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What are your most Data Draining Apps?

We all love our data and back in the day there was a stupid amount charged per MB! So, wouldn’t we all like to save MB’s where possible? We all don’t like that dread text message towards the end of the month that you’re about to run out of data. Therefore wouldn’t you like to know which apps are sucking the life out of your data plan? Well we’ve got some data for you! (See what we did there) A study, conducted by Mobile Phones Direct, explored the data usage of a number of apps that hurt your data balance.
First of all, daily video and music streaming is doing you more harm than good and it’s hitting your data, HARD. If you use BBC iPlayer and Channel 5’s My 5 then you’re gonna have to cut back. As they’ve been named as the worst offending video apps for data drainage. Taking up to a gig, a GIG of data for an hour of streaming.  Suprisingly Netflix uses very little data at 314mb. See the handy chart below for more:

Quick Tip: 

Download on Netflix to allow videos to be played offline to save data. However, if you don’t wish to download videos, let the show buffer whilst you are on WiFi network and then watch on your mobile network. Therefore you aren’t using any data as the file has already buffered on your phone! Furthermore on YouTube you can head into settings and make sure that the ‘limit mobile data usage’ option is ticked. This will force the app to only watch videos in HD when connected to a WiFi Network.

Music Streaming however, there may be a different way to save data, if you’re a Spotify user. Tthere’s a way to help limit the way that it uses your data! As well as changing the quality of the music, making the music available offline, or downloading the music that Spotify (and many other apps) offer you, you can do more.
With Spotify only there’s an app called Spotify Lite (Currently only available on Android). This version of the app only takes up 15mb of memory compared to 100mb. Most of all, the app doesn’t allow HQ music to be played. If you’re an Apple Music or a Tidal user however, then they take up the most data when listening for an hour. Tidal gobbles up 184mb compared to Spotify using almost 100mb less.

(Deloitte)

(Mobile Phones Direct) 

*Mobile Phones Direct watched 5 minutes of content from each app and multiplied it to determine the total data usage over an hour. Each video was watched on both an  iPhone 7 plus and XR in HD using 4G. Results may vary.

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NextUp Comedy Streaming

NextUp Comedy – Streaming Laughs

Love Comedy? Well you will love the streaming service ‘NextUp’ it’s a video on demand platform for stand ups. More specifically stand up specials. NextUp showcases all different kinds of stand ups. Be that your sketch comedian, character driven stand ups, to observationalists and many many more! It’s basically as Engadget coined it ‘The Netflix of UK Stand Up’ Therefore, as you’d expect, like Netflix you can stream content from NextUp from anywhere in the world. The content isn’t region locked to the UK. Comedy’s universal and meant for everyone!

Acts

The acts and subsequently content available to you isn’t strictly just for the household names. NextUp also is home to many up and comers, rising starts too! That’s not to say that the circuit legends are left out. Of course not! They’re still available for users to check out. Some of the acts available are:

Rising Stars such as

One of the best things about NextUp for comedians is that they get a 50/50 revenue share form their content being on the platform. Which is especially good for the rising stars of the comedy circuit. Futhermore NextUp members get access to recording tickets and exclusive discounts to shows! If you’re an up and coming comedian interested in appearing on their platform you can apply on their site by clicking here! How cool is that?!

History of NextUp

So why create something like NextUp? Well there are a number of reasons the team (Daniel Berg, Kenny Cavey, Sarah Henley and Stuart Snaith) decided to create the platform. Such as show goers cannot attend their favourite comedian’s shows due to it’s date, location, ticket availability and or cost. On the comedian’s point of view, after touring their show they have no archive of it. They can’t go back and critique it or show it off to anyone other than those who attend their tour dates. Furthermore the team wanted to show off more than what the Tv does. Consequently they wished to show off an even more diverse reflection of what the comedy circuit is like.

