sometimes things didn’t go as planned. But when Blockbuster did deliver, they delivered big. They threw everything they had at Netflix, but the war raged on. Support us by supporting our sponsors: Keeps - Get your first month of treatment for free and start keeping your hair...

Duration:00:25:31

Netflix vs Blockbuster - Origins | 2

2/6/2018
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After Hastings pleaded with Antioco to buy Blockbuster Online, Antioco agreed to present Hasting’s proposal to the board. What he didn’t tell him was that he would present the proposal to let the board reject the offer to let Netflix wither and die. Meanwhile, Netflix was struggling to gain legitimacy in Hollywood. Netflix quickly realized that before it could take on the Hollywood gods, it would have to slay Blockbuster. Support us by supporting our sponsors: Legal Zoom - For special...

Duration:00:23:57

Netflix vs Blockbuster - Sudden Death | 1

2/6/2018
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This is Episode 1 of an 8-part series on the brutal business battle between Netflix and Blockbuster, and later HBO. It all started around 1997, with a guy named Marc Randolph and his mathematician friend Reed Hastings. Randolph and Hastings knew they’d have to take on Blockbuster, but what they didn’t anticipate was that their business model would take on network television and eventually change the entire movie industry. This was an 8-year total war that left innumerable casualties in its...

Duration:00:31:37

Introducing Business Wars

1/19/2018
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Netflix-HBO. Nike-Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet. Sometimes your attention. Sometimes just the fun of beating the other guy. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers. Premieres February 6.

Duration:00:01:22