Los Gatos, Calif.

Seeking to further cement itself as a streaming company, Netflix Jan. 17 said it is dropping the ability for subscribers to add titles to their disc queue from connected devices. Going forward, Netflix subscribers will only be able to manage their DVD and Blu-ray Disc rental queues from the Los Gatos, Calif.-based online DVD rental pioneer’s website.

Netflix July 19 said it would bow movie and television programming streaming into Canada beginning this fall, marking the Los Gatos, Calif.-based online DVD rental pioneer’s first foray (streaming only) outside the United States. Netflix has been entertaining plans to launch its streaming service abroad, a move many observers believed would be in England. The launch in Canada would coincide with the store-based departure of Movie Gallery, which recently shuttered more than 177 locations in the country.

Netflix’s rollout of machines that automatically process hundreds of thousands of DVD mailers has resulted in layoffs of more than 250 part-time employees at distribution centers in Santa Ana and Fremont, Calif. Spokesperson Steve Swasey confirmed the Los Gatos, Calif.-based online DVD rental pioneer is letting go about 125 workers in Santa Ana — its largest distribution center handling more than 200,000 disc mailers a day. The Fremont (near San Jose) location will lose about 160 positions. Netflix last year announced it would begin installing customized processing machines in an effort to more efficiently handle burgeoning subscriber growth —

Netflix April 2 officially acknowledged that a Netflix app would be included in the April 3 launch of the Apple iPad tablet computer – less than 24 hours after the Los Gatos, Calif.-based online DVD rental pioneer had refused to do so despite widespread reports to the contrary.

Netflix’s “Watch Instantly” movie streams — oft touted as a catalyst for attracting subscribers by the Los Gatos, Calif.-based online DVD rental pioneer — increasingly are being viewed on the television, according to a new report.

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