News tagged: Netflix
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.
The most requested feature for Netflix is finally here, downloading shows and movies to watch whenever and wherever you choose. Available now for Android and iOS on tablets and smartphones. Not everything on Netflix can be downloaded, but there is already a growing list of media.
Key parts of Netflix's library are available in 4K, though the service hasn't been streaming content at that resolution to most devices. That's beginning to change now that 4K streaming is available for Windows 10 PCs, but there are some hardware and software restrictions.
Vimeo plans to enter the subscription streaming industry in a bid to somewhat compete against Netflix, Amazon, and others. Interim CEO Joey Levin says the company, which is primarily known for hosting user-created videos, will "deliver compelling" experiences.
Apple is going to introduce a TV guide for the Apple TV during its Mac event today. The guide will help people search for content and find shows/movies across a range of apps. It'll feature multiple services, yet Recode reports it doesn't include Netflix.
Netflix intends to grow its original programming so that it accounts for half of the service's library, but doing so is expensive. To fund some of its content investments, Netflix says it'll raise $1 billion through a debt offering. The money is largely for content expenses.
AT&T's $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner isn't a problem, says Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, and it may even be beneficial as long as regulators continue to support net neutrality. If "HBO's bits and Netflix's bits are treated the same" Hastings doesn't see a problem.