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Globe Kmmunity reunites fans with BLACKPINK at exclusive fan event

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Screenshot from BLACKPINK's Lovesick girls M/V

Globe customers, K-Pop fans, and BLACKPINK fans ended last week in a high as Globe Kmmunity reunited them with record-breaking K-pop quartet, BLACKPINK last June 18 for a “Show You Like That: An Exclusive Show for the Ultimate Globe Fans.” Given the pandemic and its restrictions, Globe was still able to create a one-of-a-kind experience and brought the Philippines closer to JENNIE, JISOO, ROSÉ AND LISA, and likewise, the girls to their dearest fans in the Philippines.

“A lot of us have been deprived of experiences that bring delight ever since the pandemic which is why we are more than happy to serve our customers with exclusive experiences and exciting treats like this show together with global ambassadors, BLACKPINK,” said Issa Guevarra-Cabreira, Globe’s Chief Commercial Officer.

Unboxing Globe’s balikbayan box

Filipino fans suggested Pinoy items for the girls to unbox as a way of bringing the Philippines to the girls. BLACKPINK was surprised as they learned more about the Philippines. The girls unboxed a balikbayan box where they tinkered with uniquely Pinoy items like a ukulele, abanikobanig, and a miniature version of the Philippine jeepney. JENNIE even tried her hand at playing jackstones!

Designing their own Globe At Home x BLACKPINK modems

JENNIE, JISOO, ROSÉ, and LISA also had fun making their unique personalities come alive as they designed their own limited edition Globe At Home x BLACKPINK modems.

LISA displayed her fondness for cats and UFOs with the stickers while ROSÉ went wild with gemstones to represent “wild beauty.”

Remembering the warmth of the Philippines on her last visit, JISOO placed a sticker of a palm tree on her Globe At Home x BLACKPINK modem to commemorate her trip.

Lastly, JENNIE opted for a clean and simple design that would still emphasize the Globe At Home modem is a limited edition. She hopes that this reminds fans to enjoy Globe At Home’s internet connectivity at home!

BLACKPINK’s Reaction to BLACKPINK fans’ dance covers and tribute video

The girls then watched and reacted to daebak dance covers of their popular hits like Pretty Savage and Love Sick Girls. The girls were really delighted with how passionate their fans from the Philippines are, admiring their style, expression, and moves.

JISOO said that she would want to see these performances live while JENNIE was genuinely surprised at the talent of their Pinoy fans especially how they were able to pick up their choreographies accurately.

While watching the tribute video from their fans, the girls reminisced special moments with their fans and had nothing but utmost appreciation for the effort. “I thought I was really getting used to the contact-free life, but seeing these clips from our concert and our fans really hit me how long it’s been since I last saw our fans, and how much I miss them,” said JENNIE.

Globe bringing BLACKPINK closer to its fans with products

During the live pre-show segment, host Jaz Reyes revealed the many promos and activities Globe has in store for the BLACKPINK fans, hallyu fans, and customers.

Globe At Home has recently launched the Hallyu At Home room at the World @ Home platform which will be open until July 30. Experience BLACKPINK vibes in this virtual room and get the chance to be one of the lucky winners of ten limited edition Globe At Home x BLACKPINK modems OR twenty BLACKPINK solo kits. Winners earn one raffle ticket when they post their selfies taken from the Selca @ Home booth from the World @ Home platform on Twitter together with #GlobeBLACKPINK until July 2. Visit this link to register and check out the Hallyu At Home room today: https://glbe.co/WorldAtHomeReg

Customers can cop their very own Globe At Home x BLACKPINK Limited Edition Modem at https://new.globe.com.ph/prepaid-wifi/blackpink for only P2499! This is Globe At Home’s fastest ever Home Prepaid WiFi, with exclusive BLACKPINK photo cards and stickers so customers can design their own modem!

Globe Prepaid’s latest promo Go+99 has  8GB for all sites, and free 8GB of your app of choice so you can enjoy all your favorite BLACKPINK content for only P99, valid for seven days. Plus, get limited-edition Globe Prepaid SIMs and Call Cards bundled with BLACKPINK photocards! This ‘Pretty Savage’ deal is available on Globe’s Online Store which you may check out here: http://glbe.co/BLACKPINKLoadCards

The exciting festivities wouldn’t have been possible without Globe’s Kmmunity. What humbly started as a hallyu hub where K-fans can freely share their love for all things K: K-drama, K-movies, K-Pop, and more evolved into each K-fans’ avenue to be brought closer to their idols like BLACKPINK through the latest news, as well as exclusive content and events.

For more exciting updates and promos on all things related to K-culture, follow Globe on Facebook and join Kmmunity PH’s groups on Facebook, Twitter and Viber.


This is a press release from Globe Philippines

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I’m missing the Olympics because I don’t have cable

And it sucks

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It’s 2021. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which was delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, is in full swing as of writing. However, as someone whose primary source of media entertainment all comes from streaming, there’s no easy and convenient way for me to watch the games. Major bummer.

