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Netflix reveals a surprising competitor, and it’s not another streaming service

Published: 18/Jan/2019 0:35 Updated: 18/Jan/2019 2:15

by Virginia Glaze

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Popular streaming service Netflix claims that its greatest competitor is not Hulu or Amazon Prime; rather, the company feels that Fortnite is its Kryptonite, instead.

Netflix admitted this disparity in a letter to shareholders on January 17, claiming that they compete with the battle royale title more than HBO.

“In the US, we earn around 10% of television screen time and less than that of mobile screen time,” the letter stated. “We compete with (and lose to) Fortnite more than HBO.”

Epic GamesNetflix revealed Epic Game’s popular battle royale title ‘Fortnite’ as one of its biggest competitors in a letter to shareholders on January 17, 2019.

The letter went on to state that Netflix vies with many entertainment services that aren’t strictly television and film-based, even confessing that the global YouTube outage in October of 2018 caused a significant rise in their viewership.

“When YouTube went down globally for a few minutes in October, our viewing and signups spiked for that time,” the letter continued. “There are thousands of competitors in this highly-fragmented market vying to entertain customers and low barriers to entry for those with great experiences.”

NetflixDespite the popularity of Netflix’s original series, such as ‘Stranger Things,’ the streaming service continues to compete against the likes of YouTube – and even Fortnite.

Netflix’s struggles come as no surprise; with many companies straying away from the service to create their own platforms, such as Disney’s upcoming Disney+ service and NBC moving ‘The Office’ to an ad-free site in early 2020, more and more competitors are taking users’ time away from the famed binge-watching website.

In fact, Fortnite has more total global users than Netflix has subscribers, with over 200 million registered players as opposed to Netflix’s 139 million subs (although that may be related to the service’s allowance for multiple users under a single account).

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Twitch bot finds PS5s and Xbox Series Xs in-stock so you don’t have to

Published: 26/Nov/2020 18:10

by Michael Gwilliam

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A popular new Twitch bot is doing all the legwork to help gamers find out what stores have PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles in stock.

Gamers have been hard-pressed to find a next-gen console for themselves or loved ones as the Christmas season approaches. It seems like almost everywhere is sold out, leaving only scalpers who have been selling units for insane markups.

Now, a new Twitch bot has entered the fray and is helping anyone who can’t keep up with the constant refreshing know when they can get their hands on Sony or Microsoft’s new console.

Viewers can simply go to the Twitch channel and watch live as the bot searches through various sites to find inventory. The bot will actively check through Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, and more and state whether they’re out of stock or have consoles in.

As a nice little bonus, the channel even says when the last “drop” was. At the time of publishing, the last store to get both consoles in stock was Walmart at 9:30 PM EST on November 25.

Users can also use the !local command to check any store stock near them.

According to Polygon, the channel is run by Cam Ritz and uses a program called streetmerchant that does the monitoring.

The program’s features page state that it “scrapes multiple websites for patterns of being stocked via API and Chromium.”

Ritz claims that so far, the bot has helped viewers actually find consoles – with a few nabbing Series Xs from GameStop and Sam’s Club.

Unfortunately, for most viewers, watching the stream will result in a near-endless red wave of OUT OF STOCK notifications, further cementing just how difficult it is to find a console this year.

As the days continue and the Christmas season approaches, keeping this channel open may be a great tool if you’re actively still looking for a PS5 or Xbox Series X. Or for those who have managed to already snag a console, it can serve as a reminder of just how difficult it can be.