Netflix was 2017’s top non-game app by revenue

Netflix was the top earning app of 2017 that wasn’t a mobile game, according to Sensor Tower’s new year-end report on the most successful apps and publishers across Apple’s App Store and Google Play. In previous years, the top spot had gone to Spotify, and before that, LINE. But this was Netflix’s year to shine. The service saw gross subscriber revenue of approximately… Read More

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Original Content podcast: Looking into the dark future of Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror’

Black Mirror USS Callister Netflix has delivered another six glimpses into Black Mirror‘s often-bleak view of technology and humanity.
On the latest episode of TechCrunch’s Original Content podcast, one of your regular hosts, Anthony Ha, is joined by Jordan Crook to discuss the fourth season of the science fiction anthology series. While we liked it — in fact, we both thought it might be Black… Read More

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Netflix on the Razer Phone is getting HDR and Dolby 5.1 audio

razer phone Just a quickie out of CES for anyone out there carrying a Razer phone: your Netflix app is about to get a rather snazzy feature that most devices don’t have. Later this month, Netflix on the Razer phone will support HDR10 video and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 audio. Do you need 5.1 audio support on a phone with two speakers? Maybe not. But it’s there! And if you find yourself hooking… Read More

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KweliTV is Netflix for black people, by black people, starring black people

 Kweli.tv aims to be the go-to streaming media platform for black filmmakers all over the world to share their content and make money from its distribution. KweliTV handpicks all of its content, with 98 percent of the content having been official selections at film festivals worldwide. “There are a lot of really great filmmakers out there globally,” KweliTV founder DeShuna Spencer… Read More

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Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Bright’ offers dumb fun with orcs and elves in modern LA

 Netflix’s original film Bright has been decimated by critics, but Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha, the hosts of TechCrunch’s Original Content podcast enjoyed it — kind of? Maybe? As Darrell put it: “I don’t regret watching it.” To be clear, it’s a very silly movie, combining Lord of the Rings-style high fantasy with the kind of morally ambiguous… Read More

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Netflix is officially making a ‘Bright’ sequel

 Reports suggested Netflix had been optimistic about a sequel to its blockbuster Bright, the fantasy/buddy cop genre mashup starring Will Smith with a budget of $90 million that seems to have gone down well with fans, despite hitting a sour note with critics. Now, Netflix has made that official.
Netflix will officially be making a follow-up, after reports that suggest up to 11 million people… Read More

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Netflix’s ‘Bright’ reached 11M viewers in its first three days, according to Nielsen

Bright Netflix spent $90 million on the production of Bright, an unlikely hybrid of buddy cop movie and high fantasy. Will that investment pay off? Well, Nielsen has released some initial viewership numbers, reporting that the film reached 11 million US viewers in its first three days. The firm announced its plans to measure Netflix’s audience back in October. Since then, it’s said that… Read More

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PSA: You can’t opt out of the customer surveys Netflix is running in its TV app, but you can skip

 While preparing to do a little binge-watching over the holidays, something odd popped up on my TV’s screen upon launching the Netflix app on my Roku: a consumer survey. Well, that’s new, I thought to myself, while quickly navigating to the “Skip” button. Fortunately, skipping the survey was easy and getting back to the app was fast. Still, it was surprising to see… Read More

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Netflix is turning Will Smith streaming original ‘Bright’ into a film franchise

 Netflix will launch its first streaming-only franchise, with the news (via Bloomberg) that it’s greenlit a sequel to Will Smith film Bright, which is set to stream beginning December 22. Bright has the budget of a Hollywood blockbuster, and a fantasy setting that could be a good fit for an episodic film franchise, given what has traditionally done well with fans in terms of big-budget… Read More

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