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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Netflix 2.0 But Alas, No AirPlay

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 03:00 AM

"Netflix has released its revamped user interface for iPhone and iPad after first debuting the new look for Android tablets."

Although it has been updated to fix some stability issues and supports client playback for the US, Latin America and Canada, the Netflix iPad app still lacks having the ability to use AirPlay. This is annoying.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Netflix By the Numbers: An Infographic

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home News" @ 10:01 AM

I knew Netflix was a huge driver of traffic, but it's responsible for 30% of residential downstream Internet traffic in North America during peak periods. Wow! And who knew that the PS3 was the #1 device used for Netflix? The rest of this infographic is equally eye-popping. Check it out.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Netflix Changes, Great Idea or Piece of Crap?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 06:00 PM

"Jessie Becker, here to share two significant changes at Netflix with you. First, we are launching new DVD only plans. These plans offer our lowest prices ever for unlimited DVDs - only $7.99 a month for our 1 DVD out at-a-time plan and $11.99 a month for our 2 DVDs out at-a-time plan. By offering our lowest prices ever, we hope to provide great value to our current and future DVDs by mail members. New members can sign up for these plans by going to"

My vote is for piece of crap. I would be swayed to say great idea if everything in the library was offered as streaming, however it isn't. What this means is I have to pay $5.00 more ($8.00 USD if I want Blu-Ray) to get the same amount of service I was getting with my 2 DVD plan. Granted, that is not a lot of money, but it still irks me since in order to get the entire library I have to have a combination plan. What are your thoughts on this change?

Tags: software, netflix

Monday, January 31, 2011

How Does Your ISP Stack Up?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Talk" @ 04:00 AM

"As we continue to stream more and more great movies and TV shows, we find ourselves in the unique position of having insight into the performance of hundreds of millions of long duration, high-definition video streams delivered over the Internet."

Unfortunately my ISP (CenturyLink aka Embarq) doesn't stack up very well, but I do live in a rural area of the state so the fact that I even have broadband at all via DSL is amazing to me. I used to use Hughes Satellite for my broadband service, even though it was horribly slower than what I have now it was still better than dialup. So does anyone else think this might be just a little poke towards the providers in this war of net neutrality? Then again, Comcast is right up at the top so not sure how bad they feel about this being posted, in fact I would think it would give them some bragging rights to get more sales.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Netflix, What Are You Thinking?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:30 AM

"Netflix, the streaming movie and DVD subscription service, announced this morning that it would no longer allow users to add DVDs to their queue from the device they use to watch instantly."

I find this rather annoying, as I like to manipulate my Netflix que from my iPhone and iPad and I do it on a regular basis. If you are on the plan where you get physical DVDs like I am, I see no logical reason for this move. If you are on the streaming, since they have improved their search capabilities so much with recent updates, I can see why you wouldn't need it so why can't they make it subscription specific? Is the coding that much of a burden? What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Netflix Changes Their Pricing Structure

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 07:00 AM

"Netflix on Monday excitedly announced a new streaming-only, DVD-less plan, and then, while staring down at the floor, quietly murmured something about a price hike for all other plans."

This was bound to happen as more and more people stream content from Netflix, and find no need to even order the physical disks. According to the Netflix Blog, you can get a streaming only plan for $7.99 USD. The other plans will increase by $1.00 USD, so if you had the one disk plan before, it will go up to $9.99 USD. I prefer the option to have at least one disk sent to me as not all the content Netflix offers is available to stream. Once that happens, I'm streaming only.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Netflix, Streaming Only is in Your Future

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 AM

"If there was any doubt that Netflix would begin moving toward a streaming-only offering, a quote resurfaced this morning from the company's quarterly report makes it all too clear that Netflix will embrace the "net" of its moniker. According to the report, Netflix has become predominantly streaming, with a majority of its users watching more content streamed online than on DVD."

