The battle against account sharing was announced as Disney and the country's second largest cable operator entered into a new distribution agreement involving Disney's Hulu, ESPN + and the to come Disney +. Customers can still buy these services online directly from Disneybut the new deal would also allow them to make these purchases through the Charter Spectrum TV service.
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If you purchase a Disney service via Charter, be aware that companies will work together to prevent you from sharing a login with your friends. Disney and Charter said in their ad On Wednesday, they agreed to work together on reducing piracy, and the two companies will work together to implement business rules and techniques to address issues such as unauthorized access and password sharing. ".
In addition to streaming services, the agreement will allow Charter to continue to broadcast Disney-owned television channels on its cable service. This includes ABC, the various Disney and ESPN channels, FX, National Geographic, etc.
"This agreement will allow Spectrum to continue to provide its customers with popular Disney content, to enable future distribution by Spectrum of Disney streaming services, and to launch a major collaborative effort to address the important problem of reducing piracy." "said Tom Montemagno, vice president of Charter Charter. .
The announcement did not specify how companies will fight account sharing. We asked Charter for technical details on how it works and whether this would lead to greater sharing of customer personal data between Charter and Disney. Charter has not answered any of our questions saying "we have no details to share yet."
We have sent the same questions to Disney and will update this article if we get answers.
The crackdown could target people who use Account IDs TV Charter to connect to Disney online services. The CEO of the Charter, Tom Rutledge, has he's complaining account sharing several times in recent years, criticize television networks to not completely lock their content.
"There is a lot of extra feeds, there are a lot of extra passwords, there are a lot of people who could get a free service," Rutledge said at an industry conference. in 2017. He argues that password sharing has helped people avoid buying cable TV. ESPN also complains of account sharing, calling it hacking.
Another possibility is that Charter can monitor the use of its broadband network to help Disney account sharing fight. For example, Disney could track the IP addresses of users connecting to its services and Charter could match those IP addresses to those of its broadband customers. The Charter has a lot of leeway to share its customer navigation data because the Republican-controlled Congress eliminated high speed privacy rules in 2017.
However, customers can use VPN services to avoid detection.
Charter a 15.8 million Residential television customers nationwide, making it the second largest cable television service after Comcast. But he lost 400,000 video customers in the last year. Charter's broadband service went in the opposite direction, from 23.1 million to 24.2 million residential customers in the past year.
Unlike Charter and Disney, Netflix and HBO care less about account sharing.
Sharing a Netflix account "with people outside your household" is a violation of Netflix's rights. conditions of use, but the restriction is not heavily applied. "Password sharing is something you have to learn to live with because there is so much legitimate password sharing, as you share it with your spouse, with your kids," Netflix CEO said. , Reed Hastings. says in 2016.
Richard Plepler, former CEO of HBO once said password sharing is a "great marketing vehicle for the next generation of viewers" and "we are creating addicts" (Plepler left HBO In February, less than a year after the purchase of Time Warner, owner of HBO,).
Netflix, HBO, and the Disney property Hulu All, however, limit the number of concurrent streams on each account. This does not entirely prevent account sharing, but such a policy may hinder the sharing of an account with a group of friends.
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Source: Rumors from unknown sources
Probability of precision: At this point, with all that is known, it's at best 50/50.
The real deal: Although they were officially introduced just before Comic-Con International Last month, many mysteries remain about Sith soldiers. Who are they? What are they from where do they come from? Now a new poster on Making Star Wars has a theory, illuminated by rumors of anonymous sources: the Sith soldiers, he says, are part of an unknown and loyal fleet to Emperor Palpatine who was hidden within the confines of the galaxy for years and came back to face an unsuspecting threat posed by … the First Order, of all things. Or more specifically, Kylo Ren, who might have plans for a device created by Palpatine that Sith soldiers do not like. Conceptually, he checks and even opens a space for Kylo's supposed redemption (more details below), but it also sounds a bit too fanficant for the current generation of Star Wars movies. Then again Star Wars: The awakening of the force is nothing but a love letter to George Lucas' original, so a last fanfic chapter might be appropriate.
Source: Speculation based on special attention
Probability of precision: This one contains water, but still makes one or two pretty big assumptions, so call that … 60% at best.
