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Hulu Nabs ‘Lost’ Exclusive Subscription Streaming Rights From Netflix

All six seasons of “Lost,” the supernatural drama that aired on ABC, are now available on Hulu — after Netflix’s subscription-streaming rights to the show expired.

As of Jan. 4, all 121 episodes of “Lost” are available to Hulu subscribers. The series comes to Hulu as part of a deal with the Disney/ABC Television Group. Netflix had originally inked the deal with Disney/ABC for “Lost” backed in 2009.

“Lost” was created by Jeffrey Lieber, J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof. The series follows the survivors of Oceanic Air flight 815, flying between Sydney and Los Angeles, that crashes on a mysterious Pacific island. Over the course of its six-season run on ABC from 2004-10, “Lost” won multiple awards, including Emmy and Golden Globe awards for best drama series.

The cast of “Lost” includes series regulars Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly, Terry O’Quinn, Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox and Daniel Dae Kim.

Disney is one of Hulu’s corporate parents, along with NBCUniversal, 21st Century Fox and Time Warner. Under Disney’s proposed $52.4 billion deal to acquire 20th Century Fox and other assets, Disney would obtain Fox’s 30% stake in Hulu and have majority control over the streaming company.

Other programming from Disney/ABC Television Group that Hulu has recently added after securing exclusive subscription VOD rights include ABC’s “Designated Survivor”; ABC’s original “TGIF” lineup from the late 1980s and ’90s including “Full House” and “Family Matters”; “The Golden Girls”; and “black-ish.”

Two years ago, a kerfuffle sprang up about the “Lost” series finale episode on Netflix: The version on Netflix was an edited version that was 18 minutes shorter than the full episode originally aired on ABC. After Lindelof noticed the truncation, Netflix restored the full 104-minute cut.

Hulu, when it launched “Lost” on Thursday, also was streaming the shortened version of the final episode (broken into two 43-minute parts). According to a Hulu rep, the streaming service is getting the full, uncut version of the series finale and will make it available shortly.

Written by : Todd Spangler

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Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix’s incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from “Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s” to “Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life”.

The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users’ viewing habits to recommend exactly what a particular user is into, number in the tens of thousands.

When Netflix thinks you’ll like sentimental Spanish-language dramas or gritty tearjerkers, they’ll show up on your home screen, but aside from that, they’re not easy to find.

But a simple web address trick has emerged showing how you can find any one of these genres simply by switching a number in a URL.

How it works

If you’re logged into Netflix, enter  into your browser’s toolbar to bring up one of the thousands of genres in Netflix’s library.

“XXXX” is a series of digits – 1089 is “Mind-bending Movies”, for example; while 354 is “Movies Starring Matthew McConaughey” – currently a genre of one film.

Not all numbers will result in a subgenre, and given Netflix’s ever-changing algorithms, they might move around every now and then, while there may be regional differences meaning that some codes don’t work.

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The Future of Television

Netflix just announced a whole new browsing experience for users who access the service on more than half the devices that run it, from game consoles to smart TVs. On the surface it just looks like a sleek new interface upgrade – better images, more integrated program information – but underneath there’s a hint of things to come: the idea that soon, viewers will look at the video-streaming service no differently than they do the guide channel piped in through their living room’s cable box.

“We wanted to think about ‘What is the future of television? Where is the future of television in an on-demand world?’” Chris Jaffe, Netflix’s vice president of product innovation, told WIRED while giving a demonstration of the new TV interface’s capabilities. “We also look at this as the first step of a lot of our television innovation to come.”

What Jaffe was demonstrating – a new “TV experience” that starts rolling out Wednesday to PlayStation 3 (and eventually PS4), Roku 3, Xbox 360, certain web-enabled smart TVs and Blu-ray players – is the result of a year and a half of development by Netflix. It’s the biggest change to the company’s TV experience to date and, although Jaffe doesn’t say it, offers a glimpse of what Netflix would look like if it were its own network. Earlier this year, chief content officer Ted Sarandos told GQ that the company’s goal is “to become HBO faster than HBO can become us.” Want to know what that might look like? See this latest update.

And it looks pretty slick. While idling on any particular movie or TV show, a series of three static images from the media cycle in the background. It also spits out information about what Emmys/Oscars/etc. a show or movie has won and, if the user has connected their Netflix account to Facebook, it will show which of their friends also are fans. ”Reed Hastings has watched House of Cards,” Jaffe joked, pointing out that the Netflix CEO’s icon popped up after he selected the program.

He better have. Because that show – as well as Orange and its run of Arrested Development and other original programs – demonstrate what Netflix will look like in the future. The streaming service had a lot of success with its original programming – it got 14 Primetime Emmy nominations this year – and it has more in the works, including a whole slate of superhero programs from Marvel Studios. It’s easy to see how those would integrate on the new platform, which looks a lot more like a choose your own adventure cable channel than ever before. (Note that Netflix even calls itself “the world’s leading internet TV network” in the promotional video below.)

Netflix currently has some 40 million users watching a billion hours of movies and TV shows per month and has surpassed HBO with its U.S. subscriber base. To the average boob-tube junkie, it’s as much a station option as anything else they consume. Now there’s talk that Netflix wants to be piped into televisions straight through cable set-top boxes. If its goal is to be HBO, it’s on its way.

Now it comes in a prettier package. For all of the company’s talk about what a major overhaul the new interface it is, it’s not mind-blowing – simply on-par with how sleek the web looks these days. But, like the previous incarnations of Netflix on TV, it still looks a lot better than surfing through the channel guide coming out of a standard set-top box. So while Netflix still has a ways to go before it’s consistently producing the volume and quality of content that most cable channels do, it already comes in a much sleeker container. And one day – if cable ever steps up its interface game – it might be hard to tell the difference between the two.