NextUp describes itself as to:

Seeks to right these wrongs by carefully curating for your joyful discovery the breadth of great comedy the industry has to offer, and bringing it to you anytime, anywhere whilst supporting the comedy industry in as many ways as possible.

(NextUp)

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Episode 303 Astro Bot: Rescue Mission

Netflix On Sky

Netflix On Sky Is Here!

From today, if you are a Sky Q customer you can sign up to a new service. A service called ‘Ultimate On Demand’. It features Sky’s existing catch up and box set services, plus Netflix! Therefore bringing 500 of the best UK and US series, along with the full Netflix service – offering you the ultimate TV binge-watching bundle. Netflix on Sky is looking like quite the offering!

“We want Sky Q to be the number one destination for TV fans. Partnering with Netflix means we will have all the best TV in one great value pack, making it even easier for you to watch all of your favourite shows”. Stephen van Rooyen, Chief Executive Officer, Sky UK and Ireland.

Netflix on Sky costs an extra £10 a month if you want to join. But you’ll receive all of Sky’s ‘On Demand’ stuff as well. Like Netflix’s £10 package you’ll also be able to stream Ultra HD content up to four concurrent screens. However, if you only have Sky Q’s Entertainment subscription, you’ll only receive the standard Netflix plan. No 4K content and 2 screens, this will cost the regular £7.99. The Netflix subscription through Sky is a 31 day rolling contract and payment for ‘Ultimate On Demand’ will be added to your monthly Sky bills.

“Innovation is at the core of Netflix. We are delighted to partner with Sky to offer fans a new and exciting way to access the best of entertainment from around the world.” Chris Whiteley, Director Business Development UK/IE, Netflix

Existing Netflix Susbcribers

If you already have both Netflix and Sky you can merge or move your subscription into one. You can simply sign into Sky Q’s own Netflix app. This will help many users who have Netflix and Sky as by amalgamating the services it means you don’t have to load up two separate apps. Nor do you have to have a smart telly or any other type of device that has Netflix on it. Existing Netflix subscribers will keep their profiles and their recommendations and ‘continue to watch’ shows. Much like how it works already when you watch on various Netflix-supported devices. Furthermore, recommendations through “Ultimate On Demand” for both Sky shows and Netflix shows will share the spotlight on Sky Q’s homepage.  Plus if you have both services you will have a lot more content to pick from! Save a bit of money (If you were paying for both already) and get tons more content as well! What’s not to lose!

However if you are a Sky+ customer you will have to upgrade your current Sky subscription to Sky Q to access Netflix on Sky. Consequently to access the Ultra HD content on Sky Q, customers must have a 2TB Sky Q box, and a “Sky Q Experience” (previously Q Multiscreen) subscription.

Customers can sign up to ‘Ultimate On Demand’ here

(Gizmodo)

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Netflix on Sky

Netflix On Sky: More content, Save Money

Netflix on Sky is finally happening! If you are a Sky Q customer you can sign up to a new service. A service called ‘Ultimate On Demand’. It will feature Sky’s existing catch up and box set services, plus Netflix!

Netflix on Sky will cost an extra £10 a month if you want to join. But you’ll recieve all of Sky’s ‘On Demand’ stuff as well. Like Netflix’s £10 package you’ll also be able to stream Ultra HD content up to four concurrent screens. However, if you only have Sky Q’s Entertainment subscription, you’ll only receive the standard Netflix plan. No 4K content and 2 screens, this will cost the regular £7.99

If you already have both Netflix and Sky you can merge or move your subscription into one. You can simply sign into Sky Q’s own Netflix app. This will help many users who have Netflix and Sky as by amalgamating the services it means you don’t have to load up two separate apps. Nor do you have to have a smart telly or any other type of device that has Netflix on it. Plus if you have both services you will have a lot more content to pick from! Save a bit of money (If you were paying for both already) and get tons more content as well! What’s not to lose!