The real deal: Still on the theme of enlightened theories of theories, Making Star Wars is also suggesting that the ship that the public saw abandon a young Rey in flashbacks reappears in the trailer of the film Skywalker climb-And that the ship belongs to Keri Russell character of the movie, Zorri Bliss. If nothing else, this theory offers a happy medium for those who did not like The last JediThe assertion that Rey's parents were nothing and those who wanted a more dramatic revelation: What if Rey's parents were nobodies – who then became more interesting and important for the conflict (and history in the broad sense) after giving up their daughter? Of course, now no of that is almost confirmed, but as a solution to a long-standing narrative problem, it is good enough to induce some fans to want that to be the case.
Source: A very promising redditor
Probability of precision: Prediction is very likely, although the deduction method seems much more unlikely.
The real deal: Did Star Wars: The awakening of the force set up a redemption for Kylo Ren in the next Skywalker climb? A fan on Reddit believe it, arguing that Han Solo asserting that his being "has too much of his grandfather in him" is a direct reference to Uncle Owen saying that Luke Skywalker "has too much of his father in him" in the movie. original Star Wars. As we know, Luke ended up being a good guy and even Anakin / Vader was bought back in the end. Does this mean that a similar bow of redemption is waiting for Kylo? Where was the line in The force awakens just announcing that Ben Solo would stay even longer Darth Vader? Fans will know it in December.
Source: Disney itself, via a revenue call
Probability of precision: This one is quite accurate, in that it comes from Disney's chief financial officer and general manager themselves.
The real deal: The opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland in Anaheim was it a bad deal? During a call for results last week, the company admitted that its presence at the California resort was broken down Christine McCarthy, Chief Financial Officer, said attendance at Walt Disney World in Florida was also down, as potential visitors seemed to wait until the opening of the Galaxy's Edge of this park. Disney General Manager Bob Iger positively explained what was happening: "We were very worried about the market seeing a huge crowd come together when we open Galaxy's Edge, so some people will stay away, "adding that hotels in the region, expecting an influx of visits, have increased their prices. So, it just cost more to stay in Anaheim. "He remains confident that everything will be fine soon enough, though." We felt very good about the product, "he said. It might take a little while for things to work. out. "
Source: Official Public Relations of Disney and Insight Editions
Probability of precision: This is an official announcement, so it does not become more accurate.
The real deal: Here is something that might appeal to those who are not yet convinced by Galaxy's Edge: A cookbook inspired by the attraction. Insight Editions will publish Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge – The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook this fall, with writers Marc Sumerak and Chelsea Monroe-Cassel (the woman behind the official cookbooks of World of Warcraft and Game of thrones) offering recipes from all over the galaxy. This is also, surprisingly, an in-barrel part of Star Wars This is written from the point of view of Strono "Cookie" Tuggs, the former chef of Maz Kanata Castle, as seen in Star Wars: The awakening of the force. The book will be published on November 5th.
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But then something happened. We are greedy. We have become streaming snobs, full of content. The language around change became so culturally ubiquitous that at one point the collective content of social media was "Netflix and relax" with his partner, the Instagram crush, or completely alone, soothed by the incessant rolling Room of cards or old episodes of Office (The sentence finally took a second life as a memoir on the modern culture of sexual relations). Yet we were not entirely at fault. Our eating rhythms have been shaped by the nation's growing dependence on screens as irresistible entertainment portals. Our actions made sense. We remained silent, happily caught in the wave of digital supersaturation. We had no reason to doubt slow decay in our bodies and brains, or how our fattening habits were change the nature of the conversation around television. We just wanted more. All at once.
Binging, as a lifestyle, is the only unifying tent of the modern era. It defines almost everything we do: how to eat, spend, treat, heal, play, consume the news and especially devour television. Lately, I felt particularly vulnerable to the fangs of watching a marathon. This year alone, I spent hours on my couch, looking horizontally, Homecoming or feast The bodyguard. The attack of the day – for example, a news of something that President Trump has tweeted or another mass shot – continues unabated. So I rush to cut the noise with more noise. For me, it makes sense. Binging has its purpose.
Despite everything, despite a blind sprint of almost all networks and mega-associations to OTT supremacy, there are series that resist our instinct to hyper-consume. In fact, one of the most polarizing series of the summer, Sam Levinson – created the HBO drama L & # 39; euphoria, rewards the slow watch. It's a delightful and anxious television, with its candy-colored cinematography, its emotionally turbulent intrigues and its chronic embrace of the vice of adolescence.
