Ithaca crime fell in 2018, police data shows

first_img Your Crime & Courts news is made possible with support from: How does Ithaca compare to nearby cities?According to police data reported to New York’s Division of Criminal Justice Services, Ithaca’s crime rate is significantly lower than larger nearby cities. The Syracuse Police Department reported about 406 index crimes per 10,000 people in 2017; Rochester police reported 471 per 10,000; and Binghamton police reported 518 per 10,000.IPD Deputy Chief Dennis Nayor said it is difficult to compare Ithaca to other cities, due to its large student population and the daily influx of people who come to the city for work, services, shopping and so on. Nayor said the City of Poughkeepsie makes for a decent comparison point, though, given its similar population size and proximity to multiple colleges. In 2017, Poughkeepsie’s index crime rate was about 268 per 10,000.Nayor said trends in Ithaca are consistent with a nationwide drop in crime since the early 1990s, called “the great crime decline” by some sociologists and criminologists. There are many hypotheses about why crime has fallen across the U.S., Nayor said, and multiple variables that likely factor into the drop locally.“I like to think our proactive efforts have played a role,” he said, citing the department’s use of burglary suppression details, DWI checkpoints and community engagement initiatives as examples. He said factors like the economy and technology likely play a role too.Nayor noted that even as crime has fallen, the volume of calls for service IPD receives has increased. While call volume decreased slightly between 2017 and 2018, Nayor said it has been trending upward for several years. In 2011, the department received 21,395 calls; in 2018, it received 24,192, an increase of about 13 percent.Crime rates and call rates are imperfect measures of a police department’s efficacy and workload, and cannot capture all the factors that impact whether a community feels safe. As Nayor put it, “You can’t prove what you prevented.” Nevertheless, police data shows that rates of major crimes in the City of Ithaca have declined over time.View 2017 and 2018 data below. Previous years are available through the NY Division of Criminal Justice Services. 2017 & 2018 Ithaca Inde… by on Scribd In 2018, a few jarring incidents in Ithaca heightened concerns among residents: a Cornell student was found with a cache of weapons in March, an Ithaca College student was shot on the Commons in October, and a man was critically injured in a stabbing on North Cayuga Street in December.Related: Crime, Courts and Criminal Justice: Top Stories of 2018Likewise, short periods of higher than normal crime or highly visible crime might give the impression that crime is rising overall. For example, in the past week a spate of smashed car windows in downtown Ithaca, along with two incidents in Lansing, led many Ithaca Voice readers to comment that crime is high in the area.While the visibility of crimes over the past week is unusual, even in 2003, the lowest crime year since 1990, IPD reported 678 index crimes – an average of about 13 per week. While most crimes reported in any given year do not take place in public locations and are not serious enough to warrant news coverage, attention-grabbing incidents shape perceptions. While property crime has fallen significantly since 1990, the violent crime rate has fluctuated within a fairly narrow range in recent decades, peaking at about 35 incidents per 10,000 people in 1993 and bottoming out at about 12 per 10,000 in 2011.Public perception – locally and nationwide – does not match crime rateDespite the overall downward trend, many Ithacans still feel crime is getting worse, and they are not alone. Nationwide, surveys show Americans tend to perceive crime as higher than it is.Each year, Gallup has asked a sample of Americans, “Is there more crime in the U.S. than there was a year ago, or less?” A majority of respondents have consistently answered that crime is going up since 1990, even as it has fallen dramatically.Asked whether crime rose “in your area” in the past year, respondents are more split, but in 2018 about 39 percent of Americans believed crime had risen locally.Surveys track Americans’ perceptions of crime in part because perceptions are correlated with political behavior. For example, a Pew survey found in 2016 that about 80 percent of voters who supported Donald Trump believed crime had gotten worse in the past eight years, compared to about 40 percent of voters who supported Hillary Clinton.The relatively stable rate of violent crime locally might help explain why many Ithacans feel crime is high. Even as property crime has dropped significantly, a handful of high profile cases may color many people’s perceptions of whether their community is safe. ITHACA, N.Y. – Crime fell in the City of Ithaca last year, marking the fifth year in a row that crime rates stayed steady or decreased. Despite the overall downward trend, the number of violent crimes in Ithaca rose slightly in 2018.The Ithaca Voice reviewed IPD data reported to the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services and obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request.Ithaca Police Department data shows 89 fewer crimes in the major categories tracked by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services in 2018 compared to 2017. Adjusted for population growth, the city’s index crime rate has fallen slightly each year since 2013 and is less than half what it was in 1990 at about 283 incidents per 10,000 people. In 2018, the number of violent crimes reported was slightly higher than the previous year, with 69 incidents reported compared to 60 in 2017.Related: Ithaca Crime in 2016: Total crimes down but violent crimes up from last year, data showsThe data reviewed includes index crimes tracked by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program: murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault are considered violent crimes, and burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft are considered property crimes. These categories cover major crimes that are likely to be reported to the police department, and therefore allow more reliable year-to-year comparisons than counting minor offenses. Devon Magliozzi Your Public Safety news is made possible with support from: Tagged: Crime rate, Crime trends, ithaca police department, Perceptions of crime Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. 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Gold Coast suburb tops the list of real estate heavy hitter John McGrath’s areas to watch

