Showing posts with label streaming. Show all posts
Showing posts with label streaming. Show all posts

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

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Netflix On TV Gets A Major Makeover

Around the world our members stream a lot of shows and movies onto their televisions, through a Smart TV app or through TV-connected devices such as game consoles, set-top boxes, and Blu-ray players. In fact, the majority of the more than one billion hours our members watch each month is done on a TV.

Today we are excited to unveil the biggest update in Netflix history to our TV experience. This update improves the Netflix TV for Netflix members around the world and for the first time extends rich features to platforms such as Roku, Smart TV and Blu-ray players as well as PlayStation and Xbox 360.

More than a year and half in the making, this new experience evolved through a process of design exploration, iteration and testing that extended throughout all parts of the Netflix TV experience. We set out to deliver an update that would make it even easier to discover something great to watch and we think we succeeded.

After starting Netflix, you’ll immediately notice the cinematic and rich visual experience. As you navigate, three large images for each show and movie provide much more context about a title. We also added a shorter, more descriptive synopsis as well as personalized information to provide more detail about why you should watch a specific title. This personalized information can be based on your social network, viewing history or taste preferences.

As you look at the details of a particular title, you’ll see a broader synopsis and more detail on the cast. For TV shows we have added a refined episode selector that uses images for each episode along with a synopsis.

Searching for something specific? Search is now much more visual, designed for use on TV screens and providing results for titles as well as for actors and directors.

Our popular section for kids also has the new design. The kids area also uses a subtle blue background and subtle “kids” label so parents see from a distance that kids are using the appropriate part of Netflix. This update also extends the kids experience to Roku and some Smart TVs for the first time.

A few other notable aspects of this major TV experience update:

  • Support for Netflix Profiles across all devices
  • Support for voice on Xbox 360
  • Support for pointer-based navigation on Smart TVs
  • A redesign of post-play, the feature that automatically starts the next episode of a TV show or shows recommendations after watching a movie

The updated Netflix TV experience rolls out globally beginning on Nov. 13 and will take about two weeks to reach all devices. The update will go to devices including PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Roku 3, and new and future Smart TVs and Blu-Ray players. In addition, some recent Smart TVs and Blu-Ray players may receive this based on manufacturer’s update plans. Additional devices, including other Roku boxes, will be added at a later date.

We hope you enjoy the update. For us, this has been one of our biggest and most exciting projects and we are thrilled to finally share it with you!

Chris and the Netflix TV team

Chris Jaffe is vice president of product innovation at Netflix

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Small Internet Service Providers Deliver Big Netflix Experience

Today we published our first ever Regional Netflix ISP Speed Index Snapshot, showing that in the greater Boston area no Internet service provider (ISP) comes close to delivering as great a Netflix experience as RCN.

In the second quarter of 2013, the average speeds for Netflix streams on the RCN network in Boston outperformed other Internet Service Providers (ISPs) by as much as 70%. This means that those Netflix members who were also RCN customers enjoyed better picture quality, quicker access to their favorite TV shows and movies, and more reliable playback delivered via the Internet from Netflix, especially during peak viewing hours.

This is useful information for consumers when picking an ISP, especially for those thousands of university students who are moving to Boston before school begins. When it comes to getting a great Internet connection, it is clear that a bigger ISP isn’t always a better ISP. In Boston, RCN delivers a very impressive connection, offering equal or better quality than fiber to the home.

Our Regional Netflix ISP Speed Index Snapshot is an extension of the Netflix ISP Speed Index, a Web site we launched in March that provides monthly rankings of large domestic and international ISPs based on Netflix performance. Our ISP Speed Index is based on actual data from Netflix members. It is an average of all Netflix streams and an indicator of real world performance experienced on an ISP network.

We expect to publish more regional snapshots in the future and we'll highlight certain markets to showcase where ISPs are delivering a great Netflix experience to consumers. Often these ISPs don't meet the criteria for our national rankings, so we have a chance to show off their performance in these regional snapshots.


Greg Peters is chief streaming and partnerships officer at Netflix

Thursday, November 15, 2012

First Look Trailer: Netflix Original Series ‘House of Cards’

With less than three months to go before our premiere, we’re proud to share the first trailer from the Netflix Original Series House of Cards.

