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Netflix is bringing an audio-only mode to its Android app

Netflix is bringing an audio-only mode to its Android app

Netflix might not be playing nicely with Google TV for some reason, but the company is pouring tons of resources into its Android app. The service got variable playback speeds and a screen lock feature this year, and now it looks like we're in for audio-only background playback. It could help you save some precious mobile data or leave your phone in your pocket while you're keeping up with your favorite series.

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Netflix isn't playing nicely with Google TV for some reason

Netflix isn't playing nicely with Google TV for some reason

Google TV is meant to act as a starting point for your watching experience by letting you look up titles and see where you're able to watch them including through your current streaming memberships. One of the participating services was Netflix, but it appears that the behemoth has dropped from the Android app.

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Netflix rips off TikTok with new 'Fast Laughs' video feed

Netflix rips off TikTok with new 'Fast Laughs' video feed

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and there sure is plenty of it to go around in the tech sphere. Having borrowed heavily from Instagram's Stories for its Previews section, Netflix is now turning its attention to TikTok for a new type of preview stream it's calling 'Fast Laughs.'

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Netflix is experimenting with a live TV style stream

Netflix is experimenting with a live TV style stream

It's that time of the day when you're back home after a long day at work, and you're ready to grab a beer, watch Netflix, and chill. Unfortunately, by the time you've chosen what to watch, you've already had way too many drinks and are ready to hit the sack. Thankfully, Netflix is deploying a solution that will save you time, at least if you live in France.

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Delay Netflix's new price hike by bundling a subscription with the new Chromecast

Delay Netflix's new price hike by bundling a subscription with the new Chromecast

It's been a little while since Google unveiled the new Chromecast with Google TV, and we still like it. For less than $50, the device offers Chromecast capabilities, a voice remote with Google Assistant, and the latest Google TV experience built in. Right now, you can buy it bundled with six months of Netflix — and it's now an even better deal when you consider the streaming service's recent price hike.

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Netflix would now like up to $18 a month to cancel your favorite shows

Netflix would now like up to $18 a month to cancel your favorite shows

Netflix is following up on last year's price hike with yet another. While most folks are looking to cut costs here at the end of 2020, subscribers can look forward to paying $18 a month for the "Premium" 4K 4-screen streaming plan, or $14 a month for the Standard 2-screen HD plan. Folks using the single-screen SD "Basic" Netflix plan will keep paying the same $9 a month, though, and T-Mobile's Netflix On Us perk is not changing, though the increase will pass through if you used it to upgrade to a higher tier.

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The new Pixel phones stream Netflix in glorious HDR10, because of course they can

The new Pixel phones stream Netflix in glorious HDR10, because of course they can

Netflix is one of the most popular video streaming services out there. The app hit a billion downloads on the Play Store earlier this summer, and Google even included a dedicated button for launching the service on the new Chromecast with Google TV remote (to be fair, so does everyone). With the launch of the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G today, Netflix has confirmed that it will support streaming content in HDR10 on Google's latest phones.

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Netflix teases free content, but you can only watch the beg-

Netflix teases free content, but you can only watch the beg-

Netflix is making some of its content free to watch, but there's a catch. While it has a handful of Movies, Netflix's series like Our Planet and Stranger Things are also included. But Netflix is only tantalizing the uninitiated with the first episode before you hit a paywall.

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Netflix adds HDR10 support for Samsung's latest flagships, plus HD streaming for lesser Samsung devices

Netflix adds HDR10 support for Samsung's latest flagships, plus HD streaming for lesser Samsung devices

As is typical with the weeks following major device releases, Netflix has updated its HD and HDR10 support list with the latest and greatest that phone and tablet manufacturers have to offer. This time around, the list is dominated by Samsung devices, with two TCL phones making it in as well.

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Netflix broke split-screen playback in a recent update

Netflix broke split-screen playback in a recent update

Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away. For ages, you couldn't even play Netflix on Assistant-powered smart displays, though that has since been fixed. This small step forward is accompanied by an equally confusing step back, as sometime recently, Netflix lost the ability to do split-window multitasking — even if you forcibly enable it, playback will stop if you interact with a second window.

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