China will partly lift internet censorship for one of its provinces to promote tourism

China plans to lift some internet censorship on the southern tropical island of Hainan to promote tourism. Visitors to select areas of Hainan will be able to access Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, according to a new plan authorities have put together to turn the province into a free trade port by 2020. It’s not clear if other banned platforms will be uncensored. – Shannon Liao, The Verge https://ift.tt/2lpd4A6

If Streaming Is the Future of Console Gaming, It Might Be Screwed

And here’s where we get to the big problem. If streaming is a big part of the next generation of consoles then a whole lot of gamers are going to be pissed. Nvidia is already streaming resource-intensive games to its Shield console now, but the experience is… just adequate. That’s because streaming a game—especially one with 4K resolution, or HDR, or at 60 frames per second or higher—requires a lot of bandwidth, and many American gamers simply don’t have access to internet service that can handle it. – Alex Cranz, Gizmodo https://ift.tt/2yKYc8X

Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club goes OTT

“Weekend mornings on Cheddar is now Warren Buffett cartoons for kids,” said Jon Steinberg, founder and CEO of Cheddar. “Unlike some cable news networks, we don’t air infomercials on weekends. Instead, kids and families can learn from the greatest investor in history in animated form on all our OTT platforms like Sling TV, Hulu, YouTube TV and Philo. I am thrilled we have acquired and air the greatest business cartoon ever made. – Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News https://ift.tt/2lydB2Z

A World Cup match was the ‘most-watched’ Spanish livestream ever

The World Cup started last week, and with all the livestreaming options, it’s no surprise that the matches have already attracted an enormous amount of views. But yesterday’s match between Argentina and Croatia broke a new record when its Telemundo digital broadcast became the most-watched Spanish-language livestream in history with 4.3 million livestreams, which racked up a total of 68 million minutes viewed. – David Lumb, Engadget https://ift.tt/2tw4009

Netflix Fires PR Chief After Use of N-Word in Meeting (Exclusive)

Jonathan Friedland, who’s served as the streaming giant’s chief communications officer for the past six years, is out at the company after “insensitive” remarks he made to his team. Sources say that Friedland used the N-word in a meeting with other Netflix staffers, some of whom later reported the incident. Per insiders, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings sent a company-wide email explaining Friedland’s firing around 12:45 p.m. PT on Friday[.] – Bryn Elise Sandberg & Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter https://ift.tt/2K0O9la

‘Dear White People’ Renewed For Season 3 By Netflix

Based on Justin Simien’s acclaimed debut indie feature and produced by Lionsgate, Dear White People is set against the backdrop of a predominantly white Ivy League university where racial tensions bubble just below the surface. The satirical series — which picks up where the 2014 Sundance hit left off – follows a group of Winchester University’s students of color as they navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness (or lack thereof) and activism in the millennial age. – Denise Petski, Deadline Hollywood https://ift.tt/2lsdrdj

Netflix Acquires China’s ‘Animal World’ Co-Starring Michael Douglas (Exclusive)

Directed by Han Yan (Goodbye Mr. Tumor), Animal World stars Li Yifeng (Mr. Six) as an imaginative teenager who gets lured into a dangerous game of wits overseen by an icy arch-villain played by Douglas. The movie is an adaptation of the hit Japanese manga Ultimate Survivor Kaiji, which was previously adapted into two successful films in Tokyo. – Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter https://ift.tt/2MfLDEt
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