Streaming Nostalgia Fest & A Flood of Facebook Updates
Assuming we all survive what results from storming Area 51 … Do Not Read Until Monday.
Nostalgia Fest Fuels Streaming News
Big streaming flashed some big cash in a week filled with nostalgia. Netflix nabbed Seinfeld from 2021 for what some estimate is upwards of $500 million, while Big Bang Theory went to HBO Max for over a billion dollars. Which… come on.
Netflix needed to score a legacy show for sure, as NBCUniversal’s as-yet-unnamed streaming service laid claim to The Office and Parks and Rec.
It’s called “The Peacock” now?
Now, the most *interesting* streaming news of the week? Netflix will reportedly offer bonuses to creators based on how their shows or films perform.
Fast and Furious Facebook Updates
Facebook had a pretty relentless schedule this week, update-wise. First, it debuted a ‘Rehearsal’ mode for Facebook Live, along with native Instagram feed post and IGTV scheduling. Seems like a win, but officially completes IG’s shift from ‘cool app acquired by Facebook’ to ‘Facebook, Jr.’
Then, like – hey why not? – here’s a new Portal, plus another one you can put on your TV. Details also emerged of its AR glasses partnership with Luxottica and its Ray-Ban subsidiary. The combination of those leading to one natural conclusion.
Especially considering Facebook has resumed human review of voice commands given to the devices.
Back on the promotional side of things, Facebook will now allow advertisers to promote interactive ads, e.g. those with augmented reality, games and polls. Personally, I can’t wait to see what the Russians come up with.
Over on Facebook, Jr. – I mean – Instagram, the company will restrict audiences for weight loss, dieting and cosmetic surgery content.
Odds + The End
- Snap took the 3D camera tech from its latest Spectacles and brought it to Snapchat.
- In a shocking turn of the tables, it copped a feature from Facebook: A dedicated news tab.
- It also divulged campaign spending on the platform thus far.
- Fortnite launched an app for players to socialize – get this – without playing the game.
- Meanwhile, Twitchhopes to boost its search chops by acquiring the IMDB of gaming.
- iOS 13 arrived, in all its buggy, dark mode having, Bluetooth access requesting glory.
- Along with it, so did the possibly industry-rattling Apple Arcade.
- And a stubborn refusal to just let the whole ‘Slofie’ thing go.
- It may also try its hand at the folding smart phone too.
- Good job, us: Facebook fundraisers have drummed up $2 billion for various causes.
- Amazon and Google both made big commitments to renewable energy.
- Airbnb RE: IPO: “OMW.”
- Good News for whoever has “Putin”, “Russia”, “DeepFakes” and “Just because we can, doesn’t mean we should” in End of the World Bingo.
- Tinder may soon release an apocalyptic Choose Your Own Adventure-style video series, building on its experience of producing millions of apocalyptic Choose Your Own Adventure-style first dates.
- What’s AI up to this week? Finding out if that person texting you is flirting.
- YouTube debuted a huge, widely derided masthead ad for its TV app, and rolled out a huge, widely derided update to its verification program.
- Test your might – and earn Verified Skill badges on LinkedIn.
- September 20, 2019