first_imgA Gold Coast suburb has made John McGrath’s top picks in Queensland.A SURGE in apartment prices has earned one Gold Coast suburb a mention on the state’s list of top locations to watch.Broadbeach Waters was John McGrath’s top pick of Queensland suburbs, revealed in the latest McGrath Report 2020.He said the “bridesmaid to Broadbeach” was outshining its beachfront counterpart in terms of apartment price growth. John McGrath“Broadbeach Waters is benefiting from the ripple effect with a 15.2 per cent rise in apartment prices to a median $501,250 in the 12 months to June 30 compared to just a 1.9 per cent gain to $530,000 in Broadbeach,” he said.“Buyers might not get beachfront living but they can buy canal-front just a few blocks away from the surf with plenty of local restaurants, bike paths for families and a nearby rainforest walk.” MORE NEWS: How to decipher Tinder-style property listings While the suburb recorded significant price growth during the period, CoreLogic data shows it was based on 49 sales whereas Broadbeach’s median was based on 342.Kollosche agent Jamie Harrison warned the data wasn’t so black and white.He said villas and duplexes were likely classified as apartments because most of the properties on offer in the suburb were houses, and many of those have sold more than $1 million. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:12Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:12 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhen is the best time to sell or buy? Property cycles explained02:13 MORE NEWS: The Coast’s most popular suburbs “A few of those might be strongly influencing the overall median,” he said.However, he agreed that many people did prefer Broadbeach’s quieter neighbouring suburbs.“There are a lot of people want to buy close to Broadbeach but don’t want to be right in the heart of it,” he said.“I think a lot of people like the idea of proximity but don’t want to be in a 30-storey tower.”He said a few smaller boutique apartments on the verge of Broadbeach were much more appealing to some buyers.Other suburbs on Mr McGrath’s list of top picks were Oxley, Hendra, Chermside West and Gordon Park.last_img read more

