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Comcast is making Netflix partners pay a toll to deliver streaming video

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on November 30th, 2010

A lot of stuff goes on behind the scenes that we never see. Some of those things we want to know about. Like the fact that Level 3 Communications, a networking company that delivers streaming video to Netflix users, claims that Comcast is demanding a recurring fee for the transmission of these videos to its subscribers. On a road this would be called a toll. Sucks either way.

If this is true, this isn’t good news for Netflix users, since increased operation costs always trickle down to the end user. After a few days of negotiating, Level 3 Communications paid the fee. Comcast has come out with a statement claiming that the fee has nothing to do with Netflix or video traffic in general. Instead it’s related to the amount of traffic that Level 3 Communications is pushing off into Comcast’s network.

Netflix launches $7.99 streaming-only plan

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on November 22nd, 2010

The streaming-only plan for Netflix unofficially rolled out last month is now being officially launched. The company opted to go with the $7.99 price, which helps it compete against Hulu Plus. However, at the same time the prices for all unlimited plans that include DVDs have jumped by at least one dollar.

So now you’ll be paying $9.99 for a one DVD at a time plan. So, it’s a cheaper option for those of us who have moved beyond physical media. Anyone going to try this new option, or are you sticking with DVDs?

Netflix coming to select Android devices early next year

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on November 14th, 2010

Now that iOS, Windows Phone 7 and seemingly every game console are streaming Netflix video, the company is focusing on Android. In early 2011, Netflix will appear on “select Android devices,” according to the company’s blog, which promises a “standard, platform-wide solution” for Android in the future.

So why did it take so long? And you might also be asking why Netflix will be limited to particular handsets when it first rolls out? They have an answer. “The hurdle has been the lack of a generic and complete platform security and content protection mechanism available for Android,”

Time Warner considering longer delay for Netflix, Redbox?

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on November 4th, 2010

Time Warner is considering a policy change that could mean longer delays for content to come to rental services like Netflix and Redbox. The current 28-day window has been pretty successful, but the current deals with partners are going to expire sometime in 2011. At that point, the company might want to extend the delay period. Not good for netflix users.

The company may also be planning to offer brand new movies via video-on-demand (VOD), before the titles are even out of theaters. This move is expected sometime in the middle of next year.

Netflix testing $7.99 and $8.99 streaming-only plans in US

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on October 24th, 2010

Netflix has quietly made streaming-only plans a reality in the US. The odd part is that depending on which computer and web browser you use, you’ll see a different result. For instance according to Engadget, a Windows desktop running Chrome was invited to sign up for the same $7.99 disc-less plan as Canadian customers enjoy, while Firefox asked for $8.99 for the same, and in both cases it would cost $9.99 in total if you want physical discs as well.

It all adds up to this. You may get a $1 discount if you only use the company’s online service now, but if you like DVDs delivered to your door you may find yourself paying for those who don’t.

Netflix could offer DVD-less plan this year

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2010

While announcing the company’s Q4 financial results, CEO Reed Hastings called his Netflix “primarily a streaming company that also offers DVD-by-mail.” There was also an indication that a streaming only plan for US customers, mirroring its offering in Canada, is currently in limited testing.

This could become widely available later in the fourth quarter of this year, when “pure streaming” could become the core package for Netflix, while DVDs might require a premium service charge like Blu-ray does now. If the price ends u being reasonable, this is awesome news.

Netflix for PS3 is now disc-free, with 1080i streaming and 5.1 surround sound

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on October 14th, 2010

It’s a great time to be a PS3 owner as Netflix streaming just got better than anything else on the market. Beginning on October 18 Netflix on the PS3 will no longer require a disc, and it’ll stream some content with 1080i resolution and / or 5.1-channel surround audio.

You’ll also get subtitles on some content as well. Netflix is partnering with Dolby and the surround format will be Dolby Digital Plus. Netflix says that 5.1 will come to other platforms “over time,”. Makes me glad I have a PS3.

