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Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet, or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. 

Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.

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Netflix goes from being a streaming company to a movement in which consumers all over the world decide what to watch, and when and how they watch. The future that Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph envisioned two decades earlier has arrived. The unfettered reign of cable television has ended. In 2019, AT&T’s acquisition of HBO’s parent company Time Warner in 2019 throws HBO’s future into even more turmoil. In a post-Game of Thrones world, can the cable network survive? Or will Netflix’s march to domination be complete? Support us by supporting our sponsors!Calm App - Get unlimited access to ALL of Calm’s content today at CALM.COM/BWZipRecruiter - Right now, listeners of Business Wars can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/BW
Hollywood execs thought Netflix was crazy to give up advertising and spin off opportunities by letting viewers flop on a couch and watch a whole season of a show all at once. But Netflix knew it was onto something. All of their studies and focus groups revealed something new: viewers who binged content formed an emotional attachment to Netflix.
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We take a step back to explore how a little company called Home Box Office went from serving B-movies to 325 homes in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania to become the juggernaut that we know as HBO. In the process, HBO, became the standard by which all other cable companies would have to measure themselves -- after all, it’s not TV. It’s HBO. Support us by supporting our sponsors!LinkedIn Marketing - To redeem a free $100 LinkedIn ad credit and launch your first campaign, go to LinkedIn.com/BW
You know the expression “content is king”? Well it turns out, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s a hard-working algorithm that burrows into customer habits and viewing patterns. With that, Netflix had a clear upper hand on Blockbuster. That, and the fact that Netflix targeted this new “streaming” technology that in 2007, no one really believed in. Soon they were on top of the world. But it’s dangerous being on top. If you trip, you have a long way to fall.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Cayman Jack- Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.
Thinking like your enemy is the best way to beat them, and during the war, Blockbuster tried every trick in the book to get inside Netflix. Sometimes they succeeded — sending “housewives” into warehouses as spies — and sometimes things didn’t go as planned. But when Blockbuster did deliver, they delivered big. They threw everything they had at Netflix, but the war raged on.Support us by supporting our sponsors!DoorDash - Business Wars listeners can get $5 off their first order of $15 or more when you download the DoorDash app and enter promo code BW! Cayman Jack - Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.
After Hastings pleaded with Antioco to buy Blockbuster online, Antioco agreed to present Hasting’s proposal to the board. What he didn’t tell him was that he was pushing the board to reject the offer so Netflix would wither and die. Meanwhile, Netflix was struggling to gain legitimacy in Hollywood. Netflix quickly realized that before it could take on the Hollywood gods, it would have to slay Blockbuster.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Peloton Tread - Go to onepeloton.com and use the code “BW” to get $100 off accessories with the purchase of a Tread!LinkedIn Marketing - To redeem a free $100 LinkedIn ad credit and launch your first campaign, go to LinkedIn.com/BW Cayman Jack - This Cinco de Mayo, take your celebration to the next level. Download Cayman Jack’s “How to Cinco Guide” at cinco.caymanjack.com Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.
The way we watch is changing so rapidly that we’ve decided to revisit our very first and most popular Business War: Netflix versus Blockbuster. We’re re-airing an expanded eight-part series following Netflix’s battles against HBO and today’s new entrants into the Streaming Wars.It all started around 1997, with a guy named Marc Randolph and his mathematician friend, Reed Hastings. Randolph and Hastings knew they’d have to take on Blockbuster. But what they didn’t anticipate was that their business model would take on network television and eventually change the entire movie industry.This was an 8-year total war that left innumerable casualties in its wake: thousands of hollowed out buildings and economic losses in the billions.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Quip - Get your first refill pack free by visiting GetQuip.com/BWCayman Jack - This Cinco de Mayo, take your celebration to the next level. Download Cayman Jack’s “How to Cinco Guide” at cinco.caymanjack.com Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.
Electric. Diesel. Driverless. Automobile Magazine’s New York Bureau Chief, Jamie Kitman, joins to talk about the latest developments in the car industry and what’s next for Ferrari and Lamborghini.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Zip Recruiter - To try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE go to ZipRecruiter.com/BWCalm - Head over to calm.com/bw to get 25% off a Calm premium subscription.Cayman Jack - Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.
It is 1997. For decades, Lamborghini has struggled to survive as a company, and to compete with its nemesis Ferrari. All that is about to change. Volkswagen buys Lambo and injects it with cash and bulletproof German engineering. For the first time ever, Lamborghini can finally compete with Ferrari with a full line of cars—and serious racing.The result is a new golden age of supercars, one that we are still living through today.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Zoom - Visit Zoom online, set up a FREE account today, and try the most affordable and most reliable video communications solution on the market.ZipRecruiter - Right now, listeners of Business Wars can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/BWCayman Jack- Cayman Jack provides premium prepared cocktails for those with good taste and little time. Find Cayman Jack at a store near you by visiting caymanjack.com. Please drink responsibly. Premium malt beverage. American Vintage Beverage Co. Chicago, Illinois.
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Lawson C

good

May 13th
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Hadyn Padfield

what is up with the ad for tooth paste half way through the pod cast ???

May 7th
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Matthew Perisho

Walmart vs other retail Giants, Home Depot vs Lowes, Throw some hostile takeovers in there too

May 5th
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Scott Spence

should do a follow-up soon on what is happening with Mattel/Hot Wheels and Monster Jam.

Apr 15th
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Sean Romigh

What happened to season 19?

Apr 10th
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Sean Romigh

What happened to season 19?

Apr 10th
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John Great

I love business wars so much... Why not do a season on "The Tech Wars", and talk about the decade-long battles to dominate instant messaging, online ad spend, email, social media, mobile, online purchases, and mobile apps. In each couple of episodes, talk about tussles between companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Yahoo, Microsoft, Amazon, Ebay, etc for control of each of these spaces, and who is the current winner in each at this point in time. I believe it would be by far your most successful and iconic seasons ever. Anyone with me on this? 😃 😃

Apr 10th
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Scott

John Great Me too, love it

Apr 27th
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John Great

John Great Aweome @Tina Kuan! Let's try and push this till they do it!! 😁😁

Apr 24th
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John Great

What an episode though. I absolutely LOVE this podcast...

Apr 10th
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John Great

Wow... I really loved this episode

Apr 9th
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Laissa Peixoto

(...technically, Elsa is a queen, not a princess. Anna is the princess)

Apr 9th
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Laissa Peixoto

Almost had me for a second >.<

Apr 1st
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Clinton Knight

Happy April Fools. :)

Apr 1st
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Zachary Barr

What happened to season 19? It's missing

Mar 31st
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Kim Daniel Antonio

Did Bad Boy vs Death Row get deleted?

Mar 23rd
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Geoff Schmidt

did i miss something. coulda sworn i saw death row records vs bad boy records...

Mar 23rd
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Kenn Tomasch

The Bandits didn't draft Gary Anderson. He ended up with them, but the Generals drafted him.

Mar 22nd
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Jasmine Lane-Garcia

love this podcast, execution, timelines, it's all great!

Mar 21st
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Jorge Vidal

I love the podcast. Although, this guest did not stay in his lane. Very vague views and "cliche" words. Also, please do not ever compare Cardi B to Biggie

Mar 18th
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Tahj

this bad boy v death row series is great BUT flows like a tarintino movie. Crazy time line!

Mar 15th
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Nicolas Cortinas

Excellent. loved it. keep on the hard work guys!!

Mar 10th
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