Before the start of season two on Valentine’s Day, Netflix has a gift for the legions of House of Cards fans. Deadline reports that the streaming outfit confirmed that it has renewed the political drama for a third season. When the series started, it was planned as a two-season run with a $100 million investment in tow,
Netflix is gearing up to overhaul it pricing structure. According to a shareholder letter and interviews with Gigaom, the streaming site will introduce a new three-tiered system for its customers.
Writing in a fourth-quarter letter to its shareholders on Wednesday, CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells explained:
“Last April we introduced a 4-concurrent stream $11.99 option to begin our evaluation of plan tiering. Since late last year, we have also been testing 1-stream and 3-stream variants, as well as SD/HD variations, at various price points. Eventually, we hope to be able to offer new members a selection of three simple options to fit everyone’s taste.”
Netflix has begun offering a low-end plan for new subscribers only that’ll allow standard definition streaming to one device for $6.99 per month. Take note, this recent plan addition is only $1 cheaper than the basic HD tier that lets users stream to two devices at once, making the SD plan’s cost benefit a bit interesting.
The second season of the Emmy-winning, online-only political thriller from Netflix starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright kicks off on February 14th with all 13 episodes available at once.
Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) has masterfully maneuvered his way into the Vice Presidency, but his ascension faces threats on all fronts…
Mobile carriers warn you when you’re using a lot of data, but they don’t always tell you how to avoid that usage in the first place. Thankfully, they’re taking a more proactive stance with the launch of their Know My App site.
Netflix has been talking up its ability to stream Ultra HD resolution video. Specifically the video streamer has deals to offer 4K video via embedded players on UHD TVs from several manufacturers that will be announcing them at CES.
What you won’t hear anytime soon about any 4K support from set-top boxes, including the two next-generation consoles, as Netflix is smartly waiting for standards to mature first. Content-wise, early adopters can expect House of Cards season two and… probably not a lot else, but that should keep everyone busy for one Kevin Spacey-filled week or so.
Netflix has rolled out support for multiple individual streaming profiles within a single account using its Android app. The new version 3.1.0 allows filtering queues and suggestions from others using the same account
The profile switcher is accessible after selecting the current profile under the slide-out menu from the left. According to the changelog this new version also brings an enhanced search, with support for people and related titles. The latest version of the app should be available on Google Play now. Continue reading
Microsoft hopes to launch the first Xbox original programming early next year, according to Variety. “We’re hoping we will be able to put something up in the first quarter, at minimum second quarter,” Nancy Tellem, president of entertainment and digital media, said at the Variety Dealmakers Breakfast.
The process has been slow; Unfortunately, the Nancy Tellem vision for the future of content consumption has been met with hesitation and confusion from Hollywood. “We aren’t Netflix, we aren’t Amazon,” Tellem said. “We’re a different animal.”
Xbox original programming was a large part of the Xbox One reveal event back in May, and hints of a series based in the Halo universe, produced by Steven Spielberg. Whether that series will be one of the first to come to Xbox next year, Tellem didn’t tell.