Bill Carter, a media analyst for CNN, covered the television industry for The New York Times for 25 years, and has written four books on TV, including The Late Shift and The War for Late Night. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. Let's be honest, streaming TV is great. Just how great is going to be determined in the coming years because there is more streaming TV to come — much, much more. Disney is making its grand entrance into streaming on Tuesday. And the big question for me, as I suspect it will be for a sizeable segment of consumers, is simple: Do I need this? Which implies, of course: Do I want to pay for it? The price is certainly attractive: just $6.99 a month to start (it will likely get more expensive later on). That's not necessarily a deal breaker, because so much of TV is now asking for my cash, from the top streaming services like Netflix ($12.99 for its standard plan) to the array of sports channels that squeeze me for 5 … [Read more...] about Disney+ looks irresistible. But here’s what it’s missing
Netflix’s content library isn’t just getting smaller, it’s also increasingly losing its best movies. The Streaming Observer did some analysis, and found that only 31 movies from the IMDb Top 250 are currently available on Netflix. The IMDb Top 250 isn’t a perfect barometer for “best movies ever,” but as crowdsourced film ratings databases go, it’s solid. And hey, The Shawshank Redemption is an excellent film. Advertisement Even worse than the paltry selection of movies, it’s noteworthy that this figure is actually down 12 percent from 2014, when a Reddit user documented the 49 available films from the IMDb Top 250 then available on Netflix. The IMDb Top 250 has changed over the last two years as well, but the decrease in titles is still significant. This isn’t a new phenomenon. Back in 2012, Netflix’s streaming deal with Starz ended, taking more than 2,000 movies (some of them good!) with it. At the time, Starzageddon … [Read more...] about Where Did All the Good Movies on Netflix Go?
The struggling New Look fashion chain has plunged to a huge annual loss of nearly £235m after a tumultuous year, which included the return of its former boss Alistair McGeorge to attempt a second turnaround of the heavily indebted chain. “There was no way I could stop these numbers happening, it was preordained by the time I joined,” McGeorge said. He blamed the dire performance – including a near 20% plunge in website sales – on the previous management team chasing a “young and edgy” audience. “We lost connection with our core customers and got our stock packages wrong,” McGeorge said. The grim New Look results contrasted sharply with rocketing sales at its online rival Boohoo and provided new evidence of the gulf between the physical and digital high street. Overall sales at UK New Look stores open for more than a year slumped nearly 12% in the year to 24 March. Total turnover fell by £107m to £1.3bn. The chain is owned … [Read more...] about New Look fashion chain slumps to massive annual loss
New Look is to open more than 50 stores in China over the next 14 months as its chief executive said the fashion chain is ready to consider a stock market flotation. Anders Kristiansen said: “We’ve demonstrated that in tough periods we continue to perform well so I think this business is ... ready.” He said any decisions on timing of an initial public offering (IPO) would be down to New Look’s private-equity backers, Apax and Permira. But he added that the past few months had given him confidence in the brand and its strategy despite tough trading conditions. “It’s my job to ensure that we have got the company in a perfect state for an IPO,” Kristiansen said. New Look reported a 1.6% fall in revenues in the three months to 27 December, while underlying operating profits rose 1.8%. Kristiansen said a December surge in sales, particularly of clothing featuring checks, helped to offset a poor performance in the previous two months. Excluding the … [Read more...] about New Look ready to consider IPO as Chinese expansion continues, says chief
One of the most robust findings in evolutionary psychology is the observation that men and women differ in the characteristics they prefer in potential mates. In study after study, in country after country, psychologists consistently find that men strongly prefer looks over resources, whereas women value resources over looks. But what accounts for this sex difference in mate preferences? The standard explanation from evolutionary psychology is known as evolved preferences theory, and it goes something like this: Men are looking for healthy, fertile women who will bear high-quality offspring for them. Since fertility for women rises in the late teens and peaks in the mid-twenties, men prefer mates in that age range. Furthermore, characteristics of feminine beauty—such as low waist-to-hip ratio, clear skin, and lustrous hair—are all signs of good health, so it’s only natural that men would find these attractive. In contrast, according to the theory, women are at a … [Read more...] about Do Women Really Prefer Men with Money Over Looks?