Thursday, July 25, 2013

Enjoy Emmy® Season on Netflix!

At Netflix, we’re always excited when Emmy® season rolls around, because just like you, we’re huge fans of TV (time for an office pool!). Netflix has always been one of the best ways to watch your favorite shows, because you can stream entire seasons on your favorite devices whenever you want.

Emmy® season feels particularly special this year because three of our Netflix Original Series have been nominated and are in the running for this year’s Emmys®. House of Cards, Arrested Development and Hemlock Grove earned a combined 14 nominations, including the last award of the night - Outstanding Drama Series - for House of Cards. If you haven’t seen what all of the buzz is about, you can press play on any of our Netflix Original Series at any time.

Along with our brand new Originals, we’re also bringing many of this year’s best dramas, including Emmy® heavyweights Breaking Bad and Mad Men, along with hit series The Walking Dead, Scandal, Once Upon a Time, and Nikita, plus acclaimed miniseries Political Animals and Top of the Lake, all of which are streaming only on Netflix.

If comedy is more your style, you can catch up on funny favorites 30 Rock, Glee, How I Met Your Mother, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Louie, Parks and Recreation, The Office, and the hilarious and bizarre Children's Hospital. For outstanding variety shows, lobsterize your viewing with Portlandia or Saturday Night Live

If you're a fan of the Netflix Original Series Hemlock Grove, you're sure to love the creep factor of American Horror Story.

We also have non-fiction favorites like Antiques Roadshow, Mythbusters, Deadliest Catch, and the documentary Death & the Civil War. For animated fun, you’ll find Robot Chicken, Bob's Burgers, and Family Guy. Last but not least, we have the delightful Disney Channel series Good Luck Charlie for your little ones.

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

Which Emmy nominated® series will you be rooting for during the awards show on September 22? Follow us on Twitter @netflix and tweet us your picks!

Cindy and Elizabeth

Cindy Holland is Vice President of Originals
Elizabeth Bradley is Vice President of Content Acquisition

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Netflix On Google’s Chromecast And In HD On The New Nexus 7

At an event in San Francisco, Google today unveiled Chromecast and a new Nexus 7 tablet. There is a Netflix angle to both these announcements.

We’re happy to share that Netflix is available immediately on Chromecast, a new and easy way to watch Internet video on your TV. Simply plug Chromecast into your TV, connect it to Wi-Fi, then launch Netflix on your Android device, iOS device or laptop to start playback on the TV. This will give you another great way of finding TV shows and movies to watch and a great TV viewing experience.

We're also working with Google on a new Android Netflix app that supports 1080p HD video. Today Google demonstrated the new Nexus 7, the first tablet to support this new Netflix app. More phones and tablets will be coming later this year, letting Netflix members enjoy TV shows and movies in the best possible quality on their mobile devices.
Roma & Brady

Roma De and Brady Gunderson are directors of product management at Netflix

Monday, July 8, 2013

Netflix ISP Speed Index for June

We just added June data to the “Netflix ISP Speed Index,” providing an updated look at which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide the best Netflix streaming experience.

A few data points from the new Netflix ISP Speed Index, reflecting data for June:

  • U.S.: The top rankings remain unchanged.  Optimum continues to provide the best Netflix experience of any large ISP, for the sixth consecutive month.  Lower in the rankings, Time Warner Cable moves up to the eighth spot, at the expense of Mediacom and AT&T U-verse, which both drop a notch.
  • U.K: All ISPs in the UK delivered improvements in speed in June compared to May, continuing an upward speed trend. There was no change in rankings, however, with Virgin holding on to its top position.
  • Ireland: Speed increases across ISPs in Ireland, but no change in the ranking with Magnet solidly on top and UPC staying on No. 5 after a three spot drop last month.
  • Nordics:  In Norway NextGenTel jumped three spots to No. 6 while Sweden’s OwnIt set a Nordic Netflix ISP Speed Index record at 3.04 Mbps, closely followed by KYMP in Finland as the only other Nordic ISP to break the 3.00 Mbps barrier. In Denmark Stofa rocketed higher in the ranking.
  • Mexico: Speeds increased for all providers, giving Netflix members who use those ISPs a better experience.
Located at the Netflix ISP Speed Index provides an easy overview of the performance of ISPs in several of the countries Netflix is available in. Updated on a monthly basis, the site allows for easy comparison of ISPs in a country as well as international comparisons.

The Netflix ISP Speed Index is based on data from the more than 36 million Netflix members who view over 1 billion hours of TV shows and movies streaming from Netflix per month. The listed speeds reflect the average performance of all Netflix streams on each ISP's network and are an indicator of the performance typically experienced across all users on an ISP network.

Note: the average performance is below the peak performance due to many factors including the variety of encodes Netflix uses to deliver the TV shows and movies as well as the variety of devices members use and home network conditions. These factors cancel out when comparing across ISPs.


Joris Evers is director of corporate communications at Netflix

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

New PBS Programming for US Netflix Members!

We’re excited to share that as of today we have expanded our partnership with PBS to bring great new programs to our service alongside existing favorites such as Masterpiece, NOVA, Nature, Ken Burns and PBS Kids.

Starting today, children and families can now watch the new pre-school shows Wild Kratts and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood in addition to classic favorites such as Caillou, Arthur and SuperWhy!   Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,  produced by The Fred Rogers Company, builds on the pioneering PBS series Mr. Rogers Neighborhood by using music to help teach social-emotional themes.   Wild Kratts is an animated series by Chris and Martin Kratt which takes kids on adventures around the globe to learn about animals and their habitats.

The deal includes a large selection of documentaries from celebrated filmmaker Ken Burns, including the award-winning mini-series Prohibition (available today) and film Central Park Five (coming this fall). 

Also beginning in the fall we’re excited to be the exclusive subscription home for all seasons of The Bletchley Circle, a gripping mystery drama from the UK.   Bletchley is the story of four seemingly ordinary women who become the unlikely investigators of a string of grisly murders in this drama set in post-war London.

All this and much more for fans of documentaries, independent films, British Dramas and educational kids programs.  We hope you enjoy it!

Andy Yeatman is director of content acquisition at Netflix