From acclaimed director David Fincher, award-winning playwright and Academy Award® nominated screenwriter Beau Willimon, and Academy Award® winner Eric Roth, this wicked political drama slithers beneath the curtain and through the back halls of greed, sex, love and corruption in modern Washington D.C.

An uncompromising exploration of power, ambition and the American way, House of Cards stars Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood, the House Majority Whip. Underwood is the politician’s politician – masterful, beguiling, charismatic and ruthless. He and his equally ambitious wife Claire, played by Robin Wright, stop at nothing to ensure their ascendancy. The series also stars Kate Mara, Corey Stoll, Kristen Connolly, Michael Kelly and Sakina Jaffrey.

House of Cards combines the best of filmmaking with the best of television. Netflix members worldwide can instantly watch all 13 episodes of the first season of the show beginning on February 1, 2013. In offering the entire season at once, Netflix is giving viewers complete control over how and when they watch the show. Learn more about the series and explore the characters at


Ted Sarandos is Chief Content Officer for Netflix

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Wild Ride Continues… Sons of Anarchy: Season 4 available in the US

You’ve asked us, “When will the next season of Sons of Anarchy be available?”  The answer, TODAY!  We’re revved to offer Season 4 to our US subscribers.

We first brought you Season 1 in 2011, introducing Jax and the rest of SAMCRO (Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original) crew to Netflix in this Hamlet-influenced drama (yes, that’s Shakespeare’s Hamlet).  Since then, existing fans have been reliving the drama by watching their favorite episodes, while others are discovering the motorcycle-outlaw adventure for the first time, catching up on Season 1, Season 2, and Season 3.  Whichever group you fall into, we’re glad you’re enjoying the ride!

-Allie Goss, Director of Content Acquisition

Monday, September 24, 2012

Teenage Dream TV on Netflix Now!

From fashion and feuding to vampires and choir kids, we’ve expand our US offering to include even more great TV for teens, tweens, and anyone else looking for a guilty pleasure (and who isn’t?). 

Catch up with Serena and Blair on Season 5 of Gossip Girl, just added to Netflix starting today. Will Blair marry Louis or is Chuck the one? Watch and find out! If high society isn’t your thing, how about heading down to Bluebell, Alabama with ex-New Yorker Dr. Zoe Hart in the new series Hart of Dixie, also available starting today. For our loyal OTH fans, say goodbye to Haley, Brooke, Nathan and the rest of the gang on October 1st, when the final season of One Tree Hill hits Netflix. If vampires are more your game, Elena, Stefan, and Damon are back in Season 3 of The Vampire Diaries, available now to watch instantly. And who could forgot everyone’s favorite glee club? Not us! Season 3 of the hit show Glee begins streaming October 13th. 

Still not enough for you? Already available to stream instantly are brand new series Ringer and The Secret Circle, as well as Season 4 of 90210 and Supernatural: Season 7.

One more thing! If you need a break from all that TV, you'll see that Mean Girls, Mean Girls 2 and Clueless have each been added to our movie selection this month.


-Allie Goss, Content Acquisition

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Breaking Bad Season 4 Arrives in the US and Canada!

At Netflix, we are continually working to add great movies and TV shows for our members in the US and Canada. That’s why we’re excited to announce the arrival of Season 4 of the critically acclaimed AMC series, Breaking Bad! Whether you’re a long-time fan of the series or a newbie who’s heard the buzz around this Emmy-winning show about a high school chemistry teacher turned crystal meth kingpin, here’s your chance to get up to speed on what all the excitement has been about. So sit back, enjoy and spend some quality time with Walter White and friends!

Jerry Kowal and Elizabeth Bradley, Directors, Content Acquisition

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Movies for LGBT Pride Month

One of the most entertaining ways to celebrate LGBT Pride Month is by watching some of the fabulous LGBT movies and TV shows here on Netflix, all available to watch instantly.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Weekend, the surprisingly tender and honest story of a one-night stand that stretches into an eye, and heart, opening weekend for two Englishmen.

For a look at young love this side of the pond, the festival darling Latter Days follows the unexpectedly romantic story of two West Hollywood neighbors – one a conservative Mormon missionary, the other an unapologetic party boy. Keep a close eye out for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s memorable cameo.

Another “opposites attract” story, the critically acclaimed WWII drama Aimee and Jaguar chronicles the doubly forbidden relationship between a female Jewish journalist and a Nazi officer’s wife in bomb-riddled 1943 Berlin.

