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DiCaprio, Netflix Team Up on Gorilla Documentary

Leo is executive producer of 'Virunga'

(Newser) - Netflix's latest celebrity collaborator is Leonardo DiCaprio, reports CNN . But instead of starring in something a la Kevin Spacey in House of Cards, DiCaprio is serving as executive producer of a documentary on endangered mountain gorillas in Africa. The film, called Virunga after the park in eastern Congo where... More »

CBS: Stream Our Shows for $6 a Month

Web subscription service will offer current and classic shows—but no NFL games

(Newser) - Yesterday, HBO announced it's launching a stand-alone Web streaming service. Today it's CBS making that call with CBS All Access, an on-demand service that offers streaming of current and past seasons of popular CBS shows, as well as classic shows, for $5.99 a month, TVLine.com reports.... More »

Adam Sandler to Star in 4 Movies —for Netflix

It's latest deal announced as Netflix shakes up the industry

(Newser) - Netflix has scored another big movie coup: Adam Sandler will star in four movies, made by his production company Happy Madison, that will debut exclusively on Netflix. In addition to no theatrical run, the films won't require a "studio middleman facilitating the deal," Entertainment Weekly reports. "... More »

Netflix's Latest Coup: Debut of Crouching Tiger Sequel

Martial arts movie part of deal to shake up movie biz

(Newser) - The sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is set to deliver a high-flying kick to the movie business as we know it with a first-of-its kind distribution deal. The deal with the Weinstein Co. will see the martial arts movie released simultaneously on Netflix and in some Imax theaters next... More »

New Netflix Site Will Spoil Everything for You

Including some of the most popular movies and TV shows of all time

(Newser) - "What you are about to see cannot be unseen." That's the warning you'll get right before you enter Netflix's new website dedicated solely to spoilers for popular movies and TV shows. It’s almost unavoidable to be forewarned about what's going to happen on... More »

Coming to Netflix: Documentary Filmed by James Foley

He shot scenes for E-Team before disappearance

(Newser) - Before disappearing in Syria in 2012, American journalist James Foley wrapped filming on a documentary called E-Team, which earned rave reviews at this year's Sundance Film Festival, reports the Daily Beast . The film focuses on Human Rights Watch's Emergencies Team, which documents war crimes firsthand. Rolling after the... More »

Expect More Arrested Development

It's one of several Netflix projects in the works

(Newser) - The triumphant return of Arrested Development may have fizzled a bit last year , but Netflix is looking to try again. Chief content exec Ted Sarandos tells USA Today that he's "positive" another season is coming, though its timing depends on the actors' schedules. The plan is to have... More »

Game of Thrones Grabs 19 Emmy Noms

HBO series leads the pack

(Newser) - This year, the Emmys expanded the maximum number of best drama and comedy series nominees to seven, the Los Angeles Times reports—ultimately, just six were nominated in each category, but Netflix managed to snag a nod in each. But the biggest winner in the nominations game was Game of ... More »

First Netflix Talk Show: Chelsea Handler Signs On

She's leaving E! for the land of streaming

(Newser) - Netflix is ramping up its push into original programming with its first-ever talk show. Chelsea Handler, who is wrapping up her Chelsea Lately show on E! this summer, has signed on for a show set to begin in early 2016, reports the Daily News . Before its launch, Handler will deliver... More »

100+ Tech Titans to FCC: Your Plan Sucks

One commissioner also has concerns about anti-net neutrality rule

(Newser) - The FCC's plan to torpedo net neutrality got a truly impressive burst of backlash today, as a huge coalition of some of the biggest names in tech sent an open letter decrying it as "a grave threat to the Internet," the Verge reports. Well over a hundred... More »

Netflix Hiking Prices—for Some

Only for new members, at least at first

(Newser) - The bad news: Netflix is upping its prices this quarter. The good news: If you're already a customer, you'll get a "generous" grace period during which you'll continue to pay the current $7.99 monthly streaming fee, the company announced today in its quarterly earnings release.... More »

Netflix Email Scam Stole Private Documents

And a Pinterest scam is going around, too

(Newser) - Click on any Netflix tech-support emails lately? Then you may have fallen victim to a phishing scam that swiped your login information at the very least, CBS News reports. The Better Business Bureau says the phony emails, sent out by con artists, have been linking customers to a login page... More »

Amazon Plans to Stream TV, Movies— for Free

And likely launch a Roku-like streaming box next week

(Newser) - YouTube and Netflix, watch your back: Amazon plans to stream video content for free and rise among the ranks of multimedia power players, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . If it happens, the project will include original series like Betas as well as licensed programming that Amazon could tie to... More »

Netflix to Pay Comcast in Speed-Boosting Deal

Video service will have direct route to cable company's servers

(Newser) - If you're a Comcast user, a better Netflix experience may be on its way. After a year of wrangling, Netflix has agreed to pay Comcast for "direct access" to the cable provider's servers, the Wall Street Journal reports. Netflix had been using go-betweens like Cogent Communications to... More »

Kate Mara: I Got 'Paid to Lie'

Spoilers (or something close to them) ahead on 'House of Cards'

(Newser) - Netflix apparently figures that five or six days is enough time for people to have consumed the new season of House of Cards, because it's got Kate Mara making the rounds of national shows to talk, delicately, about a certain plot point involving her character. (We won't give... More »

Netflix Seem Slower? You're Not Imagining Things

Site's bandwidth usage spurs disagreements with providers

(Newser) - If your Netflix account seems to be running slower than usual these days, that's because it very likely is slower. Traffic conflicts between the service and major broadband providers—especially Verizon FiOS—are resulting in a slowdown, Wall Street Journal reports. Netflix says its average primetime speeds for Verizon... More »

How Yesterday's Ruling Could Alter the Web Forever

Users could see higher costs for services—or lose access to sites

(Newser) - Yesterday was the day net neutrality died , with a court ruling that Internet service providers aren't bound by FCC non-discrimination rules—so they can prioritize some traffic over others. The decision may mean major changes for the everyday user, and today, media sites are offering the details. Among their... More »

Netflix Has 77K Movie Genres

How one writer deconstructed the site's recommendation engine

(Newser) - Have you ever gotten a really weirdly specific genre suggestion from Netflix? Something like, say, "Mind-bending Cult Horror Movies from the 1980s"? Well, Alexis Madrigal at the Atlantic got to wondering just how many genres Netflix had up its sleeve, so he created a script that would spam... More »

Netflix Tests Per-User Pricing

Move seems designed to reduce account sharing

(Newser) - Netflix is trying out a new payment scheme that will make users pay for each screen they want to stream to simultaneously. Some new customers are being asked to choose between a one-user, one-screen option for $6.99, a two-screen plan for $7.99, and a four-screen plan for $11.... More »

Netflix Gives Eye-Popping Raise to CEO

Reed Hastings gets rewarded for stock's meteoric rise

(Newser) - Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is being rewarded handsomely for the network's recent success in the original content game. The CEO's pay will jump 50% in 2014, according to regulatory filings spotted by Reuters . He'll make $6 million, split evenly between stock and cash. Other top executives will... More »

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