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There's a great new extension for Chrome that does just that called Netflix Categories. In general, Netflix does a great job of suggesting what you should watch next. But there are times when you want to see what secret gems might be hiding in Netflix's catalog--recommendations be damned. That's where this new Chrome extension comes in: It uncovers numerous movie and TV show categories you wouldn't otherwise see. To start, download and install Netflix Categories (link above) from the Chrome Web Store.
So you're bingeing on The Walking Dead with your spouse and they fall asleep. Do you turn off the TV and stay faithful to your partner, or do you Netflix cheat? According to a new study released Monday by Netflix, a growing number of people are opting for the latter. The survey, conducted by SurveyMonkey in December, reveals that 46 percent of couples who stream together around the world have "Netflix cheated," aka watched a show ahead of their significant other. That's around three times the amount that admitted to Netflix cheating just four years ago.
Netflix (NFLX) is cracking down on password sharing not only among strangers that fraudulently access accounts but also among friends that share their streaming service subscriptions. The company is performing a test trial with select users that requires account verification through the Netflix TV app by asking them to confirm their account through text or email, USA Today reported. According to Business Insider, the prompt says, "If you don't live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching." If the user cannot confirm their account through these methods, they will be prompted to set up a new account with a 30-day free trial, the news outlet said. A Netflix spokesperson told USA Today, "This test is designed to help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are authorized to do so."
In an effort to compete with the likes of HBO and Netflix, Lionsgate Entertainment and Starz are joining forces. The former is picking up the latter for 4.4 billion in cash and stock, according to The LA Times. The deal seems mutually beneficial. With it, Starz gets some industry cache (and a bunch of cash) that could help it attract projects that'd otherwise go toward HBO and Netflix. If that means more like the fantastic Ash vs Evil Dead, hey, alright.