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The real reason Netflix’s subscriber growth is falling

Netflix Subscriber Growth Decline
Netflix's earnings results earlier this week didn't give investors much to cheer about. While the streaming giant's overall number of subscribers increased over the quarter, the company experienced their slowest rate of subscriber growth in history. As for the reason why, Netflix casually dismissed the data point and instead blamed the tech press for focusing too much on its plans for a $1 increase. But the idea that Netflix subscribers -- including those who were previously grandfathered in under old pricing schemes -- would brazenly cancel their subscription over a meager $1 price increase just didn't make a whole lot of sense to some, including CNBC's Jim Cramer. Appearing on Squawk on the Street on Tuesday, Cramer instead laid out an opposite theory, namely that users are canceling their subscriptions because of a lack of content.

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Yoni Heisler

July 22nd

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Watch the new trailers for Marvel’s ‘Luke Cage’ and ‘Iron Fist’ from Comic-Con

Luke Cage Iron Fist Trailers
Yesterday was a big day for fans of Marvel's Netflix series. Not only did the two companies reveal the first (not so great) teaser for The Defenders, they also revealed that Daredevil would be getting a third season and showed off brand new trailers for two highly anticipated shows: Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

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Jacob Siegal

July 22nd

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Netflix subscribers spend nearly 50% more time watching content than Hulu subscribers

Netflix Vs Hulu
Anchored by an ever-increasing library of original content, Netflix over the last two years successfully managed to increase its subscriber base by an impressive 50%. But when it comes to all things Wall St., the What have you done for me lately? dynamic still reigns supreme. So when the streaming giant released its earnings earlier this week and disclosed that its subscriber growth over the last quarter was lower than it had ever been before in company history, investors were quick to panic. Since Monday, shares of Netflix have fallen by nearly 15%. Part of the problem, according to Netflix, was higher than anticipated subscriber churn fueled by "press coverage in early April of our plan to un-grandfather longer tenured members.” In other words, some subscribers aren't too keen on any type of price increase. All told, it hasn't been the best of weeks for the company that has graced us with hits like House of Cards and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. But not to worry Netflix fans, not all hope is lost.

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Yoni Heisler

July 21st

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Netflix confirms ‘Making a Murderer’ is returning for season 2

Making A Murderer Season 2
Making a Murderer, the Netflix original true-crime documentary that set off a firestorm of debate regarding the justice system in the United States, is coming back for a second season. For those unfamiliar with the documentary, the engaging series takes an unflinching and thought-provoking look at how a man named Steven Avery may have been sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit, not once, but twice.

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Yoni Heisler

July 19th

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Sharing is fine, but there’s one thing Netflix won’t let you do with your password

Netflix Password Sharing Legal
Netflix password sharing is a common phenomenon, and practically everyone does it. It’s the only way to access the service free of charge. If you’ve got a friend or family member who’s a paying subscriber to Netflix, then all you need is his or her password to get in on the action. There’s legal precedent that makes Netflix password sharing a federal crime, but Netflix really doesn’t care about that. In fact, Netflix says you can do whatever you want with your password... as long as you don't try to sell it.

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Chris Smith

July 18th

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Netflix has made movie playlists, and I’m weirdly excited

Netflix Playlists: Flixtapes
Netflix has added the option to make movie playlists and share them with friends. This isn't a particularly new or complicated idea, but I'm hoping that Flixtapes (because everything has to be #branded these days) can help fix Netflix's movie discovery problem. What discovery problem? Well, the fact that despite Netflix's giant library, I still find myself stuck finding new things to watch every evening. Netflix's algorithms are pretty good, but they're mostly only useful for showing you things similar to what you've seen before.

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Chris Mills

July 15th

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Watch the first 8 minutes of ‘Stranger Things’ before it hits Netflix on Friday

Stranger Things Netflix Preview Video
As if you didn't have enough entertainment to keep you preoccupied this month already, Netflix has an intriguing original series launching tomorrow called Stranger Things. We shared the first trailer for the series a little over a month ago, but on the eve of the show's launch, Netflix has shared the first eight minutes of the pilot on YouTube. And they're definitely worth watching.

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Jacob Siegal

July 15th

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The only way to stream 1080p Netflix is to use Microsoft Edge

Netflix HD Quality
Microsoft Edge is too closely related with the train-wreck Internet Explorer to be taken seriously. But it's actually not a bad alternative to Chrome, which uses so much battery life (and RAM) that it cripples most laptops. And as it turns out, there's one really good reason to use Edge: it's the only PC browser that can stream 1080p video from Netflix.

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Chris Mills

July 14th

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Amazon doubles down on exclusive movie rights as battle with Netflix intensifies

Amazon Vs Netflix
With Netflix determined to create as many new original programs as it can, Amazon appears to be taking a somewhat different route. While Amazon has of course invested quite a bit in developing its own stable of original content, the online retail giant seems more intent on fleshing out its library of A-list movies than Netflix is.

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Yoni Heisler

July 8th

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Sharing your Netflix password might constitute a federal crime

Sharing Netflix Password Crime
You might want to think twice when sharing your Netflix or HBO password with a friend or loved one, because it apparently constitutes a punishable federal crime. That’s according to a new ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a case that has nothing to do with online streaming sites or binge-watching sessions, but does involve the sharing of passwords.

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Chris Smith

July 7th

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