Chelsea lining up new Rooney bid

first_imgJose Mourinho and Chelsea will test Manchester United’s determination to retain striker Wayne Rooney before the transfer window closes because “nobody forbids you to try”. “At a certain point I agree with what Alan was saying, that the transfer window goes too far, the transfer window goes to the third, fourth fixture of the season, which I also agree that is too much,” Mourinho said. “But at the same time it gives everybody a chance to be in the market while we are winning or losing points. “We have conditions to try to improve our team by bringing in one more player and we are going to try that till the end.” Villa head to Chelsea on Wednesday earlier than planned owing to the Blues’ UEFA Super Cup commitments at the end of the month, buoyed by their 3-1 win at Arsenal. And Mourinho is wary of Villa following their success at the Emirates Stadium. “It’s not such a big surprise because Aston Villa can do that to any one of us,” Mourinho said. “Last season they had more points away from home than at Villa Park. “They are a team with qualities to play away, to play the counter-attack game they played at the Emirates. “They are a good team. It’s not such a big drama, they can beat any one of the contenders.” If Mourinho is feeling mischievous, the new bid could come prior to next Monday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Old Trafford. “You try, because nobody forbids you to try,” said the self-proclaimed Special One, who was speaking ahead of the clash with Aston Villa. “When you think that you’d like to have one player and the market is open and the official bids are not forbidden, official bids are always accepted in an ethical way. “Of course, the player’s owners they can do exactly what we did in relation to David Luiz and Barcelona.” Mourinho has expressed satisfaction with his squad, which contains three strikers in Fernando Torres, Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba, but also has a fallback option if a move for Rooney is blocked again. Mourinho, who has been linked with a move for Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto’o, who played under him at Inter Milan, added: “We have plans B and C. Don’t ask me names because it’s difficult to speak about players from other clubs.” Despite hoping to remain active in it, Mourinho sympathises with those managers calling for the transfer window to close before the Premier League season starts. The subject again arose on Monday when Arsenal’s bid for Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye on the day of the Magpies’ match at Manchester City provoked Alan Pardew’s ire. Chelsea have already seen two bids for the United striker rejected, but manager Mourinho is not yet prepared to cut his losses and will continue his pursuit until the September 2 deadline. Mourinho was asked the motivation behind a probable new bid, despite United insisting Rooney is not for sale, and the Portuguese said David Moyes could always reject any fresh approach, just as Chelsea had from Barcelona for David Luiz. Press Associationlast_img read more

INSPORTS move to revive interest in basketball

first_img “Basketball never really seems to be an important sport in Jamaica, so this is a good move to highlight the sport. The game was competitive, but our team dug deep and came out the victors in the end,” Moodie said. Moodie and Deveraux Preston of Majesty Lakers are both recent graduates of the JBA/INSPORTS coaching certification course. Meanwhile, the INSPORTS All-Island Community Football League continued last Sunday, with matches in Westmoreland and Kingston and St Andrew. The results read: Whithorne 0 Walks Road 0; Pullet Lane 0 Bastard Cedar 0; Roaring River 0 Friendship 3; Cornwall 2 Deans Valley 0; V-Cup 1 Georges Plain 2; Blackness 0 Bath 0; Three Miles River 3 Frome 3; Petersfield 3 Shrewsbury Legend 0; Belgium 1 12th Street 0; Harmony Town 0 Darling Street 1; Park 3 New Market 1; Majesty Gardens 1 Drama 0; Hagley Park 2 West Side 1; Conscious United 0 Parade Gardens 0; Caribbean Striker 0 Progressive Youths 0; and Zim Strikers 6 Vision 2. The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) has reintroduced a mini basketball programme in order to resuscitate the sport locally. The programme, which came back last September, has the blessings of the Jamaica Basketball Association and is being conducted islandwide in schools and communities, noted Calvin Dennis Martin, co-ordinator of the programme. “The programme started last September, bringing basketball to schools and communities. The feedback has been good so far, as the youngsters have been turning out and are eager to learn,” Martin told The Gleaner. Martin also said that they have been to parishes such as Hanover, St James, St Thomas, Kingston and St Andrew to date, but intend to cover the other parishes as well. “Basketball seems to be dying, so the plan is to resuscitate the sport here,” Martin added. An Under-13 Mini Basketball tournament was held over three weekends and ended last Saturday, with Rae Town Warriors beating Majesty Lakers 14-11 in the final at Breezy Castle in Rae Town. Damion Robinson of Rae Town was voted MVP of the tournament. He scored a game-high eight points in the final to lead his team to the trophy. Coach of Rae Town Warriors, Rolondo Moodie, said the game was highly competitive as the youngsters played hard. Competitive gamelast_img read more

