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Quantity, progress and cost: Netflix first released all information about subscribers

The company was forced to detail its subscriber distribution on the American Stock Exchange. As a result, we have found where in the world the service is growing the fastest.

Netflix says almost everything about subscribers. For the first time, the number of SVOD services in the United States is detailed by market. So far, companies led by Reed Hastings have never risked doing so. Eventually, Netflix was forced to do so in legal documents provided to the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission).

Although the United States and Canada remain the largest service markets, with 67.1 million subscribers, they have the weakest growth momentum. Compared to the third quarter of last year, subscriptions have only increased by 6.5%. However, this is the region where subscribers spend the most, spending an average of $ 12.36 per person.

Least Expensive South American

There is no doubt that the second market is EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa). This is the area favored by the US market services department, with no less than 47.4 million users. It is also one of the most dynamic companies, growing 40% in a year. However, subscribers are insignificant than Americans, spending an average of $ 10.26 per month.

Latin America is the third largest market for Netflix, with 29.4 million subscribers, a 22% increase over the same period last year. The average customer spends only $ 8.63 per month.

The most dynamic Asia-Pacific region

Finally, the Asia-Pacific region is the smallest region with only 14.5 million subscribers but the most active. Here, Netflix’s subscribers increased by 53% in one year, and monthly spending was $ 9.31.

If Netflix didn’t want to reveal them until now, these numbers suggest that the SVOD service has taken the lead globally compared to its current competitors (Apple TV +) or future (Disney +).

For example, in 2015, Netflix launched simultaneously in 130 countries, while Disney + is currently only available in 5 countries. Only Apple has taken the risk of launching its service globally, but its catalog is unparalleled and limited to ten types of content.

Netflix, the great champion of the US stock market over the past decade

Netflix’s titles have grown by 4,000%, the largest increase among the Fortune 500 companies. It surpasses all other giants in the field of technology.

When investors reward innovation. Netflix is ​​a pioneer and leader in the SVOD market, with its business growing by 4,000% over a decade. None of the companies in the S & P 500 (the 500 largest companies listed in the US) performed better.

Netflix is ​​even far ahead of all other companies, and the second fastest growing company is MarketAxess Holdings, which accounts for 2600%. But it is evolving in the financial sector, which has become accustomed to this performance.

House of Cards Detonator

By comparison, the stocks of companies comparable to Netflix in the services and communications industry jumped about 60%, while the combined S & P 500 index rose 190% over the same period. It looks like the term “outperform” was coined for Los Gatos.

Netflix Stock market

Even stock market champions Apple, Amazon and Disney performed even worse, rising 862%, 1,289% and 251%, respectively. As Bloomberg pointed out, it’s surprising that this boom started with the release of House of Cards in 2013. The series is indeed the first major production produced by Netflix.

She shows that the company is not only a SVOD service, but also a true content creator. So far, film heavyweights like Martin Scorcese, Alfonso Cuarón or Michael Bay are now making films for the platform.

+ 166 million subscribers

Of course, the service has fulfilled its customer recruitment commitments, from 45 million subscribers in 2013 to 166 million subscribers in the third quarter of 2019.

Still, 2020 will be the year when Netflix faces all risks. The game looks tough. If we also consider services available only in the United States, it will have to face Peacock (NBC Universal), HBO Max, Apple TV + and especially Disney +, which will be launched globally. One year.

 

They created a larger illegal streaming site than Netflix and Prime Video combined

The two iStreamItAll administrators pleaded guilty after seeing their site dismantled by the US courts. They had also helped other pirate services in the country.

Larger hacking service than Netflix, Prime Video and Hulu bundles. This is what American federal justice has just ended. The two creators of the iStreamItAll site pleaded guilty last December 13. The service provided access to 118,000 series episodes and 11,000 films. No legal SVOD subscription offers so much content.

Darryl Polo, 36, and Luis Villarino, 40, are now facing charges of money laundering and copyright infringement, the justice ministry said. Their activity would have cost claimants millions of dollars.

Links to two other major illegal sites

According to Darryl Polo, the content itself came from other pirate sites and torrents. He used a computer program he developed to scan all of the world’s pirate sites for content. He downloaded films and series, processed them and stored them on servers in Canada.

The same Darryl Polo is also said to have made more than a million dollars by offering his services to the indexing site SmackDownOnYou. He and Villarino also used their skills to help operate another illegal site, Jetflicks, this time based in Las Vegas. Six other men are also charged in the Jetflicks case. The two cronies will be tried in federal court in Virginia in March 2020.

 

Match.com, owner of Tinder, pinned for cheating on its American users

In the United States, the FTC has taken legal action against the Match.com app. Reason: Used the wrong profile to trick its subscribers.

Tinder, Meetic and OkCupid’s parent companies have just been sued by US trade regulators on Wednesday, September 25. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has accused the Match team of “putting users at risk of fraud”. On these dating apps, the company allegedly used fake profiles to increase the number of subscribers and deceive its users.

“Someone likes your profile”

According to the official press release, from June 2016 to May 2018, users purchased 499,691 subscriptions within 24 hours of receiving a message such as “Someone likes your profile” or “You like someone” . However, these messages will be automatically generated by the fake configuration file. More seriously: the company already knew.

