Introducing Switch, a button that turns on Netflix, dims the lights and puts your phone in DND mode

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 28, 2015

In a somewhat amusing move, Netflix at the 2015 World Maker Faire show announced something called the Netflix Switch.

What’s that, I hear you ask. It’s basically an Internet-connected DIY physical button that turns on Netflix, dims the lights and puts your phone in Do Not Disturb mode to get you ready for a Netflix marathon with just one press. Read More


Netflix app now supports in-app subscriptions

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 24, 2015

Netflix has long been available as an app for the iPhone, but up until today, setting up a subscription could only be accomplished via the Netflix website, which created a disjointed experience for new subscribers. Today, Netflix is allowing users to subscribe directly via the app itself.

What does this mean for Netflix? It means that any subscriptions initiated through the app will be subjected to the same 70/30 split that other apps experience, with Apple taking 30% of the subscription proceeds. Instead of raising its prices in the app to accommodate for the loss of revenue, Netflix is staying the course. Read More


Why Netflix won’t offer offline viewing

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 7, 2015

Amazon recently delighted its iOS-toting users by allowing offline viewing of Prime Instant Video movies and television shows, but don’t count on Netflix offering the same feature anytime soon.

Gizmodo reached out to Netflix and asked the company why it won’t change its firm stance that it’s not going to offer offline downloads through its mobile applications and the official company line is eyebrow-raising. Read More


Apple said to be exploring original programming

By Cody Lee on Aug 31, 2015

Apple is exploring getting into the original programming business, reports Variety. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the outlet claims the company has held “preliminary conversations” in recent weeks with Hollywood executives to suss out their interest in producing entertainment content.

It’s unclear how large Apple’s ambitions are at the moment, but one source says the endgame is to set up development and production divisions that would churn out long-form content in a bid to compete with Netflix, and the like. They say these divisions could be operational as early as next year. Read More


Apple said to currently not have 4K plans for new Apple TV

By Jake Smith on Apr 5, 2015

So you thought the new 4K television you paid ridiculous amounts of money for during Christmas was going to be supported by Apple soon enough? Sorry bud, maybe a couple more years.

Apple scoopster John Paczkowski of Buzzfeed reports that when Apple’s next-generation Apple TV is released to the market later this year, it will lack 4K video capability, even as the television industry grasps onto the new technology that provides a more detailed and immersive viewing experience. Read More


Netflix says offline viewing is ‘never going to happen’

By Jake Smith on Dec 17, 2014

Potentially crushing hopes and dreams, a Netflix executive confirmed on Wednesday the company has no plans to bring offline viewing, aka the ability to watch shows and movies without a network or Wi-Fi connection, to its customers. Read More


Netflix’s iOS 8 refresh adds 1080p playback on iPhone 6 Plus and support for iPhone 6 screens

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 11, 2014

Netflix, a $7.99 per month over-the-top streaming video service, at last has gotten around updating its iPhone and iPad application for Apple’s latest mobile operating system.

Released Tuesday, the new version is now optimized for iOS 8 while supporting 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch display sizes of Apple’s latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, respectively.

And if you own an iPhone 6 Plus and are a Netflix subscribers, you can now stream TV shows and movies in glorious full HD and enjoy 1080p content natively on that stunning Retina HD display.

Netflix 7.0 is available for free in the App Store. Read More


Netflix++ is a jailbreak tweak that adds trailers to the Netflix App

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 1, 2014

Netflix is a wonderful entertainment resource. It’s always good for an obscure move that you’ve never heard of. I highly recommend Funky Monkey.

But one of the most baffling things about Netflix is the lack of trailers and previews. Instead, you have to exit the Netflix app, fire up YouTube, watch your trailer, and then head back to the Netflix app with decision in hand. Yeah, that makes no sense.

Fortunately, jailbreakers no longer have to deal with that nonsense. Netflix++ is a new jailbreak tweak that integrates YouTube trailers directly into the Netflix app. That means that people like our very own Cody can watch a snippet of Justin Bieber’s movie before sitting down to enjoy it. Have a look inside for the video details… Read More


Netflix updates Apple TV app with next episode auto-play feature

By Cody Lee on Jul 21, 2014

Good news Apple TV owners. Netflix has updated its client for the set-top box with its auto-play-next-episode feature, bringing it in line with its other apps. The feature, which has long been available on the web and other platforms, has been a top request among users.

Now, when a TV episode is finished playing in the Netflix app, users will have the option to quickly move to the next one in sequential order. Previously, users would have to back out to the ‘Play’ screen, then out to the ‘Season’ screen and manually select the next episode… Read More


Netflix brings revamped design to iOS and Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 18, 2014

An all-new Netflix experience awaits you in the App Store as the on-demand streaming media giant bumps its iPhone and iPad app to version 6.0.

Featuring a departure from the original user interface you’ve come to love, the free Netflix 6.0 edition offers little in terms of new features beyond freshening up its appearance and a few minor under-the-hood improvements.

And to go with the revamped iPhone and iPad experience, Netflix started pushing a redesigned channel icon to Apple TV owners’ Home screens. Both Apple TV and iOS versions include the same set of feature enhancements… Read More


OS X Yosemite adds HTML5 video support for Netflix

By Cody Lee on Jun 3, 2014

During the OS X Yosemite portion of its WWDC keynote yesterday, Apple announced a handful of improvements for Safari. Among them was HTML5 video support for Netflix, which according to Apple, will add an extra two hours of video watching on a single battery charge.

