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Video-on-demand subscriptions to reach two billion by 2025

There will be nearly two billion active global on-demand video service subscriptions by 2025—a 65% increase over the end of 2020—according to a report released this January by Juniper Research, an analyst house specializing in digital technology market research. 

What Filipinos watched on Netflix this year

THE YEAR 2020 opened with Netflix viewers still obsessed over the Korean drama Crash Landing on You, and romance was still the way to go for many viewers stuck indoors in this roller-coaster of a year, marked by volcanic eruptions, typhoons, and the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Netflix declines to flag up to viewers that The Crown is...

LONDON — US streaming platform Netflix has rejected a call from Britain’s culture minister to add disclaimers at the start of episodes of its hit series The Crown to make clear that it is a work of fiction, several British media reported on Sunday.

Netflix planning to double spending on original content in Asia

NETFLIX, Inc. is planning to double its spending on original content in Asia next year to help stay ahead in a crowded streaming market, where billionaires including China’s Pony Ma and Hong Kong’s Richard Li are seeking to expand their presence.

Netflix film tackles the problems of a ‘curated’ life

THE YOUNGER generation has a very complicated relationship with social media — on one hand it allows people to connect with their friends and make new friends, but on the other, social media also lends itself to being an outlet to a “curated” life meant to show that some people are living better (or differently) than they actually are.

Vietnam rebukes Netflix, Apple, over lack of tax payments

HANOI — Vietnam’s information minister on Tuesday accused foreign streaming companies like Netflix and Apple of skirting their tax responsibilities, saying it would create unfair competition for domestic firms.


“How dare he?” I hear the folks hissing: “an Alfred Hitchcock classic, and an Oscar Best Picture winner!” Critics haven’t been kind to Ben Wheatley’s 2020 adaptation of the Daphne Du Maurier novel, and who can blame them? It’s as if he’d taken a spray can to La Giaconda and smeared her smile lime green.

Netflix growth slows in Q3

AFTER gaining 28 million new subscribers in the first half of 2020 alone, streaming giant Netflix’s growth slowed down in the third quarter (Q3) of the year after net paid subscribers for the quarter hit 2.2 million according to Spanish analytics service ComprarAcciones.com. Meanwhile Disney’s streaming service, Disney+, has reported that it had 60.5 million subscribers in August.

Look-alikes, Dolly Parton, and Christmas cookies in Netflix’s holiday lineup

STREAMING service Netflix has unloaded its holiday slate for the Philippines which includes a hefty collection of Christmas movies including the second installment of the The Princess Switch film series starring Vanessa Hudgens.

K-pop culture machine boosts Netflix growth

NEW YORK/SEOUL — A zombie drama, a TV series about a supernatural nurse and one about an antisocial children’s book author helped turn South Korea into one of Netflix’s biggest sources of growth in the international markets, a source familiar with the matter said.

A small glimpse behind the K-Pop curtain

For its first original Korean Pop (K-Pop) content, streaming giant Netflix turned its gaze onto what is arguably Korea’s top girl group, BlackPink, as it tries to answer why the group — which is the first Korean girl group to perform at Coachella and which has a string of chart-topping hits around the world -- is so popular and the overarching question why Korean acts are so popular right now. But while the attempt is admirable, Black Pink: Light Up the Sky offers little more than a crash course introduction to K-Pop and BlackPink and rarely offers anything new to people with a modicum of knowledge about the genre or the group.

Facebook chides Netflix over portrayal in movie on social media

FACEBOOK has hit back at Netflix, accusing the The Social Dilemma documentary released earlier this year on the streaming platform of sensationalism.

Netflix stands firm on its plan to adapt Chinese sci-fi novel

NETFLIX, Inc. stood by its decision to adapt an award-winning Chinese science-fiction novel, after five Republican US senators asked the streaming service to consider the implications of providing a platform to the book’s author for his political views.

Netflix’s Reed Hastings conquered Hollywood with a PowerPoint presentation

ABOUT three years ago, Reed Hastings set out to answer a question that had bedeviled Hollywood for the past decade: How did a small DVD-by-mail company build the most popular TV service in the world?

Netflix and Amazon Elbow way into talks on streaming Hollywood hits

STREAMING services have already bid up the price of TV reruns, stand-up comedy performances and contracts with top producers. Now they’re coming for blockbuster movies from the studios behind Fast & Furious and Spider-Man.