The Netflix streaming capability is all over now, with options for PS3, Wii, Blu-Ray players and Xbox to name a few, so it appears inevitable that Netflix is going to go that route and abandon their mailing option. The key question is when exactly is this going to happen? It sounds like it will be sooner rather than later, with projections for offering a streaming only version of their service late in Q4. I think I would still stick with a combo plan, using the streaming as well as mailed DVDs, but that is only due to the fact they don't have everything available to stream. If they did, that is all I would use. What are your thoughts?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Netflix Streaming Only in US? Soon Per Hastings

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:00 AM

"Netflix chief Reed Hastings in comments on his company's latest results hinted that the firm may hasten plans for streaming-only US access. As long as results were as strong as expected, the CEO believed Netflix could have a disc-free option later in the fall. The Canadian debut of the strategy was very successful and also played a role, Hastings said."

I can take or leave this as I stream mostly now anyway. If they convert all the shows I currently have to order discs for then I would be happy. The streaming system they have works well on pretty much any device they have it tied to in my opinion. Netflix is one of those great values, if you only get the single disc program for roughly $9.00 USD per month, you still get unlimited streaming.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Netflix, Now With iPhone/iPod Touch Video Out

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:30 AM

"We all knew that the iPad version of Netflix's app supported TV out, allowing you to... you know... hook up your iPad to your TV, but it was a bit disappointing that the feature was missing on the iPhone 4/iPod Touch 4G."

Well now you can output your Netflix (free app link) video from your iPhone 4 or iPod Touch 4th Generation. If you have the correct cable of course.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Netflix Comes to Canada However It's Instant Watch Only

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:37 AM

"As expected, Netflix has kicked off its first offering outside the United States by opening up a Watch Instantly portal for Canadians this morning at"

It's a step in the right direction for those wanting Netflix service, although due to licensing and legal restrictions you won't be able to get a physical disk from Netflix while in Canada. There are some differences however in compatible devices, notably the Xbox 360 isn't on the compatibility list for the Canada Netflix Instant Watch. The cost for the service is roughly $8.00 USD or $7.82 CAD. More info can be found at the Netflix site where they have posted the press release [link].

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Netflix for iPhone is Here at Last!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 06:20 AM

"Just the other day, I found myself thinking back to this year's WWDC, where Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced that the company would provide an iPhone version of its iPad app sometime this year."

And now it is here, finally! Modified slightly from the iPad version (even though it is considered a "universal" app), but it does stream pretty well (according to various reports as I've not had the chance to try this myself), even over 3G. And it is limited, since you can only view titles that are available for streaming. But I'm glad it is here, and I'm sure it will be updated to add features soon enough. Netflix is one of those services that I feel I really get value for my dollar, and there aren't many of those companies out there.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Choices, Choices...Netflix or HuluPlus or Both?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 09:30 AM

"The streaming content wars are heating up, and thus far it seems to come down to one of two worthy contenders: Venerable DVD-by-mail provider Netflix in one corner, slugging it out with ad-supported, studio-funded rival Hulu Plus, who earlier this month brought their popular service to iOS devices (and more) at long last."

I'm a big fan of Netflix, the DVD service as well as the streaming option, and now that I've received my HuluPlus invite I'll be trying this out as well. Each has different advantages, Netflix having the upper hand when it comes to movies, and HuluPlus for the TV shows. For a total of less than 20 bucks per month for both it's a pretty good package if you watch enough TV to make it worthwhile. I still wish I could get rid of my Dish service, and it is getting closer and closer all the time.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Netflix Adds to the Streaming Library

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Netflix streaming queue starting to look a little stale? It's working on that, and has signed a deal that brings EPIX's library of movies to Watch Instantly -- just not that instantly."

So plan on being able to view movies, via streaming, from Paramount, Lions Gate and MGM about 90 days after the DVD release now that Netflix has reached an agreement with EPIX. EPIX is a network set up by those studios to bring their movies to the 'Net, and Netflix has finally worked out a deal with them. This is great news for those of you (us) that use the streaming feature of Netflix, and if you are a Netflix user, why wouldn't you?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

So What's Netflix Up To?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 04:00 AM

"Netflix's revenue missed expectations last quarter, possibly because many of us haven't laid hands upon a DVD or Blu-ray in quite some time. The number of customers streaming movies has jumped drastically from a year ago."

So 61% of it's customers (me included) are streaming video now compared to 37% a year ago. People are paying the lower $8.95 USD per month rate for one disc shipped at a time since they get to stream as much as they want, regardless which plan they are on. For me, since they don't have everything on the streaming, it makes sense to get on the family plan, which gives me some choices and my wife some choices.


