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The entertainment industry already has big plans for self-driving cars

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Just think about how relaxing your commute would be in a world of self-driving cars. You hop into your vehicle, tell the computer your destination, and settle in for a peaceful ride to work. Perhaps you can even take a nap, right?

Not if the entertainment industry has anything to say about it. You’re a captive audience the whole journey, so what better time to bombard you with even more “immersive entertainment experiences”? Companies have seen the future, and they’re already making plans to monetize it.

Intel and Warner Bros. recently announced a partnership to do just that. Referring to the autonomous vehicle (AV) as a new type of “consumer space,” Intel’s CEO writes that “the rise of the AV industry will create one of the greatest expansions of consumer time available for entertainment we’ve seen in a long time.”

With the average American spending more than 300 hours per year behind the wheel, entertainment execs hope that time can now be spent consuming content rather than driving. The Hollywood Reporter notes that some analysts predict that in-car streaming entertainment could result in as much as $200 billion per year in extra revenue. “Can the windshield be the movie screen of tomorrow?” asked Ted Schilowitz of Paramount Pictures.

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Verizon Fios joins T-Mobile in offering free Netflix to customers

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Verizon has a new, formidable partner: Netflix

Starting Tuesday, Verizon began bundling a free one-year Netflix subscription into its Fios Triple Play package (which includes internet, television, and phone service). 

Verizon Fios customers who subscribe to the company’s Multi-Room DVR Enhanced or Premium service will also be able to stream their favorite Netflix series directly to their TV. Just navigate to channel 838 to launch the service. 

Verizon isn’t the only company to offer such a bundle. T-Mobile already offers free subscriptions (unlimited, as opposed to Verizon’s one-year deal) to the streaming service to users with more than two lines on a voice plan. AT&T offers free HBO, and Sprint offers free access to Tidal’s streaming platform HiFi. 

However, Verizon is the first company to bundle a Netflix subscription into cable TV. 

We expect that these bundles will only become more common as net neutrality fades into the past. With ISPs no longer allowed to play favorites, it’s possible that streaming services like Netflix could cost even more to access, or that some providers could block it entirely. A free subscription to the streaming service could tip some people from one provider, or plan, to another.

And while cable companies don’t always compete with each other (many people don’t get to choose their provider), they do compete with streaming services. In 2016, almost 2% of cable TV customers cancelled their subscriptions (a large increase from the previous year), and the dominance of streaming services was cited as the primary cause. 

Verizon’s move perfectly embodies the phrase “If you can’t beat them, join them.” By footing the cost of the most popular streaming services, Verizon could make its cable package all the more appealing to millennials who would otherwise stick with an internet-only package. 

Is the deal worth it? If you’re currently a wifi-only customer, probably not. Fios’ Triple Play package is $79.99 per month, while the wifi alone is $39.99 per month. Netflix’s standard plan is $10.99 per month. So if you don’t need television or a landline, it’s not worth shelling out for the Triple Play package just for free Netflix. 

But if you were already paying for Triple Play, you’ll get a nice treat. And maybe, as more TV subscribers cut the cord every year, you’ll keep yours intact. 

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/02/14/verizon-offers-free-netflix/

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YouTube’s TV streaming service comes to Roku

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YouTube TV streaming service is now available on select Roku devices, Roku announced Thursday. 

YouTube TV lets users stream live television from nearly 50 networks for $35 per month. This includes ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CW, Disney Channel, ESPN, FX and Telemundo, among others. Some premium and sports networks such as Showtime and Fox Soccer Plus can be had for an additional monthly fee. 

YouTube’s TV streaming service is currently available in 80 metropolitan areas; for a full list, click here

Last October, YouTube TV launched a dedicated app for TVs and set-top boxes, which first launched on Android TVs, Xbox One, and smart TVs from LG and Samsung. Back then it was announced that the app is coming to Roku and Apple TV, but the launch on Apple TV was delayed into Q1 2018. 

The service comes with a few extra features on Roku, including Cloud DVR with no storage limit, your own pwersonalized library and recommendations, a full program guide, background playback (so you don’t miss that key moment while browsing the app) and sharing the service with up to 5 other people in your household.

YouTube TV is available in the Roku Channel Store and can be added from here

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/02/01/youtube-tv-roku/

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Make Your Hollywood Dreams A Reality With Final Draft

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It’s Awards Season, which is the absolute best climate for walking out of movies and talking loudly about how you could have written a better one. But if you’re currently writing a screenplay on the back of a napkin, it’s likely that no one, not even your barista, is going to take you seriously. So how do you get someone to read that speculative Munsters / Addams Family shared universe script? Make it look professional using the industry standard Final Draft 10 software.

Virtually everyone in the industry uses Final Draft. James Cameron, Aaron Sorkin, and David Lynch have all publicly praised how great it is for screenwriters. And it would normally cost you $250, but luckily for you, Final Draft 10 is currently on sale in the Cracked Store for 50 percent off. That’s just $125 for the software that can make your career. These are a few of the features (besides giving you sanity) that make it worth your cash.

Templates And Formatting Tools

Formatting can make or break a script, and it’s a waste of energy to worry about margin spacing when you’re trying to churn out Gone With The Wind 2: Annihilation. Final Draft 10 handles the tedious aspects of script writing like pagination, indents, and parentheticals, so you can focus on what matters: planning your Oscar party. (Also your story.) It even allows you to look at templates for different shows, so you can see what an actual Mad Men script looks like without having to break into Matthew Weiner’s file cabinets.

 

Simple Outlining

Very few people can just sit down and bust out an award-winning film or TV show on the first try. They usually need to write out an outline or 500 to map out the story and smooth out any plot inconsistencies. Final Draft 10’s outlining function lets you outline acts, scenes, and sequence beat by beat. That way, your script stays organized and your hero doesn’t foil the villains plans right before the end of the first act.

Real-Time Collaboration

Final Draft 10 is especially useful if you have a writing partner. It allows you to collaborate with another person simultaneously, meaning your partner can make edits to your masterpiece and you can immediately tell them why they’re wrong to question your almighty judgment. Or, if you have a more functional relationship, you can zip through a script in half the time.

The software is available for Mac and Windows, and allows a download on two machines. You can also edit via the companion iOS app if brilliance strikes you on your way to work or in the bathroom of a Wendy’s. Just do yourself a favor and grab Final Draft while it’s on sale.

You Have Always Been Here, alone in this coffee shop, putting the final touches on your Goonies / Wayne’s World mash-up prequel. The aspiring screenwriter truly is God’s Lonely Man. But we believe in you. You have what it takes to become a Billionaire Playboy, so show ’em who’s boss.

For more ways to buck the traditional rat race, check out 10 Things You Can Learn To Escape 9-To-5 Hell For Good.

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