Inadequate broadband services must be tackled – McConalogue

first_imgDeputy Charlie McConalogue says the €15m earmarked to provide high speed broadband to rural areas as part of Budget 2017 must be invested as a matter of priority.The Inishowen TD says the current service levels in homes and businesses across the county are completely unacceptable.“The poor level of broadband service in Donegal has become more apparent over the last five years. Despite a series of promises and policy pledges, Fine Gael and Labour presided over an increasing digital divide.“The National Broadband Plan, first published in 2012, promised that high speed broadband would be rolled out to 90% of homes and businesses by the end of 2015, that was then pushed out to 85% by 2019, before a pledge of 100% by 2022 was made”, explained Deputy McConalogue. “The latest move is the setting up of a taskforce to examine mobile phone and broadband coverage across the country. Instead of new taskforces, we need the Minister and the Government to get serious about delivering these essential services to residents and business people in Donegal.”He added people fed up with the Government’s spin.“Four years after the publication of the NBP, more than half of all homes and businesses in Donegal are still without an acceptable service. Minister Naughten promised that broadband was a key priority for him – he needs to prove it by ensuring that high speed broadband is rolled out without delay.“Broadband is not a luxury commodity – it’s an essential service. With many homes and businesses unable to get broadband or speeds of greater than 1mb, I am calling on the Minister to concentrate his efforts and ensure that the necessary infrastructure can be put in place as soon as possible so that this long promised broadband can be rolled out without delay”. Inadequate broadband services must be tackled – McConalogue was last modified: November 8th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cosmologists Taste the Forbidden Fruit

first_imgEveryone agrees: our universe appears fine-tuned for human existence.  You have two choices: it was designed by God, or there is a multiverse (other universes we cannot detect).  Amanda Gefter is unhappy with that choice.  In New Scientist, she asked, why can’t we have more options?    Calling the God-vs-multiverse choice a false dichotomy, she said, “Science never boils down to a choice between two alternative explanations.  It is always plausible that both are wrong and a third or fourth or fifth will turn out to be correct.”    Choosing the God option, she said, would be to “abandon science itself.”  But she was also uncomfortable with the multiverse.  Irritated at creationist blogs and websites that consider the multiverse a “get-out-of-God-free card,” Gefter also took umbrage at their linking of evolution with moral evil.  She labeled any speculative hypothesis that avoided God as “science.”  A related story on New Scientist said that the amount of dark matter in our universe is finely tuned.  “It’s not just the nature of dark matter that’s a mystery,” the article began; “– even its abundance is inexplicable.”  This is a bit strange since it would be hard to know the abundance of something that is undetectable.  What is the explanation for this “tremendous coincidence”? the article asked, appealing to the anthropic principle.  “But if our universe is just one of many possible universes, at least this conundrum can be explained.”Want to hear her speculation on what the third option might look like?  Here it is – we kid you not.  We quote the article so you know we are not making this up.What might a third option look like here?  Physicist John Wheeler once offered a suggestion: maybe we should approach cosmic fine-tuning not as a problem but as a clue.  Perhaps it is evidence that we somehow endow the universe with certain features by the mere act of observation.  It’s an idea that Stephen Hawking has been thinking about, too.  Hawking advocates what he calls top-down cosmology, in which observers are creating the universe and its entire history right now.  If we in some sense create the universe, it is not surprising that the universe is well suited to us.Let’s get this straight: either imagining universes we can never know is science, or believing that we are god is science.  But believing in a real God, who has the purpose and power to create a universe, and the omnipresence to be the Observer giving reality to phenomena (as philosopher George Berkeley argued), is not science.  OK, everyone, let’s sing:When you wish upon a star, nature makes you what you are,Anything your heart concocts is science true.If your heart is in your dream, no proposal’s too extremeWhen you hyper-speculate as scientists do.Fate is kind, she gives reality,The sweet fulfillment of our observing.Like a bolt out of the blue, observation creates you,When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.Believers in this PAP or “Participatory Anthropic Principle” (i.e., the idea that we create the universe by observing it), apparently are willing to take credit for having brought into existence distant galaxies, with all their stars and planets and whatever – items they have never seen or will see – just because the universe we see from earth is a requirement for their existence.  Undoubtedly this is considered more scientific than the “name it and claim it“ preaching on some religious TV programs.    Welcome to modern science Fantasyland.  This make-believe world, in which otherwise intelligent people employ the honorable label of science to abandon reason and common sense, and hide their eyes from the clear evidence of creation, where they can embrace absurd notions that fulfill an old temptation (“Ye shall be as gods”) to preserve their naturalistic religion, has only one explanation: Romans 1.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The 2018 wheat crop finished strong

