Trolls watch Netflix too, snowflake

Snowflake Amy Schumer, who has been extremely vocal against Donald Trump, like a lot of her luvvie pals in Hollywood, is experiencing a boycott of sorts.

It seems that trolls like Netflix too, and they are rating her shows with 1 star.

Amy Schumer has lashed out at Internet ?trolls? she claims?launched an online campaign to tank the reviews of her latest comedy special.

One week after its March 6 debut, The Leather Special?had received hundreds?of one-star reviews from Netflix members. Schumer responded to the backlash Wednesday on her Instagram account, quoting a news report from?Splitsider?that claims hundreds of trolls purposefully flooded?her comedy special with negative reviews. ? Read more »

Sky and Voda: NO. Spark and Netflix: YES!

The Commerce Commission said ‘no’ to Vodafone and Sky TV last week. ?It is fair to say that both Sky TV and Vodafone didn’t see that coming and it has left them reeling. ?At the time, wondered “Why the need for one balance sheet? ?Why not just partner up?”.

Feb. 27 (BusinessDesk) – Spark New Zealand has announced what it says is an exclusive deal with Netflix to offer bundled packages, just days after the Commerce Commission rejected Sky Network Television’s proposed merger with Vodafone New Zealand on the basis it would stifle competition, especially in access to premium sports content.

Under the Spark-Netflix tie-up, Spark broadband customers will get a one-year subscription to Netflix?s standard plan when they signed up to a 24-month ‘Unlimited Data Spark’ broadband plan, the telecommunications company said in a statement. The Netflix deal would “sit alongside Spark’s current Lightbox offer”, it said.

Chief executive Simon Moutter said the deal was “consistent with our shift towards becoming a digital services provider, rather than just a traditional telco.

Spark has an institutional understanding of making strategic partnerships. ?Apart from the Xtra/Yahoo! one, which Telecom/Spark was seriously let down on, they generally add value to both partners without the need for complicated merger or takeover processes. Read more »


Netflix blamed for ruining sex lives

Netflix and Chill

Really? The person holding the remote isn’t at all to blame for ruining sex lives?

Has this dopey professor not heard of “Netflix and Chill“?

A Cambridge Professor has blamed Netflix and binge-watching on?streaming platforms for?an alleged?decline in sex rates among Britain’s population.

According to the?Telegraph,?Professor?Spigelhalter of Cambridge told an audience at the Hay Festival that people are having less sex and Netflix is to blame for it.

“You can start seeing the changes in society,”?he said. “People are having less sex. Sexually active couples between 16 and 64 were asked and the median was five times in the last month in 1990, then four times in 2000 and three times in 2010.” ? Read more »


Let Sky die, customers want American Netflix

Netflix's promised crackdown on VPN users has stretched to New Zealand users trying to access the American catalogue. Photo / Bloomberg
Netflix’s promised crackdown on VPN users has stretched to New Zealand users trying to access the American catalogue. Photo / Bloomberg

I don’t understand why Netflix won’t give customers what they want. They are prepared to pay for it. By not giving them what they want in order to protect local providers like Sky they are propping up an outdated business model. Sky is the horse and cart and Netflix is the Lear Jet. I will never forget how upset my Dad and I were when we purchased a Kindle Fire each a number of ?years back from Amazon in order to watch videos. I already had an ordinary Kindle for reading and as I was able to buy e-books off Amazon we looked forward to doing the same with movies. Unfortunately our new purchases were useless as we were not allowed to buy content as we didn’t live in America.

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Oh the outrage! Oh, hang on, the customer liked it

You’ve got to love the clickbait-hungry Media party who sit there hoovering up social media stories to create outrage…except in this one the customer rather enjoyed the exchange.

No matter, let’s publish it and see of we can generate some outrage anyway.

ASB Bank has taken customer service to extreme lengths by sexually propositioning a customer via its official Twitter account after she tweeted to say thanks for good service.

Auckland legal services worker Grace Hall tweeted the ASB, New Zealand’s fourth-largest bank, to say “you have some of the loveliest staff ever”. In the exchange of jokey tweets that followed, the bank asked “Netflix and chill 4eva? Or are we moving to fast ?”

“Netflix and chill” is widely understood to mean watching TV while having sex, but an ASB spokesman said the social media staffer operating the Twitter account didn’t realise the phrase had a sexual double-meaning.

The bank later deleted its tweets, but not before they had been screen-grabbed and reposted by a Twitter account that collects examples of corporate social-media embarrassments. ? Read more »


Paypal blocking payments to VPN and SmartDNS services but you can use it to buy other ‘bad’ stuff

Paypal has announced that they are stopping processing payments for?users of?VPN and SmartDNS services ostensibly because they say it is enabling?copyright infringement, such as geo-blockades, which are violating its terms of service.

