Sunday, August 30, 2015

Why You’ll See Some High Profile Movies Leave Netflix US Next Month

We hear from our members that you wish we had newer movies. So do we. Studio licensing practices means it often takes more than a year before consumers can watch a theatrically released movie when and how they want. Just like we’ve changed the game for TV watchers by releasing entire seasons around the world at the same time, we have begun making movies that will premiere on Netflix globally and in some cases, simultaneously in theaters.

It will take us time to build a robust slate of original movies, but we’re hard at work on it with such great stars and directors as Brad Pitt, Ricky Gervais, Judd Apatow, Angelina Jolie, Sofia Coppola and Adam Sandler.

Meanwhile, we have decided not to renew our agreement in the US with Epix, the cable network, which means that some high profile movies including Hunger Games: Catching Fire, World War Z and Transformers: Age of Extinction, will expire at the end of September in the US. If you want to see them on Netflix US, now is the time.

While many of these movies are popular, they are also widely available on cable and other subscription platforms at the same time as they are on Netflix and subject to the same drawn out licensing periods. Through our original films and some innovative licensing arrangements with the movie studios, we are aiming to build a better movie experience for you. Here’s what’s coming in the next few months:

  • In October - Beasts of No Nation, an unflinching war drama from Emmy Award winning director, Cary Fukunaga, director of True Detective, and Golden Globe winner, Idris Elba, star of Luther and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
  • In December - Ridiculous Six, the first of four new comedies from Adam Sandler, will debut with an all star cast including Terry Crews, Taylor Lautner, Rob Schneider, Jorge Garcia, Luke Wilson, Steve Buscemi, Nick Nolte, Whitney Cummings, Will Forte, Steve Zahn, David Spade, John Turturro and Harvey Keitel.
  • Also in December - Sofia Coppola directs Bill Murray in a form-bending holiday classic-to-be A Very Murray Christmas.
  • In early 2016 - the sweeping action thriller Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Green Legend produced by Harvey Weinstein and the latest adventure of the much adored Pee-wee Herman in Pee-wee’s Big Holiday produced by Judd Apatow.
We also have some great family films coming your way, including Minions, Hotel Transylvania 2, and Home through arrangements with Sony Pictures Animation, Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation. Starting next year, we will be the exclusive US pay TV home of the latest theatrical movies from the The Walt Disney Company, including Pixar, Lucasfilm and Marvel movies. The majority of these films will arrive on Netflix faster than traditional arrangements had previously allowed.

We know some of you will be disappointed by the expiration of the Epix movies. Our goal is to provide great movies and TV series for all tastes, that are only available on Netflix. We're confident you'll enjoy our ever-improving catalogue.

For those of you who love action thrillers, be sure to watch Narcos, our new, critically acclaimed series on the birth of the cocaine trade and the rise of Pablo Escobar and for those of you who love Keith Richards (who doesn’t?), we think you’ll enjoy the Netflix Original documentary Keith Richards: Under the Influence from Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville arriving on September 18.

Ted Sarandos

Ted Sarandos is Chief Content Officer at Netflix

Monday, August 10, 2015

Netflix ISP Speed Index for July

Here are some highlights from the July data for the Netflix ISP Speed Index, our monthly update on which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide the best prime-time Netflix streaming experience.

In the U.S., Charter rose to fourth place, up two in the ranking, with an average speed of 3.46 Megabits per second (Mbps), up from 3.37 Mpbs last month. Cox, Cablevision and Verizon FiOS retained the top three spots, in that order.

In Mexico, Cablevision Monterrey jumped three spots to fifth place with an average speed of 2.90 Mbps. That’s an increase from 2.53 Mbps last month.

In Panama, Cable Onda increased its lead at No. 1, delivering an average speed of 3.17 Mbps in July, up from 2.81 Mbps.

In Australia, Dodo/Primus rose to fourth place with an average speed of 2.92 Mbps compared with 2.64 Mbps last month.

The Netflix ISP Speed Index is a measure of prime time Netflix performance on a particular ISP and not a measure of overall performance for other services/data that may travel across the specific ISP network. Faster Netflix performance generally means better picture quality, quicker start times and fewer interruptions.

The latest regional rankings are below:



Anne Marie
Anne Marie Squeo is a member of the Netflix communications team.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Starting Now at Netflix: Unlimited Maternity and Paternity Leave

At Netflix, we work hard to foster a “freedom and responsibility” culture that gives our employees context about our business and the freedom to make their own decisions along with the accompanying responsibility. With this in mind, today we’re introducing an unlimited leave policy for new moms and dads that allows them to take off as much time as they want during the first year after a child’s birth or adoption. 

We want employees to have the flexibility and confidence to balance the needs of their growing families without worrying about work or finances. Parents can return part-time, full-time, or return and then go back out as needed. We’ll just keep paying them normally, eliminating the headache of switching to state or disability pay. Each employee gets to figure out what’s best for them and their family, and then works with their managers for coverage during their absences. 

