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- eSports is a still nascent industry filled with commercial opportunity.
- There are a variety of revenue streams that companies can tap into.
- The market is presently undervalued and has significant room to grow.
- The dynamism of this market distinguishes it from traditional sports.
- The audience is high-value and global, and its numbers are rising.
- Brands can prosper in eSports by following the appropriate game plan.
- Game publishers approach their Esport ecosystems in different ways.
- Successful esport games are comprised of the same basic ingredients.
- Digital streaming platforms are spearheading the popularity of eSports.
- Legacy media are investing into eSports, and seeing encouraging results.
- Traditional sports franchises have a clear opportunity to seize in eSports.
- Virtual and augmented reality firms also stand to benefit from eSports.
- The gaming nucleus of eSports, including an overview of popular esport genres and games; the influence of game publishers, and the spectrum of strategies they adopt toward their respective esport scenes; the role of eSports event producers and the tournaments they operate.
- The eSports audience profile, its size, global reach, and demographic, psychographic, and behavioral attributes; the underlying factors driving its growth; why they are an attractive target for brands and broadcasters; and the significant audience and commercial crossover with traditional sports.
- eSports media broadcasters, including digital avant-garde like Twitch and YouTube, newer digital entrants like Facebook and traditional media outlets like Turner’s TBS Network, ESPN, and Canal Plus; their strategies and successes in this space; and the virtual reality opportunity.
- eSports market economics, with a market sizing, growth forecasts, and regional analyses; an evaluation of the eSports spectacle and its revenue generators, some of which are idiosyncratic to this industry; strategic planning for brand marketers, with case studies; and an exploration of the infinite dynamism and immense potential of the eSports economy.
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What is eSports? History & Rise of Video Game Tournaments
Years ago, eSports was a community of video gamers who would gather at conventions to play Counter Strike, Call of Duty, or League of Legends.
These multiplayer video game competitions would determine League of Legends champions, the greatest shooters in Call of Duty, the cream of the crop of Street Fighter players, the elite Dota 2 competitors, and more.
But today, as the history of eSports continue to unfold, media giants such as ESPN and Turner are broadcasting eSports tournaments and competitions. And in 2014, Amazon acquired Twitch, the live streaming video platform that has been and continues to be the leader in online gaming broadcasts. And YouTube also wanted to jump on the live streaming gaming community with the creation of YouTube Gaming.
eSports Market Growth Booming
To put in perspective how big eSports is becoming, a Google search for "lol" does not produce "laughing out loud" as the top result. Instead, it points to League of Legends, one of the most popular competitive games in existence. The game has spawned a worldwide community called the League of Legends Championship Series, more commonly known as LCS or LOL eSports.
What started as friends gathering in each other's homes to host LAN parties and play into the night has become an official network of pro gaming tournaments and leagues with legitimate teams, some of which are even sponsored and have international reach. Organizations such as Denial, AHQ, and MLG have multiple eSports leagues.
And to really understand the scope of all this, consider that the prize pool for the latest Dota 2 tournament was more than $20 million.
Websites even exist for eSports live scores to let people track the competitions in real time if they are unable to watch. There are even fantasy eSports leagues similar to fantasy football, along with the large and growing scene of eSports betting and gambling.
So it's understandable why traditional media companies would want to capitalize on this growing trend just before it floods into the mainstream. Approximately 300 million people worldwide tune in to eSports today, and that number is growing rapidly. By 2020, that number will be closer to 500 million.
eSports Industry Analysis - The Future of the Competitive Gaming Market
Financial institutions are starting to take notice. Goldman Sachs valued eSports at $500 million in 2016 and expects the market will grow at 22% annually compounded over the next three years into a more than $1 billion opportunity.
And industry statistics are already backing this valuation and demonstrating the potential for massive earnings. To illustrate the market value, market growth, and potential earnings for eSports, consider Swedish media company Modern Times Group's $87 million acquisition of Turtle Entertainment, the holding company for ESL. YouTube has made its biggest eSports investment to date by signing a multiyear broadcasting deal with Faceit to stream the latter's Esports Championship Series. And the NBA will launch its own eSports league in 2018.
