In what has been deemed the first of its kind, Netflix has entered into an agreement with the American Council of the Blind, the Massachusetts-based Bay State Council of the Blind, and a blind individual, to add “audio descriptions” to many of the programs offered on its video streaming and DVD rental service.
The recent announcement by Netflix that it has been reducing the video quality of its programs on mobile networks for years – something the new net neutrality rules prohibit Internet service providers (ISPs) from doing – has sparked a firestorm by opponents of net neutrality regulations.
At this year’s Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, networks have reiterated the same idea: Netflix and other streaming platforms don’t have them shaking in their boots. But maybe they should be.
The flow of data over the Internet creates privacy concerns in strange situations.
On July 3, 2012, the CEO of Netflix Inc. did what many of us frequently do: updated his Facebook account. However, he updated his account with a post stating that Netflix viewing “exceeded 1 billion hours” in the month of June.
I spent hours this weekend glued to my computer screen. Curious to know if “House of Cards” would entertain as promised, I watched the first few episodes as a skeptic, only to be rewarded with solid acting, clever writing and a story line that kept on giving.
In the wake of the SEC recommending an enforcement action against Netflix, Inc. and its CEO for social media postings that potentially violate Regulation FD, public companies must increasingly ensure that they understand, and comply with, their obligations under Regulation FD.
The National Association of the Deaf had sued Netflix under the Americans with Disabilities Act because it claimed that the Internet was a place of public accommodation and close captioning was necessary to insure that deaf individuals had equal access to the services.
LXBN TV: SEC Upset with Netflix CEO Over Facebook Post, Needs to Get with the Times—Robert White, Jr.
Make no mistake, the Securities & Exchange Commission has a lot on its plate right now—from the JOBS Act, to combatting insider trading to a number of other things. With that in mind, getting their rules and regulations up-to-date during a time in which the technological landscape is changing drastically probably isn’t their highest priority. As a result, incidents like the one between the SEC and Netflix and its CEO tend to happen. See, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings shared a bit of news via a Facebook post; the SEC labeled it as “selective disclosure” and is now going after both Netflix and Hastings.
Recently, Netflix settled a lawsuit brought by the National Association for the Deaf (NAD) that alleged that its online closed captioning practices violated the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). As a part of the settlement, Netflix agreed to caption all of its “Watch Instantly” programming by September 30, 2014.