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Netflix Updates its Playback Service to Stream Video More Efficiently

Netflix updated its Playback Service, the internal name of Netflix’s system used to ensure quality video streaming with technology that can split up complex tasks into smaller tasks. Upgrading and ensuring a smoother streaming experience couldn’t come at a better time for Netflix, who just announced that it will be launching in Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, …

Netflix’s Orange is the New Black Got Pirated More Than 60 Million Times

Orange is the New Black isn’t just popular with Netflix’s 50 million subscribers: Episodes of the show were downloaded from P2P networks 60.8 million times in the second quarter of this year. This makes Orange is the New Black the third-most popular TV show eclipsed only by The Big Bang Theory and Game of Thrones. However, if you compare …

Netflix Reportedly Buying Pee-Wee Herman Movie

Netflix is in the process of buying a potential cult movie and is closing in on a Pee-Wee Herman movie. The deal could be Netflix next step into the world of feature films. The company had already announced a deal for a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon earlier this year, and also bought the rights to four still-untitled Adam …

‘Richie Rich’ Live-action Reboot Coming to Netflix

Classic cartoon character Richie Rich is coming to Netflix — in live-action form. The children-geared comedy, starring Jake Brennan in the titular role, will be available in early 2015. On the new TV series, Richie is a self-made trillionaire who enjoys the spoils of success after inventing and selling a new green technology. The 21-episode series follows …

Netflix Sets a ‘House of Cards’ Season 3 Debut Date

Netflix‘s political thriller, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright as the nation’s newly appointed president and First Lady, will premier Feb. 27, 2015. As with past seasons, all 13 episodes will immediately become available for binge-viewing. House of Cards in 2013 won Netflix’s first Emmys for directing, casting and cinematography. Netflix has 31.7 million paid subscribers! …

Hulu Adds Fargo and Other Cable Shows, Looks More Like Netflix

Hulu doesn’t want to leave all the good shows to Netflix and Amazon: The streaming video services has signed deals with 20th Century Fox and MGM to make Hulu the exclusive subscription home for a number of shows, including Fargo, Taboo and The Comedians. The service also secured the rights to a bunch of shows scheduled …

‘Anchorman 2’ and Other Favorites are Coming to Netflix in December

Netflix has released its list of streaming titles that will be available after Dec. 1, including Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and Oscar-nominated Wolf of Wall Street. Dec. 24–30: Behaving Badly (2014) Child of God (2014) Comedy Bang! Bang!: Season 3 (2013) Good People (2014) I, Frankenstein (2014) Jessie: Season 3 (2013) Labor Day (2013) Last Weekend …

‘The Sopranos’ and Other Older HBO Shows Are Coming to Amazon Prime

Amazon has announced an exclusive deal to bring older HBO series to its Prime streaming service. The agreement will provide Amazon with a flood of new content in the near term as well as a steady stream of shows as they come available. In addition to providing Prime with new content to attract users, the exclusivity …

Netflix Discards Offline viewing, Doubles On Public Wi-Fi

There had been some hope that Netflix might offer its users the ability to download shows, and watch them in much the same way Spotify offers offline listening. But these hopes have been dashed by the company. Netflix subscribers must be connected to the Internet any time they want to watch their favorite shows. Looking to clone …

Netflix Now on Dish’s Hopper in First Big pay-TV Partnership

Subscribers to Dish’s satellite TV service can now access Netflix right from their set-top box. The partnership is a major strategic coup for the online video service and reflects a new level of integration between online and traditional TV. Netflix will now appear for all Dish customers using a second-generation Hopper box and will feature the same user interface as …

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