Netflix testing a private viewing mode

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Although the fare may be tame compared to what is out on the Internet, Netflix still has some stuff that users may not want showing up in their recent history or getting shared to Facebook. To help with that situation, Netflix has started testing a new privacy mode that users can jump into for those B-movie excursions. According to Netflix’s director of corporate communications and technology Cliff Edwards, » Read the rest

VIDEO: Hands on with Android TV at Google I/O

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Google TV wasn’t as great as we all expected when it debuted a few years ago, but Google is back with another television platform.

Officially announced at the Google I/O 2014 keynote today, Android TV will bring an entirely new home entertainment experience to your living room. The service will launch in the fall, but for now, check out our information on the platform here.

And be sure to check out the rest of our Google I/O 2014 coverage as well. Hit the break for our hands-on video with Android TV at Google I/O.

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‘Orange Is The New… App?’ Netflix’s hit show makes its way to the Play Store

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Netflix has a hit on their hands to accompany House of Cards — it’s called Orange Is The New Black, and it just returned for its second season earlier this month.

As with all great modern shows, a presence on social media and other online areas is absolutely necessary, so the creators are doing all they can to promote the show via a brand new app titled “Orange Is The New App.”

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Netflix update brings Post-Play once a TV episode or movie ends

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On almost every Netflix-capable device except mobile, the streaming service will continuing rolling into the next TV episode or movie once the current one ends. With the latest update to Netflix’s Android application, Post-Play arrives. With this, users have a hands-free experience to continue watching TV episodes on a smartphone. Post-Play for movies, for now, is capable with only tablets. And in a few months, Netflix plans on having Post-Play ready for Chromecast. So go ahead and binge-watch without ever touching a device until you are finished.

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Netflix announces European expansion for late 2014

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In a statement released this morning, Netflix announced that it will be expanding to a number of European countries in late 2014, including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Luxembourg.

This is great news for those of you overseas who have been wanting to take advantage of Netflix’s services since its popularity has grown here in the U.S.

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Netflix prices staying put for two years for current U.S. customers, $8.99 thereafter

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A few weeks ago we learned that Netflix would be implementing a price hike for new subscribers. Today, Netflix has explained just who will be faced with the price hike, when, and how much.

The account holder in my household received the email above and states that the $7.99 monthly charge will get raised to $8.99; however, current customers are protected for two years. All new members will have to pay $8.99 from the start.

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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.

Here is the quote from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings:

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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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