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October 1, 2016

Netflix Outage Sees This Weekend’s Binge Watching Die

Netflix goes down and the world erupts in collective despair.

This Saturday afternoon (Eastern Time), Netflix went offline. Not entirely offline. The homepage still loads, with a big buffet offering of Netflix original TV shows and movies.

This spread is just a tease, however, as users are instead greeted with an error message in any attempt to use the streaming service.

This weekend’s Luke Cage binge, disrupted.

Netflix has acknowledged the outage with a social media post that read:

Hi all – we are aware of streaming issues and we are working quickly to solve them. We will update you when they are [...]

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February 12, 2016

Netflix Phishing And Malware Campaigns Build Growing Black Market

Netflix’s expansion to 130 new regions has boosted the market for stolen Netflix passwords, according to Symantec, a Mountain View, Calif.-based technology security company. Netflix’s streaming service is currently available in 190 regions.

Symantec noted that phishing campaigns and malware are targeting Netflix users’ information. The hackers add the users’ information to a growing black market that offers cheaper access to the service.

Malicious files posing as Netflix software.

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One such campaign uses malicious files that pose as Netflix software on compromised computer desktops. Once the downloaded files execute, the [...]

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January 19, 2016

Popcorn Time Is Still Going Strong despite Netflix’s Global Expansion

Movie- and TV shows-streaming platform Popcorn Time is still being used as a go-to viewing resource for users around the world.

An MPAA-led takedown ensured that headlines were made of the demise of PopcornTime and its streaming resource YTS. YIFY, the group behind YTS was declared to be shut down permanently. An unnamed individual in a quiet suburb in New Zealand was revealed to be the mastermind behind the movie-release operation. All of the above occurred during the final months of 2015.

At the time, the takedowns were heralded as a comprehensive blow to piracy and illegal streaming.

2016 saw Netflix expand globally to a 130 new countries, adding the internet [...]

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December 8, 2015

Netflix, YouTube, Others = 70% of Bandwidth Use

The most recent report from Sandvine, a broadband industry analyst group, has some interesting conclusions. One of these conclusions is perhaps most interesting to our readers: that 70% of all home broadband usage goes to “home entertainment,” that is, streaming video and music.

As the below graph shows, traffic for “fixed access,” industry code for home users, peaks at night and is dedicated largely to streaming media. The report notes:

For this report, unsurprisingly, Real-Time Entertainment maintains its status as the dominant traffic category in the region and the key driver for continued network growth. Real-Time Entertainment (audio and video traffic) is now [...]

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