Netflix, the popular DVD rental and online streaming service, announced today that it is drastically changing pricing. Beginning immediately for new customers, and on September 1 for existing customers, if you want to stream movies and get DVDs in the mail, you will have to pay for two seperate plans.
As the June 30 deadline approaches for developers to get on board with Apple’s new subscription policies, Hulu appears to be the first to deal with the problem in the simplest of ways -- by simply removing a link to their website from the iOS app.
We all know that Apple is planning to flip the switch on an expansive new data center in Maiden, North Carolina any day -- and thankfully, a local Fox affiliate has done some digging to find out what exactly it might mean for area residents as well as the rest of us.
After being rumored in recent weeks, Amazon.com took the wraps off its revamped Instant Video service, which promises to go head-to-head with reigning streaming champs Netflix and Hulu Plus. But is the new offering worth your hard-earned dollars?
It seems that, more often than not, the rumor mill gets it right -- case in point, that recent rumor swirling around that Amazon would soon take on Netflix by offering unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows for Prime members at no extra charge.
Announced last week, Apple’s new policies for subscription billing appear to have raised the hackles of publishers more than it’s made them happy -- and questions remain as to exactly who is going to have to use the option in the first place.
Netflix posted their quarterly earnings on Wednesday, and two of Apple’s products figured heavily in the company’s streaming business -- with the second-generation Apple TV actually surpassing the iPad in terms of streaming content viewed.
According to a reports from a number of credible sources, it looks as though Comcast has had just about enough of streaming content providers, or more to the point, Netflix. Back on November 19th, the company, which is no stranger to bullying high-bandwidth users, informed Level 3 Communications--the contractor responsible for making Netflix’s streaming magic happen--that they would be forced to pay a toll for the privilege of being able to transmit content to end-users on their network. The broad strokes of the story are that Level 3 gave into Comcast’s demands in order to ensure uninterrupted Netflix service to the millions of Comcast users who rely upon the streaming service for the few hours of media-enabled escapism that their day affords. However, looking deeper into the issue, the Devil is most certainly in the details.
Netflix has let the lid off of a bit of good news and a minor amount of bad news this morning. The good news is that the media giant has finally made an unlimited streaming-only subscription option available to the media hungry masses for $7.99 a month. And now the bad news: for those of you who want their unlimited streaming cake but also wish to feed their DVD players too, the monthly cost of a combined streaming and rent-by-mail subscription is going up.
The iPhone version of Netflix came a lot later than the iPad version that was available at that device’s launch in April, but it’s equally welcome. The free app is now Universal, so you only have to download it once. A Netflix account is required; the cheapest is the one-DVD-at-a-time plan for $8.99/month. But that includes unlimited Instant Watch streaming to your computer’s web browser, a variety of TV-attached devices, and this app.