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Now that Netflix is getting serious about geoblocking - cracking down on Australians using VPNs to access US content - the streaming giant has said that US military bases will be exempt from geoblocking.
Netflix spokeswoman Anne Marie Squeo explains: "Netflix always exempts U.S. military bases around the world. They will still be able to access the U.S. catalog". But, as overseas servicemembers, using VPNs has become a way of life to access US content from Netflix. Petty Officer 2nd Class Shaundell Wright, quartermaster with Yokosuka Navy Base's Port Operations Dispatch said that being stationed overseas can be a culturally disorientating experience, reports TechSpot.
Wright said: "For me Netflix is a way of being home. It boosts your morale by letting you watch the things you would be able to see at home. We are already in a foreign country and everything is so different. So, to be able to watch Netflix feels good".
Netflix has gotten tough with VPN users in Australia trying to get around the geo-restrictions it puts up, with Netflix blocking Australian viewers from streaming their US-only videos.
We reported a few days ago that uFlix, a paid service that lets Australians change their IP address and DNS settings, and is now getting caught in the flak. Netflix has told some of its Australian customers: "You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again". With over 75 million users, Netflix can pretty much do whatever it wants.
Right now, only certain users are being excluded, with uFlix saying: "We are working on a solution to get around these new measures and apologize for the inconvenience to those who are currently only getting Australian Netflix".
Disney recently announced it had delayed the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII until December 15, 2017 - which has now had a major affect on the sequel to Avatar, also due in Christmas 2017.
According to The Wrap, 20th Century Fox has now delayed Avatar 2 - even after James Cameron said they were targeting the holiday release window of 2017. But, the release of Avatar 2 has been up in the air for a while, rumored for 2014, 2015 and even 2016 - but now, who knows when James Cameron's next juggernaut will be released.
But, it makes sense that they wouldn't want to compete against Disney and the unstoppable Star Wars franchise, especially during the holidays. We're not just talking about the movie here either, but merchandise, and everything else that launches with Star Wars: Episode VIII, and Avatar 2. We should hopefully see Avatar 2 released in 2018, but at this rate it might be 2020 before Avatar 2 is released.
After the huge week that Warner Bros. has had, with new TV spots for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the official trailer to Suicide Squad, and our first look at the Wonder Woman movie for 2017, WB has provided a release date for Justice League: Part One.
Justice League: Part One will be released on November 17, 2017 - a few months after Wonder Woman hits screens on June 23, 2017. Just a few days ago, Warner Bros. released its first concept art for Justice League, where Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg all appear - beautifully, I might add.
The big start to the DCEU started with Man of Steel but kicks off in a far bigger way with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which premieres on March 25, 2016.
After the disappointing Terminator Genisys (even after James Cameron gave it his approval), it should come as no surprise that Paramount Pictures has removed the sequel promised for May 19, 2017 from its release schedule.
Paramount removed it without a reason, but considering it only made $89 million in the US (and around $440 million worldwide) - it's not a surprise. What will take Paramount's position for the May 19, 2017 window? Baywatch, the movie. Yes, it's happening. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson will be starring in the Baywatch adaption, based on the TV series from the 90s that David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson were made household names from.
Seth Gordon is directing, the guy behind Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief, while Johnson will be joined by Zac Efron and Alexandra Daddario.
Netflix experienced a stellar Q4 2015, reporting a huge $1.82 billion in revenue, and profits of only $43 million. This had share prices rising 7% in after-hours trading.
But, the streaming giant announced it now has over 75 million subscribers, with 45 million of those in the United States. Netflix noticed record growth in international markets for the three-month period, with 5.59 million new subscribers to Netflix, with 4.04 million of those outside of the United States, compared to 1.56 million new US-based subscribers.
The company will be increasing the price of its packages by $1 or $2 for existing users, with the new updating pricing already applied for new users as of late last year. Soon, Netflix will remove the grandfathered pricing, forcing everyone to pay $7.99 per month for non-HD streaming, $9.99 per month for HD streaming and 4K streaming will cost $11.99 per month. The company isn't just going to be holding all of that money in their pockets, as they have recently expressed they're spending $6 billion throughout 2016 on 600 hours of original content, as well as new TV series and movies that will be constantly added to Netflix.
Right off the back of the first official trailer to Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. has a double-whammy - our first look at the Wonder Woman movie, set to hit screens in 2017.
Gal Gadot stars as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that'll hit in March, but Patty Jenkins (the director of Monster) is directing Wonder Woman. The first footage is now here thanks to a Wonder Woman featurette, showing the setting of the 1940s, and Star Trek actor Chris Pine has a chat in the clip, too.
Wonder Woman will be released in 2017.
So, Warner Bros. has just unleashed the first trailer for the 'worst heroes ever' - Suicide Squad. Suicide Squad exists within the same DCEU that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice exists in, and has some big names attached to it.
This is the first official trailer after a few teases, but personally, there's not much to get excited for here. It looks good, but not great - maybe because I'm not a huge fan of the separate 'heroes' within this side of DC. But enough about me, what do you guys think of the official trailer to Suicide Squad?
With the release of Deadpool set for next month, Fox's R-rated 'anti-superhero' movie won't be released in China. According to local media reports, Deadpool has been denied permission to screen in China over its "violence, nudity and graphic language", reports The Hollywood Reporter.
China's censorship authorities usually work with Hollywood studios to create more family-friendly versions of their R-rated counterparts, but sources close to Deadpool say it just wasn't to start cutting away at the movie, as it was not possible without causing plot problems. China also has no rating system, which makes it much harder to maintain strict lines for movies - with SAPPRFT (State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television - China's media regulator - has the final judgment on film imports.
But Marvel movies have done big business in China, so we're sure Deadpool will find its way into the country. Considering Avengers: Age of Ultron made $240 million in China, while Guardians of the Galaxy pulled in $96.4 million, and Ant-Man with $105.4 million, Chinese audiences will be begging to see Deadpool once the reviews start rolling in when it hits theaters on February 12.
Marvel's Jessica Jones was one of my favorite shows of 2015, but Netflix has now announced that it has been renewed for a second season.
The second season of Jessica Jones will include 13 new episodes, which will be aired sometime later this year, hopefully. The second season of Daredevil is right around the corner, with it dropping onto Netflix on March. Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg said: "She ends in a very different place than she started off. She's still going to be Jessica Jones â that is not going to change. She will continue to drink and make mistakes and accidentally drop people onto train tracks, but something has changed for her by the end of this season, and I'd just love to explore that in the second season".