By Shalini Ramachandran The Wall Street Journal Joe Flint Sat., Nov. 10, 2018 Netflix Inc.’s executives were torn. On the one hand they trusted the company’s algorithm. On the other they were worried about ticking off Jane Fonda. After the streaming-video giant released the second season of the comedy “Grace and Frankie” in 2016, its product team put up an image to promote the show to U.S. subscribers that only included Ms. Fonda’s co-star, Lily Tomlin. Tests showed that more users clicked on the show when the photo didn’t include Ms. Fonda. The decision set off a high-pitched internal debate. The Los Angeles-based content team was concerned that Netflix risked alienating Ms. Fonda, and that the move could even violate her contract, while the tech group in the Los Gatos, Calif., headquarters argued the company shouldn’t ignore the data, according to people familiar with the discussions. In the end, Netflix chose to put … [Read more...] about At Netflix, who wins when it’s Hollywood vs. the algorithm?
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By Sophie Demers Opinion Thu., July 26, 2018 Fat people are upset and you should be too. In recent years, Netflix has been instrumental in changing the face of popular media, putting marginalized people front and centre in their original content. Queer Eye, Orange is the New Black and Dear White People are just a few that highlighted the experiences and stories of people that usually get wrongly and offensively portrayed. However, Netflix’s step forward seems to have taken two ground-shaking steps back. A few days ago, the streaming TV service released a trailer for its new series Insatiable, which tells the story of “Fatty Patty,” a young, overweight high school girl living “every girl’s worst nightmare”— she’s fat. The main premise is that she is punched in the face and has to get her jaw wired shut over the summer, therefore she CANNOT EAT. Because of this she “gets hot” and can exact revenge on the … [Read more...] about Fatphobic Netflix series supports damaging stereotypes for young women
source Netflix Running out of movies to watch? We can help. Every week, we look through Netflix’s collection to recommend seven movies you can watch over the weekend. Some of our selections recently joined Netflix, and some have been available for while – you just didn’t notice. From the irreverent war comedy “Tropic Thunder” to Disney’s “Moana,” these are awesome movies on Netflix you can watch this weekend, including Netflix’s newest hit romantic comedy. Here are seven movies on Netflix you should check out (along with their scores from Rotten Tomatoes). *Note: Not all of these films are available in countries outside the United States. Sorry! “Set It Up” (2018) — a Netflix original source Netflix Netflix description: In desperate need of a break from the office, two beleaguered assistants team up to trick their workaholic bosses into falling in love. Critic score: … [Read more...] about 7 great movies you can watch on Netflix this weekend
caption The best documentaries about business on Netflix don’t require a textbook. source Creative Breed Some of the best documentaries available on Netflix are on the topic of business. From “Generation Startup,” which follows college grads launching businesses in Detroit to the beloved “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” there’s a wide variety of documentaries with lessons to share. If you have a Netflix membership, these documentaries are free to watch – and you can stream them instantly. If you find yourself with some extra time on your hands but don’t feel great about spending it binging the latest TV drama, we’ve got you covered. Over on Netflix, there’s a veritable treasure trove of business-related documentaries that are both educational and entertaining. You can learn about what it takes to launch a startup as a recent college grad; how the … [Read more...] about 15 documentaries on Netflix that will make you smarter about business
source Business Insider / John Lynch Netflix has an insane amount of content, but it’s not always easy to find what you want. The categories Netflix gives you access to are broad, which is made more frustrating by the knowledge that Netflix splits movies and TV shows into incredibly specific micro-categories. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to access those ultra-specific categories. All are tagged with a number – for example, “Epics” is category No. 52858. And once you have that code, to get a comprehensive list all you do is type it into your address bar after the word “genre,” like this: http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/52858. source Netflix We decided to look through the list of secret Netflix genres to find you 39 of the most interesting ones. The ones we chose are a mixture of awesome, random, and just plain weird. Wine and Beverage Appreciation (1458) source Netflix Sample: “Drinking Buddies” (2013). … [Read more...] about 39 of the best secret categories on Netflix and how to find them