Netflix has been getting a lot of flak for raising its pricing, but today, together with Nintendo it has a new proposition: streaming video to the 3DS. This makes the 3DS the first dedicated handheld gaming device to get Netflix.
Netflix used to offer a $9.99 subscription plan that allowed you one DVD at a time as well as streaming, both unlimited. That plan is now $15.98, after the company split its DVD and streaming offers up into two cheaper plans. No bones about it, this is dumb (and I'll tell you why), but despite that using Netflix for me just got cheaper.
UPDATE: This morning the big rumor was that Netflix would be cranking up the cost of its DVD+streaming plan to $16, up from the $9.99 it was originally. Netflix has confirmed that's what's going to happen. New subs get hit immediately; current Netflix users will have to make a decision by September and can see the changes now in their accounts.
Nintendo's next-gen console, the Wii U, has a big old screen on its controller. It's already known that it'll be used for playing games, but it could also be used to play video, such as streaming movies from Netflix.
While folks with iPhones and iPads have been enjoying streaming video with the Netflix apps for a long time now, it's been conspicuously absent on Android. Until now!
Netflix is insanely popular, with up to 40% of U.S. bandwidth being sucked up by it most evenings. But is it curbing piracy, too?
In what could possibly be the best news ever for Netflix, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space 9 will start streaming in all their glorious glory later this year. In other reasonably good news, so will TOS, Voyager, and Enterprise.
Someday, we'll never need to leave Facebook for the rest of the internet, if Mark Zuckerberg has his way. The next step along that path? Integrating Netflix streaming right into the social networking site.
One of the big hangups that people have about Hulu Plus is that they force you to watch ads despite you paying a subscription fee. Could Netflix pull the same sorts of shenanigans? Not likely.
Netflix can stream you movies and TV shows in HD, but only if you've got a connection beefy enough to handle all that data. And now Netflix has put out a chart showing just how every major ISP in the country fares when streaming their video.