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May 3, 2013 | By Matthew Fleischer
These are heady days for the online on-demand entertainment service Netflix. The company's stock recently surged 22% after a strong earnings report and news that it signed up 2 million new subscribers in the first quarter of the year. The company's success has largely been credited to its move into original content -- particularly its political drama “House of Cards.” With David Fincher on the creative team, the show follows the political trials and travails of mercenary Democratic House whip Frank Underwood and his equally mercenary wife Claire.
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April 10, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
A plunge in once-soaring technology shares sent Nasdaq into a triple-digit decline and yanked the rest of the stock market down with it. Erstwhile darlings such as Netflix Inc. and Facebook Inc., as well as biotechnology highfliers such as Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc., sank Thursday as investors fled many names they had favored just a few weeks ago. The sell-off was less a result of economic developments as it was the hard reality of a...
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September 12, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
With each new member of its inaugural rollout, Netflix continues its creative course of conservative innovation. It has the star-studded drama ("House of Cards"), a little horror for the young folk ("Hemlock Grove"), the iconic re-issue ("Arrested Development") and a sassy dramedy ("Orange Is the New Black"). Really, all that's missing from this cable template is a period piece and something new from Ricky Gervais. And now, here's something new from Ricky Gervais. "Derek," which appears in its seven-episode entirety Thursday, is a heartbreaking mess of a show.
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March 21, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings took to his company's blog this week to call for the implementation of strong net neutrality rules. Hasting's blog post comes about two months after a federal appeals court disallowed government regulations that ensured equal access to the Internet for all users and companies. This concept of equal access to the Internet is known as net neutrality. "To ensure the Internet remains humanity's most important platform for progress, net neutrality must be defended and strengthened," Hastings wrote.
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February 6, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In "Lilyhammer," whose eight parts debut Monday as an exclusive Netflix stream, Steven Van Zandt retrieves his Silvio wig from the "Sopranos" costume box to play Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano, a New York mobster who retreats into witness protection in Lillehammer, Norway. He remembers the town from broadcasts of the 1994 Winter Olympics as a place of "clean air, fresh white snow, gorgeous broads" and figures it will be the last place anyone would think to look for him. You know how that will go. To say that this is the first original series from the video rental giant is not to say that it originated with the company.
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February 15, 2014 | By Todd Martens
"Orange Is the new Black" will be returning for a second season on June 6, Netflix confirmed on Saturday. The announcement was tucked onto the end of the second-season finale of "House of Cards," the full 13 episodes of which went live on Netflix at midnight PST. A brief teaser trailer, embedded above, was released, but few details or hints as to what viewers may expect in the second season were revealed. Also unknown at press time is how the president feels about the series. Barack Obama's TV tastes became national news when he asked via Twitter that no one spoil "House of Cards" for the Oval Office viewing audience . Jenji Kohan's women-in-prison comedy-drama, an adaptation of  Piper Kerman's memoir, which chronicled her yearlong stint in federal prison, earned its lead, Taylor Schilling, a Golden Globe nomination in its first season.
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July 11, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Piper Kerman was a comfortably settled member of the Manhattan creative class on the day in 1998 when two police officers knocked on her door, telling her she'd been indicted for her brief but fateful involvement in a drug-trafficking operation years earlier. By the time she finally went to prison six years later, she was engaged, in her 30s and desperate to get her 15-month sentence over with. “The beginning of the sentence was the beginning of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel,” Kerman said this week, over a late lunch of heirloom tomatoes at the trendy New York City gastropub the Breslin -- a far cry from the iceberg lettuce and mystery meat she subsisted on while locked up at a federal prison in Danbury, Conn.
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August 14, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Netflix's next international launch will be in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, the subscription video giant announced late Tuesday. The company will launch its streaming video service in Scandinavia by the end of 2012. It did not announce further details, except that it will give subscribers a mix of Hollywood movies and television shows along with local content for a monthly fee. Netflix previously said it would launch in a new European market later this year. The Times reported in 2011 that it was considering Scandinavia along with Spain and a combination of the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium.
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November 8, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Netflix is bulking up its programming with a roster of new Marvel superheroes. The online movie and television service struck a deal with Walt Disney Co. to develop original live-action TV series based on four of Marvel's lesser-known comic book characters: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. The first of four serialized programs and a miniseries will appear on Netflix in 2015. The deal announced Thursday affords Disney's Marvel Television unit the opportunity to develop stories and build audiences for these below-the-radar heroes, without the added scrutiny of daily Nielsen TV ratings or weekend ticket-sale tallies.
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November 1, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Carl Icahn has amassed a nearly 10% stake in Netflix Inc., boosting the sagging stock of the subscription video service but also making some wary that the activist investor will make waves for management. The billionaire has quietly acquired about 5.5 million shares since early September, buying stock at an average price of $58 a share - well off its peak of $298.73 in July 2011. The opportunistic Icahn said the company's stock is undervalued, given its influential role in technological changes that are revolutionizing how consumers watch movies and television shows.
