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Say Goodbye to Mooching Netflix Passwords

Starting in 2023, free added profiles will have to be paid for as a 'sub-account' or create own new account

(Newser) - If you've been watching Netflix using a shared password, those free viewing days are about to come to an end. The streaming service announced this week that, starting in "early 2023," just one "home" will be allowed per account, while those extra profiles that many people...

HBO Max's Latest Film Is a Record-Smasher

Latino remake of 'Father of the Bride' is streaming service's most-viewed movie to date

(Newser) - The latest Father of the Bride remake was created to broadcast on HBO Max exclusively, and it's a move that's paid off for the streaming service. Deadline reports the new version of the film, starring Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan, drew HBO Max's largest audience ever for...

Netflix's Fall Triggers Shockwaves in Streaming
Netflix's Chill Is Now 'Disastrous'
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Netflix's Chill Is Now 'Disastrous'

'There's more to entertainment than volume and distraction'

(Newser) - The streaming industry is feeling shockwaves after Netflix stunned analysts Tuesday in reporting its first loss of subscribers in more than a decade. Shares fell 35% Wednesday, wiping out $50 billion in market capitalization, following a 40% year-to-date drop. "Simply put, Netflix's terrible 2022 has now become disastrous,...

Move Netflix Has Long Resisted Will Likely Come to Pass

Lower-priced subscription models with ads could be offered 'in a year or two,' CEO says

(Newser) - Netflix is planning to make some changes after a drop in subscribers —and one of them is a move the company has long resisted. Founder and co-CEO Reed Hastings said Tuesday that the company is looking at bringing in advertising to support lower-priced subscription models, Deadline reports. "Those...

Netflix Stock Nosedives After Fall in Subscriber Numbers

It's the first time global total has fallen since 2011

(Newser) - Netflix shares nosedived more than 25% in after-hours trading after the company disclosed its first loss of subscribers in more than a decade. The company said factors including the war in Ukraine caused it to lose 200,000 subscribers worldwide in the first quarter of 2022, when it had expected...

Russia's Netflix Users Aren't Happy They've Lost Service

After Netflix suspended streaming there due to Ukraine war, subscribers launch $730K class action

(Newser) - About 1 million of Netflix's 220 million subscribers worldwide are in Russia, and right now, they're pretty miffed. After Vladimir Putin decided to invade Ukraine, the streaming service blocked access in his nation and halted production of Russian-made movies and shows, and now customers there have launched a...

Tim Cook Just Dunked on Netflix, Amazon

Oscar win for his platform's 'CODA' gives him bragging rights ahead of older rivals

(Newser) - When CODA won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday, it handed a huge victory to Tim Cook and his Apple+ streaming platform. After all, Cook "triumphed just two and a half years after formally entering the film and TV business," writes Matthew Belloni at Puck . He trumped...

Netflix Users Love This Feature More Than Free Cupcakes

So says one engineer about 'Skip Intro' button, which platform says is hit 136M times daily

(Newser) - Without even thinking about it, Netflix users take part in a time-travel experiment of sorts as they watch movies and TV series. They do this via the "Skip Intro" button, which allows them to pass over the opening credits and into the meat of whatever they're viewing, and...

Hey Password-Sharers, Netflix Is Coming for You

Company tests $2.99 charge for accounts outside the main household

(Newser) - Your days of sharing Netflix passwords across households appear to be numbered. The company is testing new ways to crackdown on password sharing, including offering linked accounts at a discounted rate. The ability to create separate profiles and watch multiple streams from one paying account has "created some confusion...

Slick Series About Jesus Upends Crowdfunding Strategy

'The Chosen' is breaking new ground on that front, reports the 'Wall Street Journal'

(Newser) - Like any Hollywood-esque production depicting Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, The Chosen needed plenty of extras for the scene. The twist here: In this case, the extras actually paid for the privilege, with most shelling out at least $1,000 each. Welcome to the unusual—and successful—production model of...

