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‘Efficient’ Netflix sought during lockdown

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.

Netflix goes heavy on Korean content, with crime, sci-fi, romance, and...

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.

Netflix to offer ‘competitive, compelling’ P149 monthly plan for Filipinos

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.

Netflix and UN Women create women-curated playlist for Women’s Day

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.

How amateur online sleuths found a killer. Or did they inspire...

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.

Netflix cancels PHL show tour stop due to virus

NETFLIX has decided to cancel the Philippine stop of the ongoing promotional tour for To All The Boys: PS I Still Love You because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Adam Sandler to make 4 new movies for Netflix

ACTOR and comedian Adam Sandler has reached a deal with Netflix Inc to make four new movies for the global streaming service, the company said on Friday.

Netflix membership up 20% in 2019 despite heavy competition

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.

Studio Ghibli classics to be released on Netflix in February

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.

Now it wants an Oscar

NETFLIX INC. has been making its own movies for years, but 2019 may be remembered as the year it truly became a film studio.

6 Underground is Netflix PH most popular show in 2019

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.

Original content was Netflix’s top international draw in 2019

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.

Sea of love

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

The Netflix decade: How one company changed the way we watch...

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 lands first Golden Globe nominations; Netflix leads field

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.

Netflix to create series on the rise of Spotify

THE STREAMING singularity has arrived, as the largest video service is making a show about the largest audio service.

Netflix bets on anime to battle Disney, Apple in streaming wars

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 Papers law firm sues Netflix over film based on scandal

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.

Netflix’ Insatiable tackles the backlash in season 2

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.

Disney bans Netflix ads from some networks

WALT DISNEY CO. is stepping up its fight with Netflix Inc. as the two companies prepare to compete for streaming customers, but it’s not a total war yet.

Netflix’s ‘bloodbath’ reputation for canceling shows? It’s overblown

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 boosts bet on interactive TV with wave of new kids...

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.

Pop-up fair marks return of Stranger Things

AS NETFLIX starts streaming the third season of Netflix’s Stranger Things, which premiered on July 4, a special pop-up gives fans a taste of the Upside Down.

Stream with Pride: Netflix’ suggestions for Pride Month

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.

Comic Jo Koy’s second special on Netflix

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.

Netflix signs deal for Thai cave rescue miniseries

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.

Former teen idol Zac Efron plays serial killer Bundy in new...

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.

Netflix, streaming services win Oscars cinema rule fight

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’s pursuit of Oscars may be antitrust issue

NETFLIX, Inc.’s pursuit of Academy Awards could become an antitrust issue.

YouTube denies report of plans to cancel comedies, dramas

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.

Open that door? Netflix explores choose-your-own horror, romance

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.

Streaming costs pile up as media giants try to be like...

MEDIA giants are realizing what Netflix, Inc. already knows: Streaming is expensive.

100 Years of Solitude on Netflix

LOS ANGELES — The groundbreaking novel One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is coming to the screen for the first time in a Spanish language series for Netflix, the streaming service said on Wednesday.

Netflix’s Motley Crue rock biopic: a tale of success, excess, and...

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.

Netflix row riles Berlin Film Festival

BERLIN — A row over whether films produced for streaming platform Netflix should be shown at the Berlin Film Festival has overshadowed the premiere of Elisa & Marcela, Isabel Coixet’s tale of two Spanish lesbians.

Hulu sees Clooney’s Catch-22 as ammunition in Netflix fight

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.

Goyo: The Boy General now streaming

BRASH ladies’ man Gregorio “Goyo” del Pilar rises to become one of the Philippines’ youngest generals in this historical epic sequel to Heneral Luna which is now streaming on Netflix.

Netflix movie Bird Box draws 80 million viewers

LOS ANGELES — Netflix Inc. on Thursday said more than 80 million member households will have watched its thriller movie Bird Box in its first four weeks, but the streaming giant gave no viewing data for Oscar hopeful Roma.

Quebec slams use of crash footage in Bird Box

QUEBEC urged entertainment giant Netflix Inc. to remove footage of a deadly rail disaster from two of its productions, including new horror movie Bird Box.

Netflix show tackles the perils of oversharing on social media

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.

What to make of Netflix’s big losses

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.

Bandersnatch: a good introduction to interactive films but not the best

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.

NBC chief hints at Netflix-style service

NBC UNIVERSAL’s boss sent a holiday greeting to employees this week, and it contained an intriguing hint about the coming year.