Posts Tagged ‘netflix’

Where does Netflix Download Shows to on Windows 10?

Friday, April 7th, 2017

In order for Netflix’s download feature to make any sense at all, they really need to let us know where files are going, so we don’t quickly fill up our hard drives with downloaded movies.

Netflix enabled the downloading of — some — TV show episodes and movies in the company’s application for Windows 10 recently. It allows you to download these shows and movies to the local device, and watch them at a later point in time. Ideal for adding some to your laptop before you spend the next ten hours or so flying to Japan, or spending the vacation with your kids in a place with bad or no Internet reception at all.

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Netflix crackdown on VPN services has begun

Friday, February 26th, 2016

It’s Friday, so what the heck, here’s a fun one … it looks like those of us in the US will no longer be able to use a VPN or unblocker to watch the UK version of Netflix.

If you are currently using a virtual private network, unblocker or proxy to access Netflix, you have likely been greeted by an “whoops, something went wrong…” message on the site on stream start.

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Vivaldi Browser gets Silent Tabs and Netflix Support in Latest Build

Friday, December 4th, 2015

To be honest, I’ve never actually tried Vivaldi myself because, well because one only needs so many browsers. But that said, the newly added support for Netflix does make me curious.

The latest build of the Vivaldi web browser ships with a bunch of improvements that include support to silence websites in the browser with a simple click, and support for Netflix. The silencing of websites works exactly like it does in other browsers that support the feature already. Vivaldi indicates that sound is playing with an icon that it adds to the tab the site is loaded in.

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Could Netflix Switch to P2P to Lower ISP Pressure?

Friday, March 28th, 2014

I’m not sure how well this would work, but it’s certainly an interesting idea …

Several Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the US are pressuring Netflix to pay money to ensure the optimal delivery of Netflix streams to customers. Brian over at Betanews thinks that Netflix should pay ISPs, while the majority of users who left a comment on the article disagree strongly with him. Logic is not always applicable in a business environment, but here is how it stands right now. Netflix pays for bandwidth to the Internet, so that users can connect to the site and stream contents. Netflix users pay their Internet Service Providers as well to connect to the Internet with a certain bandwidth.

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Finally, a Judge that Understands that an IP is Not a Person

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Well this is a hopeful sign … could it be that the legal profession is finally starting to catch up with the IT world?

Everyone knows the risks of working on an open Wi-Fi connection. Everything can be stolen from your security to your bandwidth. But the courts in the US have been historically unaware of the implications of an open Wi Fi connection. Finally, though, there appears to be one judge that understands that an IP connection does not equal a person.

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Netflix Unworried About Broadband Caps – Though Maybe They Should Be

Friday, December 10th, 2010

I’m sure Blockbuster is happy to hear this …

Back in July Netflix launched a streaming only video option in Canada, which immediately raised the question of how well this service would play with the low bandwidth caps and high per gig overages common to most Canadian ISPs. Given that Netflix HD streaming potentially eats bandwidth like popcorn shrimp and Canadian ISPs like Cogeco and Rogers currently charge up to $5 per extra gigabyte of usage it seems inevitable that Netflix users and low caps won’t get along as usage ramps up. However, at an investor conference this week Netflix stated that so far, they aren’t particularly worried about it. From an MSNBC report:

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Bye Bye Blockbuster

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Most people have been expecting Blockbuster to go under for the last couple years. I don’t really miss Blockbuster, but I’ll be seriously bummed if Border’s Books goes under …

By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

That Blockbuster filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection isn’t surprising. Holding out for so long is the real shocker. I expected today’s filing at the beginning of 2009. This outcome was inevitable and may yet foreshadow future bankruptcy filings from other dinosaurs of the retail analog age, such as Borders Books.

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Netflix Loses Big In Postage Increase

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

I’m sure the postage hike will have a financial impact on Netflix … but not nearly as large as the financial impact that Netflix has on brick and mortar video rental businesses like Blockbuster …

Netflix could be a big loser in the United States Postal Service’s plan to hike postage rates and overcome a potential $7 billion shortfall. The proposed increase would raise the rates that Netflix pays to ship DVDs to its customers, and could cost the company an additional $50 million a year.

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Netflix: The Future Is Streaming

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Streaming seems like a huge improvement over the old DVD-by-mail route … too bad that there’s only two or three movies that come out each year that I actually care about watching.

Netflix expects its DVD-by-mail business to peak in 2013, at which point it believes its Watch Instantly streaming service will be driving its growth. That’s the gist of a slideshow posted on the company’s jobs site that details its plans to transform itself into the leading streaming subscription service for TV shows and movies.

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