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11/22/2010: Netflix adds a new plan for
"unlimited" instant streaming and increases prices for
"unlimited" DVD rentals-by-mail plans
In a move that marks a shift in focus from DVD rentals-by-mail to
internet streaming, Netflix adds a new plan for "unlimited" instant
streaming, without any DVD rentals-by-mail, for $7.99/mo. For the
existing "unlimited" DVD rentals-by-mail plans, Netflix increased
the prices by $1/mo for the 1-disc and 2-disc at-a-time plans, going
up to $8/mo additional for the top 8-disc at-a-time plan. These
price increases take effect immediately for new subscribers, while
existing subscribers will see these prices in their next billing
cycle. If subscribers want to change their plans for the next
billing cycle, visit
or call -1800-715-2146.
11/12/2010: Netflix still working on Android
Netflix cites challenges with the Android platform due to "the lack
of a generic and complete platform security and content protection
mechanism available for Android." They have not been about to secure
a common Digital Rights Management (DRM) system on these Android
devices. Instead, Netflix has to work with individual OEMs to add
content protection to their Android devices and this is a much
slower process that will lead to "have's" and "have nots" within the
Android device line-up. The first Android devices with Netflix apps
will be available in early 2011.
11/1/2010: Netflix platforms now include
Windows Phone 7 smartphones
Netflix instant streaming is now available on Windows Phone 7
smartphones. The free Netflix streaming application is
available for download in the Marketplace.
11/1/2010: Netflix Canada supports instant
streaming on the Xbox 360
Netflix instant streaming subscribers in Canada can now enjoy movies
and TV shows instantly using their Xbox 360 game console. To do
this, you need a Netflix membership that includes instant streaming,
a high-speed internet connections, and an Xbox LIVE Gold membership
with their Xbox 360 game console.
10/18/2010: Netflix streaming for PS3 and Wii
gaming consoles will no longer need a Netflix app DVD to work
Sony PS3 and Nintendo Wii game console owners will no longer have to
insert their Netflix DVD to load the Netflix streaming app. To
take advantage of this new capability, PS3 and Wii owners need to
download the free Netflix app from PlayStation Network Store and Wii
Shop Channel, respectively. With the new Netflix app for PS3,
Netflix fans will be able to stream movies up to the "full HD" 1080p
resolution and enjoy Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. The
Wii console continues to stream in standard definition 480p.
9/24/2010: Netflix signs
Universal for streaming of prior season TV programming
Netflix signed an expanded license agreement which provides Netflix
members to instantly stream the following TV programming, starting
on October 1, 2010:
day after broadcast: Saturday Night Live
last season episodes of: 30 Rock;
The Office; Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; and
Friday Night Lights
current first-runs strip syndicated
programming: Access Hollywood; Access Hollywood Live;
The Jerry Springer Show; Maury; The Steve
Wilkos Show; The Chris Matthews Show; The Wall Street
Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo
off-network distribution of: House;
Law & Order; Law & Order: Criminal Intent; and The
9/22/2010: Netflix begins streaming service in
Netflix begins offering its instant streaming service of movies and TV
episodes to our Canadian neighbors for $7.99/month. This plan
does not any DVD rentals-by-mail service. Visit the
Canadian Netflix site
and read the
Additionally, CEO Reed Hastings also mentions that Netflix is
considering offering a streaming only price plan for its U.S.
customers in the near future.
9/1/2010: Netflix begins streaming Paramount,
Lionsgate and MGM movies
Through a deal with EPIX,
Netflix will begin streaming movies from Paramount, Lionsgate and
MGM starting in September.
This deal should significantly expand the number of movies that
Netflix can instantly stream. Read the
8/26/2010: Netflix streaming now available on
iPhone and iPod touch
Netflix streaming is now available on the iPhone and iPod touch.
Simply download the free Netflix App from the
App Store and use your
current Netflix subscription. Don't have a Netflix
subscription? You can
try it for free. Not sure, read our
review of the Netflix service.
Stream onto an Apple iPhone &
iPod touch (available August 2010)
7/28/2010: Search feature available on PS3
As part of a software upgrade from Netflix, searching the Netflix
streaming catalog is now possible on the Sony Playstation 3 game
console. You are no longer limited to having to browse and
search only from your computer.
5/14/2010: High Definition streaming on computers
There is now high definition content (limited TV programming and
movies) available for instant streaming in high definition to your
PC or Mac. Of
course, you must have adequate bandwidth and a HD-capable computer
screen to view this content. Check out the HD programming
4/15/2010: Subtitles available for some titles on
Netflix has enabled subtitles (closed captioning) for streaming of
select TV programming and movies to PCs and Macs. Only about
100 titles are available, including
Seasons 1-4. The concept has been implement and Netflix
intends to fill the library with more titles offering subtitles as
an option. They are planning to eventually implement subtitles
for game consoles, Blu-ray players, and HDTVs.
Subtitles now an option on
PC/Mac streaming for limited titles
4/12/2010: Netflix streaming available on
The Wii game console now supports Netflix streaming. To enable
this on your Wii, click here
and Netflix will ship an instant streaming disc wtih software to
enable this feature on your Wii console.
Netflix streaming on the Wii
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