Netflix on Ubuntu 14.04

With many services today needing Silverlight to run web services and many people converting to Linux or refusing to use Windows or Macs it seems like you can’t enjoy those services. Here is a great feature for those of you that use Ubuntu and want to enjoy Netflix on your computer, once you set this up you will have the benefit for other services that require Silverlight.

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Before installing pipelight, we recommend closing your browsers, copy the information to a text editor so you know what to do or print it out. Not closing out your browser may cause the install to fail

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Netflix and AT&T sign interconnection deal

If you use Netflix and have or were thinking of switching to AT&T, here is some good news.

AT&T has become the latest company to sign a deal with Netflix to ensure that the company’s streaming videos get to consumers without lagging or delay.

Netflix said Tuesday that the two companies had reached an agreement on interconnection in May.

“We’re now beginning to turn up the connections, a process that should be complete in the coming days,” the company told the Washington Post.

As recently as March, AT&T rejected Netflix’s request to interconnect for free. Broadband providers have argued that Netflix should bear the costs for a recent surge in video traffic over their networks. Netflix, by contrast, has fired back that broadband companies should be responsible for making sure that content their customers request gets to them reliably.

Netflix earlier this year signed interconnection deals with Comcast and Verizon amid controversial negotiations that are the subject of an ongoing probe by the Federal Communications Commission.

Since May, Netflix and AT&T “have been working together to provision additional interconnect capacity to improve the viewing experience for our mutual subscribers,” an AT&T spokesperson told the Post.

News of the AT&T deal was first reported by Mashable, citing two unnamed sources. Like the agreements with Comcast and Verizon, the terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

John Oliver: Stop Calling It Net Neutrality; It’s ‘Preventing Cable Company F**kery’

This is the most honest talk about this topic I have heard since the issue started to be debated. In my opinion, instead of allowing companies to merge; they should force them to compete. Competition brings better service and better prices for consumers like me and you and that is really what should be happening as well as protecting the right of the consumers, NOT corporations.

On the Jun 1, 2014 John Oliver show (technically “Last Week Tonight”), his “top story” was all about net neutrality. This is both surprising (because the issue has received little mainstream attention) and awesome, because it needs much more mainstream attention. He has an amusing call to action for “internet commenters” who he suggests have been training their whole lives for this moment, when the FCC has asked people for comments on its proposal. It’s just too bad he pointed them directly at the confusing FCC.gov site, rather than the EFF’s much better interface at DearFCC.org.

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DRM in Firefox is The End of Our Digital Security

Mozilla recently decided to add DRM in Firefox even if Mozilla hates it. Almost all video streaming websites use some kind of DRM and as Microsoft, Apple and Google has already implemented DRM in their browsers, Mozilla thinks not adding the DRM in Firefox would make it useless as a product as the user will have to switch to other browser everytime a user visits a website with DRM.

I am not going to either defend Mozilla on the decision of adding DRM in Firefox or write against it, they did what they had to do. In the end its all business, Firefox is of no use to me if I cannot watch Netflix on it. So I can understand the awkward position Mozilla would be in when deciding on the DRM in Firefox, what I don’t understand is How can Mozilla completely ignore the security complications associated with this decision.

In a single line, DRM in Firefox is going to end our digital security as we know it and I’ll explain it how. I don’t care about other browsers as they have already given up on user liberty long ago but Firefox has long stood for our freedom on the web and I respect that, well used to.
For a moment, let’s say we don’t have any problem with the DRM in Firefox and we are actually happy as now we’ll be able to enjoy services like Netflix and others. The problem is that DRM module implemented in Firefox is being developed by Adobe ( Yes, Adobe ), an HTML 5 based DRM implemented in Firefox is being developed by Adobe.

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Mozilla openly admits that there is nothing they can do instead of accepting DRM. Mozilla was one the biggest advocate of Open Source and Free Software on the web. With Mozilla’s recent actions, freedom invading industry practices and continuous enforcements of privacy violating laws, I can image what the future looks like.

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Xbox making changes to offer more

New Xbox Package

Starting June 9th, in all markets where Xbox One is sold, you will be able to get an Xbox One starting at $399*. This is a new console option that does not include Kinect. For $399, the new Xbox One offering will continue to deliver access to the best blockbuster games like “Titanfall,” “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Dead Rising 3,” and the upcoming “Watch Dogs,” “Destiny” and “Sunset Overdrive.” You will also be able to access popular entertainment apps, such as Twitch, YouTube, and Netflix, as well as watch live TV and use OneGuide.  Finally, you will continue to be able to use many of the unique features of Xbox One including the ability to get game invites while you watch TV, switch between games and entertainment apps, enjoy Twitch broadcasts, and upload your favorite gaming moments.

