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Good Omens protesters demand show be removed from completely wrong company

Good Omens protesters demand show be removed from completely wrong company

It’s a truth universally acknowledged, that an angry fan online must be in search of a website to launch a mostly useless petition. A recent protest from a Christian group asking Netflix to remove Good Omens from its library is a perfect example — except that Good Omens isn’t part of Netflix’s library, because it’s an Amazon show. The petition was first reported by The Guardian, which discovered that a Christian organization known as the Return to Order campaign launched the petition on its website asking Netflix to remove the series, which is an adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry...

June 21, 2019
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Bob Iger got Disney into the streaming wars, so what happens once he’s gone?

Bob Iger got Disney into the streaming wars, so what happens once he’s gone?

Between 2006 and now, Disney spent around $100 billion to become the unbeatable giant it is today, snapping up Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, BAMTech, and 21st Century Fox. While the acquisitions were made as the result of teamwork across a number of divisions, they were mostly led by two people: Bob Iger, who was CEO up until Tuesday, and Kevin Mayer, head of Disney’s direct-to-consumer division and the man in charge of all things streaming. Now, with Iger preparing to leave by the end of 2021, all eyes are on what comes next for Mayer. Mayer helped develop Disney’s current streaming...

February 29, 2020
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YouTube can now warn creators about copyright issues before videos are posted

YouTube can now warn creators about copyright issues before videos are posted

Filed under:Theoretically, Checks will help with demonetization issuesIn an effort to make the process of uploading a video and receiving ad revenue easier, YouTube is rolling out a that tells a creator ahead of time if their video contains copyrighted material and complies with advertising guidelines.Prior to Checks, creators uploaded their videos to YouTube and hoped everything went off . The new feature screens , which could lead to takedowns or copyright holders claiming ad revenue, and whether the video runs afoul of advertising guideline issues. YouTube’s goal is to effectively cut...

Mar 17
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AMC revenue drops nearly 90 percent in fourth quarter, but CEO remains optimistic

AMC revenue drops nearly 90 percent in fourth quarter, but CEO remains optimistic

Filed under:The company has more than $1 billion cash in handAMC Theaters reported another jarring but predictable loss in its , but the company’s CEO is optimistic that the theater chain will make it out of the pandemic alright.Revenue was down 88 percent year over year, to $162.5 million. While beating expectations, that still led to a quarterly loss of $946 million (slightly , though significantly worse than the $13.5 million loss AMC reported in its 2019 fourth quarter), but AMC also has more than $1 billion in cash on hand, according to CEO Adam Aron. On the tailwinds of announcements...

Mar 10
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Paramount Plus is a powerful nostalgia machine, but it doesn’t feel necessary yet

Paramount Plus is a powerful nostalgia machine, but it doesn’t feel necessary yet

Filed under:This could change — but for now, it’s one big libraryIf you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our .is maybe one of the best streaming services for people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s who are looking to get nostalgic about the television of their youth. Outside of that, Paramount Plus is a bit of a head-scratcher. There certainly seems to be a bunch to choose from, but with missing seasons, incomplete film collections, and no immediate “must watch” TV or movie options, the question is still why would anyone sign up for this right now?The good...

Mar 5
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Are The Office and Friends bets paying off for Peacock and HBO Max?

Are The Office and Friends bets paying off for Peacock and HBO Max?

Filed under:Two shows, $1 billion, one simple strategyIf you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our .In mid-2020, Friends . On January 1st, 2021, made a similar move, leaving Netflix to . The shows, whose moves cost a combined $1 billion roughly, were designed as anchors for the new streaming platforms: they would bring subscribers in and keep them subscribed.Neither WarnerMedia nor NBCUniversal has given hard insights into how much Friends or The Office have driven subscriptions or retention, but new data from research firm Antenna provides some...

Feb 23
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In WandaVision’s third episode, the devil really is in the details

In WandaVision’s third episode, the devil really is in the details

Filed under:A necklace and two new characters set up a new villainIt’s just a jump to the left and a step to the right for Wanda and Vision, who have time warped from the ‘50s and ‘60s to the 1970s.The third episode picks up right : Wanda is pregnant, but she and Vision are still trying to figure out how they ended up in their perfect suburban life together with no past memories. It’s a wackier installment than the first two episodes, but it’s also key to piecing together what might play out over the next six weeks — including what it could possibly mean for .[With that said, here is your...

Jan 22
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Netflix testing a timer feature on Android devices that stops streaming after set period

Netflix testing a timer feature on Android devices that stops streaming after set period

Filed under:A useful tool for anyone who falls asleep with Netflix onis launching a global test today on Android devices that will allow subscribers to set a timer for their viewing period.The new feature lets people choose between four timer settings: 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or end of whatever people are watching. After the selected time limit comes to an end, the Netflix app will stop. This should, in theory, help conserve battery life on Android devices while also ensuring that episodes don’t continue to auto-play. (Fall asleep to without worrying about where you left...

Jan 29
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Netflix surpasses 200 million subscribers, but has more competition than ever in 2021

Netflix surpasses 200 million subscribers, but has more competition than ever in 2021

Filed under:The more important question is how many are stayingNetflix has surpassed another major milestone: 203.6 million subscribers around the world.The achievement comes after Netflix saw spectacular growth in the first half of 2020. But as it celebrates passing the 200 million subscriber mark, Netflix is also acknowledging that 2021 likely won’t see as many net subscriber gains every quarter, starting in the first quarter of 2021.Netflix added a total of 8.5 million paid net subscribers in Q4, bringing in a record breaking 37 million paid memberships in 2020. Netflix “achieved $25...

Jan 19
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Streaming HBO Max will now count toward data limits for AT&T customers

Streaming HBO Max will now count toward data limits for AT&T customers

Filed under:One perk of being an AT&T customer is coming to an endOne perk of being an AT&T wireless subscriber was being able to stream HBO Max without that counting . That’s no longer the case.California’s new net neutrality law includes banning sponsored data services, known as zero-rating, which previously allowed companies like AT&T to cover data usage of certain platforms (like HBO Max) for customers who use other offerings like internet plans. As part of the law, internet service providers like AT&T won’t be able to cover bundle customers’ streaming data usage alongside no longer...

Mar 17
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