Thursday, August 30, 2012

School's in Session! "COMMUNITY" Seasons 2 & 3 Arrive in Canada



Hello Netflix members in Canada and attention all Community fans!  I’m very excited to announce that starting this Saturday, September 1, we’re adding Seasons 2 and 3 of the hit comedy Community for our members in Canada!  Just in time for the long Labour Day weekend, you will be able to catch up on all three previous seasons in advance of the television premiere of Season 4 on October 19!   For the uninitiated, the show follows study group friends Jeff, Pierce, Britta, Shirley, Abed, Annie and Troy through their nonstop misadventures at community college.  Led by Jeff (Joel McHale), the cocky lawyer who ends up back in school because of a debunked degree, the motley crew’s antics at and around Greendale Community College become more hilarious with every episode.  So get caught up for Season 4 and see what you’ve been missing (and be thankful you’ve never attended a school like this)! 

Jerry Kowal, Director of Content Acquisition

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Update to Account Management Features


Starting today, we are updating our account management page for US customers at www.netflix.com/YourAccount to make it easier to individually manage your streaming and DVD plan choices. You will start to see this change over the next month. Outside of the Your Account page, the Netflix experience is unchanged, with prices for both streaming and DVD plans remaining the same. All Netflix members, whether they have streaming and/or DVD service, will continue to have one website, one email and password, and one destination for managing their account.

More details are available at http://support.netflix.com/en/node/2105

Eddy Wu, Senior Manager, Product Innovation

Netflix on Xbox 360 now has “People Search”


The recent Netflix update for Xbox 360 didn’t just add the“Just for Kids” section, it also included a new feature we call “People Search.”

Search is an important part of the Netflix experience and we are working hard to make it better. People Search is an example of that. When entering text in the search box using the controller or Kinect, Netflix on Xbox now not only presents relevant TV shows and movies, but also actors and directors.

For example, type “nic” and you will see relevant results for TV shows and movies as well as people, including Nicolas Cage, among others.



To see all titles available to watch instantly with Nicolas Cage, simply select Nicolas Cage and they are presented in a simple list view.



We are excited to bring this feature, already popular on our website and PS3, to the Xbox. Use it to find more TV shows and movies with your favorite actors! People Search will come to other platforms in the future.

-Chris Jaffe.

Chris Jaffe is Director of Product Innovation at Netflix where he leads our work on game consoles and mobile phones.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Get Up, Stand-Up. . .

When is the last time you laughed. . . I mean really laughed?

Laughed so hard that the person sitting next to you on the train got a little worried and moved to a seat farther away? Laughed so hard that you burned your nostrils as soda shot from your nose? Laughed so hard that you lost the battle to suppress it and instead snorted so loud you scared the dog?

Chances are, you are long overdue for some pure, unedited, unadulterated laughter, and if laughter is the best medicine, then the pharmacy is definitely open!

We are thrilled that Netflix members in the US, Canada, UK and Ireland can now stream stand-up specials from some of the very best comics in the business with Kevin Hart’s, “Laugh at My Pain”, Bill Burr’s, “You People Are All the Same” & Jim Gaffigan’s, “Mr. Universe”.

Enjoy!

Lisa Nishimura, Vice President, Content Acquisition





Wednesday, August 15, 2012

New “Post-play” Experience Makes It Easy To Continue Watching

At Netflix we’re very focused on making it easier to enjoy more TV shows and movies streaming over the Internet to whatever device you use. A lot of the work we do is under the hood, but we recently added a very visible feature we call “post-play” to the Netflix experience.

What does post-play do? Let us illustrate: You’re finishing an episode of Breaking Bad, Prison Break, Lost, or any of the other compelling serialized dramas on Netflix. When the episode ends, you probably can’t wait to find out what happens next. That’s where post-play comes in.

Many Netflix members love watching multiple episodes of TV shows in a row. It is almost a phenomenon; John Jurgensen of The Wall Street Journal recently even wrote a lengthy article on indulging in TV show marathons.

The new Netflix post play experience makes sitting down for multiple episodes easier. It also works for movies, if you’re watching a feature; we will make suggestions for other things to watch as soon as it ends.


Here’s how post-play works:

When you finish watching an episode of a TV show, we’ll minimize the credits and tee-up the next episode. If you do nothing, the next episode will start to play in 15 seconds. You can also stop it to get more information or select another episode.

When you finish watching a movie, we’ll minimize the credits and offer you three recommendations to try next. If those don’t suit you, you can always go directly to search from post-play or go back to browsing to find something else.

Netflix "post-play" on PS3
Netflix "post-play" on the Web

The post-play experience is now available on the PS3 and our Web site. It will be coming to other devices soon.


Enjoy!

Chris Jaffe & Michael Spiegelman

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Netflix “Just for Kids” Arrives on Xbox 360

I'm very happy to announce Netflix "Just for Kids" is now available on Xbox 360. When you go to Netflix on your Xbox, you will now have the option to go into a section designed especially for kids 12 and under, or the regular Netflix experience.

Whether you are a kid in age or a kid at heart, you will love Just for Kids, designed specifically for kids with content appropriate for those 12 and under.

My kids spend a lot of time on the Xbox and my wife and I are very careful with the games we allow them to play on it. The same can be said of shows and movies, my kids just aren't ready for most of the shows out there.

With Netflix Just for Kids it's easy for my kids and yours alike to stay in a safe area for their television viewing when using Xbox 360. Parents, you can unleash your kids in this section of Netflix and not worry about titles that could be inappropriate. As always, there are no commercials on Netflix.


Our "Just for Kids" section is popular on the Web site, Nintendo Wii, Apple TV and PS3, we are sure it will also be a hit on Xbox 360.

We hope you and your enjoy Just for Kids as much as mine do and stay tuned for more Just for Kids news.

David

David Watson is director of product innovation at Netflix, responsible for our family and kids innovations.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

ESPN Films on Netflix


Here at Netflix we are thrilled to be working with ESPN! For US members, we’re happy to let you know that you can now watch dozens of great sports documentaries from ESPN Films on Netflix streaming, including a majority of the films from the ESPN 30 for 30 Series.

If you’re curious to learn more about the “Death Penalty” in college football, check out Pony Excess. The Two Escobars is an incredible story about the parallels between Colombian soccer star Andres Escobar and international drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.  We are also pleased to offer films that originally aired in 2011 and 2012, including The Marinovich Project and The Announcement.

ESPN Films has done an incredible job of bringing compelling sports stories to the screen and we are proud to bring them to our subscribers. 

-Rob Roy, Content Acquisition