To kick of its own CES 2017 week, Dish just unveiled a new set top box called AirTV that’s powered by Android TV and might be the perfect option for cord cutters who stream everything. The box comes preloaded with Sling TV, Netflix, YouTube, and has access to apps on Google Play. It also comes with an optional OTA antenna for free local channel access. (more…)
During our Google Home review, we knocked the smart home speaker over its lack of Cast-able video or multimedia content as being one of its current flaws. We’re talking about being able to send over things like Netflix shows or Google Photos albums with your voice. At launch, Google only included YouTube casting, which is fine as a fun demo, but we all know the serious additions will be when players like Netflix, Plex, and some of the TV streaming services decide to participate. If recent additions to the Google Home app are any indicator, we could be close to that happening. (more…)
Whether you are on your morning commute or taking a flight across the country, many of your favorite TV shows and movies from Netflix are now watchable without burning through your mobile data or high-priced WiFi access fees, thanks to the addition of offline playback. Just like YouTube and Google Play Movies, Netflix users can now cache titles they want to watch to their mobile device’s storage, then playback whenever is best for them. (more…)
FAST, the speed test website powered by Netflix, is now a standalone application on Android and iOS. If you aren’t hip on all of the different speed test sites out there, all you need to know about FAST is how barebones it is. Featuring a single dial, FAST only delivers what your real-life internet download speed is. There is no display for your IP address, which provider you are using, upload speed, or anything like that. One speed, allowing anyone and everyone to understand what they are looking at. (more…)
According to simultaneous tweets and G+ posts by official Android accounts, it appears as if Netflix has finally been added to Android TV’s universal search function. That means you should see suggestions for Netflix and also find search results for Netflix shows when you use the main Android TV search functionality.
I don’t know why this wasn’t there from day 1, but it is now. (more…)
After admitting that it had been purposely throttling the hell out of video streams to AT&T and Verizon customers without their knowledge as a way to save them from themselves and the overpriced, data lame plans they had been forced into in recent years, Netflix is now ready to let those customers control their own fate. Through simultaneous blog posts and app updates released this morning, Netflix customers across the globe can control cellular data usage on a number of levels. (more…)
Listed as coming soon, users of Netflix will be able to pay for their subscription via Google Play billing, just as you would for Google Play Music or Google Play movie rentals. While this change will likely not affect current users, anyone who downloads Netflix from Google Play and wants to begin a subscription, this change will be quite convenient. (more…)