What does it mean to have watched a TV show? I say if you watch half of an episode and turned it off because you weren’t into it, you could probably say comfortably “I watched it… it wasn’t for me”. I don’t think you could say you watched half of a movie and still get away with saying that you had watched it.
But, what does Netflix say? Well, in the past they considered a view of a show or movie as watching 70% of it. As of their most recent earnings report, a viewer now only needs to have watched 2 minutes of it. And so Netflix can now report that viewership is way up at the same time that the streamer is facing increased pressure from the launch of Disney+, Apple TV+, and the soon-to-launch HBO Max & Peacock.
Under the new reporting system, Netflix can now say that 76 million people watched its new series The Witcher.
Also, you can probably say you’ve watched the entire Netflix catalogue in under a week if you just power through every title dedicating just 2 minutes to each.
But the new system inflates viewership data by as much as 35 percent, according to the company. Netflix said the new method was fair because it treated short and long pieces of content equally. The new count reveals a viewer’s “requests,” the company said, akin to the “most popular” section of a news site.
Netflix anticipates adding seven million total customers for the first three months of 2020, down from the 9.6 million it added in the same period last year.That has partly to do with the competitive landscape and a price increase Netflix instituted last year.
The company’s balance sheet is also improving. For the current year Netflix anticipates it will have to spend $2.5 billion more in cash than it takes in — a financial metric known as cash flow — which would be an improvement over last year, when it burned through more than $3 billion.
Patrick Stewart came to Whoopi Goldberg during an episode of her panel chat show The View with an offer she couldn’t refuse: An invitation onto season 2 of his Star Trek show Picard, reprising the role of Guinan (she was a recurring guest star during Star Trek: The Next Generation).
This weekend I have plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of the film Before Sunrise. I probably won’t walk around the streets of Vienna through the night, but I’ll for sure watch the film. And its sequel Before Sunset. And the third film Before Midnight.
And then I will read this FANTASTIC oral history of Before Sunrise.
Read it now: NYT
There is a remake in the works for UnREAL, the TV drama about the behind the scenes activity on a reality show. That’s the same show that everyone loved during the first season and quickly stopped watching in season 2. I’m told it got better.
This isn’t an English-language remake. No, this is being made in Brazil. And, I’d be very interested to see what this looks and feels like through a different cultural lens.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars returns in Feb on Disney+ for its final season. Great news for fans of the show and of Adult Yoda, who appears in the show.
And now for something completely different…
Terry Jones from Monty Python has died, aged 77.