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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...

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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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Chromecast Ultra features 4K streaming coming November

During Google’s Pixel event today, Google announced the Chromecast Ultra, a 4K version of its very popular streaming device. The Chromecast Ultra will be able to stream 4K content from YouTube  Netflix, and Vudu at launch, with films from Google Play Movies gaining support in November. HDR content — both HDR10 and Dolby Vision formats — is also supported by the Ultra. Google says the...

Redbox is testing a streaming service

Redbox is testing a streaming service

Redbox is officially venturing back into streaming — on a trial basis, anyway. A Redbox spokesperson told Variety Thursday that the company has started to test its new streaming service, dubbed Redbox Digital, with some customers. Variety first reported in April about Redbox’s plans to launch a new streaming service. “We are testing a potential new transactional digital VOD and EST offering, with a small subset...