When Small Screen Is First Screen (Re/Code)

Don’t look now, but the smartphone is now the “first screen.”

Actually, you probably are looking now: IDC research shows that 80 percent of smartphone users check their phones within 15 minutes of waking up, and 79 percent of smartphone users have their phone on or near them for all but two hours of their waking day.

For the first time since such things began to be measured, says research from… [Read more on Re/Code]

Netflix Will Launch In Six European Countries This Year (Re/Code)

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Netflix Inc will launch its online movie and TV subscription service later this year in France, Germany and four other European countries, in a major push into new markets.

The other new countries Netflix will enter in late 2014 are Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg, the California-based company said in a statement on Wednesday.

Netflix previously said it… [Read more on Re/Code]

NimbleTV Wants to Sell You the TV Everywhere You’re Already Supposed to Have (Re/Code)

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If you pay for cable TV, would you pay more for a service that rounded up lots of the channels you’re already getting and let you watch them over the Web whenever you wanted to see them?

Anand Subramanian thinks you will. He says his NimbleTV startup will start selling a new service that gives pay TV customers access to a Web-based DVR, which will let them… [Read more on Re/Code]