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Netflix wants this DIY stuffed bear to control your TV

Netflix wants this DIY stuffed bear to control your TV

Connected Mr. Bear is a toy with a light-up heart that controls what's played on your Netflix account. What's even creepier than this bear being able to control what you watch is its choice of TV shows. You see, as Netflix sees it, Full House (or Fuller House) is the perfect jumping-off point for a new kind of connected toy. A toy with a light-up heart - one that demands you watch Full House when it commands.

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My favorite Netflix secrets: hidden genres, customized subtitles and more

My favorite Netflix secrets: hidden genres, customized subtitles and more

Netflix is the pinnacle of streaming home entertainment, but even veteran subscribers probably aren't using it to its fullest abilities. The video streaming service is full of secrets, some more secret than others, and you're unlikely to stumble upon them unless you go searching for them. Would you like larger, more colorful subtitles? Yes, there's a setting for that. How about filtering genres down to niche categories? Yep, you can do that, too.

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Netflix keeping bandwidth usage low by encoding its video with VP9 and H.264/AVC codecs

Netflix keeping bandwidth usage low by encoding its video with VP9 and H.264/AVC codecs

Last week Netflix debuted offline viewing mode, something that subscribers have been wanting for a long time. With the offline mode, users were allowed to download shows and movies directly to their device to watch on the go without having to stream using WiFi or data connections. Netflix has taken steps to ensure that the downloads are as small and as efficient as possible using VP9 content encoding for downloaded content.

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How to download Netflix movies and TV shows for offline viewing

How to download Netflix movies and TV shows for offline viewing

Netflix has finally introduced its long-rumored offline viewing option, and it is available to more users than pessimistic rumors had initially suggested. There are some limitations to the feature -- you have to use an iOS or Android mobile device, for example -- but it's still a pretty great option, and one that's straight-forward to use. Assuming you have an iPhone, iPad, or Android mobile device, here's how to download Netflix movies for offline viewing.

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Netflix offline viewing mode launches for all subscribers

Netflix offline viewing mode launches for all subscribers

At long last, Netflix has launched a new download feature that allows for offline viewing. Whispers of such a feature have been making the rounds for quite some time, and when we last heard from Netflix, it sounded like an offline mode would only be made available to those living in regions with poor internet connectivity. It turns out that isn't the case, with offline mode launching for all subscribers today.

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Comcast’s Netflix app releases just in time for data caps

Comcast’s Netflix app releases just in time for data caps

In case you'd forgotten, Xfinity and Netflix are teaming up to bring the streaming service to Comcast's X1 set-top box. The partnership was announced way back in July, and at the time, neither company said when Netflix would be available on the X1. Today, Comcast announced that the nationwide roll out will begin next week.

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Netflix offline mode in the works, but not for you

Netflix offline mode in the works, but not for you

Netflix may soon be getting a major upgrade in the form of an offline mode. As many of you will already know, the one caveat of Netflix's all-you-can-watch streaming model is that you have to maintain your connection the internet. That may all be changing as Netflix looks for ways to tackle markets where streaming video isn't always possible thanks to slower internet connections.

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Lenovo’s Google Tango phone released for sale with one tiny caveat

Lenovo’s Google Tango phone released for sale with one tiny caveat

The first smartphone with Google Tango hardware and software is now available from Lenovo. This release is long awaited, the phone having appeared in February of 2016. Back then, in Barcelona, the company only had images of the smartphone available to see. Now in November of 2016 Lenovo has the device ready for shipment.

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Stranger Things takes spotlight in (faux) Netflix newscast

Stranger Things takes spotlight in (faux) Netflix newscast

The Stranger Things world was, well, full of strange things, and strange things tend to get a spotlight on the evening news. What better day for a news agency to capitalize on strangeness than Halloween? That’s just what 5 WIYZ has done in this new official, fake newscast. Some important series questions are asked, like whose child was it that took an armful of waffles and ran out of the grocery store?

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Apple’s ‘TV’ app won’t have Netflix or Amazon Prime Video content

Apple’s ‘TV’ app won’t have Netflix or Amazon Prime Video content

If you watched Apple's event yesterday, you probably noticed a certain popular video service was missing during the 'TV' app unveiling: Netflix. That's because Netflix won't be available in the app, which is more than a little surprising (and disappointing). In addition, and quite the opposite in terms of expectation, Amazon Video won't be available on 'TV,' as the service has never been available on Apple TV.

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Marvel’s The Punisher adds five new cast members ahead of 2017 debut

Marvel’s The Punisher adds five new cast members ahead of 2017 debut

Marvel’s The Punisher will be arriving on Netflix next year, and we already know a little bit about the series. Most notably, the Punisher himself will be played by Jon Bernthal, perhaps best known known for his role in The Walking Dead. We now know who will be joining him, per an announcement from Marvel itself today. Show executive producer Jeph Loeb said, "Marvel TV is very proud of the cast of The Punisher. Each actor brings a special promise who surround Jon Bernthal's exceptional performance."

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Amazon Prime Video is the Netflix you used to know

Amazon Prime Video is the Netflix you used to know

Netflix isn't what it used to be, at least if you're located in the US. Sure, you could order DVDs and probably get just about anything you want, but that seems downright archaic and slow and you may not even own a DVD player at this point, never mind watching stuff on mobile. Netflix is rolling out a ton of original content and that's great, but the licensed content library is more or less dwindling in equal measure. What happened to all the great movies and TV shows? They're chilling on Amazon Prime Video.

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