During his first season in eight episodes, which ended Sunday, Levinson introduced themes that were explicitly difficult to swallow – addiction, domestic violence, the dangers of online hook-ups, pedophilia, depression – Is not restrained on the physical and psychological violence these problems have upset his characters. In an early-season scene, Street (show lead Zendaya), who is a convalescent addict, is forced to lick liquid fentanyl from a knife by a sinister drug dealer. The performance is full of tension and sorrow. You look at her wanting to resist, but know that she can not. The act puts Street in a dark spiral of dependence. Elsewhere in the series, Cal Jacobs (Eric Dane), paragon of the city, seduced the minor women transplanted into hotel rooms, where he sadistically records their sex, and Kat (Barbie Ferreira), aged 16 years old, turns to write fanfiction to work in secret as a cam girl. L & # 39; euphoria has the surface texture of teenage dramas like Degrassi: the next generation and skins but the feeling of a three-day acidic journey – that is, it's a modern story of drug use and sexual liberation in the early adulthood, but told with doses of maniac fantasy.
The series is terribly hard to watch – it has not tempered my anxiety all season – but its choice to avoid easy definitions around difficult topics is what makes it an important cultural engine of our time. Levinson does not adopt reality, but uneven or insubstantial narratives may appear to viewers or critics. I did not grow up in a suburban enclave like Street or Kat, destroyed by secrecy and addiction issues, but the show's talents are compelling enough for anyone, no matter where he was raised or what Whatever the experience gained in high school, can identify with what is happening on the screen.
L & # 39; euphoria focus on the real issues that require time. In the penultimate episode, Street turns into a depression resembling a grave. She locks herself in her room, gorging on episodes of Island of love, and passes through feelings that she can not seem to control, which only further stimulates her imbalance. Even a simple gesture like that to use the bathroom proves impossible. For me, it looked like the first faithful representation of teenage depression thoughtfully returned to the screen, a real dig inside the mind without judgment. I have not been able to stop thinking about it since.
Disturbing culture does not allow the same kind of viewer contemplation – we spend hours with characters during a weekend or late at night, but as quickly as they enter our lives, we also pull them out. , make room for others. This is partly the joy of an anti-frenzy show like L & # 39; euphoria; it is not supposed to be shaken in 72 hours. The characters require an exam. After eight weeks of play, we begin to find common ground, even with characters we never imagined (note that the Fez Angus Cloud has gone from a peripheral ticket to a favorite of universal fans ). In a strange way, they become a bit like a family. These are people we know. They reflect the problems we have seen or have been challenged closely. Beauty in this kind of difficulty is that when a show like L & # 39; euphoria ends, he does not feel in a hurry and we do not feel totally deceived by that, because he has earned our love and respect over time. We can see it for what it really is: an imperfect but precious thing, scars and everything.
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Take this Tarantino. Last weekend, Fast & Furious presents: Hobbs & Shaw makes $ 60.8 million, leading the national box office and adding to its global take of $ 180 million. The film, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, is expected to accumulate even more as the summer moves on and as the power of Rock 's arms becomes even more undeniable for the audience.
The dynamic duo behind The Lego movie and Spider-Man: in the Spider-Verse–Phil Lord and Chris Miller– Go to Universal Pictures. The pair just signed an agreement with the studio for future film projects. Lord and Miller also signed a five-year contract with Sony Pictures TV. In other words, expect a lot more adventure and wit on big and small screens in the years to come.
First of all, the bad news: The 100, Supernaturaland Arrow will finish their races during the TV season 2019-2020. Now the good news: CW President Mark Pedowitz knows what will happen next. "Batwoman is the next evolution ", he told reporters during the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, talking about the new show starring Ruby Rose as DC Comics superhero. "We believe this universe will continue for many years." I added that he believed that other programs based on DC, such as Supergirl, Legends of tomorrowand The flash would stay on the air for years to come.
Finally, Warner Bros. announced Friday night that will move the output of dune from November 20, 2020 to December 18, 2020. The adaptation of Denis Herbert's novel Frank Herbert will be published in IMAX format as soon as it is released in cinemas.
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"This is perhaps the most ambitious and ambitious story I've ever watched," says Jordan in Episode 372 Geek Guide to the galaxy podcast "You need an open companion site while you watch this, as well as graphics and even recap videos after seeing it."
