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Google deactivated the YouTube app on Amazon Fire TV devices – and it did so four days earlier than it was expected to, according to Fast Company. (YouTube had already been pulled from another Amazon device, the Echo Show). The move comes as part of a long-simmering dispute between the two tech giants. In large part, Google is simply retaliating for Amazon’s decision not to sell Google devices such as Chromecast, Google Home, and Next products. Nonetheless, Google’s decision to pull Amazon’s YouTube access even earlier than expected comes as something of a surprise. Last month, Amazon suggested that it would soon resume selling Chromecast devices. And Google had previously stated that it was engaging in “productive discussions” with Amazon. Perhaps those discussions will bear fruit in the not-too-distant future – but for the moment, the feud continues.
Netflix has set a January 5 premiere date for The End of the F***king World, an eight-episode British dramedy series based on graphic novels from Charles Forsman. The series, presented in partnership with UK TV channel E4, centers on two teenagers who set out on a road trip in search of a better life. The series was adapted by Charlie Covell, the writer behind the British black comedy film Burn Burn Burn. Dominic Buchanan Productions and Clerkenwell Films collaborated on the production.
Facebook’s Instagram will now begin to show users “recommended” posts from other accounts, even if said users don’t follow those accounts. The suggestions will be based on posts that have been liked by other accounts that users follow. The feature is detailed in the platforms Help documentation. Instagram first began testing the change last month, the company recently confirmed. Recommended posts will be packaged within a new “Recommended for You” section. According to TechCrunch, the section will include three to five suggested posts.
SVOD use is rapidly accelerating in France. That’s according to a recent report form GfK Consumer Choices and NPA Conseil (and released by CNC, France’s National Film Board). According to the report, subscription-based VOD revenue reached 173 million euros ($205 million) during the first nine months of 2017 – nearly twice the 2016 figure. Video-on-demand sales, meanwhile, hit 350 million euros ($415 million), year-over-year increase of almost 37%. Not too surprisingly, Netflix was France’s market leader in the SVOD space.
Steve Shannon has left Roku. The veteran digital media exec had served as the company’s GM/SVP of Content & Services since 2012. Shannon’s responsibilities will now be assumed by Scott Rosenberg, Roku’s SVP/GM of Advertising. Like Shannon, Rosenberg first joined the streaming device-maker in 2012. Is new title is SVP/GM Platform.
Looks like some major changes are afoot at Snap Inc. The company hired former News Corp global video chief Rahul Chopra. According to Cheddar, Chopra will be tasked with expanding Snapchat’s user-generated “Stories” beyond the app itself. Snap has reportedly been discussing the possibility of letting users share Stories on other social media platforms, and also letting them embed Stories on a proprietary web platform. Snap has reportedly dubbed the new feature “Stories Everywhere.”
UPCOMING DIGITAL PROGRAMMING
… for the week of Monday, January 1, through Sunday, January 7
– People Now at People.com, Monday-Friday at 8:30 AM ET and 11:30 AM ET. Guests include musician/actor Nick Jonas, TV personality Mama June (WE tv’s From Hot to Not), and actor Corey Feldman
– Netflix: Foreign drama series Glacé debuted Monday, January 1
– Netflix: Comedy series Lovesick returned Monday, January 1
– Netflix: Foreign animated series Devilman Crybaby debuts Friday, January 5
– Netflix: Horror-fantasy movie Before I Wake debuted Friday, January 5
–Netflix: Rotten, a new documentary, debuts Friday, January 5
– Netflix: Jerry Seinfeld-helmed series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee begins its tenth season – and first since moving from Crackle to Netflix – on Friday, January 5
– CBS All Access: Star Trek: Discovery returns on Sunday, January 7
Our Last Trivia Question: Joseph Fiennes, currently best known for playing Commander Fred Waterford on Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, first gained widespread notice in the late ‘90s, when he starred in a film that went on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Which film? Answer: Shakespeare In Love. Kudos to Allyson Jaron Haas-Babiekins Magazine/CA, Peter Steckelman-Tennis Channel/CA, Susan Nessanbaum-Goldberg-M and S Entertainment/CA, Kristien Brada-Thompson-Priority PR/CA, Sheena Das-Disney ABC/NY, David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/CA, Lorrie Shilling/CA, Jesse Demastrie-GMMB/Washington, D.C., Nicole Correnti-Fuse Media/NY, Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/CA, Dana Worby-Robinson-DraftKings/MA, Mathew Tombers-Intermat/NY, Robert Miranda, Andy Yeatman/CA, Lisa Chader-Fans 1st Media/TN, and Claire Goldsmith-Periscope/MN
Shakespeare In Love co-star Gwyneth Paltrow recently appeared in which Apple Music streaming video series? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and state.)