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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 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...

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...

Netflix No Longer Offering In-App Subscription Options on iOS Devices

Friday December 28, 2018 11:12 am PST by
Netflix is no longer allowing new or resubscribing members to sign up for a Netflix subscription using an in-app purchase via the App Store, Netflix today told VentureBeat. The change appears to have been implemented late last month. Earlier this year Netflix experimented with disabling in-app subscription options for Netflix subscribers in a number of countries, and as of today, Netflix says...

Netflix's New Interactive 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch' Episode Doesn't Work on Apple TV

Friday December 28, 2018 8:29 am PST by
The latest episode of popular horror series "Black Mirror" is available on Netflix today, but you're not going to want to watch it on the Apple TV. "Bandersnatch," the new episode, is an interactive choose-your-own adventure style show where you make the decisions on how the story progresses. As it turns out, the interactive feature does not work on the Apple TV, Chromecast, the Windows App,...

Netflix Testing Cheaper Mobile-Only Subscription Model in Select Countries

Wednesday November 14, 2018 5:11 am PST by
As Netflix tries to grow subscriber numbers outside of the United States, TechCrunch reports today that the streaming video company is testing out a subscription model where users are only able to watch on a phone or a tablet. With this stipulation, the cost of Netflix is cut by as much as 50 percent from the "Basic" tier, down to around $4/month from $8/month. Right now, the test appears to ...

Netflix Tests Disabling In-App Subscriptions on iOS in Some Countries

Tuesday August 21, 2018 7:25 am PDT by
Netflix is already one of the highest grossing apps on the App Store, as many iPhone and iPad users pay for their subscriptions via iTunes/Apple ID billing, but the streaming video platform wants an even bigger piece of the pie. TechCrunch today reported that, until September 30, new or lapsed subscribers in some 33 countries will be unable to pay using iTunes. The countries: Argentina,...

Netflix Tests Video Promos Between TV Show Episodes

Friday August 17, 2018 12:32 pm PDT by
Netflix is testing a new feature that adds video promos in between episodes of TV shows, Netflix confirmed to TechCrunch this afternoon. The promos Netflix is showing to some users include full-screen personalized videos with content recommendations similar to Netflix recommendations available elsewhere on Netflix. According to TechCrunch, the promotional videos displace preview...

New Legislation Suggests Implementing Emergency Alerts Into Streaming Services Like Netflix and Spotify

Thursday July 19, 2018 8:21 am PDT by
Currently, when users in a certain area face potentially bad weather, threats of danger, or a nearby AMBER alert, their iPhone or other smartphone sounds off and displays a message explaining the emergency. In new legislation shared today, United States senators Brian Schatz and John Thune hope to "explore" ways this system could improve to enhance reliability, including implementing these...

Netflix Redesigns TV Apps With Side Bar Interface Housing My List, Search, and More

Wednesday July 18, 2018 9:16 am PDT by
Netflix today revealed a new design for its "TV experiences," or TV-based apps, that aims to make it easier to find TV shows and movies on the service. In addition to the rows with various themes, Netflix subscribers watching on a TV will now see a sidebar on the left side of the app that expands when they scroll over to it. This UI has Search, Home, Series, Movies, My List, and New hubs,...

Netflix Announces 'Smart Downloads' Feature Coming to iOS Later This Year

Tuesday July 10, 2018 7:22 am PDT by
Netflix has announced a new feature launching for Android smartphones and tablets today, and coming to iOS devices later this year, called "Smart Downloads." With this turned on, the Netflix app will automatically delete the downloaded episode of a show that you've finished watching offline, and replace it by automatically downloading the next episode in line (via BuzzFeed News). The company ...

Netflix Testing New 'Ultra' Tier of Service That Cuts Premium Plan Streams From Four to Two

Wednesday July 4, 2018 4:15 am PDT by
Netflix is reportedly testing a new tier of service for subscribers that supersedes the existing top tier Premium plan, according to Italian blog Tutto Android. Titled "Ultra", the new plan would allow up to four devices to receive Ultra HD and HDR video, and audio streaming at the same time. In Italy, the tier is priced at 16.99 euros, or approximately $19.80. Image credit: Evan Davis ...