Given all this complexity, Geek Guide to the galaxy host David Barr Kirtley WHEREAS the show will derail at some point. But he thinks the second season is even stronger than the first.
"I was really worried that there would be a second-year crisis, and that many mysteries of season 1 would not have satisfactory explanations, and it would be like the last episode of Lost or Battlestar GalacticaHe said. "But of course they've had all this season – at least it seems to me – planned from the start."
Hopefully this level of meticulous plot will continue in the third season of the series, recently put to the green by Netflix. Fantastic author Erin Lindsey note that even after 18 episodes, many characters in the series remain totally mysterious. "One of the things that I think is really interesting about this is that the characters say what they want, but it's very clear that you can not take that literally," she says. "There are a lot of moving things in it, which makes me think that it is a mistake to engage in a particular theory at this point."
Dark is certainly not for everyone, and despite its high quality, it has not become a cultural phenomenon like Strange things. But television reporter Ruairi Carroll says the show feels more intimate and exclusive.
"To sit on a Friday night, grab a glass of wine and just try to fix that, I love every minute," he says.
Listen to the full interview of Rafael Jordan, Erin Lindsey and Ruairi Carroll in episode 372 of Geek Guide to the galaxy (above) And discover some highlights of the discussion below.
Erin Lindsey on the bad guys:
"You think you're part of the Claudia team and the young Jonas, and that Adam with all his disfigurement and Noah with his cold calculation methods are diabolical, but it's really a good job to challenge you – or at least that's done I question that many times. I also had the impression that there were a lot of lessons to be learned from Star Wars in the narrative here, because one of the things that Star WarsThe original trilogy was very successful if you start with this arch-villain who seems to be as naughty as possible, in the form of Darth Vader, then in the next episode you say: "Oh! wait, he's just a stooge. There is actually an even more mean person behind all this. And they sort of did the same thing.
David Barr Kirtley on Adam:
"I think what he said to people, what he said to his followers – like Noah – is that their mission is to destroy the causality and that they will then live in a sort of universe where they are not slaves of time, that they are going to have extraordinary freedom that they've never had before and that it will be that kind of paradise. But that's is a lie, and that's what he really wants is that he's just tired of these endless cycles, of life again and again, and that never ends, and that he there is no way to stop it except to basically destroy the whole universe, so I think he's suicidal, and he just wants to destroy the whole reality because that's the only way to do it stop these endless recursions. "
Ruairi Carroll on the time machine:
"I am always impressed when the camera itself makes its appearance, the machine to go back in time in a box. … All there is to say – when they open it – the design of it, the sound is just amazing. I recently bought a new TV and I thought I could try the 4K version of Netflix. This machine (the time machine) is absolutely beautiful at a resolution as high as you can, and that sounds fantastic. I would like to know more about it. Everyone seems pretty well aware of how to operate it. You know, Hannah can go back to the 1950s. Did she take an intensive course? There are all kinds of dials. Do you have to set your date? Is it like the machine to go back in time Back to the future? Do you dial your date and leave? I think it's fantastic. I love it.
Rafael Jordan to recommend Dark:
"I've tried to sell this show to all my friends, but honestly, my success is limited. I may not be doing a good job, but I always tell people that it's very superficially Strange things– as in the history of the 80s perhaps, at best – and it has elements of Lostbut I tell them that you have to really pay attention, it's really difficult, but it's worth it. But maybe that sounds like a homework, I do not know. I do not know which show to compare, but I would like to be able to make more people watch. … People have so limited attention span. I had used to do three or four episodes of a series, but I think these days, if people do not like a series in the first or first two episodes, sometimes they do not even finish first.
The tacit irony of the candor of women – the voices of black women who speak freely and without the clutter of male authority on a prestigious network – is that such a scene would probably exist only if the world had really ended (which, according to you color your personal worldview, it has somehow). That's the real gag. Fortunately, we do not need to wait until the oceans have warmed to an inhospitable boiling point and the soil beneath us has broken down into ashes and bones for such a high price, so resonant and if necessary.
