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The Netflix business model is bad news for indie games

Sponsored Links The Netflix model doesn’t work for video games. Neither does the Spotify plan, the HBO Go ecosystem or the Amazon Prime Video marketplace. Sure, digital distribution is king and subscription-based streaming services will absolutely become a dominant market force in gaming. But, when it comes to paying content creators, current subscription models just …

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Stranger Things 3, eps. 1-4: Hawkins, Indiana, will never be the same

Enlarge / Perhaps teen romance can split ’em up temporarily, but you can’t keep the gang apart for long if evil lurks around Hawkins. Netflix <div class=”article-intro”><strong><em>Warning</em></strong>: This story contains some spoilers for episodes 1-4 of Stranger Things<em>’ third season. You can read our <a href=”https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/07/stranger-things-without-spoiler-things-its-dark-different-and-still-delightful/”>non-spoiler preview of the new season here</a>, or catch up …

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Netflix picks up heist movie starring Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot

Sponsored Links Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images Netflix is no stranger to buying movies originally destined for other studios, but its latest coup is particularly eyebrow-raising. The company has acquired Red Notice, a blockbuster heist thriller that was previously under Universal’s wing. It was already set to be a high-profile pic with Dwayne Johnson and …

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‘Stranger Things 3’ has been seen by over 40 million Netflix accounts

Sponsored Links Netflix Remember when it was a big deal that Bright racked up 11 million viewers? That’s now quaint by comparison. Netflix has revealed that 40.7 million accounts have watched Stranger Things 3 in the four days since its July 4th premiere, making it the most-viewed show of any kind on the service in …

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Netflix pulled 66 episodes of Chelsea Handler’s canceled talk show

Sponsored Links E! Entertainment via Getty Images A few years ago, Netflix and Chelsea Handler set out to “revolutionize the talk show.” The plan was to run three 30-minute, near-live episodes each week. But the show, Chelsea, took nearly two years to launch, and after just two seasons, Netflix pulled the plug. It didn’t stop …

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Stranger Things without Spoiler Things: It’s dark, different, and still delightful

The latest trailer for Stranger Things S3 When Netflix’s Stranger Things initially burst onto the scene in 2016, the surprise summer hit struck a national nerve. There was, however, one small, repeated bit of pushback: Haven’t we done this before? The bikes. The supernatural. The kids saving the world with Walkie Talkies in hand. And if nostalgia indulgence, built …

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With Darkness on the Edge of Town, the Stranger Things expanded universe begins

Behold, Stranger than fiction. Nathan Mattise Author Adam Christopher’s work here is part of the official Stranger Things‘ canon. Nathan Mattise How many book jackets have the Netflix imprint these days? Probably more than we realize. Nathan Mattise Warning: This review references minor plot points for Stranger Things S1-S2 and the related novel, Darkness on …

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Netflix’s ‘Dark Crystal’ series adds Sigourney Weaver and more big names

Sponsored Links Netflix The cast for Netflix’s Dark Crystal prequel series was already stacked, and now the streaming giant has revealed more big names who you’ll hear in Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance when it arrives August 30th. Sigourney Weaver will play a character named The Myth-Speaker, while Lena Headey joins fellow Game of Thrones …

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Netflix loses ‘The Office’ after 2020 to NBCUniversal’s service

Sponsored Links NBC Wondering what the most watched show on subscription streaming is? According to NBC it’s The Office, and as such, it’s no surprise that once the company’s agreement with Netflix expires at the end of 2020, it’s keeping the show for its own streaming service. The ad-supported NBCUniversal package is launching in 2020, …

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