Bummer: Netflix Is Testing Advertisements

Netflix series Montauk

One of the glorious benefits of a Netflix subscription is its lack of advertising. For an eminently reasonable rate of $7.99/month, you can plow through hundreds or even thousands of hours of video without a single commercial break. But that may be about to change.

The streaming service has reportedly begun experimenting with showing ads before and after videos. Whether those ads will eventually roll out to the entire subscriber base is still unclear. More about the possible Netflix ads after the jump.  Read More »

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Netflix bandwidth usage

Bandwidth is the last thing on our mind when using the Internet. We watch a video or download a photo, and never think about the fact there’s a a huge flow of data behind it that people are using. An even bigger concept is the data flow of the entirety of the Internet. That’s so much data and bandwidth that it’s almost impossible to fathom.

So what’s even crazier than the bandwidth figures for the entire Internet? How much of it Netflix uses. A new study revealed that, at peak hours during March 2015 in North America, Netflix accounted for up to 37% of all Internet usage. That’s over a third of data flowing through the Internet. Read more below. Read More »

The Aviator

The bright, hot days of summer are finally upon is, and that means it’s the perfect time to seclude yourself in a curtained, air-conditioned room and watch some movies. First, catch up on some of the classics leaving Netflix in June 2015; once you’ve cleared a bit of space in your queue, you can fill it back up with some of the best films coming to Netflix (and Hulu, and Amazon) in June 2015.

After the jump, the best of the Netflix June 2015 release schedule, plus highlights from the upcoming Hulu and Amazon calendar. Read More »

‘Seinfeld’ Is Coming to Hulu This June

Seinfeld Hulu

Update: Seinfeld will make its Hulu debut on June 24. The Verge notes Hulu will show the original full-length episodes, rather than the edited versions that air in syndication. Original story follows.

Seinfeld is coming to Hulu. The online video service has just secured the streaming VOD rights to all 180 episodes, which originally aired on NBC from 1989 to 1998. More details on the Seinfeld Hulu deal after the jump.  Read More »

Woody Allen Amazon

Amazon is pulling in talent left and right. Spike Lee, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Jim Jarmusch, Terry Gilliam, and perhaps one stranger signee than any other: Woody Allen. When he signed the deal to make a TV series for Amazon, Allen joked “I don’t know how I got into this. I have no ideas, and I’m not sure where to begin.” Or we thought that was a joke, an expression of the anxiety that is one of his hallmarks.

Maybe that wasn’t just a gag. In a new interview, Allen says he knows nothing about TV, that “I’ve never seen anything online at all — nothing,” and that he doesn’t even know what a streaming service is. Amazon was relentless in pursuing him, finally grinding Allen down to the point where he said yes. But “I have regretted every second since I said OK,” he explains. Read More »

‘The Mindy Project’ Gets Rescued By Hulu

The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project will be back, and bigger than ever. Although Fox cancelled the comedy earlier this month, Hulu has now come to the rescue, scooping it up for a fourth season to consist of 26 episodes. Hit the jump for more on the Mindy Project Hulu move.  Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Amazon Jim Jarmusch

Amazon has made deals with two filmmakers whose work helped define rebellion against studio control and the American independent film movement. And today, Deadline wins the no-prize for burying the lede. In a wide-ranging piece about the film market landscape, specifically oriented around Cannes deals, the site mentions that Amazon has signed deals with Jim Jarmusch and Terry Gilliam, bringing the two filmmakers to the same label that already boasted Spike Lee and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Read More »

Green Eggs and Ham

Hollywood has been digging through your childhood toybox again, and they’ve come up with one more property to adapt. Netflix announced this week that it is making a TV series out of Green Eggs and Ham, the Dr. Seuss classic about a guy who badgers another guy into trying some strange food. Get all the details on the Green Eggs and Ham Netflix series after the jump.  Read More »

Ryan Phillippe marvel

Charlie Cox is Daredevil, Krysten Ritter is Jessica Jones and Mike Colter is Luke Cage. So far, those are the leads of the major Netflix Marvel shows. There’s still one major character to cast – Iron Fist – and probably many good, secondary characters too. Now we might know the actor who plays one of those roles.

Speaking to Howard Stern, Ryan Phillippe said he’s been talking to Marvel about appearing in one of their Netflix shows. Read the Ryan Phillippe Marvel news below. Read More »