In many ways, ABLSS classic mirrors like sketch totems Chappelle show, Inside Amy Schumer, and Saturday night live. What the genre has missed in recent years – diversity of thought and representation – Thede and Co. makes up for ten times more. In fact, the quartet is part of an up-and-coming comedy on television that includes curiosities in Spanish language (the charming HBO channel). The spookys), alt-sketch programs (the ingenious delirium of Netflix I think you should go with Tim Robinson and Comedy Central & # 39; s Alternative), fake black manuscripts (IFC Sherman's Showcase), and more traditional dishes (Hulu & # 39; s Ramy and South side, who debuted on Comedy Central last week in impressive number).
The boom is likely to hold too. Netflix is betting on a series of the emerging Astronomy Club troupe, to be produced by Kenya Barris. And HBO has ordered second seasons of The spookys and Random acts of volley, the hallucinogenic series created by Terence Nance that probes the black future. Yes A black lady show gets the attention it deserves – and I bet it will – HBO would be wise to renew it as well.
ABLSS was created by Robin Thede (The report with Robin Thede; The night show) and is produced by Issa Rae (Precarious), which means that much of its thematic ground comes naturally and is only enhanced by the comical elasticity of the four women present at the center of the show: actress-comedians-writers-comedians -authors, Quinta Brunson, Ashley Nicole Black and Thede. Angela Bassett leads a support group for Bad Bitch, Nicole Byer is a devilish spy and Patti LaBelle is a singer who appears whenever Black separates from a boyfriend.
I do not want to make too much of the obvious reference of the series – it's a company run entirely by black women; exclusively featured, written and directed by – all the more so that it should be the bare minimum for television networks (and movie studios) in 2019; but it is remarkable. Do not dwell too much on this because there are other good reasons that deserve enthusiastic praise: such as the innate link between the main quartet of the series, the unusual artistic talent of on-screen sketches that plunge instantly into the Brain and Imperative (A Baptist Church open mic! groupies of the Negro League! A local gang that functions as a mega enterprise, with 401 (k) s, a maternity leave and severance pay!), and polishing of diamond writing. "What I've always wanted was to find a black therapist in the network, but I guess I'm dreaming too big," says Black at one point, and later, flooded with light, Brunson channels his Langston interior Hughes, wondering, "What's going on, does it dry like a grape?"
Almost every bit of A black lady show springs up and spreads like magma, its spirit and social clarity are unavoidable. All you really can do is give in.
With its collage-type frame, ABLSS Wonderfully interrogates the canyons and summits of the black woman. Almost no man composes the series, and the handle allowed to go on the screen is assigned lines with little impact or no role in speech. The small shades of the show are downright refreshing. This choice of reorientation, aimed essentially at positioning the perspective of the black woman as the default position, allows a kind of unprecedented range rarely attributed to television. The topics covered cover expectations of beauty by sex, cancel the culture ("Yes, Mel Gibson is a racist jerk, but I can always watch Deadly weapon for Danny Glover, right? "), controversial hair regimes at bedtime (" So no scarf at all, like a black chick in a TV show written by whites? "), dating, black or individual collective identity (in a sketch, Dennis admits do not wearing lotion and meeting unanimous anger), classic R & B songs, and a problematic, fuzzy and unproductive state of mind, doing frivolous things like having a therapy and a smile. "Almost all wizards spit and spread like magma, its spirit and social clarity are unavoidable. All you can really do is give in.
In the first episode, a woman in the Bassett Bad Bitch support group dreams of being "just a good dog". But his hopes are quickly reduced to nothing by the other members. A woman replies instantly: "We do not use this type of language here." But all this is a veneer for the grandiose play of the skit, it reveals unrealistic expectations in terms of gender. The camera pans, and it is revealed that these women are test subjects in a study conducted by Fashion Nova, the fast fashion retailer who favors current trends, even fugitive. Behind a window, a sinister leader says, "If women reject impossible standards of beauty, we will go bankrupt."
One of the benefits of the continuous war is the way he intentionally forced the hand of almost every network. Majors, prestige outfits and scraper cable runners are eager to produce content of all colors. The calculation is not about "hours per week, not hours per month, we need hours a day," said a senior HBO executive. New York Times Magazine investigation. A black lady show certainly exists because of this flooded network, but it will remain afloat on the strength of its singular distinction. That's the joke, really. The apocalypse has almost upset the television landscape – saturating our screens with essentially mediocre content while opening the doors to creatives that were previously locked; and rightly so – but at least we ended up with four funny and intrepid black women helping us navigate the consequences.
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