PayPal is widely known for their aggressive stance towards?BitTorrent sites, Usenet providers and file-hosting services, but VPN, proxy and SmartDNS providers might now suffer the same fate too.

This week PayPal stopped accepting payments for a company that provides VPN and SmartDNS tools, stating that these may facilitate copyright infringement.

So-called ?unblocker? tools can be used to bypass geo-filtering blockades which Netflix and other video platforms have in place.

According to the message PayPal sent to UnoTelly and possibly others, these services are against the company?s policies because they help users to bypass copyright restrictions.

?Under the PayPal Acceptable Use Policy, PayPal may not be used to send or receive payments for items that infringe or violate any copyright, trademark, right of publicity or privacy, or any other proprietary right under the laws of any jurisdiction,? PayPal?s email reads.

?This includes transactions for any device or technological measure that descrambles a scrambled work, decrypts an encrypted work or otherwise avoids, bypasses, removes, deactivates or impairs a technological measure without the authority of the copyright owner.? ?? Read more »

Can Netflix really ban proxies and VPNs?

Netflix has announced that they are going to crack down on access via VPN and proxies to their US content.

In NZ Netflix is nobbled and you can only get full service if you use a VPN or a proxy service. Some people are overreacting to the news, one being lifestyle and travel blogger David Farrar who has stated on Facebook that he has already cancelled his Netflix subscription before the alleged bans have even come into existence.

But can Netflix actually do what they say they are going do?

Experts argue that any total shutdown would be impossible.

“It’s kind of a cat and mouse game,” InternetNZ CEO Jordan Carter said.

“Each step that Netflix or other content providers take to the block things, the companies that make money by selling unblocking services will find a way around it.”

“It turns this into an arms race.” ? ? Read more »

The thin end of the Internet GST wedge has arrived

I’m not sure how Todd McClay thinks that breaking John Key’s ‘no new taxes’ pledge is going to help National but he has decided to bring in a tax on internet purchases anyway.

The Government is moving to slap the goods and service tax on online service purchases, which will mean a price rise for the likes of subscriptions to Netflix and Apple services.

It is proposing a law change which will require the overseas retailers to be GST-registered and for them to return the tax to the Government – which says it is now missing out on around $40 million a year and growing.

Currently if you buy anything worth less than $400 from overseas you don’t have to pay the 15 percent GST.

“It is about creating a level playing field for collecting GST and putting New Zealand businesses and jobs ahead of the interests of overseas suppliers,” Revenue Minister Todd McClay said.

The Bill was introduced to Parliament today and the Government hopes the law will be in place in October next year. ?? Read more »


National softening public up for a new tax: GST on Internet purchases

Whichever way you twist this, it is something you?ll have to pay that you’re not paying now. ?

Changes to online GST could be in the works with a discussion document set to be released and Prime Minister John Key is in favour of it.

Revenue Minister Todd McClay put the idea before Cabinet today, and Mr Key said while no decision had been reached yet, the document would discuss adding GST to online services such as iTunes and for importing goods.

Currently, Kiwis buying things online don’t have to pay GST on purchases under $400, which is the second-highest in the OECD.

It isn’t included on imported digital products such as music and films.

The Australian government, which has a threshold of AU$1000 for imported goods, is looking at reducing it to AU$20 or possibly lower. It has already introduced a 10 percent digital services GST which was announced in this year’s Budget. ? Read more »

Guest Post – Why Broadcast TV is Broken


The broadcast TV model is broken and it’s unclear if it can ever be fixed. Internet streaming is the culprit – it has given power back to the audience. Here’s why:

The basic business model of TV is to entice you to watch with content – and then rent those eyeballs out in bulk to advertisers.

This all worked well while the general public lined up each night to watch whatever was put in front of them in real time. For decades TV ads were the glam business end of the marketers’ arsenal. They would take an eye-watering budget, produce anything they liked – because anything seemed to work – and congratulate themselves all the way to the award dinners.

The trick to making money is a fine balance between what you spend on programming and the rates those eyeball ratings let you command from advertisers. A TV man?s wet dream is to find some unknown (therefore cheap) content overseas that is an overnight success and has everyone talking in the smoko rooms. Get it wrong and pay top dollar for programmes that nobody watches – and the business model is on the verge of a downward spiral – less eyeballs, less revenue, less to spend on content, and so on round it goes. (Think Campbell Live.) But its not just cost – free content can be fraught too (think Party Political broadcasts), while attractive to some can be too contentious for some advertisers – dropping the cost of an ad at that time slot. ?? Read more »