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Netflix Password Crackdown Is Working
Netflix Password Crackdown
Is Working

Netflix Password Crackdown Is Working

To the tune of millions of new customers

(Newser) - Netflix's decision to crack down on password sharing may not have been a popular one, but apparently it was a smart one for the streaming company. In its earnings report Thursday, the company announced an addition of 9.33 million subscribers in the first quarter, an increase of more...

Disturbing Netflix Series Leads to Probe of New York Boarding School

Rampant abuse alleged at now-shuttered institution

(Newser) - A Netflix docuseries spotlighting abuse allegations at a long-shuttered boarding academy for teens in rural northern New York has prompted dozens of new complaints to the local prosecutor and a fresh investigation, the AP reports. The Program: Cons, Cults, and Kidnapping started streaming last month. The three-part series by filmmaker...

Netflix Unable to Get Inventing Anna Suit Axed

Lawyer says Netflix defamed Rachael Williams after she sold her story to rival HBO

(Newser) - Netflix has failed to deflect a defamation lawsuit alleging it falsely portrayed one of the subjects of the Inventing Anna miniseries as a heartless, greedy mooch. Rachel DeLoache Williams, a former Vanity Fair staffer who penned a book about her friendship with con artist Anna Sorokin , filed the lawsuit in...

Mike Tyson Will Fight Again at Age 58

Former heavyweight champ will take on Jake Paul, 27, in July on Netflix

(Newser) - Mike Tyson is getting back in the ring to take on a boxer 30 years his junior—and to collect what will presumably be a fat paycheck. The former heavyweight champ will fight Jake Paul, who is usually described as being a combination of social media influencer and boxer, reports...

This Was Most-Watched Streaming Original in 2023

Nielsen says 'Ted Lasso' was top-scoring original, while 'Suits' set streaming record

(Newser) - Nielsen exec Brian Fuhrer says Ted Lasso was such a big hit that he initially thought an error had occurred at the ratings company. The series was the most-watched original series on a streaming service last year, though its maker, Apple TV+, has fewer viewers than any other service Nielsen...

Netflix Tosses Halle Berry Film
Netflix Tosses
Halle Berry Film

Netflix Tosses Halle Berry Film

'The Mothership' will vanish just like the farmer in its story

(Newser) - A film starring Halle Berry is headed for the waste bin. Netflix is canning the science-fiction film The Mothership, which has floundered in post-production for years, per Variety . It starred Berry as one half of a farming couple who finds herself a single mother when her husband mysteriously vanishes. A...

Well, Now You Can Netflix and Wrestle
Netflix Just Got
a Little Raw

Netflix Just Got a Little Raw

WWE is headed to the streaming service in 2025, so soon you can Netflix and wrestle

(Newser) - WWE's weekly show Raw will move to Netflix next year as part of a major streaming deal worth more than $5 billion. TKO Group Holdings Inc., which houses WWE and UFC, said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday that the agreement is for 10 years, with Netflix having an...

Barack Obama Wins His 2nd Emmy
Barack Obama
Wins Another Emmy

Barack Obama Wins Another Emmy

Former POTUS wins at Creative Arts Emmys

(Newser) - Former President Obama won his second Emmy, and John Mulaney won his third Sunday on night two of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, the AP reports. Obama won the Emmy for best narrator for his Netflix documentary series, Working: What We Do All Day, repeating in a category he previously...

Love Is Blind Contestant Sues Over 'Walking Red Flag' Fiance

Renee Poche alleges that Netflix reality dating show forced her to stay with 'abusive' partner

(Newser) - Love may be blind, but according to a former contestant who competed on a Netflix reality show based on that concept, it's producers who turned a blind eye to her "abusive" matchup. People reports on a new lawsuit filed by Renee Poche, who competed on Season 5 of...

Kevin Spacey: 'Netflix Exists Because of Me'

Former 'House of Cards' star says platform was wrong to fire him over 'allegations alone'

(Newser) - Kevin Spacey isn't feeling very appreciated this holiday as a new interview finds the actor blasting his former employer Netflix, a platform he claims to have put "on the map." Spacey starred in Netflix's first original scripted series House of Cards , which was a big hit...

