The Coinstar subsidiary announces plans to partner with Verizon to compete with streaming video giants Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu.
If you haven’t heard the news, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings revealed in a blog post the company will ditch Qwikster and keep its DVD mailing business after all.
Also, if you haven’t seen it you must watch SNL’s hilarious Netflix spoof that never aired. Enjoy!
Overstock.com is about to pull a Netflix. The online retailer known for offering high-quality goods at discount prices will hand out $1 million early next year to the team that can improve its recommendation engine by 10 percent or more.
That probably sounds familiar. Netflix held a similar competition two years ago, offering the same amount of cash to the team that could improve the predictions of how a particular user would rate a particular film, by 10% accuracy or more. Not one, but two teams were able to pull off that feat in the closely followed competition. Overstock is hoping for similar results, given the increasing importance recommendations—and personalization in general—are playing in the world of online commerce.
We caught up with Overstock CEO Patrick Byrn to find out more about the competition.