...until I can get connected at something above 1.5Mbs then I'm forever denied these wonderful sounding streaming services.
Netflix is making the pilot episode of its made-for-IPTV series House of Cards free to anyone to watch, whether they’re one of the streaming service’s 33 million subscribers or not. The entire 13-part series went live en masse on Netflix late last week. Rather than run the series episode by episode, week by week, Netflix …
And it's really very watchable, too. Kevin Spacey's asides to the camera really make it.
If you have a Playstation or a Samsung (likely other brands, too) smart TV then you don't need Silverlight, you'll already have access to netflix. if you have an XBOX you can of course pay again for the privilege of accessing your netflix account with XBOX Gold membership. Hmm my S3 has netflix too, so Android users as well - dunno if appleists have it, I'd imagine so.
So really, only if you're kind of stuck in the land of watching stuff on a computer monitor only.
Here in the US at least, the original, To Play the King and The Final Cut are all carried; at twelve episodes in total they're a very entertaining way to spend a weekend.
I haven't watched the Spacey version yet but I guess there'll be some severe adjustments as if you wanted to ascend to President without winning a national election then you'd need Ford-style to be Speaker of the House and for President and Vice President to resign or die. It's happened exactly once under exceptional circumstances — it's not at all like in the UK where the PM only needs the support of the majority of his peers, giving us relatively frequent 'unelected' leaders like Callaghan, Major (at first) and Brown.
Does this business model work? Just some back of a fag packet calculations, but if they have 33 million subscribers, paying roughly $100 a year (For the US pricing 7.99 * 12 comes to less but I'm being generous), that comes to 3.3 billion, which leaves 1.7 million short on rights alone (at 5 billion*) without the acquisition cost and the cost of running the service. I would imagine that the rights cost will scale with subscriber base to some degree.
From my perspective this is great, the service works and costs peanuts, but doesn't seem all that sustainable to me.
* Of course if that 5 billion is what was spent on multi-year deals negotiated last year that all of the above is wrong.
No! It's annoying enough on Radio 5 Live when they keep referring to the visual feed, let's not go down that road on good old Radio 4. It's bad enough when they put all the presenters' photos on the website, totally smashing my image I had of them.
Like The Burkiss Way said: "Adapted for radio by poking your eyes out!" :)
Following a serious slump in subscriber numbers, Netflix execs are trying to boost financial growth by converting account sharers into paying users and building up its game division.
In its calendar Q1 2022 report [PDF], the streaming giant revealed it lost 200,000 subscribers quarter-on-quarter after it wrongly predicted an addition of 2.5 million. This the first significant drop in subscribers for Netflix in a decade, and more are coming – the company predicted a loss of 2 million subscribers in Q2.
Netflix stock price dropped by around 25 percent on Tuesday to land at the level it was around 2018, before the business soared into its pandemic-induced boost.
South Korea's Ministry of Science and ICT has offered Big Tech some advice on how to make their services suitably resilient, and added an obligation to notify users – in Korean - when they fail.
The guidelines apply to Google, Meta (parent company of Facebook), Netflix, Naver, Kakao and Wavve. All have been told to improve their response to faults by beefing up preemptive error detection and verification systems, and create back up storage systems that enable quick content recovery.
The guidelines offer methods Big Tech can use to measure user loads, then plan accordingly to ensure their services remain available. Uptime requirements are not spelled out.
Netflix has rejected the premise of the lawsuit brought against it by South Korean telco SK Broadband, which demanded the streaming video giant pay up for the colossal amount of bandwidth consumed by hit shows such as Squid Game.
SK Broadband announced its legal action in early October and at the time Netflix said it would review the merits of the case.
Netflix's response was a post pointing out that its content delivery network – Open Connect – is offered gratis to internet service providers and is "proven to reduce at least 95 per cent of network traffic".
Netflix should cover bandwidth and maintenance costs of a surge in our network traffic, says South Korean ISP SK Broadband, which has taken legal action after subscribers flocked to watch the streaming giant’s latest Korean-language TV show Squid Game.
SK Broadband is unhappy that the flow of packets through its systems repeatedly spikes in size as more and more folks in South Korea fire up Netflix. We're talking 1.2Tbps of Netflix traffic alone through the ISP in September, a claim by SK reported by Reuters.
"We will review the claim that SK Broadband has filed against us," a spokesperson for Netflix told The Register on Friday. "In the meantime, we continue to seek open dialogue and explore ways of working with SK Broadband in order to ensure a seamless streaming experience for our shared customers."
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Wednesday it charged three former Netflix employees and two of their contacts with insider trading that resulted in a net profit of over US$3 million.
Netflix's internal culture and policies have long been the stuff of intrigue and reflection. Founder Reed Hastings waxed lyrical about it in his book, No Rules Rules, with the tagline "Trust your team. Be radically honest. And never, ever try to please your boss."
Netflix's belief in openness, transparency, and personal accountability among its staff sees it share financial results internally before the numbers are revealed to the market.
Michael Kail, former veep of IT Operations at Netflix, was convicted on Friday on 28 counts of wire fraud, mail fraud, and money laundering after a federal jury found that he took advantage of his position to demand bribes from vendors.
"As Netflix’s Vice President of IT Operations, Michael Kail wielded immense power to approve valuable Netflix contracts with small tech vendors, and he rigged that process to unlock a stream of cash and stock kickbacks to himself," said Acting United States Attorney Stephanie Hinds in a statement. "Netflix and other companies expect and deserve honest services from its employees."
Facebook, Netflix and Google have all received reprimands or fines, and an order to make corrective action, from South Korea's government data protection watchdog, the Personal Information Protection Commission (PIPC).
The PIPC announced a privacy audit last year and has revealed that three companies – Facebook, Netflix and Google – were in violations of laws and had insufficient privacy protection.
Facebook alone was ordered to pay 6.46 billion won (US$5.5m) for creating and storing facial recognition templates of 200,000 local users without proper consent between April 2018 and September 2019.
Cassandra 4.0 – the open-source distributed NoSQL database used by Apple, Netflix, and Spotify – has been delayed at the 11th hour after a developer spotted a bug in the code.
Project contributors had committed to making the much-anticipated release the most stable yet and wanted to ensure it shipped with no known issues. But the world will have to wait a little longer for the release, previously slated for 8am BST, 19 July.
"In preparing the 4.0 GA release, the Apache Cassandra community identified a fix to be made late Friday. Because of this, the release is being held until the fix is complete. We will share the new release time as soon as we know," a community spokesperson said.
Netflix has revealed it’s built a new media ingestion and distribution platform and expects to spend much of 2021 on a migration from what it describes as a “large and complicated legacy system”.
As detailed in the streaming firm’s tech blog, the new platform is called “Cosmos” and is the fourth generation of a tool that is used to “process incoming media files from our partners and studios to make them playable on all devices.”
The previous generation of the platform, called “Reloaded”, has been in use for seven years but was showing its age.
Streaming giant Netflix has agreed to settle a lawsuit over the trademark rights to the "Choose Your Own Adventure" series of books.
At the heart of the case was the interactive episode of the Black Mirror TV series: "Bandersnatch".
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