Considerably, Netflix remains undefeated as a top-tier streaming service. Since it was founded in 1997, the platform has embedded itself in popular culture as well as our hearts. Millennials, a term coined to describe populations born between the late 1980s and early 2000s, most specifically are near and dear to the streaming business. And the formulation of the term "Netflix & Chill" may easily attest to this.
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A recent study, conducted by the Wall Street Journal, looked into the overall preference between binge-watching and sex. The population that sparked the most interest were millennials whom, according to the poll's results, reflected a ratio of one to four preferring binge-watching over sexual activity. Further scrutiny showed the reported number as increasing to 36% when observing answers from people aged 18 to 38 years old.
The study's results closely follow that of a San Diego State University psychology professor, Dr. Jean Twenge. The scholar went onto releasing a paper which discussed the potential correlative relationship between the newly reported low fertility rates and sex decline with streaming service engagement. According to Complex, a Netflix spokesperson denied the prior claims by explaining that their data show U.S Netflix users as only watching for 2-hours a day. “We take pride in being part of the cultural zeitgeist, but getting credit for a decades-long decline in sex is beyond even our programming abilities."
Netflix Debuts Spike Lee’s Sci-Fi Adventure Trailer For "See You Yesterday"
Netflix is here with another one.
Anything with Spike Lee’s name attached to it is bound to build anticipation so Netflix’s latest trailer for See You Yesterday produced by Spike and directed by Stefon Bristol has us ready. The movie follows a young girl named C.J. and her best friend Sebastian who are working on a time machine. When C.J.’s brother gets shot by a police run-in their project gets serious as they try to turn back time on the awful events that conspired.
“See You Yesterday [is] a sci-fi adventure grounded in familial love, cultural divides and the universal urge to change the wrongs of the past,” the official description reads.
“Escapism is great, but too much of escapism only leaves our people stagnant. There’s no more growth. What I hope to do is figure out how to take a strong message and somehow make it digestible for everybody, not just for a black audience but everybody,” Stefon told Entertainment Weekly. “This is still a conflict that’s happening. Right now, understandably so, the lens of police brutality is going down a little bit in the media because we have so many other problems that we have to deal with. I still have something to say about it. It’s still here.”
Peep the official trialer below and catch it on Netflix as of May 17th.
Beyonce Reportedly Has Two More Netflix Specials Following "Homecoming"
Queen B keeps ’em coming.
Beyonce‘s 2018 Coachella performance was legendary. A year after the event, Bey and Netlifx teamed up to release Homecoming, a documentary that takes fans behind the scenes for what will be considered one of Beyonce’s most historic moments. Beyonce was the first Black women to ever headline Coachella, making it more than just a moment for her career. It was a moment for the culture. The documentary also touches on Beyonce’s pregnancy, and her insane regimen to get back in shape to take the stage.
According to Variety, Homecoming was just the first of three specials with Netlifx. The site reports that Bey agreed to a massive $60 million deal to stream the specials directly on Netflix. Variety claims ( Vulture) that HBO was interested in airing the specials since they have a relationship with the Carters. HBO aired Beyonce’s 2016 Lemonade film, her 2014 On the Run Tour concert special with Jay-Z, and the 2013 documentary Life Is But a Dream. Netflix approached camp Carter with a more lucrative offer though. Beyonce fans can expect the future specials to come with accompanying music as well. Homecoming came along with a surprise 40-track album that includes two bonus songs, “Before I Let Go” and “I Been On.”
Beyonce’s "Homecoming" Is Part Of 3-Project Deal With Netflix Worth $60M: Report
Looks like the Beyhive can expect more exclusive content on Netflix.
Beyonce blessed the Beyhive with Homecoming — a documentary exploring the lead-up to her iconic Beychella performance — this week and it looks like she has more in store for her devoted fan base. Variety reports that Homecoming is part of a three-project deal that Beyonce signed with Netflix.
As more streaming services emerge and gear up to compete with Netflix, the streaming giant’s tapped into one of the most faithful following in the world: the Beyhive. Sources said that Beyonce signed a three-project deal with Netflix estimated to be worth $60M. The price tag surrounding Homecoming, which Beyonce serves as an executive producer, writer, and director, is around the $20M mark. However, the publication notes that a source at the company disputed the financial terms of Beyonce’s deal with Netflix. Apparently, Beyonce’s decision to link up with Netflix is to deliver more visuals that will accompany the release of her music.
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While Netflix managed to score Beyonce for three projects, HBO was previously in talks with her to secure the rights for Homecoming. With a reported $60M bag, Netflix ended up outbidding HBO.
No details surrounding Bey’s future releases have emerged yet but Beyonce’s reportedly gearing up to bless her fans with another gift next week. According to reports, Queen Bey’s TIDAL-exclusive, Lemonade, will finally be available on all streaming services next week on the three-year anniversary of the project.
Netflix Drops Emotional Trailer For "When They See Us," True Story Of The Central Park Five
"When They See Us" premieres May 31st.
Netflix has done it again when it comes to its stellar original content helmed by critically acclaimed directors. The latest offering had by the streaming service is the upcoming series When They See Us created by Ava DuVernay known for Selma, The 13th and A Wrinkle In Time. The show follows the true story of the Central Park Five, a group of coloured teenagers who in 1989 were convicted of a rape they did not do.
The under three-minute trailer seen below is both chilling and emotional as it depicts the family, court, and life happenings of the five young men as they try and defend themselves against a harsh system that doesn't care if they're innocent.
"The four-part limited series will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem -- Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series will span 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014," the description reads.
Today marks the 30th anniversary of when the events conspired. Watch the full first look below.
REPORT: Fyre Festival Seeks Subpoenas, Financial Compensation from Netflix & Hulu
It’s been two years now since the historic scam that was Fyre Festival, but the shock waves are still emanating. Now, both major streaming services behind the popular documentaries about the event could be subpoenaed for their collection of behind-the-scenes footage that was used by Netflix and Hulu respectively.
Gregory Messer, the trustee responsible for the Fyre Festival estate, said
“In order to create the documentaries, both Hulu and Netflix used unique behind-the-scenes footage of the festival. Due to a lack of information, it is impossible for the Trustee to determine where the footage came from and whether such footage was an asset of the Debtor’s estate.”
He’s seeking subpoenas for both Netflix and Hulu as part of a bankruptcy filing on behalf of his client. Should the subpoenas be granted, it’s possible the Fyre Festival estate could sue both streaming services for not paying Fyre Festival for usage of the footage in question.
Neither streaming service has responded for a request to comment at this time, according to Bloomberg.