Also one to watch is the subtle and moving A Marine Story, inspired by the true “don’t ask, don’t tell” experiences of women discharged from the US military. Dreya Weber delivers a pitch-perfect performance as a female soldier returning home from Iraq who finds meaning mentoring a troubled teenage girl preparing for boot camp.

Switching from combat boots to stilettos…before there was RuPaul’s Drag Race, there was Jennie Livingston’s Paris is Burning – the seminal documentary chronicling the raucous underground ball scene in New York City in the late 80’s. At times hilarious, and other times heartbreaking, the film offers an unprecedented and unmatched glimpse into a tight-knit and multi-faceted world of queer expression that defiantly sashayed in the face of adversity.

That adversity is at the core of the hard-hitting documentary For the Bible Tells Me So, which examines how religious texts have been used to advocate against gay & lesbian rights – by spiritual leaders to their congregations, by governments to their citizens, by parents to their children. It’s an emotional and at times painful film that reminds us to be proud of how far we’ve come, yet also to remember how far we have still to go.

These are just a few of the fantastic LGBT movies that you can watch instantly on Netflix right now. And look out for more new LGBT movies in the coming months!

Tamara Rothenberg and Brian Kendig, Indie Content Acquisition

Friday, April 20, 2012

Celebrate Earth Day with Netflix

I'm Ian Bricke, Director of Content Acquisition here at Netflix.  Join us in celebrating the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd!  Whether you’re a hardcore treehugger or a laidback household recycler, Netflix has a great offering of green movies for every taste, all available to watch instantly.  If you’re into hard-hitting environmental documentaries, try Forks Over Knives, The Last Mountain, or the 2012 Academy Award-nominated If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front.  For a more playful look at green living, check out Revenge of the Electric Car.  Travel the world in pursuit of inspiring stories of renewal, creativity, and adventure with Waste Land or 180°South.  Celebrate the sheer beauty of our natural world with the family-friendly Turtle: The Incredible Journey and March of the Penguins.   And if documentaries aren’t your thing, you could do worse than a one-of-a-kind Earth Day double feature of Free Willy and Chinatown(Let's be honest, Chinatown is not only one of the all-time-best Jack Nicholson movies, but also a pull-no-punches look at water rights.)  Happy Earth Day!

Friday, March 16, 2012

TEDTalks Collections On Netflix

The most significant and remarkable adventurers, thinkers, leaders, artists, performers, icons and educators have been gathering every year since 1984 and challenging one another to share the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less.  Hand-curated collections of these masterful, inspiring and thought-provoking TEDTalks are now available to our global streaming members.

The initial offering of Netflix TEDTalks Shows include:


Lisa Lisa Nishimura, VP content acquisition for independent studios

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Netflix Launches in UK, Ireland Today

Today we're bringing Netflix to the UK and Ireland. I am Neil Hunt, chief product officer at Netflix. I’m proud to have led the product team that brings Netflix to the country where I grew up, after spending most of my career in California.

Click-to-Watch TV Programmes and Films Over the Internet

Netflix is available now and anyone can get a one month free trial: click-to-watch TV programmes and films streamed instantly over the Internet to your smart TV, game console, computer, tablet or mobile device. After the free trial, it costs just £5.99 or €6.99. Our catalog is full of complete TV programmes such as The Only Way is Essex, Prison Break, and Damages (watch from the pilot episode all the way through the last complete season/series) and great films such as 3:10 to Yuma, Blitz and The English Patient, with new content added continuously.

Streaming to TVs, Computers, Tablets, and Mobiles

We have spent the last four years building and refining streaming players for the major game consoles, smart TVs, Blu-ray players, tablets, and mobile phones, as well as Mac and PC-based computers. We have honed and refined the apps based upon our experience in the Canadian, US, and Latin American markets. The current versions of our apps have cool streaming technology that starts streaming the video instantly and quickly scales up to high definition with surround sound when your broadband connection supports it. If you don’t have a game console or smart TV, there are nifty smart TV adaptor products on the market that convert a regular television to an Internet-connected television starting at around £50.

Social Network Driven Suggestions

We are partnering with Facebook to facilitate signing up for a free trial; the link between members’ Netflix and Facebook accounts provides for seamless sharing of ideas for shows and films to watch. Whether you are watching on a smart TV, game console, computer, or mobile device, you’ll see suggestions based on what your friends are watching.

