“Verizon Wireless customers this week noticed that Netflix’s speed test tool appears to be capped at 10Mbps, raising fears that the carrier is throttling video streaming on its mobile network,” Jon Brodkin reports for Ars Technica. “When contacted by Ars this morning, Verizon acknowledged using a new video optimization system but said it is part of a temporary test and that it did not affect the actual quality of video. The video optimization appears to apply both to unlimited and limited mobile plans.” “But some YouTube users are reporting degraded video, saying that using a VPN service can bypass the Click Here to Read more
Over the weekend, a hacker group by the name of “Thedarkoverlord” claimed that they had broken into Netflix and downloaded the entire new season of the Orange Is The New Black season and that it will upload it to file sharing sites unless Netflix paid the “modest” ransom demand. Netflix has not commented on the situation nor have they given into the hacker’s demands.
“Back in October during Apple’s MacBook Pro unveiling, the company took some time away from its Mac lineup to unveil a new app called ‘TV,’” Zach Epstein reports for BGR. “Netflix had no interest in being involved with Apple’s new TV app at launch, and at the time it seemed unlikely that the company would ever be onboard with the TV app.” “The good news for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV users is that Netflix has had a change of heart and has made its content accessible in the TV app,” Epstein reports. “The bad news is that the company Click Here to Read more
Netflix has enabled the ability for its customers to download some of its movie and TV content for offline viewing. The offerings include some movies and TV shows, but seems to be more available for its own content. Current Content available: Stranger Things Orange is The New Black Narcos The Crown With more available in the coming days and weeks The ability is currently for all Android and iOS customers after the customer downloads the latest update from the respective app store.
Movie streaming service Netflix (NFLX) will be a new option for Comcast (CMCSA) X1 Subscribers. The service will be available as soon as November 10th. The use of both services will be able to “seamlessly move between the Netflix app and their cable service” without changing inputs, according to a joint statement issued by both companies. Additionally, Comcast’s voice search will work with Netflix, and streaming videos from Netflix will be displayed in conjunction with Comcast on-demand video offerings. Now, here is the catch: The service won’t be exempt from the 1TB data cap recently levied against a good portion of Comcast’s internet customers, and according Click Here to Read more
Last week, rumors surfaced that Disney was considering purchasing Twitter. Now this week, it is again rumored that Disney or Apple are considering the purchase of Netflix. According to R.W. Baird financial analyst William Power, Netflix has become a heated target of takeover rumors as of late, saying that “whether Disney, Apple or someone else, Netflix could become a target.” Disney currently holds 30% in streaming company Hulu thanks to a joint venture with other media companies such as Fox, Time Warner, and others. “What Disney has to think about is what is its place in a post cord-cutting world,” said Click Here to Read more
Netflix is seeking an individual who would be willing to sit on their couch (about 15 hours per week) to tag movies and shows that would be suitable for kids. Called The Kid Content Tagger: The Enhanced Content Kids team at Netflix is seeking a Kids Content Tagger to join our group. Are you passionate about kids’ television and movies? Our team is driven by kids media and we are looking for someone who shares our enthusiasm! The ideal candidate has in-depth knowledge of kids’ (ages 0–12) movies and television content. Our team is responsible for determining, across the United States Click Here to Read more
Bell acquires exclusive linear TV and SVOD rights in Canada. Netflix has signed an international licensing agreement with CBS Studios Intl. to be the exclusive home of the new “Star Trek” television series in 188 countries. The deal does not include the U.S. and Canada, where CBS and Bell Media, respectively, have the rights. Each episode of the series will be available globally within 24 hours of its U.S. premiere. Additionally, all 727 episodes of the previous “Star Trek” TV series, including “Star Trek: The Original Series,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: Click Here to Read more
Early Thursday, Netflix rolled out a long a waited feature for iOS and other platforms – the ability to have multi-user accounts inside of the app. The app allows 5 subscribers per account. They will be presented the above screen when a user logs in to the app. The app is also connected to FaceBook, allowing each user to share movie suggestions and more. The update should be available on all devices by the weekend. If your device does not have the update, you may have to manually update the app. Please refer to your device’s manual or technical support Click Here to Read more