Would You Ditch Netflix if They Started Showing Ads?

By: Kassidy Coleman

 
How often do you binge watch Netflix? Maybe more often than you’d like to admit? It’s okay, we already know that Netflix is one of the more popular subscription streaming video services. But there’s something you may or may not have noticed recently: Netflix prices have been rising while their catalog has been shrinking. In fact, the U.S. catalog for Netflix has shrunk by more than 2,500 titles in less than 2 1/2 years. There’s no question – Netflix is changing.

If you’re wondering why Netflix is changing, think about it for a second. Netflix used to be THE subscription video streaming service, there was absolutely no competition. Now Netflix actually has direct competitors like Hulu and Amazon who could be to blame for the changes. Before, Netflix didn’t have to worry too much about competitors because Netflix had a large catalog to browse and was completely ad free. It’s becoming apparent that Netflix is starting to get a little hurt by its competitors.

If Netflix showed ads it would increase their revenue without having to increase the prices for customers. Would you want to deal with ads on Netflix? According to AllFlicks, most Netflix customers would prefer what’s pretty much impossible – no ads, cost as little as possible, and of course have a catalog full of content.

AllFlicks asked 1,200 people on Reddit if they would rather pay more for Netflix or see advertisements while they watched videos. Over 90% of the participants stated they would prefer to pay more than see ads.

Good thing these findings line up closely to what Netflix found – they opted to increase the price slightly instead of having ads. AllFlicks also discovered that many users would ditch the streaming service completely if they started to show ads. 74% of participants agreed that they would say goodbye to Netflix if they started to show ads. Some participants were so upset by just the idea of Netflix showing ads that they used profanity.

Would you leave Netflix if they started to show ads? Let us know in the comments below or join the conversation on Twitter!

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Immersive Home Theater Experience

With the quality of home theaters today it’s hard to imagine that the viewing experience could get much better. A new product, called DreamScreen is challenging that very claim. The DreamScreen TV light kit connects through HDMI and instantly brightens the picture, softens the image, and extends the size of your screen.

Here’s how it works: The Video Mode is responsive to the color pixels on your screen at 60 frames a second. This effect creates a new immersive home theater experience that makes your TV bigger and actually softens the picture on your eyes. To further DreamScreen’s individuality, it does more than just enhance your viewing. It also has a Music Mode where the LED lights bounce and react to the beats of your music creating a visual light show, using an audio visualizer. More so, it has an Ambient Lighting Mode, which doesn’t require your screen at all. In this mode, the DreamScreen users can select the color and brightness behind the actual screen. This then sets an ambiance and adjusts the Brightness of its users mood. All these features are controlled via Bluetooth on the free DreamScreen TV App. Dreamscape can be used for a variety of TV uses but one of the more enjoyed methods of employing these features are with interactive video games. Responsive television lighting enhances the game, stretches the picture, and makes any game more reactive and fun to play.

DreamScreen is currently running a kickstarter campaign and you can head over to their page to support them and get your own DreamScreen setup, don’t wait to get yourown home theater experience started!

DreamScreen comes with an HDMI cord, a set of LED light strings, and a power supply and splitter for the HDMI and USB cables. To learn more about this exciting new technology visit www.dreamscreentv.com today.

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Beamly – The Social Network for TV Talk

“Michelle is the Social Media & Client Coordinator with a passion for communication and the media. Having recently graduated with a degree in Mass Media, and a dream of one day becoming a broadcaster, Michelle brings a fresh take on all things news – technology, politics, and yes, even sports. Her love for people makes the job something she loves, which is obvious in all that she does for the studio.”

 

Beamly

Beamly, formerly zeebox, is the most popular social network to discuss TV. It’s a global business that’s created a free place to talk about TV online, or on the iOS, Android, or Windows app. On Beamly, a user can type in any television show, and be taken to a TV room where users can share pics, videos, and comments about the show.

When I was on Beamly, I searched Orange is the New Black. I was lead to a chat room where there were several videos of my favorite scenes from season 2. I was able to chat and discuss my favorite character, while using this clean and non-vulgar service! Beamly is really fun, easy to use, and I would recommend it to anyone.

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Ultra-D StreamTV Review

michelle“Michelle is the Social Media & Client Coordinator with a passion for communication and the media. Having recently graduated with a degree in Mass Media, and a dream of one day becoming a broadcaster, Michelle brings a fresh take on all things news – technology, politics, and yes, even sports. Her love for people makes the job something she loves, which is obvious in all that she does for the studio.”

I know, I know. CES seems like it was years ago — especially after SXSW and MWC. But, unlike my bosses, I was only able to attend CES, so I’m still talking *blogging* about it.

I haven’t really discussed the TVs at CES, but 4K and curved TVs were all the rage! I understand why everyone loved the 4K TVs… they’re beautiful and the quality is unlike anything that you’ve ever experienced.

However, I didn’t understand the hype about the curved TVs. Yes, Samsung had a super-cool “booth” with gorgeous images of underwater life. But, PLEASE tell me why everyone was so obsessed with the curved TVs! The picture was the amazing 4K, but the curved screen wasn’t all that great.

C’mon people, give me something I can really gasp at!

STREAM TV NETWORKS, INC. ULTRA-D DISPLAYS

The Ultra-D StreamTV is definitely a jaw dropper. I didn’t see this at CES, but they brought it to the NewsWatch office and I was truly impressed. This TV is not only a 4K TV, but it’s also 3D! Let me repeat this for you — 3D AND 4K! Uh… awesome! To make it even better, this is a 3D TV that doesn’t require those goofy glasses. Glasses free, 4K, 3D, need I say more? Watch our review or head to ultra-d.com to learn all the nitty gritty.

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Whoosh 3D App Review

michelle“Michelle is the Social Media & Client Coordinator with a passion for communication and the media. Having recently graduated with a degree in Mass Media, and a dream of one day becoming a broadcaster, Michelle brings a fresh take on all things news – technology, politics, and yes, even sports. Her love for people makes the job something she loves, which is obvious in all that she does for the studio.”

Have you looked at the prices of 3D TVs? They’ve gone down over the years, but they’re still pretty pricey. They can range from just $1,000 to several thousands of dollars. And as much as I love watching TV and movies in 3D, I’m not sure that I could invest that kind of money.

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At CES, we came across Whoosh 3D, an app and screen overlay for phones and tablets. The screen overlay converts your 2D screen into 3D, without having to wear glasses. There’s also the Whoosh 3D app where you can capture, convert, and create your own 3D movies. So not only are you watching your movies and shows in 3D, you’re also creating your own 3D experiences. We understand that you probably don’t want your phone on 3D 24/7, so there’s an easy way to shut the 3D off and just have a nice screen protector on your phone. If you love 3D, head to Whoosh3D.com.

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Biggifi Turns Your TV into Your Smartphone

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We use our phones for almost everything: shopping, listening to music, watching TV. But our phones can only do so much. They don’t offer the same quality as something with a bigger screen.

Biggifi can convert your TV into your smartphone. The state of the art technology will allow you to act like you’re on your phone, but on a greater scale. It’s an HDMI device running Android that connects wirelessly to your phone so you can run millions of apps on your tv. Your phone turns into the controller and you can pinch, touch, slide, and even tilt your phone to control apps on your TV. If you’d like to learn more about Biggifi, click here.

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