Rapturous Wall Street reception for latest Netflix figures

HBO claims to prioritise quality over quantity, but Netflix’s latest financial results must surely give it pause

4th February, 2018
HBO’s chairman and chief executive Richard Plepler

HBO’s chairman and chief executive Richard Plepler was asked recently by the Wall Street Journal about the challenge of competing against Netflix. His answer was a variation on the theme of quality over quantity. “We’re not trying to do the most. More is not better. Only better is better,” he said. HBO, the home of Game of Thrones, seems miscast as a plucky underdog in this scenario. After all, Plepler is responsible for an annual...

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