Netflix drops AirPlay support for Apple TVs and smart TVs — Fire TV casting is not affected

Netflix has confirmed to The Verge that they’ve dropped support for Apple AirPlay entirely. This means that iPhone and iPad users can no longer use their mobile device to cast Netflix content to Apple TVs, as well as smart TVs that will support the upcoming AirPlay 2 expansion that includes Samsung, LG, Vizio, and Sony TVs. This does not affect Fire TVs, so it’s still possible to use an iOS or Android device to start playing Netflix content on any Fire TV that has the Netflix app installed. Read more ›

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Netflix raises prices and Hulu lowers some prices while raising others

Netflix has raised prices between 13 to 18 percent across all three of its subscription plans in the US. Their $10.99 HD streaming plan has increased to $12.99, while the $14.99 4K streaming plan has increased to $16.99. The basic SD plan has increased from $7.99 to $8.99. These prices go into effect immediately for new subscribers, while existing subscribers will see the price hike within a few months, depending on their billing cycle. Hulu has decided to lower the price of its ad-supported plan from $7.99 per month to $5.99. Their $11.99 “no commercial” plan will remain at its current price. What will increase is Hulu’s Live TV service, which is going from $39.99 to $44.99 per month. Hulu’s price changes go into effect on February 26th.

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Netflix now supports deep Alexa voice controls on Fire TV devices

The Netflix update that many Fire TV owners have been waiting for has arrived. Netflix has just updated their Fire TV app with deeper support for Alexa voice controls. Where before it was only possible to use Alexa to launch the Netflix app, now you can use the voice assistant to jump directly into playing a movie or TV show, control advanced playback in the app, and perform voice searches within Netflix. Read more ›

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Alexa can now directly start Netflix content on the Amazon Fire TV

Amazon added the ability for Alexa to start playing content on the Fire TV over a year ago, but it has been limited to movies and shows from Amazon Video. Last month, they announced that the feature would soon be extended to other services. That capability is starting to roll out because you can now ask Alexa to directly play content from Netflix on the Fire TV. Read more ›

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Netflix to raise prices for new and existing subscribers by up to $2 per month

Netflix has just raised the price of their standard plan from $9.99 to $10.99 and has raised the price of their premium plan, which grants you 4K content, from $11.99 to $13.99. According to Mashable, come this November, those new prices will go into effect for everyone with no grandfather period. Read more ›

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Netflix app update fixes 4K playback issues on the Amazon Fire TV

If you’re a Netflix customer and have a 2nd-generation Amazon Fire TV connected to a 4K television or one of the new 4K Fire TV Edition televisions, you may have noticed the picture quality of some Netflix content has been a little softer than it was previously. That’s because a bug in the Netflix app was causing 4K content to only stream at 1080p resolution. Thankfully, the Netflix app has just been updated with a fix, so 4K content should once again stream at the full 2160p resolution. Thanks to Biggen for bringing the issue to my attention and verifying it’s now fixed.

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Netflix is blocking rooted Android devices — Amazon Fire TVs are not affected

Netflix has started blocking rooted devices from installing their app. Currently, this only affects devices that use the Google Play Store. This means that, for the time being, Amazon devices are not affected, so rooted Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks still have no problem installing and using Netflix. Read more ›

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What’s New on Netflix in February

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Here’s a list of the movies and shows coming to Netflix in February. See previous months here. Read more ›

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What’s New on Netflix in December

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Here’s a list of the movies and shows coming to Netflix in December. See previous months here. Read more ›

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Netflix now lets you download content for offline viewing on mobile devices

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Netflix has announced that subscribers can now finally download movies and shows for offline viewing. As expected, the new feature is only available on mobile devices, like Android and iOS phones and tablets. You won’t be able to download content onto the Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. You can download content onto a mobile device and then cast that content to a Fire TV, but the Fire TV must be online or else the Netflix app on the Fire TV reports an error and refuses to play the remote content.

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