Netflix in the news update

Several things have happened since the last installment of Netflix in the news a few weeks ago. Some of these things were done in reaction to opinions by users and others have been done to users by malicious phishing scams.

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As reported here a few weeks ago, Netflix planned to split their services into two different companies. The two companies would be Netflix and Qwikster. Users were outraged by the news of the proposed company split. While the news was not what users wanted to hear, it was not all bad. The new company Qwikster planned to offer new services with its DVD service. It seems the public outcry against the company’s plans were too much for the service; they recently announced in an email to users they planned to cancel Qwikster altogether and Netflix would remain as it had been with users being able to view streaming and rent DVDs.

Along with the news of the extremely short-lived Qwikster service, there have been rumors that Netflix is searching to gain some more current content. These rumors appear to be true as Netflix made an offer for rerun rights to the CW’s content. This works in both companies’ favor since the CW is not doing well on reruns and Netflix would be able to get new content. Shows such as “Gossip Girl” and “The Vampire Diaries” are just some of what Netflix is buying the rerun rights to.

Netflix users are facing a new threat to their accounts, as several news sources reported the appearance of a false Netflix app on the Android market. The app looks extremely similar to the legitimate Netflix app until they are compared side by side. The app provides the initial screen prompting users to log in. When users enter their information the app pops up telling them there has been a hardware incompatibility and encourages them to install an update. The update is really an uninstall command and the app attempts to remove itself. Security experts are puzzled by the app since user payment information is encoded, even to the users themselves when they are on their accounts. Along with this, it appears the server intended to store all of the stolen account information is not even online.

Netflix continues to be a hot bed of news. The service, while respecting the wishes of its users may ultimately regret folding to their demands. The increasing recent and relevant content on Netflix is clearly intended to make them increasingly competitive with Hulu, which streams current episodes of TV shows a day after they air on TV. The fake Netflix app is a mystery since it doesn’t appear to do anything besides giving someone a chance to use other people’s accounts to view movies and TV shows for free.