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Netflix shares huge numbers for original content as Disney’s streaming service nears

Bird Box, which Netflix previously reported accrued more than 45 million unique account streams seven days after its release, has now surpassed 80 million views, according to CEO Reed Hastings’ letter to investors. You, a Lifetime series that Netflix has purchased the rights to, will surpass 40 million household streams within the first four weeks of its release. The same goes for new Netflix original series, Sex Education. Hastings’ letter states that Netflix accounts for 10 percent of all television viewing in the United States. – Julia Alexandra, The Verge » http://bit.ly/2swNYmj
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Netflix points to ‘Fortnite’ as competition after its price hike

Just days after revealing higher prices coming to customers in the US, Netflix is revealing its Q4 2018 results, and it’s already looking to the future. While a few years ago Netflix was the “Albanian army” coming to take on HBO, execs said in a letter to investors (PDF) that “We compete with (and lose to) Fortnite more than HBO.” In fact, Netflix claims it’s not focused on any of the competition, whether Disney+, Amazon, Hulu or NBCUniversal’s new entry, as much as it wants to provide a good experience for customers. – Richard Lawler, Engadget » https://engt.co/2FEGINa

YouTube Officially Bans Life-Threatening Pranks and Stunts, Like Tide Pod and Dangerous ‘Bird Box’ Challenges

YouTube said violations of the ban on dangerous pranks and challenges will result in a “community strike” against a channel; accounts that receive three strikes in 90 days will be terminated under the policy. Over the next two months, challenges and pranks that violate YouTube’s community guidelines will be removed but the channel will not receive a strike. YouTube also said content posted prior to the policy update may be removed but channel owners will not receive a strike. – Todd Spangler, Variety » http://bit.ly/2Ctat04

Roku pulls Infowars channel citing complaints from “concerned parties”

In its statement announcing the decision to remove the channel, Roku did not say that Infowars had now broken any of its rules, as most of the other platforms that have removed the channel have done. It did not clarify whether the “concerned parties” were users, or advertisers who didn’t want their brands displayed next to the Infowars channel. – Jon Porter, The Verge » http://bit.ly/2SX7Lal
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