The Netflix Text Message Scam

If you have received a text message claiming to be from Netflix, and telling you that “We have a new policy in place, please visit and review today”, along with a link and, possibly, a random set of characters in parenthesis such as “(ybpldcjyop)”, it is definitely a scam, do NOT click on it! The text message may also appear to come from phone number 141-010-0001 or just 410100001, but even if it comes from another number, it is definitely a scam.

Netflix ‘Watch Instantly’ Not Working with Your iPad? Here’s How to Fix It

If you’ve been enjoying watching Netflix on your iPad, and your Netflix app has suddently stopped working, read on. The excellent – and free – Netflix app for the iPad allows you to instantly stream and watch both movies and television shows to your iPad, for nothing more than the cost of an $8.99/month Netflix membership. But some users are finding that after enjoying the Netflix iPad ‘Watch Instantly’ experience for a while, suddenly the ‘watch instantly’ option stops working. After selecting a show to watch, the Netflix application just hangs and hangs. After a great deal of testing, we have determined that a problem with Netflix ‘watch instantly’ is almost always caused by the same thing. Here’s how to fix it. (Bonus: We also explain what the Netflix “six digit phone service code” is.)

Netflix Purity Commitment Ring Keeps Partners from Binge Watching without the Other

Apparently some folks in the UK have bigger problems than breaking up with the EU on their minds. UK ice cream maker Cornetto has come up with Netflix “commitment rings”, to keep partners from binge watching their favourite shows unless they are together, so that one can’t commit Netflix adultery on the other. Yes, really. Because, says Cornetto, “Love should last longer than one season.”

Streaming Netflix Accounts for One-Third of All Internet Traffic During Peak Viewing Times

For all the hand-wringing about how downloading of pirated material takes up bandwidth, or even downloading programs, etc. impacts Internet use, the real bandwith glutton turns out to be streaming video. Really, when you think about it, it’s not a surprise. But even then, it was a surprise to learn that every night, between 9:00 p.m. and midnight, audio and video streaming accounts for 65% of all bandwidth use, and Netflix accounts for fully half of that! That’s right, during those hours, Netflix accounts for one-third of all Internet traffic!

Netflix Class Action Lawsuit over Privacy Settled – You May be a ‘Winner’

A settlement over the class action lawsuit against Netflix for privacy issues, which included retaining personally identifiable data with respect to customer video renting and viewing habits, has been reached, and if you are a current or former Netflix subscriber, you may have received an email notice of the class action settlement. The email, sent from “Online DVD Class Action Administrator” has a subject of “Video Privacy Lawsuit – Current and Former Netflix Subscribers”, and goes on to tell you what your rights are with respect to the settlement, which settlement includes Netflix ‘decoupling’ your video rental and viewing data from your personal information. It also advises you that you have to opt out of the settlement in order to retain any rights you may have to sue Netflix directly over the privacy violation.

Netflix Gearing Up for Sharing Your Viewing History with Social Networks

Netflix has just had a big legislative win with the Feds. The legislation, HR 2471, removes a decades-old federal restriction (part of the Video Privacy Protection Act) banning public disclosure of video rental records. This means that Netflix could share what movies and television shows you’ve viewed with your friends on Facebook, followers on Twitter, etc.. HR 2471 just passed in the House, and is up for vote with the Senate.

Netflix Raises Rates – Netflix Rate Hike Affects All DVD Customers

Netflix has announced that they are raising their rates, effective for new customers immediately, while the new fees for existing customers will be effective September 1st. The rate hike is said to be necessary to reflect the increased cost of doing business, particularly with respect to postage rates for mailing DVDs. While the new prices apply to everyone, the new pricing plans will most affect those who had the unlimited streaming plus unlimited DVD plan, as Netflix is now separating the two plans, and you must pay a fee for each separately.

Netflix Unveils New “No DVDs at All” Plan

In a clear sign of the times, Netflix has just unveiled a new monthly plan in which you don’t get any DVDs at all. While this may sound like a page out of The Onion or other satire rag, we promise you that it’s true. The new Netflix “Watch Instantly Unlimited” (only) plan is a nod to the many Netflix customers who now only watch Netflix via real-time streaming, such as to an iPad or a Netflix set-top device, and don’t check out DVDs at all.