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'SNL' skit is closer to reality than Netflix may like

'SNL' skit is closer to reality than Netflix may like

By John Clyde | Posted - Oct. 11, 2011 at 4:04 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- There are some companies that are the epitome of consistency. You know they will always be successful and a major power in their market.

Nike usually nabs the biggest superstar athletes to sport their kicks. When you think of fast food the first thing that usually comes to mind is McDonald's. When a film came out documenting a man eating only McDonald's for a month and painting the restaurant in an awful light, the junk food giant walked away almost unscathed. And every time Apple has announcement we gather around our computers to listen to the pod cast or look for the press release.

Netflix appeared to be one of these untouchable juggernauts, and truth be told before recent events I'm not sure factors lying outside the company could do anything to tarnish the company that has taken the world by storm. So when you're nearly untouchable what could possibly harm the company and cause it to lose millions of customers? Well, those who run it of course.

Fellow ksl.com writer Graydon Johns showed me this Saturday Night Live skit that never made it to air because of time constraints, but the show later released the sketch online. Why have we gone out of our way to show you the sketch you ask? Because if I didn't know any better I may have assumed the video was for real.

SNL veterans Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen portray Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and chief service and operations officer, Andy Rendich. The two announce along with higher prices they are splitting the company.

"We raised our rates from $10 a month to $16 a month, but that's not all. We knew you loved Netflix because it was an easy to use website for all your movie needs," says Sudeikis. "To make it better, we split it into two separate, slightly more confusing sites."

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Then the video goes on as the two continue to make announcements which are increasingly preposterous. The faux announcements are almost as ridiculous as a company announcing a division of their empire and then quickly announcing that they have decided to kill the new division.

E-mail: jclyde@ksl.com

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