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May 1, 2016
If 2014's "Foxcatcher" somehow left you wanting more of the sad, bizarre story of Delaware killer John du Pont and his victim, Dave Schultz, Netflix is streaming a new documentary, "Team Foxcatcher. "
NEWS
December 18, 2012 | The Motley Fool
I'M EMBARRASSED just thinking about it. I've owned Netflix since it was $19 a share. When it hit $277, I sold. The next day it went up to $283, and I thought, "What was I thinking?" and bought it back. The rest is sad history: It's now around $90 per share. My original gut instinct was accurate, but greed got in the way and I'm paying for it now. I've lost a lot, but at least I did milk the stock over the years, taking profits numerous times to expand my portfolio in other directions.
BUSINESS
December 8, 2012 | By Cliff Edwards, Bloomberg News
Netflix Inc. and chief executive officer Reed Hastings said they may face a Securities and Exchange Commission civil claim over a July Facebook post that coincided with a big gain in the company's stock price. SEC staff alleges Netflix and its CEO violated rules governing selective disclosure, according to a company filing. The July 3 post by Hastings said Netflix viewing "exceeded 1 billion hours" of videos in June. The shares rose 6.2 percent that day. The SEC action highlights the potential for legal trouble when company executives like Hastings, who has more than 200,000 Facebook fans, communicate with the public via social media.
NEWS
February 1, 2013
STILL THINK of streaming Netflix as something you do on a computer? Think again. You can still watch that way, but the service - which charges $7.99 a month for unlimited streaming from its library of TV shows and movies - is available on a variety of devices, from game systems to DVD players, that connect to your television, as well as on the iPhone and Windows phone and the iPad, Kindle Fire and Nook tablets. (A $4.99-a-month plan limits users to two hours of streaming a month and only on a computer.)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2016 | Ellen Gray, Staff Writer
Spoiler alert: This piece contains details from the Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer. " "Do you think Steven Avery did it?" That was director and producer Judd Apatow on Sunday, filling a moment of dead air in a press session for his coming Netflix show, "Love," with a joking reference to the streaming service's latest sensation, "Making a Murderer. " "He's in the green room right now," he added. Avery, who was convicted in 2007 of the murder of Teresa Halbach, was, of course, nowhere near the Television Critics Association winter meetings, though his name did come up there.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2013 | By Frazier Moore, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Portia de Rossi only believed it was happening when her agent got the good news from the producers. Michael Cera only believed it was happening when the cameras rolled. It happened all right. Arrested Development has risen from the dead with 15 half-hours premiering en masse on Netflix on Sunday at 3:01 a.m. Arrested Development is the cockeyed comedy blessed with a king's ransom of talent and the twisted vision of its mastermind, Mitch Hurwitz, that aired on Fox for three seasons as a cult favorite, then was canceled for low ratings - and maybe because it befuddled everyone who wasn't hooked on its lunacy.
NEWS
March 20, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
* BLOODLINE. Today, Netflix.   WHEN I TALK to myself, as I too often do these days, it may be to ask: Is this TV voiceover really necessary? It's largely superfluous in Netflix's "Bloodline," a new series from the creators of "Damages," in which a prodigal son returns to his family's resort in the Florida Keys and things don't go so well. Kyle Chandler, who did so much with silences in "Friday Night Lights," retains his spare delivery as John Rayburn, whose efforts to keep his black-sheep brother, Danny (Ben Mendelsohn)
NEWS
December 27, 2012 | By Reed Stevenson, Bloomberg News
Netflix Inc., the world's biggest video-streaming service, said access to its movies and television shows was restored after a disruption caused by Amazon.com Inc.'s Web storage and computing system. Many customers in the Americas weren't able to access content online Monday from around 3:30 p.m. Philadelphia time until late Christmas Eve, according to Joris Evers, a spokesman for Netflix. The blockage was caused by issues with Amazon Web Services, a business hosted on the Internet that's separate from the online retail store, he said.
NEWS
July 15, 2011 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
If this week's online fury over Netflix's price increase proved anything, the obvious choice was this: You can't take away a good deal and not expect people to squawk. Netflix said it was dropping its $10 rock-bottom subscription fee for its combination service - unlimited video streaming plus unlimited DVDs by mail, one at a time. To get the same combo, customers will have to cough up $16 a month, or $7.99 apiece for either streaming or DVDs. Within hours, tens of thousands of customers had complained online - on Netflix's blog, on its Facebook page, and anywhere else they could think of. Many promised to cancel rather than submit.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 2015 | Ellen Gray, Daily News
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - What could the Kevin Spacey political thriller "House of Cards" possibly have to do with "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"? More than you might think. Unless, that is, you're one of the Netflix subscribers whose behavior helped the streaming service make the connection in the first place. Because it turns out that when Netflix shows us something that's supposedly like the thing we've just watched, it's not making an editorial judgment, or promoting some pet project: It's doing the math on our viewing habits.
