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Netflix adds warning to Stranger Things episode after Texas shooting

The first episode of the show’s fourth season will premiere worldwide on Friday, just days after the mass shooting at Robb elementary school in Uvalde. The season reportedly opens with a telekinetic massacre that includes the depiction of several dead children covered in blood.

Netflix cancels Meghan Markle animated series Pearl

The show, which was announced last year, is one of several projects being dropped by the streaming giant.

Last month, Netflix revealed a sharp fall in subscribers and warned millions more are set to quit the service.

That wiped over $50bn off the company's market value as experts warned it faced a struggle to get back on track.

Archewell Productions, the company formed by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, announced last year that Meghan would be an executive producer of Pearl.

Netflix pauses future projects in Russia

The company said it was assessing the impact of the current invasion of Ukraine.

Filming for the production of Russian language series Zato will be halted.

Elsewhere in tech, cloud computing company Oracle also said it has suspended operations in Russia.

The two companies are the latest US technology firms to take action against Russia as attacks on Ukraine's cities have escalated.

On Tuesday, Apple also announced that it was halting sales in Russia.

Inventing Anna: Fake heiress drama tops Netflix ratings

The nine-part show stars Ozark's Julia Garner as fake heiress Anna Sorokin.

It was watched for 196 million hours last week, on top of 77 million hours of viewing on the weekend of its release on 11 February.

The previous highest was psychological thriller show You, whose third season achieved 179 million hours in October.

Next on the list of the top English-language series are The Witcher, Maid and Sex Education.

Netflix faces rocky road after pandemic wins

Overall, Netflix added 18.2 million members last year - roughly half the number who subscribed in 2020.

Investors had hoped that pace would start to pick up again.

But the firm's 2022 forecast brought bad news, sending shares down almost 20% in after-hours trade.

The firm said it expected to add just 2.5 million members in the three months to March - far lower than analysts had expected.

Squid Game helps Netflix subscriptions pick up

The US firm added 4.4 million users in the three months to 30 September, more than double the previous quarter.

Korean TV series Squid Game was its biggest hit, watched by 142 million households in its first four weeks.

It comes as some Netflix staff prepare to walk out on Wednesday amid a backlash over comedian Dave Chappelle.

They accuse the star of mocking transgender people in his latest Netflix special, but the firm has defended him.

Netflix Squid Game schools warning sent to parents

The Netflix South Korean thriller series tells the story of debt-ridden people competing for a huge cash prize in a deadly series of children's games.

Its popularity prompted Central Bedfordshire Council to email parents about "aggressive" primary pupils.

They were advised to "be vigilant", as first reported by The Guardian.

The email said: "There have been some concerning reports recently about children and young people 'playing' Squid Game whilst at school.

Squid Game knocks Bridgerton off Netflix top spot

Netflix counts a view as anyone who's watched two minutes of an episode.

Netflix's vice president for content in Korea, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand says the show's success is "beyond our wildest dreams".

Minyoung Kim told CNN: "When we first started investing in Korean series and films in 2015, we knew we wanted to make world-class stories for the core K-content fans across Asia and the world.

"Today, Squid Game has broken through beyond our wildest dreams."

Imelda Staunton pictured as Queen in Netflix's The Crown for first time

Netflix released the picture via their Twitter account, saying it was an "early glimpse" of the new monarch in the royal drama.

Staunton, 65, takes on the role played by Claire Foy and Olivia Colman, as the latest series follows the royal family in the 21st century.

Netflix said the drama's sixth and last series will end in the early 2000s.

Netflix to include mobile games for subscribers

In a letter to investors, it said it was in the early stages of expanding into games and those for mobile would be added to the platform first.

"The time is right to learn more about how our members value games," it said on Tuesday.

But Netflix shares dipped in after-hours trading after it missed a target on subscriptions.

The California-based company said it expects to sign up 3.5 million new customers in the three months to the end of September - less than the 5.86 million analysts had estimated.