Credit Card Processors Aren’t Buying Netflix’s EMV Shift Excuse

Credit Card Processors Aren’t Buying Netflix’s EMV Shift Excuse

When Netflix announced its quarterly results this week, they had an explanation for why their new subscriber number fell short of their projections. The shift to smart-chip (or EMV) payment cards means that the service lost some subscribers while customers received new card numbers and forgot to change them over. That’s a good story, but people in the banking business have some issues with it. [More]

Netflix Streaming Is Down, But Everything Will Be Okay

Netflix Streaming Is Down, But Everything Will Be Okay

We know that you just settled down to watch episodes of “Criminal Minds” while you eat dinner or whatever your weird personal ritual is, and were horrified to see that Netflix is down. Don’t fret, little consumer: everything is going to be okay soon. Soon-ish? [More]

Amazon Agrees To Include Closed Captions On All Streaming Videos

Amazon Agrees To Include Closed Captions On All Streaming Videos

Hard of hearing Amazon Prime subscribers already know that all the videos on that subscription service include closed captions, but not every video offered online by Amazon comes with captions. That is going to change after the e-tailer reached a deal with the National Association of the Deaf to expand its captioning efforts to encompass the site’s full catalog. [More]

Verizon’s New Ads Are Apparently Unfamiliar With Verizon’s Own Business Practices

Verizon’s New Ads Are Apparently Unfamiliar With Verizon’s Own Business Practices

Verizon recently began airing an ad where the telecom titan declares that, “A better network doesn’t mess with your data.” Whoever made this Verizon commercial has apparently never heard of this company called Verizon and the ways it has — and wants to — mess with your data. [More]

Netflix Adds $1 Per Month To “Standard” Plan For New Subscribers

Netflix Adds $1 Per Month To “Standard” Plan For New Subscribers

Three months after Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said the company wasn’t planning to increase rates in the U.S. anytime soon, the company announced it was doing just that — by $1, at least for one plan. [More]

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Virgin America To Offer Free In-Flight WiFi For Netflix Subscribers

Netflix customers who’ve wished they could download content to bring with them on their mobile devices when they fly still won’t be able to do that, but they will be able to stream video on some Virgin America planes by way of a new partnership that gives Netflix subscribers free WiFi. [More]

Netflix Deal With Oculus & Samsung Means You’ll Actually Have Something To Watch With That VR Headset

Netflix Deal With Oculus & Samsung Means You’ll Actually Have Something To Watch With That VR Headset

So you’ve got your cool virtual reality headset, and you’re just dying to try it. But what are you supposed to watch on it? Until now, there’s been a limited amount of content available for VR headsets. That’s all changed now, as Netflix announced a deal with Oculus and Samsung that includes a virtual reality version of Netflix’s entire library. [More]

Netflix Knows The Exact Moment You Get Hooked On A TV Show

Netflix Knows The Exact Moment You Get Hooked On A TV Show

“I know, it starts out slow, but if you can just get through a few episodes, I swear, it’s totally worth it and you will be addicted. Just trust me.” We’ve all heard something like that before, and now Netflix is repeating it, with a list that pinpoints the exact episode its users get hooked on a TV show. [More]

BBC Launching Netflix-Like Service Next Year

BBC Launching Netflix-Like Service Next Year

Between Netflix, Hulu, SlingTV, Amazon Prime and other similar companies, cord-cutting consumers (or those considering cutting the cord) have several options for streaming video. The latest entrant into the over-the-top [OTT] ring comes from the other side of the pond: the BBC. [More]

Chicago Sued Over 9% “Cloud Tax” On Streaming Services

Chicago Sued Over 9% “Cloud Tax” On Streaming Services

Back in July, the city of Chicago started levying an unpopular new tax on its residents: cloud services, including streaming media like Netflix, suddenly cost 9% extra. Neither denizens of the Windy City nor the businesses who serve them are at all happy with this, however, and now the lawsuits have begun. [More]

