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Netflix download limit turns out to be a thing

Netflix added download support for a large chunk of its library late last year, which is great. It was long overdue, but still a much appreciated addition. However, Netflix’s downloading functionality comes with a nasty catch that many people have just recently started running into: some content can only be downloaded a certain number of times. The worst part is Netflix doesn’t tell you about...

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Netflix has four times more subscribers than Comcast

Netflix has been growing at a rapid pace over the past few years, with international expansion, a focused strategy on original content that gets people talking, and an affordable price point that appeals to younger subscribers. Because of this, Netflix has surpassed 100 million subscribers this year, their CEO Reed Hastings casually celebrating with a steak dinner at Denny’s last week. He certainly has...

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Netflix new AI makes streamed videos better quality

Annoying pauses in your streaming movies are going to become less common, thanks to a new trick Netflix is rolling out. It’s using artificial intelligence techniques to analyze each shot in a video and compress it without affecting the image quality, thus reducing the amount of data it uses. The new encoding method is aimed at the growing contingent of viewers in emerging economies...

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Netflix offline playback is being added

Netflix has long said that it had no intention of ever offering an offline playback mode for when you’re stuck on an airplane or anywhere else with no internet connection. But it seems like the company is changing course: An enigmatic tweet from the Netflix account says that “your favorite stories are now available for download any time.” It’s accompanied by a cute video...

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Netflix 4K streaming for Windows 10 and Kaby Lake CPUs

Although Netflix has yet to make an official announcement, Windows Blog editor-in-chief Mollie Ruiz-Hopper said on Monday that Windows 10 customers can now stream content from the popular online media provider at a 3,840 × 2,160 (4K) resolution. This is an exclusive Microsoft Edge feature for Netflix subscribers on a Windows 10 PC or 2-in-1 device. Ruiz-Hopper couldn’t make this announcement without a little...

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Original Netflix content liked more than other content

Today’s Netflix looks very different than the company that was founded in 1997 – or, for that matter, the one that existed just a few years ago. Netflix went from being a movie rental service to the industry’s first true movie streaming service, and it created a market space that has attracted a lot of competition. That competition – in the form of services...

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Teen viewers love Netflix over other streaming services

The video service for teens is Netflix, by far and away, according to a new survey by investment bank Piper Jaffray. On Friday, Piper Jaffray released its semi-annual survey of 10,000 US teens, and it showed a whopping 37% of teens watched Netflix every day. Significantly, Netflix’s big competitors, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu, came in way below Netflix at just 3% each. That means Netflix is over...

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Rumors about Disney buying Netflix are circulating

Walt Disney Co. is on the prowl to acquire assets to add to its Goliath media and entertainment business; at least that’s the chatter on Wall Street. Following reports last week Disney was considering a bid for the floundering but pioneering social-media platform Twitter Inc. the House of Mouse’s name was tied to interest in another buy: Netflix Inc. Shares of Netflix had moved...

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Netflix catalog shrinks by 50% over the past few years

If you’ve felt like Netflix’s US catalog has shrunk dramatically since the company started making its own shows and movies, you’re absolutely right. Since 2012, Netflix’s selection of titles has dropped over 50%, from roughly 11,000 titles to about 5,300, according to streaming blog Exstreamist, which cites multiple former Netflix employees. Extreamist’s sources estimate the height of Netflix’s catalog size was in 2012, before the...

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Netflix asks the FCC to declare data caps unreasonable

Netflix has asked the US Federal Communications Commission to declare that home Internet data caps are unreasonable and that they limit customers’ ability to watch online video. Netflix submitted a filing last week for the FCC’s annual investigation of broadband deployment, a review that is mandated by Congress in Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act. Specifically, Congress requires the FCC to determine whether advanced telecommunications capability...