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It’s not your imagination: the US and UK Netflix libraries suck

It’s not your imagination: the US and UK Netflix libraries suck

Netflix users were up in arms when the service banned VPNs, and for good reason: depending on where you live, the Netflix library may be pretty crappy. The complaints are most common among US and UK users, and we now know why -- the libraries available to both those regions have the lowest number of top movies. A study looking into the numbers found the UK has the lowest among them all.

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Netflix has 1,000hrs of original content for 2017: 5 shows to watch now

Netflix has 1,000hrs of original content for 2017: 5 shows to watch now

In a recently released letter to shareholders, Netflix paints a picture of good fortunes surrounding its original content, something it plans to ramp up greatly in coming months and years. In its recent third financial quarter, Netflix saw its streaming revenue from around the world pass the $2 billion mark for the first time. The company directly cites original content as being a large reason for that growth, and so it's no surprise Netflix has 1,000 hours of original content planned for 2017.

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Netflix said to offer offline viewing before the year’s end

Netflix said to offer offline viewing before the year’s end

As the competition between streaming video services continues to heat up, one of the distinguishing features is quickly turning out to be offline viewing, or the ability for users to temporarily download media for watching in situations where an internet connection isn't available, such as along airplane flights. Netflix, the reigning king of streaming video, has long balked at offline viewing, with CEO Reed Hastings previously stating that it was "never going to happen." However, we're hearing from more sources that things could soon change.

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First Iron First trailer debuts at NYCC, Sigourney Weaver revealed as Defenders villain

First Iron First trailer debuts at NYCC, Sigourney Weaver revealed as Defenders villain

The Marvel universe taking shape on Netflix has steadily been gaining steam with the debuts of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, leading up to the newest hit, Luke Cage, and now some light is being shed on the next series. At the New York Comic Con this weekend, the first real trailer was revealed for Iron Fist, the story of a young man who returns to New York City after many years away, trained in martial arts to become a living weapon.

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Disney may be considering a Netflix acquisition

Disney may be considering a Netflix acquisition

Rumor has it Disney is considering acquiring Netflix, something that itself follows reports that Disney was allegedly looking into buying Twitter. The mere existence of the rumor has been enough to push Netflix’s stock over $100/share; whether any such deal, which could be thorny for Disney, will happen is another matter. This speculation follows several months of light rumors that Apple may one day gobble up Netflix.

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Shomi, a Netflix streaming competitor, closes its doors

Shomi, a Netflix streaming competitor, closes its doors

Shomi, the Canadian alternative to Netflix, is shutting down, the service has announced. The streaming service launched in Canada as an alternative to Netflix, with the companies behind it, Shaw and Rogers, offering Shomi as an add-on for their Internet and cable subscribers, as well as a standalone subscription for others. Despite the money and effort shoveled into it, Shomi, the 'Canadian innovation,' failed to sustain itself.

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Netflix plans to offer 50% original programming in next few years

Netflix plans to offer 50% original programming in next few years

If you're a fan of shows like House of Cards and Stranger Things, then you'll most likely be pleased with Netflix's vision for the future. Netflix CFO David Wells has revealed that the company plans to be offering a 50/50 mix of content within the next few years, with 50% of that content being original programming and the other 50% being licensed content from other networks.

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Comcast X1 Netflix beta app will launch this week

Comcast X1 Netflix beta app will launch this week

Back in early July, an unlikely partnership was formed: Netflix and Comcast had struck a deal that would bring the streaming service to the latter company’s X1 set-top-box. As of today, the fruits of that partnership are now manifest: a beta version of the X1 Netflix app will be available via “Comcast Labs" in the next few days, giving users a chance to use the software. The beta will be available to customers across the nation.

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Netflix declares war on data caps, wants FCC to chime in

Netflix declares war on data caps, wants FCC to chime in

It’s that time of year again for the US Federal Communications Commission, lovingly called the FCC. It’s that time when it is legally mandated to examine the state of broadband deployment in the country, which also means it will be in the crosshairs of ISPs, and vice versa. Netflix, not an ISP, is taking that opportunity to convince the FCC to declare, once and for all, that home Internet data caps are unreasonable, and sometimes even discriminatory. Such a statement, though not completely legally binding, could ISPs to make some adjustments to align Netflix’s point of view.

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‘Narcos’ renewed for two more seasons, making 4 total (so far)

‘Narcos’ renewed for two more seasons, making 4 total (so far)

Narcos, a drama detailing the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar and the DEA agents on the other side, is Netflix's latest original series hit. The company quickly promised a second season after the first premiered, and now that the second has arrived (it dropped on September 2), Netflix has announced yet another renewal -- this time for two seasons, taking us up to four total (so far).

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Mythbusters’ build team gets Netflix original ‘The White Rabbit Project’

Mythbusters’ build team gets Netflix original ‘The White Rabbit Project’

Fans of the TV show Mythbusters who aren't looking forward to the upcoming reboot as a reality with new hosts will soon have another option: the original series' M7 Build Team — Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci, and Kari Byron — will be appearing in The White Rabbit Project, a new Netflix original show to debut on the service this December.

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‘Bill Nye Saves the World’ to premiere on Netflix in 2017

‘Bill Nye Saves the World’ to premiere on Netflix in 2017

Children of the 1990s have something to get excited about, as Netflix has announced a new show starring none other than Bill Nye The Science Guy. Dubbed "Bill Nye Saves the World," this new endeavor will put Bill Nye in the driver's seat of his very own talk show. As someone who looked forward to those days in science class where we'd get to watch an episode or two of Bill Nye The Science Guy, this is wonderful news.

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