Friday, July 27, 2012

Celebrate the Spirit of International Sports with Captivating Documentaries on Netflix

With competition about to reach a fever pitch in London, try taking a bit of a different, deeper look at the sports of the summer games with these terrific documentaries available to watch now on Netflix.

Over his fifty-year career, legendary Duke track and field coach Al Buehler has influenced the careers and minds of some of America’s most talented athletes – including Olympians Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Carl Lewis, and Joan Benoit. “Starting at the Finish Line: The Coach Buehler Story” profiles this beloved coach, who also courageously supported diversity in the Atlantic Coast Conference during a controversial time in American history.

Not all racing events are measured in mere seconds…or even minutes. “Spirit of the Marathon” dives deep into the history and background of the event that entices both amateur runners and professional athletes alike to the venerated Chicago race. And if 26.2 miles still feels a bit short, try “Running the Sahara” – the profile of the international three-man team that attempts a remarkable traversal of this great desert on foot.

Most elite young gymnasts spend their childhoods drilling dismounts and dive rolls, striving for the highest levels of competition. But for two teenage gymnasts preparing for the Mass Games of the late Kim Jong Il’s North Korea in “A State of Mind,” physical training is just one part of regimented life behind the iron curtain. This summer, North Korea will not be sending any gymnasts to London and will instead look to its athletes in other events to bring home medals and national pride.

While sailing events this summer will take place off the coast of the United Kingdom, the controversial Sunday Times’ Golden Globe Race of 1968 tasked solo participants with a slightly longer course. “Deep Water” (from the documentary filmmakers of “Touching the Void”) chronicles the voyage of headstrong amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, who set off forty years ago with eight other sailors on this first round-the-world race of its kind…but never finished his journey.

Whether called “soccer” or “football,” it is one of the world’s most universally-beloved sports. “Pelada” introduces us to players from many countries and walks of life, for whom all that’s needed are a ball and ready teammates. Focusing on one unique competition in particular, “Kicking It” profiles six of the dispossessed soccer players from around the world who are preparing for the Fourth Annual Homeless World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa.

Whatever sport is your passion and whichever nation you root for, we hope that you enjoy these and other fantastic sports documentaries available on Netflix!

- Tamara Rothenberg, Content Acquisition

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Get Ready for Emmys on Netflix

Here at Netflix we are so excited about the Emmy nominations announced today, and wanted to extend our congratulations to all the nominees! For US members, we’re thrilled to let you know you can stream 39 Emmy-nominated series on Netflix, including a few series you will only find exclusively here: Mad Men, most nominated series of the year with 17 noms (wow!), Breaking Bad (13 noms!), a truly addictive viewing experience, and The Walking Dead, which will scare the life out of you. 

If you’re looking to laugh, we have the most innovative comedies of the year, including Portlandia, 30 Rock, How I Met Your Mother, Louie, American Dad, Parks & Rec, and the eternally entertaining Saturday Night Live. If you’re more in the mood for a drama, check out Downton Abbey, Damages, Bones, Sherlock, Parenthood, Luther, and the one that's always hitting a high note, Glee. You can also stream some of the best non-fiction series including Mythbusters, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and Deadliest Catch. Finally, for the kids who love to watch Netflix, there are lots of great Emmy-nominated shows including Wizards of Waverly Place, Phineas & Ferb, iCarly, and Good Luck Charlie.

Catch up on these hit shows now so you can root for your favorites at the Emmy Awards on September 23!

-Elizabeth Bradley, Content Acquisition

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Breaking Bad Season 4 Arrives in the US and Canada!

At Netflix, we are continually working to add great movies and TV shows for our members in the US and Canada. That’s why we’re excited to announce the arrival of Season 4 of the critically acclaimed AMC series, Breaking Bad! Whether you’re a long-time fan of the series or a newbie who’s heard the buzz around this Emmy-winning show about a high school chemistry teacher turned crystal meth kingpin, here’s your chance to get up to speed on what all the excitement has been about. So sit back, enjoy and spend some quality time with Walter White and friends!

Jerry Kowal and Elizabeth Bradley, Directors, Content Acquisition