Fans Call Obvious Squid Game Knockoff 'Embarrassing'

Chinese streaming service Youku is accused of ripping off the Netflix hit

(Newser) - The "haunting" Squid Game has become Netflix's biggest show ever , a fact not lost on a streaming giant in China that's now being accused of plagiarizing the South Korean hit. Youku's version of Squid Game, per the BBC : an upcoming variety show entitled Squid's Victory,...

Accused Streamer Faces 514 Years in Prison

Bill Carrasquillo allegedly stole copyrighted content from cable firms, sold it to his own subscribers

(Newser) - For most people, getting arrested is, at the very least, an inconvenience. For Bill Omar Carrasquillo, his Tuesday detention was "100% a relief." That's what the 35-year-old YouTuber known as "Omi in a Hellcat" told FOX 29 Philadelphia on Wednesday outside his Swedesboro, NJ, home after...

Netflix 'Thrilled' With New Spielberg Deal

Director's Amblin company will produce films for streaming giant

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg's latest film deal is raising some eyebrows—the filmmaker's Amblin Productions company has signed a deal with Netflix, two years after Spielberg argued that Netflix films shouldn't qualify for Oscars . Spielberg and Amblin already have a deal with Universal Pictures, which was extended last year,...

New TV Deals to Bring NFL $113B, Increase in Streaming

League says it wants games on more platforms

(Newser) - The NFL will nearly double its media revenue to more than $10 billion a season with new rights agreements announced Thursday, including a deal with Amazon Prime Video that gives the streaming service exclusive rights to Thursday night football beginning in 2022. The league took in $5.9 billion a...

New HBO Program 'Special, in Every Sense of the Word'

NBC's Ani Bundel reviews spoken-word adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates' 'Between the World and Me'

(Newser) - A new streaming special is definitely "a special, in every sense of the word. Special enough that HBO is working to make sure it reaches as wide an audience as possible." So writes cultural critic Ani Bundel for NBC News of Between the World and Me , a "...

Yet Another Company Joins Streaming Wars

T-Mobile is rolling out TVision next week

(Newser) - Yet another service provider is jumping into the TV streaming wars. This time it's T-Mobile and its TVision service with live news, entertainment and sports channels, starting at $10 a month. T-Mobile says it's aiming to offer a simpler and and cheaper service for people dissatisfied with cable....

Quibi Shuts Down 6 Months After Launching
Quibi Barely Makes It 6 Months

Quibi Barely Makes It 6 Months

Short-video app is shutting down

(Newser) - Short-video app Quibi said it is shutting down just six months after its early April launch, having struggled to find customers. The company said Wednesday that it would wind down its operations and plans to sell its assets, the AP reports. “Quibi is not succeeding," its top executives...

Nokia Gets 4G Lunar Contract
Nokia Gets 4G Lunar Contract

Nokia Gets 4G Lunar Contract

NASA wants a cellular network up there

(Newser) - To the moon, Alice! And call me when you get there. Yes, NASA is giving Nokia $14.1 million to install a cellular network on that big rock in the sky, Mashable reports. The idea is to deploy a 4G/LTE network—and later move to 5G—to "support lunar...

Pandemic and Chill: Netflix Gets a Record-Setting Boost

16M new subscribers a quarterly record for video streaming service

(Newser) - Netflix picked up nearly 16 million global subscribers during the first three months of the year, helping cement its status as one of the world's most essential services in times of isolation or crisis. The quarter spanned the beginning of stay-at-home orders in the US and around the world,...

HBO Reveals Launch Date for HBO Max

Service will join the streaming wars on May 27

(Newser) - The streaming service HBO Max will launch May 27, AT&T’s WarnerMedia announced Tuesday, signalling that the so-called streaming wars won't subside because of the coronavirus pandemic. WarnerMedia had earlier said HBO Max would debut sometime in May, and it stuck to those plans Tuesday even if some...

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