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Watching Netflix in Asia just got a lot cheaper

Better than downloading illegally

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Netflix is undoubtedly the most popular video streaming service around the world thanks to its vast collection of movies and shows. If that wasn’t enough, it has started creating some of the most kickass originals in recent times to entice more users to sign-up.

However, the American giant reported its first dip in paid subscriber base a couple of weeks back. The company specifically said it missed its subscriber growth more significantly in regions where it introduced a price hike versus those where it did not.

Netflix’s home market has reached a saturation point and its now banking on international markets like India to help it churn out a profit. Keeping this in mind, the company has announced a special single screen mobile-only plan that costs just INR 199 (US$ 2.90) per month. Keep in mind, the company charges US$ 12.99 in the US, but with added benefits like casting, support for multiple displays and HD streaming.

Thwarting piracy

With the cheaper subscription plan, Netflix expects to reach new users in India who typically watch videos on their mobile phones. The logic is, users, end up downloading content via illegal means and in turn endorse piracy. With a cheaper plan, Netflix is able to bring in some revenue rather than a zero.

This comes four months after the company started testing a mobile subscription in the country that cost INR 250 (US$ 3.65) a month, the response to which it said was overwhelmingly positive. A similar plan was later also introduced in the Philippines.

India is one of the most content-hungry markets in the world and thanks to the cheap availability of 4G data, demand is huge. Adding to this, regional players like Hotstar, Prime Video, Sony LIV, and JioCinema offer content for dirt cheap rates. If Netflix intends to protect its turf, it has to match the competitors offer.

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Shopee’s 10.10 K-Pop performer is ITZY

Following sister group TWICE’s footsteps

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Shopee is on a roll. After securing performances from K-Pop supergroup TWICE, the online shopping company has also secured performances from K-Pop 4th Gen superstars ITZY. The group is set to perform on their 10.10 Brand Festival Shopee live.

Shopee has yet to reveal what else they have in store for 10.10. But what we can expect for sure is another generous round of vouchers and giveaways.

ITZY is a five-member girl group featuring Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, and Yuna. The group debuted with the song “Dalla Dalla”. In 2020, they launched the shoulder dance craze with their comeback “Wannabe”. On September 24, the group will release their first full album called Crazy In-Love with the title track “Loco”.

Early Shopee Christmas

In the Philippines, Shopee is already kickstarting its Christmas campaign. They are welcoming the holidays essentially the voice and face of Christmas in the country — Jose Mari Chan.  Shoppers can catch the singer-songwriter on holiday-themed in-app games such as Shopee Catch and Shopee Collectibles from  September to December.

The singer-songwriter will also give out treats via ShopeePay come December. He’s doing it along with other celebrities and influencers. Look for ShopeePay Celebrity Pamasko on your homepage and play the game to receive ShopeePay credits.

You can activate your ShopeePay wallet by clicking on the ShopeePay wallet bar, entering your personal information and OTP, and creating and confirming your ShopeePay PIN.

SEE ALSO: ShopeePay: 6 reasons why you need to switch now

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Netflix, WWE announces interactive film Escape The Undertaker

Premiering in October

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Since the release of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Netflix has invested more and more in interactive content. In fact, besides its growing library of interactive content, the company is also working on its own video games for the future. Amid the rise of interactive content, Netflix is also working on a new collaboration to bolster its library. Netflix and WWE are releasing an interactive movie featuring The Undertaker.

Escape The Undertaker is an interactive Halloween film from both WWE Studios and Netflix. As the title indicates, the film stars Mark Calloway, otherwise known for his in-ring persona The Undertaker. Viewers have to guide the members of The New Day, a faction consisting of WWE stars Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods, to… well, escape The Undertaker. The fearsome legend invited The New Day to his mansion. Unbeknownst to the trio, The Undertaker’s mansion is filled with traps which The New Day have to escape from.

WWE Studios is no stranger to cinematic experiences. Before the age of Netflix, WWE produced and released action and horror films featuring their superstars including Steve Austin, John Cena, and Kane. In recent history, the company’s more creative arm got a breath of fresh air with last year’s cinematic matches. Because of the pandemic, WWE held more cinematic matches to compensate for the pandemic’s limitations. Coincidentally, one of those matches also included The Undertaker’s final match before retiring.

Escape The Undertaker premiers on Netflix on October 5.

SEE ALSO: Netflix gives first look of live action Cowboy Bebop

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JMGO launches JMGO U2, an IMAX-like projector for your home

Already available for your home theater

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The seemingly endless pandemic has forced us back into our homes. Though cinemas are already starting to open up, home theaters are still the safest way to enjoy movies, new and old, without sitting around everyone else. Home projectors are naturally making a huge comeback. Fresh off a recent projector launch, JMGO is already releasing its next home projector, the JMGO U2, an IMAX experience for your home.

Touted as a projector that can outperform IMAX theaters, the JMGO U2 can project a 100-inch screen from just 9.44 inches away. Using a tri-chroma laser engine, the projector can deliver crystal clear images from the comforts of your own home. It offers better quality than standard TV sets these days.

Two built-in speakers and two tweeter speakers complement the projector’s image quality. Both can provide surround sound without the need for external speakers.

For extended viewing periods, the U2 has a blue light filter and an eye protection mode to save your eyes while watching in the dark, especially if viewers get too close. Plus, if viewers are close, the projector operates at less than 28 decibels. It also has smart temperature control to regulate how hard the fans will work.

Inside, the projector comes installed with the Android-based Luna OS. The software offers good features for users including previewing different sources.

The JMGO U2 is available at an early bird rate of US$ 1,799 for a limited time, with more announcements to be posted on its Facebook Group. Afterwards, it will retail for US$ 2,099. It can also come with an ambient light rejecting screen bundled at US$ 2,628. Buyers will also get a free one-year warranty and can avail of an additional year for US$ 217.

SEE ALSO: JMGO O1: Best home theater solution for small apartments

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