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Netflix has debuted a special interactive form of content targeted at children. The streaming service's new "choose your own adventure" stories let kids navigate a story in unique ways. While the format is initially meant for kids, it could potentially expand at some point.
There are more people in the US with a Netflix subscription than a cable TV subscription, the streaming company has confirmed in a recent report. In its quarterly earnings report, Netflix revealed it has 50.85 million members in the US. That's higher than the cable TV industry.
A TV adaptation of The Witcher is officially headed to Netflix and Andrzej Sapkowski, author of The Witcher novels, will be a creative consultant for the show. His novels inspired the game series, which has been a big seller over the years for CD Projekt Red.
Rooted Android phones and tablets won't be able to use the latest version of Netflix. The app now comes with an updated DRM system that fully relies on Google's Widevine DRM. As a result, it typically won't run on a device that's been rooted. Widevine offers content protection.
Netflix's app on Android now comes with support for HDR video streaming, although the feature currently just works on the LG G6. Since the app uses the Dolby Vision spec for mobile HDR video, the feature is limited to the G6, which is the only phone offering that spec.
Time Warner Cable (TWC) is facing a lawsuit from New York attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman over unacceptably low performance. According to Schneiderman, Time Warner Cable intentionally provided consumers with service that was slower than advertised.
Streaming services like Netflix generate far greater watch time among young people than traditional live television. According to a report from Trendera, teens spend 24% of their time on YouTube, 27% on Netflix, and 14% on live TV. Hulu and Amazon were at 4% and 3%.
Through a deal with Chinese video streaming service iQiyi, Netflix has managed to enter China. Netflix was originally planning to directly enter the market, but it decided in October 2016 to work on licensing deals instead. Baidu owns the iQiyi service.
Subscriber growth at Netflix wasn't as high as expected during the last quarter, though it plans to bring itself over the 100 million mark in the second quarter. It expects to reach 102 million subscribers with 600,000 new domestic users and 2.6 million international subscribers.
Netflix is trying to massively increase its original content offerings and a multi-billion dollar investment in shooting content in California will contribute to that goal. Ted Sarandos, the company's chief investment officer, says it'll invest $6 billion in California business.
Netflix remains the most popular streaming service in the US, according to a report from comScore. 53% of WiFi-enabled households currently use at least one streaming service and Netflix is present in 75% of those households. YouTube is in second place.
Netflix's thumbs up/down ratings system is now rolling out to users. It's replacing the star-based rating system for movies and TV shows that's been in place for years. Netflix believes this new option will increase the likelihood of people giving their opinion on content.
Offline streaming is now included in the Netflix app for Windows 10. It's been possible to download videos for later viewing on Android and iOS since late 2016, and now that ability has come to Windows. Only certain parts of the Netflix library are available.
Rather than hire a professional team to translate the vast amount of subtitles on Netflix, the company has unveiled a contractor-based program. Netflix's Hermes program is inviting users to create subtitles in over 20 languages. They'll work as contractors.
Netflix is significantly updating its rating system to replace stars with thumbs-up and thumbs-down. The change will roll out to all users in April. It's already gone through testing and was well-received during that part of the process, says Netflix.
Netflix's original movies and TV shows could potentially be re-cut for mobile devices. Neil Hunt, the company's chief product officer, said during a briefing with journalists that it's within the realm of possibility different cuts could be made for mobile.
Netflix is working to include HDR support for streaming video on mobile devices. Reed Hastings, Netflix's CEO, says the company is committed to offering HDR on all platforms. He made that statement while speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Netflix and a group of other companies are facing lawsuits from Blackbird Technologies, a patent troll, over their offline download features. Lawsuits have been filed against Netflix, Soundcloud, Vimeo, Starz, Mubi, and Studio 3 Partners. They all offer offline downloads.
You can receive a free year of Netflix streaming if you purchase or lease a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge from T-Mobile. Either phone must be purchased by February 7 and you must register for the promotion on the Samsung Promotions site by February 21.
Netflix has added another reason for people to want expandable storage support on their phones. The streaming service is now letting Android users download movies and TV shows to microSD cards. However, many top phones don't come with microSD support.