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March 19, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda will be clocking in together once again.  The actresses, who co-starred in the classic 1980 workplace comedy "9 to 5," will team up again in "Grace and Frankie," a new single-camera sitcom for Netflix. The series also boasts a creative team that includes Howard J. Morris, writer and producer of 'Sullivan & Son," and Marta Kauffman, co-creator of a little show known as "Friends" as well as "Dream On," an early original series on HBO. Through 13 half-hour episodes, "Grace and Frankie" will explore the relationship between two women in their twilight years, Grace (Fonda)
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March 13, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Netflix and DreamWorks Animation announced the next round of original animated series from their partnership on Thursday, with three new original series and new episodes of the previously launched "Turbo FAST. " The three new series, which are expected to debut on Netflix later in 2014, are "King Julien," a solo series starring the zany lemur character from the "Madagascar" films; "Puss in Boots," starring the Antonio Banderas-voiced character from the "Shrek" films; and "Veggie Tales in the House," new Christian-themed stories from the long-running franchise.
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March 10, 2014 | By Meg James
Comcast Corp. has signed a licensing agreement with Sony Pictures Entertainment that will increase the number of titles offered for sale through Comcast's recently launched digital store. The deal with Sony is noteworthy because it allows Comcast customers to purchase digital copies of such Oscar-nominated movies as "American Hustle," and "Captain Phillips" from Comcast's Xfinity On Demand digital service. "American Hustle" will be available beginning Tuesday, and "Captain Phillips" and other movies, including "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2," will be available within a few weeks.
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February 28, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
The little hockey-puck-sized Apple TV has turned into a big business.  During the company's annual shareholders meeting on Friday, Chief Executive Tim Cook said Apple TV had generated $1 billion for the company in its last fiscal year.  That figure includes sales of the $99 Apple TV unit as well as the content people are purchasing over it.  "It's a little bit harder to call it a hobby," Cook said. That was a reference to Cook's previous habit of saying the company considered Apple TV a "hobby" whenever someone tried to prod him into talking about his plans for the device.
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February 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
When it comes to pay, internships can be a struggle -- that is, of course, unless you work at one of the world's top tech companies. Nineteen out of the top 25 highest-paying companies for internships come from the tech industry, according to a Friday report by Glassdoor , a jobs and careers website. Many of the top companies pay their interns more than $5,000 per month on average. At the top of the list is Palantir Technologies, which pays interns $7,012 per month on average.
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February 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The good news is Netflix has built a feature for its service that can detect if users fall asleep while watching a movie. The bad news is that users may never get to try the feature out. The video streaming company held a 24-hour hack day earlier this month during which staffers created numerous features that could potentially be integrated into Netflix's service. Among them was "Sleep Tracker," a feature that capitalizes on the technology of wearable devices to detect if users have fallen into a slumber.
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June 20, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Eli Roth's "Hemlock Grove" will get a second season on Netflix, though the Pennsylvania terrors will be slightly compressed. The 10-episode second season (down three from its first) will roll out next year.  And writer-producer Charles H. Eglee ("The Walking Dead," "The Shield") joins the creepy horror drama as an executive producer. The series, which stars Famke Janssen (“X-Men”), Bill Skarsgard (“Simon & the Oaks”), and Dougray Scott (“Mission Impossible II”), explores the really weird stuff happening in a small Pennsylvania town -- and the secrets of its inhabitants.
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June 28, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
In a world where mobile phones, game consoles and a growing number of technologies talk back to consumers, Netflix is giving its movie and TV recommendation service a voice. Netflix has unveiled a talking, human-like interface named “Max,” who greets subscribers with a game-show host's exuberance and invites them to play irreverent games, such as “Max's Mystery Call” and “Celebrity Mood Ring.” It seeks to inject humor into the analytical process of offering viewing suggestions - and to further differentiate the service from competitors such as Amazon.com or Hulu.
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February 26, 2014 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The advocacy group Consumers Union is urging federal regulators to scrutinize the deal struck between cable giant Comcast Corp. and the Internet streaming service Netflix. Netflix agreed to pay to directly connect to Comcast's network to improve the video quality of movies and TV shows streamed to subscribers, after many complained about deteriorating quality. Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports magazine, called on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler and U.S. Atty.
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February 26, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
In a huge coup for the New York-based production community, on Wednesday Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Disney, Marvel and Netflix announced that the upcoming "Flawed Heroes of Hell's Kitchen"  series for Netflix will be filmed principally in New York state. The multi-series collaboration will represent the largest film or television project commitment in the history of the state, according to the governor's office.  Production is scheduled to begin this summer on the four series and miniseries based on the characters Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
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