Online streaming behemoth Netflix has benefitted handsomely from its deal with Starz for exclusive content, but according to the Washington Post, that relationship might be on the skids. Starz has announced that beginning this summer, new first-run series (and later movies) will only be available on Netflix 90 days after it airs. This is a change from the current set up wherein many Starz programs were available for streaming immediately.
The hit series "Dexter" is getting axed from Netflix's streaming service. So is "Californication" and every other current, original series. It's the agreement CBS's Showtime and Netflix came to when reworking an expiring streaming content deal, and quite frankly, losing popular shows like "Dexter" simply sucks. But it's not all bad news for Netflix.
Sometimes you have to take the bull by the horns and hope like hell you don't get gored. That's the lesson Netflix is learning as it tries to compete with cable channels like HBO and Showtime, both of which attract viewers with original series like "The Sopranos" and "Californication." It appears likely Netflix will also try its hand at producing an original television series of its own, and spend a lot of money doing so.
Android is seen by some as the Holy Grail of Netflix streaming, which is available on just about every other platform. You can currently stream Netflix through game consoles, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, TV sets, Apple devices, and who knows, there's probably a toaster oven out there somewhere serving up Netflix titles. Curiously missing from that list is Android, though it appears not for long.
If you're planning to pay for the delivery of a digital movie to your home, odds are strong that you're paying Netflix for the privilege. A new NPD Group study tells us that Netflix holds a whopping 61% of the digital movie market. That's fairly impressive in and of itself, but the complete scattering of the rest of the market is remarkable as well.
Cheapskate. Some folks say it with a snarled upper lip and a curt, terse emphasis on the final syllable, like it’s some kind of awful, horrible moral failing. Puh-leeze. More often than not, cheapskates aren’t ripping off anyone. But the cable, satellite, software, and phone companies sure are.
In a day and age when everyone is trying to upsell, premium-ize, and shake us down on a weekly basis—often under the guise of saving us money—we actually view cheapskatism as a sign of higher intelligence and reason. If approached the right way, of course.
In a bid to stay relevant and avoid the same ultimate fate as MySpace, Facebook will try its hand at renting and selling Warner Bros. flicks through public pages of WB movies. The trial kicks off on Tuesday with Batman: The Dark Knight. Facebook users will have the option of forking over 30 Facebook credits ($3) to watch the movie through a Facebook application.
Turns out Nintendo's upcoming 3DS handheld console has a few more tricks up its sleeve. In addition to a 3D display -- the 3DS's flagship feature -- Nintendo announced two upcoming collaborations, one with AT&T that will allow the 3DS to automatically connect to more than 10,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots, and another with Netflix to stream movies and other content on the gaming device. Suddenly the 3DS looks a lot more appealing.
Netflix is making a push to add subtitles to 80 percent of its online content available to watch instantly in the U.S. by the end of the year, company Chief Product Officer, Neil Hunt, announced in a blog post. The sultan of streaming better get busy. Netflix's catalog consists of 3,500 TV episodes and movies with Closed Captioning, or less than a third (30 percent) of available content. More are being added every week, but is Netflix working quickly enough?
CBS has been notable in the last few years for their almost complete lack of streaming content deals. But today Netflix and CBS have announced that they have entered into a two-year deal that will bring a large swath of CBS content to Netflix Instant Streaming. Hulu users will still be left out in the cold by CBS however.