It won’t be like House of Cards, but more celebs are joining the Netflix phenomenon:

… the actor has teamed up to produce a new documentary that looks at gorilla preservation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Continue reading »

$1 increase in subscriber cost caused a 25% share price plummet on the back of much lower than expected growth Continue reading »

A study in the US has revealed that 42% of Americans used Netlfix over the last 12 months, up 5% on the previous survey. While Subscription Video on Demand services enjoyed growth (other than Hulu which fell 2%) the TV network’s own on demand services saw decline.

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crouching-tiger-hidden-dragon-jenYesterday it was announced that Netflix was going to release the sequel Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend through their on demand streaming service on the same day as its theatrical release. In typical fashion, a number of cinema chains in the US have now decided they won’t be screening it in protest.

The “Crouching Tiger” standoff heated up Tuesday after the four largest exhibitors in the U.S., AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Carmike, pledged not to show the martial arts sequel next year. That represents 257 of IMAX’s 418 U.S. screens, and these theater chains were joined by Canada’s largest exhibitor Cineplex, and Europe’s second largest theater chain, Cineworld, in a boycott that has grown international in scope.

Talk about stupidity. As a parent with young children, I don’t get to go to the movies as often as I’d like now. Streaming services provide excellent opportunities for those of us who can’t easily get to a cinema but would love to spend some money to have access to content that many others are talking about on social media. There is always something special about going to the cinema but sometimes it’s just not possible. Continue reading »

Spoilers are a part of life. We all live with spoilers. Rather than consider them poison to the viewing experience, Netflix is celebrating how it has changed social conversations, viewing habits, and evolved entertainment as a whole. Continue reading »

gotham_castIt’s believed to be the first SVOD deal where a streaming content provider has inked a deal for a broadcast series before it has even premiered.

Under the pact, Netflix will become the exclusive subscription video on demand home of the Warner Bros. TV-produced Batman prequel in the U.S. as well as in each of the territories in which the streaming network operates and select other territories in which it plans to launch services. Each season of the series will be available to Netflix members following their broadcast run. In the U.S. that is expected to be in September 2015, coinciding with the potential Season 2 premiere.

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the-blacklistIt has to be a good time to be a content producer right now. With all the SVOD players scrambling for their share of the market, the demand is high for content and particularly exclusive content that can differentiate one service from the next. This will be pushing the prices of content up while subscription rates, in this part of the world at least, are coming down.

It has been revealed that Netflix has acquired the exclusive streaming rights to The Blacklist for $2m per episode. Continue reading »

This ad for Netflix featuring Ricky Gervais played during the broadcast of the Emmy Awards in the US yesterday.

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Slingshot-Global-ModeSlingshot has observed a large increase in the number of their customers accessing international content streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and BBC’s iPlayer since they announced they were unblocking the sites which was previously a service for customers hosting guests from countries that already allowed access.

Thousands of its customers were using this service – and claiming they were playing host to overseas visitors – but Slingshot says there are now four times more customers accessing these websites after they were unblocked some 10 days ago. Continue reading »

netflix-logoSlingshot have come out and confirmed what everyone already knew. Their “Global Mode” service is there for kiwis to access services like Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hulu and Amazon Prime.

“No beating around the bush. This is to watch Netflix, this is to watch BBC iPlayer, this is to watch Hulu, this is to watch Amazon Prime,” said Slingshot’s general manager Taryn Hamilton. “This is basically going to enable that to happen … any Slingshot customer by default if they type in Netflix, it will work. If they type in Hulu it will work.” Continue reading »