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Netflix Introduces 5-Minute Bedtime Movies for Kids

The Dinotrux mini episodes feature favorite scenes of the animated show

(Newser) - Heeding the pleas of parents around the globe and across the ages who deal with cries of "Just five more minutes!" on a nightly basis, Netflix has introduced five-minute episodes of the popular kids DreamWorks TV show Dinotrux—cut down drastically from their typical 23 minutes. The reason?... More »

The New Star Wars Will Be on Netflix ...Sort Of

If you live in Canada

(Newser) - After the new Star Wars movie leaves theaters, will you be able to stream it on Netflix? Yes ... if you live in Canada. That's the only place where Netflix has streaming rights for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Variety reports, and as such, that's the only place you'... More »

Netflix Brings Gilmore Girls Back to Life

Show is returning for 4 90-minute episodes

(Newser) - Gilmore Girls fans talked, and it looks like Netflix listened. The much-loved show will be returning for a series of four 90-minute episodes that Netflix plans to start producing as early as next year, sources tell TVLine . Cast members from the series, which ended in 2007, have yet to sign... More »

Netflix Claims Credit-Card Chips Messed Up Its Growth

Not everyone is buying finger-pointing at new fraud-prevention technology

(Newser) - Everyone who is too lazy or forgot to update their credit card numbers online can blame themselves for Netflix's slow US subscriber growth. That's the company's excuse, anyway, revealed in a Wednesday letter to shareholders that says it didn't hit its subscriber growth forecast partly due... More »

'Netflix and Chill' Is Today's 'Come Up for a Drink'

How the phrase went from innocent to innuendo

(Newser) - Hey, do you want to come over, watch some Netflix and chill? For those of you not in the know, "Netflix and chill" is today's euphemism for hooking up, the Guardian reports. (And if you weren't previously in the know, you are not the only one .)... More »

Netflix: Here's When People Get Hooked on Shows

You'd think it'd be the pilot, but no

(Newser) - If you're hoping to avoid adding another TV show to your must-watch list, Netflix has a plan to help you out: All you have to do is skip a particular episode and you should be in the clear. Well, maybe. Based on first season viewing data from 25 different... More »

Netflix Changes 'Racist' Summary for Pocahontas

Writer pointed out sexism and stereotypes against Native Americans

(Newser) - Until recently, the Netflix description for the 1995 animated Disney film Pocahontas read like the back cover of a Harlequin novel—and was sexist and racist to boot, a Native American writer asserts, per the Guardian . The original description, seen in a screenshot Adrienne Keene posted on the Native Appropriations... More »

BBC's 'British Netflix' Is Coming to America

New service will be launched next year

(Newser) - Good news for American Anglophiles: The BBC is starting a new US service in the hope that American viewers can offset a potential fall in revenue at home. The Netflix-style online subscription service will be launched next year, and while big hits like Sherlock are tied up in deals with... More »

Streaming Customers Sue Over 'Netflix Tax'

Chicagoans claims tax violates federal law

(Newser) - Angry streaming customers in Chicago are fighting back against the so-called "Netflix tax," filing a lawsuit against the city last Wednesday that could have national implications, the Daily Dot reports. The plaintiffs—including Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify customers—allege the 9% tax on streaming services (an extension of... More »

Hulu Now Offers Commercial-Free Option

For $12 a month

(Newser) - Until today, Hulu's streaming content featured commercials—even if you were a paying subscriber. But as of today, the company announced, you can pay $12 a month for an ad-free version of the streaming service. The move is intended to help Hulu better compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime,... More »

Meet the Subject of Netflix's Priciest Show Yet

$157M series 'The Crown' will follow Queen Elizabeth's life from 1947

(Newser) - Sorry Downton Abbey, there's another British period drama on the scene: Queen Elizabeth II will be the subject of Netflix's upcoming show, The Crown, its priciest yet with a budget of nearly $157 million, reports the Telegraph . Flummoxed by that number? Consider that filming has required a royal... More »

Netflix Gives New Parents One Year of Paid Leave

Netflix says move will help foster its culture of 'freedom and responsibility'

(Newser) - Expecting parents wondering which company offers the best maternity and paternity leave in the US need look no further. Netflix announced yesterday that it is upping the ante, offering new parents unlimited, fully-paid maternity and paternity leave for the first year after having or adopting a child. The streaming video... More »

Orange Is the New Black Wants You If You're Scary

Casting call for frightening-looking inmate types put out for show's 4th season

(Newser) - How crazy can you make your eyes? Do you think you can outboo Boo? Orange Is the New Black has put out a casting call for its fourth season, notes DNAinfo , and the ad doesn't deceive candidates into thinking they'll be playing the pretty new ingenue on the... More »

20% of Young Adults Steal Streaming Passwords

Cost to the industry per year: $500M, report says

(Newser) - HBO chief Richard Plepler said earlier this year that people swiping HBO Go passwords from family or friends to watch their favorite shows and movies was not a big deal , but he may want to rethink that business concession. A new report by Parks Associates and cited by Consumerist shows... More »

5 Intriguing Interview Questions at Netflix

Including a regret from your past

(Newser) - Got a hankering to work at Netflix? Even if the answer is no, these Netflix interview questions compiled by Business Insider , via Glassdoor , are still pretty interesting. Here's a sample of five:
  • "How many cans of paint would you need to paint one wing of a 747?" (To
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Orange Is the New Black Makes Surprise Early Debut

Fans at OrangeCon cheer surprise premiere

(Newser) - Attendees of the first-ever OrangeCon got a big surprise last night when, during a cast panel, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings agreed (via video call) to debut the third season of Orange Is the New Black six hours early. "One episode? ... Two episodes? ... What if we showed them the whole... More »

Netflix Just Scored Its Biggest Star Yet

Snags Brad Pitt's 'War Machine'

(Newser) - Netflix is teaming up with yet another big name : Brad Pitt. The streaming service will produce Pitt's War Machine, which will "be exclusively available to members ... and in select theaters next year," according to a press release . The film, starring Pitt and co-produced with Pitt's Plan... More »

Native Americans Walk Off Set of Adam Sandler Movie

He's filming a parody for Netflix

(Newser) - Adam Sandler is filming a comedy about the Old West for Netflix, but his Native American actors aren't laughing. About a dozen have walked off the set of the Ridiculous Six in New Mexico, reports the Indian Country Today Media Network . A cultural adviser also bailed. Those interviewed cited... More »

Full House Is Officially Back

'Fuller House' debuts on Netflix next year

(Newser) - Children of the '80s and '90s, the rumors are true : Full House is getting a spinoff. John Stamos revealed to Jimmy Kimmel last night that Netflix has ordered 13 episodes of Fuller House, to debut next year. Candace Cameron Bure will return, playing DJ Tanner-Fuller, a recently widowed... More »

Full House Spinoff May Be Coming to Netflix

'DJ' and 'Kimmy' would be back as the stars

(Newser) - The X-Files is getting new life , and now maybe Full House is, too. Two different websites are reporting that Netflix is close to signing a deal for a spinoff called Fuller House. Both the Hollywood Reporter and TV Line say that the show would bring back DJ (Candace Cameron Bure)... More »

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