Monday, 25 June 2012

Exclusive New Feature Films Added This Week in UK and Ireland

At Netflix, we work to have something for everyone on our service. This week we are adding two great films in the UK and Ireland, a great family movie and a crime thriller.

If you or your children dream of becoming a famous inventor, then Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a great option for a family movie night. Released by Sony Pictures Animation, and based loosely on the children’s book by Judi and Ron Barrett, Cloudy is a story about Flint (voiced by Bill Hader) and his pet monkey (voiced by Neil Patrick Harris) who together invent a machine that mutates water into food! Intrigued? Check it out only on Netflix starting today, 25 of June.

Or, if you are looking for a crime thriller that’s full of surprises, great cinematography and anchored by amazing performances by Ryan Gosling, Albert Brooks and Bryan Cranston, then Drive is the movie for you. Drive premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011, received a standing ovation and won the Best Director’s Award. Check it out only on Netflix starting this Saturday, 30 of June.

Kelly Merryman

Kelly is VP Content responsible for licensing content in the UK and Ireland

Monday, 18 June 2012

Introducing “Recently Added” On Netflix

We’re constantly adding TV programmes and films to the Netflix catalogue, so we’ve decided to add a “Recently Added” row to the Netflix experience in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Latin America. This feature, already available on Netflix in the US and Canada, gives members who have been with Netflix for more than one month an easy way to find all of the titles that have been added during the past month. The “Recently Added” row appears not only on the web, but also on game consoles, tablets, phones and all other devices that stream Netflix. Enjoy!

Todd Yellin is vice president of Product Innovation at Netflix

Monday, 4 June 2012

Announcing the Netflix Open Connect Network

Around the world, people are enjoying nearly a billion hours per month of movies and TV shows from Netflix.  We’ve been delivering these petabytes of data exclusively through commercial content delivery networks.  

Now, in addition to these general-purpose commercial CDNs, we are enabling ISPs to get Netflix video data from Open Connect, a single-purpose Netflix content delivery network we’ve established.  The world’s other major Internet video provider, YouTube, has long had its own content delivery network. Given our size and growth, it now makes economic sense for Netflix to have one as well.  We’ll continue to work with our commercial CDN partners for the next few years, but eventually most of our data will be served by Open Connect.

Like commercial CDNs, Open Connect will provide the Netflix data at no cost to the locations the ISP desires, or ISPs can choose to get the Netflix data at common internet exchanges.   About 5% of Netflix data is already being served by Open Connect. Interested ISPs can find full details at:  

As part of Open Connect, we are also sharing our hardware design and the open source software components of the server.  These cost-efficient designs are suitable for any high-volume provider of large media files.  We welcome commentary and improvements, which will be shared with the community with the goal of a faster, less expensive Internet for all.

Ken Florance

Ken Florance is Vice President of Content Delivery at Netflix

Friday, 1 June 2012

LOST Now Available in the UK and Ireland

Traveling by plane became much more dangerous for the passengers of Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 when their plane crashed and left them on a deserted island in the South Pacific. Starting June 1, Netflix subscribers in the UK and Ireland can relive the island mysteries with the survivors of Flight 815 as they encounter “the Others,” discover the Dharma Initiative and meet the eccentric Desmond Hume. And for those who missed LOST the first time around, Netflix is a great way to experience the thrill of the story for the first time. Click here to start watching all six seasons of the fabulous LOST adventure on Netflix.

Kelly Merryman

Kelly Merryman heads up our licensing and content acquisition efforts for Netflix in the UK and Ireland