Activision Blizzard sues Netflix over poaching of CFO

Activision Blizzard, the game publisher behind such titles as Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, has sued Netflix over allegations of poaching its execs. The publisher has filed a lawsuit over Netflix’s hiring of Spencer Neumann, its chief financial officer. Activision said that Netflix first approached Neumann in late 2018, with a view to […]

Netflix partners with BBFC to create algorithm for age rating content

Netflix and the British Board of Film Certification (BBFC) have developed an algorithm that has automatically generated age ratings across the SVOD’s entire content library in the UK. The regulatory body said that Netflix had become the first streaming service in the UK to carry a certified age rating on all TV seasons and feature […]

Netflix to declare full UK revenues; Dowden demands ‘health warning’ for The Crown

Netflix is to start declaring the more than £1 billion (US$1.3 billion) it makes from British subscribers to UK tax authorities, after facing increasing political pressure and questions around its low tax bill. The move is expected to increase the amount that the streamer pays in UK corporation tax, with Netflix’s UK holding company, Netflix […]

Netflix settles ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ lawsuit over Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Netflix has settled a lawsuit over its Emmy-winning interactive movie Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. A US district court judge confirmed that Netflix had reached a settlement with the plaintiff that tried to get the movie removed. Despite the title, which is an offshoot of the Channel 4 originated series, seeing critical and commercial success, Netflix saw […]

Netflix UK content spend to reach US$1 billion in 2020

Netflix has upped its spend on UK productions to £750m ($1bn) this year as the company works to maintain its pipeline of shows despite the disruption caused by Covid-19. The streaming giant makes original shows including The Crown and The Witcher in the UK and has increased its budget by 50% on from the £500m […]

Netflix facing censorship calls in India over A Suitable Boy

Netflix is facing calls for censorship in India. The news comes a week after the Indian government announced that streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video would be placed under the regulatory supervision of the country’s ministry of information and broadcasting. On Sunday, an Indian state asked police to investigate the Netflix series A […]

Netflix launches StreamFest free weekend in India

In its latest attempts to attract users in India, Netflix will offer prospective users a free weekend at the beginning of December. The company, calling the weekend of December 5-6 ‘StreamFest, will allow non-subscribers access to its entire catalogue – ranging from acquired content to original series and movies. All users need to hand over […]

Google offers half price Netflix in new Chromecast bundle

Ahead of the holiday buying season, Google has partnered with Netflix to launch a bundle of its new Chromecast device and the streaming service. The new Chromecast with Google TV streaming device launched at the beginning of October with a RRP of US$49.99 as the first major iteration on the Chromecast range in seven years. […]

DNA strikes ‘world first’ deal to combine Netflix with broadband access

Finnish cable and telecom group DNA has struck a deal with Netflix that will allow it combine its home broadband service and a Netflix family subscription covering 4K content on up to four devices in a single order and one invoice. In what the telco describes as a “world first”, DNA’s broadband connection will be […]

Netflix launches first linear channel

Netflix has gone linear for the first time. The channel, dubbed Direct, will launch in France as a test of the viability of Netflix as a more traditional TV offering. It will air French, international and US films and series that are available on the streaming service, available exclusively to Netflix subscribers. At least initially, […]