Sunday, May 22, 2011

More MTV Networks Content

Hi, Cindy Holland, VP Content Acquisition, here. Starting today, we are bringing you some great new shows and additional seasons of favorites from Viacom’s family of cable channels. From Nickelodeon, now available to watch instantly for the first time is “Yo Gabba Gabba,” as well as additional episodes of “Spongebob SquarePants,” "True Jackson VP," “iCarly,” and “Dora the Explorer."

From MTV, new episodes of “Jersey Shore” and “The Hills” are on Netflix as are, for the first time, “The Buried Life” and “The City.” We also have new shows from BET like “American Gangster,” additional episodes of Comedy Central gems like “The Sarah Silverman Show,” and all kinds of fun TV from VH1, Logo and Spike.

We’re pleased to be able to offer programs to suit different ages and tastes and, as always, remain committed to bringing you more great TV shows and movies to watch instantly when and where you prefer.

Cindy

Monday, May 16, 2011

Miramax Content Deal

Hi. Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer, here. We’re very pleased that beginning next month, an incredible range of Miramax films will be available for our U.S. members to watch instantly. Among the many award-winning, fan favorite and commercially successful movies are: "Bad Santa," "Chasing Amy," "Cinema Paradiso," "Clerks," "Cold Mountain," "The English Patient," "From Dusk Till Dawn," "Good Will Hunting," "Kill Bill Volumes" I and II, "Muriel’s Wedding," "The Piano," "Pulp Fiction," "Reindeer Games," "Shakespeare in Love," and many of the "Halloween," "Scary Movie," "Scream" and "Spy Kids" movies.

We are delighted that U.S. Netflix members will be able to watch instantly all of these great movies and remain committed to constantly improving our already incredibly wide-ranging selection of films and TV shows. Enjoy!

Ted

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Netflix launch on Android

Hi, this is Roma De from the product team at Netflix.

We are thrilled to announce that we have begun to roll out a Netflix application for the Android platform. We are making the free app available for download from Android Market. The Market download will initially be available only on select phones that currently have the requisite playback support. We expect to quickly add to the number of phones that can download from Android Market as we work with ecosystem partners to expand playback support.

The Android platform is gaining rapid adoption in the mobile world and presents a great opportunity to reach more of our members. Because the platform has evolved so rapidly, there are some significant challenges associated with developing a streaming video application for this ecosystem. One of these challenges is the lack of standard streaming playback features that the Netflix application can use to gain broad penetration across all available Android phones. In the absence of standardization, we have to test each individual handset and launch only on those that can support playback. We are aggressively qualifying phones and look forward to expanding the list of phones on which the Netflix app will be supported. We anticipate that many of these technical challenges will be resolved in the coming months and that we will be able to provide a Netflix application that will work on a large majority of Android phones.

For additional details on supported phones check here.