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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.
Netflix has reported record performance for the fourth quarter of 2016. The streaming service added 7.04 million subscribers over a period of just three months, breaking the previous record of 5.59 million. Its total revenue was also up at $2.48 billion, an increase of 36%.
Dozens of classic Disney films are being added to Hulu and some will be exclusive to the service. In total, 56 titles from the Disney vault will be added beginning this week. The full roll out is going to take months. Mulan and Pocahontas will both be exclusive.
Netflix and Marvel are the latest victims of OurMine, a hacking group most known for breaking into social media accounts. Twitter accounts for both companies were hacked and OurMine made itself known in their respective feeds by posting to their millions of followers.
Sling TV is coming out with its own TV tuner, the company has quietly confirmed. It's called the AirTV Player and it'll combine Sling, local TV channels, and Netflix. The included digital receiver gives you access to a limited set of local TV content.
Shortly after the release of HBO Now for Google's Daydream VR platform, Netflix has come out with its own Daydream app. You can use the app to view movies and TV shows in a virtual log cabin. The content isn't actually in VR, but it's placed in a virtual reality space.
HBO Now content can now be viewed in a virtual reality (VR) environment using Google's Daydream system. For now, that means the app works on the Daydream View headset, which is only compatible with a few handsets. Viewers will be placed in a home theater-like setting.
Netflix is adding video previews, which will either be helpful or annoying depending on the situation. To help users figure out if they're interested in a show or movie, videos will appear to "quickly highlight the story, characters and tone of a title."
Netflix will pump out many new series during 2017 and it'll be offering over 1,000 hours of original content by the end of next year. Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, says the company wants to double its original series over the next 12 months.