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Netflix hits 50m global subscribers as profits double

Streaming video may not have supplanted broadcast TV, DVD or Blu-ray quite yet, but it appears to be well on its way. Online TV and movie streaming service Netflix announced this week that it now had more than 50 million subscribers in more than 40 countries worldwide. Releasing its results for the second quarter of 2014 on Monday, Netflix also …

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Stuart O'ConnorNetflix hits 50m global subscribers as profits double
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BBC technical problems affect iPlayer and homepage

TV viewers were unable to watch or listen to their favourite BBC shows online for more than 24 hours over the weekend, when the corporation’s TV and radio iPlayer service was hit by technical issues. The gremlins also got into the BBC website’s front page. An error message on the page reads: “Due to technical problems, we are displaying a …

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Virgin TV Anywhere launches on Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire and Virgin Media users have reasons to smile this afternoon: Virgin has just launched its TV app on Amazon’s app store, making it available on most Kindle Fire devices. The app is analogous to Sky Go – offering 91 live TV channel streams and over on-demand content from most major providers. Virgin is keen to point out that …

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James O'MalleyVirgin TV Anywhere launches on Kindle Fire
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Netflix ranks Virgin Media as UK’s fastest ISP

Not all of its customers might agree, but Virgin Media has been rated the UK’s best ISP by streaming service Netflix. Virgin Media tops the current list on the official Netflix blog with an average speed of 3.30Mbps, with BT in second place at 2.96Mbps. Sky is in third on 2.74Mbps, then EE on 2.62Mbps and finally TalkTalk on 2.59Mbps. …

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Sci-fi series Extant is a streaming hit, says Amazon UK

The pilot episode of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi mystery thriller Extant has become Amazon Prime Instant Video’s most successful launch ever – attracting three times more streams on release day than the first episode of any previous show on the service, including original series Vikings, according to Amazon UK. The series, which stars Halle Berry as an astronaut who returns to …

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Stuart O'ConnorSci-fi series Extant is a streaming hit, says Amazon UK
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Netflix wants to PAY someone to watch TV shows and movies

It’s everyone’s idea of the dream job – being paid to sit around at home all day in your underwear, watching as many TV shows and movies as you please. Well, now Netflix is looking to make that dream come true. The internet streaming service is looking to hire “taggers” for the UK and Ireland. The Netflix job advert says: …

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Stuart O'ConnorNetflix wants to PAY someone to watch TV shows and movies

Do Ofcom want a 9pm "internet watershed"?

Ofcom, the body responsible for regulating "communications" (TV, mobile and broadband companies, mostly) has put out an ominous press release, that might suggest that it wants to impose a 9pm "watershed" on on-demand and internet content. (Yes, it would never…

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James O'MalleyDo Ofcom want a 9pm "internet watershed"?