Netflix Pays $100M To Make A TV Show Of Its Own

Netflix Pays $100M To Make A TV Show Of Its Own

In a risky yet inevitable move into original programming, Netflix is shoving a massive stack of chips onto the table, betting it can hang with the likes of HBO and Showtime. The video streaming and DVD rental giant is committing an estimated $100 million to buy and develop two 13-episode seasons of House of Cards, a drama produced and directed by David Fincher, starring Kevin Spacey. [More]

Warner Bros. Starts Renting Movies Through Facebook

Warner Bros. Starts Renting Movies Through Facebook

It was bound to happen eventually. Earlier today, Warner Bros. launched a new program on Facebook that will let users rent streaming movies directly through the social networking site. [More]

Would You Pay $30 To Rent A Movie That's Still In Theaters?

Would You Pay $30 To Rent A Movie That's Still In Theaters?

For movie fans, there is that odd stretch of time between a film’s initial release and when it hits the DVD/On-Demand market. Maybe it’s playing in a second-run theater or maybe it’s just in limbo. Regardless, DirecTV is betting that customers would be willing to pay a premium to watch movies during that lame-duck time period. [More]

Netflix Will Subtitle 80 Percent Of Streaming Videos By End Of Year

Netflix Will Subtitle 80 Percent Of Streaming Videos By End Of Year

Netflix has been working on adding subtitles to streaming content for a while, and has made significant headway since last year. [More]

Amazon To Battle Netflix, Offer Unlimited Streaming To Prime Members

Amazon To Battle Netflix, Offer Unlimited Streaming To Prime Members

Nearly six months after the initial reports that it was working on a subscription video streaming service, Amazon announced today that it was joining the group of companies trying to unseat Netflix as the king of video streaming services by offering a “new benefit” to Amazon Prime members — unlimited video streaming from a library of 5,000 titles. [More]

Netflix Coming Soon To Your Remote Control

Netflix Coming Soon To Your Remote Control

Because accessing Netflix isn’t easy enough, the video company announced earlier today that it has partnered with the makers of several devices to integrate a Netflix-specific button on remote controls. [More]

Sears Launches Video Download Service

Sears Launches Video Download Service

As we reported back in June, Sears would be launching a video download service sometime around the holidays. Well, the holidays are here and so is the service. [More]

Report: Netflix Offering Big Cash For Access To In-Season TV Shows

Report: Netflix Offering Big Cash For Access To In-Season TV Shows

While Netflix has made a huge move in the last two years to expand its library of streaming movies and TV shows, the company has only been able to make a few deals that give users access to recently broadcast episodes. But a report in the New York Post claims Netflix is offering networks top-dollar for access to fresher content. [More]

Netflix Offers $7.99 Streaming-Only Plan, Raises Prices On Existing Plans

Netflix Offers $7.99 Streaming-Only Plan, Raises Prices On Existing Plans

Since Netflix began offering its streaming video library, many customers have been asking for an option to go disc-free. Today, they got what they wished for as the company announced a $7.99/month plan for streaming-only. On the down side, they are also raising rates on those with existing unlimited disc-and-streaming plans. [More]

PlayStation 3 Casts Vudu Spell

PlayStation 3 Casts Vudu Spell

Straining to counter Microsoft’s inclusion of ESPN 3 on the Xbox 360, Sony is piling on video streaming apps at a heavy clip, adding pay-as-you-go streaming service Vudu to its stable of Hulu Plus and NHL GameCenter Live. [More]

Netfix Has No Plans To Put Ads In Streaming Videos

Netfix Has No Plans To Put Ads In Streaming Videos

TV shows now represent half of what Netflix customers are streaming to their computers, gaming consoles and other devices. It has to be tempting for the company to look at those numbers and think about the cash it could make from slipping a few 15-second ads in during the already existing fade-outs. But, says a Netflix exec, that’s not what the company is all about. [More]

Report: Netflix Accounts For Up To 20% Of Downstream
Bandwidth In U.S.

Report: Netflix Accounts For Up To 20% Of Downstream Bandwidth In U.S.

If you needed anymore convincing that streaming video is now a big deal for Netflix, a new study says that, during certain parts of the day, streams from Netflix account for around 1/5 of the downstream traffic in the U.S. [More]

Netflix On Wii Now Disc-Free

Netflix On Wii Now Disc-Free

Finally, the tyranny of the Netflix disc is no longer! As of today, Wii owners who had been using the family friendly gaming console to access Netflix’s streaming video selection will no longer need to take out their Wii Sports or Lego Indiana Jones disc in order to watch a movie. [More]

Netflix Bringing Surround Sound To PS3 Users Starting Oct. 18

Netflix Bringing Surround Sound To PS3 Users Starting Oct. 18

We’ve previously reported that PlayStation 3 users will soon no longer need a disc to stream Netflix movies through the device. Now comes news that there will be an added perk when the revamped Netflix streaming app debuts on Oct. 18 — Dolby surround sound. [More]

Use Feedfliks To Track What's Expiring Soon On Netflix

Use Feedfliks To Track What's Expiring Soon On Netflix

As Netflix continues to make deals that expand its library of streaming movie and TV shows, it’s easy to get a little overwhelmed by the new offerings and forget to watch something you’d been intending to stream. Now the folks at Feedfliks.com have created a sortable list that can help you keep track of what’s coming and going on Netflix. [More]

Netflix/NBC Deal Allows Streaming Of All SNL Episodes, Lots Of Battlestar Galactica

Netflix/NBC Deal Allows Streaming Of All SNL Episodes, Lots Of Battlestar Galactica

Fresh off its invasion of Canada, Netflix recently announced a deal with NBC/Universal that will add a bunch of the entertainment company’s network and cable TV offerings to Netflix’s streaming service. [More]

Netflix Will May Let You Stream 'The Expendables' Shortly After It Hits Blu-ray/DVD

Netflix Will May Let You Stream 'The Expendables' Shortly After It Hits Blu-ray/DVD

To Blockbuster and other competitors, Netflix must seem like the guy in a game of Monopoly who collects Boardwalk and Park Place early on, then proceeds to run everyone else out of business with a grin. The rental giant reached a deal with Nu Image/Millennium Group (distributors of The Expendables and Brooklyn’s Finest) to stream its films shortly after they reach home video. [More]

Amazon To Challenge Netflix With Subscription Video Service?

Amazon To Challenge Netflix With Subscription Video Service?

While many companies have recently gotten into the on-demand video business, only a small handful have attempted to follow the Netflix model of offering unlimited video streaming for a flat monthly rate. But the market leader could face a challenge in the near-future from Amazon.com, which is reportedly looking to start a subscription service that would compete directly with Netflix. [More]