Netflix Is Now More Than A Third Of Peak Internet Traffic

Research firm Sandvine’s bi-annual report has revealed that Netflix accounts for more than one-third of peak internet traffic in North America during evening hours.

Netflix takes a third of the internet capacityNetflix was reported to have a 34.21% share of traffic in the first half of 2014. This number has now risen to 34.89% in the second half of the year, according to Sandvine. This is the highest figure for Netflix.

Internet Service providers, like Comcast and Verizon, have long argued that Netflix pay for the dominating bandwidth it uses attributed to heavy internet usage.

Netflix is not the only tech company to see gains in internet usage share. Facebook had an increase from 1.99% to 2.98%. Netflix’s biggest competitor, Amazon Video, also increased their share from 1.9% to 2.58%. YouTube saw an gain of 13.19% to 14.09% in traffic share. iTunes and bitTorrent on the other hand saw both their shares lower to below 3%.

These figures don’t include Internet usage on mobile devices using cellular data networks. In that department, YouTube is in the lead with a 19.75% share, closely followed by Facebook having a 19.05% share.

A Good Black Friday Offer On HP Stream 13 From Microsoft

Both HP and Microsoft could very well have set the world on fire earlier this year, after they together launched the HP Stream 13, and yet still that reduced price is being overshadowed by an early Black Friday 2014 from Microsoft. Opening on Monday, the price tag was just $199 when customers purchase it through the Microsoft Store retail website.

HP stream 13Microsoft included the laptop to its Black Friday 2014 deals and at this moment their Black Friday 2014 deals page presents three active  offers: the HP Stream 13 for $199,  as well as the HP Stream 7 for $99, and the Beats Powerbeats 2 Wireless In-Ear Headphones  for $179.99 which seems to be out of stock already.

The hardware sports a 13-inch hi-def screen, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The inside is running on a basic Intel Celeron processor. There’s a front-facing 720p cam web camera for online video communicating in the HP Stream 13’s notebook body. The body is available in light-blue, which includes a white keyboard.

The 13.3-inch display size is to be just more than suitable for the laptop, and the battery comes with a remarkable 7.5 hours on a charge, according to HP.

Keep in mind that this is not designed for powerhouse computing, but rather the basics: email, the Web, Netflix and home-level efficiency, the Stream contains a one-year membership to Microsoft Office365 Personal.
Ordinarily, 12 months membership would cost $69.99 and features Outlook, OneNote, Excel and Microsoft Word. After that initial year users will require to re-new the subscription at the regular price.
Users may likewise break that down into monthly $6.99 payments. There doesn’t seem to be any other agreements or some other conditions.

Besides the price cut, the laptop arrives together with Windows 8.1 and of course Bing pre-installed. That may be a long way of saying that Microsoft is putting in a key bonus.

Windows 8.1 features an app shop for getting your fix of music, apps, videos and games, and Microsoft is providing HP Stream 13 buyers a $25 in shop credit to use.

Sneak Peek – Jurassic World Official Trailer

Jurassic World is an upcoming Hollywood science fiction adventure movie. It is planned to be the fourth instalment in the Jurassic Park movie series. The movie was in development and is coming, over a decade, after the release of Jurassic Park III back in 2001. The film was at the beginning set to be released on June 13, 2014, but production was temporarily stopped as a result of a disagreement amongst writers and the Universal Studios regarding the film’s script and direction. Currently, the movie is scheduled to be released on June 12th, 2015.

Jurassic World GateWith returning of Steven Spielberg as the executive producer there are no doubts that the long-awaited next instalment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, will be among best blockbusters shown in 2015, so we with great interest will for certain follow the news related to this project until the release date.

Now, it that direction we have the first Jurassic World Trailer Announcement and after first look it does not give us too much information about the story development.

Also, the teaser trailer does not seem too ominous, however, fans familiar along with the Jurassic Park sequence will realize that something big, bad and probably Tyrannosaurus Rex – designed will be in the role to scare the guests of the park.