Personalized Recommendations

To help members find something great to watch from a library of thousands of TV episodes and films, we have built a system that offers suggestions based on each individual's tastes. Members rate TV programmes and films, indicate which genres they enjoy. Netflix learns from that and from each member's viewing activity to offer a rich variety of relevant viewing ideas, including a personalized list of top ten suggestions and an always evolving set of personalized genres. If you watch a lot of dramas and loved an inspiring, rags-to-riches tale like "October Sky," you might get a set of "Emotional Dramas based on contemporary literature" titles such as "Chocolat" and "Cider House Rules." Or if you prefer sci-fi, or documentaries, or have kids, Netflix will always have a wide range of interesting suggestions waiting for you.

Just for Kids

For Netflix members with children we offer a wide range of the best TV shows and movies for different age groups along with a special kid-friendly section (for kids 12 and under) on the Wii, on the Web site, and, soon, on many other devices. Kids are given personalized categories chosen from what they love: girl power, talking animals, superheroes, dinosaurs, princesses, robots, etc. They can also go to a easy-to-use, fun area to find many of their favorite characters. The section features everyone from SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer to Power Rangers, iCarly and Thomas the Tank Engine.


I hope you like what we’ve built, and I’m looking forward to your feedback and input. We are on Facebook, Twitter and


Friday, December 23, 2011

The 12 Docs of Christmas...

Hi, Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix here. I am a huge fan of documentary films and helping our subscribers get access to them even if they don’t live in the big cities is one of my favorite parts of this job. Our documentary selection is a point of great pride for me and my team. Documentary films play a very important role in a world where news is coming is shorter and shorter bites and the stories of our lives are becoming more and more complex. Documentarians entertain, inform and sometimes change the course of history. This year has been a great year for docs and some of the world’s best storytellers have brought their films to Netflix for streaming. It is hard to choose just a dozen of the best documentaries recently added, but I thought it might be a way to help you catch up over the long holiday break.

#1 Senna
For me, this is the best documentary in the last few years. This is the story of Ayrton Senna, the great Brazilian Formula One racing star. Director, Asif Kapadia compiles an amazing amount of footage that follows Senna’s brilliant career as well as intimate private footage that document the full and rich life of a true risk-taker. Even if you don’t like racing, you will not be able to take your eyes off of this great film.

#2 Black Power Mix Tape 1967-1975
The history of the Black Panther movement is the history of this country seen through the eyes of a foreign film crew and documented over 9 years. The film features extraordinary never before seen footage along with commentary from some of the most important African Americans reflecting on their legacies.

#3 Cave of Forgotten Dreams
A fascinating film that explores the Chauvet Cave in France, which contains some of the oldest human painting on earth. Warner Herzog's hypnotic narration takes you on a journey and contemplates what these ancient artist must have been like more than 30,000 years ago. It is a visually stunning and endlessly interesting exploration of humankind.

#4 Waiting For Superman
Oscar winning director Davis Guggenheim turns his attention and his camera to the failings of our education system. It is a personal as well as journalistic mission. This film is partly emotional and partly informative in equal measure. Guggenheim is one of America’s finest documentary filmmakers. Also take a look at his other recent doc “It Might Get Loud” and you will get a sense of his amazing range.

#5 Winnebago Man
This is a film made for the Internet generation. It is a funny and fascinating exploration of what happens when a moment that you did not plan for anyone to see gets uploaded to the web and you become an Internet sensation. filmmaker Ben Steinbauer tracks down Jack Rebney -- who's become known in underground circles as the "Angriest Man in the World" -- and tries to discover what makes the loner tick.

#6 Buck
Buck Brannaman was the inspiration for the movie “The Horse Whisperer.” This Sundance Film Festival Best Documentary winner explores his complex life and work. He is an inspiration and source of wonder. Cindy Meehl reveals much about how Buck came to learn so much about communications with horses as well as humans.

#7 The Arbor
Ok, This is no easy watch, but it is one of the most inventive ways I have ever seen a story told in a documentary. Actors lip sync to actual recorded interviews with the family of British Playwright Andrea Dunbar. Dunbar wrote of her turbulent family in her works and this film explores the people who inspired those tales. It is subtitled because the British accents are often very thick.

