Netflix Cancels Keynote Speaking Spot At Streaming Media West Show

Last week, Netflix notified me that they would no longer be showing up to the Streaming Media West conference for the keynote they were confirmed to give on the second day of the show. They didn’t give any explanation or advance notice as to why they cancelled and didn’t respond to my email asking for more details. Some have asked me if they cancelled because they didn’t like my coverage of the current interconnection and net neutrality debate. I don’t know if that’s the case and I’m not going to speculate on the cause or use the cancellation to create any drama. I am disappointed as attendees wanting to learn from Netflix are the ones who are going to lose out, but the Streaming Media West show is not just about any one company. It’s bigger than that. Since Netflix only gave me eleven business days notice, I am working hard to find a good quality replacement as quickly as I can and will announce them once they are confirmed.

Update Nov. 13th: Skype will replace Netflix as the keynote.