#6 – The Netpix Podcast: A Prophet, Restrepo, Exam, Hoodwinked!

Get your fix of Netpix and Netflix in this six mix! In this sixth episode of the Netpix Podcast, we discuss Netflix’s new handling of data usage in Canada, Paramount’s recent deal with Netflix.ca, and Facebook’s addition of more streamable films. We then check out A Prophet, Restrepo, Exam, and Hoodwinked. It’s our sixiest episode yet!

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News
– Netflix lowers Canadian data usage by two thirds:

Now Canadians can watch 30 hours of streaming from Netflix in a month that will consume only 9 GBytes of data, well below most data caps.
They created three settings:
1. “Good” – The default setting with good picture quality and lowest data use per hour (about 0.3 GBytes/hour)
2. “Better” – Better picture quality and medium data use per hour (about 0.7 GBytes/hour)
3. “Best” – Best picture quality and highest date use per hour (generally about 1.0 GBytes/hour – or up to 2.3 GBytes/hour when streaming HD content)

– Netflix.ca signs a contract with Paramount to distribute its movies, excluding the traditional Canadian broadcasters CBC and CTV, beginning with Iron Man 2.

– The Facebook experiment continues! Facebook is expanding its list of streamable films to include Inception, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Life as We Know It, and (sigh) Yogi Bear.

Additional stories:
– Is Netflix planning to expand globally?
– Some networks are reported to have renegotiated their deals with Netflix following the announcement of House of Cards, last month.

Reviews
A Prophet (Un prophete) (Netflix.comNetflix.ca)
Restrepo (Netflix.com)
Exam (Netflix.comNetflix.ca)
Hoodwinked! (Netflix.ca)

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Josh – Restrepo
Scott – Restrepo

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#5 – The Netpix Podcast: Who Killed the Electric Car?, He Died With a Felafel in His Hand, Half Nelson, Fantastic Mr. Fox

Five is live! There is very little mayo in this cinco, wherein we discuss the current state of Netflix before checking out Who Killed the Electric Car?, He Died With a Felafel in His Hand, Half Nelson & Fantastic Mr. Fox. This one’ll put hair on your face.

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News Jer Shares, Because Jer Cares
This week, we were joined by special guest Jeremy Clarke, who discussed some of the shortcomings of Netflix’s current product design and had several suggestions for how Netflix subscribers can better optimize their Netflix experience.

Reviews
Who Killed the Electric Car? (Netflix.ca)
He Died With a Felafel in His Hand (Netflix.comNetflix.ca)
Half Nelson (Netflix.com)
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Netflix.ca)

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Jer – Who Killed the Electric Car?
Josh – Fantastic Mr. Fox
Scott – Half Nelson

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BONUS #1 – The Netpix Podcast: Double Indemnity

We’re crazy about this bonus episode, baby. This episode is a special one in that we’re releasing it separately from our regular shows. We were planning to cover the 1944 classic film noir Double Indemnity in episode 4 of the podcast, but at the time of recording, it was removed from Instant Streaming both in Canada and the U.S. So, we’ve decided to release the review as a stand-alone bonus episode. We hope you enjoy it, baby. And as always we invite you to contact us (links to the right) with your comments and suggestions.

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#4 – The Netpix Podcast: King of Kong, Monsters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Barrels of fun in this, the fourth episode of the Netpix Podcast! Every week, Josh and Scott cover the latest news surrounding Netflix, then jump into a discussion of several offerings currently available on Netflix Watch Instantly. Below are the show notes for the episode, and as always we invite you to contact us (links to the right) with your comments and suggestions.

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News
– Netflix has acquired sole distribution rights for the TV series House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey and directed by David Fincher.
– New AT&T bandwidth caps, may cause American Netflix subscribers to think twice before streaming their movies, at least in HD.

Reviews
King of Kong: A Fist Full of Quarters (Netflix.ca)
Monsters (Netflix.com)
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Netflix.com)

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Josh – King of Kong
Scott – King of Kong

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#3 – The Netpix Podcast: I Am Comic, Whip It, Brothers, Fugitive Pieces

Could it be?!? The third episode of The Netpix Podcast?!? Yes it is! And based on the wisdom of schoolyard chants, it is neither the worst nor the best, but is the one with the hairy chest. Every week, Josh and Scott will cover the latest news surrounding Netflix, then jump into a discussion of several offerings currently available on Netflix Watch Instantly. Below are the show notes for our the episode, and as always we invite you to contact us (links to the right) with your comments and suggestions.

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News
– Netflix has updated the user interface on their iOS apps, to mixed reviews.
– Also announced, Facebook is experimenting with online video streaming, starting with The Dark Knight.
– Finally, Xbox owners can expect an update that will allow them to manipulate Netflix using the Kinect before the end of Spring 2011.

Reviews
I Am Comic (Netflix.comNetflix.ca)
Whip It (Netflix.ca)
Brothers (Netflix.com)
Fugitive Pieces (Netflix.com)

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Josh – Whip It
Scott – I Am Comic

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#2 – The Netpix Podcast: The Young Victoria, Centurion, Crank 2: High Voltage, The Secret of Kells

Here she be: the second episode of The Netpix Podcast! Every week, Josh and Scott will cover the latest news surrounding Netflix, then jump into a discussion of several offerings currently available on Netflix Watch Instantly. Below are the show notes for our second episode. We also invite you to contact us (links to the right) with your comments and suggestions.

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News
– The iPad 2 was announced and look! It has HDMI out!
– Also announced, Netflix will be available on Nintendo’s 3DS – does this mean 3D Netflix in the future?

Reviews
The Young Victoria (Netflix.com)
Centurion (Netflix.com)
Crank 2: High Voltage (Netflix.com)
The Secret of Kells (Netflix.com)

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#1 – The Netpix Podcast: Defiance, The Runaways, Freakonomics, Dogtooth

Welcome to Netpix!
We are proud to present the first episode of The Netpix Podcast! Every week, Josh and Scott will cover the latest news surrounding Netflix, then jump into a discussion of several offerings currently available on Netflix Watch Instantly. Each review will then conclude with a recommendation of “Watch” or “Don’t Watch”. Below are the show notes for our inaugural episode. Also, we happily invite you to contact us (links to the right) with your comments and suggestions.

(Please note that while the audio quality of this episode is far from ideal, we expect it to improve dramatically for our next episode… as soon as we pick up a professional microphone.)

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News
– Netflix signs deal with CBS for their content – including Star Trek!
– Amazon Prime to begin offering premium streaming video content to their members. But is it worth switching?
Closed captioning is now available on 30% of Netflix’s online selection, with that number expected to reach 80% by year’s end.

Reviews
Defiance (Netflix.com Netflix.ca)
The Runaways (Netflix.com)
Freakonomics (Netflix.com)
Dogtooth (Netflix.com)

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