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Is Netflix Cancelling Shows Before People Have a Reasonable Amount of Time to Watch Them?

If streaming is famously about “watching what you want, when you want,” we shouldn’t feel so pressured to plow through a season within a month. Netflix factoring in six (if not eight) weeks would set a far more realistic goal, recognizing that any given person is not only about any “one” show. Them old-timey broadcast-TV shows typically get at least 13 weeks to state their case, to open well and hold onto enough of that audience that they hopefully see another season[.] – Matt Webb Mitovich, Indiewire » http://bit.ly/2YaAuuT
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Mark Hamill and other stars will read the Mueller Report live at 9PM ET

The performance will be presented by Law Works Action, an organization which “engages bipartisan voices and educates the public on the importance of the rule of law, the role of the special counsel in the justice system and the integrity of our judicial institutions.” The reading could prove an intriguing look at how we engage with legal investigations, especially one with as much cache as Robert Mueller’s report. If you miss the stream, you can watch an on-demand version of the performance after the fact. – Kris Holt, Engadget » https://engt.co/2J3ibkV

BoJack Horseman’s Animators Have Voted to Unionize

After months of negotiations, the animators of BoJack Horseman have voted to unionize with The Animation Guild (TAG). According to Cartoon Brew, a divide has always existed on the show between the animators who went without union protection and the unionized writers and voice actors. BoJack was one of the few Netflix animated series that did not have a contract with Animation Guild Local 839 IATSE. – Bethy Squires, Vulture » https://vult.re/2N3cd8U

Oh man, Netflix just canceled ‘Good Omens’

Good Omens was released in May. David Tennant plays the demon Crowley, while Michael Sheen plays his counterpart as the angel Aziraphale. The campaign is upset that the two characters are “good friends.” The petition’s creators are also perturbed that the six-part series portrays God as evil, while the devils appear as good. – Eilish O’Sullivan, The Daily Dot » http://bit.ly/2NjIQQ3

YouTube confirms a test where the comments are hidden by default

While it reported the test was underway in Android devices in India, we’ve confirmed it’s also appearing on iOS and is not limited to a particular region. That means it’s something YouTube wants to test on a broader scale, rather than a feature it’s considering for a localized version of its app for Indian users. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/2ForzPd

Twitch sues users who posted porn, racism, and more to Artifact stream page

According to the lawsuit, a group of users coordinated the posting of these illicit streams via Google, Discord, Weebly, and a custom site at ArtifactStreams.com. An archived version of that site contains a listing of “active troll Twitch streams” and links to chat rooms to discuss the effort with others. – Kyle Orland, Ars Technica » http://bit.ly/31EoPGJ

Comcast broke law 445,000 times in scheme to inflate bills, judge finds

In yesterday’s ruling, King County Superior Court Judge Timothy Bradshaw found that “Comcast violated the Consumer Protection Act more than 445,000 times when it charged tens of thousands of Washingtonians for its Service Protection Plan without their consent,” Ferguson’s announcement said. Each wrongful monthly charge was a separate violation, so there were multiple violations per customer. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica » http://bit.ly/2IwO30W
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