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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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Man suing Gwyneth Paltrow over ski accident takes to stand



Terry Sanderson has detailed the collision he suffered

The man suing Hollywood superstar Gwyneth Paltrow over a ski accident has taken to the stand.

While testifying, 76-year-old Terry Sanderson recounted what he says was a “blood-curdling scream” just moments before the collision occurred.

Sanderson says it sounded like someone was “out of control”.

Sanderson accuses Paltrow of the 2016 crash and is seeking damages of $300,000.

The actress is denying any responsibility and is now countersuing for $1 and her legal costs.

This comes as a ski instructor told the jury the actress was not a reckless skier at the time.

Paltrow says the incident in Utah, left her with a sore knee and she got a massage afterwards.

Sanderson has also told the court he suffered physical, mental and emotional injuries as a result.

He says these medical issues have changed his relationships with his children, as well as contributing to his split from his partner and losing friends.

The trial continues.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus meets Joe Biden & Kamala Harris at White House



Dreyfus’ character made fun of the vice presidency

Three Vice Presidents – past and present – in one room.

Well, kind of.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus – whose show ‘VEEP’ made fun of the vice presidency – met with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris at the White House for the President’s annual awards ceremony a few days ago.

The moment was released by the White House.

When presenting the award, Biden said Louis-Dreyfus “embraces life’s absurdity with absolute wit, and handles real life turns with absolute grace. A mom, a cancer survivor, a pioneer for women in comedy, she is an American original.”

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Jonathan Majors arrested on assault charges



The ‘Creed III’ actor also had an advertising campaign involving the U.S. Army pulled

‘Creed III’ star Jonathan Majors has been arrested in New York City on assault and harassment charges.

Majors was part of this ad campaign with the U.S. Army, who have quickly pulled the advertisements from showing in the U.S.

He was arrested on Saturday morning in Manhattan following a domestic dispute.

A 30-year-old woman suffered minor injuries to her head and neck and was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

The U.S. Army says: “While Mr. Majors is innocent until proven guilty, prudence dictates that we pull our ads until the investigation into these allegations is complete”.

Majors rose to fame in the 2019 film ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’ and appeared in Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ released this year.

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