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THE YOUNGER generation has a very complicated relationship with social media — on one hand it allows people to connect with their friends and make new friends, but on the other, social media also lends itself to being an outlet to a “curated” life meant to show that some people are living better (or differently) than they actually are.
HANOI — Vietnam’s information minister on Tuesday accused foreign streaming companies like Netflix and Apple of skirting their tax responsibilities, saying it would create unfair competition for domestic firms.
“How dare he?” I hear the folks hissing: “an Alfred Hitchcock classic, and an Oscar Best Picture winner!” Critics haven’t been kind to Ben Wheatley’s 2020 adaptation of the Daphne Du Maurier novel, and who can blame them? It’s as if he’d taken a spray can to La Giaconda and smeared her smile lime green.
AFTER gaining 28 million new subscribers in the first half of 2020 alone, streaming giant Netflix’s growth slowed down in the third quarter (Q3) of the year after net paid subscribers for the quarter hit 2.2 million according to Spanish analytics service ComprarAcciones.com. Meanwhile Disney’s streaming service, Disney+, has reported that it had 60.5 million subscribers in August.
STREAMING service Netflix has unloaded its holiday slate for the Philippines which includes a hefty collection of Christmas movies including the second installment of the The Princess Switch film series starring Vanessa Hudgens.
NEW YORK/SEOUL — A zombie drama, a TV series about a supernatural nurse and one about an antisocial children’s book author helped turn South Korea into one of Netflix’s biggest sources of growth in the international markets, a source familiar with the matter said.
For its first original Korean Pop (K-Pop) content, streaming giant Netflix turned its gaze onto what is arguably Korea’s top girl group, BlackPink, as it tries to answer why the group — which is the first Korean girl group to perform at Coachella and which has a string of chart-topping hits around the world -- is so popular and the overarching question why Korean acts are so popular right now. But while the attempt is admirable, Black Pink: Light Up the Sky offers little more than a crash course introduction to K-Pop and BlackPink and rarely offers anything new to people with a modicum of knowledge about the genre or the group.
FACEBOOK has hit back at Netflix, accusing the The Social Dilemma documentary released earlier this year on the streaming platform of sensationalism.
NETFLIX, Inc. stood by its decision to adapt an award-winning Chinese science-fiction novel, after five Republican US senators asked the streaming service to consider the implications of providing a platform to the book’s author for his political views.
ABOUT three years ago, Reed Hastings set out to answer a question that had bedeviled Hollywood for the past decade: How did a small DVD-by-mail company build the most popular TV service in the world?
STREAMING services have already bid up the price of TV reruns, stand-up comedy performances and contracts with top producers. Now they’re coming for blockbuster movies from the studios behind Fast & Furious and Spider-Man.
BRITAIN’S Prince Harry and his wife, the former Meghan Markle, signed a wide-ranging production deal with Netflix Inc., becoming the latest global celebrities on the streaming giant’s roster.
LOS ANGELES — A new musical about Britain’s Princess Diana will be filmed without an audience and air on Netflix, Inc. in early 2021 before it debuts on Broadway, producers announced on Wednesday.
IN JUNE, streaming service Netflix introduced five Filipino films to its slate including critically acclaimed films such as 2016’s Pamilya Ordinaryo (Ordinary People) and Untrue (2019). This August the service is adding 15 more films to its content library, mostly romantic films such as Love the Way U Lie and Write About Love.
HORROR FILMS are often defined by their sound designs because silence, a thump, a creak, lend themselves to a more immersive experience for the viewers. But with cinemas still closed and films having to pivot towards streaming sites to get their audience, is sound (especially for horror films) still an effective medium for an immersive experience? Netflix says “yes,” provided that you watch the horror movies on your TV sets.
NETFLIX, INC. has hit the sweet spot with a controversial reality series on a jet-setting Indian matchmaker helping her picky clients find life partners, in a boost to the streaming giant’s efforts to produce local content for subscribers in new markets.
LOS ANGELES — Audiences are used to seeing comic book superheroes come to life on screen but in The Old Guard the heroes only have one power — immortality.
JAKARTA — Indonesia imposed a 10% value-added tax (VAT) on sales by technology firms including Amazon, Netflix, Spotify and Google on Tuesday, as spending patterns shift with increased remote working as a result of the coronavirus crisis, which has hit state finances.
When producer Naia Cucukov was in the sixth grade, The Baby-Sitters Club book series about preteen girls and their adventures in entrepreneurship helped her survive an awkward stretch of adolescence. Now, decades later, Cucukov is helping The Baby-Sitters Club get through an uncomfortable time in the entertainment industry.
