Netflix picks up Steven Soderbergh’s latest movie shot on iPhone

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Steven Soderbergh is an iPhone convert when it comes to shooting movies.
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Netflix has bought the global distribution rights to Steven Soderbergh’s latest movie High Flying Bird — which, true to the iconic director’s previous word, was shot on iPhone.

This is the second movie by the Academy Award-winning director to be shot using one of Apple’s handsets. After the release of his last movie Unsane, Soderbergh said he was leaning toward shooting all his future projects on iPhone. It seems that he wasn’t kidding!

Apple’s video empire could rival Netflix by 2025

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Apple might combine video and music into one subscription.
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Apple’s video offerings could soon rival the biggest streaming service in the game, according to analysts at Morgan Stanley.

Katy Huberty, who has a reputation as one of the best Apple analysts in the industry, thinks video services will be a huge driver of growth for Apple over the next few years. The company’s potential is so huge that Huberty predicts it will rival Netflix by 2025.

Former Apple video exec helps connect authors with filmmakers

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New startup shows the crossover of tech and Hollywood.
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A former Apple executive who left to join Netflix has launched a new startup, aimed at producing a searchable library of content which can be adapted for movies or TV.

George Berry worked at Apple for almost six years, first as its Senior Manager of Video Operations and then of Global Media Services. He then jumped ship to Netflix, before teaming up with producer Uri Singer to launch TaleFlick as its COO.

Netflix wants to stop paying Apple a cut of its earnings

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Netflix is experimenting with a way to bypass paying Apple.
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Netflix is among the highest-grossing apps in the App Store, but that might not be the case for much longer. That’s because the video streaming company is supposedly looking for ways to bypass iTunes so as to save itself the money that it currently pays Apple.

The decision is at least partially linked to Apple’s efforts in producing its own original video content, which would make it a direct competitor to Netflix.

Walmart plans to take on Netflix with its own streaming service

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Netflix and Apple could soon be competing with Walmart
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Netflix and HBO might be getting some fresh competition soon and we’re not talking about Apple’s growing TV streaming ambitions.

Walmart is supposedly planning to get into the streaming game and it hopes to beat the competition by making the cheapest priced TV streaming service available.

Netflix Smart Downloads manages TV shows for you

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Want to watch the next episode of your favorite show on the subway? Netflix Smart Downloads makes it easy by automatically replacing each watched episode with the next one.
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A new feature in the Netflix app will automatically download episodes of your favorite shows. This means they’re waiting on your phone or tablet when you’re ready.

Netflix already allows users to download episodes to watch later. The improvement announced today just makes it easier.

Netflix just got more expensive as new Ultra plan goes live

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You now have to pay more for the best Netflix package.
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The Netflix Ultra plan we feared was coming is now live in several countries.

Subscribers will have to pay more to enjoy HDR content on compatible TVs, and to stream movies and TV shows on four devices simultaneously. The Premium plan that previously offered these things has been watered-down, as has the Standard plan.

Netflix could be about to get a lot more expensive for some users

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You’ll have to pay extra to keep four streams.
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You might have to pay a lot more for your Netflix subscription if your account is regularly used on more than two devices.

A new leak reveals Netflix could be planning to limit its Premium tier to allow just two devices to stream content simultaneously. Users would have to pay around $20 a more for a new Ultra plan to continue streaming on up to four.

J.J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles team up Apple musical dramedy

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Jony Ive's buddy J.J. Abrams is going to make a TV show for Apple.
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Apple has tapped J.J. Abrams to executive produce its latest straight-to-series order for the half-hour dramedy show called Little Voices.

Abrams’ and Apple have reportedly discussed working together on a number of his projects in the past. This is the first Apple has been able to ink a deal with J.J., but considering his close ties to Jony Ive, we’re surprised it took this long.