After news coming in earlier this week revealed that Netflix will be producing its first movie (a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel) and news that movie theaters are teaming up against the company, Netflix has suddenly dropped a bombshell: the next four Adam Sandler movies will be exclusive to Netflix. Yes, that’s correct. Four movies.
When Netflix announced that it would produce its first movie — a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon — you’d expect movie companies to wave their fingers of objection in the direction toward Netflix for dipping into their profits. Well, you would be right because that is exactly what they’re doing.
Netflix isn’t content to simply make great original TV series, as it looks like the company also wants to make its own feature films. What’s more interesting about Netflix’s approach to movie releases is that the company is apparently planning a special launch for its first movie – and probably all future ones as well – making it available simultaneously both via Netflix and in cinemas, as BGR sister site Deadline reports. More →
Popular movie streaming service Netflix is ready to further expand its reach in Europe, as the company has launched in France, one of the many new local markets Netflix is trying to conquer. Even so, Netflix is expected to encounter stiff competition in the country, Reuters reports, as other companies are already offering similar streaming services. More →
Why did Netflix decide to cave in and pay Comcast for a better direct connection to its network? Because apparently slow Netflix streaming on Comcast was costing the company customers. CNN reports that Netflix this week explained to the Federal Communications Commission that the quality of Netflix streams on Comcast had become so poor that the company had no choice but to pay up for a better connection. More →
Everyone knows that Game of Thrones is once again the most torrented TV show of the year, but could you name the top ten? Peer-to-peer analyst group Tru Optik has compiled a list of the top ten TV show torrents from the second quarter of 2014, and although a majority are predictable, number 3 stands out above the rest. With 60.8 million torrent download, the Netflix original prison dramedy Orange is the New Black has become the third most popular TV show torrent…and it isn’t even on TV. More →
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on Tuesday penned an editorial in Wired in which he defended the free Internet and advocated against the FCC’s Net Neutrality proposals, as well as against the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. But even though Hastings is not afraid to vividly voice his concerns – this isn’t the first time he’s written an editorial on these matters – Netflix was apparently forced to ink its fourth interconnect deal in the U.S. to make sure that TWC broadband subscribers who watch Netflix online get a decent experience. More →
Netflix has learned a thing or two from its U.S. online movie streaming business, and the company will apparently bring an impressive infrastructure in the new European markets it plans to serve starting with this September. GigaOm reports the company is coming to France with 1Tbps of bandwidth, which apparently is more capacity than some of the country’s top ISPs have. More →
It’s no secret that Netflix to expand in additional European markets this year, but the company has never offered an exact rollout plan for the new countries it wants to conquer. Fortunately, in a new letter to shareholders spotted by Android Police, Netflix confirmed that its European presence will see a significant increase in September, when the movie streaming service will reach six new markets. More →
The heated back and forth between Netflix and Verizon has gone on for long enough that other companies are beginning to throw their hats into the ring. Level 3, a Netflix network operator, came forward with evidence last week which seemed to indicate that Verizon had the capacity to cheaply and quickly upgrade its network to improve streaming quality for customers, but was consciously deciding not to do so. Verizon, unwilling let these accusations go unaccounted for, has responded with a snippy blog post of its own. More →