There’s no date for when Netflix will land on Sky Q just yet, but it’s “soon”. Customers can register their interest on the Sky website.

(Gizmodo)

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Episode 294 Florida Man Ft Funk Butcher

Netflix ads

Netflix Promos (Ads?)

So Netflix Ads may be on their way! It seems that way anyway. For a while now Netflix have been playing trailers before and after some of their content. While some of these can be deemed promos, some of us may call them ads. Yet, those trailers have been skippable. While Gizmodo are reporting that they don’t show up that often. They’re reporting that if the latest round of testing gets approved the ads are going to be more noticeable.

Reports on Reddit are claiming that Netflix are indeed testing a new way of delivering ads to viewers. For example short trailers for Netflix Originals being shown between episodes. Are these Netflix ads or are they promos? It may be a bit harsh to call them ads. While we can see the benefit behind them. What’s better than seeing more top quality content that we wouldn’t have known existed otherwise?

Testing

Netflix confirmed the testing phase to Ars Technica:

“We are testing whether surfacing recommendations between episodes helps members discover stories they will enjoy faster.”

However, despite this Reddit users are claiming that the ads cannot be skipped. Netflix denied these claims and confirmed that they are entirely skippable. While the streaming giant also stressed that the ads are only for Netflix content and won’t open up third party ads. Makes sense seeing that Netflix is the place that people go to to get away from traditional content. Would be bad business if Netflix were to advertise things other than their own content.

Furthermore it’s not entirely clear how many people are seeing these ads, nor how long it will last, or if it will see the light of day for the rest of us. It does seem how much people engage with the ads to whether or not they get implemented. Therefore the more people clicking on these Netflix ads, the more likely it will be rolled out officially.

If you do see the ads, or if you don’t want to be apart of any new testing features that Netflix rolls out. You can opt out by heading over to this page.

(Gizmodo)

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Netflix Tips

Netflix Tips: Make the best of Netflix!

Love Netflix as much as we do? Well here’s some Netflix Tips to make your experience even better! (All the following steps take place within Netflix’s app)

Netflix Tips!

#1 Download even better looking content

If you head on over to App Settings (Within Netflix) > Video Quality > Higher all of your downloaded content visuals will be improved ten fold! However, these videos will take up more space on your hard drive and will hit the data allowance a little more. Though we think that that’s a great trade off!

Netflix Tips

Netflix Tips

#2 Kick your Ex off your account

If you’ve broken up with your significant other and want to take back control of your Netflix account as well as your life, it’s as simple as 1,2,3. Simply head on over to Account > Recent Device Streaming Activity. This will first show you who has been access the account and what devices have been used.

Then, we can kick the ex off the account, though it requires a complete destruction of all devices that use the account. Therefore you’re going to have to re-sign in on your iPhone, Laptop and other places you use Netflix. Go to Account > Sign out of all devices> Sign out. Boom. No more Netflix for them!

Netflix Tips

Netflix Tips

#3 See how quick you binge your favourite shows

If you ever want to see this information and how long you’ve been sat in front of the telly. Head on over to Account > Viewing Activity

Netflix Tips

Netflix Tips

 

#3 Make a Kid Friendly profile

Have a brother, niece, cousin or your own flesh and blood and want to show them the glorious library of Netflix content. But want to keep them away from the stuff they shouldn’t see? Make them their own account! Simply tap More in the bottom right hand side of the screen > Add Profile > Slide over for the ‘For Children’ option. Then voila, complete!

Netflix Tips

Netflix Tips

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Orange Is The New Black

Orange Is The New Black

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past several years, here’s a little run down of what Orange Is The New Black is all about:

Orange Is The New Black is a comedy drama web based series created by Jenji Kohan for streaming powerhouse Netflix. The series is based on Piper Kerman’s Memoir of similar name (Orange Is The New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison). Within her memoir Kerman discusses her experiences at a minimum security federal prison: FCI Danbury.

