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Netflix’s new show about AI is blowing people’s minds – literally

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Altered Carbon, Netflix’s new sci-fi thriller, is set in a futuristic world with limitless potential. Immortality is finally attainable—for the very wealthy, at least—thanks to AI tech that can download a person’s consciousness and memories to a new body. 

Given the show’s hyper techie premise, CES was the perfect venue for Netflix to hold an exclusive pre-screening event. Mashable Brand X was onsite to capture audience reactions to Altered Carbon. We predict the rest of us will be happily binge watching this new sci-fi series when it drops on Feb 2.  Read more…

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What We Thought When We Watched ‘Black Mirror’ Season 4

If you haven’t already seen the latest season of Black Mirror, what are you doing? There are six new episodes to enjoy and we watched them all. As expected, we were left shocked, confused, and a little heavy. For those who have watched, let’s break down the episodes and recap what we thought of them. What […]

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Dave Chappelle just dropped two Netflix specials, but there’s a problem

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Dave Chappelle is widely considered to be a comedic genius. So when Netflix announced it had released two Chappelle stand-up specials, people freaked. A little comedy to wrap up this bitter year has to be a good thing, right?

Well, maybe. But maybe not. The specials just dropped, but there’s already some pushback when it comes to Chappelle’s thoughts on the transgender community. 

Of the two videos, “The Bird Revelation” and “Equanimity,” it’s the latter that is once again bringing Chappelle’s controversial views into the spotlight. In it, he reflects on past jokes of his that critics have called transphobic.  Read more…

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The best Netflix show you’re not watching is coming back on New Year’s Day

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It’s official: The best Netflix show you’re not watching is coming back on New Year’s Day, and now there’s a trailer for the third season, too

It’s time for you to start watching Lovesick. There are only two seasons, with 14 episodes, and each one’s around 25-30 minutes. Get it on it now. Here’s the deal:

The dumbest way to describe Lovesick is How I Met Your Mother, but British.

Smarter way to describe it: It’s a show with a more sophisticated conceit than that—one that’s dedicated less to a cloying plot device (meant to extend the show into perpetuity forever and drive viewers insane), and instead one with a hilarious (but believable) plot device designed to elucidate poignancy where the agony and ecstasy of trying to negotiate a life between romanticism and reality is concerned. While also understanding all of the various ways your past relationships impact your present. And letting all of your exes know you might’ve given them an STD.  Read more…

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Netflix will look for a repeat play in 2018 after a strong year

 Netflix had a pretty good year by very Netflix-y standards: it added a ton of subscribers; its international growth plans seem to be playing out as hoped; it cleaned up in the Golden Globe nominations, and users are watching a ton of Netflix.
While the company has continued to show growth with its existing strategy — investing a ton in its original content strategy in the hope that… Read More

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How to check if someone’s secretly using your Netflix account

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Your Netflix is a personal space. What you watch, when you watch it, and how often you watch it can reveal a lot about you. The last thing you want is someone poking around your account, checking your viewing habits, and drafting off your hard-earned $10.99-a-month for free access. 

And yet people steal Netflix all the time. Whether it’s a jilted lover, an old college roommate, or an estranged family member — there are all too many people out there who may be able to use your account and see what you’ve been streaming. Sure, the easiest solution is to change your password, but that won’t tell you if someone’s been creeping.  Read more…

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Netflix Series ‘Alias Grace’ Shows Why Female Oppression Must Stop

If there is one show that you should start binge-watching, it’s Alias Grace, a crime-drama Netflix series based on a 1996 novel of the same name. Written by Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace follows the story of Grace Marks, an Irish immigrant who becomes a domestic servant in Canada. In 1843, Grace is convicted of murdering her […]

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Please stop applauding Louis C.K. for doing the bare minimum

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Well, it looks like the Louis C.K. apologists have at least pivoted to a different tactic than simply labeling accusers liars, after the comedian finally admitted to the sexual misconduct he’s been disparaging as mere “rumor” for five years (and as recently as two months ago).

