From Tech: Will Ferrell ruined dinner with his smartphone for a good cause

Will Ferrell is here to remind you that technology can be terrible.  
A new PSA campaign, produced by Common Sense Media, features the Emmy-winning comedic actor being unable to put down his phone and making his family’s attempt at “device-f…

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From TechCrunch: Apple hires Amazon Studios exec Morgan Wandell in push for scripted programming

 Apple’s first few pieces of original programming, Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps, felt more like stumbles out of the gate. In this era of prestige television from cord-cutting platforms like Netflix and Amazon, the shows weren&#8217…

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From Engadget RSS Feed: Movie ‘sanitizer’ VidAngel files for bankruptcy

Back in 2016, Hollywood studios were able to stop VidAngel from streaming sanitized versions of blockbuster hits, claiming that its system for doing so was covered under the Family Movie Act of 2005. The injunction, which VidAngel promised to …

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From Engadget RSS Feed: YouTube Red’s next show is a Tinder dating comedy

YouTube Red, the company’s premium service, has a built up a stable of original programming, but for the most part they don’t resemble traditional TV shows. Now, YouTube is trying a different tactic. The company has greenlighted Swipe Right, a comedy…

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From Engadget RSS Feed: Spotify’s RISE program will try to find future music superstars

It’s hard to deny Spotify’s influence on the current music landscape. After all, the streaming service has over 50 million paid subscribers. Now, they’re using that influence to help up and coming artists. Today, Spotify introduced RISE, which it bil…

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From Engadget RSS Feed: Does social media threaten the illusion of news neutrality?

For journalists, social media can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, they can use platforms like Facebook and Twitter to share their opinion on a wide range of matters, from sports to politics. But at the same time, they have to remembe…

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From Tech: College student painstakingly built a Nintendo Switch clone that plays thousands of classic games

Beating Nintendo to the punch, Tim Lindquist built a Nintendo Switch clone that plays thousands of classic games. The video above shows a timelapsed version of the process and it looks sick.
The Nintimdo RP, as Tim calls it, has a Broadcom BCM287…

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From Engadget RSS Feed: Billboard’s charts will give more weight to paid music streams in 2018

Starting in 2018, Billboard will change the way it counts streaming music for its charts. Right now, the way it works for the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart is that there are two tiers for streaming music: on demand (where you can select what y…

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From Engadget RSS Feed: This week’s ‘live’ giant robot battle was fake

We’ve been following the development of the giant robot battle for years now, and it finally took place earlier this week. Engadget writer Saqib Shah said of the live stream, “the entire event may have been as choreographed as a WWE match, but it was…

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From BGR: Hollywood will finally do something to fight back against Netflix

As far as Netflix is concerned, the company’s overarching business philosophy rests on releasing more content than most people can practically keep up with. In furtherance of this philosophy, Netflix isn’t afraid to spend big bucks in order to buy compelling content, and of course, develop an increasingly impressive stable of original programming. What’s more, Netflix is also honing in on the movie business as well.

Highlighting Netflix’s addiction to content, the streaming giant this week announced its plan to spend upwards of $8 billion on programming in 2018, a marked increase from the $7 billion it initially projected a few months back. So while Netflix does face increased competition from the likes of Hulu and Amazon, the reality is that no one company has been willing to spend as much as Netflix in an effort to attract new customers.

This dynamic, however, may change in the near future. According to a new research note from analyst Michael Nathanson (via Fast Company), Netflix’s growing influence within the media industry is prompting traditional media companies to think twice about licensing their content to the streaming giant. What’s more, some media companies are increasingly starting to look at outlets like Hulu as viable alternatives to Netflix. In doing so, they still get paid while still managing to dilute the growing power Netflix seems to wield.

Disney recently made headlines for its decision to pull its content from Netflix and launch its own streaming service, but it’s far from the only network to think like that. Per MoffettNathanson, “FOX has been a much bigger source of the off TV hits on Netflix … and their titles are in the midst of shifting.�

On a related note, Netflix recently lost two of its more popular shows — 30 Rock and How I Met Your Mother — to Hulu.

Nathanson later adds that if Hollywood starts playing hardball with Netflix, the company will have to focus more on original programming, a venture that by its very nature costs more money. While true, the reality is that Netflix has never been afraid about spending its own money on original programming. If anything, it’s a future that Netflix embraces. Though not likely to happen anytime soon, Netflix’s ultimate goal is to have a library of content wherein 50% of the available titles are all Netflix originals.

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