How to Enhance Your Netflix Experience With Third-Party Programs

How to Enhance Your Netflix Experience With Third-Party Programs

We've heard your complaint: you can't find anything to watch on Netflix. Despite all the A/B testing, app updates and data Netflix is measuring behind the scenes, the way it presents the library makes it nearly impossible to see everything that's available to watch, and sometimes you want to do the choosing instead of ...

Oyster Opens its E-Book Subscription Service to Web Browsers

Oyster Opens its E-Book Subscription Service to Web Browsers

If there was any lingering questions around whether there is a market for monthly ebook subcriptions, Amazon surely went some way towards answering them when it introduced its $9.99 ‘all-you-can-read’ Kindle Unlimited plan last week. While this raised many concerns around the implications for authors’ monetization, it ...

A Look Back at the Google Chromecast’s First Year

A Look Back at the Google Chromecast’s First Year

One year ago today, Google surprised the world by announcing Chromecast, a small dongle that makes it possible to stream YouTube, Netflix and other online media services to the TV. At the time, Chromecast was radically different from any of the other streaming devices out there — and since then, it has begun to change how ...

Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and You: Find Out if You’re a Good Match!

Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited and You: Find Out if You’re a Good Match!

When word first got out about Amazon’s (then-rumored) Kindle Unlimited, I was more than a little excited. Unlimited e-books! $10 a month! I’m going to read everything all of the time, forever! When the program actually rolled out, I was underwhelmed. Yes, having access to 600,000 books for $10 a month is a ...

Netflix Now Has 50 Million Streaming Subscribers

Netflix Now Has 50 Million Streaming Subscribers

Netflix announced on Monday that it topped 50 million streaming subscribers during the second quarter of 2014. That’s a whole lot of binge-watching. The company still has plenty of room to grow internationally, though, as just 13.8 million of Netflix’s 50.05 million streaming members are located overseas. Meanwhile, ...

Netflix is Testing a ‘Private Viewing’ Mode to Hide Your Guilty Pleasures

Netflix is Testing a ‘Private Viewing’ Mode to Hide Your Guilty Pleasures

We’ve all been down that road: You decide to watch some roadhouse B-movie fare on Netflix, hoping that it will be fun on some level, but it ends up just being a very bad choice — one that you and everyone sharing your account are reminded of the next day, and that your friends may even see as well, if you have chosen to ...

Netflix Wants the FCC to Re-Classify Verizon and Comcast as Public Utilities

Netflix Wants the FCC to Re-Classify Verizon and Comcast as Public Utilities

Netflix came out swinging in its submission to the FCC over proposed internet “fast lanes,” arguing Wednesday that this would be a bad idea and that the agency should instead focus on forcing broadband providers to deliver the speeds they promise to their customers. In its 28-page filing, which coincides with the close ...

Netflix, Verizon FiOS and (More) Utter Helplessness

Netflix, Verizon FiOS and (More) Utter Helplessness

I pay Verizon FiOS about $163 a month for internet and TV service. I’ve been a Netflix customer for close to six years now. Yet even with my financial loyalty to both of these companies, I can’t watch a movie on Netflix while I eat dinner. Thanks, net neutrality! Okay, to be fair, I can watch a movie on Netflix at ...

Netflix’s DVD Rental Branch is Riding a Profitable Horse to Sunset

Netflix’s DVD Rental Branch is Riding a Profitable Horse to Sunset

It’s sort of hard to remember now, but Netflix, the streaming video service, used to be Netflix, the DVD-by-mail service. And in fact, Netflix is still a DVD-by-mail service for 6.7 million people. But that number used to be twice as big. And after a violent and unsuccessful attempt to kill it off quickly, Netflix has ...

Netflix Performance on FiOS Dropped Another 17 Percent in June

Netflix Performance on FiOS Dropped Another 17 Percent in June

Verizon Internet customers who want to watch Netflix at high quality and without interruption just can't catch a break. While Comcast subscribers saw near-immediate speed improvements after Netflix paid for a direct connection to the Comcast network, Netflix performance on Verizon remains poor—and it's getting worse. ...