We're still a long, long ways off from living out a Minority Report lifestyle, but the next time you turn on your Xbox 360 console, you'll be prompted to accept an update that adds even more razzle dazzle to your Kinect, if you have one. The update adds Kinect support for Netflix, so you no longer have to grab your controller to sort through titles and fire up movies in your queue.
Good news for fans of the hit TV show "Mad Men." Netflix hammered out an agreement to stream reruns of "Mad Men" after the show's initial airing on cable network AMC. As part of the deal, Netflix will fork over between $750,000 and $900,000 per episode to Lionsgate, the show's producer.
Twentieth Century Fox and Netflix today announced an amended and expanded non-exclusive digital distribution agreement that will add more titles from Fox's TV and movie library to Netflix. The multi-year agreement gives Netflix instant access to the first season of "Glee" and the first two seasons of "Sons of Anarchy," with additional seasons being added annually. Also on tap is "Ally McBeal" and "The Wonder Years."
Canadian ISPs are notorious for subjecting their users to atrociously low data caps. Needless to say, some of the more restrictive data plans are unfavorable to bandwidth-intensive activities like watching streaming movies. Mindful of this fact, Netflix has now launched a new video quality management option for its Canadian users, letting them select the video quality that best suits their data budget. Hit the jump to know more about the different video quality settings now available to Canadian Netflix users.
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.