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Netflix Seeks Users ‘Physical Activity Data’ to Improve Video Playback Quality

Founded in 1997, Netflix currently has nearly 150 million paying users around the globe

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Founded in 1997, Netflix currently has nearly 150 million paying users around the globe. Pixabay

Content streaming platform Netflix is testing ways to improve the video playback quality while users are on the go and is asking some users for their physical activity data.

The test was spotted when users began noticing a pop-up on the Netflix app on Android devices titled ‘physical activity permission’ that asked users to ‘allow’ or ‘deny’ physical activity access for this app.

Security researcher @BetoOnSecurity shared on Twitter a screenshot of the requirement after which the test feature was spotted on Pixel 3 XL smartphone, web portal The Next Web reported on Wednesday. The permission was reportedly turned on by default without any prior prompt.

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FILE – The Netflix logo is seen on their office in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. VOA

“We are continually testing ways to give our members a better experience. This was part of a test to see how we can improve video playback quality when a member is on the go. Only some accounts are in the test and we don’t currently have plans to roll it out,” the report quoted a Netflix spokesperson as saying.

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Speculations suggest that the company could be taking advantage of new activity recognition permission on Android Q that lets the developer understand whether users are in motion while using their apps. Founded in 1997, Netflix currently has nearly 150 million paying users around the globe. (IANS)

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Some Smart TVs Will No Longer be Able to Stream Netflix

Netflix will stop working on some smart TVs from Dec 1

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Streaming of Netflix on some smart TVs will stop from December 1. Wikimedia Commons

Some Samsung smart TVs and Roku streaming devices will no longer be able to stream Netflix from December 1.

“We have notified all impacted members with more information about alternative devices we support so they can keep enjoying Netflix uninterrupted,” the company said in a statement recently.

Users won’t be able to stream the service on old Roku sticks — 2050X, 2100X, 2000C, HD Player, SD Player, XR Player and XD Player.

The company claims that it’s down to ‘technical limitations’ and has said that only a small number of people will be affected – and they have already been notified, ladbible.com reported.

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Users won’t be able to stream Netflix on some Samsung smart TVs. Pixabay

“This change will impact select 2010 and 2011 Samsung Smart TV models that were sold in the U.S. and Canada. Affected devices will receive a notification reflecting this change. All other Samsung Smart TV models produced after 2011 will be unaffected by this change,” South Korean tech giant said in a statement last month.

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It did not specify exactly which models would be affected, only that customers have been notified.

Additionally, Older Vizio smart TVs will also lose Netflix. According to a Vizio representative, technical limitations will prevent the streaming service from working on some Vizio smart TVs with Vizio internet apps that were sold around 2012 to 2014. (IANS)