New Xbox Live Features

  • Free games with Games with Gold**. Since Games with Gold launched on Xbox 360 a year ago, over 12 million people have enjoyed great free games, resulting in nearly 200 million hours of free fun playing Games with Gold titles. We’ve been learning from your feedback and have focused on making improvements each month to the selection of titles. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Games with Gold for Xbox 360 and as a thank you for helping shape this program, members will receive an additional free Xbox 360 game in June. The Games with Gold titles for Xbox 360 in June are “Dark Souls,” “Charlie Murder” and a bonus game of “Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.” We’re pleased to bring Games with Gold to Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One in June. Members will have subscription-based access to free games ranging from top hits to breaking indie stars. The program will launch on Xbox One with “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and “Halo: Spartan Assault.” A single Gold membership will get you access to the free games for both Xbox One and Xbox 360.
  • Exclusive Discounts. Deals with Gold will also launch for Xbox One in June, delivering discounts for great games each month, with significant savings for Xbox Live Gold members. The first titles offered in June will include “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Ryse: Son of Rome,” and a few other surprises. In the coming months, we will offer significant savings of up to 50 – 75 percent off certain titles. This program will continue to be available for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox 360. And new on Xbox One, we will launch a virtual VIP room exclusive to Xbox Live Gold members where we will feature free games, monthly deals, and other great benefits.
  • Popular entertainment apps will be available for all Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners. Xbox 360 has been a leader in delivering entertainment experiences for years, with over 170 global entertainment apps and experiences available today. We’re constantly adding new partners and experiences to the growing catalog on Xbox One. Coming in June, anyone with an Xbox will be able to access popular entertainment experiences – whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership. This includes great gaming apps like Machinima, Twitch and Upload, popular video services like Netflix, Univision Deportes, GoPro, Red Bull TV and HBO GO, sports experiences like the NFL app for Xbox One, MLB.TV, NBA Game Time, NHL Game Center and more.*** Microsoft experiences including Internet Explorer, Skype, OneDrive and OneGuide will also be available to all Xbox customers.**** You can find a full list of apps and features that will be available below.

We’ve heard that you want more choices from Xbox One. You want a wide variety of options in your games and entertainment experiences and you also want options in your hardware selection.

To be clear, as we introduce this new Xbox One console option, Kinect remains an important part of our vision.  Many of you are using Kinect for Xbox One every day. In fact, more than 80 percent of you are actively using Kinect, with an average of 120 voice commands per month on each console. Some of the most popular voice commands include “Xbox On,” “Xbox Broadcast” and “Xbox Record That.” We will continue to offer a premium Xbox One with Kinect bundle to deliver voice and gesture controls, biometric sign-in, instant personalization, instant scanning of QR codes, and enhanced features only available with Kinect in games such as “Kinect Sports Rivals,” “Just Dance 2014,” “Project Spark” and more.

If you buy Xbox One for $399 and later decide you want to have all the experiences Kinect enables, we will also offer a standalone sensor for Xbox One later this fall. We’ll share more details about the standalone Kinect for Xbox One in the coming months.

*Suggested retail price; actual prices will vary by market and retailer. Games sold separately. Some apps, including Netflix, require app-provider provider specific subscriptions and/or additional requirements For more details, go to www.xbox.com.
**Free Games Offer: For paid Gold members only. On Xbox One, active Gold membership required to play free games you’ve downloaded. Must download titles during designated window. Kinect and/or hard drive required for some games.
***Available apps and experiences vary between Xbox 360 and Xbox One and by market. Some apps including Netflix, Hulu, NFL, ESPN, NBA and NHL may require app provider-specific subscriptions and/or additional requirements. GoPro and HBO GO currently only on Xbox 360; Coming soon to Xbox One.
****Skype, OneDrive and OneGuide currently only on Xbox One

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Netflix flexes muscles on NetNeutrality fight

With the recent court decision to overturn the Government’s NetNeutrality regulations you would thing that providers like Netflix were on the loosing end right? Well, Netflix for one has decided to flex it’s muscles for it’s users and in turn other users of the internet.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells sent a letter to it’s investors stating that if broadband providers started to charge a toll fee for reaching their subscribers they would revolt.

“Were this draconian scenario to unfold with some ISP [Internet service provider], we would vigorously protest and encourage our members to demand the open Internet they are paying their ISP to deliver,” Hastings and Wells wrote.

Net neutrality has, until now, ensured that telecoms groups charge the same rates to data and content providers regardless of the amount of data being downloaded or streamed.

The company’s subscription service and its portfolio of original programming – such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black – have won critical acclaim and driven subscriptions.