Lameflix: Netflix Hires Actors To Give Interviews Pretending To Be Excited About Canadian Netflix Launch

from the eh? dept

We've talked in the past about how Netflix has done a lot right over the years, but that doesn't preclude them from making a wrong step. Apparently, with the company's launch in Canada, it decided to hire actors to pretend they were really excited at the launch event (found via Mathew Ingram). Not only that, but many of the paid "actors" were then made available to journalists to interviews about how excited they were... without revealing that they were being paid by Netflix. They were apparently given the following instructions:
"Extras are to behave as members of the public, out and about enjoying their day-to-day life, who happen upon a street event for Netflix and stop by to check it out," reads an information sheet handed out to extras.

"Extras are to look really excited, particularly if asked by media to do any interviews about the prospect of Netflix in Canada."
Netflix has since apologized, and claimed that the "script" wasn't supposed to be given to the "extras," but was merely to get the permit for the launch event, which they had described as a "documentary." Either way, the fact that no one saw a problem with this before it got this far is pretty damning.

Filed Under: canada, pr, shills
Companies: netflix

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    Angry Puppy (profile), 22 Sep 2010 @ 7:08pm

    Re: Netflix Content

    I liked Water World. Look, you can't expect unlimited access to 'Avatar' for 8 bucks a month. If they have quality content then it might be appealing.

    Do they have good 'B' pictures (or pictures styled as such). I looked up a few personal favorites on the Canadian site to see:

    Any Tarantino movies? Only 'Reservoir Dogs'
    'Big Night' Tony Shaloub, Stanley Tucci, and Ian Holm? NO
    'Dog Soldiers'? NO
    'Congo'? NO
    '200 Cigarettes'? NO
    Fellini Pictures? Only 81/2 and La Strada
    Akira Kurosawa? Seven films, not bad, but hardly a comprehensive collection.
    'THX1138'? NO
    Carpenter's 'Dark Star'? NO
    'Little Miss Sunshine'? NO

    I have to agree with you Joe, kinda lame.

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