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What does your favorite Netflix genre say about you?

Yes, your viewing habits say a lot about you!

Illustration by Angelikah Gustilo

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Let’s play a little game: Tell me what your favorite Netflix genre is and I’ll tell you who you are.

While our favorite shows don’t dictate who we are exactly as a person, it plays a role on our subconscious. Our viewing habits tell us the kind of personality we have deep inside, the persona we’re afraid to show to other people, and the emotions we reveal behind our closed doors.

On some occasions, the way we consume content lights up the hidden side of our personalities. So, let me act as Tom Ellis aka Mr. Lucifer Morningstar from the show Lucifer, and instead of asking what is it that you truly desire, let’s share to the world who you secretly are.

K-drama

If there’s one thing about K-drama that we can all agree on, it’s that there’s always an unexpected twist. K-drama lovers want the unexpected — out-of-the-box ideas, striking and vibrant lifestyles, and pursuing really creative ideas. They prefer unique storytelling and plots that are too surprising and unpredictable.

There’s also a high chance they fancy going to Seoul and reliving the same moments from their favorite shows. Why not, right? K-dramas portray a high-tech and functional country, and that’s something we’ve all been lowkey dreaming of especially when your government loves botching plans for the sake of personal gain.

Anime

A lot of Otaku — or hardcore anime fans as they are most commonly known for — are always stereotyped as shut-in NEETs since they like getting scooped in their lairs and if they’re not watching anime, they’re probably playing PC or video games.

But the truth is, they’re actually effective communicators. They can easily learn, understand, and translate different languages and they have a good grasp of their surroundings since their eyes are trained to be appeased by animations and other visual media.

Bandwagoner

Most people hate bandwagoners because they jump on the next trending show discussed across social media platforms, but they actually play a role in keeping the entertainment business alive. They add to those numbers and metrics needed by show producers to make sure the show is earning.

But above all, bandwagoners are good people who can help you in different social settings. They may seem self-absorbed and addicted to their phones and social media, but they’re up-to-date about the latest talk of the town, and they definitely know almost anything under the sun. Speak to them well, and they might just save you from awkward small talks.

Nostalgia

We all have that friend who watches telly on their rest days, playing 80s and 90s sitcoms on a loop. You might’ve gone and suggested watching a series that premiered in 2021, but they still chose to seek solace in old sitcoms that made them laugh out loud. Don’t scratch your head, though.

They’re one of the sweetest and most caring people you’ll ever meet. They come back to their comfort shows because it’s part of their memories — and they don’t want to forget it, just like how they don’t want to forget your friendship and all the moments shared.

Reality-TV

While it seems like almost everyone is up-to-date with the hottest Netflix series, there’s a rare breed of humans who love reality TV so much. You’ve probably seen them hyper-focused while they munch on popcorn as if they heard a juicy story and they’re quite keen on getting all the details right.

It might be funny, but people who love reality shows are the best people to ask for advice or wisdom. They know nothing is real with what they watch, but they always keep it real and come off sardonic, sometimes straightforward — which is probably why they don’t have a lot of friends and they spend a lot of time at home watching television.

Thrillers and horror

Those who love thrillers and horror shows are always in for adventures. Yes, even if they’re kind of scared when watching, or screams a lot. There’s a certain range for the kind of thrill-seekers, but one thing’s for sure: They’re your ride-or-die.

They’re always in need of stimulation and adventure, no matter how they look like a scaredy-cat. Surely, they will be with you even when the world’s falling apart. They will want to know how things play out, so expect them to stay when everyone else already left you in the dark.

Hopeless Romantic

We all have that friend: the hopeless romantic who switches between tearjerking romance movies and bubbly rom-com movies of the recent past. They might look helpless and too dreamy in love, but they cheer you up, gets supportive in your endeavors, and they definitely want their friends to win — in love, life, career, and everything.

In real life, they take the role of the lead’s best friend. They believe in love, spread love, and hope that love will find them someday. So if you have a hopeless romantic friend, support them the way they support you. Especially when the time comes for them to take the main lead role in their life. You’ll get unconditional love in return. I promise you.

Fantasy

We all have a friend who loves watching fantasy, and live adaptations of anything magical and musical. Some even grew up reading and watching Harry Potter. They might seem to live in their own world, but you can trust them to come up with ideas — simple or grand.

They’re actually observant and pay great attention to details, they can easily read a room and check the social atmosphere. With their imaginative minds, they can surely come up with any solution for almost anything. Their minds are always running wild, so help them pacify it by asking for their help or asking them to rest and watch some good ol’ classic.

Illustrations by Angelikah Gustilo.

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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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