3 Media Stocks in Focus: Netflix Bumps Instant Queue, Disney Bids Adieu to Toontown, and DirecTV Wants to Stay with the NFL
Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX): Netflix is making a somewhat significant UI change: The Instant Queue will soon be replaced with My List, a scrolling list of user-selected titles that appears near the top of the homepage that uses an algorithm that guesses what content a user is mostly likely to watch. This is a departure from the manual entry that was needed for the Instant Queue.
Walt Disney Co. (NYSE:DIS): Disney is finally saying goodbye to its Toontown game as it rolls out its new and highly innovative Infinity platform, according to Bloomberg. Toontown cost $9.95 per month and was touted as a massive multiplayer online game for kids and families. Disney’s interactive unit lost $216 million last year, and Infinity hopes to be the future in a struggling part of Disney’s otherwise dominant empire.
DirecTV (NASDAQ:DTV): Immediately on the heels of a report indicating Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) potential interest in NFL Sunday Ticket rights, DirecTV — the current holder, paying $1 billion per year for the pleasure — has expressed desires to renew its contracts. Moreover, the cable provider is in talks with the NFL to do so. DirecTV distributes the content to its 20 million subscribers for $45-$65 per month, depending on the package.