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What Do You Want to Ask Reed Hastings Today?

Netflix has Q4 earnings, and Re/code's Peter Kafka is asking questions. Send suggestions his way.

Asa Mathat
Peter Kafka covers media and technology, and their intersection, at Vox. Many of his stories can be found in his Kafka on Media newsletter, and he also hosts the Recode Media podcast.

Three months ago Netflix surprised Wall Street, and explained that it had missed its Q3 earnings targets because the credit card industry was swapping out old cards with new technology.

What does Reed Hastings and company have in store for Q4? We’ll find out this afternoon. But first! A question for you: What would you like to ask Reed Hastings and company?

This isn’t a theoretical query. Because just like last quarter, I’m participating in Netflix’s earnings call, asking my own questions along with ones you send me today at

This is the same odd-but-interesting setup we had last year: Other than setting me up with a camera and a streaming connection, Netflix hasn’t had any contact with me in advance of today’s call. They don’t know what questions I’m going to ask, and I’ll learn about their Q4 results at the same time everyone else will.

The only difference is that my co-questioner this time around is Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne, who replaces RBC’s Mark Mahaney.

Again: It’s unusual to have a journalist, or any other outsider, picking out the questions for a public company’s earnings call. But I think it’s an interesting idea at the very least.

And it seemed to work well last time, so I’m happy to try again.

Hastings has been doing a lot of public appearances recently: He was at the DLD conference yesterday, and earlier in the month he was at CES, where I did another brief interview with him.

So finding new questions to ask may be bit more challenging than the last time around. That’s your cue to send interesting ideas my way. Thanks in advance.

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