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A recent study has shown that TV viewers would rather have an entire season of their favourite show ready to stream instead of just being able to watch one episode per sitting.

Do you find yourself constantly saying “Just one more episode” when watching your favourite new series? A survey conducted on behalf of Netflix found that bingeing is a widespread behaviour, with 61% or respondents binge watching regularly.

If the common perception of binge watching was a weekend-long, pajama-wearing marathon of TV viewing, survey respondents don’t see it that way. A majority (73%) defined binge watching as watching between 2-6 episodes of the same TV show in one sitting. And there’s no guilt in it. Nearly three quarters of TV streamers (73%) say they have positive feelings towards binge streaming TV.

South Africa is no different, and findings from the first study dedicated to South Africa revealed some great data and fun facts. Netflix members around the world are certainly making their own rules when it comes to watching TV. Last year alone, they watched more than 140 million hours of TV shows, movies, documentaries, stand-up specials and more per day – that’s about one billion hours per week.

As a Nation, we fully embraced the age of Netflix on the 15th of October 2017, the most popular streaming day in 2017 locally, and a fun fact – a South African Netflix member watched Radio Rebel 191 times in 2017!

“Our viewing data shows that the majority of streamers would actually prefer to have a whole season of a show available to watch at their own pace,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix. “Netflix has pioneered audience choice in programming and has helped free consumers from the limitations of linear television. Our own original series are created for multi-episodic viewing, lining up the content with new norms of viewer control for the first time.”

The Shows South Africans Devoured in 2017

South Africans are no different when it comes to their bingeing habits, with escaping to a different reality and devouring (watching more than two hours per day) international titles the likes of Ingobernable, Suburra: Blood on Rome and Cable Girls. But not all escaped from reality – some embraced it and were left in suspense with crime documentary titles including The Confession Tapes, The Keepers and true-crime satire American Vandal.

  1. Ingobernable
  2. Greenleaf
  3. American Vandal
  4. Suburra: Blood on Rome
  5. Anne with an E
  6. The Keepers
  7. The OA
  8. The Confession Tapes
  9. Cable Girls
  10. Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later

The Shows South Africans Savoured in 2017

Apparently South African consumers need a laugh, but savour those laughs (watching less than two hours per day) at their own pace with shows like Dear White People, Big Mouth, You Me Her and Disjointed. They also took care to enjoy the splendor of The Crown (it is a visual feast fit for a queen after all).

  1. The Crown
  2. ASOUE
  3. Big Mouth
  4. Ultimate Beastmaster
  5. Disjointed
  6. Neo Yokio
  7. You Me Her
  8. One Day at a Time
  9. GLOW
  10. Friends from College

ADDITIONAL SURVEY FINDINGS INCLUDED:

  • 76% of TV streamers say watching multiple episodes of a great TV show is a welcome refuge from their busy lives
  • 65% of TV streamers said that if they took a digital time out, they would still want to watch TV
  • 80% of TV streamers say they would rather stream a good TV show than read a friend’s social media posts

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Welcome to world of 2099

The world of 2099 will be unrecognisable from the world of today, but it can be predicted, says one visionary. ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK met him in Singapore.

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Futuristic structures tower over the landscape. Giant, alien-looking trees light up with dazzling colours amid the hundreds of plant species that grow up their trunks. Cosmetic stores sell their wares via public touch-screens, with products delivered instantly in drawers below the screens.

This is not a vision of the future. It is a sample of Singapore today. But it is also an inkling of the world we may all experience in the future.

Singapore was the venue, last week, of the World Cities Summit, where engineers, politicians, investors and visionaries rubbed shoulders as they talked about the strategies and policies that would enhance urban living in the future.

As part of the Summit, global payment technologies leader Mastercard hosted a small media briefing by one of Singapore’s leading thinkers about the future, Dr Damian Tan, managing director of Vickers Venture Partners. The company’s slogan “We invest in the extraordinary,” offers a small clue to Tan’s perspective.

“We look as far forward as 2099 because, as a venture capital firm, we invest in the long term,” he tells a group of journalists from Africa and the Middle East. “Companies explode in growth because there is value in the future. If there is no growth, they won’t explode.”

The big question that the Smart Cities Summit and Mastercard are trying to help answer is, what will cities look like in the year 2099? Tan can’t give an exact answer, but he offers a framework that helps one approach the question.

“If you want to look at 81 years into the future, and understand the change that will come, you need to double that amount and look into the past. That takes us to 1856. The difference between then and now is the difference you can expect between now and 2099.”

Click here or on the page link below to read on: Page 2: Soldiers and Health in 2099.

  •    Arthur Goldstuck is founder of World Wide Worx and editor-in-chief of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @art2gee and on YouTube

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Street art goes electric

Kaspersky Lab and British street artist D*Face have unveiled the first-ever “art helmet” design at the Formula E finale for electric cars in New York.

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The ‘Save The World’ helmets will be raced by DS Virgin Racing’s drivers, Sam Bird and Alex Lynn, as they traverse the New York street circuit during the final races of the Formula E season.

The announcement signals the first art helmet by a Formula E team, continuing the heritage of art in motorsport and the cybersecurity brand’s commitment to contemporary art, creativity and innovation. D*Face took inspiration from Kaspersky Lab’s tagline, “A Company To Save The World”, and hopes that his colourful work will inspire people to take positive action.

D*Face will announce his first-ever art car design with a custom-made livery for the DS Virgin Racing Team. Its design will be released at the “Art Goes Green” event after Saturday’s race. The helmets and art car are the latest installations in the “Save the World” collection, following a major permanent public mural that was installed in Brooklyn, New York, in May.

D*Face, whose real name is Dean Stockton, said: “It is exciting to work with Kaspersky Lab on this project and create art with a real message of hope for a better future. After all, this is our world and we need to look after it. It will take every one of us to make a real lasting, impactful change. I love the mentality of the DS Virgin Racing Team and that of Formula E by showcasing sport in a way that doesn’t harm the environment, but is still just as exhilarating and fun.

“It is time for us all to stand together and make a change… be that stopping data steals, climate change, plastic waste or using damaging fuels. I want everyone to make a pledge to do one thing that will help make a change.”

As a sponsor of DS Virgin Racing Team, Kaspersky Lab is responsible for protecting the team’s devices against cyber threats. The company sees the technical environment in the global sport of Formula E as the next frontier in furthering its research and development of new technologies to keep vehicles secure in the digital world.

Sylvain Filippi, Managing Director at DS Virgin Racing, said: “The whole team fully supports this great initiative and our thanks got to Kaspersky and D*Face for their collaboration. It’s an honour to have such an innovative artist bring his talents to bear in our team ahead of the season-finale; the car, drivers’ crash helmets and mural all look amazing.”

Aldo Fucelli Pessot del Bo, Head of Global Partnerships and Sponsorships at Kaspersky Lab added: “There is a need for innovation on a global scale, both in contemporary art and in the fast-growing sport of Formula E. Now, for the first time ever, Kaspersky Lab is proudly bringing together the two sectors in an effort to Save the World and unleash creativity, encourage freedom of expression and further innovation.”

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