Of course, as with any growing phenomenon, the question becomes: How do advertisers capitalize? This is especially tricky for eSports because of its audience demographics, which is young, passionate, male-dominated, and digital-first. They live online and on social media, are avid ad-blockers, and don't watch traditional TV or respond to conventional advertising.
So what will the future of eSports look like? How high can it climb? Could it reach the mainstream popularity of baseball or football? How will advertisers be able to reach an audience that does its best to shield itself from advertising?
Robert Elder, research analyst for BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has compiled an unparalleled report on the eSports ecosystem that dissects the growing market for competitive gaming. This comprehensive, industry-defining report contains more than 30 charts and figures that forecast audience growth, average revenue per user, and revenue growth.
Companies and organizations mentioned in the report include: NFL, NBA, English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, NHL, Paris Saint-Germain, Ligue 1, Ligue de Football, Twitch, Amazon, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, ESPN, Electronic Arts, EA Sports, Valve, Riot Games, Activision Blizzard, ESL, Turtle Entertainment, Dreamhack, Modern Times Group, Turner Broadcasting, TBS Network, Vivendi, Canal Plus, Dailymotion, Disney, BAMTech, Intel, Coca Cola, Red Bull, HTC, Mikonet
Here are some eSports industry facts and statistics from the report:
In full, the report illuminates the business of eSports from four angles:
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As "Star Trek: Discovery" awaits the sci-fi franchise's first TV premiere in over a decade, the show's cast and crew discussed the politically inspired elements behind the show's creation in a new interview with Rolling Stone.
Aaron Haberts, a co-executive producer on the show, told the outlet that Donald Trump's candidacy was "front and center in our minds" when they started putting the series together in 2015.
Haberts said one of the antagonist groups on "Star Trek: Discovery" is an extremist Klingon sect, whose rallying cry, "Remain Klingon," the show made intentionally similar to Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan.
"It's a call to isolationism," Haberts said of the slogan. "It's about racial purity, and it's about wanting to take care of yourself. And if anybody is reaching a hand out to help you, it's about smacking it away.
"That was pretty provocative for us," he continued. "And it wasn't necessarily something that we wanted to completely lean into. But it was happening. We were hearing the stories."
The show began production in 2015 and faced delays after an initial January 2016 premiere date was pushed back.
"Star Trek: Discovery" premieres on CBS on September 24. Subsequent episodes of the show will air on the network's streaming app, CBS All Access.
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And traders don't look like they'll ease up on selling any time soon.
Short interest — a measure of wagers that share prices will drop — now sits at more than $2.7 billion after surging by $696 million in the last month alone, according to data analytics firm S3 Partners. That increase was the fifth-largest out of any American company over the period.
Also adding to pressure on Disney's stock was the company's August 8 announcement that it will terminate its streaming agreement with Netflix in 2019. While the entertainment titan also has plans for its own streaming portal for both Disney and Marvel content — as well as an online-based ESPN network — investors have been less than convinced. They've sent shares 7.6% lower over the past six weeks, badly lagging an S&P 500 that's repeatedly soared to new record highs.
If short sellers want to keep loading up on bets against Disney, they won't be met with much resistance, S3 said. The cost to borrow shares to short is sitting right around normal levels, while there's also "more than enough" stock available to borrow, according to the firm.
Looking at the big picture, while Disney is the biggest target for stock shorts in the movies and entertainment sector, the whole industry is feeling pressure. Short interest in the group is up $1.7 billion, or 29%, this year, S3 data show. And more than $1.1 billion of that increase has occurred in the past 30 days.
So regardless of Disney's own fundamentals, it also looks to be a lightning rod of sorts for sentiment in its industry. Stay tuned to see if the company's reorganization efforts pay off in the long run.
Nintendo's new console, the Switch, is a big hit. Such a big hit, in fact, that it's stil hard to buy right now — half a year after coming out.
You can't just walk into your local Target and snag a Switch without some serious luck. And it was even harder back in March when the console launched.
Look no further than the insane, hours-long tale that Business Insider editor-in-chief Alyson Shontell endured to find one. It's no surprise that many fans were frustrated.
Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé has a surprisingly different take on the situation.