Netflix Won’t Offer Downloadable Content Anytime Soon Because Users Just Couldn’t Handle It

Netflix Won’t Offer Downloadable Content Anytime Soon Because Users Just Couldn’t Handle It

Any Netflix users who got their hopes up that maybe the streaming service would follow in Amazon’s footsteps and offer downloadable content that can be watched offline on a mobile device, well, your dreams probably won’t be coming true anytime soon: Neil Hunt, Netflix’s Chief Product Officer says it’s unlikely the company will go the route of offline viewing because adding another choice will just make the whole thing too complicated for users. [More]

Hulu Finally Offers Ad-Free Option For $12/Month

Hulu Finally Offers Ad-Free Option For $12/Month

The rumors are true — you can now get Hulu (well, most of it) without the ads. You’ll just have to pay more to avoid all those obnoxious, repetitive commercial interruptions. [More]

The latest version of the Amazon Video app for Android allows for offline viewing of Amazon Prime movies and TV shows.

Amazon Prime Videos To Finally Be Downloadable On iOS, Android Devices

One of the selling points of Amazon Fire tablets — especially for frequent travelers and parents whose kids like to watch movies while riding in the back seat — is that Amazon Prime members can download videos for offline viewing. This option has not been available for Prime members using iOS or non-Amazon Android devices. But now Amazon is giving these members the ability to download movies and shows to watch at their convenience. [More]

You have until the end of September to see Katniss on Netflix.

Hunger Games, Transformers Movies Will Disappear From Netflix After Company Decides Not To Renew Epix Deal

While there’s always plenty of streaming content to watch on the Internet these days, if you’re a fan of Hunger Games or Transformers flicks, better watch them on Netflix now, while you still can: the subscription streaming service says it won’t be renewing its deal with Epix, the cable provider with domestic streaming rights to those movies in the U.S. And in a bit of very interesting timing, Hulu and Epix announced their own deal, one that will stream new releases from a Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount starting October 1. [More]

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Time Warner CEO Isn’t Worried About Cable TV’s Fate: “Netflix Is Good, But Not That Good”

While cable companies’ investors might be shaking in their boots whenever the word “Netflix” pops up, the streaming video service isn’t the giant slayer it’s been made out to be — at least according to Time Warner Inc. Jeff Bewkes, who says his HBO is better than Netflix. [More]

Hawaii Blocking State Workers From Streaming Video Services To Prevent On-The-Job Binge-Watching

Hawaii Blocking State Workers From Streaming Video Services To Prevent On-The-Job Binge-Watching

Listen, we’re not here to judge you over how many hours you spent locked in a dark, air-conditioned room this weekend in front of a TV emitting a constant stream of entertainment. But once it comes time to go to work, the binge must end. Hawaii is taking steps to make it difficult for state workers to spend too much time on Netflix and Hulu, blocking those services so employees don’t waste time watching Cheers/Doctor Who/Friends from start to finish. [More]

When The Mindy Project makes its Hulu debut, it will be released weekly, rather than all episodes at once.

Hulu Doesn’t Want You To Binge-Watch Its New Exclusive Shows

If you’re still a bit bleary-eyed because you stayed up late watching all of the Wet Hot American Summer prequel show on Netflix last night, you’re apparently not the target consumer for Hulu, which has announced that its original program will be meted out in weekly portions. [More]

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Dish CEO: “Netflix Is The Most Powerful Content Aggregator In The World Today”

The first half of 2015 brought us the launch of a whole bunch of new over-the-top streaming TV services, including HBO Now and Dish’s Sling. Now, at the midpoint of the year, all of those earnings reports and investor calls are rolling in and we can start to find out just how popular those services are. Or we could… if executives would talk. Instead, they hem and haw and hedge and make only two things clear. One: cord-cutters are real. And two: when it comes to streaming, Netflix is still the biggest elephant in the room. [More]