Orange Is The New Black

The series revolves around Piper Chapman, a woman in her 30’s living in NYC. Chapman is sentenced to 15 months in Litchfield Penitentiary, a minimum security women’s federal prison. The prison is operated by Federal Department of Corrections a fictional version of the real life Federal Bureau of Prisons. This prison is later acquired by a private prison company called Management & Correction Corporation. Piper’s conviction is due to her role in drug smuggling. Carrying a suitcase rammed full of cash for her then girlfriend Alex Vause (a career international drug smuggler). The initial offence took place a decade prior to the start of the first series. 

Since then Piper had long moved on from the criminal world and was living a quiet life among New York’s upper middle class citizens. Her arrest shook her world and those around her, her family, her relationship with her partner and her friends. In prison Piper is reunited with her former lover. It is discovered that Alex had named Piper in her trial which lead to Chapman’s arrest. Now in a world that is somewhat alien to her, Piper learns to survive prison and how to overcome a number of problems that she soon faces in prison. Consequently reexamining her relationship with her former flame.

Orange Is The New Black follows Chapman as she makes friends and enemies whist trying to get through her 15months. Episodes often feature flashbacks of significant events of the people that Chapman encounters. Helping to explain backstories or develop a character. 

Social Commentary

Orange Is The New Black also has elements of social commentary. Highlighting how corruption, drug smuggling, funding cuts, overcrowding and guard brutality affect a prisoners health. As well as commenting on the prisons basic ability to fulfill fundamental responsibilities and ethical obligations. It is here where the acquisition of the prison comes to fruition. Due to poor housing and conditions Litchfield was on course to be shut down. The Director of Human Activities and warden, Joe Caputo, constantly conflicts with the business interests of MCC. Conseuqently affecting his relationship of many of the inmates and guards within Litchfield.

(Wiki)

We are now on Season 6, it began showing on July 26th 2018 and we cannot wait to crack on with it. We could tell you what it’s about but it will ruin the other seasons and it’s much better to watch rather than us tell you! Plus we’d be here all day! So go ahead and check out Season 6 if you are a Orange Is The New Black veteran or crack on with Season 1. It’s worth it!

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Netflix Movie Theatres

Netflix Movie Theatres??

 

Netflix Movie Theatres. Sounds cool right? Well, that may become a reality in the near future.  According to a report from the LA Times the streaming giant were in talks to acquire billionaire Mark Cuban’s Landmark Theatre chain. However, they backed out due to the cost. Yet all is not lost it seems. As a source from Variety claim that Netflix weren’t just interested in acquiring Landmark specifically. But are considering acquiring theatrical real estate.

Netflix Movie Theatres: Why?

Sources who have spoken to the Times are reporting that the reason Netflix are interested in purchasing theatrical real estate is due to wanting to earn the respect it deserves from major theatre chains and film establishments. But why? When the streaming giant already has the most paying subscribers than any other streaming service on the planet. (125M, compared to Amazon’s 100M) Owning a theatre would make it easier for Netflix to qualify for Hollywood awards like the Oscars.

Netflix Movie Theatres: The Oscars

As having a theatrical release is one of the stipulations that you require to be eligible for the prestigious award. Yet there are problems here too, as Netflix have always stuck to a day and date structure. Meaning that the films that Netflix have produced have always been available on streaming and on theatres. This is a major reason, according to Variety as to why many major theatre’s won’t carry a movie from Netflix unless it’s an exclusive deal. Hence the reason as to why Netflix are pushing for ‘Netflix Movie Theatres’. Netflix aren’t new to the Oscar’s space, as they won their first Oscar for Icarus this year, which simultaneously debuted in theatres and on Netflix.  While they are no stranger to this scene, having their own ‘Netflix Movie Theatres’ would make life so much easier for them to put their own movies in cinemas.

Maybe there’s life in the old dog yet if the new boy still wants to hang around with the old boy!

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