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OPLIN 4Cast #685: Netflix has competition now, but it isn’t chillin’

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In our house, our primary streaming service is Netflix, without a doubt. We do have Amazon Prime Video and Hulu (the latter courtesy of our Spotify subscription) but, by far, my family spends the most hours watching Netflix. (OK, at least *I* spend the most time watching Netflix, because I have a standup comedy habit that can’t be gratified elsewhere.) While we’ve eyed other streaming services, we haven’t committed…yet. Netflix has enough to fill what little free time we have.

While Netflix didn’t win big at the Oscars this year, it still has been making headlines. The streaming service has known for some time that the streaming wars would eventually heat up, and some recent news make it evident that Netflix is ready for the competition.

  • How Netflix is winning more with less content [Vox Recode] ” There’s a lot less stuff on Netflix these days — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. New data shows that Netflix’s library is way smaller than it used to be, but the streaming service’s latest successes with original content suggest that its years-old strategy to move away from licensing content could finally be paying off.”
  • ‘Netflix effect’ keeping film crews busy, actor says [KOAT7 Action News] “Film workers in front of the camera agree there is no shortage of work in New Mexico. ‘Because of what we all seem to be calling the “Netflix effect,” the industry has been booming here,’ said Barbara Kerford, a local actress who moved her 17-year acting career in Los Angeles to the Duke City.”
  • Netflix begins streaming in AV1 on Android [TechCrunch] ” The world’s biggest streaming giant said on Wednesday that by switching from Google’s  VP9 — which it previously used on Android — to AV1, its compression efficiency has gone up by 20%.”
  • Netflix dumping its autoplay trailers is a wakeup call for tech [Mashable] “As for Netflix, it’s hardly out of the doghouse yet. The streaming giant still automatically minimizes the credits at the end of a movie or show, overly eager to jam something else into your eyeballs. Not only is this jarring — give us a moment to process our emotions, you ghouls — but many viewers (including the creator of Bojack Horseman) find it disrespectful to the creators who spent years of their lives on this piece of entertainment.”

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