Could Netflix Resurrect Cult Hits?

(Guest Post by Matthew Ladner)

Lately I have found myself watching more Netflix than television.  Yes the content is limited (but growing) and it is on my schedule (which usually means just before I go to sleep).

Netflix and others are making a series bid to disrupt the lucrative cable television business, with Netflix recently taking the step of investing in original content with serious Hollywood talent.

MG Siegler writes a convincing piece that the Netflix business model could do better by bringing back shows which failed on network television, but have a devoted cult following. The example he uses, and the numbers seem to add up, is Firefly.

<<Editor’s Note: That crash you just heard was Greg diving on to his laptop to subscribe to Netflix.>>

Netflix as a super-on-my-schedule HBO on steroids which allows me to cancel cable sounds great to me. Just please oh please bring these guys back:

Sorry Enlow, I’m still Denny and you are Alan

4 Responses to Could Netflix Resurrect Cult Hits?

  1. Patrick says:

    If Netflix or the studio could get around all the unionization/teamster and accounting rules (both make tv shows and movies more expensive than they otherwise would be) that govern Hollywood then they probably could make a go of it eventually.

    • Jim says:

      I agree they have to find a way to get around a lot of these issues, but I certainly think that Netflix is going to have a huge impact on cult hits.

  2. Robert Enlow says:

    Enlow is and will always be Alan Shore, the kind, caring, cigar smoking, worrywart.

  3. matthewladner says:

    I wonder if Alan Shore’s cellphone mailbox is constantly full…

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