Please, No More Tiger King

Please, No More Tiger King

It was a bleak time, one that seemed served by watching what my colleague Kate Knibbs rightfully dubbed a terribly “feel-bad show.” It's not like the world is without a bleak hue now, but Netflix just announced Tiger King 2, and I can’t think of a show I have less desire to watch.

Worn Down by Covid Anxiety? Keep a Handheld Game With You

Worn Down by Covid Anxiety? Keep a Handheld Game With You

Right now it’s hard to find time to even sit down and watch Netflix for 20 minutes, so having a handheld device provides an opportunity for disconnection in an ever-connected world.It’s hard to find time to recharge because nothing is restful.

Funimation’s Crunchyroll Acquisition Means Big Anime Is Here

Funimation’s Crunchyroll Acquisition Means Big Anime Is Here

Crunchyroll and Funimation have had to compete with each other and with streaming giants like Netflix not just for anime fans’ free time and subscription dollars but also for rights to the hottest titles.

Netflix’s Marriage or Mortgage Is Maddening

Netflix’s Marriage or Mortgage Is Maddening

Despite being presented with an affordable dream home, the couple picks a splashy wedding instead, spending more than $6,000 on the dress and commissioning a custom ranch-dressing fountain for guests.

Is Binge-Watching Bad for the Planet? Netflix Finally Answers

Is Binge-Watching Bad for the Planet? Netflix Finally Answers

For people binging Netflix, that’s useful context—but for the streaming giant, it provides crucial data to help it reduce its vast carbon footprint.

Netflix's Password-Sharing Crackdown Has a Silver Lining

Netflix's Password-Sharing Crackdown Has a Silver Lining

The practice of throwing a bunch of purloined user names and passwords at various services to see what sticks is known as credential stuffing , and it’s hit the media industry particularly hard in recent years.

Too Many Game Subscription Services? Here's How to Choose

Too Many Game Subscription Services? Here's How to Choose

Console gaming is starting to look more and more like Netflix: Instead of buying a disc at the store and popping it in at home, subscription services from Sony and Microsoft allow you to access tons of games for a monthly price, or even stream them without the need for a long download.

Why The Queen’s Gambit Is the No. 1 Netflix Show Right Now

Why The Queen’s Gambit Is the No. 1 Netflix Show Right Now

Suffice to say very few people watching understand chess at the level someone like Kasparaov does, but movies from Searching for Bobby Fischer to Queen of Katwe to Fresh have proven audiences want to know what it’s like to play as a grandmaster.

Anatomy Opens the Creaking Door to Haunted House Tales

Anatomy Opens the Creaking Door to Haunted House Tales

Or it could be Netflix 's fault—its release of The Haunting of Bly Manor has reinvigorated the discourse about what makes a good haunted house story and whether or not Mike Flanagan, the horror director who, between Bly Manor and Hill House and Doctor Sleep seems to be veritably obsessed with them, really has what it takes to make one that feels both scary and fascinating.

Netflix's Social Distance Captures All Your Quarantine Feels

Netflix's Social Distance Captures All Your Quarantine Feels

Netflix ’s new anthology series, Social Distance, is full of Covid-era moments like this.The only people working within the constraints of quarantine in the same way Social Distance did are those making horror movies , which have always been drivers of innovation and can survive a bit of pixelated campiness.

Netflix Canceled 'GLOW.' What's Next?

Netflix Canceled 'GLOW.' What's Next?

Why Netflix Keeps Canceling Shows After Just 2 Seasons.I May Destroy You will likely live on as the best thing to hit TV in all of 2020, and I don’t require any more of it.

Why Netflix Keeps Canceling Shows After Just 2 Seasons

Why Netflix Keeps Canceling Shows After Just 2 Seasons

Shows can have a dedicated fan base, like Altered Carbon and The OA, but they might not have been successful enough to have amassed a Netflix-wide viewership.

Project Power Is a Secret Lesson About Science's Dark Side

Project Power Is a Secret Lesson About Science's Dark Side

In Netflix ’s new superhero movie Project Power, the Big Bad is the inventor of a drug called power, which either gives you temporary superpowers or busts your chest open like a dropped water balloon.

Maybe Netflix and Amazon Should Just Buy Theater Chains

Maybe Netflix and Amazon Should Just Buy Theater Chains

Back in 2015, theater chains freaked out when Netflix, presumably looking for a theatrical run in order to qualify for the Oscar race, wanted to release Beasts of No Nation in cinemas on the same day the movie became available to stream.

Netflix's Fake-News Thriller The Hater Is Way Too Real

Netflix's Fake-News Thriller The Hater Is Way Too Real

While Netflix makes no mention of it whatsoever, The Hater is actually a sequel to Komasa’s 2011 movie, The Suicide Room, which is about a teenager whose life becomes a catastrophe after a video of him kissing another boy on a dare gets circulated online.

