AT&T pulled in a staggering $128.8 billion in revenue in 2013. The company’s operating income for the full year totaled more than $30 billion. According to the company’s mobile boss, however, the extra capacity needed to deliver popular services over the Internet to its customers is an expense AT&T should not have to bear.
In an extensive post, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings called for “strong net neutrality,” as opposed to the “weak net neutrality” that currently exists, and which allows ISPs to theoretically – if not actually – bully Internet businesses into paying fees in order for consumers to be able to enjoy their services at better speeds. More →
The pirate’s answer to Netflix is now offline. Popcorn Time streamed dozens of free movies straight from their torrent files to computers all around the world, and the creators never stopped claiming that it was all completely legal. They even checked four times! But despite the massive response, much of which the creators say was positive, the app has been permanently disconnected. According to the message that now dominates the front page of the app’s website, the creators no longer want to be a part of “endless debates about piracy and copyright, legal threats and the shady machinery that makes us feel in danger for doing what we love.” We’ll be keeping an eye out to see if the team has anything else in store for the future.
Following news that Comcast and Netflix had reached a deal whereby Netflix would pay the Internet Service Provider a fee in order to ensure Netflix subscribers have a smooth viewing experience, people panicked and cried that net neutrality was dead. While that’s not entirely true, what is now a matter of fact is that Netflix service performance on Comcast’s network has improved fairly substantially since the company ponied up what many refer to as a “ransom.” More →
Netflix may own the streaming rights for House of Cards in the U.S., but fans don’t necessarily need a subscription to watch the show as long as they’re Comcast customers, Variety reveals. The cable operator has inked a deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which manages international and home video distribution for House of Cards, to offer customers access to season one of the critically acclaimed Netflix drama via the recently launched Xfinity Store. More →
If Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus are any indication, torrenting isn’t quite the destructive force many groups have made it out to be. Torrenting is a popular alternative to legal streaming, buying and renting, but the abundance of poor quality torrents coupled with the unfriendly method of acquiring movies and TV shows through torrenting has kept a majority of viewers glued to their TVs, browsers and tablets. If watching a ripped movie was as easy as logging into Netflix, would the tides turn in the favor of torrents? The creators of Popcorn Time want to find out. More →
As scammers continue to get more and more creative with their endeavors, it is becoming increasingly important that we keep our guard up at all times. We recently covered a new scam that targets Verizon Wireless subscribers and looks to take over control of their accounts, but a new scam targeting Netflix customers is even more dangerous. More →
A recent internal Netflix 24-hour Hack Day had employees come up with new creative ways of improving the company’s product, TechCrunch reveals, with one interesting hack connecting a wearable device – the Fitbit band in this case – to Netflix in order to automatically stop video playback when the user falls asleep. By picking up and analyzing movements, the software can tell when the user is falling asleep and stop the show he or she is watching. When the viewer returns to Netflix, he or she can resume the show from the moment the user fell asleep. More →
New York has won the competition to become the shooting location for the four Marvel miniseries that Disney is producing for Netflix. These 52 collective episodes are part of an ambitious Netflix strategy to become a leading source of original science fiction and horror franchises. This genre project got off to a rocky start with the rather awful “Hemlock Grove” series, but will kick into high gear when a mysterious new mega-budget miniseries by the Wachowski siblings debuts in late 2014. The “Matrix” franchise creators are currently prepping a 10-episode package called “Sense8,” which features African, German, Korean and Mexican characters.
But the Marvel deal is even more ambitious in scope. More →
The die has been cast and now every single ISP in the United States will want a payout from Netflix in exchange for ensuring that its video streaming services are delivered efficiently to its subscribers. Once Netflix struck a deal to pay Comcast an unspecified amount of money as part of a new peering arrangement, that set the precedent for every other ISP in the country to strike similar bargains. And sure enough, Multichannel reports that both AT&T and Verizon have said that they’re now working with Netflix on their own peering arrangements to ensure that Netflix users aren’t subjected to laggy videos. While this is good short-term news for Netflix subscribers it remains to be seen how these deals cumulatively affect Netflix’s bottom line, especially if ISPs decide they want to jack up the rates in the coming years.
The Wall Street Journal on Sunday broke the story that Netflix is going to pay Comcast so that Netflix’s streaming subscribers will have access to a smooth viewing experience. Not only does this put a crimp in Netflix’s business model, but it could also mean that the era of net neutrality as we know it is dead. More →
The quality of Netflix streaming has tanked over the past several months at several ISPs because Netflix and the ISPs have been wrangling over who should pick up the tab for all the added traffic being generated by Netflix’s HD video streaming service. ISPs such as Verizon and Comcast have been asking Netflix and bandwidth providers such as Cogent Communications to pay additional fees that will help them deal with added traffic loads. Netflix, meanwhile, has asked ISPs to peer directly with its new video content delivery network as an alternative to charging additional fees. More →