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Netflix Plans Price Raise as Streaming Subscribers Grow(Reuters)
Video streaming service Netflix Inc. said it intends to raise its subscription price for new customers by $1 or $2 a month to help the company buy more movies and TV shows and improve service for its 48 million global subscribers. WSJ Netflix said the price increase for the $7.99 a month service, the first since 2011, would help pay for its continued investment in original programs, including series such as House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black. Netflix has committed to spend billions of dollars in programming in the past few years as it has grown to become the biggest stand-alone subscription programming service in the U.S., passing some long-standing traditional TV outlets like HBO in terms of subscribers.Mashable Current subscribers would stay at the $7.99 price for a “generous time period,” the company wrote in a statement to investors. “Our current view is to do a one or two dollar increase, depending on the country, later this quarter for new members only,” the company wrote. The news came as Netflix announced that it added 4 million new members in the first quarter of 2014, as the company beat revenue and profit expectations. Variety In after-hours trading Monday, Netflix’s stock climbed as much as 7 percent to $372.05 per share, after closing up 0.8 percent for the day at $348.49. Netflix also said that in the second quarter of 2014, it will launch the first pay-TV integration of its service in the U.S. That’s after lining up deals with European providers including the U.K.’s Virgin Media to provide access to the unlimited streaming-video service through operator-supplied boxes. Deadline New York The company generated $53.1 million in net income in the first quarter of 2014, up from $2.7 million in the same period in 2013, on revenues of $1.27 billion, up 24 percent.

As Meet The Press Struggles in Ratings, Plenty of Questions for Host David Gregory(The Washington Post)
Meet the Press, the great-granddaddy of Sunday-morning Beltway talk shows, is currently No. 3 and in the midst of a three-year slide. During the first three months of this year, the NBC program finished behind perennial rivals Face The Nation on CBS and This Week With George Stephanopoulos on ABC, despite being helped by two weeks of Winter Olympics coverage. In the final quarter of last year, viewing among people ages 25 to 54, the preferred group for TV news advertisers, fell to its lowest level ever. Mediaite Amid this ratings meltdown, the Post reported on Monday that NBC is seriously evaluating Gregory’s performance. “Gregory’s job does not appear to be in any immediate jeopardy, but there are plenty of signs of concern,” the Post’s Paul Farhi reported. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media According to the report, NBC News last year hired a “psychological consultant” to interview Gregory’s friends and family, part of an effort to get greater insight into the host’s personality. The point of hiring the consultant, NBC spokeswoman Meghan Pianta said, was to “to get perspective and insight from people who know him best.” Despite the failing ratings, Gregory renewed his contract in 2013 and network executives said as recently as March that they are committed to improving the show with him as host. Capital New York Monday morning, Pianta released a statement disputing that element of the report: “Last year Meet The Press brought in a brand consultant — not, as reported, a psychological one — to better understand how its anchor connects. This is certainly not unusual for any television program, especially one that’s driven so heavily by one person.” While perhaps the most surprising, NBC’s decision to hire a psychological consultant is not the first strategy the network has tried or considered to get Meet The Press back to the head of the pack. NBC has discussed using a live audience for some shows. And last month, NBC announced plans for a mid-week digital program, “Meet The Press Express.” TVNewser In Farhi’s profile in the Post, Gregory says a new format with a faster pace, more taped pieces and shorter interviews “delivers on the core of what Meet The Press is,” while widening the scope. “I’m dedicated to building something that says we’re not just thinking about politics. We’re thinking about who the real influencers are in this country,” Gregory tells Farhi.