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Netflix is launching a new TV interface starting today

Netflix has announced that a new interface for its TV experience is rolling out starting today. The updated layout, seen above, includes separate tabs for movies and TV series, among others. It's not clear which specific apps are getting the new look and when — Netflix only said that the update "will begin rolling out to members all over the world today."

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Walmart reportedly considering streaming service to compete with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

Retail behemoth Walmart is thinking about launching a low-cost streaming service in the same vein as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, sources tell The Information. While the venture would be expensive, it could potentially aid Walmart in its ongoing battle against Amazon, which has taken a bite out of the profits of many brick-and-mortar retailers.

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Netflix fast.com internet speed test now measures upload and latency

Netflix's fast.com internet speed test is pretty much the defacto way to check download throughput. Since it uses Netflix's servers to test, you can easily check if your ISP is throttling your video. And it's more likely to reflect the sort of speeds you'll actually see in the real world compared to things like speedtest.net, which often reports unrealistic or inflated numbers. Now Netflix has added some extra info to its test, including latency and upload speeds. 

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Netflix 'Smart Downloads' feature will remove watched episodes and download the next one automatically

Netflix launched video downloads in 2016 after years of begging and pleading by subscribers. Unfortunately, a lot of content isn't available for download because of restrictions by rights holders, but Netflix is making downloads more convenient for the content that is supported. With the new Smart Downloads feature, the app can delete thing you've watched and grab the next episode automatically.

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Netflix is testing an expensive new 'Ultra' subscription tier

Towards the end of last year, Netflix raised its prices in the US, with the most expensive option (Ultra HD, 4 screens) increasing from $11.99 to $13.99. In Europe, that top tier costs €13.99 (£9.99 in the UK). Thankfully, it doesn't look like Netflix is planning to hike its current subscription prices any further, but a new even higher tier could be on the way.

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Netflix finally redesigns its player UI with larger controls, -/+ 10s, and 'Next Episode' button

Netflix might be one of the most popular video-on-demand services on the internet, but it's by no means immune to mistakes. One of those mistakes was its now-former mobile player UI, which just wasn't very well thought-out. The company has finally redone the interface, and it's now much easier to use.

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Netflix now lets you skip boring intros when watching shows on a Chromecast

As much as I love The Office's intro, it does slow down marathons a bit. Netflix introduced the ability to skip TV intros last year, but the feature didn't work while using a Chromecast or similar device. Thankfully, that has finally been fixed, so you can save precious seconds on your next BoJack Horseman marathon.

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Netflix HDR support arrives on Sony Xperia XZ2, Huawei Mate 10 Pro and P20

More and more smartphones are debuting with HDR-capable displays, but actual HDR support from app developers can often take a while. Almost exactly a year ago, LG's G6 became the first device to get Netflix HDR. Since then, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, LG V30, Galaxy Tab S3, Galaxy Note8, Xperia XZ1, Razer Phone, and Galaxy S9 have been updated to support it as well. The Sony Xperia XZ2, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and Huawei P20 have now joined the lineup, meaning there are now a full ten Netflix HDR-capable Android devices.

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Roku is showing an FBI anti-piracy warning for YouTube and some other channels

YouTube TV isn't the only video service that seems to be running into problems today. According to widespread recent reports, many people are having trouble accessing specific Channels on their Roku set-top devices. The affected services, which include YouTube and Netflix, are allegedly showing an FBI anti-piracy warning message. 

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Netflix mobile previews on Android starting to appear for some

About a month ago, Netflix announced that Android and iOS apps were getting previews. The latter launched back then, but Android was simply left with "coming soonTM." Similar to the TV or web experience, these would allow you to see a quick trailer of the show or movie before you invested time in it. Now, it seems like these mobile previews are hitting a small number of devices.

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