LOL: Netflix’s “Browse Endlessly” Plan

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One of the simple truths of home movie watching is you never want to watch the movies that are right at your fingertips. If you own hundreds, even thousands of DVDs, you never want to watch a single one. Instead, we’re always pining over something not in the collection. The same can be said for Netflix. The service offers innumerable films on DVD or streaming, yet many of us can never decide what to watch. (In that way, Netflix does replicate the old video store experience!)

The Onion understands and has a report on Netflix’s new $5/month “Browse Endlessly” plan, which would offer users the ability to browse all Netflix’s titles, but not watch them. Check out the hilarious spoof below. Read More »

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Orange Is the New Black Season 1

As you recover from this weekend’s House of Cards marathon, it’s time to look ahead to your next Netflix-enabled binge. The streaming service has revealed that the second season of Orange Is the New Black will premiere June 6, 2014. As is typical for Netflix, all 13 episodes will hit on the same date.

The announcement was slipped in as an ad at the end of House of Cards‘ second season finale. Watch the intense first teaser for Orange Is the New Black Season 2 after the jump.

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Star Wars The Clone Wars

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is coming back. Netflix announced today that it has struck a deal for exclusive rights to the entire series, including a brand-new sixth season. Fans will be able to watch on the streaming service next month. Get plot details on the new season and more after the jump.

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General

It’s hard to believe that just two years ago, the very idea of Netflix offering original programming was a novelty. But the gamble paid off from the get-go. While Lilyhammer never quite reached the buzzy heights of later series House of Cards or Orange Is the New Black, it fared well enough to get a second season, and now it’s getting a third.

The company announced the renewal this week. Season 2 hit Netflix on December 13, and Season 3 is expected to debut sometime later this year. Steve Van Zandt will, of course, return in the lead role of a mobster sent to Lillehammer, Norway as part of the witness protection program. [Variety]

After the jump, read all about Netflix’s newest original series Marco Polo.

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Andy and Lana Wachowski

Andy and Lana Wachowski‘s Jupiter Ascending has been getting a lot of attention lately, because that’s what happens when you turn America’s Sweetheart into Jacobim Mugatu. But it’s just one of two major sci-fi projects due from the pair this year. The Wachowskis are also teaming with J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) on their first small-screen effort, a new Netflix series titled Sense8.

At the time of its announcement, the drama was described in vague terms as being about “minds linked and souls hunted,” but now we have some more details about the dramatic, globe-spanning plot. Hit the jump for character details and more.

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Netflix

Among the Netflix faithful, the service’s hyper-specificity is something of an affectionate joke. Just about any movie database will differentiate between, say, drama and comedy, but Netflix comes up with categories like “Critically-acclaimed Witty Independent Comedies” or “Imaginative Time Travel Movies from the 1980s.”

Just as you’d imagine, those microgenres add up — to 76,897 unique descriptors, as counted by one journalist. And they reveal some interesting information about what exactly we’re all watching on Netflix. Hit the jump to see what he found.

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Netflix

At $7.99/month, Netflix‘s basic streaming package isn’t a bank-breaker for most folks. But if you really want to cut your entertainment expenditures to the bone, you may be in luck. The service is now testing a standard-def $6.99/month option for certain users.

If, on the other hand, you’d like to do more with your subscription and don’t mind paying a little extra for it, the company is also trying out a $9.99/month package that’ll let users stream to more devices simultaneously. Hit the jump to get the details on these potential new options.

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Mitt header

It’s hard to believe that it was just over a year ago when Barack Obama’s re-election to the White House dashed Mitt Romney‘s hopes of becoming the next President of the United States. While his former running mate Paul Ryan has remained a vocal presence in the House of Representatives, Romney himself has almost completely faded from public view.

But Netflix is taking a look back at the man with MittGreg Whiteley‘s documentary about Romney’s lengthy battle for the presidency. While we all know the eventual outcome, it’s still a fascinating inside look at a side of the politician we never go to know — probably to his detriment. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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