#8 The Last Mountain
Watch what happens when ordinary citizens in West Virginia stand up to the mining industry. This film is filled with inspirational and personal stories and presents a controversial story with balance and dignity. Filmmaker Bill Haney captures the passion of Robert Kennedy Jr. working side by side with a community fighting for their lives.

#9 Forks Over Knives
This movie will make you smart, skinny and have a longer life…or it is a great way to kill 96 minutes. Either way, you won’t regret the investment in this interesting and powerful documentary about the challenges of processed food in our bodies and how medicine cannot keep up with the advancements of the processed food industry. It is enlightening and actually entertaining too.

#10 Casino Jack and the United States of Money
Oscar winning director Alex Gibney, who has turned his camera on Enron, Eliot Spitzer, Hunter S. Thompson and military torture takes a fast paced and hard hitting look at the life and times of lobbyist Jack Abramoff. It is one of the best films yet from this great documentarian. After you watch this one, check out how Kevin Spacey lights up the screen as Abramoff in the narrative version of this tale called “Casino Jack.”

#11 Camp Victory, Afghanistan
Carol Dysinger introduces us to the men and woman of one American military base in Afghanistan who are training Afghan troops. It is a rich world filled with characters and stories that will stay with you after you see this film. While we are celebrating the holidays at home it is a great time to remember that our troops are still on foreign soil and to see how they spend their days and nights.

#12 Storage Wars
I know the purist documentary lovers will boo and hiss, but I love “Storage Wars.” I admit it. I am addicted to this show. It is a reality doc-style TV series that I cannot stop watching. The cast of characters are bidders at auction for abandoned storage units and their stories are of the treasures they find there. It is the same formula over and over again and it just works. It is part “Antique Roadshow” and part side-show but it makes for addictive viewing. Watch both seasons and if you feel like you still want more, check out “American Pickers” and “Pawn Stars.”

Sunday, October 30, 2011

ABC Magic Continues At Netflix

In the U.S., we’re excited to bring you new episodes to watch instantly of great ABC shows like Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Brothers and Sisters, as well as some terrific programs from ABC Family like Switched at Birth, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Make It or Break It, and more. For the kids, we’re pleased to offer an expanded line up of Disney Channel shows, including the awesome adventures of Phineas and Ferb and new shows like Shake It Up, Pair of Kings and Kick Buttowski. All together, it’s hundreds of hours of compelling storytelling for the whole family. Enjoy!

Elizabeth Bradley, director of content.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Rediscovering The Wonder Years

Amid all the great shows and new seasons that launched on Netflix in the last couple of days, there was one I was so excited about that I felt compelled to share it with anyone who would listen.

I am Heather McCauley, senior counsel, content acquisition, at Netflix. I am happy to share that all six seasons of The Wonder Years are now available to watch instantly for the first time.

As much as I enjoyed the teenage angst of the Kevin and Winnie romance as it unfolded when I was in middle school and high school, I am loving it so much more today as I share it with my 7th grade daughter.

Hope you all enjoy discovering it and rediscovering it as well!

Monday, March 7, 2011

iPad User Experience Update

Hi, this is Jamie, director of product management. We've recently updated the user experience on our iPad streaming app. The app enables you to instantly watch all the TV shows and movies available for streaming from Netflix right on your iPad or iPhone. With Apple's video out cables, you can even connect your iPad directly to your TV. The app is available for free from the iOS App Store.

The new interface provides quick access to the vast selection of TV shows and movies and makes it easy to continue watching something, even if you started watching on a different device. Recommended titles can be found on the home screen, or you can browse popular genres or search to find titles to watch instantly. This new experience was designed specifically for streaming on touch-based devices.

Members can access the full Netflix website via Mobile Safari at From the website, members with DVD plans can manage their DVD Queue. Members can also visit the account area, and even choose TV shows or movies to watch instantly via the Netflix streaming app.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

30% of Netflix Streaming Content Has Subtitles; 80% By End of 2011

This is Neil Hunt, Chief Product Officer for Netflix, with an update on subtitles on content available to watch instantly from Netflix. In the US, more than 3,500 TV episodes and movies have subtitles available, representing about 30% of viewing. (This is in addition to the subtitles already available “burned in” to the picture for all non-English content.) More subtitles are being added every week, and we expect to get to 80% viewing coverage by the end of 2011 (with similar goals for Canada).

