Netflix just pulled a quick swing-move on it’s customers, myself included. You probably won’t even notice, but if you use Netflix’s standard or premium subscription services, your monthly bill is about to be a little more. CNN (@cnn) is reporting that Netflix’s standard and premium service costs are on the rise. The standard service, which allows customers to stream Netflix in HD on two screens is going up to $10.99/month from its former price of $9.99. The premium service which allows for streaming on four screens is going up from $11.99 to $13.99. The price for the basic service, which allows for streaming on one screen without HD will remain $7.99. A Netflix spokesperson says that existing customers will be notified of the change 30 days before their next billing cycle.
“From time to time, Netflix plans and pricing are adjusted as we add more exclusive tv shows and movies, introduce new product features, and improve the overall Netflix experience to help members find something to watch even faster.”
Netflix may think they’re fooling somebody, but they’re not fooling me. Netflix recently spent $15.7 billion on streaming content deals, and contracts with new shows and show-makers, most of which are absolute trash! Especially a lot of the stand-up comedy specials. It’s becoming harder and harder to find something good to watch on Netflix on any type of consistent basis (you all know it, even if you don’t want to admit it.) This is exactly the wrong time to go up on prices if you’re Netflix. It may only be a few dollars, but how can you even think about raising the price of subscription when the content is rapidly declining? Not saying that Netflix doesn’t still have great original shows and movies, because they do(The Ozarks and Narcos are quickly becoming two of my favorite shows, anywhere), I’m just saying, it’s beginning to feel like the great movies and shows are not appearing on Netflix as often as they once did. Plus, and even more importantly, Netflix isn’t the only game in town when it comes to streaming anymore.
Gun store owner Chris Michael who says he sold Las Vegas domestic terrorist Stephen Paddock a gun speaks about his one time customer, and how “normal” Paddock seemed. Check out the video below:
video courtesy of ABC NEWS
On the heels of yesterday’s controversy involving Cam Newton and female reporter Jourdan Rodrigue, one of Cam’s advertising partners have decided to drop Newton from their roster. Dannon, the yogurt maker and seller released a statement this afternoon.
“We are shocked and disheartened at the behavior and comments of Cam Newton towards Jourdan Rodrigue, which we perceive as sexist and disparaging to all women. It’s simply not okay to belittle anyone based on gender.”
The yogurt maker reportedly will still honor its contract with Cam, but will pull all of it’s advertising featuring the Carolina Panthers star quarterback as it’s pitchman. The comments that got Cam in hot water with the press, general public, and his sponsor came after Rodrigue asked Newton about the physicality in the routes run by Carolina wide receiver Devon Funchess, in which Cam replied “it’s funny to hear a female talk about routes…..it’s funny. Rodrigue took to Twitter minutes later to show her displeasure with Newton’s comments in a Tweet “I don’t think it’s funny to be a female and talk about routes. I think it’s my job.”
Cam Newton was in the wrong for his comments….clearly, but in today’s world, victim can sometimes become villain in the fraction of a second, as I’m sure Rodriguez learned today. A few Twitter users decided to dig up a few of Rodrigue’s old Tweets and found some disparaging and racist remarks that the reporter had once made. “The earth moves at 450+ mph thats 10 times triller than Nascar Dale Earnharts a bitch nigga” Rodrigue wrote in a Tweet dated 5/11/2013. In two tweets dated 8/10/2013, Rodriguez seemed to brag about how racist her father was and how proud she was of him because of that. “My dad is being super racist as we pass through Navajo land”….That Tweet was followed by confirmation of her being proud as she replied to a friend in the next Tweet. “He’s the best. Racist jokes the whole drive home.”
After Rodrigue was outed for her racist tweets, she took to Twitter to issue an apology this afternoon. “I apologize for the offensive Tweets from my Twitter account 4/5 years ago. There is no excuse for these Tweets and the sentiment behind them. I am deeply sorry and apologize.”
After claiming that Cam Newton never apologized or showed remorse after his comments to her, Rodrigue turned around and did pretty much the same thing. Sure, the words “I apologize” were in Rodriguez’s statement, but that was pretty much nullified when Rodrigue added that the Tweets were from 4/5 years ago. Pretty much stating that she should get a pass because the Tweets were old? I’m sorry Ms. Rodrigue, but there is no statute of limitation on racism. There is a lesson to be learned in all of this though. Two people can actually do wrong or have done a bad thing. Just because one is wrong does not always make the other person right.
Mark Sailing, who starred on the hit show “Glee” as Noah “Puck” Puckerman from 2009 – 2015, has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and faces four to seven years in prison, with 20 years supervised release when sentenced.
Variety (@variety) reports that Sailing will also be ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution to each of the victims who request it. Sailing will also be required to register as a sex offender upon release from prison.
Sailing was first arrested for possession of child pornography in December 2015, when his home was searched by the Los Angeles Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.
The plea agreement filed with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California says Sailing plead guilty to “one count of felony possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor.” The filing states that more than 50,000 images and videos of child porn and erotica were found on his laptop, in addition to about 4,000 images and 160 videos of child porn found on his USB flash drive.