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let's take everyone and force DNA test them to find the 1.6% of Americans, who's ancestors are surely among the 1% now, and out them publicly.
Ben Affleck’s ancestors owned slaves and he doesn’t want you to know. So that infamous beer-summit pipsqueak, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., host of PBS’s Finding Your Roots, censored the awkward discovery about Ben’s family out of his show. They should rename the show Finding Your Roots And Covering Them Up.
With nearly 60 million subscribers globally, Netflix is a giant in the world of online video entertainment.
In terms of providing access to popular TV-shows and movies the company’s biggest competitor is piracy. Just a few weeks ago Netflix described the BitTorrent-powered Popcorn Time as a major threat.
Interestingly, piracy also offers critical business intelligence to the company. For example, it uses local piracy statistics to determine what content it should offer in various regions.
That’s not all though. During this week’s earnings interview Nexflix’s Chief Financial Officer David Wells said that a country’s piracy rate is a main factor in determining the service’s local price.
“Piracy is a governor in terms of our price in high piracy markets outside the US,” Wells explained.
“We wouldn’t want to come out with a high price because there’s a lot of piracy, so we have to compete with that,” Wells added.
According to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, VPNs are used by paying customers, which isn’t such a big problem as piracy.
“It’s certainly less bad than piracy,” Hastings said, quickly adding that it’s not something the company encourages.
Ted Sarandos, head of content at Netflix, noted that the company continues to work with the studios to address the VPN issue but that it’s “kind of a whack a mole.”
Instead, Sarandos prefers to focus on the positive battle against piracy, which he believes Netflix is winning.
“The real great news is that in the piracy capitals of the world Netflix is winning. We’re pushing down piracy in those markets by getting access.” Sarandos noted.
With the right pricing Netflix has indeed converted many pirates. The next step is to make VPNs obsolete, by offering content globally without any geographical restrictions.
“The best way to make the VPN issue a complete non issue is through global licensing that we’re continuing to pursue with our partners,” Sarandos said.
“But my mom says I’m cool.” Milhouse Van Houten
I lose my phone in more stupid places than I can possibly count. I seriously considered installing a landline so that I can call my phone the three times per day it goes missing. But Google just made something even better. Type three magic words into search, and you’ll find your missing handset.
Last July, Alex shared the gorey image of Steven Speilberg sitting beside one of his newest kills. Animal activists were rightly outraged by the killing of such a rare and beautiful creature. As if that wasn't bad enough, now one Redditor has shared these images of a poor, bound T-rex being towed down the road as though it's just a big hunk of plastic.
Will the madness ever stop?!? End dinosaur cruelty!
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