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Netflix to Introduce HDR Content This Year

With 4K slowly becoming the home standard for televisions and computer monitors, it seems that high dynamic range (HDR) is set to become the latest innovation for video content. HDR takes images of the same content,…

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Australian Netflix Users Threaten to Cancel Accounts over VPN Crackdown

Following the announcement by Netflix that it will begin cracking down on VPN ‘piracy’ to bypass geoblocked content, a number of Australian users have threatened to cancel their accounts with the video-on-demand platform, citing sub-standard native…

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Netflix Begins VPN Crackdown

Netflix has announced that it is beginning its first widescale crackdown on VPN ‘piracy’ to view geoblocked content in other countries. David Fullagar, Vice President of Content Delivery Architecture at Netflix, revealed the move on Thursday…

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Netflix Debates Geoblocking and VPN Use

Following its global rollout to over 130 countries, Netflix has been discussing the reality of its users bypassing geoblocked content via VPN services, admitting that it’s “not obvious” how to prevent it, The Globe and Mail…

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How to Exploit Netflix’s Meticulous Cataloguing for a Better Browsing Experience

As good as Netflix’s own algorithm for suggesting new things to watch is, sometimes you just want to explore, which is not an easy task using the video-on-demand service’s default interface. However, there is a sneaky…

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Netflix Avoided Paying UK Corporation Tax Despite 4.5m Subscribers

Video-on-demand streaming service Netflix has witnessed a rapid rise in popularity in the UK since its launch there in 2012, boasting 4.5 million subscribers at last count, each paying a minimum of £5.99 a month, and…

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4K Content From Netflix and Amazon Floods Torrent Sites

Did you spend all your money on a 4K television in the Black Friday sales, leaving you unable to afford food, clothing, or legal on-demand video streaming services? Well, fear not, because 4K content from Netflix…

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Australian Netflix Launch Ushers Fall in Piracy

Making content available prevents piracy. Everyone knows it, including Hollywood (though, it’d rather use the situation as an excuse for suing users and screwing video-on-demand services). It’s so simple it shouldn’t need saying. Yet it does,…

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BBC Launching Netflix-Style Streaming Service in the US

The BBC has unveiled plans to launch its own video-on-demand streaming platform in North America, which aims to deliver all of its channels’ programming to what it calls a “niche” US audience. “We’re launching a new…

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Netflix Says Users Can’t Handle Offline Playback

Now that Amazon has introduced offline playback to its video streaming service, all eyes turned to Netflix to see how it would react to its rival’s bold move. Instead of aping Amazon Instant Video, however, Netflix…

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Amazon Prime Instant Video Now Offers Offline Playback

Amazon is introducing a key feature to its video on demand service that its biggest rival Netflix doesn’t offer: offline playback. Amazon Prime Instant Video – now known as just Amazon Video on mobile platforms –…

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Is YouTube Erecting a Paywall?

Reports suggest that, by the end of 2015, YouTube will be putting premium videos behind a paywall. Speculation regarding YouTube subscription services has been buzzing around since March, with talk that the video streaming site was…

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Netflix Set For Another Price Hike

It seems Netflix is to raise its pricing yet again, according to its CEO. Reed Hastings told investors on Wednesday that the popular video-on-demand streaming service has plans in place to slowly hike up its subscription…

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Whistleblower Reveals Hollywood is Exploiting Video on Demand Services

Advocates of video piracy have long justified its existence though studios failing to make their content conveniently (legally) available. Over recent years, positive steps have been taken to facilitate this aim, thanks to high-profile video-on-demand services,…

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Netflix’s Speed Test Exposes Australia’s Broken Internet

Netflix has compiled its latest internet speed index of the 29 countries it operates in, and the results look particularly bad for Australia. The country, which gained Netflix’s video-on-demand streaming service back in March this year,…

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YouTube Considering Subscription-Based On-Demand Video

YouTube may be expanding its business model into subscription-based video-on-demand (SVOD), according to Variety. The entertainment trade magazine cites an anonymous content creation studio that revealed YouTube is “exploring the prospect of launching its own subscription…

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Wii U TVii European Launch Cancelled

Nintendo’s plan to launch the Wii U TVii service in Europe has been officially cancelled, with the company citing the “extremely complex nature” of localisation as the sticking point. TVii launched in Japan and North America…

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TalkTalk Buys Blinkbox and Tesco Broadband for £5m

UK internet service provider TalkTalk has confirmed the purchase of Tesco’s loss-making video streaming service Blinkbox, in a deal that includes 75,000 Tesco broadband customers and 20,000 landline customers, for £5 million. TalkTalk have acquired none…