Netflix's Instant Queue is getting an upgrade, and for the first time, subscribers outside the U.S. get the chance to save titles they want to stream later.
The company, an online on-demand video service increasingly styling itself as a pure pay-TV competitor, launched "My List" Wednesday. For U.S. subscribers, it replaces and enhances what the instant streaming queue was -- a place to store titles you already picked to watch.
In a move that paves the way for watching Web-based Netflix videos on an Android device, Google is adding its Widevine digital rights management software to its Chrome browser for Android.
Google engineers on Monday announced their intention to build the DRM feature into Chrome for Android on a mailing list for Blink, the browser engine at the heart of Chrome and its open-source foundation, Chromium. Google acquired Widevine in 2010; Netflix and Blockbuster use the technology for barring unauthorized copying and optimizing online streaming.
DRM in the browser has been a touchy subject. Ian Hickson, for years a central … Read more
Netflix will be streaming art-house heavyweight films alongside Disney superhero blockbusters before any other pay-TV services in a few years. The company unveiled a deal Tuesday to be the exclusive U.S. subscription TV provider to stream first-run movies from the Weinstein Co. starting in 2016.
Last year, Netflix notched its first agreement with one of the top six film studios, Disney, to be the only U.S. subscription TV service offering relatively newer movies from Pixar, Marvel, Walt Disney Animation, and Disneynature. The Weinstein agreement Tuesday brings Netflix an independent-film studio powerhouse to complement the Disney content.
It gives … Read more
Thanks to Netflix's many mobile apps, you can take the video-streaming service with you on your phone or tablet. In April, the company tweaked its Windows Phone app by adding 720p support.
But Netflix's Windows Phone app has a long way to go before it matches the features and performance of the iOS and Android versions. Additionally, Netflix for Windows Phone looks different from every other version of the streaming service for the Web, TV, iOS, and Android, which makes it harder to get around in if you're used to the others. Still, the app serves its … Read more
For as long as I can remember, refurbished Apple TVs have been selling via Apple's online store for $85. A nice little discount, but maybe not enough to sway buyers away from getting a new one for just $14 more. Especially considering that the refurb was usually the previous-generation model.
But now, you can get a refurbished current-gen Apple TV for $75 shipped (plus sales tax for most buyers). That's $24 off the price of new, and without question one of the best Apple TV deals I've seen.
So what's this all about? Usually, when Apple … Read more
Netflix has been fashioning itself into an online babysitter of sorts with a slew of deals for children's content, so maybe it was only a matter of time before it got even more episodes of "The Baby-Sitter's Club."
Wednesday, the streaming-video service said it has expanded an agreement with Scholastic Media, an arm of publisher Scholastic, to offer more of its TV series and video content, such as the shows based on the tween babysitting series, "The Magic School Bus," and "Goosebumps." Most of the new content is available to Netflix members … Read more
Google's Chromecast dongle turns your HDTV into a smart TV, able to stream audio and video from the likes of Netflix, YouTube, and Google Play (with more content providers to come).
The free CheapCast app (not made by Google) enables nearly any Android device to function as a Chromecast, effectively playing the role of the TV as you stream media from your other Android device.
Why would you want to do this? Well, if you have an Android tablet with an HDMI output, you could plug it into your HDTV, then use your smartphone to drive it. Voila: free … Read more
Ever since I signed up for Netflix's streaming-only plan, its suggestions have been largely useless. That's because my two kids have been the majority users of the service from the start and, thus, have clogged up Netflix's recommendation engine with Disney sitcoms (courtesy of my daughter) and superheroes and mutant turtles (my son). Thankfully, I can now keep their fare separate from mine (and each other's) because Netflix has introduced profiles.
When you access Netflix from a computer, you should see a pop-up window with one profile already created from your existing account along with a … Read more