Prince Harry and Meghan sign broad Netflix production deal

BRITAIN’S Prince Harry and his wife, the former Meghan Markle, signed a wide-ranging production deal with Netflix Inc., becoming the latest global celebrities on the streaming giant’s roster.

Princess Diana musical to debut on Netflix before hitting Broadway

LOS ANGELES — A new musical about Britain’s Princess Diana will be filmed without an audience and air on Netflix, Inc. in early 2021 before it debuts on Broadway, producers announced on Wednesday.

Netflix screening more Pinoy movies in August

IN JUNE, streaming service Netflix introduced five Filipino films to its slate including critically acclaimed films such as 2016’s Pamilya Ordinaryo (Ordinary People) and Untrue (2019). This August the service is adding 15 more films to its content library, mostly romantic films such as Love the Way U Lie and Write About Love.

The sounds of horror

HORROR FILMS are often defined by their sound designs because silence, a thump, a creak, lend themselves to a more immersive experience for the viewers. But with cinemas still closed and films having to pivot towards streaming sites to get their audience, is sound (especially for horror films) still an effective medium for an immersive experience? Netflix says “yes,” provided that you watch the horror movies on your TV sets.

Controversial matchmaking show helps Netflix in battle for India

NETFLIX, INC. has hit the sweet spot with a controversial reality series on a jet-setting Indian matchmaker helping her picky clients find life partners, in a boost to the streaming giant’s efforts to produce local content for subscribers in new markets.

Immortal mercenaries confront reality of forever in Netflix’s The Old Guard

LOS ANGELES — Audiences are used to seeing comic book superheroes come to life on screen but in The Old Guard the heroes only have one power — immortality.

Indonesia imposes 10% value-added tax on Amazon, Google, Netflix and Spotify

JAKARTA — Indonesia imposed a 10% value-added tax (VAT) on sales by technology firms including Amazon, Netflix, Spotify and Google on Tuesday, as spending patterns shift with increased remote working as a result of the coronavirus crisis, which has hit state finances.

Netflix’s adaptation of The Baby-Sitters Club aims at homebound families

When producer Naia Cucukov was in the sixth grade, The Baby-Sitters Club book series about preteen girls and their adventures in entrepreneurship helped her survive an awkward stretch of adolescence. Now, decades later, Cucukov is helping The Baby-Sitters Club get through an uncomfortable time in the entertainment industry.

Netflix offers Will Ferrell Eurovision comedy

NEW YORK — With the coronavirus pandemic forcing the cancellation of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, actors Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams hope fans can get their fix by watching their madcap Netflix comedy about a duo from Iceland who compete in the event.

Netflix survey reveals 87% of Filipinos watched shows with LGBTQIA+ themes,...

STREAMING service Netflix is celebrating Pride Month this June with a selection of inclusive shows that “tell diverse, inclusive, and authentic stories of the LGBTQIA+ community,” and releasing a Philippine survey and video on the importance of inclusivity and representation among its viewers.

Jo Koy mixes travel, food, and culture in new Netflix special

FILIPINO-AMERICAN stand-up comic Joseph Glenn Herbert — better known as “Jo Koy” — has his third Netflix special coming up. But this time, instead of a pure stand-up show, he is mixing a bit of food and culture as he travels through the streets of the Philippines to “see where it all started,” as he says in the trailer.

Five Filipino movies coming to Netflix

NETFLIX has announced that five Filipino movies will be available on the streaming service in June. The titles come from a “wide variety of genres from horror, comedy, to drama,” according to its regional acquisitions executive.

Like Money Heist? Learn more about it through an online lecture

INSTITUTO Cervantes de Manila is holding an online lecture featuring Javier Gómez Santander, the head writer and co-executive producer of the popular Netflix series La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) on April 28, 7 p.m., via Zoom.

Netflix swears it won’t run out of TV shows during the...

FACED with an unprecedented global health crisis that has frozen businesses around the world, Netflix Inc. is reassuring customers (and investors) that it won’t run out of new TV shows or movies anytime soon.

The Last Dance: Of legends and reprieve

ONE of the best dynasties in National Basketball Association history, the Michael Jordan-led 1990s Chicago Bulls completed their impressive run by winning their sixth title in eight years in 1998.

Filipinos are investing in companies they rely on in quarantine —...

Data from eToro shows that Google, Facebook, and Netflix—companies seeing record usage during the lockdown—are among the most popular investments for Filipinos in March.

‘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.