"We actually sold through almost 2.8 million units, so we dramatically over-delivered," Fils-Aimé told Mashable in a recent interview. "And yet, demand outpaces supply. So what do some of the consumers on Reddit say? 'Gosh, Nintendo, if you would've made more you would've sold more.' Well, we did make more!"
In a business sense, of course, he's not wrong. Ahead of the launch of the Switch, analysts intentionally tempered expectations. Despite this, Nintendo "over-delivered" by producing more Switch units than were projected (by analysts) to sell. Even still, Nintendo produced fewer units than were demanded by consumers — thus, customers who wanted to buy the Switch weren't able to, and some saw this as evidence that Nintendo was intentionally constraining supply.
Of course, if you're one of the many people who wanted to buy a Switch at or near launch in March — or even now — Fils-Aimé's answer could come across as needlessly defensive. Seeing Fils-Aimé say that Nintendo "over-delivered" supply of a product that you weren't able to buy just adds fuel to that frustration.
Nintendo's no stranger to making products that are highly sought after, yet limited in supply.
The company is re-starting production of its NES Classic Console, for instance, due to overwhelming demand; similarly, the Super NES Classic Edition console is having its production run extended for the same reason.
More than just being limited-edition products, Nintendo did a poor job of communicating with consumers how and when they could buy the Classic Edition consoles. That's at least in part due to how Nintendo operates. Fils-Aimé characterizes Nintendo as a company that "likes to keep our information very close to the vest."
Sometimes, that can mean amazing surprises — like the inclusion of never-before-released "Star Fox 2" with the Super NES Classic Edition — and just as often it means consumers are left in the dark.
Netflix recently released data revealing the most watched "Star Trek" episodes on its streaming service.
The majority came from "Voyager," the fourth series in the franchise, and there were a few "The Next Generation" shows sprinkled in. They mostly featured the fan favorite villain, the Borg.
But there are so many great non-Borg, non-Voyager episodes that people seem to have forgotten about. So we decided to put together a list of underrated (and clearly under-watched!) episodes.
Our list is in chronological order of when the episodes aired, and at least one episode from every series made it.
If we missed a episode that you think belongs on the list, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The Conscience of a King" — The Original Series season 1, episode 13
What can we say about "The Original Series" that hasn't already been said? Many of the most iconic episodes from the first series end up high on "best of" lists, if for no other reason than their lasting influence on the science fiction genre.
Several are overlooked, however, like "The Conscience of a King." In the episode, Captain Kirk suspects that an actor traveling on the Enterprise might have been a mass-murderer and eugenicist responsible for a brutal massacre years prior.
Dr. McCoy: In the long history of medicine, no doctor has ever caught the first few minutes of a play.
"A Taste of Armageddon" — The Original Series season 1, episode 23
"A Taste of Armageddon" is another original series episode that gets overshadowed.
In this one, the crew of the Enterprise encounters a planet fighting a brutal centuries-long war with its neighbor. The catch is that the war is fought entirely through computer simulations, with "casualties" expected to report to suicide chambers when the simulations say they've died.
Spock: Sir, there's a multi-legged creature crawling on your shoulder. [Then goes in for the Vulcan nerve pinch.]
"The Survivors" — TNG season 3, episode 3
Although "The Next Generation" is best known for the Borg, Q, and Captain Picard's Shakespearean monologues, there are a bunch of hidden gems scattered throughout the show's seven-year run.
"The Survivors" is one such episode. Much to its surprise, the Enterprise crew stumbles upon two people living on an unharmed section of the colony Rana IV. They have somehow survived while the rest of the planet has been incinerated.
The story slowly and methodically unfolds before the final revelation knocks the wind out of you. The haunting performance by the late John Anderson in the last scenes alone is worth re-watching this episode.
Kevin Uxbridge: No, no, no, no, no — you, you don't understand the scope of my crime. I didn't kill just one Husnock, or a hundred, or a thousand. I killed them all. All Husnock, everywhere. Are 11,000 people worth... 50 billion? Is the love of a woman worth the destruction of an entire species?
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Apple's newest Apple TV hardware hit stores on Friday, but one of its key announced pieces of software is nowhere to be found.
Earlier this summer, Apple announced that the Prime Video app was coming to Apple TV.
