Netflix’s Oscar win & The week in goats
Ewe’ve goat to be kidding me: Do Not Read Until Monday.
Netflix gets best picture nom at the Oscars, pretty much killing what they represent
In a sense, it’s the final nail in the coffin for thinking about circa-2010 norms of entertainment: Netflix just might have itself a Best Picture Oscar, something utterly unthinkable even just 5 years ago, when the company had a paltry two (forgiven if you’ve forgotten them) original films. While both of those are documentaries, and the streaming video giant was definitely hitting strides in streaming TV, the best was obviously yet to come.
And, in netting a nom for Roma, not to mention things like the sheer conversation generated by Birdbox, Netflix has pretty much guaranteed the ball is now in the court of streaming services. Additionally, the company has shifted its own position – it also this week joined the MPAA (ok, eyeroll, but still) and earlier this month left a prominent tech company lobbying group. But hey maybe the latter just because lobbying is gross.
Meanwhile, a couple of Netflix’s main streaming rivals have set sights of their own. YouTube TV – the site’s live television service – now reaches about 98 percent of the U.S. Not a bad expansion just ahead of the largest television event of the year, one “BiG gAmE”, if you will. On the other hand, we have Hulu undercutting the league-leader by dropping prices to $6 for basic service.
It’s the second troll on Netflix from Hulu in recent memory, the first being the surprise release of a rival Fyre Festival documentary. Which, these films seem to promote the idea of streaming services being a first stop for shaping cultural commentary – the shock release and quarrelling generated a lot of conversation, yes, but the films are also making us think twice about the power of influencers. Or, at least those of us who haven’t already.
Also, please someone tell me this guy’s real.
This week in goats
- Tom Brady, whether you like it or not, is The Goat.
- Meanwhile, in Lives of the Sociopathic and Potentially Dangerously Unhinged, a story floated that Mark Zuckerberg served Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey some undercooked goat he had killed with a “laser gun” and knifed.
- It’s a bizarre story, sure, but let’s hear more about this “laser gun”.
Odds + The End
- As it approaches its teenage years, Twitter appears to be entering its goth phase with an even darker dark mode.
- Buzzfeed got discredited by Robert Mueller, then laid off 200 employees. WTF.
- Apple’s got a great reward for winners of its shot on iPhone contest: Exposure.
- If I were a winner, I’d then go to an Apple Store and try to buy a MacBook Pro by exposing myself.
- On the topic of Apple not paying people, it will also not be paying 200 people to work on autonomous cars anymore, as part of restructuring.
- Arizona wants to tell border crossers to beat it – with a new digital porn surcharge.
- Uber may be combining autonomous vehicles and electric scooters, presumably to find the world’s most insufferable commuters.
- Finally – Spotify lets you mute artists. However, as some have pointed out, it’s not necessarily a ‘fix’ for problematic artists on the service.
- How to hold civilized discourse online? We’re looking at you, r/changemyview.
- RIP Facebook Moments.
- It’s also pulling some Minority Report action with, in some cases, banning pages before they break rules. (Usually if they are run by someone with a similar, already-banned page.)
- Blippar has risen from the dead – will it be AR’s savior?
- A UK company’s looking for someone whose full-time job will be binge-watching. Hey, wait, where you guys going? Come back!
- We can all learn a few things from a rogue pie account and the actual pie company’s reaction.
- Despite success with programming, Snapchat’s not a commerce driver for publishers.
- Twitter’s devising a new way to see original tweeters and what they twote.
- Instagram: Seriously, guys, we’re not hiding your posts.
- SoundCloud CFO and co-founder out, looks back on a career of getting steady work for those with face tattoos.
- Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger messaging may be merging. Does anyone else think Zuck drums his fingers together, Mr. Burns-style, when he talks about this?
- WhatsApp continued to expand its customer service functionality this week as well.
- YouTube will recommend fewer conspiracy theory videos. GOOD JOB DOING THING, YOUTUBE.
- January 28, 2019