HDR streaming to expand on Netflix in upcoming year

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As television manufacturers continue to push the capabilities of the their devices, like supporting 4K resolutions, content producers are also pushing to ensure their offerings can take advantage of the capabilities of new televisions. With so many devices now supporting 4K video to the point where it is almost a de facto expectation, we are seeing the search for the next big thing getting underway. That appears to be High Dynamic Range, or HDR, content. Joining the ranks of producers of HDR content is Netflix which has announced over 150 hours of programming to be produced before the end of the year that will use HDR technology. Read more

Uh oh: Netflix has been throttling Verizon and AT&T video behind the scenes

netflix_web_logoThe debate about T-Mobile’s Binge On, net neutrality, and data caps only gets more exciting as time goes in, especially now that Netflix has admitted that they’ve been throttling video streams to customers on Verizon and AT&T’s network. It’s been doing this for the past five years to save data for customers, since both of those carriers have heavy-handed data caps. Read more

Netflix pays $90 million for film starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton

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Most of the original programming distributed by Netflix come in the form of series, documentaries, and specials. The executives of the video streaming service — now available in virtually every country worldwide — haven’t really focused on films despite its roots suggesting otherwise. Netflix was launched on the premise that you could buy or rent movies by mail without any late fees. When the actual streaming component of the service launched, the company signed deals that bolstered its catalog with shorter forms of content rather than feature films. Studios charge a fortune for films to be licensed out on premium television channels and streaming services like HBO and Netflix. So Netflix’s cheapest option is to keep picking up series and specials or produce content in-house for distribution.

Based on a reported by Deadline, Netflix is seemingly ready to start developing its own films. Netflix is said to be paying $90 million for Bright, a fantasy cop thriller starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton with Max Landis writing the script.

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Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show premieres in May

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In August 2014, Chelsea Handler’s Chelsea Lately seven-year run on E! came to an end. The comedian was offered a massive deal worth $10 million to join Netflix and create different types of programming for the video streaming service. The first show, a documentary series called Chelsea Does, was released earlier this year following the Uganda Be Kidding Me Live standup comedy special from 2014. But the real prize for Netflix in poaching Handler is setting up its very first talk show. Today, after almost two years of being away from a nightly desk slinging jokes between panelists and guests, Handler announced when her talk show on Netflix will premiere.

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OnePlus pays $300,000 to have its phones featured in ‘House of Cards’

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With season 4 of House of Cards dropping on Netflix a couple of days ago, it’s been a while since some of us got out from in front of the television. Despite being utterly engrossed in the show, something that many eagle-eyed viewers noticed, besides the Underwoods being deplorable characters with few, if any, redeeming features, were the numerous sightings of OnePlus phones being used by the show’s cast.  Read more

Almost 6 million people joined Netflix in Q4 2015

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Netflix is proving that video streaming is not slowing down anytime soon, at least on an international level. This afternoon, Netflix shared the results of its performance during the final quarter of 2015 and actually bested Wall Street’s expectations internationally while falling behind in the United States. Regardless, the video streaming service generated $1.82 billion in Q4 2015, giving it a 23% increase over the same quarter of 2014.

The big jump in revenue came from Netflix’s international subscriber growth.

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