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Streaming killed the cinema star: Warner Bros to ditch cinema in 2022

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HBO Max says it’s ditching the movie release model in favour of launching upcoming films straight to streaming platforms as soon as 2022

HBO Max says it will release 10 Warner Bros films directly to streaming channels in 2022; and they don’t plan on turning back. That is, some new films will make it to your favourite streaming platform at the same time as they make it to the cinema.

The chief of WarnerMedia Jason Kilar says he “doesn’t anticipate” us going back to the way the world was in 2015. He says the company will continue using its hybrid streaming and theatrical model that it initially launched as a ‘pandemic model’.

This comes after Warner Bros released a full slate of films in a trial model this year, including blockbusters like Judas and the Black Messiah, Godzilla vs. Kong, Space Jam and Matrix 4.

“I don’t anticipate us going back”

WarnerMedia chief Jason Kilar says while “the motion picture format absolutely matters,” the company also feels “very good about the response that consumers have given it in the home.”

“I certainly don’t anticipate us going back to the way the world was in 2015 or ’16 or ’17, where windows were quite lengthy between theatrical and home exhibition, whether it was an a la carte transaction or something else,” Kilar said.

“I think that what you’re going to see is this industry continue to evolve and to continue to innovate in ways that not only works for consumers and fans, but also works for our business partners”.

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Liverpool to host Eurovision Song Contest

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After months of build-up, the British city of Liverpool has finally taking the reins as the official host of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest

Competing countries have also found out which semi-final they will be in and who their rivals will be.

Germany, Italy and France will all vote in the first semi final, while, the U.K., Spain and Ukraine will all cast their votes in the second semi-final.

Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest contest last year and should be this year’s host – but the ongoing war means the country is unable to.

The semi-finals, and the final, will be held in Liverpool in May.

Eurovision 2023 marks the first year ever that non-participating countries can vote.

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Pet fish playing Nintendo Switch rack up credit card bill

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Pet fish playing a video game in Japan have managed to log on to the Nintendo Switch store, change their owner’s avatar, set up a PayPal account and rack up a credit card bill

And it was all seemingly livestreamed on a YouTube channel, in real time.

The channel owner, Mutekimaru, had previously installed sophisticated motion detection tracking software in fish tanks, enabling the fish to remotely control a Nintendo Switch console.

But the technology, led to an unexpected turn of events earlier this month while the owner was live-streaming a game of Pokémon.

The fish managed to change the name of their owner’s Switch account before twice logging into the Nintendo store.

They also managed to “check” legal terms and conditions, downloaded a new avatar and even set up a PayPal account from the Switch.

The fish were also seen adding 500 yen to the Switch account from the owner’s credit card during the livestream – exposing his credit card details in the process.

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BuzzFeed to use ChatGPT-created content on website

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BuzzFeed is set to go by on A.I-generated content, with the company to use ChatGPT to create content for the site

The media giant plans to use the service to generate quizzes and further personalise its user experience.

“If the past 15 years of the internet have been defined by algorithmic feeds that curate and recommend content, the next 15 years will be defined by AI and data helping create, personalise and animate the content itself,” BuzzFeed Chief Executive Jonah Peretti recently said.

BuzzFeed recently announced that it would be cutting 12 per cent of its workforce to rein in costs.

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