We've added this page on the Netflix Website that lists all of the TV shows and movies that are available with subtitles. It is accessible via a link in the Netflix Website footer, via search (for “subtitle” or “caption”), or linked from the detail page of any title that has subtitles.

Subtitles are supported on PCs and Macs, Nintendo Wii, Sony PS3, GoogleTV, and the Boxee Box. We expect that Roku and Xbox 360 will support subtitles later this year. Most new Netflix ready devices released this summer or later will support subtitles

For content that has subtitles, look for the Subtitles button in the player on the PC/Mac:

On Netflix ready devices, look for Audio and Subtitles on the movie or TV show detail page before you begin playing:

Monday, January 17, 2011

Removing "Add to DVD Queue" from Streaming Devices

Hi there, it’s Jamie Odell, director of product management at Netflix, with an update for members who add DVDs to their Queue from the device they use to watch instantly. We’re removing the “Add to DVD Queue” option from streaming devices. We’re doing this so we can concentrate on offering you the titles that are available to watch instantly. Further, providing the option to add a DVD to your Queue from a streaming device complicates the instant watching experience and ties up resources that are better used to improve the overall streaming functionality. This change does not impact the Netflix Web site, where most members manage their DVD Queues.

Monday, November 22, 2010

A new plan for watching instantly, plus price changes to existing unlimited plans

Hi, Jessie Becker here, VP Marketing, with an update about changes we are making today to our plans and prices.

First, we are now offering a new $7.99 a month plan which lets you instantly watch unlimited TV episodes and movies streamed to your computer or TV. This plan does not include any DVDs. All the titles you can watch instantly on your current plan are also available on this new plan, and as a reminder, not all titles on DVD are available to watch instantly. This new plan is available immediately - if you’d like to switch to this new plan at any time, simply visit Your Account.

Second, we are increasing the prices on our unlimited plans that offer both watching instantly and DVDs by mail. On our two most popular unlimited plans – the 1 DVD out at a time and 2 DVDs out at a time – the price is increasing by $1 a month. We’ve also included below the changes on all the plans. To see how these changes impact your Netflix account, visit Membership Details.

Why the changes? Our selection of TV episodes and movies available to stream has grown dramatically, and as a result most members want us to deliver unlimited TV episodes and movies two ways: streaming instantly over the internet plus DVDs by mail. The price increase will allow us to continue to offer the popular plan choice of unlimited TV episodes and movies streaming instantly along with unlimited DVDs. The new plan, which does not include DVDs, is a great option for the increasing number of members who only want to watch instantly. The $7.99 a month price reflects no DVD shipping costs on this plan.

You might also wonder why we haven’t introduced a new plan that includes only DVDs by mail. The fact is that Netflix members are already watching more TV episodes and movies streamed instantly over the Internet than on DVDs, and we expect that trend to continue. Creating the best user experience that we can around watching instantly is how we’re spending the vast majority of our time and resources. Because of this, we are not creating any plans that are focused solely on DVDs by mail.

To avoid any confusion, here are the new prices on our plans:

We hope you’re enjoying great TV shows and movies from Netflix, and that you’ll continue to enjoy Netflix on whichever plan you choose. We realize you have lots of home entertainment options, and we thank you for your business. As always, if you have any questions, please call us at 800-715-2146.

UPDATE: A number of you have asked about Blu-ray pricing. Blu-ray pricing remains the same.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Netflix now available on your iPhone and iPod touch

Jamie Odell, director of product management, here. We hinted at a free Netflix App for the iPhone and iPod touch in April, announced it in June and I’m happy to share that it is available now! If you want to instantly watch TV episodes and movies on your iPhone or iPod touch, all you need to do is get the free Netflix App from the App Store at and have a Netflix membership starting at $8.99 a month. What’s the first thing you’ll watch via your iPhone or iPod touch.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Subtitles Now Available for Some Titles for PC/Mac Viewing

This is Neil Hunt, Chief Product Officer at Netflix. As I promised last year, I'm pleased to report that today we have enabled closed captioning for some TV episodes and movies that you can watch instantly on your PC or Mac. Although it's a limited library of content with subtitles available - about 100 titles - we now have released the technology and we will be working to fill in the library over time.

We have similar technology working in the lab for some of our game console, Blu-ray, and DTV platforms, which will roll out in releases starting this fall, along with support for 5.1 audio.

It's a start, with much more to come. You can try it for yourself with most episodes of "Lost" Seasons 1-4.