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Netflix to raise $2 billion for original content

It’s hard to deny that Netflix is a powerhouse when it comes to original content. The company wants to ensure it remains on top, though, and to do that it’s willing to go into debt. Netflix announced today that it plans to raise $2 billion in debt (rather than offering equity in the company) to fund “general corporate purposes, which may include content acquisitions,...

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Netflix cancels badge scheme for kids binge watchers

Netflix is killing an experimental feature that would have made binge watching a game targeted at children. Twitter users recently noticed that the company was testing a system that rewarded kids for binge watching, doling out “reward patches” to kids that managed to watch entire series or specific programs like “Trollhunters,” “Fuller House” and “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” The company confirmed the plan...

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Netflix debuts the public bug bounty program

Netflix’s goal is to deliver joy to our 117+ million members around the world, and it’s the security team’s job to keep our members, partners and employees secure. We have been engaging with the security community to achieve this goal through programs like responsible disclosure and private bug bounty over the past 5 years. We are now publicly launching our bug bounty program through...

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Netflix badge scheme to make kids binge watchers

What better way to turn your kids into binge watchers than by turning Netflix into a badge-collection scheme? That’s apparently the thinking behind a new feature currently being tested on the video streaming service, which rewards children with stickers when they watch certain shows. According to a report from Variety, those involved in the test see red padlocks on the top of TV shows...

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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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Details about Windows 10 Game Mode due this week

Microsoft made a big fuss out of the Windows 10 Creators Update’s gaming features, and it’s nearly ready to start delivering on them… including some that have remained mysterious. The company has revealed that it’ll start trotting out a largely unknown Windows 10 Game Mode as part of Insider previews “this week.” The improvement won’t be fully functional until later releases, but Microsoft has...

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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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Twitch sells video ads that cannot be ad blocked

Twitch, the Amazon-owned video streaming platform which is today used by over 2 million broadcasters, announced today its plans to begin selling video ads in its partners’ live streams. These ads will roll out this week, and will be delivered through Twitch’s new SureStream video technology platform, which also offers smoother and more reliable streams, including ads, the company claims. The goal is to offer...

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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...