Can’t make its own
The Fruity Tax-dodging cargo-cult Apple has shown up in Hollywood with its huge cheque book with the aim of buying some shows that people want to watch – rather than what brainwashed Apple execs want to watch.
Starts its own mickey mouse outfit
Disney announced today that it will end its distribution deal with Netflix and launch its own streaming service in 2019.
Makes it more useful
Netflix is now available for Google’s Daydream VR platform. The app supports HBM and Hulu too.
Helping offline viewing mode
Netflix has started its offline viewing mode but is using VP9 to make sure that bandwidth demands do not break the internet.
Smartphones and tablets
Netflix has finally listened to many people who travel and complained about the need for offline content. With the last update of Netflix applications, users around the world in 188 countries where Netflix is available can download some content.
Backing up its hardware
Samsung is finally getting around to backing up its 2016 UHD and HDR TV range by signing deals with European content providers.
Opinion It’s on some kind of a roll - bacon roll, sausage roll?
It takes a lot of money to make and sell microprocessors - it always has done and it probably always will, but it seems to some that Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is burning an awful lot of that rare commodity.
Make it too difficult and people will opt for piracy
Movie piracy has been on the decline for a while as legitimate content at a reasonable price became available. However that has turned around again as Netflix attempted to bring in a regional control system which makes it difficult for users to get the content they want.
Access to full content catalog now restricted
On Thursday, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that some users in Australia are now being blocked when they use virtual private network (VPN) services in their home country to access Netflix content intended for other regions, primarily the United States.
Price hike begins in 2H 2016 for "Standard" 1080p subscribers
In a recent letter to shareholders, the company announced its earnings for Q4 2015, showing a $36.7 million profit year-over-year and warning its grandfathered subscribers on the $7.99 price for “Standard” 1080p service that they can expect a price hike starting in the second half of this year.