Verizon Caught Throttling Netflix and YouTube, says it was “Video Optimization”

“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

Hackers leak new season of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black after Ransom not Paid

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.

Netflix (kind of) joins Apple “TV” app

“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 enables downloading of some content for offline viewing

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.