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Netflix to Customers: We Don't Want DVDs Back

And subscribers can enter for a chance to get 10 more

(Newser) - After a quarter-century, Netflix is shutting down its DVD-by-mail rental service . As for what it plans to do with all those DVDs, the last of which will be mailed to subscribers by September 29, Netflix says customers can keep the discs from their final shipments and will not be charged...

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...

Netflix Signups Surged After Crackdown Began

Analytics firm says growth was even stronger than it was in early days of pandemic

(Newser) - Netflix's crackdown on password sharing might have caused some grumbling—and some digs from Blockbuster , among others—but the move has paid off, according to Antenna , a streaming analytics company. Antenna says that after Netflix started sending users emails about the new rules on May 23, subscriber growth surged...

Blockbuster Ignites Nostalgia in Dig at Netflix's Crackdown

'We didn't care who you shared [our videos] with,' company tweets

(Newser) - Netflix's crackdown on password sharing is underway, leaving some to wax poetic about yesteryear, when the company promoted the practice as "love." Speaking of nostalgia, here comes Blockbuster to remind us all of the simplicity of Friday night movie rentals shared with family and friends. "A...

Illinois Girl Vanished 6 Years Ago, Turns Up in North Carolina
She Was Abducted 6 Years Ago.
A Netflix Watcher Found Her
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She Was Abducted 6 Years Ago. A Netflix Watcher Found Her

Illinois' Kayla Unbehaun, 15, turns up in North Carolina; mom is arrested

(Newser) - In November, the Netflix series Unsolved Mysteries featured an episode on family abductions, including the case of Kayla Unbehaun, who vanished from South Elgin, Illinois, at the age of 9 after a visit with her mom, who didn't have custody of her. Nearly six years later, Kayla, now 15,...

Debate Rages Over Netflix's Black Cleopatra

Some Egyptian experts are fuming over what they say is a false portrayal

(Newser) - Jada Pinkett Smith, executive producer and narrator of the new Netflix drama-documentary series Queen Cleopatra , says it was "really important for me" to highlight "stories about Black queens," per the Guardian . The series premiering May 10 certainly portrays the last pharoah of Egypt as Black, with mixed-race...

Suit: Netflix Insinuated I Was a 'Stone-Cold Killer'
Netflix Used a Man's Photo in
Movie. He's Not Happy About It
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Netflix Used a Man's Photo in Movie. He's Not Happy About It

Taylor Hazlewood says streaming platform stole his photo from Instagram, insinuated he was a killer

(Newser) - The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker , a documentary on Netflix, debuted earlier this year, detailing the rise and fall of Caleb McGillvary, a Canadian who once went viral after helping an assault victim, then was later convicted of murder in an unrelated case. But it was the photo of a completely...

Netflix's The Diplomat Is an 'Intellectual Whirlwind'

Keri Russell shines as Kate Wyler, opposite a 'first-rate' Rufus Sewell

(Newser) - Five years since she last played a Russian spy in The Americans, Keri Russell is back on TV and killing it. The Diplomat , an eight-episode Netflix series from showrunner Debora Cahn (The West Wing, Homeland), finds Russell (lead actor and executive producer) on the US side as a longtime State...

Netflix: A Crackdown on US Password Sharing Is Nigh

Move to paid sharing has been a success in Canada, company says

(Newser) - American users of Netflix avoided a crackdown on password-sharing longer than users in other countries but change is on the way, the company said this week. Netflix says paid sharing will be rolled out in the US this quarter. Users will be able to add up to two people outside...

Netflix Plans on Ditching DVD-by-Mail Rentals

This marks the end of a service that began 25 years ago

(Newser) - Netflix announced in a blog post Tuesday that it is stopping its DVD-by-mail rental service, ending an era that began 25 years ago. The company said it will shutter, its physical rental division, because diminished demand for physical rentals is making it tough to continue a quality service....

Chris Rock Brings Jada Back Into the Conversation

Comedian weighs in on Oscars slap in new special

(Newser) - Chris Rock didn't devote his whole live-streamed show Saturday night to the infamous Oscars slap , but he spoke about the incident more than he has previously. Both Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith ended up as targets in the Netflix show. Some of the lines, via the AP...

Next Voice of Elvis Will Be Matthew McConaughey's

Netflix to roll out animated 'Agent Elvis' in March

(Newser) - The King of Rock 'n' Roll as a federal agent might seem far-fetched, but it didn't to Elvis. He once went to Washington in hopes of meeting President Nixon, offering his services to the country in exchange for a badge, per Smithsonian Magazine . "I will be here...

Netflix Didn't Mean to Post About Password Crackdown

Mistake gives customers a first look at what's under consideration

(Newser) - Netflix has taken down guidelines on its password sharing crackdown posted prematurely Wednesday on its FAQ pages for US customers. The information applied to trials it's running in Chile, Peru, and Costa Rica, the Guardian reports. The post was customers' first look at what the company is planning, per...

Pam Anderson Isn't Who You Think She Is
Pam Anderson
Isn't Who You
Think She Is

Pam Anderson Isn't Who You Think She Is

'LAT' op-ed says new memoir, documentary show a survivor who doesn't dwell on the past

(Newser) - Prince Harry's memoir has been all the rage this month, but another one is about to drop that's already stealing away some of those headlines. Love, Pamela, penned by Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, is set for release on Tuesday, as is Pamela: A Love Story , a complementary documentary...

'Netflix Curse' Hits Australia Open Players

None of the 10 players featured in 'Break Point' made it to tournament's second week

(Newser) - The first Grand Slam tournament has been wall-to-wall failure for tennis stars affected by the so-called "Netflix curse." Out of the 10 top tennis players featured in Netflix documentary Break Point, which came out last week, three didn't even make it to the Australian Open, the Guardian...

Netflix Announces Surprise Leadership Shake-Up

Co-founder Reed Hastings steps down as co-CEO, will stay on as executive chairman

(Newser) - Netflix has a new co-CEO. Greg Peters, who has been serving as the streaming service's chief operating officer, will now take the helm alongside Ted Sarandos, replacing co-founder Reed Hastings, reports the Verge . Hastings will stick around as the company's executive chairman, "a role that founders often...

Netflix's Next Flight Attendant Could Be Very Well Paid

Job listing suggests compensation tops out at $385K

(Newser) - Netflix has a slot open on its "dream crew," and applicants don't need to know the difference between a gaffer and a key grip. That's because this crew isn't focused on the company's TV and movie slate but on Netflix Aviation, and it's...

Netflix to Make 'Transformative' Investment in Jersey

Streaming company is planning $900M facility at former Army base at Jersey Shore

(Newser) - Netflix said Wednesday it plans to build a state-of-the-art production facility at a former Army base at the Jersey Shore that will cost more than $900 million and create thousands of jobs. The California-based company will pay $55 million for a 292-acre site on the former Fort Monmouth military base...

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