Archive | December 2017

The NFL signs a new Verizon deal that’s great for consumers

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NFL rights are the biggest in sports media—and the closest thing we have to weather vane for where our jumbled world of media and tech are headed.

On Monday, news broke that Verizon had agreed to a new five-year deal to stream NFL games to mobile devices (smartphones and tablets). The telecom giant is paying around $2 billion for the rights.

Here’s the big thing: Verizon has no exclusivity. They’ll host the games for anyone and everyone no matter what network they’re on. And this kicks in for the upcoming NFL playoffs.

This is good for NFL fans. Getting online access to football games had become a relatively byzantine adventure. With Verizon hosting the games but not having exclusivity—if you’re an AT&T or T-Mobile wireless customer you previously couldn’t access the games—you’ll be able to watch no matter what service you subscribe to. …

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This entry was posted on December 11, 2017, in Mashable.

‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Stranger Things’ score Best Drama Golden Globe nominations

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The 2018 Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, and — as per usual when it comes to the Globes — there were certainly some surprises.

On the TV side, Amazon’s just-released new outing The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (by Gilmore Girls scribe Amy Sherman-Palladino) made a strong showing, and is likely the early favorite for comedy actress, as this awards program loves to nominate a breakout ingenue.

A full list of nominees, updating live, is below.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama:
Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander”
Claire Foy, “The Crown”
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Deuce”
Katherine Langford, “13 Reasons Why”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale” …

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This entry was posted on December 11, 2017, in Mashable.

Netflix just totally trolled 53 of its users and to be fair they probably deserved it

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In case you were wondering, the answer is yes — Netflix knows exactly how many times you’ve watched A Christmas Prince.

On Sunday night, the official Netflix Twitter account shared the following, mind-boggling statistic — and asked a very pertinent question.

To the 53 people who’ve watched A Christmas Prince every day for the past 18 days: Who hurt you?

— Netflix US (@netflix) December 11, 2017

The reactions fell somewhere between amusement and mild, 1984-style paranoia.

This is amazing. Except for the “watching us like big brother “ part 😉

— blake (@blaketopia) …

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This entry was posted on December 11, 2017, in Mashable.

Saudi Arabia will open cinemas for the first time in 35 years

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Saudi Arabia is taking yet another step in the direction of sweeping social and economic reforms.

After allowing women to drive in June 2018 and letting them into sport stadiums, the kingdom’s ministry of information and culture announced that cinemas will open from early 2018, for the first time since the 1980s — more than 35 years ago.

لتحفيز النمو والتنوّع الاقتصادي عبر تطوير قطاعي الثقافة والترفيه، نبارك لوزارة الثقافة والإعلام @moci_ksa الموافقة على إصدار تراخيص دور #السينما_في_السعوديهhttps://t.co/aBoOBhZKV6

— هيئة الترفيه (@GEA_SA) …

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This entry was posted on December 11, 2017, in Mashable.

The chilling reason everyone’s sharing that ‘New Yorker’ story about dating

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Have you ever finished a story and thought to yourself: “I just read my life on a page”? That’s how many women are responding to a New Yorker short story about a young woman’s shitty dating experience.

If you haven’t yet read Cat Person by Kristen Roupenian, then stop what you’re doing right now and get to it. Oh, and while you’re at it, you should avert your eyes this very minute: spoilers abound.

The story depicts a dalliance between a 20-year-old female student, Margot, and a man named Robert she meets while working at her local arthouse cinema. IRL flirting turns into texting, texting turns into a date, and, well, the date turns into drunken fumbling in the dark. …

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This entry was posted on December 11, 2017, in Mashable.

The chilling reason everyone’s sharing that ‘New Yorker’ story about dating

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Have you ever finished a story and thought to yourself: “I just read my life on a page”? That’s how many women are responding to a New Yorker short story about a young woman’s shitty dating experience.

If you haven’t yet read Cat Person by Kristen Roupenian, then stop what you’re doing right now and get to it. Oh, and while you’re at it, you should avert your eyes this very minute: spoilers abound.

The story depicts a dalliance between a 20-year-old female student, Margot, and a man named Robert she meets while working at her local arthouse cinema. IRL flirting turns into texting, texting turns into a date, and, well, the date turns into drunken fumbling in the dark. …

More about Dating, Sex And Relationships, Dating And Relationships, New Yorker, and Short Story …read more      

This entry was posted on December 11, 2017, in Mashable.