Netflix set to raise prices for new members by a dollar or two in some countries

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Don’t worry, this will not be anywhere near as outrageous as Netflix’s infamous price hike in 2011. But yes, Netflix does plan on imposing a one or two dollar price hike in some countries in order to cover the cost of new content and improving technology. For current Netflix members, everything will remain the same for the foreseeable future. However, new members will feel the wrath of the price hike.

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Amazon to include competing services on upcoming TV box

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Amazon reportedly will include apps from competing services when it launches its new set top TV box. The launch of an Amazon device to compete with hardware from Roku and others has been delayed since last year’s holiday season. At that time it was reported Amazon had struck a deal to include Netflix. The latest report indicates Hulu Plus has been added to the mix. In addition, support for the DIAL protocol is apparently in the works.

With the inclusion of the DIAL protocol, Amazon’s new device will be in a better position to compete with a device like the Google Chromecast that lets users launch streams from their smartphones and tablets. The device is expected to come with its own dedicated remote as well. Like other Amazon devices, the set top box is expected to be powered by a forked version of Android. This means Google apps, including YouTube, likely would not come loaded on the device.

Does the release of a device giving you access to Amazon’s Prime Instant Video, along with other potential streaming services, interest you?

source: Gigaom

Netflix testing fees based on number of users on an account

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The largest video streaming service, Netflix, is testing new pricing systems based on how many people use an account. This could mean that customers will have to pay extra money for more family members, but could also mean that accounts with only one person will cost less.

The company is offering some new customers plans that include access to the service on up to four screens, which allows different people in a family to watch different programs at the same time. Prices range from $6.99 to $11.99, while the current streaming service costs $7.99.

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Netflix for Android finally gets support for profiles

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After lagging behind other platforms that have had support for profiles since the feature was introduced by Netflix earlier this year, the Netflix for Android app is finally getting an update that includes this feature. The updated version was posted to Google Play yesterday and should start showing up on user’s devices to be updated. The new version also includes an enhanced search function with support for people and related titles along with some bug fixes. » Read the rest

Netflix rolling out redesigned version 3.0 with several improvements, but no profiles yet

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Netflix has started the process of rolling out version 3.0 of their app for Android devices bringing an overhaul of the interface to improve it aesthetically and performance-wise. Unfortunately, Netflix has still not added support for profiles, which can be accessed on every other platform, in this latest update. Lacking that, the update still seems to be well done and you will probably want to grab it as soon as it is available. » Read the rest

Netflix rolls out Super HD to all members

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Netflix announced yesterday that they are rolling out their highest quality video streams, dubbed Super HD, to all users. When initially released, Super HD was only available to customers using an Internet service provider (ISP) that had a direct connection with Netflix. With this new change, Netflix members on a Netflix connected ISP will still get preferential treatment, but if users on other ISPs have the necessary hardware and sufficient bandwidth, they can enjoy Super HD as well. The Netflix Super HD stream is provided at a higher bit rate stream and less compression than the normal 1080p HD stream. » Read the rest

Netflix update fixes “sleep of death” issue on 4.3 devices

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NetflixmainNetflix for Android has been having an issue where devices running Android 4.3 become unresponsive if they fall asleep while streaming Netflix to Chromecast, nicknamed the “sleep of death.” Netflix has pushed out an update for the app that supposedly fixes the issues. Version 2.4.1 of the app’s changelog mentions that it “fixes and optimization for devices running Android 4.3.”

If you want the updated, fixed version, you can download it through the link after the break.

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Netflix adding profiles to service, Android support coming soon

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Netflix announced today a new feature to help make things easier when several people are sharing the same Netflix account, Netflix Profiles. Profiles act like a sub-account on a master Netflix account. Each profile gets personalized suggestions, their own Instant Queue lists and a segregated Recently Watched history. Owners of competing devices probably wish this function had already been available, but with the introduction of Google’s Chromecast this could be even more useful since so many people are now able to stream their own viewing choices to the device. » Read the rest

Google aware of current Netflix bug on Android 4.3 devices; Fix is on the way

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Currently, running Netflix on your Android 4.3 device causes the device’s power lock button to become unresponsive once it’s put to sleep. Definitely an annoying bug and you can be sure Google and Netflix are currently working on a fix ASAP. According to Google’s own Dan Morrill, “top men” are currently working on a fix that will be pushed as soon as it’s finished.

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Until then, the only way to revive the device is to hold the power button until it restarts. We’ll let you all know once the update is pushed!

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Google ends Netflix promotion connected to Chromecast

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Since announcing Chromecast yesterday during their “breakfast” event, Google’s latest device has been flying off the virtual shelves. That demand has created a casualty though as Google pulled the Netflix promotion that provided three free months of Netflix service with a Chromecast purchase. Citing “overwhelming demand” that surpassed the limited quantities available from Netflix, the promotion was canceled just one day after the device was first available.

Pulling the Netflix promotion is a ding against Google and has generated some ill will. However, given the pace of orders which led to retailers like Amazon.com and Best Buy selling out and Google itself reporting a 3 to 4 week order fulfillment delay, it seems likely many of the early adopters were intent upon getting a Chromecast without regard to the promotion.

The bigger hurdle for Google now will be reports from buyers as they actually start to use the devices. If they perform as well as they did during Google’s demo, demand could grow for the device. If users have problems though, that could kill off interest just as fast as it was generated.

source: LA Times