WASHINGTON, D.C.--At this week's State of the Net conference, an annual event of the bipartisan Congressional Internet Caucus, members of Congress, staffers, and technology policy junkies gathered once again to explore the government's Internet-related priorities for the new year.
A few themes emerged, including possible legislation over cybersecurity, a rewrite of the 1996 Communications Act, reforming federal electronic-surveillance laws, and the continuing threat of both national governments and the United Nations trying to wrest control of Internet governance from engineering-driven groups.
The general consensus, however, was that for at least the next several months, the fiscal … Read more
Netflix, the online movie-rental service, reported a fourth-quarter net income of $8 million, or 13 cents a share, on revenue of $945 million, the company said after the close of trading today. Revenue was up from $876 million in the same period last year, but earnings were down from $35 million in Q4 2011. Analysts surveyed by FactSet predicted a loss of about 12 cents per share on $935 million in revenue for the quarter.
Netflix said that for the quarter ending December 31, the number of U.S. streaming subscribers increased by 2.05 million. The company now has … Read more
Making the most of your monthly subscription is much more than watching as many episodes of "The Walking Dead" in one night as possible. It's about effortlessly digging up the best available flicks, so that by the end of the month, you know you got your money's worth, and then some.
Sadly, there's no magic potion that will bring "Game of Thrones" to Netflix, but there are some best practices and little-known tools that will quickly transform you into a Netflix-watching maven.
1. Bookmark InstantWatcher Netflix's clunky content interface is hardly conducive … Read more
If you've ever thought seriously about cutting the cable-TV cord and saving yourself a big chunk of change every month, you've probably looked at PlayOn, a PC-based media server that lets you stream tons of TV content to just about any home and mobile device.
And if you love your Netflix and/or Hulu Plus subscriptions but don't always have an Internet connection for streaming their content, you need to know about PlayLater, which turns your PC into a DVR that can record those and other sources for later viewing.
All of which brings us to this … Read more
I am writing this post sitting in New Delhi, India, as I wind up a trip that included several social-media talks to mark the centennial of Columbia Journalism School.
But I also was deeply disappointed by one aspect of technology on this trip. And it was the fact that some services that I use regularly in the U.S. don't work overseas.
Here'… Read more
Time Warner Cable and Netflix are reportedly talking to each other about partnering on the streaming provider's content delivery network (CDN), but the cable provider isn't too pleased about the service.
Speaking to Multichannel in an interview published yesterday, a Time Warner Cable spokesperson criticized Netflix for only delivering its higher-quality high-definition service, Super HD, and 3D videos to customers whose cable providers have signed up with Netflix's Open Connect.
"While they call it Open Connect, Netflix is actually closing off access to some of its content while seeking unprecedented preferential treatment from ISPs," the … Read more
Netflix users will soon have more shows to stream courtesy of the company's latest studio deals.
New multiyear agreements with Turner Broadcasting and Warner Bros. Television Group will provide Netflix with complete past seasons from the Cartoon Network, Warner Bros. Animation, and Adult Swim. Episodes from the current TNT series "Dallas" will also saddle up for the ride.
Various Cartoon Network shows will pop up on Netflix's "Just for Kids" section. Titles will include "Adventure Time," "Ben 10," "Regular Show," and "Johnny Bravo." And Warner Bros. … Read more