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New Netflix TV Experience Includes Video Previews that Speed Your Next Selection

Press release from Netflix Dec 7 2016.

From the early days of web design to our more personalized, video-rich interfaces, we’ve come a long way together.

Six years ago when we imagined what Netflix should look like on a TV screen, it’s not surprising we knew video would play a big role. How could it not? Back then, the technology didn’t exist to allow us to easily show video to members as they browsed through thousands of titles, and consumers were still getting used to the idea of using the Internet to watch TV.

Fast forward to today: we are launching a new television user interface that uses video more extensively to bring content alive in real time and helps members decide whether to click play. As we launch more than 1,000 hours of original content next year, we know we have less than 90 seconds to capture someone’s attention and get them excited about a title — that’s why we’re introducing video previews into the TV browsing experience.

What’s a video preview? For starters, video previews aren’t teasers or traditional trailers. They are specially designed video synopses that help members make faster and more confident decisions by quickly highlighting the story, characters and tone of a title. In developing this experience, our testing showed that people watched more of a story, demonstrating these previews helped them browse less and watch more.

These previews launch globally today and will become available on eligible devices over the next few weeks. They will be available on Netflix enabled devices, which includes the majority of game consoles and Roku devices, with smart TVs and others getting updated in the coming months.

This is our latest effort to continually evolve the Internet TV experience to one that provides greater choice, richer imagery, better context, and a more consumer-friendly experience. When we launched streaming back in 2007, we were mostly trying to figure out what this new medium could be and how best to present it. Over the last decade, investments in how content is delivered globally, optimizing our streams for bandwidth-constrained environments, and the evolution of consumer tastes allows us to experiment with new ways to improve your experience.

As video becomes a bigger part of our lives, it will continue to play an increasing role within Netflix as we enhance the Internet TV experience around the world. We hope you enjoy video previews and find more great stories along the way.

— Stephen Garcia, Director of Product Innovation for TV & Chris Jaffe, VP of Product Innovation

from Netflix Media Centre

-Brad

Raptor Eye – 720p Video Drone Review By Brad

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The Xtreem Raptor Eye RC Quadcopter drone is great for first time drone users, particularly for kids. Currently priced at $99.95 it allows you to get a birds view with its 720P video capability, the USB card reader allows to capture awesome pictures and videos of every twist and turn. The lightweight aerodynamic design allows for full 360 degree manoeuvrability creating ever lasting fun in the air indoors and out. The control system can be touchy at first but once learned full flight up to 40m can be enjoyed. The two battery’s provided allows for only 14 minutes of pure fun of flips, tumbles and more, with a recharge time of 90minutes, this being its only downfall. Assembly is required for the rotor guards but all equipment is provided.

Having had the Raptor-Eye for a month I’ve really enjoyed using it and would recommend this drone to anyone who wants to try it out one for first time.

http://www.swann.com/au/xttoy-rpteye

You can hear more about this Review on Techwebcast this Saturday.

http://www.techwebcast.info/

-Brad

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