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Netflix StreamFest promotion will briefly open service to the public

Netflix StreamFest promotion will briefly open service to the public

Netflix plans to make its streaming service available to everyone for a limited time through a promotion it will call StreamFest, the company has revealed. Though some details are still missing, it seems that StreamFest will be live for 48 hours during which time anyone -- including non-subscribers -- will be able to access the service and stream all of the content they want, no credit card required.

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Google Smart Display update really ties the rooms together

Google Smart Display update really ties the rooms together

Google revealed a set of feature updates today for the Google Smart Display experience. This update comes to devices like the Lenovo Smart Display and Nest Hub, and will likely be the base UI for all official Google Smart Display units in the future. This new system sets all functionality in a series of five categories, including: Your Day, Home Control, Communicate, Discover, and Media.

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Positive COVID-19 test grounds Netflix’s The Harder They Fall original

Positive COVID-19 test grounds Netflix’s The Harder They Fall original

Though the television and movie industries are slowly getting back to work after months of suspended and disrupted production, the pandemic is still causing issues and delays. The latest example is work on Netflix's original western The Harder They Fall, which had to halt production after one of the actors tested positive for COVID-19.

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Netflix free trials are no longer available

Netflix free trials are no longer available

It's not unusual for online services that require some payment be it a one-time purchase or a recurring subscription, to offer a free trial period. After all, unlike physical products you can touch and see, there is really no way to gauge digital products without trying them first. For a time, Netflix offered such trials in varying lengths but now it seems that the streaming service has become confident enough to ask new users for payment right from the start without even sampling the goods.

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Pluto TV will offer free streaming of Netflix Original show Narcos

Pluto TV will offer free streaming of Netflix Original show Narcos

Viacom's free ad-supported streaming service Pluto TV will be offering its users access to one of Netflix's more popular original shows, Narcos. This is quite an unusual move for Netflix, which typically keeps its content strictly restricted to its own platform. The decision to offer reruns of this aging show on a free platform may be an effective marketing tactic, however, to lure in new subscribers.

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Netflix’s obnoxious ‘still watching’ prompt may soon be a thing of the past

Netflix’s obnoxious ‘still watching’ prompt may soon be a thing of the past

If there's anything more annoying than Netflix's habit of canceling shows after only a couple of seasons, it's the "Still watching?" prompt that seems to appear every couple of episodes. The prompt requires users to select a button to resume the content, helping ensure that shows aren't streaming to an empty room. The only problem? This disrupts the viewing experience for those who are binge-watching the latest season of their favorite show.

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Netflix adds Worth the Wait UI row that previews future shows and movies

Netflix adds Worth the Wait UI row that previews future shows and movies

Netflix has finally rolled out the 'New & Popular' UI section it has been testing for the past several months, making it available to all users around the world. The launch unexpectedly included yet another new row called 'Worth the Wait,' which previews the content Netflix plans to add over the next year, including new seasons for existing shows and entirely new series.

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Facebook Portal update adds Netflix, Zoom, and new AR stories

Facebook Portal update adds Netflix, Zoom, and new AR stories

Facebook has announced an update for its Portal products that add support for one of the most common streaming entertainment apps on the market, Netflix, as well as a few other notable features, including two that leverage the smart camera. The new support joins the relatively large number of apps that already support Portal TV, including certain third-party video conferencing apps that have become popular during the pandemic.

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Netflix 4K streaming on macOS Big Sur to require a T2 security chip

Netflix 4K streaming on macOS Big Sur to require a T2 security chip

Content providers and pirates have always been playing a game of cat and mouse with no clear winner in sight. The latest volley from content providers is pretty much the streaming market we now all use, keeping the actual content away from consumers' hands. Of course, there are still DRM technologies used in conjunction and Netflix will reportedly take the next step by limiting its 4K streaming to a very limited number of Macs.

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Netflix reveals Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness anime made entirely in 3DCG

Netflix reveals Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness anime made entirely in 3DCG

Netflix is gearing up to release a new anime series based on Capcom's long-running and wildly popular Resident Evil universe. Called Infinite Darkness, the new Resident Evil series will come a few years after the previously released CG-based film Resident Evil: Vendetta. This time around, according to Netflix, it will use full 3DCG animation for the series.

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Here’s when The Great British Baking Show comes back to Netflix US

Here’s when The Great British Baking Show comes back to Netflix US

Netflix has announced when US subscribers will be able to catch the latest episodes from the next season of The Great British Baking Show, which will first be made available to viewers in the United Kingdom. The series debuted on the BBC back in 2010, quickly growing in popularity and earning itself a place on international TVs. Netflix began streaming the series with its third season for viewers in the US.

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Here’s how to watch some Netflix shows without an account

Here’s how to watch some Netflix shows without an account

Netflix has long been one of the kings of streaming, but these days, it's facing some stiff competition from old foes and newcomers alike. With Hulu, Amazon, Disney, NBC, and more all vying for a slice of the streaming pie, Netflix certainly has a fight on its hands. Perhaps that's why it's now letting people stream some of its original content for free, with no account needed.

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