streaming services during coronavirus

Despite the vast majority of the world’s population being stuck inside with nothing to do but binge-watch for the foreseeable future, even streaming services are getting hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. YouTube is limiting the video quality of its video streams worldwide for the next month, while Netflix, Hulu, and Roku are all scaling back customer service support.

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netflix viewership

Today in news that will surprise no one: Netflix viewership has only increased during the coronavirus outbreak. Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos has revealed that yes, people are watching more Netflix now that they’re stuck inside. But what about the future? Every current Netflix production has had to shut down, which might indicate we’re headed towards a content crunch. But according to Sarandos, current production issues won’t start affecting things until late 2020.

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Netflix Limiting Streaming Quality

With so many people hunkering down due to the coronavirus, internet usage is up – and I mean wayyyy up. Across the pond, The European Union’s Internal Market and Services Commissioner, Thierry Breton, has asked Netflix and YouTube to limit streaming quality in an attempt to avoid online gridlock. And Netflix is playing ball. The streaming service has agreed to limit its quality content from HD to SD for the next 30 days. And one can’t help wonder: is the U.S. next?

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roma documentary

Netflix is weird about promoting some things. For instance: Did you know they’ve added a making-of documentary about Roma – the same documentary that’s included with the recent Criterion Collection release of the film? It’s true! But the streaming service, as is their style, has been shy about letting people know. That’s why we’re here, folks – to inform you. You’re welcome.

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killers of the flower moon rumor

It looks like Martin Scorsese is missing his pals at Netflix. The streaming giant essentially gave Scorsese a blank check to make The Irishman, and now that the legendary filmmaker is back working with a regular studio, he’s reportedly getting nostalgic for that Netflix freedom. Scorsese is currently working on Killers of the Flower Moon, which stars both Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. The movie already has a budget over $220 million dollars, which is rumored to be giving studio Paramount more than a few sleepless nights.

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Unbelievable trailer

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Robert Rodriguez is bringing two new projects to Tubi (not to be confused with Quibi).
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna developing pop star comedy at Hulu.
  • Netflix signs deal with animation studio Titmouse (don’t laugh).
  • Saved by the Bell reboot rounds out its cast.
  • The Equalizer reboot with Queen Latifah gets pilot order at CBS.
  • Watch a featurette from Better Call Saul season 5.
  • HBO Max orders new comedy pilot produced by Good Place creator Mike Schur.
  • Matthew McConaughey reuniting with True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto for FX series Redeemer.
  • Toni Collette will lead Netflix series Pieces of Her.
  • Say goodbye to Ray Donovan.

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Netflix autoplay

For years, every time I’ve scrolled through Netflix looking for something to watch, I’ve had to mute my television. Aside from Qwikster (remember that?), one of the company’s worst decisions was to implement a change to its user interface in which every time a customer would land on a title, a video teaser of that title would autoplay, complete with sound. There was no getting around it, so the mute button became my friend. But starting today, perhaps we can go our separate ways.

After a long period of inflicting this low-level suffering on its customers, Netflix has finally made it possible for users to opt out of this annoying nonsense and disable that functionality altogether. Not only that, you can also disable the feature which autoplays the next episode of a series that you’re watching. Find out how to live in a better, quieter, more peaceful world below.
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Netflix Best Picture Nominees

Here we go again. In what is becoming a tradition, AMC and Regal Theater chains are refusing to screen Netflix’s Best Picture nominees, because that’s just how they roll. The chains typically do a showcase of Best Picture nominees in which they bring the nominated movies back to theaters, but the two Netflix titles – The Irishman and Marriage Story – won’t be included. The same thing happened last year with Netflix’s Roma.

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the irishman ratings

The Oscar nominations are here, which means it’s time to be alternately enraged and excited. But whatever your personal opinion about who was snubbed and who snuck in a surprise nomination, the Oscars are all about celebrating movies and not reducing them into mere numbers like some kind of horse race, right? Sure! But let’s take a look at those numbers for a second, and see what kind of records were set, which were broken, and which didn’t even become a factor at the 2o20 Oscars.

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the irishman ratings

Netflix is cagey when it comes to their viewership numbers, and they’ve previously stated they have no plans to release numbers for The Irishman, their new crime epic from Martin Scorsese. But thanks to ratings service Nielsen, we now have somewhat of an idea about how the movie did during its launch. Per their reporting, at least “17.1 million unique viewers” watched at least some of the film.

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