“We think Match.com enticed users to pay subscribers via email because the company knew they were from fraud experts,” said Andrew Smith, the manager of the office. FTC Consumer Protection. He added: “Dating services should not use romantic scammers to improve their performance.”

In addition, regulators also point out that Match users are unaware that 25% to 30% of registrants “have committed scams, including romantic scams, phishing scams, fraudulent advertising and extortion.” .

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also accuses Match of defrauding consumers by assuring consumers that “no special person can be found after six months” for a free six-month extension. The complaint states that the terms of the sale were not clear enough and many users were required to pay for six months of new subscriptions.

For the same opacity, the FTC also believes that the company intentionally made it difficult for users to cancel subscriptions.

“No basis at all”

For Match, these are “completely unfounded” allegations. The organization said in a statement: “The FTC misunderstood internal emails and relied on selected data to make outrageous statements. We intend to defend ourselves vigorously.”

The company said: “Fraud is bad for business.” “That’s why we are fighting it. We will intercept and eliminate 85% of potentially problematic accounts within the first four hours, usually before there is no activity on the site, One day later, 96% of the problematic accounts were blocked and eliminated. ”

To resolve the dispute, Match said it was willing to pay $ 60 million, but did not reach an agreement with the FTC. Since the FTC’s announcement, Match Group’s share price has fallen 3% and its parent company Interactivecorp has fallen 4%.

Source Reuters

Deepfake begins to be endorsed by U.S. repeated hate porn laws

Now, the first U.S. state has considered a virtual composite image called Deepfakes in its law to prevent pornographic retaliation.

In Virginia, posting private photos or videos of former partners can save you up to 12 months in prison and a $ 2500 fine. Now, if you’re doing nasty Photoshop montages or worse, a video called Deepfake will expose the victim’s face to the body-maybe even fooling around-which will be the same trouble. In fact, the eastern United States, which borders the capital Washington, has actually modified its pornographic revenge law (pornographic content in French), regardless of whether the content is “false video or (false) still images.”

By using powerful image analysis and reconstruction tools, deepfake can paste the face of an ex-girlfriend on a porn actress with full performance (women are usually the target of this prank), instead of creating a virtual Barack Obama (Barak Obama) recites a fascist speech. After Texas attacked the manipulation of the election’s underlying content, the legislature is now protecting the private sector.

As content becomes more realistic and tools become more popular and their performance accelerates, the first step should quickly expand.

Fake deepfake video by Mark Zuckerberg posted on Instagram embarrasses social network

Can Instagram try to delete a very credible fake Zuckerberg video that told me? Social networks make sure not.

“Imagine: One person has complete control over the data stolen by billions of people, all their secrets, their lives, their future. I owe it all to Spectre. The ghost told me that whoever controls the data can control the future. ”

This statement by Mark Zuckerberg was posted in an Instagram video. If it is true, it may be cold later, but this is only the result of clever use of artificial intelligence.

Art work

In fact, it’s artists Bill Posters and Daniel Howe, co-authored with advertising agency Canny. For example, the latest research by researchers at Princeton University and Stanford University in the United States shows that it uses “deepfake” technology, which can develop at high speed. The video hijacked a 2017 interview about Russia’s possible interference in the US presidential election.

The poster, Howe and Canny didn’t try it, as they had posted Deepfake videos of Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian.

What does Instagram do?

But in the case of Mark Zuckerberg’s video, the problem is twofold. The video not only led him to make false statements (unfortunately, ridiculous and unnoticed), but also posted on Instagram. The social network belongs to Facebook and is therefore also managed by Zuckerberg.

For Instagram, the temptation to delete videos without any warning can be great. However, an Instagram spokesperson told the motherboard: “We will treat this content the same way we treat all misinformation on Instagram.” If a third-party information verifier indicates that it is false, it will be in the Explorer recommendations section and Filter it in the related Tags page. ”

Instagram has learned that it would be unfair to apply Ace to content that has a close impact on its business compared to other false information circulating on its network. In terms of brand image, this will be disastrous.

 

They trick companies by simulating CEO voices with AI

Scammers mimic the CEO’s voice with deep-fake. Almost perfect scam.

A British energy company has been the victim of an unprecedented and complex variant of the “Presidential Scam.” Keep in mind that this scam involves impersonating the head of the company and prompting an emergency transfer to a mob-controlled bank account. In this case, the scammer relied on artificial intelligence systems to perform a nearly perfect simulation of the voice of the German parent company’s CEO, which was disclosed by the Wall Street Journal and relayed by Gizmodo. In the field of artificial intelligence, this simulation is also called “deep forgery”.

The victim was questioned by the insurance company Euler Hermes, who explained that the artificial voice mimicked not only his boss’s German accent, but his voice. Needless to say, the poor man nodded immediately and ordered the transfer of 220,000 euros to a bank account in Hungary within an hour. The giants were then transferred to Mexico and then to other unknown destinations. Euler Hermes said this was the first time he had encountered an artificial intelligence-based scam. May not be the last.