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Netflix Streaming Subscription Prices to Rise

April 21, 2014

Netflix prices to go up

By Gilbert Falso :: 11:07 PM

If you’ve been hesitating to cut the cord and ditch your cable company, you might want to hurry up with those scissors. Why? Because one of the more popular non-cable alternative sources, Netflix, will soon be raising its rates for broadband streaming video services.

In an announcement made earlier today, Netflix said that it is planning to increase subscription prices for new subscribers by up to two dollars per month. This change will occur sometime in the next few months. A more specific date was not given.

Existing Netflix subscribers will be allowed to continue the service at their current rate for a while longer. How much longer? Netflix wouldn’t say exactly, but referred to the grandfathered time period as “generous.”

Netflix streaming customers in the U.S. currently pay $7.99 plus tax per month for the service. This price has remained unchanged since the service debuted in 2010.

In a conference call with industry analysts today, Netflix’s CEO, Reed Hastings, said, “if we want to continue to expand, to do more great original content, we have to eventually increase prices a little bit.”

The news came during the company’s first-quarter earnings call. During the call, it was also revealed that Netflix added 2.25 million new streaming video customers during the first quarter of this year. Shares in the stock jumped nearly 7% in after-hours trading on this news, as the number of subscribers was well above analysts expectations.

Dude Looks Like a Lady: Mrs. Doubtfire Sequel Planned

April 16, 2014

Robin Williams Mrs. Doubtfire 2

By Cynthia Herbert :: 10:38 PM

The year was 1993. Grunge was in, along with flannel and angst. And Robin William was on the big screen – playing the part of nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire – a persona he took on while playing divorced dad Daniel Hillard to spend more time with his children.

Over 20 years ago, Mrs. Doubtfire was a huge hit for Williams and director Chris Columbus. The film brought in $441 million worldwide, on a budget of just $25 million. It was the second highest grossing film of 1993, behind Jurassic Park.

Now, it looks like a new generation will get to meet Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire, with sources at Fox 2000 confirming that a sequel is now in the works.

The script will be written by David Berenbaum, who wrote Elf in 1993, and followed with The Haunted Mansion, Zoom and The Spiderwick Chronicles.

No plot details or release timetable have been made available yet.

Below – watch the original Mrs. Doubtfire trailer:

Game of Thrones Returns to HBO for Season Four Tonight

April 6, 2014

Game of Thrones Season 4

By Gilbert Falso :: 5:41 PM

The HBO drama Game of Thrones returns tonight for its fourth season, and plans to be even more bloody and violence-filled than the previous three seasons.

Rumors are abounding that this season, and perhaps even the very first episode of this season, will see some of the major characters killed off. Although who and when is still very much the subject of guesswork.

In addition to watching out for deaths, watch for some great character growth as well. It looks like Daenerys, played by Emilia Clarke, is set to become a force to be reckoned with. She’ll be fighting to free the slaves of Meereen and take over the city while her dragons will continue to grow more powerful under her care.

The setting of the first episode, said to be the wedding of King Joffrey, will reunite a number of characters, both recent and from earlier in the series. This reunion should prove to be lively and action-packed – to say the least.

If you haven’t yet caught up with Game of Thrones, or missed some of the action from last season – don’t worry. Amazon’s Streaming Video service has the last three seasons available to view in HD.

Season 4 begins tonight, at 9:00 PM on HBO. If you want a quick refresher before that, catch the final episode of season 3 on HBO2 just beforehand, starting at 8:00 PM, part of an all-day marathon of last season’s episodes.

Today is the Last Day to Archive Vizify Bios

April 6, 2014

Vizify shutting down

By Paul Thomson :: 2:40 PM

When social data visualization startup Vizify was purchased by Yahoo last month, it set off a very quick timetable for shuttering of the service. In an odd move in the mergers and acquisitions world, instead of Vizify moving seamlessly into Yahoo’s current online services, a decision was made to shut down the web-based profile service completely.

Users who had already established Vizify profiles as of the date of acquisition – March 5, 2014 – would have just a little over a month to archive these profiles. Today is the last day that profiles can be archived. And even archiving a profile doesn’t mean it lives online forever. Users who choose to archive their profiles will only seem them live on for a few more months – until September 4.

If you don’t archive your Vizify bio, it will disappear from the site sometime on or after April 7.

Users who opted for a paid Vizify plan will receive a full refund for any money they paid to use the service.

Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, Yahoo will not use any Vizify user data except for purposes directly related to Vizify bios and services through the 4th of September.

Video: College Class Pranks Professor on April Fools’

April 6, 2014

College Professor April Fools Cell Phone Prank

By Cynthia Herbert :: 1:01 PM

A few days ago, a resourceful group of college students at Aquinas College in Michigan delivered a very effective April Fools’ joke on their professor, who is well known for having a very strict cell phone policy during his lectures.

If a phone rings during class, the professor requires the offending student  answer and take the call – on speakerphone.

So imagine his embarrassment when one of his female students receives a call of a very personal nature. Watch below, and enjoy one of the best pranks we’ve seen in a long time!