Netflix’s continued success hinges on us competing for and keeping the most talented individuals in their field. Experience shows people perform better at work when they’re not worrying about home. This new policy, combined with our unlimited time off, allows employees to be supported during the changes in their lives and return to work more focused and dedicated.

--Tawni Cranz

Tawni Cranz is Netflix’s Chief Talent Officer

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Evolving TV at Netflix

We work hard to innovate and evolve the Netflix experience so our members can connect with the stories they love with greater ease. Today, we’re excited to release the first major update to TV applications since late 2013.


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Now when you select a title, it will start or resume playing while displaying key information to help you confirm your choice. We’re letting the content speak for itself by providing a more immersive and cinematic experience that best represents the capabilities and expectations of today’s TVs.

Video is a rich medium for storytelling and we’ve found bringing video playback into the content selection experience makes it easier to find something great to watch. 

We’ll start rolling this out globally today, and it will be available on eligible devices over the following days. 

We’re thrilled to bring this innovation to members and will keep working hard to improve the Netflix experience on TVs.

Stephen, Joubert & the Netflix Team

Monday, July 13, 2015

Netflix ISP Speed Index for June

Here are some highlights from the June data for the Netflix ISP Speed Index, our monthly update on which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide the best prime-time Netflix streaming experience.

In the U.S., there was much movement in the index. Cox moved to the top spot with an average speed of 3.58 Megabits per second (Mbps) and Verizon FiOS slipped to No. 3 with an average speed of 3.43 Mbps. Cablevision came in second, with an average speed of 3.57 Mbps. Bright House and Time Warner Cable also slipped in the rankings, dropping three and two spots, respectively.

In New Zealand, Spark continued its climb, rising two spots to fourth place with an average speed of 3.46 Mbps, up from 3.17 Mbps last month. Call Plus fell two spots with an average speed of 3.06 Mbps, down from 3.30 Mbps last month.

In France, Bouygues Telecom took the top spot with an average speed of 3.86 Mbps.

The Netflix ISP Speed Index is a measure of prime time Netflix performance on a particular ISP and not a measure of overall performance for other services/data that may travel across the specific ISP network. Faster Netflix performance generally means better picture quality, quicker start times and fewer interruptions.

The latest regional rankings are below:





Anne Marie
Anne Marie Squeo is a member of the Netflix communications team.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Netflix Adds More Audio Description and Search Gallery


We’ve been busy since April, when we embarked on a plan to improve accessibility for the visually impaired by adding narration tracks to our Netflix original, Marvel’s Daredevil. To make it easier to determine which shows have audio descriptions, we’ve added a link to the bottom of your home page so you can find the movies and TV shows that included audio description tracks.


As promised, you can now find our Emmy award-winning shows Orange is the New Black and House of Cards as well as many other Netflix originals, including Marco Polo, Grace & Frankie, Chef’s Table and Sense8. We will add Bloodline later this month, and are pleased to announce the Netflix original Narcos will be our first title with audio description in Spanish upon its release later this year.

We’ve also gathered more description from our studio partners, including shows like Glee, New Girl, Parks & Recreation, The Clone Wars and some great movies such as The Hunger Games - Catching Fire, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Jack Ryan - Shadow Recruit. We will continue to work with the studios to make more audio description available to us so we can make more content accessible to our customers.

Tracy Wright is the director of content operations at Netflix.

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Netflix Website Gets A Major Upgrade

Today, we are excited to unveil the new Netflix website. It’s our first major update in four years, and it’s an experience that has been built from the ground up to make it faster and easier to discover something great to watch for our millions of members around the world.

Over the past four years, web browsers have changed a lot, becoming more sophisticated and allowing for richer visuals and animations. How our members use Netflix has changed too. We’re spending more and more time using mobile and tablet apps.

With the new Netflix website, we’ve created a richer, more visual experience, and a website that works more like an app and less like a series of linked web pages. Information appears in-line and in context rather than on a separate page, which makes exploring the catalog faster than ever before.

When you hover your mouse over a title, you will now see a slideshow of images from that movie or show. We hope this slideshow will give you a better feel for what the show is about than reading the description alone.




Clicking on the title or synopsis opens an inline details pane, allowing you to browse episodes and read details and reviews. You can also explore similar titles by clicking More Like This, or jump off to titles from the same cast, genre or mood.




Scrolling through rows is now much faster, with a mouse-click advancing a full row at a time. 

We’ve designed the website to work whether you are using a mouse, trackpad, or a touch screen. Touch screen users can tap to play or open details, and swipe to scroll through rows of titles.
The website is rolling out globally starting today and may take up to two weeks to reach all members. A small number of members on older versions of popular browsers will be prompted to upgrade their browser before they can access the new site.

We hope you enjoy the new Netflix website. It has been an exciting project for us, and we are thrilled to share it with you.

Cameron & the Netflix Team