Amazon Will Remove HBO From Amazon Channels In 2021

Written by 20 November, 2020
When Amazon and WarnerMedia recently came to an agreement to place HBO Max on Amazon Fire devices, there was much speculation about what the terms of the deal might be and what each side got out of the deal.We received one indication today, when CNBC reported that HBO will no longer be available as an Amazon Channel after their current placement deal expires next year:Today, HBO’s presence in the Amazon Channels store lets users watch regular HBO programming within the Amazon Fire TV user interface, making it easy for consumers to subscribe and sign up. But this placement was a…
Last modified on Friday, 27 November 2020 10:01

'Dancing With The Stars' Chooses A Winner

Written by 23 November, 2020
It all came down to this as four celebrity and pro-dancer couples returned to the ballroom to compete for the last time on the 2020 season finale of Dancing With The Stars. Kaitlyn Bristowe and her partner Artem Chigvintsev were crowned the 2020 Champions of Dancing With The Stars, taking home the coveted Mirrorball Trophy. For this last week of the competition, each couple repeated one of their favorite performances from earlier in the season with some new creative elements. Then, for the last portion of the competition, the couples performed the most anticipated dance of the season—the fan-favorite Freestyle.…
Last modified on Monday, 23 November 2020 23:03

Why Does Netflix Keep Recommending Adam Sandler Movies? I Have A Theory

Written by 23 November, 2020
If you spend any time watching Netflix's Top Ten lists, you'll notice that it's common to see weird and sometimes obscure movies suddenly appear on the lists. Some random Adam Sandler or Mark Wahlberg film will unexpectedly be the 3rd most-watched film and there is often no discernable reason for it to happen. It's clear Netflix's suggestion engines are surfacing the title for users. But why?Stereogum has a really fascinating look at Spotify's recommendation engine and the story starts with a simple question: The Brighten The Corners album outtake "Harness Your Hopes" is the #1 song on Pavement's Spotify page,…
Last modified on Monday, 23 November 2020 17:09

So What Says 2020 More Than A Baby Yoda Chia Pet?

Written by 21 November, 2020
I think we can all agree that 2020 has been an especially strange and difficult year. And given that, it's hard to imagine a goofball present more on brand for 2020 than this Baby Yoda Chia Pet.Now granted, the folks who make the Chia Pets are calling it by its official name: "The Baby." But it's Baby Yoda. Or maybe Yoda's Baby Brother. To be honest, we don't know exactly who the baby might be, but Baby Yoda is certainly the most fun possibility.And as long as we're going down the rabbit hole of unusual Star Wars-related gifts, you can…
Last modified on Saturday, 21 November 2020 08:58

Play Chess Against A Virtual Beth Harmon From 'The Queen's Gambit'

Written by 20 November, 2020
Chess.com has some bots that allow you to play against virtual versions of well-known chess champions. But they've just launched a really fun bot that allows players to compete against a virtual Beth Harmon from the Netflix series The Queen's Gambit. The bots are Beth at seven different ages: 8, 9, 10, 15, 17, 21. And even for someone like myself who hasn't played chess since high school, it's a fun distraction. It's free to play and if you create a free account, you can save your progress. I decided to take on the eight-year-old Beth.And I did win the…
Last modified on Friday, 20 November 2020 16:14

Alan Dean Foster Says Disney Stopped Paying Royalties On 'Star Wars' & 'Alien' Novelizations

Written by 18 November, 2020
It's uncommon for an argument over book royalties to spill into the public. Particularly when it involves a well-known author and a large media conglomerate.And yet that is exactly what happened this week when author Alan Dean Foster and the president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) posted a public complaint arguing Disney had stopped paying royalties due to Alan Dean Foster from novelizations he write of several "Star Wars" and "Alien" movies.Here is the entire complaint from Foster:Dear Mickey,We have a lot in common, you and I. We share a birthday: November 18. My dad’s…
Last modified on Thursday, 19 November 2020 09:48
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