Netflix 'throttling,' IDT animating, audio mixing
Netflix typically sends about 13 movies per month to [Manuel] Villanueva's home in Warren, Mich. -- down from the 18 to 22 DVDs he once received before the company's automated system identified him as a heavy renter and began delaying his shipments to protect its profits.
The same Netflix formula also shoves Villanueva to the back of the line for the most-wanted DVDs, so the service can send those popular flicks to new subscribers and infrequent renters.
The little-known practice, called "throttling" by critics, means Netflix customers who pay the same price for the same service are often treated differently, depending on their rental patterns.
- Happened to meet someone yesterday who works with IDT Entertainment in New Jersey, the computer animation division of a telecom company. (Odd, yes.) Their first feature film, "Yankee Irving," will be out this August. It's the story of a kid who befriends Babe Ruth. Voicing characters are Whoopi Goldberg, Brian Dennehy, William H. Macy, and Mandy Patinkin. The original director was Christopher Reeve. IDT has spent at least $72 million building up its animation business, and buying a DVD distributor.
- Speaking of animation, the LA Times has this neat profile of an audio mixer who works in feature animation.