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How to Protect Your Netflix Profile With a PIN Code

Friday April 10, 2020 11:50 am PDT by
As part of its updated parental controls, Netflix now includes an option that lets account holders PIN protect individual profiles to help prevent kids from using them. Even if you're not a parent or guardian, so long as you're the account holder you can still use the PIN feature to prevent other people in the same household from watching stuff on your Netflix profile and messing up your...

How to Disable AutoPlaying Trailers in Netflix

Friday February 7, 2020 12:58 pm PST by
If you're tired of seeing trailers for shows or movies start to play as you browse the Netflix home screen, we have some good news for you. Netflix has listened to user feedback and now offers a way to disable autoplaying videos. What you need to know is that the setting can only be changed by signing into Netflix from a web browser. As it stands, there's no way to do it from within the...

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Netflix Reduces Streaming Video Quality in Europe to Lower Data Usage and Ease Strain on Broadband Networks

Thursday March 19, 2020 1:40 pm PDT by
Netflix has complied with a request from the European Union to lower its streaming video quality in Europe to ease network strain from the millions of people working from home. According to the BBC, Netflix is reducing video quality in Europe for the next 30 days. Netflix says that the change will reduce data consumption by 25 percent, but that viewers will still be satisfied with picture...

EU Urges Netflix, YouTube to Consider Limiting Stream Quality to Ease Strain on Networks Amid Surge in Remote Working

Thursday March 19, 2020 4:07 am PDT by
The European Union has called on Netflix, YouTube and other streaming services to consider temporarily reducing streaming quality in a bid to ease the strain on the continent's broadband networks, as tens of millions of people start working from home amid the coronavirus pandemic (via Financial Times). The EU said streaming platforms should consider offering only standard definition...

Netflix Adding New 'Top 10' Lists Showcasing Most Popular Content

Monday February 24, 2020 12:25 pm PST by
Netflix today announced a new feature that will see the streaming service offering a series of top 10 lists that highlight the most popular content on the platform. There will be an overall top 10 list, a list for the top 10 most popular TV shows, and a list for the top 10 most popular movies. The latter two lists will be visible when visiting the TV show and movie tabs, respectively. The ...

Netflix is Finally Letting You Turn Off Those Annoying Autoplay Previews

Thursday February 6, 2020 12:15 pm PST by
Netflix today announced the launch of a new toggle that will let Netflix users turn off autoplay previews, which has been a controversial Netflix feature for years now. When browsing through Netflix, the service is designed to play previews of the content that you stop on, which usually includes a trailer. Until today, Netflix has offered no option to turn these previews off. As of now,...
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Analyst Survey Suggests Most Netflix Users Don't Plan to Subscribe to Apple TV+

Thursday October 3, 2019 3:33 am PDT by
Three-quarters of Netflix subscribers have no intention of subscribing to either Apple TV+ or Disney+ when they launch next month, according to surveys conducted by Piper Jaffray (via CNBC). According to the investment banker's survey of 1,500 Netflix subscribers, roughly 75 percent don't intend to subscribe to the upcoming rival streaming services, although those who do subscribe to ‌Apple...
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Netflix CEO Says Apple TV+ and Disney+ Will Create 'A Whole New World' of 'Tough Competition'

Friday September 20, 2019 8:36 am PDT by
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings recently discussed what he thinks about the upcoming launch of new rivals Apple TV+ and Disney+, as well as Netflix's plans to retain subscriber interest after their launches (via Variety). According to Hastings, "it's a whole new world starting in November," referring to the November 1 launch of ‌Apple TV+‌ and November 12 launch of Disney+. The CEO said that it...

Netflix Tests Human Curated 'Collections' Feature on iOS

Sunday August 25, 2019 6:19 am PDT by
Netflix is testing a human curated discovery feature on iOS called "Collections" that surfaces TV shows and movies the user might be interested to watch (via TechCrunch). Collections in Netflix for iOS Netflix says the content is curated by experts on its creative teams and that the collections are organized according to similar factors, such as genre, tone, story line, and character traits. ...

Netflix Adds 'Latest' Section to Show Everything That's New and Coming Soon

Tuesday August 20, 2019 2:58 pm PDT by
Netflix today introduced a new "Latest" section to its service, which is designed to highlight newly released titles and movies and TV shows that are coming soon. According to Variety, the "Latest" section focuses specifically on just released titles, movies and TV shows coming in the current week, and movies and TV shows coming in the week after. Upcoming titles are teased with a...

Netflix Tests Pop-Out Picture-in-Picture Player on Desktop

Friday June 21, 2019 10:31 am PDT by
Netflix is testing a new pop-out picture-in-picture feature that's designed to let Netflix users watch videos in a small floating box that hovers above other applications, reports Engadget. The pop-out player allows users to click a small icon at the bottom of the screen. Once the pop-out window appears, it can be resized and positioned anywhere on a computer's display. Image via Engadget ...
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Netflix Testing 'Extras' Tab in Mobile App With Feed of Photos and Videos Similar to Instagram

Thursday June 6, 2019 8:07 am PDT by
Netflix is testing a new feature in its mobile apps for iOS and Android, which aggregates trailers and photos for its various shows and movies in a feed that looks very similar to Instagram. A Netflix spokesperson confirmed the test in an email seen by Variety. Image by Janko Roettgers via Variety For the users in the test, they will see a new tab on the mobile Netflix app called "Extras." In ...