Netflix confirmed the news today, saying that its engineers have been “working closely with Apple” to allow Safari to use the Premium Video Extensions. This enables browsers play streaming videos without the need for overweight plug-in programs like Microsoft’s Silverlight… Read More


Netflix working on Dolby Digital 5.1 fix for Apple TV

By Cody Lee on May 27, 2014

Folks experiencing problems with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound in the Netflix app on Apple TV will be happy to hear that the streaming video giant is aware of the audio issue, and is currently working on fix.

The bug, 9to5Mac reports, stems from the Apple TV 6.1 update seeded in March. Following the release, a number of users with 5.1-capable systems reported they could only get stereo output from the Netflix app… Read More


Netflix confirms US price increase by $1 to $8.99

By Christian Zibreg on May 9, 2014

Last month, Netflix announced plans to raise prices for new subscribers later this quarter. The video streaming giant has officially detailed the price hike, going into effect today.

In the United States, new Netflix customers will be paying a dollar more, raising the subscription fee from $7.99 to $8.99 per month. Similar price hikes will be put in effect in Netflix’s key markets in Europe. Existing customers will be exempt from paying extra for 24 months.

Read on for the full details… Read More


Netflix raising prices for new subscribers later this quarter

By Jake Smith on Apr 21, 2014

Video streaming giant Netflix has announced plans to raise prices for new subscribers later this quarter, when it announced its quarterly earnings on Monday.

The price increase will cost between $1 and $2 more per month, depending on the country a user lives in. Netflix subscriptions currently costs $7.99 per month for unlimited streaming, so the increase will raise it close to $10.

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Amazon announces it’s passed Apple and Hulu in streaming video usage

By Cody Lee on Apr 8, 2014

Following the unveiling of its new Fire TV box last week, Amazon announced today that video streams on Instant Video nearly tripled over the past year. And according to a report from tracking firm Qwilt, the e-commerce giant has surpassed Apple and Hulu in streaming video usage.

The report doesn’t mention how traffic for Apple and Hulu is being tracked, but it does show that Amazon experienced a 94% traffic volume increase of streaming video users in the last 12 months. In fact, in March, Amazon’s Instant Video service was only topped by Netflix and YouTube… Read More


Why you won’t see Netflix’s new design on your Apple TV

By Cody Lee on Nov 13, 2013

Netflix caused quite a bit of commotion last night when it unveiled its all-new user interface that it’s been testing for the past several months. The new design facilitates easier content discovery and unifies the user experience across platforms.

The updated UI will begin rolling out to smart TVs, Roku boxes, PlayStation consoles and Blu-Ray players today. But there are some devices that won’t be getting the makeover, which Netflix executives are calling the service’s largest to date… Read More


Netflix begins testing 4K videos, plans to launch in 2014

By Cody Lee on Nov 4, 2013

During a recent quarterly earnings call, Netflix’s Reed Hastings spoke about his ambitious plans for the company’s future. The CEO hopes the streaming service will be “one of the big suppliers” of 4K (or Ultra HD) video by next year.

And this weekend it began testing the waters. GigaOM noticed that Netflix recently added a handful of 4K HD videos to its catalog. It’s mostly test footage—people riding bicycles, etc.—but it gives you a good idea of what to expect… Read More


Netflix promises fix for HDMI AV adapter issue

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 7, 2013

Netflix last week refreshed its iOS app with much-needed AirPlay support allowing subscribers to beam TV shows and movies to their living room television set through the Apple TV set-top box.

Unfortunately, the updated application has also introduced a nasty bug preventing the app to connect to the big screen via Apple’s HDMI AV adapter.

Disgruntled users took to Twitter and some even accused Apple and Netflix of joining forces to intentionally cripple the feature, presumably in order to push folks into buying an Apple TV to take advantage of AirPlay. This is unfounded talk as Netflix on Monday promised a fix for the issue it claims is affecting a “small percentage” of customers… Read More


New Netflix update adds iOS 7 compatibility, HD streaming, and AirPlay support

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 2, 2013

Netflix has updated its popular video streaming app with some much wanted features that are sure to make its users happy. First, the app now supports iOS 7, which means it brings more of the iOS 7 inspired design language to the table. You’ll see that reflected in the fonts, the drop down menus, status bar, etc.

The next big thing you should notice is support for streaming HD content, if the content you wish to play has an HD feed available. To differentiate HD content, Netflix has added an “HD” symbol below the title of its shows. To go along with the new ability to stream HD, support has been added for proper AirPlay streaming to an Apple TV device.

All in all, it’s a pretty huge update for fans of Netflix. It also means that you no longer have to look to workarounds when it comes to streaming your favorite shows to the big screen. Read More


Netflix Super HD streaming now available everywhere, including on Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 26, 2013

If you’re wondering why Netflix would label standard full HD 1080p video resolution as ‘Super HD’, that’s because Super HD applies less compression to the 1080p image for greater clarity.

Now, Super HD video requires more data so it isn’y surprising that not many Internet providers were on board after Netflix soft-launched Super HD and 3D streaming in January 2012.

As of today, Super HD video streaming is available everywhere, regardless of your Internet service provider (but dependent on network conditions). Jump past the fold for the full breakdown… Read More

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