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Netflix Jumps Apple Fees, Bypassing App Store Signup
This could be bad news for Apple… Netflix has proven something in its nearly two decade-history: it’s a game-changing innovator who’s constantly experimenting in order to stay relevant and profitable. From its start taking on the age-old video rental store concept as a DVD-by-mail subscription all the way through... Read more
Walmart Aims To Take On Netflix, Hulu, And More
Walmart-owned Vudu is nothing new, at least not in terms of the basic function. It’s actually quite a refreshing break from the “pay for it all, consume everything” nature of most video streaming services. Like a lazy man’s Redbox, Vudu lets you pay only for titles you want to... Read more
Word From Our Editor: How Spotify, Netflix and Amazon Know What You Love
Playlists and recommendations are the gateway to great discoveries, but just how do they work? We take a look at the science behind the magic. It’s fair to say we take a lot of pretty amazing technology for granted these days. Self-parking cars? Boring. 100mbps WiFi? Too slow man.... Read more
Google, Intel, Mozilla, Netflix, And Others Form Alliance For Open Media
Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, Netflix, Amazon, and Cisco, have become day one members of the newly formed Alliance for Open Media. The Alliance (AOMedia) is an open source, not for profit project intent on creating ‘a new, open royalty-free video codec specification…with binding specifications for media formats…’ The overall... Read more
Netflix Hits 60 Million Subscribers Worldwide
Netflix has announced it reached 60 million global subscribers earlier this year, adding an extra four million from late 2014. Two million came from the US, two millions from overseas, showing the demand worldwide for the video streaming service. 40 million customers come from the US, making the bulk... Read more
Netflix Focused On Bringing Global Content To All Audiences
Reports earlier this year suggested Netflix was working on a way to close borders between VPN users trying to slip onto the US service, but in a new interview with CEO Reed Hastings it seems like the exact opposite. Speaking on the subject of licensed content, Hastings claimed the... Read more
T-Mobile Offering One Year Of Netflix For Galaxy S6, S6 Edge Purchase
In order to get Samsung back on top, T-Mobile USA is offering a huge deal for Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge customers: One free year of Netflix. That’s $100 worth of value attached onto several other deals T-Mobile has launched through its Un-Carrier program. It should bring even more... Read more
Netflix Should Add Self-Control Tools For House Of Cards
If there is one thing Netflix can count on, it’s binge watchers sticking on the service for a few hours per day to watch a few too many episodes of House of Cards, Breaking Bad or Orange is the New Black. In the case of Breaking Bad (and more... Read more
Netflix Working On Live Action Legend Of Zelda Series
According to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal, streaming media company, Netflix, is currently developing a live-action series that is based upon Nintendo’s famous The Legend of Zelda gaming series. The show has been described as “Game of Thrones for a family audience.” The Legend Of Zelda games... Read more
Are We Going To See a 4K PS4 and Xbox One in 2015?
According to claims by streaming content provider Netflix, both Microsoft and Sony are going to release revised versions of their Xbox One and PS4 gaming consoles, which support 4K content later on this year. Huffington Post reported that Neil Hunt, Netflix’s Chief Product Officer, said during a press conference... Read more
Marriott Hotels To Offer Netflix & Hulu In The Room?
I really enjoy staying in hotels while I’m traveling. However, I always have a bit of a panic attack when I turn on the television. Due to the smorgasbord of channels offered, I never seem to know what’s on/what channel it’s on. (And yes, I do realize there’s a... Read more
Netflix Premieres House Of Cards Season 3 At Golden Globes
Netflix showed the premiere of House of Cards Season 3 at the Golden Globes, following an acceptance speech by Kevin Spacey for the Best Actor in Drama for Frank Underwood on House of Cards. In his acceptance speech, Spacey took the persona of Underwood, claiming “This is the beginning... Read more
Netflix reportedly clamping down on VPNs
Netflix is only available in a few countries, but it still manages to run into licensing issues, due to movie and TV companies not wanting their programs in regions other than the United States. According to Torrent Freak, Netflix is starting to ban virtual-private networks (VPN) and other services that bypass... Read more
FCC Makes It Easier For Internet TV To Compete Against Cable
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted a proposal to make internet TV providers have the same privileges as cable and satellite services. Currently, internet TV services are not held in the same fashion as satellite and cable services, meaning network programmers can simply deny service, and sue those... Read more
Netflix Will Trick Your Kids This New Year’s Eve (If You Want)
Let’s face it – New Year’s Eve is cool and all, but sometimes parents don’t want to wait up with their kids until the ball drops at the midnight hour. Sometimes, parents are tired and don’t want to wait up at all; they just want to go to bed.... Read more
Netflix Confirms Offline Playback Will “Never Happen”
Netflix foolishly announced offline playback would be coming to Honeycomb tablets back in 2011, and ever since fans of the streaming service have waited for the feature. Well the wait is now over, Netflix’s director of communications and technology Cliff Edwards has revealed offline playback is “never going to... Read more
Shutdown of The Pirate Bay Has No Effect on Piracy Rates
The Pirate Bay has been the most popular torrent site for the past decade, but on Dec. 9 the Swedish police force managed to raid the server room, shutting down the piracy site. What was marvelled as a big step towards beating piracy has had almost zero effect however,... Read more
Amazon May Be Preparing Ad-Supported Instant Video Service
Amazon Instant Video is not looking too hot, when compared to Netflix on peak Internet traffic. The two video streamers stack up at 2.5 percent and 34.8 percent, respectively. In order to close the gap, Amazon is reportedly looking to create an ad-supported Instant Video service, where users can... Read more