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Netflix Crosses 50-Million Member Mark

netflix-logoNetflix released its Q2 earnings report yesterday, and though it didn’t surpass analysts’ expectations, the news is generally good. Netflix led the report by announcing that 15 years after launching, it now has over 50 million members in 40 countries. The company recognizes that much of its recent growth can be attributed to the success of ‘Orange is the New Black.’ The company’s “U.S. member base grew to more than 36 million on the strength of our ever-improving content offering, including Orange is the New Black Season 2. For Q3, we expect about 1.3 million net additions, comparable to Q3’13 in which we premiered Orange Season 1. We are pleased our net additions in the U.S. remain on par with last year.”

In addition to the potential of adding many more U.S. customers, the company has only scratched the surface abroad. Netflix saw 78% year-over-year international subscriber growth, with 13.8 million subscribers at the end of Q2.

Here are other highlights from Netflix’s earnings report, which have far-reaching implications across the digital, social TV, connected TV, and over-the-top landscape: Read more

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Squashes Cancellation Rumors: ‘Bullsh*t’

Over the weekend, “Orange Is the New Black” nixed rumors that it had been cancelled. The show’s Twitter page denied the the rumors by utilizing a quote from one of the show’s top characters.

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Reddit Co-Founder at ‘BuzzFeed Brews’: ISP’s Are ‘Trying to Break the Internet’

BuzzFeed BrewsLost Remote was at “BuzzFeed Brews” in New York City last night for an interview between Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel.

The interview, which was streamed on Facebook for the first time, touched on net neutrality, congressional ignorance on technology, sexism in the tech industry, and rapid fire word association.

“It can use a mascot, if not a total rebrand,” Ohanian said about the term net neutrality. “It’s a terrible brand.” He also took on Internet service providers. “They are trying to break the Internet…they want your Internet to look like your cable bill,” he added, using a Bing vs. Google sales pitch as an example.

“Well Bing is your default search, but Charlie, for an extra $20 dollars a month, we’ll give you Google,” he said of what ISP’s are trying to do.

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Vladimir Putin Says Nyet to Frank Underwood

HOC Frank Underwood has gone toe-to-toe with a lot of political foes in Netflix’s political thriller “House of Cards,” but he might have met his match in Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Foreign Policy reports Russia’s United Nation delegation voted against a request from the show to shoot two episodes from season three in the U.N. Security Council. Russia blocked the request, “citing the need to keep the world’s leading security chamber available for unanticipated crises, according to a series of confidential email exchanges between a Russian diplomat and his Security Council counterparts.”

The Russian action came less than a week after U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s office recommended that the 15-nation Security Council allow the cable television series to film in its chamber during off-hours to raise public awareness about the organization. The decision doesn’t foreclose the possibility that the producers of the show might shoot in another section of the U.N.’s gleaming headquarters at Turtle Bay. Foreign Policy first reported on House of Cards filming request last week.

The @FrankUnderwood twitter handle—which isn’t affiliated with Netflix—is not taking a no from Russia lightly.

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Chelsea Handler to Host Talk Show on Netflix

HandlerLate-night comedian Chelsea Handler is moving from TV to Netflix, announcing today she’ll host a talk show on the streaming service in 2016.

Handler, who’s hosted “Chelsea Lately” on E! for seven years, will host a talk show on Netflix while also contributing stand-up specials.

“If I was going to continue working in this industry, I knew I had to do something outside the box to keep myself interested,” Handler said in a statement. “I wanted to sit with the cool kids at lunch so I approached Netflix to make sure they were as cool as I thought they were, and when I confirmed my suspicions, like with any other future lover, I made my move.”

This is a boon for Netflix, who now adds original talk shows to its portfolio of original series and documentaries.

“I’m more excited than I’ve been in awhile, and the team at Netflix is the most forward thinking, alert group I’ve sat down with in ages,” Handler added. “No offense to the Shahs of Sunset.”

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Cast Divided on Whether Students Should Study or Binge-Watch

Fresh off its season-two release, castmembers of  “Orange Is the New Black” gave their take on whether students should be studying for their exams, or binge-watching their show.

“I don’t want people to fail or not fulfill their potential scholastically because of our show,” lead character Taylor Schilling said in response to a viewer saying she binge-watched season two all weekend instead of studying.

“I do,” Jason Biggs, who plays Larry Bloom, said. “I really don’t care about peoples’ education, as long as they’re watching our show, or any show on Netflix obviously, but mostly our show.”

Netflix Releases ‘Orange Is the New App’

OITNB appIt was a binge-watching weekend for many “Orange Is the New Black” fans, as season two’s Friday release kept many fans busy trying to get through 13 new episodes.

Today, fans have even more access to the show: Netflix has released a new “OITNB” app, which is a photo-sharing app that allows fans to customize cards with their own messages and photos, generate OITNB-themed memes, and more.

There are also already-made cards showcasing top images and quotes from the show.

Users can spread their custom memes on social through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more.

A Quick Primer on ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Before Season Two

For those looking to get in the know about season one of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” What’s Trending has the definitive recap in less than five minutes.

Season two, which features 13 new episodes, is available tomorrow on Netflix.

Orange is the New Black gains positive momentum on social leading up to premiere

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 6.46.35 AMOrange is the New Black’s highly anticipated season two will launch tomorrow to fan’s delight. Netflix has been busy executing a large marketing campaign to match passionate fans eagerness to see the new season. Fizziology, the “consultative social media research company,” shared research with Lost Remote showing that in the past week there have been “99,000 social mentions – 83% which are positive.” Here are the full details of their report. Read more

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Meets ‘Arrested Development’

Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” returns on Friday with 13 new episodes, and the network posted a video today featuring one of its other popular shows synergizing with OITNB.

“Now the story of a wealthy girl who lost everything, and the one family who had no choice but to help her keep it together,” said the narrator of a YouTube video mimicking “Arrested Development’s” classic show open with images of “OITNB” lead character Piper Chapman and her cast of fellow inmates.

If you remember back, “Arrested Development,” which was resurrected by Netflix after a seven-year absense, had an opening that went like this: “Now the story of a wealthy family who lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together.”

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