You grab a snack and a tasty beverage, crash down onto your sofa, pick up the Apple TV remote, cue Netflix, hit play, and... get the horrible 'An error occurred loading this content. Try again later." message. You do, and... same error. Again, and again. You snack turns soggy, your beverage goes flat, and Netflix still gives you nothing but errors and frustration. That was me. Tonight. Until I remembered that a restart fixes just about everything!
The success of digital video services continues to rage, and the latest big news item is that in certain territories the new Breaking Bad spinoff will be exclusive to Netflix. European and Latin American viewers will be turning to their Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, or any number of other Netflix compatible devices when "Better Call Saul" begins in 2014.
Disney's Marvel division has signed a deal with Netflix to bring Daredevil (I liked the Affleck film, what of it?), Luke Cage (Power Man), Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and the Defenders to the streaming video service starting in 2015. Each character will get their own show, and then in Marvel Cinematic style, the Defenders will team them all together. Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment:
Netflix, which has found enormous success - and viewer affection - with original series like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, is reportedly now considering some original movies as well. And yes, they'd debut on Netflix's service - including iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV - day and date with theatrical release. Netflix's Ted Sarandos, as quote by Peter Kafka on AllThingsD:
Netflix has announced that Super HD content is now being rolled out to all customers and all capable devices, which includes the current generation Apple TV. Previously the content was only available to a limited number of folks using specific Internet service providers whom had a direct connection to Netflix.
If you use Netflix on your iPhone and iPad regularly to find and discover new shows and movies, you may take into consideration ratings before you decide what to watch. Contributing to ratings always makes a community a better place and Netflix is no exception. You can even rate shows and movies on Netflix right from your iPhone or iPad.
Netflix offers a convenient My List feature that lets you save titles of movies and shows that you want to remember to watch later. If you happen to be browsing Netflix on your iPhone or iPad, you can easily add shows to your watch later list in just a few taps.
If you don't want to use cable TV or satellite, you still have myriad choices for getting your fix of video content thanks to a plethora of download and streaming services. But the landscape of streaming entertainment is badly fractured because of copyright issues, turf wars and fear, uncertainty and doubt from the companies that control the content. Will it ever change?
The new Netflix user profiles for shared accounts are set to be rolled out by the end of August, but according to reports the feature is already beginning to show up on the Apple TV for some. First noticed by MacRumors, those with certain shared accounts will start to see unique user profiles showing up when opening the app: