Netflix signs multi-year deal with Nickelodeon

Netflix and Nickelodeon have struck a multi-year output deal for original animated feature films and TV series that could see a Spongebob spin-off heading to the streaming giant.  The new programmes will be based on Nickelodeon’s roster of characters as well as new IP. The deal, which will bolster the kid and teen-friendly content on the […]

Ovum: FAANG will continue to dominate streaming despite new launches

Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google – the group of tech giants collectively known as FAANG – will continue to dominate the streaming video world despite the launch of multiple new services by US studios, according to an analysis by research outfit Ovum. According to Ovum’s World Information Series-Service provider service, the FAANG five are […]

Netflix to stop supporting older Samsung devices in December

Netflix is dropping support for some Samsung devices in December, including certain smart TVs. Announcing the news on its website, Samsung has warned users that support for some Smart TV apps will end on December 1. The post says that many older TVs are not equipped with the technical capability to present Netflix’s latest more […]

Netflix makes first foray into scripted podcasts

Netflix has announced its latest creative move: scripted fictional podcasts. The first to be announced is The Only Podcast Left, which serves as a fictional companion piece to new teen zombie comedy show Daybreak. Taking place in the same universe as the show, the podcast will be about a group of apocalypse-dwelling teens who make a […]

Netflix comments on speed control test controversy

Netflix has defended its player control tests, saying that the company has “no plans to roll any of these tests out in the short term.” It was earlier reported that Netflix had been testing variable playback speeds with certain users of its Android app, a move which has proved to be controversial with many critics.  […]

Netflix announces new EMEA HQ

Netflix is opening its new EMEA headquarters in Amsterdam. The company, which already runs its activity for the region out of the Dutch city, is opening a new office that can house twice as many staff. The current office is based near the Heineken brewery and the Rijksmuseum on Stadhouderskade while the new HQ will […]

Netflix’s latest test is variable playback speeds

Netflix is testing variable playback speeds on Android. As first spotted by Android Police, the feature is currently only available on the Android Netflix app and allows users to play videos from 0.5x speed to 1.5x. The feature is commonplace in podcast apps, and though it is offered by YouTube it is not regularly used […]

Indian government considering censorship of online streamers

Streamers like Netflix and Amazon are facing the threat of censorship in India, claims a new report. According to government sources cited by Reuters, the Indian government is considering censorship of content on streaming platforms, with film and TV certification bodies already moderating public content in the country. The consideration follows a number of court […]

Streamers “all relatively small to linear TV” claims Netflix CEO

Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Hulu, Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Max and Peacock are “all small compared to linear TV,” thinks Netflix CEO Reed Hastings (pictured). The comments come from Hastings’ investors’ letter, following the release of Netflix’s Q3 results – where it saw a larger-than-expected increase of 6.77 million subscribers. Despite positioning Netflix as the market […]

Netflix bounces back with increase of 6.77 million subs in Q3

Netflix has seen a gain of 6.77 million subscribers in Q3, the streaming giant has reported. This figure, which brings the total global user base to 158 million households, is slightly above analyst predictions of 6.7 million.  The news will come as a welcome reprieve to Netflix, which has had a tricky quarter followed the […]

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