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Has your House of Cards binge been plagued by lag? Verizon admitted to having recently experimented with capping download speeds to 10Mbps on mobile devices. The test seems to have particularly targeted popular video streaming services like Netflix and YouTube. Verizon’s cap was uncovered through tests last week with Netflix’s speed test tool fast.com. Although Netflix was the only service that was able to verify these numbers through a test tool, other video streaming services such as YouTube seemed to have also suffered from lag. Many people argued that these numbers were confirmation that Verizon... Read more...
You might think that an agency such as the Federal Communications Commission would exist for no other reason than to protect consumers, but that hasn't proven to be the case at all when it comes to our online rights. You might be tired of hearing about net neutrality - and we couldn't even blame you - but now more than ever, we can't let down our guard. To reiterate what net neutrality is supposed to do: it's to treat our internet access as a Title II utility, classifying it the same way our phones and power are. That is to say that companies can't charge whatever they want for whatever they want... Read more...
In an attempt to keep pirates at bay, Netflix is no longer letting users with rooted Android devices board its app from Google Play. The policy extends to unlocked handsets, as well. Interestingly, the app itself continues to work fine if it is already installed, which led some people to think that Netflix and/or Google had accidentally made it invisible on Google Play. This not the case. "With our latest 5.0 release, we now fully rely on the Widevine DRM provided by Google; therefore, many devices that are not Google-certified or have been altered will no longer work with our latest app and those... Read more...
Netflix can be considered one of the pioneers in streaming video, having made the jump to a subscription online movie and TV show business back when DVD rentals where still fashionable. Fast forward to today and Netflix is on the verge of servicing more than 100 million streaming subscribers—it should hit (and exceed) the 100 million mark by the end of the second quarter. In the first quarter of 2017, Netflix added 5 million members to the fold, bringing its tally to 98.75 million. That is up from 81.5 million in the same quarter a year prior. If Netflix's projections prove accurate, it will increase... Read more...
It took a long while, but Netflix finally got around to letting users download movies and TV shows for offline viewing on select platforms last year. The oft-requested feature is handy for traveling, as it allows subscribers to download content on their home network and then view it from places where either an Internet connection doesn't exist (watching a horror movie while out camping in the middle of nowhere is a fun experience) or where data charges are cost-prohibitive. Well, that same feature is now available to Windows 10 users.Netflix updated its Windows 10 app in the Windows Store to support... Read more...
Back in late November, Netflix brought offline playback to mobile customers thanks to updated iOS and Android apps. Offline downloads had been a long-requested feature from subscribers, and similar functionality is available with the competing Amazon Prime Video streaming service. Today, we’re learning that Netflix is extending this offline download support for Android users. You can now save downloaded TV shows and movies directly to a microSD card. This is definitely welcome news for users that have limited onboard storage, especially given that large-capacity microSD cards are relatively cheap... Read more...
Investors who own stock in Netflix are doing the happy dance this morning as shares of the streaming service shot up more than 8 percent in after market hours, reaching a record high of more than $145 per share. The company that made a name for itself by renting DVDs through mail before transitioning to a streaming juggernaut caught the attention of investors by capping off 2016 with some big numbers. Netflix finished the year with 93.8 million members after adding 7.05 million in the fourth quarter, tallying 19 million net additions for the full year. That puts the company on pace to top the 100... Read more...
There are some things that you can see from a mile way. A raging wildfire with billowing smoke, for example. Another is the inevitable demise of "Free Downloader for Netflix," an authorized third-party tool that enabled Netflix users to download movies and TV shows for offline viewing. The developers behind the tool have yanked it offline and are no longer developing future versions following a trademark complaint.While the third-party developers were not necessarily being malicious in developing such an app, Netflix would prefer to handle things on its own. The problem is that Netflix is taking... Read more...
Have you ever wanted to watch something from Netflix while on a plane, but did not want to pay the ridiculous price for WiFi? A new downloader tool may be the solution. "Free Netflix Downloader" allows users to download movies and television shows from Netflix for offline viewing. Free Netflix Downloader was developed by DVDVideoSoft for Windows. According to DVDVideoSoft’s “Alex”, “[It is intended for] users with slow Internet connections, for those who like to store everything on their computer, for those who don’t have smart TVs; it’s also great for downloading a whole series season at a time.”The... Read more...
It’s been rumored for quite some time, but now it’s finally here. Netflix today announced that it is bringing offline playback functionality for all of its customers. Offline playback is currently available with the latest Netflix apps for both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms. “While many members enjoy watching Netflix at home, we’ve often heard they also want to continue their Stranger Things binge while on airplanes and other places where internet is expensive or limited,” explains Netflix. “Just click the download button on the details page for a film or TV series and you can watch... Read more...
Netflix 4K streaming support has long been in place for high-end televisions and streaming boxes, but those with [seemingly] 4K-capable hardware on the PC have been left on the sidelines. That is until today — Netflix has announced that 4K streaming is coming to the PC, but the system requirements are so confined at this point that it’s unlikely that your current rig is supported. For starters, you’ll need to be running Windows 10 and specifically use the Edge browser. While some enthusiasts may balk at using Windows 10, this is actually the least restrictive requirement. You’ll of course need... Read more...
Netflix may soon offer the ability to download movies and TV shows for offline viewing, giving subscribers a way to stay tuned to their favorite content when they're without an Internet connection, such as traveling to remote areas or bring a scary flick to watch at night while camping. It all sounds fun in theory, though in practice, you might not be able to use it. Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, said the focus for offline viewing is on developing territories. Subscribers living in the United States, which happens to be the biggest market Netflix serves, may not have access to... Read more...
Anyone who owns a significant number of shares in Netflix is about to have a good day. The streaming service reported better-than-expected earnings for its fiscal third period late on Monday, which in turn sent its stock price up by as much as 20 percent in after market trading. At the time of this writing (and prior to today's opening bell), Netflix shares are valued at $117.04, up over 17 percent compared to yesterday's $99.80 closing price. Netflix had a stellar quarter. It reported revenue of nearly $2.2 billion, an increase of 36 percent compared to the same period a year ago, and 40 percent... Read more...
Will the Chinese population ever get to “Netflix and chill”? Not according to Reed Hastings. The Netflix CEO does not believe that his corporation will be able to enter and succeed in the Chinese market. China is currently the most populous country in the world with 1.357 billion people. Its expanding consumer class has led many international companies to invest in the country. The Chinese government, however, has an incredibly tight hold on the media and has blocked numerous major corporations. Hastings noted, “We’re focused on the rest of the world. Disney, who is very good in China, had their... Read more...
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