Holiday Miracle: Netflix Now Features Download for Offline Playback

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…)

Netflix’s FAST Speed Test Website is Now an Android App

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…)

Universal Search Comes to Netflix on Android TV

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…)

Netflix Now Offers Cellular Data Controls for Quality

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…)

Coming Soon: Pay for Netflix Subscription With Google Play Billing

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…)

Netflix has Been Throttling Verizon and AT&T Streams to 360p

Last week, as a part of YouTube and T-Mobile’s joint announcement that YouTube was joining Binge On, T-Mobile CEO John Legere released a video to help sell the news. During that clip, he made reference to Netflix streaming on T-Mobile that was dropped to DVD-like quality with BingeOn enabled, but noted that the 480p resolution was better than what you would see at AT&T and Verizon, who were only “delivering” content for Netflix at 360p (clip here). The news was somewhat shocking, because no one had heard this before and either assumed Legere was talking out of his ass or knew something no one else knew. As it turns out, he may have had the inside track to information that even Verizon and AT&T weren’t aware of.  (more…)

Netflix to Crack Down on Proxy and “Unblocker” Users in Non-Supported Regions

Even with Netflix opening its service to 190 countries as of last week, it appears that the company must still take steps to protect the content it distributes from those who do not live in a supported region. For those who do not live in a territory where Netflix is offered, which used to be a very long list, some would use proxies and “unblockers” to trick Netflix’s servers into thinking the user was based somewhere else in the world, preferably one that allows for Netflix streaming.

In the coming weeks, Netflix states that it is cracking down on these users, and will evolve its proxy detection to make sure those users are unable to watch content. (more…)