Want to watch episodes of "Orange is the New Black" on your next coast-to-coast flight? (Trust me: you do.) Too bad: in-flight Wi-Fi doesn't allow for Netflix streaming.
What you need is a way to "record" the series for offline viewing on your laptop, phone, or tablet -- a DVR of sorts for Netflix and other services. That's PlayLater in a nutshell.
A lifetime subscription to the service would normally cost you $79.99 (and many would say it's well worth it), but for a limited time, you can get a lifetime PlayLater subscription for $39.99. … Read more
A key goal of Netflix's partnerships with Hollywood is helping to curb illegal downloading, and it believes it can help do that by offering the same content that is popular with pirates.
While a competitor to sites that offer free downloading of video content, the movie streaming service also gleans valuable information about what programming to acquire for its customers.
After Netflix rolled out its service last week in the Netherlands, Kelly Merryman, the company's vice president of content acquisition in Europe, said piracy sites play a key role in its purchase decisions.
"With the purchase of … Read more
Netflix has launched in the Netherlands, bringing its full slate of original programs and a large library of on-demand television and movies to the European country.
The company announced the planned Netherlands expansion in June. The service is available for 7.99 euros a month, and the company's traditional one-month free trial is available as well.
Netflix's international aspirations have received a sliver of the attention that its original-content aims have, but expansion abroad is getting the lion's share of the company's investment. The current strategy is to put all of its domestic profits back into … Read more
Netflix is bringing its streaming service to its first pay-TV provider.
The UK's Virgin Media announced Tuesday that its TiVo customers will now be offered access to Netflix's streaming service. The company plans to launch a pilot program with 40,000 Virgin Media TiVo homes this week, and as long as all goes well, it will expand the offering to its 1.7 million Virgin Media TiVo homes by the end of the year.
According to Virgin Media, the idea to integrate Netflix's streaming service into its branded TiVo boxes comes as the company tries to make … Read more
The Hill reports that judges in a federal court seemed unconvinced Monday of the Federal Communications Commission's arguments regarding the regulations during a landmark case involving Verizon.
Net neutrality refers to an Internet service provider's inability to discriminate against certain Web sites, a rule currently imposed by the FCC. This means that an ISP like Verizon can't charge Web sites such as Google or Netflix more for priority access to users.
Two out of three judges on a panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals … Read more
Oyster, a digital book delivery service, began rolling out its iPhone app yesterday to selected subscribers with a buffet-style approach to books for $9.95 a month.
Taking its name from Shakespeare's famous line in "The Merry Wives of Windsor" -- "the world's mine oyster" -- the service targets the insatiable readers among us. Oyster managed to secure up to 100,000 titles and wrangled in publishers like Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Workman, Smashworld, and even one of the "Big Six" -- HarperCollins.
The idea is nothing revolutionary from what some libraries are … Read more
Netflix said it would be setting its original-content sights on documentaries and stand-up specials next, but it didn't mention the two would come hand-in-hand.
The subscription streaming-video service will premiere a comedy special and four-part documentary series based on Canadian comedian Russell Peters' "Notorious" world tour next month. The 70-minute stand-up special, which shares the same name as the tour itself, and docu-series "Russell Peters vs. the World" will be available on Netflix on October 14. They will be available wherever Netflix is.
The move underscores Netflix's ambitions to follow in the path of … Read more
When you bought your Kindle Fire HD tablet, you didn't know you were getting a Roku box as part of the transaction. After a fashion, anyway.
See, like a lot of Android-powered tablets, the Fire HD allows for mirroring to your TV. In other words, what you see on the small screen gets duplicated on the big one. That actually gives the Fire a big advantage over a Roku, as it allows for a lot more viewing material -- not just apps like Hulu and Netflix, but also browser-based content, YouTube videos, and even games. Let's take a … Read more
Netflix began rolling out My List to its streaming customers on Wednesday, giving international users a way to save titles for the first time. US customers who'd been using the old Instant Queue were also migrated over to My List.
In My List, Netflix tries to determine which saved titles it thinks you'll enjoy watching most, then automatically orders your list. If you'd rather maintain your list manually, Netflix gives you the option to go back to manual sorting.
Method 1: If you used to have an Instant Queue and want to go back to using it, … Read more