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Business Wars

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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.

Latest Episodes

Introducing Business Wars

Netflix-HBO. Nike-Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet. Sometimes your attention. Sometimes just the fun of beating the other guy. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.

1 MIN2018 JAN 20
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Introducing Business Wars

Netflix vs Blockbuster - Sudden Death

This is Episode 1 of an 8-part series on the brutal business battle between Netflix and Blockbuster, and later HBO. 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!

32 MIN2018 FEB 6
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Netflix vs Blockbuster - Sudden Death

Netflix vs Blockbuster - Origins

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!

20 MIN2018 FEB 6
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Netflix vs Blockbuster - Origins

Netflix vs Blockbuster - Dirty Tricks

Thinking like your enemy is the best way to beat them, and during the war, Blockbuster tried every trick in the books 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!

24 MIN2018 FEB 6
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Netflix vs Blockbuster - Dirty Tricks

Netflix vs Blockbuster - The Digital Divide

You know that 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!

22 MIN2018 FEB 8
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Netflix vs Blockbuster - The Digital Divide

Netflix vs Blockbuster - HBO Gets In The Ring

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, become 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!

30 MIN2018 FEB 13
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Netflix vs Blockbuster - HBO Gets In The Ring

Netflix vs Blockbuster - Binge

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 on to something. All of their studies and focus groups revealed something new: viewers who binged content formed an emotional attachment to Netflix. Support us by supporting our sponsors!

24 MIN2018 FEB 15
Comments
Netflix vs Blockbuster - Binge

Netflix vs Blockbuster - The Way We Watch

Netflix goes from being a streaming company to a movement in which consumers all over the world decide what show to watch -- and when and how they watch them. The future that Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph envisioned two decades earlier has arrived. The unfettered reign of cable television has ended.The war for streaming viewers will become richer. And more cutthroat. Support us by supporting our sponsors!

27 MIN2018 FEB 20
Comments
Netflix vs Blockbuster - The Way We Watch

Netflix vs Blockbuster - Interview with Rich Greenfield

Rich Greenfield is a tech and media analyst with BTIG who’s been covering this battle in some capacity for decades. We had the chance to talk to him in depth on today’s episode. Follow Rich on Twitter @RichBTIG Support us by supporting our sponsors!

25 MIN2018 FEB 22
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Netflix vs Blockbuster - Interview with Rich Greenfield

Nike vs Adidas - Sneakerheads

In 2015, Kanye West turned his back on Nike, an all out battle in the ongoing war for sneaker supremacy. Nike and Adidas are two multinational companies worth billions in an industry estimated to be valued at $220 Billion by 2020 (which is double the GDP of Ukraine) but that begs the question - Why are companies sinking so much money into mesh and rubber for your feet? In this series of Business Wars, we'll find out. This is Episode 1 of a 7-part series on the brutal business battle between Nike and Adidas. Support us by supporting our sponsors!

23 MIN2018 FEB 27
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Nike vs Adidas - Sneakerheads

Latest Episodes

Introducing Business Wars

Netflix-HBO. Nike-Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet. Sometimes your attention. Sometimes just the fun of beating the other guy. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.

1 MIN2018 JAN 20
Comments
Introducing Business Wars

Netflix vs Blockbuster - Sudden Death

This is Episode 1 of an 8-part series on the brutal business battle between Netflix and Blockbuster, and later HBO. 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!

32 MIN2018 FEB 6
Comments
Netflix vs Blockbuster - Sudden Death

Netflix vs Blockbuster - Origins

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!

20 MIN2018 FEB 6
Comments
Netflix vs Blockbuster - Origins

Netflix vs Blockbuster - Dirty Tricks

Thinking like your enemy is the best way to beat them, and during the war, Blockbuster tried every trick in the books 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!

24 MIN2018 FEB 6
Comments
Netflix vs Blockbuster - Dirty Tricks

Netflix vs Blockbuster - The Digital Divide

You know that 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!

22 MIN2018 FEB 8
Comments
Netflix vs Blockbuster - The Digital Divide

Netflix vs Blockbuster - HBO Gets In The Ring

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, become 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!

30 MIN2018 FEB 13
Comments
Netflix vs Blockbuster - HBO Gets In The Ring

Netflix vs Blockbuster - Binge

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 on to something. All of their studies and focus groups revealed something new: viewers who binged content formed an emotional attachment to Netflix. Support us by supporting our sponsors!

24 MIN2018 FEB 15
Comments
Netflix vs Blockbuster - Binge

Netflix vs Blockbuster - The Way We Watch

Netflix goes from being a streaming company to a movement in which consumers all over the world decide what show to watch -- and when and how they watch them. The future that Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph envisioned two decades earlier has arrived. The unfettered reign of cable television has ended.The war for streaming viewers will become richer. And more cutthroat. Support us by supporting our sponsors!

27 MIN2018 FEB 20
Comments
Netflix vs Blockbuster - The Way We Watch

Netflix vs Blockbuster - Interview with Rich Greenfield

Rich Greenfield is a tech and media analyst with BTIG who’s been covering this battle in some capacity for decades. We had the chance to talk to him in depth on today’s episode. Follow Rich on Twitter @RichBTIG Support us by supporting our sponsors!

25 MIN2018 FEB 22
Comments
Netflix vs Blockbuster - Interview with Rich Greenfield

Nike vs Adidas - Sneakerheads

In 2015, Kanye West turned his back on Nike, an all out battle in the ongoing war for sneaker supremacy. Nike and Adidas are two multinational companies worth billions in an industry estimated to be valued at $220 Billion by 2020 (which is double the GDP of Ukraine) but that begs the question - Why are companies sinking so much money into mesh and rubber for your feet? In this series of Business Wars, we'll find out. This is Episode 1 of a 7-part series on the brutal business battle between Nike and Adidas. Support us by supporting our sponsors!

23 MIN2018 FEB 27
Comments
Nike vs Adidas - Sneakerheads

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