Sony confirms disc-free PS3 Netflix for US this month

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on October 7th, 2010

Finally, you will be able to watch movies on Netflix with your PS3, disc free! In the comments section of a recent entry on the official US PlayStation blog, Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein confirmed that a Netflix app is headed to US owners of the PlayStation 3.

This will happen sometime this month. US users should check the PlayStation Store for the app anytime now. Reports suggest that Canadian PS3s are getting it earlier than expected as well. Canadians do not have a mail-order DVD option, their service is exclusively a streaming one.

Netflix adds video out support to iPhone 4, fourth gen iPod touch

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on October 5th, 2010

Netflix had already added video out support to its iPad app a few months back, and it’s now it is adding the same functionality to your iPhone and iPod touch as well.

That doesn’t include all iPhone and iPod touch users, however. The app will only support video out on the iPhone 4 and fourth generation iPod touch. If you’re cool with that, and we know you are, you can get the updated app for free right now.

Netflix and NBC ink new streaming deal

Posted in Netflix by Shane McGlaun on September 24th, 2010

I was on Netflix years ago and cancelled my subscription because I never got the new films I really wanted to see. With the company beefing up its streaming, service so much I am about ready to join up again. The company has just announced a new streaming agreement is in place with NBC.

The agreement will see some of the most popular NBC Universal shows come to the streaming service. Notable additions will include old episodes of “Saturday Night Live” and day after streaming of new episodes of the show as well. All episodes from past seasons of the shows “30 Rock,” “The Office” and “Law & Order: SVU,” are being added.

Netflix CEO looking into streaming-only option for US

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on September 23rd, 2010

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, in a blog post says, “we are looking at adding a streaming-only option for the USA over the coming months.” That’s an interesting idea, but sadly he didn’t elaborate. No prices were discussed.

However, it would likely parallel Canada’s streaming-only plan, which is $7.99 monthly. So who wants to drop physical media in exchange for that price or at least one extra dollar per month?

Netflix debuts service in Canada

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on September 22nd, 2010

Netflix has released details of its new Internet Movie subscription service launched today in Canada. It’s the first Netflix service outside the US. It will be available for $7.99 per month on a number of different devices, with the possibility to sign up for a free trial month.

Netflix also revealed that it has now signed Canadian license agreements with major studios such as Lionsgate, MGM Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox and Universal Pictures, as well as Canadian distributors Alliance Films, Maple Pictures, eOne and Mongrel.

Panasonic adds Netflix streaming to VIERA Cast 2010 HDTVs & Blu-ray players

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on September 10th, 2010

Even though we can already stream Netflix to our home theater in countless ways, if you have a 2010 Panasonic HDTV or Blu-ray player, you can now join in on the fun. The video streaming widget was originally promised way back at CES and now shows up in a software update.

Just hit up the VIERA Cast menu next to existing tools like Amazon VOD, Skype and Pandora. So now everyone can officially access Netflix on one device or another.

Netflix will Stream Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM movies on September 1

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on August 10th, 2010

Netflix has just added even more to it’s Watch Instantly lineup as it has reached an agreement with Epix to include films from Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM Studios starting September 1. The films will be available on Netflix only 90 days after their pay TV debuts.

What this deal does is make Hollywood movies available to Netflix subscribers far more quickly, and in greater numbers. According to the LA Times, this deal could cost Netflix some $1 billion over its multi-year lifetime. This is another great reason to join Netflix.

Netflix coming to Canada this fall

Posted in Netflix by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2010

Hard to believe, but Canadians still are not enjoying the smooth streaming of Netflix. Well, that will soon be cured. Netflix has just announced that it will be taking its first baby steps abroad with a rollout of its video streaming service in Canada.

We don’t have any specifics yet, but Canadians can sign up now to be informed as soon as those details drop. I wonder if it will invade the UK after Canada.