'The Old Guard' Director Gina Prince-Bythewood on Avoiding 'Sexy Catfights'

'The Old Guard' Director Gina Prince-Bythewood on Avoiding 'Sexy Catfights'

Credit for the movie’s surprises—it’s inclusivity, it’s thoughtfulness, it’s diversity—goes in large part to two people: Greg Rucka, who wrote the original comic The Old Guard, and to Gina Prince-Bythewood, who directed the Netflix adaptation.

How to Host a Virtual Watch Party

How to Host a Virtual Watch Party

They’re options to “share computer sound” and “optimize screen sharing for video clip.” Make sure both boxes are checked.It’s a third-party browser extension that allows up to 50 people to watch anything on Netflix together.

Netflix’s Plan to Auto-Cancel Subscriptions Is Radically Sane

Netflix’s Plan to Auto-Cancel Subscriptions Is Radically Sane

It’s not like you don’t have other options—including plenty that don't charge anything in the first place .There’s a small caveat here, which is that services that grandfather in pricing for longtime users could use auto-cancelations as a way to get them to resubscribe on more expensive plans.

Lady Gaga’s Together at Home Raised $128 Million for Covid-19 Relief

Lady Gaga’s Together at Home Raised $128 Million for Covid-19 Relief

This time around we have a few more updates on how the coronavirus is impacting the culture landscape, from Netflix to Comic-Con International.

Everyone Is Watching Code 8 on Netflix—and That's a Big Deal

Everyone Is Watching Code 8 on Netflix—and That's a Big Deal

Having a film like Code 8 break into those ranks proves there is an audience for indie sci-fi offerings and shows that fact to the world—which only encourages more people to watch.

Sandra Oh to Star in Netflix Show from 'Game of Thrones' Creators

Sandra Oh to Star in Netflix Show from 'Game of Thrones' Creators

On this fine day we have news about Netflix, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Star Wars.For those of you who can’t get enough Sandra Oh—which is pretty much everybody—the Killing Eve star will soon star in a new six-episode dramedy on Netflix.

Oscars Woes for Netflix, Money for Yahoo Users, and More News

Oscars Woes for Netflix, Money for Yahoo Users, and More News

Yahoo is repenting and Netflix is lamenting, but first: a cartoon about Elon's summer space camp .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

Netflix Had a Disappointing Night at the Oscars

Netflix Had a Disappointing Night at the Oscars

No matter how great you feel, you’re likely not feeling any better than director Bong Joon Ho , whose movie Parasite won three Oscars last night, including Best Picture—the first foreign language film to win the award in the Academy’s 92-year history.

Taylor Swift's Miss Americana Is Pointless in the Instagram Era

Taylor Swift's Miss Americana Is Pointless in the Instagram Era

The latest of these, Netflix’s Miss Americana, trains its camera on Taylor Swift, an artist known for both her social media prowess and her skill in controlling what, exactly, the world knows about her.

Climate Change Is Netflix's Ragnarok

Climate Change Is Netflix's Ragnarok

Netflix’s newest superhero coming-of-age drama, Ragnarok, de-Marvelizes the viking myths for our climate-crisis age of Scandinavian child heroes.It follows Magne, an awkward Norweigan teen who moves to a town called Edda with his mother and brother.

Dolly Parton's Meme Exposes Social Media's Masquerade

Dolly Parton's Meme Exposes Social Media's Masquerade

Marriage Story Proves Anything on Netflix Can Be a Meme Now. Digital Culture.On January 21, Parton—who is an internet savvy queen at 74— four images of herself on Instagram, each labeled with the name of a different social media platform.

Netflix's Big Viewership Numbers Mean Very Little

Netflix's Big Viewership Numbers Mean Very Little

That is a bizarrely low threshold for entry into, say, a 10-part fantasy drama featuring a character that could best be described as “Legolas with an Equinox membership” with episodes that run between 47 and 67 minutes.

A Virus Outbreak, Netflix's Oscar Nod Dominance, and More News

A Virus Outbreak, Netflix's Oscar Nod Dominance, and More News

China is learning and Oscar nominations are burning, but first: a cartoon about starting the startup young .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

Oscar Nominations 2020: Netflix Tops All Other Studios

Oscar Nominations 2020: Netflix Tops All Other Studios

One more bit of awards season news: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the next Golden Globes in 2021, though the exact date of the awards show hasn’t been determined yet.

The Witcher Trailer Is Here—and It's Shockingly Good

The Witcher Trailer Is Here—and It's Shockingly Good

Netflix's The Witcher Gets a New Trailer, and Henry Cavill Is Maybe a Little Bit Daddy.Remember the whole Blizzard, Hong Kong, Hearthstone story , where amazing pro player Blitzchung got banned for several months for speaking out about politics on a Blizzard stream?

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