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THE Philippines’ telecommunications commission has asked US media-services provider Netflix to “efficiently manage” its streaming bit rates to ease data congestion as the Luzon-wide lockdown to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has slowed Internet speeds due to a surge in users.
This year, streaming service Netflix announced that it is going hard on Korean content as the popularity of such content is going global on the back of titles such as Kingdom, according to a Netflix executive. Now, the company has revealed its slate of Korean shows with genres spanning crime and sci-fi, alongside romance and drama.
AIMING to increase its customer base in the Philippines, American streaming service Netflix is now offering a P149-per-month mobile plan for Filipinos, allowing them to watch movies on their smartphones and tablets.
IN CELEBRATION of International Women’s Day, streaming service Netflix and UN Women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) has created a special playlist of 55 titles curated by women “behind and in front of the camera” including Sophia Loren, Janet Mock, Salma Hayek, Yalitza Aparicio, Millie Bobby Brown, Laurie Nunn, Lana Condor, Petra Costa, and Ava DuVernay.
CATS ARE the de facto mascots of the internet as cat photos and videos are some of the most consumed content on the internet: the BBC noted in 2015 that there were 2 million cat videos on YouTube. People take their cats seriously — sometimes too seriously — so much so that a hunt for an online cat killer turned into an international manhunt across Canada and Europe.
AMERICAN streaming service Netflix reports its membership grew by 20% in 2019 with its fourth quarter earnings growing by 31% year-on-year on the back of viewership of its original series such as The Witcher and You.
TWENTY-ONE titles from Studio Ghibli including classic favorites Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) and Spirited Away (2001) will be available on Netflix globally starting Feb. 1.
IN THE THREE YEARS SINCE streaming giant Netflix entered the Philippines — alongside 90 other territories — in 2016, Filipinos have largely embraced streaming as a new way to consume content.
NETFLIX INC., touting the success of its original programming, said the most popular releases on its streaming service this year were things it produced: the comedy movie Murder Mystery and the third season of its 1980s sci-fi show Stranger Things.
I DON’T think there’s much to uncover underneath the surface of Mati Diop’s feature debut Atlantics (Atlantique, 2019), now available on Netflix. It’s a love story — young girl Ada (Mame Bineta Sane) is in love with poor boy Souleiman (Ibrahim Traore) but is promised to wealthy Omar (Babacar Sylla) — and as with all such stories, the two lovers pine for each other for the duration of the film. Predictable simple trite — and yet and yet and yet
IN THE not-so-distant past, TV viewers were forced to wait a week for the next installment of their favorite shows, parceled out by networks in half-hour or hour-long increments.
APPLE INC.’s television news drama The Morning Show scored three Golden Globe nominations on Monday, putting the iPhone maker in the running for its first major Hollywood awards as a new player in the crowded streaming entertainment market.
AS NETFLIX INC. prepares for a bruising battle against the Walt Disney Co. and Apple Inc. for streaming subscribers, it’s playing a card that may deliver enough of an edge to fend them off in Asia: Japanese anime.
PANAMA CITY — Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm at the center of the “Panama Papers” scandal, has filed a lawsuit against Netflix Inc over its new movie based on the case, accusing the video streaming company of defamation and seeking to stop the film’s release.
WHEN Insatiable first came out last year on Netflix, it was an immediately hit but spawned a backlash about fat-shaming. But its stars remind its audience — as it enters its second season, premiering on Oct. 11 — that this is a cautionary tale, not a morality tale.
JUST A few months after TV critics anointed Tuca & Bertie one of the best TV shows of 2019, series creator Lisa Hanawalt got the bad news: Netflix Inc. wasn’t ordering a second season of the animated comedy.
NETFLIX INC. is turning three of its popular kids programs into interactive specials, increasing its bet on a choose-your-own-adventure approach to TV.
IN celebration of Pride Month this June, Netflix has come up with a list of movies and shows about how love and family come in all colors and stories.
RETURNING for Fil-Am comic Jo Koy’s second Netflix special, Jo Koy: Comin’ In Hot, Koy will present a dazzling display of hula dancing and an arsenal of self-deprecating humor tackling such issues as how to raise a millennial, and the intricacies of Filipino traditions.
BANGKOK — Netflix, Inc. is teaming up with the company behind the hit movie Crazy Rich Asians to produce a miniseries about the perilous rescue of 12 young soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand.
LONDON — Zac Efron, who won legions of female fans in the High School Musical films, takes on a more sinister role in crime drama Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, playing American serial killer Ted Bundy.
IN A WIN for Netflix, Amazon, and other internet streaming services, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted not to change its rules for winning an Oscar, Hollywood’s top prize.
NETFLIX, Inc.’s pursuit of Academy Awards could become an antitrust issue.
YOUTUBE has denied that it is canceling high-end dramas and comedies on its paid service platform, refuting the claims made in a report earlier on Sunday.
LOS ANGELES — A Netflix, Inc. experiment that began with viewers picking a movie character’s breakfast cereal may expand to letting the audience choose the best on-screen date or the safest path to escape an ax murderer.
MEDIA giants are realizing what Netflix, Inc. already knows: Streaming is expensive.
STEVEN SPIELBERG is taking on Netflix, Inc.
LONDON — Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll: a new movie about the antics of 1980s metal hellraisers Motley Crue, a band known as much for their hedonism as their music, has it all.
HULU LLC touted its new lineup of original programming, including shows based on Marvel superheroes and collaborations with stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney, as the streaming service looks to build momentum in its war with Netflix Inc.
WHILE MANY viewers may have already moved on to Netflix’s comedy series Sex Education as their next binge, Lifetime’s YOU is reminding viewers why they loved the crime/psychological thriller which the streaming service premiered on December 2018. The show sheds light on how much people share on their social media accounts and how they interact with it.
WHILE YOU spent the holidays streaming Bird Box, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, and/or re-watching The Office for the hundredth time, Netflix Inc. was playing out a corporate drama of its own — poaching Activision Blizzard Inc. Chief Financial Officer Spencer Neumann to be its new CFO.
A FEW days before 2018 ended, global internet streaming service Netflix and the people behind sci-fi series Black Mirror decided to release their most ambitious project yet — an interactive film called Bandersnatch, which immediately, it caught viewers’ fancy. It presents an intriguing, yet familiar, proposition, especially for those who grew up reading Choose Your Own Adventure books published by Bantam Books from 1979.