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These video streaming services are reducing bandwidth consumption following the coronavirus pandemic (Update: TikTok)

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, most people have to stay quarantined at home to prevent the spread of the virus. This is causing increased network usage, as people need a stable connection to work, study, and of course, entertain themselves. Sadly, the latter requires a high bandwidth, which providers are trying to contain by reducing the quality of their service.

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Whole buttload of Samsung devices get official HD and HDR Netflix support

Over thirty recent phones and tablets have been officially added to Netflix's list of HD-compatible devices, with six new chipsets also making the cut, and 15 more devices picking up named HDR10 support. Although Netflix is usually a bit slow to update its compatibility lists, and several of those included likely had the named support for some time, now it's officially officialer.

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Chromebooks get PIP for Netflix, Ambient EQ coming to more devices

Picture-in-picture, or PIP, is easy to take for granted when the majority of services and devices have supported it for years. But for those of us using Chromebooks, that's not the case. Hardly any apps or services supported it at all until Google released a Chrome extension last January that allowed you to trigger PIP with a keyboard shortcut. It was a start, but having to activate it manually each time was a pain. Thankfully, PIP will now work as it does on Android if you're using Netflix.

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Netflix gets new Chromecast UI with content recommendations and more

When you get home from work and fire up Netflix on the Chromecast tonight, you might notice that something's a bit different today. The company is rolling out a new, and much more attractive interface for the entire Netflix-on-Chromecast experience, including a revamped ambient "Ready to Cast" screen and some tweaks to the loading screen and pause screen.

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Netflix starts showing top 10 charts of its most popular content

Netflix has long shown you lists of popular content on its app's home screen, but so far, you could never see how exactly titles in those ranked. The company is looking to change that as it has announced that it's starting to roll out top 10 lists of most popular series and movies across all platforms and form factors.

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Samsung Galaxy smartphone owners getting exclusive Netflix bonus content

Netflix took a bit of stage time at Samsung's Unpacked show to announce itself as the smartphone maker's exclusive mobile entertainment partner. This will mean that original series creators will be using Galaxy S20 devices to show off behind-the-scenes material and Galaxy smartphone owners will be able to access all of it for free.

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Netflix finally lets you stop autoplaying previews with new profile setting

In what might turn out to be the most wide-reaching news of the week, Netflix has just announced that you can disable autoplaying previews. No longer will we all be forced to listen to the first few interrupted seconds of a preview before deciding there's nothing available that we actually want to watch. Hallelujah.

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A year and a half later Netflix still doesn't work on smart displays, and that's ridiculous

Assistant-powered smart displays aren't exactly "new" anymore. Back in early 2018, when we got our first glance at CES, they were fresh and exciting. And yet, almost two years since they were first revealed and a year and a half since they went on sale, they still have one glaring omission — and, surprisingly, it isn't Google's fault. Although you can stream Hulu, YouTube TV, Twitch, and Disney+ to your Nest Hub or Lenovo Smart Display, it's nearly 2020 and you still can't stream Netflix.

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Netflix tests long-term plans discounted by up to 50%, starting in India

Netflix is now banking on its newer markets as growth in the US has halted amidst rising competition from up-and-coming, cash-rich services like Disney+ and Apple TV+. It’s been exploiting the growth potential in several Asian markets by releasing more regional content and targeting the untapped market section with a cheaper mobile-only plan. The company is also seemingly willing to get more aggressive with its subscription tiers as it’s testing discounted, long-duration plans with a small user group in the Indian market.

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Netflix might expand mobile-only plan to more markets outside of India (Update: Indonesia)

While Netflix is constantly raising prices across its subscriptions internationally, it also debuted a cheaper $3/month plan for mobile-only users in India back in July. The company seems to be caught by surprise by the success of the new tier and is looking to introduce similar inexpensive options to other low-income markets.

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