I like to enjoy my media a certain way; I prefer to stream them on my TV. Which is why majority of the content I consume come from YouTube, Netflix, and the occasional Amazon Prime, HBO Go (Yep, not even HBO Max), and Apple TV.

I find it incredibly baffling that the stakeholders involved in bringing the games to the people failed to come to an agreement to make it easily accessible on the aforementioned platforms. It’s 2021. Why on earth am I not able to watch the greatest sporting event on the planet the way I want to?

Believe me, I hear the privilege in my words. Regardless, I still feel marginalized.

So how can you watch the Olympics right now?

I asked a friend who’s been covering the games. He watches through cable and had to pay a PhP 150 fee (around US$ 3/ SG$ 4) to avail of the Tokyo 2020 Premium from a particular cable provider.

Thing is, the whole Olympic coverage in the Philippines is locked to the MVP group of companies. You wanna follow the games, you’re gonna have to do it on one of their platforms.

Here’s an excerpt from their press release on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic coverage:

“Sports fans will have comprehensive access to the Olympic Games — from the Opening Ceremonies all the way to when the games conclude — on free to air via TV5 and One Sports. One Sports+ on Cignal TV will also dedicate a significant amount of their daily hours to broadcast the events, with Cignal also opening up two exclusive channels dedicated to broadcast the games 24/7. Cignal Play, in addition to live channels TV5, One Sports & One Sports+, will be offering exclusive channels broadcasting live updates to its subscribers, along with exclusive content not available on the TV broadcast. Cignal TV’s One News leads the group’s round-the-clock news coverage, featuring results, updates, and highlights.”

Comprehensive? Maybe. For platforms within the MVP group of companies. If you’re not subscribed to any of these, well, that’s just too bad. It’s good for business and I completely understand how the whole thing works. Doesn’t mean I have to like it.

The coverage also missed to televise or showcase Hidilyn Diaz’s historic gold medal win in the Weightlifting competition. If you’ve been following sports news, the Philippines was expected to get a medal in this event. Sadly, the moment was only known following updates from reporters on the ground.

How I wish it was handled

I’m sure there’s a lot more that goes into it in terms of TV and broadcasting rights, but we’re literally at an age where plenty of folks have decided to cut the cord and rely on streaming for content.

On YouTube, you can buy and/or rent movies and shows. The platform and structure exists for pay-to-watch content. They could have even made tiers or packages like charge a certain amount to gain access to all the games, a different and lower amount if you just want to follow a certain sport and/or a certain event.

Maybe the potential earnings to do so didn’t justify the costs to implement it. Whatever the case, it’s still incredibly frustrating.

Sure, I can go through the hoopla of setting up a VPN and look for streaming sites. But that’s more even more cumbersome. I don’t mind paying a convenience fee if it means that after a long day of work I can kick back, relax, and watch some damn sports.

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Netflix is reportedly producing a live-action Pokémon series

With Lucifer showrunner Joe Henderson

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Pokémon remains one of the most popular franchises today. From the ever-popular video game series to the still-ongoing anime series, the creature collector franchise still going strong. Even then, the franchise is reportedly working on another addition to its repertoire: a live-action Netflix series.

According to Variety, Netflix is in the early stages of an upcoming Pokémon series on the platform. Much like the widely successful film Detective Pikachu starring Ryan Reynolds, the series will star actual humans in a live-action format. Beyond that, the report does not go into detail into how the creatures will look like for the series.

Likewise, the report does not indicate when the series will launch.

Lucifer’s Joe Henderson is reportedly helming the series. He is also known for adapting Stephen King’s 11.22.63 for Hulu.

Over the past few years, Pokémon has tapped various segments besides gaming and anime fans. The company has tapped lifestyle with branded accessories and lifestyle-oriented apps. Adding a live-action series will tap into the thriving Netflix market.

For Netflix’s part, the popular streaming platform has considerably increased the variety of genres it is producing. Besides the live-action Pokémon series, Netflix is also releasing an anime version of its popular original, The Witcher.

SEE ALSO: Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the first open-world Pokémon game

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Netflix’s first games will be mobile-only first

Including Stranger Things titles

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Since the rise of its popularity years ago, Netflix has dominated the streaming services industry. Since then, the company has moved past just hosting content on its platform. They have also produced their own content including hit shows like Stranger Things. Now, they are going further than just films and TV series. Netflix is expanding to mobile games first.

Days ago, Netflix announced development towards gaming content. However, in their earnings report for the second quarter of this year, Netflix announced focus on mobile games first. To do so, the company has hired former EA official Mike Verdu for the project.

The company has also listed some properties that it is working on. The first game titles will include ones for Stranger Things. Further, Netflix subscribers will have free access to the games with their subscription. However, since the focus is still on mobile, only mobile users can access them when they come out.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that Netflix tried interactive content. Recently, they released a special choose-your-own-adventure version of Black Mirror called Bandersnatch. Viewers were able to steer the film according to prompts on their screen, effectively making their own version of the film. Though the film never kickstarted the interactive film genre, it redefined how Netflix content can be enjoyed digitally.

Now, with whatever Netflix is planning, the company is likely continuing that trend.

SEE ALSO: What does your favorite Netflix genre say about you?

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