Tuesday, January 14, 2014

This Month’s Pick for Families: Laughter is the Best Medicine

As a working mom of two little kids I couldn’t imagine living without Netflix. Honestly. It was true even before I started working here. To help show other families out there how Netflix fits into your life, we’ve created, “This Month’s Picks for Families.’ Every month we’ll make recommendations and give you some ideas that could fit into your family’s routine that month. And we’ll also include some craft or recipe ideas, but don’t worry we’ll keep them realistic and practical.

At my house, it starts in the middle of the night. One of the little people that should be sleeping down the hall cries out in a feeble voice “moooommmmmeeeeeee,” which is usually followed by some coughing. I’m up in an instant, feeling their foreheads, praying they’re not on fire. If this sounds familiar and if you’re like me, the next day is going to include a little Netflix.

Since laughter can truly be the best medicine, this month we’re sharing a few silly movies your school-aged kids might enjoy. My kids are still little and they love to watch their favorite characters going through the same things they are, so we’ve also included a few ideas about shows where they go to the doctor.

Turn sniffles into giggles with these:

1. Daddy Day Care
2. Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves
3. Hoodwinked Too!
4. Escape from Planet Earth
5. The Croods [streaming on Netflix 1/29]
6. Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2
7. Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3

Show your kids that even their favorite characters get sick with these TV shows:

1. Magic School Bus: Inside Ralphie
2. Sesame Street: The Ten Commandments of Health
3. The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: The Checkup
4. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Daniel Visits the Doctor
5. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Daniel Gets a Shot

Starve a fever, feed a cold. Or is it feed a fever and … oh I give up. Once your routine has been shot to pieces, coming up with ways to get some nutrition into your sickies can prove challenging. That’s why we teamed with recipe expert, Alejandra Ramos, this month to provide us a few tips on how to serve your child’s afternoon snack in a way that's sure to leave them (and you) with a smile. You can check them out here.

If your child’s feeling a little stir-crazy, but still too sick to head back to school, we’ve got a fun craft activity you can make together from expert Kelly Ladd. These simple, but fun dream catchers can be made from the comforts of their bed and are a great way to ward off your little ones flu-sick dreams. You can check it out here.

Wishing you and your family the best of luck this flu season – stay healthy.


Jenny McCabe is director of the Consumer PR team at Netflix (and a mom of two)

Monday, January 13, 2014

New ISP Performance Data For December

We have just added December data to the “Netflix ISP Speed Index,” our monthly update on which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide the best Netflix streaming experience during primetime.

Noteworthy in December:
  • Performance was up in all countries, except the US and Mexico. The US is now essentially at par with Ireland and slightly above Mexico in the bottom of the country-by-country averages.
  • In the US, Cablevision, Cox and Suddenlink continued to show performance increases, while Bright House and Comcast tumbled five spots and other ISPs such as Verizon and Time Warner Cable also showed slower averages compared to last month.
  • ISPs in The Netherlands continued to offer the best Netflix connectivity.
  • Virgin Media in the UK extended its lead, while Everything Everywhere replaced Talk Talk in the last spot on the UK ranking. There was no change in Ireland, where Magnet continues to lead.
  • No major changes in the Nordic region. Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland continue to show strong Netflix performance.
  • Megacable in Mexico increased its lead over the other ISPs, but there was no ranking change.

The Netflix ISP Speed Index is based on data from the more than 40 million Netflix members who view over 1 billion hours of TV shows and movies streaming from Netflix each 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. A faster network generally means a better picture quality, quicker start times and fewer interruptions.

Note: the average performance is well 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.

Below is our current ranking of regional ISPs.


Joris Evers is director of corporate communications at Netflix