NEW YORK — With the coronavirus pandemic forcing the cancellation of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, actors Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams hope fans can get their fix by watching their madcap Netflix comedy about a duo from Iceland who compete in the event.
STREAMING service Netflix is celebrating Pride Month this June with a selection of inclusive shows that “tell diverse, inclusive, and authentic stories of the LGBTQIA+ community,” and releasing a Philippine survey and video on the importance of inclusivity and representation among its viewers.
FILIPINO-AMERICAN stand-up comic Joseph Glenn Herbert — better known as “Jo Koy” — has his third Netflix special coming up. But this time, instead of a pure stand-up show, he is mixing a bit of food and culture as he travels through the streets of the Philippines to “see where it all started,” as he says in the trailer.
INSTITUTO Cervantes de Manila is holding an online lecture featuring Javier Gómez Santander, the head writer and co-executive producer of the popular Netflix series La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) on April 28, 7 p.m., via Zoom.
FACED with an unprecedented global health crisis that has frozen businesses around the world, Netflix Inc. is reassuring customers (and investors) that it won’t run out of new TV shows or movies anytime soon.
Data from eToro shows that Google, Facebook, and Netflix—companies seeing record usage during the lockdown—are among the most popular investments for Filipinos in March.
THE Philippines’ telecommunications commission has asked US media-services provider Netflix to “efficiently manage” its streaming bit rates to ease data congestion as the Luzon-wide lockdown to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has slowed Internet speeds due to a surge in users.
This year, streaming service Netflix announced that it is going hard on Korean content as the popularity of such content is going global on the back of titles such as Kingdom, according to a Netflix executive. Now, the company has revealed its slate of Korean shows with genres spanning crime and sci-fi, alongside romance and drama.
AIMING to increase its customer base in the Philippines, American streaming service Netflix is now offering a P149-per-month mobile plan for Filipinos, allowing them to watch movies on their smartphones and tablets.
IN CELEBRATION of International Women’s Day, streaming service Netflix and UN Women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) has created a special playlist of 55 titles curated by women “behind and in front of the camera” including Sophia Loren, Janet Mock, Salma Hayek, Yalitza Aparicio, Millie Bobby Brown, Laurie Nunn, Lana Condor, Petra Costa, and Ava DuVernay.
CATS ARE the de facto mascots of the internet as cat photos and videos are some of the most consumed content on the internet: the BBC noted in 2015 that there were 2 million cat videos on YouTube. People take their cats seriously — sometimes too seriously — so much so that a hunt for an online cat killer turned into an international manhunt across Canada and Europe.
AMERICAN streaming service Netflix reports its membership grew by 20% in 2019 with its fourth quarter earnings growing by 31% year-on-year on the back of viewership of its original series such as The Witcher and You.
TWENTY-ONE titles from Studio Ghibli including classic favorites Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) and Spirited Away (2001) will be available on Netflix globally starting Feb. 1.
IN THE THREE YEARS SINCE streaming giant Netflix entered the Philippines — alongside 90 other territories — in 2016, Filipinos have largely embraced streaming as a new way to consume content.
NETFLIX INC., touting the success of its original programming, said the most popular releases on its streaming service this year were things it produced: the comedy movie Murder Mystery and the third season of its 1980s sci-fi show Stranger Things.
I DON’T think there’s much to uncover underneath the surface of Mati Diop’s feature debut Atlantics (Atlantique, 2019), now available on Netflix. It’s a love story — young girl Ada (Mame Bineta Sane) is in love with poor boy Souleiman (Ibrahim Traore) but is promised to wealthy Omar (Babacar Sylla) — and as with all such stories, the two lovers pine for each other for the duration of the film. Predictable simple trite — and yet and yet and yet
IN THE not-so-distant past, TV viewers were forced to wait a week for the next installment of their favorite shows, parceled out by networks in half-hour or hour-long increments.
APPLE INC.’s television news drama The Morning Show scored three Golden Globe nominations on Monday, putting the iPhone maker in the running for its first major Hollywood awards as a new player in the crowded streaming entertainment market.
AS NETFLIX INC. prepares for a bruising battle against the Walt Disney Co. and Apple Inc. for streaming subscribers, it’s playing a card that may deliver enough of an edge to fend them off in Asia: Japanese anime.
PANAMA CITY — Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm at the center of the “Panama Papers” scandal, has filed a lawsuit against Netflix Inc over its new movie based on the case, accusing the video streaming company of defamation and seeking to stop the film’s release.