netflix

Thu
05
Feb
John Lister's picture

Government To Enforce 'Net Neutrality' Principle

Should websites like Netflix pay extra fees to deliver their Internet-based services to the public? The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says no. Tom Wheeler says that broadband should be treated like a utility, such as phone ... services; in doing so, it will help to protect Internet freedoms. Critics, however, suggest that such a plan would be unworkable. Tom Wheeler's announcement has to do with the principle of net neutrality . That's the idea where Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should treat all Internet traffic (except for illegal content) equally. In other ... (view more)

Fri
16
May
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Comcast to Reinstate Bandwidth Caps: Fair or Foul?

It appears as if one of the largest cable and home Internet service providers in the United States is planning to reinstate monthly bandwidth limits on its many customers. The news is raising new and old questions about net neutrality , Internet ... fairness, and bandwidth usage caps in general. Recently, Comcast executive vice president David Cohen told a New York audience that his company plans to reinstate monthly bandwidth caps sometime in the next five years. Bandwidth Cap System More Fair, Says Exec Bandwidth is loosely defined as is a measurement of available or consumed data communication ... (view more)

Fri
25
Apr
Brandon Dimmel's picture

Netflix Price Going Up; Amazon Acquires HBO Content

Popular video streaming service Netflix has announced plans to raise its monthly service price. Meanwhile, Amazon says it has acquired the rights to HBO (Home Box Office) shows for its Amazon Prime streaming service. For the past three years, ... Netflix has offered its video streaming services to customers for $7.99 per month -- an affordable price that has helped Netflix generate revenue of $1 billion. Netflix's total profits for the first quarter of 2014 are an estimated $53 million. (Source: bbc.com ) Premium Content Means Higher Prices, Netflix Says Netflix chief executive officer Reed ... (view more)

Wed
18
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

Netflix Uses Piracy Sites When Choosing its Shows

Ever wonder how Netflix determines which movies and television shows to pick up? The video streaming company says it actually looks to piracy sites to help determine the content it makes available to its millions of users. According to Kerry ... Merryman, Netflix's European vice president of content acquisition, the firm often looks to piracy sites when making decisions about future content. "With the purchase of series, we look at what does well on piracy sites," Merryman told Dutch website Tweakers. Ironically, "Prison Break" Popular with Pirates When asked for an example of a show ... (view more)

Fri
14
Dec
Dennis Faas's picture

Google Fiber Fastest ISP in US: Netflix

Video streaming service Netflix has named Google Fiber the fastest Internet Service Provider (ISP) in America. Unfortunately, at the moment Google Fiber's service remains limited to the Kansas City area. High installation costs make it likely that ... Google will take its time about expanding its super-fast service to other geographical areas. Netflix has an interest and expertise in high-speed Internet service because it sells access to its huge catalog of movies and television shows only through Internet-connected computers, video game consoles, DVD or Blu-ray players, and streaming set-top ... (view more)

Mon
20
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

Ronald Reagan Law Costs Netflix $9M

Netflix has revealed its $9 million settlement of a claim it breached privacy laws. Surprisingly, the case involved a law intended to govern video rentals rather than Internet data. The lawsuit came to light in Netflix's latest financial filing with ... the Securities and Exchange Commission, in which it is required to detail any major legal actions. The filing said Netflix had not expected the settlement, so this was an unexpected expense. (Source: thehill.com ) The case involved the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. The law bars video ... (view more)

Wed
22
Jun
Dennis Faas's picture

Netflix Users Cut Cable, Satellite At Record Pace: Report

Justifying a $50+ month cable or satellite subscription is getting harder to swallow -- particularly when services like Netflix offer a huge database of TV and movie content for just $8 a month. In fact, a new report shows that many people are tired ... of those hefty cable bills, and are ditching their subscriptions in favor of Netflix. Dallas, Texas-based media research firm Diffusion Group is responsible for the report, which included a survey of 2,000 American broadband users. The report suggests that Netflix members were twice as likely as non-members to cancel or drastically reduce their ... (view more)

Fri
17
Jun
Dennis Faas's picture

Music Artist Coalition Looks to Tax YouTube, Netflix

A coalition of Canadian singers and songwriters have demanded that the Copyright Board of Canada immediately start awarding royalties at the expense of popular online media destinations that continue to host content. The Society of Composers, ... Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) filed an interim tariff application after royalties were given to Access Copyright, an organization founded in 1988 by a group of authors and publishers for the purpose of "protecting the value of their intellectual property and ensuring fair compensation when their works are copied." SOCAN now ... (view more)

Tue
14
Jun
Dennis Faas's picture

Netflix Consuming 1/5 of All Internet Traffic: Report

A new report has revealed that Netflix video streaming accounts for an incredible 22 per cent of all Internet traffic. This number is considerably higher than last fall, suggesting that the site's popularity and overall interest in Internet ... streaming has climbed significantly in the past six months. While the average Internet usage represented by Netflix users was around 22 per cent, researchers at analyst firm Sandvine found that during peak usage periods Netflix accounts for as much as 30 per cent of all Internet traffic. Sandvine says this is 10 per cent higher than was reported back in ... (view more)

Tue
23
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

Netflix Customers Move Online; ISPs Overwhelmed

It's likely going to be many years before people stop buying movies on DVD. But rental giant Netflix is not only preparing for that day, but attempting to bring it closer. The company has announced that it will, for the first time in the US, be ... offering a special package that only allows users to stream rented titles over the Internet, with no option to obtain discs. To encourage users to make the switch, the new package will be $7.99 a month (the lowest ever offered by the company), while the price of the packages that include getting discs by mail will rise by at least $1 a month. The price ... (view more)

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