The most famous heist in history is coming to an end! Popular series La Casa De Papel (Money Heist) is approaching its final season, and Netflix has revealed the release date for the well-loved show.
But you won’t be able to binge-watch it ’till the end. The series will end in two installments with five episodes each. The first volume will be released on September 3, 2021, and the continuation will be released three months later — on December 3, 2021.
Álex Pina, the show’s creator, shared how they used every tool to create the sensation of a season finale in the first volume. Meanwhile, in volume 2, the writers focused more on the emotional situation of the characters.
“It is a journey across their sentimental map that connects us directly to their departure,” said Pina.
In case you can’t recall how things panned out for the gang, they’ve been shut in the Bank of Spain for over 100 hours. While they were able to rescue Lisbon, they lose one of their own. Moreover, the Professor has been captured by Sierra, and the army is coming — a much more powerful enemy than any they’ve ever faced.
Netflix is losing a lot of long-term subscribers
People are switching
The Netflix revolution was indeed televised. However, after enjoying years of success as the streaming platform of choice, a lot of users are now leaving Netflix for greener pastures. Over the past few months, the company has struggled to patch its failures. A recently released data report does confirm that the platform has a right to worry. More and more long-term subscribers are reportedly cutting their subscriptions short.
According to The Information, around 13 percent of Netflix cancelers in the past quarter are from accounts that have been with the platform for over three years. The data, which was reportedly obtained from Antenna, pegs cancelations at around 3.6 million Americans, a big increase from the 2.5 million of the past five quarters.
Though 13 percent isn’t exactly a giant figure, it’s still a blow to Netflix’s empire. While streaming platform rightly focus on gaining new subscribers, losing the loyalty of long-term users isn’t something to shrug off.
Since announcing lost expectations, Netflix announced ways to save on costs and retain its subscribers. Other methods include canceling projects, opening a games division, and potentially charging users more for account sharing. Naturally, not every plan hits users the same way.
In the meantime, other platforms — like Disney+, HBO, and Hulu — are attracting more users with more varied and exclusive content. Regardless, Netflix is skidding down a slope. Only time will tell whether its latest strategies will stave off more losses.
Netflix is experimenting with livestreaming content
For reality shows and comedy specials
Netflix is in a bit of a rough patch. After losing subscribers for the first time, the platform is trying other strategies to retain its userbase including more stringent ways to police password sharing. This time, Netflix is trying a more additive approach. According to a report, the company is experimenting with livestreaming content.
First reported by Deadline, the company is currently in the early stages of creating such content. More specifically, Netflix will try the format for its catalog of “unscripted shows and stand-up specials.” There is no timetable for the experiment’s launch, but the company hopes to launch it soon.
A move towards livestreaming does make sense with Netflix’s current catalog of titles. Over the years, the platform has slowly curated an expansive lineup of reality shows and stand-up comedy specials. For example, Netflix’s Drive to Survive quickly became one of its biggest titles in reality television, bringing a lot of eyes to Formula One racing. Likewise, the platform has always been a stronghold for comedy specials since the advent of its popularity.
Besides its strong slate of content, the company has also experimented with user input including shows that mimicked Choose Your Own Adventure books. Under a livestreaming format, the audience might be able to provide input for the title as well, such as voting for (or against) contestants in a game show.
That said, it’s still too early to tell how livestreaming might appear on Netflix. For now, at least.
Campaign putting seizure, epilepsy warnings to YouTube gaming content initiated
Whenever on YouTube, people tend to have the urge to skip annoying or uninteresting ads.
But Digitas Philippines is trying to change that with an all-important online campaign that puts the safety of the gaming community first.
With the Seizure Warning Pre-Rolls project, Digitas Philippines turns YouTube’s 6-second pre-rolls before videos play into dedicated spaces, where instead of ads, PSAs get played.
Digitas will focus on showing warnings that effectively alert viewers of possible adverse of conditions such as seizures and photosensitive epilepsy.
To ensure that such warnings draw the attention of YouTube viewers, Digitas’ team included flashy animations, fast and mind-bending gameplay, and vivid, ultra-colorful visuals.
Such components make gaming content extremely visually stimulating, yet can also seriously affect those who have had seizures or epilepsy in the past, as well as those who have not had them before.
Avoiding risk on YouTube
With more than 40 million active gaming channels, users definitely have a chance of running into possible seizure risks.
This pushed Digitas to jumpstart the campaign, trying to address the lack of warning signs before the start of videos and more.
Through their campaign, notices will be placed before anyone views gaming-related content to boost safety and lower the risk of getting a seizure or epilepsy.
The initiative will already cover all YouTube videos with gaming content tags in its initial phase. It will feature highly-targeted and specific warning messages for viewers’ protection.
The group is also in the process of partnering with more institutions to follow up and go beyond the first phase.
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