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Squid Game cements Netflix’s top position in streaming wars



Over 142 million people have tuned into Squid Game and Netflix can thank the South Korean survival drama for boosting subscribers after a sharp slowdown in the first half of the year

Surely you’ve seen Squid Game by now, over 142 million people have tuned into the South Korean survival drama and its the reason new subscribers are flocking to Netflix

The streaming giant revealed massive subscriber growth

After a sharp slowdown in the first half of the year, Netflix added 4.38 million new subscribers, according to its earnings report for quarter three.

“Squid Game” surprised executives by becoming the streaming service’s most-watched original series and now it expects to add 8.5 million subscribers in the next quarter.

Netflix knows Squid game goes beyond the tv show, with a Saturday Night Live skit and memes on TikTok with more than 42 billion views

Many films have been delayed because of the pandemic so perhaps more people are subscribing now as Netflix rolls out a backlog of delayed content.

Netflix added it plans to have a more normal release schedule over the course of 2022.

Earnings came in line with revenue 

Netflix has revealed a major change to investors, now using new metrics when reporting viewers.

The company will start reporting hours viewed rather than the number of accounts that watched

This matches traditional tv viewing data, giving credit to viewers re-watching shows.

Netflix is trying to find ways to expand past the television and film market

Netflix wants to keep your attention beyond just shows and to get people off tiktok.

The streamer has revealed a push into gaming, having purchased its first gaming studio this past quarter.

However, even though trials have started in select countries… its only early days.

In the meantime, stream on.

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Adidas faces potential $320M Yeezy shoe write-off post-Kanye split



Adidas is contemplating a significant financial blow as it considers writing off $320 million worth of Yeezy shoes following its separation from music and fashion icon Kanye West.

The sportswear giant’s decision to sever ties with West’s Yeezy brand has left a mountain of unsold merchandise, threatening to dent the company’s balance sheet.

The partnership between Adidas and Kanye West, which began in 2013, had been immensely successful, with Yeezy shoes becoming a highly sought-after fashion statement.

However, recent controversies and disagreements between West and Adidas prompted the sportswear company to distance itself from the celebrity designer.

The massive inventory of Yeezy shoes now presents a dilemma for Adidas, as it grapples with finding a solution to deal with the surplus stock. A $320 million write-off could significantly impact the company’s financial performance in the short term.

Adidas is currently exploring various options, including discounting, donating, or repurposing the unsold inventory to mitigate the financial hit.

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Warner Bros discovery warns of Hollywood’s ‘real risk’ post-strikes’



Warner Bros Discovery, has issued a stark warning regarding the ‘real risk’ that Hollywood faces in the aftermath of the recent strikes that have taken a considerable toll on the industry’s financial health.

The strikes, which disrupted film and television production for several weeks, resulted in substantial financial losses for studios, production companies, and countless industry professionals.

Warner Bros Discovery emphasised the necessity for a resilient and adaptable approach to navigate the ongoing challenges and uncertainties facing the film and television sector.

The conglomerate stressed the importance of implementing measures to mitigate such risks in the future, which include fostering better labour relations and contingency planning to safeguard against potential disruptions.

The message underlined the need for the industry to adapt to the evolving landscape of content creation and distribution, particularly in the digital era.

This warning from Warner Bros Discovery highlights the need for the entertainment industry to recognise the ever-changing dynamics and economic challenges, and the importance of preparedness to maintain its prominent position in the global market.

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MrBeast’s monumental 100 African wells sparks controversy



Philanthropic YouTuber MrBeast, known for his outlandish and extravagant charity stunts, recently financed the construction of 100 wells in Africa, providing clean drinking water to thousands of people.


While the philanthropic gesture is commendable on the surface, it has ignited a wave of controversy and criticism from various quarters.

Critics argue that MrBeast’s approach, although well-intentioned, might not be the most sustainable solution to Africa’s water crisis.

They question the long-term viability of these wells, raising concerns about maintenance and local ownership. Some have even labelled it as a publicity stunt, arguing that it merely scratches the surface of a much deeper issue.

On the other hand, MrBeast’s supporters laud his efforts in raising awareness and mobilising his enormous following to contribute to a worthy cause. They argue that any effort to alleviate the water crisis is a step in the right direction.

In the end, whether MrBeast’s 100 wells in Africa are a game-changing philanthropic success or a mere spectacle remains a subject of intense social debate.


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