Netflix has pushed back against a request by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for what it says is confidential information on subscribers, as well as sensitive data of a potentially competitive nature. This follows an order for such data that was made last week by the regulator.
Rumors and speculation that Netflix will be dropping its DVD shipping business in favor of streaming only aren't anything new, and we've seen various things crop up over the years seemingly pointing towards an end to that aspect of the service. Newest to that category is the unusually long wait times subscribers are seeing for many DVDs.
Ubuntu could finally be seeing native support for Netflix in the near future, according to some emails that have been flying around this week. The video streaming service's Paul Adolph seems keen on making it happen, and he has been asking some questions to get the ball rolling.
Netflix has been busy this week expanding its service to additional regions, some of which have been more hostile to its presence than others. Joining the list late in the week is Belgium and Luxembourg, making for six new locations in as many days and marking a fairly notable milestone.
Netflix has just launched in France, but it might be getting a cold shoulder. Because of its pride and focus on its local film and TV productions, both French industry players and lawmakers are looking into how they make the video-streaming giant play by the country's rules and give due important to French and European content.
Netflix is making a rather small update to its mobile app that adds a feature promised last June. Now those with Chromecast dongles on supported devices, yes that means both Android and iOS, can now take advantage of the almost continuous binge watching feature that is Post-Play, right from their smartphone to their TV.
Netflix has been vocal in its battle for net neutrality, but despite its position, the company has relented multiple times and entered into peering agreements with major Internet service providers, including Comcast. This was because the latter ISP was costing it customers, Netflix has revealed.
Netflix has confirmed rumors that it acquired The Blacklist, though it hasn't given confirmation about the leaked amount it paid for the show: a rumored $2 million per episode. If you haven't watched the show yet and aren't sure what all the hoopla is about, you'll get your chance to stream it starting September 7th.
Netflix's CEO Reed Hastings doesn't hesitate when it comes to voicing his opinion, and he has had quite a bit to say about net neutrality and related issues. He has once again taken up a pen and put his thoughts out for all to hear, this time zeroing in on large ISPs and the mergers that create them.
In the same way it did with Comcast and Verizon, Netflix has struck a peering agreement with AT&T to bring subscribers' buffering woes to an end. This news was first rumored earlier today, and later on confirmed by AT&T in a statement saying, in part, "We’re now beginning to turn up the connections, a process that should be complete in the coming days."