This week the folks at Netflix have made with the report on how well they did financially in 2013, revealing in the process how they'll be progressing through 2014 - as far as they know. One thing Netflix does know about itself is how much exclusive action they'll be getting, with their own Netflix-exclusive episodic series appearing alongside Netflix-only movies, the likes of which have been gaining particular steam here close to Oscar season. In addition to speaking on which series will continue, Netflix lets it be know what's certain to appear that we've not heard of as of yet.
Recently research firm NPD published a report that said major pay cable networks like Showtime, HBO, and Starz were losing subscribers to digital streaming firms like Netflix and others. The pay cable networks deny that claim. The NPD report said that the pay channels lost about 6% of their subscribers in the last two years while the online services like Netflix gained 4%.
There are many subscription-based video streaming services available, ranging from the popular staples of Netflix and Amazon Prime to the somewhat less popular offerings like VUDU. These services are often relatively inexpensive, and can be watched on many devices, ranging from smartphones to televisions, making them attractive on many scales. According to an NPD Group report, the popularity of these services can be seen in their effect on subscription television networks: a 6-percent drop in two years.
Netflix has an ever growing slate of original TV shows that have proven to be popular with viewers and critics. The most popular of the shows that Netflix produces is House of Cards, which won several awards last year. Netflix has announced that a new original show is coming later this year.
For quite a while now Amazon has been working with a service that it's not taken the time to promote - one called Amazon Prime Instant Video. Launched all the way back in 2011, this service is one in which users are able to access a whole bunch of movies and TV shows with a series of apps for a variety of platforms. Sound familiar?
If you have had a subscription to Netflix for very long, you know that the service adds and removes content regularly. Netflix says that most of the removing of content has to do with licensing deals struck with the studios. If you have been holding off watching some older movies on the streaming service, today is the last day for some content.
Supposing you're a Netflix user who only works with one single screen at a time, and have no love for the highest of definitions in displays, the company has made a move you might like this week. Working with "standard definition" and streaming to one single screen at a time will cost users $6.99 per month from this point forward. After that it'll cost a cool $7.99 USD - the same as it has for some time - for 2 screens at the same time in standard OR high definition.
Netflix had fired off a tweet this evening on its customer support Twitter account announcing that some users in the United States, Canada, and Latin America were experiencing streaming problems. The video streaming service said it was both aware of the problem and working on it, though no estimated time frame for when it would be finished had been provided. An hour later, it seems all is better.
Netflix has been making some very high quality original TV shows for a while now. In fact, Netflix won major awards for its original series "House of Cards." The next season of "House of Cards" kicks off on February 14, 2014. Netflix and Sony Pictures Television have now announced another series will be coming as a streaming exclusive to Netflix subscribers around the world.