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jason Hartschuh Crawford County Extension and Harold WattersThere were some good reasons to grow wheat again this year. Many farmers we spoke with said 2018 produced another very good crop. Our warm spring conditions cut back on yield but quality was excellent. What else goes into making the farm more profit?Crop rotation: wheat adds a third crop to our rotation. Generally we get a 10% yield bump to the next crop in the rotation. And with a three crop rotation we reduce disease and insect pressure for all crops.“Cover crop wheat” was a new term for me this spring. This was planted after last year’s soybeans and planned to be a cover crop ahead of corn. Wheat, like oats and cereal rye will help hold onto nitrates. If we wanted we could even graze wheat, or if we get a good stand and have good prospects we can keep it to harvest as grain — this may be our perfect cover crop.BMPs for wheat productionPlanting date:Fly free date in Ohio is also our agronomic trigger for the best planting dates. From recent experience we probably want to plant within the week to 10 days after that date in your area. Long-term data says we should get about the same yield if we plant in the 14-day window following Fly free. Fly free dates in Ohio range from Sept. 22 in northern Oho to Oct. 5 at Southpoint. Do plant into moisture, even if it’s a little deeper than you might normally plant. Last year we had some folks plant “dry” hoping for a rain that came too late. We want rapid germination.Application of phosphorus: we can reduce the chance of nutrient movement by applying the fertilizer in the spring into the growing wheat crop. If for example we need 90 pounds of P2O5, we also get 20 to 35 pounds of N along with that (assuming MAP 11-52-0 or DAP 18-46-0). This puts on the N when we need it in the spring.Variety selection: get good genetics with excellent disease resistance. Pierce Paul, our OSU Wheat and Corn Pathologist, says that to reduce the threat of Fusarium head blight and to get good yields choose a variety with high resistance to Head scab and plan to apply a fungicide if conditions require. The OSU wheat trials just came out, check the yield numbers AND the disease ratings: https://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/wheattrials/.Row width — we have possibilities. Using a drill we can plant at 6 to 10 inches. And many of us have our split row soybean planters in 15-inch rows. It gets a cover out there and doesn’t take too great of a yield hit.Some Ohio wheat producers are interested in growing soft red winter wheat in 15-inch rows to utilize a more precise planting implement, to reduce equipment inventory, reduce wheat seed costs, sow a cover crop, establish a forage crop, or to Modify Relay Intercrop (MRI) soybeans into wheat. Regarding relay intercropping, long term data from Jason Hartschuh at OSU’s Crawford County farm show an average yield of 75 bushel per acre wheat and 31 bushels per acre soybeans in their relay intercropping work — not bad for two crops in one year. Jason also says that twin row 30-inch wheat looks as good yield-wise as 15-inch row wheat and gives a bigger target to get beans into.last_img read more