Netflix Gains High-Quality Audio

Wednesday May 1, 2019 10:21 am PDT by
Netflix today announced a new feature for its streaming TV and movie service, high-quality audio, which Netflix says takes its sound quality "to another level." High-quality audio is designed to provide audio that more closely matches with what creators hear in the studio, resulting in a "richer, more intense experience." Netflix's audio bitrate now goes up to 640 kb/s on devices...
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Netflix Testing 'Random Episode' Button for the Times When You Can't Decide What to Watch

Friday April 19, 2019 5:06 am PDT by
Netflix has begun testing a new feature on mobile that allows select users to "Play a Popular Episode" of certain TV shows, without having to scroll through and pick which one they want to watch. As spotted by Android Police, the test only appears to be on the Android app as of now. Images via Android Police Additionally, users have noticed that in the playback controls of a TV show, there is ...
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Netflix Not Concerned With New Streaming Services Coming From Apple and Disney

Tuesday April 16, 2019 2:00 pm PDT by
Netflix isn't worried about the upcoming Disney+ and Apple TV+ streaming services from Disney and Apple, respectively, the company said today in its Q1 2019 earnings report. [PDF] In the document, Netflix says that it's "excited" to compete with Apple and Disney, and that it does not feel that the new services will affect Netflix's growth because of the "differing nature" of the content...
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Netflix Warning Grandfathered Customers About Monthly Price Hike Coming in May

Tuesday April 9, 2019 8:29 am PDT by
In January, Netflix announced that it was raising the prices for all of its subscription tiers, making the popular "Standard" tier increase from $10.99/month to $12.99/month. This change took effect immediately for new customers signing up for Netflix, while existing customers were grandfathered into their prices for a limited time. That time is now almost up, as Netflix has begun emailing...
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Netflix App for iOS No Longer Supports AirPlay Because of 'Technical Limitations' [Updated With Netflix Statement]

Friday April 5, 2019 3:21 pm PDT by
The Netflix app for iPhone and iPad no longer appears to support AirPlay, based on an updated support document found on the Netflix website. According to Netflix, ‌AirPlay‌ is no longer supported on ‌iPhone‌, ‌iPad‌, or iPod touch due to "technical limitations." There are no details from Netflix on what those technical limitations might be. Several MacRumors readers have attempted to use ‌...
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Netflix CEO Confirms Netflix Won't Be Part of Apple's Upcoming Video Service

Monday March 18, 2019 5:40 pm PDT by
Apple is set to unveil its long-rumored TV service next Monday, and ahead of the event, Netflix has confirmed that it won't be participating in Apple's streaming offering. At a briefing at the company's headquarters in Hollywood, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said that while Apple is a "great company," Netflix isn't interested in offering its content on other platforms. "We want to have people...
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Netflix 'Doubling Down' on Interactive TV Shows, Unclear if Any Will Be Available on Apple TV

Tuesday March 12, 2019 7:50 am PDT by
Netflix plans to output even more interactive television shows similar to the Black Mirror episode "Bandersnatch", but it's unclear as of now if any of these will work on the Apple TV. Netflix vice president of product Todd Yellin announced the company's intent to make more interactive content at a conference in Mumbai today (via Variety). These shows, and potentially movies, will extend...

Netflix Launches 'Smart Downloads' for Streamlined Access to Offline Content

Thursday February 7, 2019 12:30 pm PST by
Netflix today announced the launch of a new Smart Downloads feature that's designed to streamline the process of downloading content for offline viewing. With Smart Downloads, when you finish viewing an episode of a TV show that you've downloaded, Netflix will delete it and then automatically download the next episode. Smart Downloads is designed to download content only when you're connected...

Netflix Debuts New Integration for Sharing Movies and TV Shows in Instagram Stories

Tuesday January 22, 2019 12:30 pm PST by
Netflix today launched a new Instagram integration that's designed to allow Instagram users to share their favorite movies and TV shows in Stories, reports Variety. The feature can be used by selecting a title of choice within the Netflix app for iOS devices, tapping on the "Share" icon, and then selecting "Instagram Stories" as an option. "We're always on the lookout for ways to make it...
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Netflix Plans Latest Price Hike, Standard Plan Increasing From $11 to $13/Month

Tuesday January 15, 2019 6:41 am PST by
Netflix today announced that it will raise the prices for all of its subscription tiers, the latest price hike since November 2017. Specifically, the cheap "Basic" tier will rise from $8 to $9/month, the popular HD "Standard" tier will rise from $11 to $13/month, and the 4K "Premium" tier will rise from $14 to $16/month. According to CNBC, the changes take effect immediately for new...