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NEWS
May 20, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Wright: Pay or I won't play Robin Wright is awesome as Kevin Spacey 's wife on the Netflix political thriller House of Cards . Yet, like most women in Hollywood, she gets paid less than her male costar. So she threatened to go to the media unless she got equal pay. Wright, 50, spoke Tuesday at a discussion of human rights and equality at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City. She said she found the situation especially ironic as she plays a woman who is every bit her husband's equal.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2016
INDEPENDENT LENS: THE ARMOR OF LIGHT 8 p.m. Tuesday, WHYY12 A conservative minister and antiabortion activist faces pushback from his fellow evangelicals as he begins to question the place of guns in the lives of Christians in a provocative documentary by filmmaker Abigail Disney, a great-niece of Walt Disney. CHELSEA Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Netflix Can the streaming network that helped free us from appointment TV get us to show up three times a week for Chelsea Handler's new talk show?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2016
Grace and Frankie Season 2 available Friday on Netflix.
NEWS
May 1, 2016
If 2014's "Foxcatcher" somehow left you wanting more of the sad, bizarre story of Delaware killer John du Pont and his victim, Dave Schultz, Netflix is streaming a new documentary, "Team Foxcatcher. "
BUSINESS
April 30, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
Even harsh critic Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, had something nice to tweet about Comcast after the cable giant announced Wednesday that it will soon raise the data-cap limits now being imposed on some broadband subscribers. In the Southern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia, and Florida) where Comcast has been testing a usage cap of 300 gigabytes per month before the customer has to pay overcharges, the ceiling will be lifted June 1 to 1 terabyte (1,000 gigabytes)
BUSINESS
April 20, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
Netflix announced another strong surge in subscribers and revenue on Monday with revenue up 24 percent year to date at $1.96 billion and subscriber count exceeding 45.7 million domestically and 77.7 million worldwide. Yet the leader in streaming TV services was feeling the heat of rivals, especially Amazon. Timed to Netflix's first-quarter earnings Report and a looming price hike for some subscribers, Amazon introduced two new ways to access its streaming video alternative. One option is an $8.99 monthly streaming video subscription.
NEWS
April 15, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TELEVISION CRITIC
I've spent days trying to clear the theme song for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt from my head, and it's not going so well. Let's just say 3 p.m.'s catchy "It's a miracle!" is 3 a.m.'s unbreakable earworm. But don't let that indelible song, courtesy of composer and executive producer Jeff Richmond, keep you from the still-irresistible Kimmy , whose entire 13-episode Season 2 premieres Friday on Netflix. Created by Upper Darby's Tina Fey (who's married to Richmond) and her 30 Rock colleague Robert Carlock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt stars Ellie Kemper ( The Office )
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
More Biggie to come The Notorious B.I.G. (aka Christopher Wallace ) may have died nine years ago, but his music continues to live thanks to the hip-hop star's widow, Faith Evans . The legendary R&B singer this week told Dame Dash 's radio show ( www.dashradio.com ) her long-rumored duet album with Biggie, The King & I, will be released in the fall. "I'm kind of in the finishing stages," said Evans, who has been working closely with B.I.G.'s mom, Voletta Wallace . "The way it's coming together and the way I'm using his vocals, it's just giving his stuff new life.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 2016
_ ONLY THE DEAD SEE THE END OF WAR. 9 p.m. Monday, HBO. Australian war correspondent Michael Ware looks at the Iraq conflict and its consequences, with footage he shot during a seven-year sojourn that began with a three-week assignment in 2003. _ FRONTLINE: SAUDI ARABIA UNCOVERED. 10 p.m. Tuesday, WHYY12. The Saudi Arabia that its government doesn't want the world to see is brought to light in videos shot by activists who risked their freedom - and possibly their lives - to try to bring change to the kingdom's repressive policies.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2016
A weird thing happened on television Monday. On a single night, three series - the CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin and Syfy's The Magicians - all mentioned the Bechdel test. Named for cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who shares credit with her friend Liz Wallace, the test rates works of fiction: If a piece includes two women, preferably with names, who talk about something other than a man, it passes. It's tougher than it sounds - I'm not sure all the shows that referenced it could pass it most weeks.
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