Welcome to the cable news roundup, Hump Day edition.
Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) is apparently feeling confident again after bouncing back in the fourth quarter following a series of high-profile blunders. The company believes that its U.S. service "should grow to 2-3x HBO," reports NewTeeVee, citing a presentation by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. HBO has about 30 million subs, meaning that Netflix has designs on a domestic sub base in the range of 60 million to 90 million. Netflix ended 2011 with 24.40 million U.S. subs. (See Netflix Subs Rebound in Q4 .)
Comcast-owned media publishing firm thePlatform Inc.
has promoted three execs: Alex Glass from VP of global operations to chief information officer; Marty Roberts to SVP of sales and marketing worldwide; and Michael Horwitz to SVP of engineering. All three report to thePlatform CEO Ian Blaine.