Within mere hours of C.K. issuing his statement, the internet fell over itself to commend him for the brave act of finally admitting he is, in fact, a sexual harasser and feels bad about it — now that there’s a New York Times story about it, anyway.

And as C.K. fans (and even some of his critics) pat him on the back for doing the literal least he could by not lying anymore, some conservatives continue to make excuses for Roy Moore, the former Alabama judge and U.S. Senate candidate accused of initiating a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32. Read more…

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Roku’s big strategy change paid off

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Roku stocks are soaring after the company nailed its first earnings report since going public earlier this fall.

While the set-top box maker is not quite profitable, it managed to post a smaller loss ($7.9 million) than Wall Street had expected ($12.7 million) thanks to especially strong revenue growth in ads and licensing its software. The company’s overall revenue grew to $125 million from $89 million in the same quarter last year.

The successful quarter follows a smooth initial public offering in September in which the decade-old company bucked an otherwise dismal market for tech public offerings. It also proved itself to be holding its own against big-name competitors in the space like Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon’s Fire TV. Read more…

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Snapchat and Netflix launch ‘Stranger Things’ AR experience and filter

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Want to wander around Joyce Byers’ living room, prodding those rainbow fairy lights and waiting for the Demogorgon to show up?

Snapchat has teamed up with Netflix to launch a 3D world lens to promote the Oct. 27 release of Stranger Things Season 2. 

Snapchat launched world lens feature in April 2017, in which the lenses (and the images in them) move and change as you move, making them slightly interactive.

In Snapchat’s Stranger Things world lens experience, users can wander around Joyce Byers’ living room, tapping different elements to find various easter eggs — try hitting the bookshelf or Joyce’s coloured fairy lights and see what happens. Read more…

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Jessica Jones wasn’t supposed to be in ‘The Punisher’, but showrunner wanted her

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Some may have been surprised when Marvel character Jessica Jones was announced to be part of the upcoming Netflix series The Punisher.

Showrunner Steve Lightfoot revealed that Jones, played by Krysten Ritter, wasn’t initially planned to cross over into the series, but he requested to write her in, because of the chemistry between the two characters.

“I asked to have her, because Jessica and Frank [Castle] are so great,” he said, during a visit to Singapore.

Referring to titular character The Punisher, a.k.a. Frank Castle, Lightfoot said, “Frank is a closed-off military guy, and this is a woman he treats like an equal more than anyone else.” Read more…

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Apple’s original content won’t have nudity or sex, hmm ok?

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Apple is getting into the TV business, but not the kind of TV that’s taking over digital platforms. As the company ventures into original content, Bloomberg reports that Apple’s programming will look a lot more like network TV – a.k.a. no violence or nudity.

According to Bloomberg, Apple shows will be more like This Is Us or family-friendly comedies. Leave the steamy sex and bloody guts to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and cable.

“Apple isn’t interested in the types of shows that become hits on HBO or Netflix, like Game of Thrones — at least not yet,” Bloomberg reports. “The company plans to release the first few projects to everyone with an Apple device, potentially via its TV app, and top executives don’t want kids catching a stray nipple. Every show must be suitable for an Apple Store…People pitching edgier fare, such as an eight-part program produced by Gravity filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón and starring Casey Affleck, have been told as much.” Read more…

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Netflix now plans to spend $8 billion to keep you glued on your couch

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Netflix just keeps raising the ceiling on its content aspirations. 

The company officially announced that it could spend up to $8 billion on original video in 2018—a cool billion dollars more than it had previously planned

Ted Sarandos, head of content at Netflix, recently said publicly that the company could hit the $8 billion mark, but Monday’s quarterly earnings report made it official.

“With $17 billion in content commitments over the next several years and a growing library of owned content ($2.5 billion net book value at the end of the quarter), we remain quite comfortable with our ability to please our members around the world. We’ll spend $7-8 billion on content (on a P&L basis) in 2018,” Netflix wrote in its earnings release. Read more…

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