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Netflix trials mobile-only streaming plans – 19.11.2018

Netflix trials mobile-only streaming plans

Netflix has started trials for mobile-only streaming plans. The plan is currently being tested in Malaysia. It’s set at around $4 per month, almost half the price of the Basic package $7.90 per month.

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*Netflix’s latest pricing-plan test reflects the fact that Asia overindexes on mobile-video usage. To a greater extent than anywhere else in the world, Asian consumers treat smartphones as their “first screen.”*

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YouTube is now streaming free, ad-supported feature films

YouTube recently began to roll out a series of feature films that viewers can watch for free, supported by ads. While the selection isn’t large, there are some notable ones to catch, like The Terminator, Legally Blonde, and Rocky.

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* YouTube’s foray into this field makes sense — AdAge notes that more people are accessing the site on smart TVs, and distributing ad-supported free films could be a huge new audience for the site’s extensive ad network.*

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Facebook to set up ‘Supreme Court’ within a year to oversee appeals about content decisions

Facebook is planning to set up a Supreme Court-style panel to oversee user appeals of content removal decisions.  Until now, the site has relied on artificial intelligence to detect content like terrorist uploads and pornography, which can be taken down almost immediately. It also has as a legion of human moderators.

Read more here. 

* Whilst Facebook has seen success in eliminating extremist, racist and politically driven propaganda on the platform, the issue of hate speech has proven to be more difficult to tackle.  Will the introduction of an independent human body such as this help or potentially resolve this key problem?*

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