Netflix isn’t abandoning binge viewing, after all

This morning, an email from a PR agency titled “Netflix likely to end binge watching in 2014” hit my inbox, responding to this week’s announcement that the streaming service’s first animated original Turbo Fast will be released in installations, as opposed to making the entire season available on day one. Then, a little later, another email, this time from Netflix: “House of Cards returns for second season Friday February 14.” In one big swoop, ready to binge. No change of heart, after all. So why did Netflix divvy up Turbo Fast? Business Week has the answer, House of Cards star┬áRobin Wright has no comment.

It’s a battle of the binge between Netflix and FX
We all love binge viewing — but not everyone loves Netflix: FX and Turner are looking to get the rights to stream entire seasons of shows, as opposed to just the last five episodes, to allow their viewers more binging. Netflix is opposed to those demands, and studios have learned to love Netfix’s cash. But which role is cable playing in all of this? Vulture has a fascinating story about one of Hollywood’s next battle lines.

Losing the audience

While CBS stations remain dark on Time Warner Cable systems due to their ongoing retransmission dispute,.actor Kevin Spacey offered as trenchant an analysis as you’ll come across of why CBS’ efforts to keep its content on a short distribution leash are misplaced.

How Orange is the New Black is keeping the buzz alive

Have you finished binge-viewing “Orange is the New Black” yet? Excited about next season? Well, that’s Netflix’s challenge — keeping you excited until the as-yet-unknown premiere date. But here’s what might help with that.