Netflix iOS App Gains Unobtrusive Volume Indicator and 10-Second Double Tap Controls for Some Users

Thursday May 31, 2018 7:29 am PDT by
Netflix appears to be testing -- or slowly rolling out -- a new user interface control scheme for its iOS app, which enables an unobtrusive volume indicator and lets users jump forwards or backwards in a video with a quick double-tap gesture. As spotted by Redditor mm2nam, the update brings Netflix's video controls closer to those of YouTube on iOS, which lets users double tap on the right...

Netflix Adds 30-Second Preview Videos to iOS App

Thursday April 19, 2018 3:22 am PDT by
Netflix today added a slew of 30-second video trailers to its iOS app, after limited testing of the feature since early March. Optimized for mobile, the trailers ape the look of Snapchat and Instagram Stories, appearing as circular icons on the app's main screen and playing back in a vertical format on iPhones. Netflix offered its rationale for the feature in a blog post on its website: Tod...

Netflix Nixes Feature That Gave Patches to Kids for Watching TV

Wednesday March 14, 2018 3:13 pm PDT by
Netflix has decided to stop testing a new gamified TV streaming experience for children, which offered kids "patches" (aka stickers) for watching episodes of certain television shows. Netflix started testing the feature in February, but it received widespread attention last week after the beta test was highlighted by various media sites. Given the negative attention Netflix received over the...

Netflix Tests New Gamification Feature for Children's Shows

Friday March 9, 2018 2:50 pm PST by
Netflix is testing a new gamified streaming experience for children, the company confirmed in a statement provided to Variety this morning. The new feature lets kids collect "patches" for watching episodes of certain shows. Netflix says the patches, which have been available for a few weeks for some users, are designed to allow for a more interactive experience for children. Image from ...

Apple Reportedly Interested in Obama Series if Netflix Fails to Clinch Content Deal With Former President

Friday March 9, 2018 2:52 am PST by
Netflix is said to be in advanced negotiations with former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle to produce a series of high-profile shows for the streaming service, with Apple said to be waiting in line if a deal between the two parties falls through. The New York Times reports that Netflix is offering to pay the Obamas to produce the exclusive content, according to people familiar...

Netflix Subscriber Data Reveals 70% of Global Streaming Ends Up on TVs, 10% on Phones

Thursday March 8, 2018 7:53 am PST by
Netflix this week gave a briefing to a group of reporters in its Los Gatos, California company headquarters, revealing data about its subscribers' device streaming habits and how these habits might change over the course of a few months (via Recode). While the information isn't particularly shocking, it is one of the rare times that Netflix has provided data and opened up about the streaming...

Netflix to Debut New Vertical Preview Feature on Mobile Next Month

Thursday March 8, 2018 3:27 am PST by
Netflix is set to introduce a new movie and show preview mode to its iOS app next month (via Variety). Announced on Wednesday at the company's Lab Days press event in California, the upcoming feature will mean Netflix subscribers can watch 30-second previews displayed as vertical video on mobile devices. The previews will appear as round icons on the home screen below a carousel showcasing...

Netflix Gaining Expanded Parental Controls, More Prominent Ratings

Monday March 5, 2018 2:11 pm PST by
Netflix today announced a platform-wide update to introduce expanded parental controls that will give parents more granular access to the television shows and movies their children are watching. A new PIN parental control for individual movies and TV shows is being added, so parents will be able to block access to specific content if so desired. . We understand that every family is...

Netflix Rolling Out iOS Update That Adds Bottom Tab Bar for Easier Navigation

Monday February 26, 2018 7:16 am PST by
Over the past few days there have been multiple reports of a new update to the Netflix app on iOS and Android devices, which includes a design overhaul for the streaming service's navigation bar on smartphones. Instead of placing every piece of navigation within the top lefthand corner "hamburger" menu, Netflix has introduced a simpler tab bar at the bottom of the app with four tabs for Home,...