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‘Orange is the New Black’ trailer teases a dark fourth season

‘Orange is the New Black’ trailer teases a dark fourth season

The fourth season of Netflix's Orange is the New Black arrives next month, and that mean it's time for a trailer. Netflix bestowed us with a long look at the upcoming season today, and it's a doozy. New inmates have arrived at Litchfield, old inmates are at each other's throats, and the days of lackadaisical enforcement appear to be long, long gone.

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Stallone’s ‘Ultimate Beastmaster’, a global competition, heading to Netflix

Stallone’s ‘Ultimate Beastmaster’, a global competition, heading to Netflix

Netflix is on board for what it says is the first ‘global on-demand competition series,’ and it’s called Ultimate Beastmaster. The series comes from Sylvester Stallone and Dave Broome, and will feature hosts/contestants from the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Germany, and South Korea to compete with each other to complete “The Beast” — something Netflix describes as ‘the most physically demanding obstacle courses ever devised.”

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The Netflix fix for bill-shock is better streaming control

The Netflix fix for bill-shock is better streaming control

Intentionally reducing the quality of the video you're watching may sound strange, but Netflix's new granular control over bandwidth could very well save you from cellphone bill-shock. The streaming video company has come through on its promise to give Netflix app users more flexibility in the bitrate at which they watch movies and TV shows, after being criticized by some for chewing through too much of their data allowance.

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Netflix has thumbnail selection down to a science

Netflix has thumbnail selection down to a science

Netflix has the art of choosing thumbnails down to a science, and it detailed that skill for the public today. It rightly points toward the difficulty thumbnails can present — you have a long movie or an even longer television show, and you have to figure out how to best represent that show using a single static image. The company says it has up to 90 seconds to catch someone’s attention, but that it takes a mere 13 milliseconds for someone to process a picture, with such artwork being the biggest influencer.

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Netflix is now making a Punisher spin-off series

Netflix is now making a Punisher spin-off series

Marvel's superhero movies have been dominating the box office for years already, and now it's becoming clear that they will soon do the same on Netflix. The streaming service has confirmed that it will be making a new series for The Punisher after the character's recent popularity on season 2 of Daredevil. Actor Jon Bernthal will continue in the roll of vigilante anti-hero Frank Castle, who arrives in Hell’s Kitchen to dish out justice with plenty of guns and violence.

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Comcast’s 1TB data cap is praised by Netflix

Comcast’s 1TB data cap is praised by Netflix

In case you missed the news yesterday, Comcast announced that they would be raising their data caps from 300GB per month, to 1TB per month, starting in June. While most people would agree that data caps need to disappear altogether, plenty of people were happy to see Comcast listen to feedback, and raise their caps. And one of their biggest supporters in this move is also one of their biggest competitors.

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Android users can soon pay for Netflix with Google Pay

Android users can soon pay for Netflix with Google Pay

Netflix hasn’t exactly had the best year so far. Since they announced their intention to block customers from accessing content using VPNs, they’ve had a lot of backlash. They’re still rolling out a lot of new original content, which is keeping customers on board, however. Today they’ve announced that customers will have a new way to pay for their subscriptions, which should make Android users happy.

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Netflix blocks Canadian VPN users

Netflix blocks Canadian VPN users

Netflix isn't winning any popularity awards from users this month. First, many users had forgotten about next month's price hike, and have been very upset at the prospect of paying an extra $2 per month for the service. Now a large group of users in Canada are reporting that they can no longer access US content through VPN providers.

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Netflix has 150+ hours of HDR content in the pipeline

Netflix has 150+ hours of HDR content in the pipeline

Netflix is excited about HDR, and it wants you to be excited about it, too. The technology brings better overall video quality — brighter highlights, more detailed dark scenes, and a broader ranger of colors, among other things. While HDR content is available now from various places for your viewing pleasure, it isn’t available in any sort of abundance. That changes soon thanks to Netflix, which has announced plans to add more than 100 hours’ worth of HDR content to its library by this upcoming August.

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Netflix may let you download videos in the future

Netflix may let you download videos in the future

Despite a steady decrease in the amount of content over the last couple of years, Netflix still remains one of the top video streaming services here in the US. Whether you're at home watching it on your TV, or on the bus with your phone, it's pretty easy to use almost anywhere. But wouldn't it be much nicer if you could just load up some episodes of your favorite show, and watch them without having to rely on an internet connection?

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Netflix’s un-grandfathering you: here’s what it’s doing with the extra money

Netflix’s un-grandfathering you: here’s what it’s doing with the extra money

We’ve known for a long while that Netflix planned to ‘un-grandfather’ a lot of subscribers into its previously-increased higher monthly price, and the time of reckoning is upon us. In May 2014, Netflix increased the price of its two-streaming HD plan to $9.99/month, an increase of two dollars. Those who already subscribed at the $7.99/month price point would be grandfathered in, though, and remain at that price…until May 2016, a couple weeks from now. In a recent letter to shareholders, Netflix detailed that un-grandfathering and how it's putting your extra two dollars to use.

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Amazon Prime Video spells disaster for Netflix

Amazon Prime Video spells disaster for Netflix

Amazon just recently announced their plans to allow customers to subscribe to their video streaming service for a monthly fee. This has understandably confused a lot of people. After all, subscribing to Prime Video on a monthly basis actually costs more than buying a regular Prime membership. But the move is actually a brilliant one by Amazon, and they couldn't have timed it better.

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