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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 30, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 30, 2013

Welcome to Wednesday evening everyone. Today was RIM's big day, as it rebranded itself as BlackBerry and launched the latest version of its mobile OS, BlackBerry 10. We were there at the launch event to take it all in and get some hands-on time with the new handsets the company has introduced, and you can catch all of the news from the show in our BlackBerry 10 event wrap-up. Be sure to read through the hands-on posts, because it seems that BlackBerry is doing some interesting things with its new phone.

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Netflix planning at least five new shows a year to outdo HBO

Netflix planning at least five new shows a year to outdo HBO

Netflix has some pretty ambitious goals ahead of them. They're constantly adding new content to their back catalog, and are always on the lookout for more. Plus, they have their first original series, House of Cards, premiering soon, with another original series, Arrested Development, coming later. Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, says that they want to launch at least five new original shows a year in order to compete with HBO.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 23, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 23, 2013

Welcome to Wednesday evening everyone. What started off as a relatively quiet afternoon quickly turned into a whirlwind of news, with Apple releasing its financial report for Q1 2013 today. There was a lot to go over between the report and the earnings call, and you can find all of the news in our round-up. Unfortunately, investors didn't like some of the stuff in Apple's report, sending its stock price down in after hours trading. We also received the results of THQ's auction today, with a number of its studios being sold off to other publishers and the core business shutting down.

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Netflix Q4 2012 earnings tout 6 million new users and $8 million in profit

Netflix Q4 2012 earnings tout 6 million new users and $8 million in profit

Q4 2012 earnings are rolling in, folks, and Netflix is the latest to report on their quarterly progress. The movie and TV-streaming company announced today that they gained 6 million new users during Q4, bringing the total number of users over 33 million, with 27 million users in the US alone. They also announced a Q4 revenue of $945 million, with $8 million of that being all profits.

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Netflix Player stand-alone hardware revealed (and why you can’t have it)

Netflix Player stand-alone hardware revealed (and why you can’t have it)

This week we're coming into the understanding that Netflix has had and likely still has a working collection of stand-alone Roku-like devices in their warehouse collecting dust - and why they were cut from production at the zero hour back in 2007. This device was known as the Netflix Player and was outlined in a lovely video presentation made in-house by Netflix under the title "The Griffin Initiative". This project was, as its creators recall, just "weeks" away from launch when it was cut down to the ground by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.

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Forget AirPlay: Netflix and YouTube out DIAL for second-screen simplicity

Forget AirPlay: Netflix and YouTube out DIAL for second-screen simplicity

Netflix has officially detailed its Apple AirPlay alternative, DIAL, created in collaboration with YouTube and promising intuitive second-screen entertainment. Already garnering the support of the BBC, Sony, Hulu, and Samsung, DIAL - or "discovery and launch" - aims to streamline the second-screen experience, by automatically discovering compliant devices and starting up apps on them. So, the Netflix app on your phone will be able to spot any Netflix-compatible TVs nearby, and open up the functionality instantly.

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Netflix is discriminating against its customers accuses Time Warner Cable

Netflix is discriminating against its customers accuses Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable has accused Netflix of discriminatory behavior, unfairly limiting content to subscribers since it demands ISPs join its Open Connect delivery system before they get select 3D and Super HD movies. "While they call it 'Open Connect', Netflix is actually closing off access to some of its content while seeking unprecedented preferential treatment from ISPs" Time Warner Cable told Multichannel News, referring to the new high-bandwidth media types Netflix announced it would offer last week.

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