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Around here, we like to think that free is good... for the most part. That is definitely the case with this new promotion in which Google has teamed up with Netflix to provide owners of certain Chromebooks a sweet deal on unlimited video streaming. If you own a Google Pixelbook, Samsung Chromebook Pro or Plus, you are entitled to six months of free Netflix service. It doesn't matter if you purchased the device months ago or recently; Google and Netflix have you covered. As long as you have an eligible Google- or Samsung-based Chromebook, you can visit Google's Chromebook offer site to redeem the offer. Eligible participants will revive six months of Netflix's "Standard Plan", which allows you... Read more...
Netflix is set to spend a massive amount of money on original content next year with a budget that puts many networks to shame. The streaming media giant confirmed during its Q3 earnings report yesterday that it would be spending $8 billion on new content for 2018. That massive budget will allow Netflix to continue adding new and original shows, movies, and comedy specials that will help it to continue to grow its enviable subscriber base globally. Along with the confirmation of the bigger budget, Netflix also talked about subscriber numbers for the quarter ending September 30. The breakdown shows significantly faster growth overseas with 4.45 million new subscribers added outside of the U.S.,... Read more...
Netflix is easily the most notable streaming video service out there and the thing that helps keeps it that way is the wealth of original programming that the network offers. Not only does it have a lot of original content including shows and movies, but that content it's typically VERY good. The downside to this expansive catalog of high quality original content is that it costs a lot of money to produce. To cover the costs for making such good shows, Netflix has announced that it is increasing the price for higher tier subscriptions. Reports indicate that the $7.99 basic monthly plan is staying the same price for now. However, the Standard plan with HD content and two screens at once that most... Read more...
There are plenty of options out there for cable and satellite TV service and while many people are more concerned with cutting that cord and using streaming services, DISH Network is still a big choice for many people. DISH has announced a new feature today that fans of Netflix in 4K will want to know about. While DISH started supporting 4K Netflix streaming via its own app back in April of 2016 for Hopper 3 users, only the main TV with the Hopper 3 directly connected could stream Netflix in 4K. That has changed with DISH announcing today that the 4K Netflix app is now available for its 4K Joey set top boxes. That means streaming of Netflix 4K content in your entire home is now enabled. If you... Read more...
While first place U.S. wireless carrier Verizon seems to be doing its best to make enemies with its rejiggered unlimited data plans, third place T-Mobile is once again looking to provide added value for its customers with a new promotion. T-Mobile today revealed its “Netflix on Us” campaign, which as its name implies, gives you a free subscription to the Netflix streaming service. You are eligible for the free Netflix perk as long as you have two or more lines active using a T-Mobile One unlimited data plan. You’ll receive Netflix’s “standard” plan which usually costs $9.99 per month. This plan allows two concurrent streams in HD quality. You can pay an extra $2 to get the “premium” plan which... Read more...
Several of Samsung's smartphones feature displays that support high dynamic range (HDR) visuals, though for whatever reason, streaming giant Netflix up to this point has chosen not to support HDR on any of them. That all changes with the Galaxy Note 8. It joins LG's V30 handset and Sony's Xperia XZ1 and XZ Premium phones as the only Android phones where Netflix is available in HDR.Samsung has a reputation for using high quality displays on its smartphones. Its Super AMOLED panels are top notch and often a step above the competition. When it comes to HDR visuals, peak brightness is a key metric. That is one area where the Galaxy Note 8 and its Super AMOLED display excels—it has a peak brightness... Read more...
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 was throttling services like Netflix. Verizon implicitly admitted that there recently had been... 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 - there are guidelines. And for companies like Verizon and Comcast, they feel that those guidelines... 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 users will no longer see the Netflix app in the Play Store," Netflix said in a statement.Widevine... 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 its total streaming membership to 101.95 million users. "In Q1, we surpassed $2.5 billion in... 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 offline viewing. When you first fire up the updated app, Netflix displays a message saying to... 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 these days. The newest iteration of the Netflix app for Android makes it easy to select from internal... 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 million member mark by the second quarter of this year, and perhaps by the end of the first quarter... 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 a long time to give customers what they want. To Netflix's credit, it recently rolled out a download... 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 tool supports multiple downloads at a time and most downloads only take a few minutes. Users... 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 it later without an internet connection.” Airplane mode. Road trip mode. Stuck-in-the-subway-for-20-minutes... 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 at least a 4K display at your disposal, but most importantly, you’ll need to be running a Intel’s 7th... 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 offline viewing right away, if at all. "Now as we've launched in more territories … They all have different... 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 of which came from abroad. This is the first time that Netflix's revenue has cracked $2 billion on... 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 movie service shut down. Apple, who is very good in China, had their movie service closed down. It... Read more...
Netflix suffered a major outage on Saturday afternoon that began around 3:00 p.m. ET. The streaming service continued to have trouble for the next two and a half hours, coming back online around 5:30 p.m. ET. Netflix acknowledged the disruption in a Twitter post, but has yet to say what cased the trouble. Early speculation is that binge watching a couple of popular new shows might have been the issue. Hi all - we are aware of streaming issues and we are working quickly to solve them. We will update you when they are resolved. — Netflix CS (@Netflixhelps) October 1, 2016 One of those new shows is Marvel's Luke Cage. It features a "hoodie-wearing, unbreakable ex-con" with superhuman strength and... Read more...
Your mom may think that you spend too much time on the Internet, but Netflix most certainly does not. Netflix has asked the FCC to prohibit data caps, because it claims that caps are unreasonable and noncompetitive. Netflix insists that caps “may impede the ability of some households to watch Internet television in a manner and amount that they would like.” Netflix submitted a filing last week for the FCC’s annual investigation of broadband deployment. This review is required by Congress in Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act and requires the FCC to determine whether all Americans are receiving Internet in a fair and timely manner. The review focuses on availability and speed, however,... Read more...
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