Previously this year, the movie director, Colin Trevorrow spoke about the dinosaurs, and the way it had been “the natural evolution of the technology introduced in the first film.

“We were hoping audiences could discover this on their own, but yes, there will be one new dinosaur created by the park’s geneticists,” said Trevorrow. “The gaps in her sequence were filled with DNA from other species, much like the genome in the first film was completed with frog DNA. This creation exists to fulfill a corporate mandate- they want something bigger, louder, with more teeth. And that’s what they get.”

The director continued discussing: “I know the idea of a modified dinosaur puts a lot of fans on red alert, and I understand it. But we are not doing anything here that Michael Crichton did not suggest in his novels. This animal is not a mutant freak. It does not have a snake’s head or octopus tentacles. It’s a dinosaur, created in the same way the others were, but now the genetics have gone to the next level.”

The “Jurassic World”-director also said that their image of the dinosaurs “may sound crazy,” too.

Additionally, the rising star Chris Pratt, who is planned to be a main movie protagonist discharged some thoughts about the upcoming project earlier this year and his enthusiasm is only one more point that leads us to the conclusion that this is going to be a great project .

“For me, Jurassic Park was really kind of my Star Wars. I lined up at the theater to see it, I saw it opening night, I saw every sequel.
“I’ve seen it a whole bunch of times … for me that was my big movie, I think I was 13 or 14 when it came out,” he told QMI.
“It’s a big deal for me to be any part of that, let alone this part I’m going to be playing. I’m thrilled about it. Everybody around the world knows that franchise.

“When you say Jurassic Park, no-one is like, ‘What’s Jurassic Park?’ More people know Jurassic Park than just about anything. I’m thrilled.”

The announcement of the complete length movie trailer is scheduled for November 27th.

Police Is Getting More Capabilities To Monitor Your Internet Activities

The Anti-Terrorism and Security Bill will give the police more powers to help in the identification of terrorists and pedophiles. Internet firms will be forced to hand over details and keep information stored to link IP addresses to an individual user.

Big brother monitoringAccording to Home Secretary Theresa May, the move will help aid in tightening national security.

“Loss of the capabilities on which we have always relied is the great danger we face,” Mrs May said.

“The Bill provides the opportunity to resolve the very real problems that exist around IP resolution and is a step in the right direction towards bridging the overall communications data capability gap.”

“But I believe we need to make further changes to the law.”

“It is a matter of national security and we must keep on making the case for the Communications Data Bill until we get the changes we need.”

The Lib Dems opposed a previous attempt at giving security personnel more powers in monitoring of internet use, calling it a “snoopers’ charter”.

In April 2013, the Communications Data Bill was dropped due to the coalition split. The Bill would have forced internet companies to retain details for a year of every users’ online activity.

“It is perfectly reasonable that powers to provide the police with the ability to match an IP address to the person using that service is investigated.” Emma Carr, director of campaign group Big Brother Watch, said.

“However, if such a power is required, then it should be subject to the widespread consultation and comprehensive scrutiny that has been sorely lacking to date with industry, civil society and the wider public when it comes to introducing new surveillance powers.”

“Before setting her sights on reviving the snooper’s charter, the Home Secretary should address the fact that one of the biggest challenges facing the police is making use of the huge volume of data that is already available, including data from social media and internet companies.”

“The snooper’s charter would not have addressed this, while diverting billions from investing in skills and training for the police.”


Stay Tuned – “Penny Dreadful” Is Back For Season Two

Penny Dreadful is a scary psychological thriller that includes the classic horror tales in a new drama for adults. This show claimed some of the most terrifying characters in literature, including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, continuing with Dorian Gray, as well as famous characters from the novel Dracula, lurking from the darkest corners of Victorian era in London, and became one of the most-watched and appreciated tv shows amongst the fans all over the world.