Squid Game Contestants Threaten Lawsuit

Contestants on Netflix's spin-off game show say they suffered injuries while filming

(Newser) - Contestants on Squid Game: The Challenge, Netflix's spin-off reality competition show based on the mega-hit series from South Korea, say they were harmed while filming and are threatening the streaming company and producers of the show with a lawsuit. Two contestants say that while filming in cold weather in...

Bridgerton Actor: I Had No Support Amid Psychotic Breaks

Ruby Barker faults Netflix, Shondaland

(Newser) - Ruby Barker felt her star rise as she appeared in Netflix's smash hit Bridgerton, but it was not an enjoyable time. As she reveals in a podcast interview, the British actor suffered not one but two psychotic breaks after filming the first season of the period drama, which saw...

Netflix Is Raising Some of Its Prices

Premium, legacy basic plans go up $2

(Newser) - Netflix is raising prices Wednesday, one of several changes welcomed by investors and Wall Street analysts. Consumers may be less thrilled. The basic streaming plan, which new customers can't have, will go from $9.99 per month to $11.99; that's the bottom plan without ads. The premium...

Netflix Plans to Launch 'Netflix House' Destinations

They'll feature dining, shopping, live experiences based on shows like 'Stranger Things'

(Newser) - After the success of pop-up fan experiences based on shows including Stranger Things, Bridgerton, and Money Heist, Netflix is planning to launch some permanent destinations. Josh Simon, the company's vice president of consumer products, tells Bloomberg that the "Netflix House" locations will feature a mix of dining, retail,...

Beckhams Open Up About David's Alleged Affairs

It was 'the most unhappy I have ever been in my entire life,' Victoria says in Netflix docuseries

(Newser) - Victoria Beckham opens up about the "hardest period" of her marriage to retired soccer legend David Beckham in a Netflix documentary premiering Wednesday. The fashion designer and Spice Girl acknowledges speculation that her husband had an affair while playing for Spain's Real Madrid in 2003—rumors that the...

Netflix to Customers: Keep Those Unreturned DVDs
It's a 'Bittersweet'
Day for Netflix

It's a 'Bittersweet' Day for Netflix

Streaming service mails out its last DVDs to subscribers, who'll be allowed to keep final discs

(Newser) - Friday's the big day for Netflix's remaining DVD subscribers, as the company's five US distribution centers ship out the red-and-white envelopes bearing discs for the last time. And those customers will be getting a bonus: They'll be allowed to keep up to 10 of those final...

Choosing a Show to Watch Takes More Time Than Ever

New report reveals viewers take more than 10 minutes to find a show on streaming sites

(Newser) - If you spend too much time scrolling through Netflix, you're in good company, a study by Nielsen's Gracenote has found. TV Tech breaks down its 2023 State of Play report, which notes that while people have more choices than ever to stream content digitally, it comes with some...

With Actors, Writers on Strike, Netflix Advertises $900K AI Job

Company seeks to increase the 'leverage of our machine learning platform'

(Newser) - With actors and writers on strike together for the first time since 1960, a job listing from Netflix is raising eyebrows. The company is offering up to $900,000 for an artificial intelligence-related job that involves increasing the "leverage of our machine learning platform," the Guardian reports. The...

Netflix Defies Expectations With Jump in Subscribers
Netflix Says Crackdown
Has Paid Off

Netflix Says Crackdown Has Paid Off

Springtime rise in subscribers was biggest since pandemic

(Newser) - The crackdown on password-sharing appears to have paid off handsomely for Netflix. The company said Wednesday that it added 5.9 million subscribers in the second quarter of this year—which ended before the actors' strike began—and revenue was up 3% year-on-year, the New York Times reports. The springtime...

Critics Slam Netflix for Bringing Back Titanic

Insiders say it's a coincidence, not an attempt to profit from Titan tragedy

(Newser) - When Netflix arranged for Titanic to return to the streaming service on July 1, the company probably wasn't expecting people to complain that it was too soon. The company is facing backlash accusing it of trying to profit from the Titan submersible tragedy, with Twitter users calling the move...

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