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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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Netflix app may soon let you remove titles from the Continue Watching list

Whenever you want to remove an unwanted series or movie from your Continue Watching list in Netflix, you have to jump through some hoops. You can't get rid of content right through the app on your phone or TV; you have to head to your Viewing Activity in your account's settings on Netflix's website instead. Thankfully, it looks like the company wants to make this more streamlined and is working on adding this functionality to its Android app.

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[Update: Netflix confirms] Netflix testing variable playback speed on Android

Variable playback speed is an invaluable feature for those of us who want to consume the most content in the littlest time possible. Many podcast players and video players support it, and now Netflix is joining the fray. The service is testing playback speed controls on Android.

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[Update: Tests stopped] Netflix wants to use your physical activity data to improve video playback quality

There's nothing worse than watching your favorite show and having it pause to buffer at the most intriguing moment. Unfortunately, commuters can experience this quite often, but Netflix is trying an unusual way to solve this issue. Indeed, the company is testing how it can improve video quality while a viewer is on the go by tracking their "physical activity."

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Netflix's new mobile-only streaming plan for India is just $3

As Netflix continues funneling its resources to content production and acquisition, it has demanded more money year after year from consumers — some of whom are now beginning to question exactly how much of it they're using on digital subscriptions. After all, quality viewing is available from more places in more formats than ever before and some of those platforms are free. Well, the streaming titan has decided to take a step to defending its budget flank from the competition by debuting a new plan for mobile-only users in India that costs the equivalent of less than $3 a month.

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[Update: Coming back online] It's not just you: Netflix is down right now for many

If you've been unable to get on Netflix tonight to watch your shows and movies, you're not the only one. The streaming service seems to be down globally on the web, meaning that everyone, myself included, will have to do something actually productive with your time. Or you can just watch with your phone or tablet, as mobile seems unaffected.

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[Update: More notes] T-Mobile One rebrands as 'Magenta,' bumps cost of complimentary Netflix on old plans

T-Mobile is rebranding its service plan offerings away from T-Mobile ONE to Magenta. Starting from June 2, those who sign onto a new basic plan will get a mobile hotspot boost while existing customers will have to endure major shifts to the Netflix on Us program. The self-titled "Un-carrier" is also trying to round up switchers onto the new plan by letting them carry over whatever service rate discounts they have.

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Netflix saves our kids from up to 400h of advertisements, study finds

Netflix has changed TV consumption behavior all around the world, but first and foremost in the US. It enabled many households to become cord cutters, turning their backs on traditional cable TV and relying on internet services like Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, YouTube TV, and others instead. The advantage with many of these is that they have no or barely any advertisement, compared to regular TV. This has implications on kids in these households, too, saving them from up to 400 hours of ads a year.

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Netflix improves surround sound, Dolby Atmos quality for TV users

Netflix produces massive amounts of rich video content laden with special effects, deep color, and vibrant sound. The quality of that output, however, is dependent on your internet connection. Understandably, the company wants to raise the ceiling on its audio game for its TV users — it's now rolling out a new adaptive technology that will boost Dolby Atmos and 5.1 surround sound to its best levels yet.

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