Penny Dreadful cast posingThe first season filled with excellent acting of the main characters, and all controversies that followed them, the encounters with demons, vampires and other dark creatures, all of course accompanied with a lot of blood, left us waiting and impatient for the start of a second season and follow up to the next adventures.

Until now, as the blood appears to be moving once again, considering the fact that Showtime announces the first official picture from Penny Dreadful season two, along with a teasing that the two show stars, Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) and the ever haunting Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) are closer than friends.

“This season, Vanessa and Ethan face new challenges, and old enemies, and turn to each other for solace,” Penny Dreadful creator John Logan said. “Their intimacy grows as they are forced to confront their demons together.” John Logan, series creator and executive producer, says.

“We wanted the ‘Penny Dreadful’ action sequences to be appropriate to the piece, so our fights are barroom brawls; they’re really ugly and violent — it has the feeling of savagery,” added Logan.

Penny Dreadful Season 2 Teaser

Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) and the ever haunting Vanessa Ives (Eva Green)

This season, Vanessa and Ethan develop a deeper bond as the team, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), join forces to chase away the evil forces that threaten to ruin them.
At the same time, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Monster (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all fighting battles of their own. Patti LuPone will guest star as a mystical character of an amazing importance in Vanessa’s past.

Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the provocative spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season, along with Simon Russell Beale, who back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. Additional guest stars include Douglas Hodge as a Scotland Yard detective; Sarah Greene as Poole’s mighty daughter, Hecate; and Johnny Beauchamp as a man with a singular past.

Netflix Takes Over Tina Fey’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ From NBC

Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s latest NBC comedy series, ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’, has been picked up by Netflix before it has even premiered, saving the midseason comedy from pre-cancellation.

Ellie KemperNetflix does have a history of picking up cancelled TV serials before, including The Killing, Arrested Development and not so long ago Longmire.

The first season comprising of 13 episodes will premiere on Netflix in March, at around the same time as its original premiere date on NBC. Netflix has also doubled the 13-episode order, with Universal TV remaining as its studio, making an offer for a two-season order.

“The very construct of ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ — its offbeat premise, hilarious and rich characters and serialized storytelling — make it a perfect Netflix comedy series,” Cindy Holland, VP Original Content at Netflix said. “Tina and Robert’s unique comic voice and sensibility come through in this series.”

“When the opportunity arose for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to premiere their new show on Netflix with a two-season commitment, we decided this was the best possible scenario to launch this captivating new series,” NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt said when addressing the reasons for moving the series from NBC to Netflix. “While it was originally developed for NBC, we have a very drama-heavy midseason schedule, so we’re thrilled about this Netflix opportunity. It’s an instant win-win for everyone, including Tina, Robert, and Universal Television.”

Regarding the Universal TV’s commitment to the series, he said: “We’re already talking to (Fey and Carlock) about new development for NBC, but meanwhile, everyone here from Universal Television will do everything possible to see that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt becomes a long-running hit on Netflix.”

‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’, starring Ellie Kemper, had a straight-to-series order on NBC despite not having a good time slot for it, but Fey and Carlock are important figures in the network, as was the show for Uni TV. Netflix had been interested in mixing business with Fey and Carlock after finding success with comedies like Arrested Devlopment and New Girl. Such comedies have better suited digital distribution and proved invaluable to streaming services.

The show’s move to Netflix, may be a sign that comedic serials may permanently be leaving broadcast airwaves, following viewers who are moving away towards digital platforms.

Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, have stressed their commitment with NBC . “Happily, we will still collaborate with our longtime partners at Universal Television to fulfill Netflix’s two-season order,” they said. “We grew up at NBC and will continue to develop broadcast projects with them as well. We found the inspiration for this series in Ellie Kemper’s shining all-American face, and we know that she and Kimmy Schmidt have found their best possible home at Netflix.”

‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ follows Kimmy Schmidt who decides to reclaim her life after living in a doomsday cult by starting her life over again in New York City. She tackles on a world which she had thought no longer existed, with a backpack, sneakers and a couple of overdue library books.