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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Mar 17, 2011 0 comments
Netflix distributes a huge amount of video programming and a rapidly increasing percentage of it via streaming. But in the race for hot new titles, it tends to lag behind cable/satellite VOD and disc release. Now Netflix is looking to improve its game by licensing original content and streaming it ahead of competitors.

The first property Netflix is eyeing is House of Cards, a remake of a BBC thriller of the same name, this time starring Kevin Spacey and directed by David Fincher, who directed The Social Network. Netflix is bidding $100 million for two seasons of the series in the hope that it may do for Netflix what The Sopranos did for HBO and Mad Men did for AMC.

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SV Staff Posted: Mar 25, 2010 0 comments
 It might not be the best way to get Netflix's streaming content to your TV, but starting tomorrow (which is presumably when most of the discs will arrive) your Nintendo Wii will officially have the Watch Now hook-up. Today, Netflix...
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SV Staff Posted: Dec 18, 2008 0 comments
LG's BD300 Blu-ray player is getting an upgrade. I know, it's about time!  Joining the likes of Samsung and TiVo, the BD300 is getting a firmware update that give it access to Netflix HD streaming. Woo-hoo. The upgrade, vBD8.11.480...
Rob Sabin Posted: Apr 09, 2015 3 comments
‘Tis that time of the year when all the big TV makers start shipping their new lines to retail, which means members of the press get to see them up close for what amounts to the second time, the first being January’s CES. No surprise that the star of the show at LG Electronic’s New York press conference this week was the 65EG9600, the company’s new 65-inch Ultra HD-resolution OLED.

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Posted: Jan 18, 2007 0 comments

Netflix has moved into the movie and TV download business with Watch Now, a supplement to its DVD rental subscription that will allow users to stream this content to a computer. Unlike download services that require the download of a large file in its entirety, customers can start watching Netflix' streaming video feeds within seconds.

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SV Staff Posted: Sep 21, 2010 0 comments
Starting Wednesday, September 22, Canadian residents will be able to subscribe to Netflix's streaming video service, without receiving physical discs in the mail. While Netflix has offered its streaming video service for several years, it has...
Scott Wilkinson Posted: Feb 01, 2011 1 comments
Last Thursday, Ken Florance, Director of Content Delivery at Netflix, posted the results of a very interesting study on the Netflix Tech Blog. The company measured the effective throughput speed of its HD streams as delivered by many ISPs in the US and Canada from the first of October to the middle of January. The US results are shown above, while the Canadian results are shown below.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 02, 2009 0 comments
According to Hacking Netflix, users (not me, sadly) are getting e-mail surveys asking if they would be willing to pay an extra $10 a month to watch a selection of movies and original shows from HBO. It goes on to list most of the network's most...
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SV Staff Posted: May 29, 2008 0 comments
News from the Netflix Investor Day was quite interesting. The CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings, said that the DVD-by-mail business will peak in as soon as five years. What? That's not going to inspire confidence in investors, will it? Good news for...
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SV Staff Posted: Sep 17, 2008 0 comments
With only less than 10% of subscribers ordering Blu-ray Discs, Netflix is saying that Blu-ray won't have a big effect on their sales, believing that it will continue shipping DVDs for the next 10 years. Wow. That's pretty bleak if you're a Blu-ray...
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Feb 10, 2010 0 comments
Netflix regards streaming as a major component of its future survival when online delivery eventually takes over from disc rentals. But until now, Netflix streaming has been limited to 720p resolution. That's high-def but not the highest-def. And so Netflix streamers' hearts were glad when a report slipped out that Netflix was about to go 1080p. Unfortunately that report has since been retracted.
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SV Staff Posted: Oct 18, 2010 0 comments
It's a one-two punch today for Netflix-loving gamers. No longer do Wii and PS3 owners need to swap out discs to watch videos over Netflix. Downloadable apps are now available on both game systems that allow users to watch Netflix's Watch Instantly...
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SV Staff Posted: May 12, 2010 0 comments
Netflix HD video streaming been a feature for game consoles, Blu-ray players, and set-top boxes for months, but until now it's eluded PC and Mac viewers. According to Engadget, approximately half of the 720p movies and television shows available...
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SV Staff Posted: May 20, 2008 0 comments
So, you've got a great home theater setup. The best display your money can buy. Speakers that sound so good they make you cry. Yet, you still watch your streaming Netflix movies on your crappy computer - with a coffee-splattered screen and speakers...
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SV Staff Posted: Apr 22, 2008 0 comments
Blu-ray adopters had their reward: The smug satisfaction of winning the high definition format war over HD DVD. Now they'll receive a punishment, too. Blu-ray player-owning subscribers to Netflix will soon have to pay a premium to rent Blu-ray...


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