29 Million Searches Per Minute: Global Search Engine Market Grew 46% in 2009

first_imgAccording to comScore, Internet users in the U.S. conducted the highest number of searches on the top 10 search engines in 2009. U.S. Internet users over 15 conducted over 22 billion searches last year, followed by China (13 billion) and Japan (9 billion).Just yesterday, we reported that traffic analyst firm Hitwise’s latest data shows that the traffic to social networks in Australia is getting to the point where it will soon surpass traffic to search engines. Judging from these numbers, even if social networks pass search in terms of traffic at some point, search still has a lot of headroom to grow and will continue to do so in the near future. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#search#web frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market According to the latest data from comScore, Internet users over the age of 15 conducted over 29 million searches per minute in 2009. Overall, the global search market grew 46% in 2009. Unsurprisingly, Google continues to have a commanding lead in this market. Worldwide, Google accounted for 66% of all searches conducted in 2009 by Internet users over 15. Microsoft’s search properties, including Bing, commanded only about 3% of the total market, but Microsoft also saw the greatest gain (70%) among the top 5 search properties. In total, comScore estimates that Internet users now conduct close to 131 billion searches per year.Russian search engine Yandex was the fastest growing property among the top 10 search engine. Yandex registered a 90% gain in 2009. Except for Alibaba.com, every one of the top 10 search engines in comScore’s index registered a growth in the total number of searches conducted on their sites. Worldwide, Internet users conducted over 131 billion searches in 2009. Every day, people over 15 around the world conducted about 3.6 billion searches. That’s almost 25 million searches conducted per minute.last_img read more

Netflix Letter to Shareholders Shows It Couldn’t Care Less About DVDs

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#NYT#Video Services#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Streaming video and DVD subscription service Netflix announced its first quarter earnings for 2011 today. In its letter to shareholders (.pdf), the company showed off its continued growth, with 3.6 million new subscribers worldwide and $719 million in revenue, but the real story might be the company’s continued march away from its once-bread-and-butter offering – the humble DVD.The company barely pays lip service to DVD subscriptions, and spends the majority of the letter discussing plans for first-run TV series and movies, expanded network offerings and competition within the streaming video space.In 16 pages, the word “DVD” is mentioned only a dozen times, with just over 100 words devoted to the topic in a section titled “DVD was a Booster Rocket, but is not a Differentiator”:We believe that DVD will be a fading differentiator given the explosive growth of streaming, and that in order to prosper in streaming we must concentrate on having the best possible streaming service.  As a result, we are beginning to treat them separately in many ways.  Already, if you look at our signup page for non-members, it is all about streaming.  Having said this, DVD rental is still a great business for us, and we are working on solutions to make sure DVD continues to be a profitable business for us in the years ahead, but it is not core to winning in streaming at this point.  In the handful of other mentions, we find the word “DVD” next to words like “flattening” and “decline”. The writing has been on the wall for months now and here it is again. So what does Netflix have in store, then, for its multiplying streaming customers?A “wider and better selection of TV shows and movies then ever before. Netflix points to a partnership with CBS, which it says makes it the “only online premium subscription service that offers shows from all four broadcast networks, as well as many of the largest cable TV networks.”Increased content with: Sons of Anarchy, Glee, Mad Men, Weeds, Blue Mountain State.Look out for more first-run, serialized content like “House of Cards”. The company says “Serialized dramas, like the original BBC series on which “House of Cards” is based, have been big favorites on Netflix and we want to confirm our theory that because we are click-and-watch rather than appointment viewing, we can efficiently build a big audience for a well-produced serialized show.” If this one is a success, the company says it is like to “license two or three similar, but smaller, deals.”The biggest competition is coming from Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime, with Dish Networks “likely to launch a substantial subscription streaming effort under the Blockbuster brand,” in case you’re looking for an alternative.The word “stream” shows up 26 times in the letter, while “DVD” shows up only 12 times. Just saying.last_img read more