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Netflix and Relativity Strike a Deal

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:30 AM

"Ever wonder why premium movie channels (your HBOs and the like) get top-shelf Hollywood movies not long after their DVD release but yet you're still stuck streaming Mystery Science Theater 3000's greatest hits on Netflix?"

I wonder this, but figured it was just part of the agreement that Netflix has with the various studios about delaying the streaming for a certain amount of time. While I still enjoy streaming various TV series that I didn't catch when they were on TV, it is nice to switch it up every now and then and watch a movie. Adding Relativity to the mix looks pretty good on the surface, since the studio has had a hand in production of over 200 films and earned over $13 billion in revenue. One of the first films offered via streaming with be "The Boxer" starring Christian Bale. The big deal here is that this will be streaming during the "pay TV window" that usually blocks Netflix from streaming until "months if not years" after this window period, according to the press release. Premium content at the same time as HBO and Showtime? Sounds like Netflix is becoming a force in the movie industry, which is definitely good for it's customers.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Roku Updates Their Box, Adds Netflix and UFC

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 07:00 AM

"There is nothing wrong with the current Roku interface, but with all the gaming consoles now offering Netflix it was time for them to bring a bit more to the game."

For me, something like this means one more nail in the coffin for my Dish Network. I'm almost to the point that I can do away with it and watch what I want via other sources such as Hulu or any number of online sources. I just have to convince my wife, and more importantly, make it as easy to use as the Dish Network set up is, I wonder when they are going to be offering Red Zone from the NFL channel?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Netflix iPad Updated to Support Video Output

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"If you've used the Netflix iPad app, you've probably thought how cool it would be if you could connect your iPad to a TV to watch what's streaming to the app. Someone at Netflix must have read your mind, because the company on Wednesday updated its iPad app to support video output via Apple's optional VGA, component, or composite dock connector cables."

The update, version 1.0.2, lets you view movies at higher resolutions, now up to 1024 by 768, as well as some crash fixes. I doubt I will use this feature much but I can see where I might if I didn't have my laptop with me. I prefer the laptop when viewing away from home on a large TV, since I can use AirMouse [affiliate link] to control all the action from the comfort of my bed. But options are always nice to have aren't they?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Netflix on Wii

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 11:00 AM

"Jessie Becker here from Marketing and we're thrilled to let you know that we are now shipping instant streaming discs for the Wii to ALL members who want one today!"

The disc is free, and click here to get yours!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Netflix on the iPad!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 08:00 AM

"Get Netflix on your iPad. Just download this free app and you can instantly watch TV shows & movies streaming from Netflix. Watch as often as you want, it's part of your Netflix unlimited membership, resume watching where you left off on your TV or computer and browse movies and manage your Queue right from your iPad."

Well this is certainly great news, I was hoping they would come out with something and apparently they were working on it all along. You can download it here for free from iTunes, and you can also pick up the free ABC Player app so you can keep up on all the shows from ABC. 

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Netflix on the iPad?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

"Would you enjoy Netflix on your iPhone? Netflix would really like to know. Not that they are considering putting their app on the iPhone, or more importantly, on the iPad. But hypothetically, if they did...would you be interested?"

The last time a survey came out they were in preparations for PS3 and Wii versions so hopefully this means that Netflix will offer something for use on the iPad at least, if not the iPhone. In case you are wondering, the text of the survey was this:

"Imagine that Netflix offers its subscribers the ability to instantly watch movies & TV episodes on their iPhone. The selection availability to instantly watch includes some new releases, lots of classics and TV episodes.

There are no advertisements or trailers, and movies start in as little as 30 seconds. You can fast-forward, rewind, and pause or watch again. The movies & TV episodes you instantly watch are included in your Netflix membership for no additional fee.Whenever you want to instantly watch content on your iPhone, your iPhone must be connected to a Wi-Fi network (such as one you might have at home or at work, or in public places like coffee shops, book stores, hotels, airports, etc.)If this functionality were available, how likely would you or someone in your household be to instantly watch movies & TV episodes on your iPhone via a Wi-Fi network?"

I would likely watch, what are your thoughts?

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