Prime Video enables subscribers to Amazon Prime to watch lots of TV shows and movies, and soon, live TV as well.
"Today we’re really thrilled to announce that Amazon is coming — Amazon is coming to the TV app in Apple and all Apple TVs later this year with Amazon Prime Video," Apple CEO Tim Cook said onstage in June.
You asked (a lot). We listened. Amazon Prime Video is coming to the TV App and all Apple TVs this year.— Amazon Video (@AmazonVideo) June 5, 2017
There's still no official launch date for the Amazon Prime video app. An Apple representative pointed us to the press release for the new Apple TV 4K set-top box that went on sale on Friday, which says that the app is "coming soon."
"I don’t have any specifics to share regarding a date," an Amazon representative said.
While it's not quite the self-imposed end of the year deadline yet, there are several reasons to expect the new Amazon Prime Apple TV app soon.
First, Amazon bought the rights to stream NFL games on Thursday nights. The first football game streaming on Amazon is happening this Thursday between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers.
Those are two big markets with fans who may be frustrated when they can't watch the game on their Apple-equipped TVs. But there will be alternatives: 600 different devices will be able to watch the game through a Prime Video app, an Amazon representative said.
The first report about Amazon's change-of-heart on Apple TV supported cited Amazon employees that expected the app to show up in the third quarter.
Amazon's Prime video app has never appeared on an Apple TV, and it's currently one of the few content holdouts on Apple's streaming platform.
The fight between the two tech giants got bitter at points, with Amazon at one point stopping the sales of Apple TV boxes on its website. Recode reported that industry observers believe that the deal would have been worked out at a high-level, which means it likely included CEOs Tim Cook and Jeff Bezos.
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In 1973, at the height of the women’s liberation movement, former tennis great Bobby Riggs went up against current world number one women’s tennis pro Billie Jean King, in a match that would go down as a landmark moment in the quest for equal rights for women in the US.
A new movie, “Battle of the Sexes” (in select theaters Friday, wide release next week), delves into the match with a feel-good Hollywood vibe that touches on issues that, sadly, are still relevant 44 years later.
Perhaps the best thing directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (“Little Miss Sunshine”) did in looking back on the spectacle of the match was expand it beyond the tennis. Though we see right from the start of the movie that King (played by Emma Stone) is headstrong in getting women tennis players the same money men get on the tour — even quitting the Association of Tennis Professionals and starting a new female circuit to prove her point — she’s also attracted to women.
This aspect of King’s life takes up much of the first half of the movie. King, the face of women’s tennis, spends most of her off-the-court time with a hairdresser named Marilyn (Andrea Riseborough). And the last thing she’ll seriously consider is the middle-of-the-night call from retired pro and gambling addict Bobby Riggs (Carell), who proposes an exhibition match between the two.
Things turn more dramatic in the movie when King watches Riggs destroy her tennis colleague Margaret Court (Jessica McNamee) in the first “Battle of the Sexes” match. Feeling it’s her obligation to redeem her sport, and the women who play it, King agrees to play Riggs.
Dayton and Faris get us into the setting by using archival footage – a highlight is celebrities and tennis players of the era giving their thoughts on the match and who they are rooting for. The male-superiority comments come fast and furious, but the most shocking clip is then up-and-coming tennis player Chris Evert saying she thinks Riggs is going to beat King.
Carell plays Riggs perfectly. Lighthearted, but not over-the-top comedic, his portrayal is a guy who thirsts for the limelight, and will do some very chauvinistic things to get there.
There are also strong supporting performances by Sarah Silverman playing Gladys Heldman, who helps create the Virginia Slims Tour with King and other female tennis pros; Alan Cumming, playing the gay costume designer who is really the only person King can talk truthfully to; and Bill Pullman, who plays the perfect heel Jack Kramer, a former pro who in the 1970s started the Association of Tennis Professionals, and in the movie is King’s biggest adversary in building up women’s tennis.
But the standout in the movie is Stone as King. The movie is clearly on her shoulders, and though she in no way engulfs herself physically into the character (in a lot of ways it’s just Emma Stone in a wig), it’s the strong writing (by Simon Beaufoy) and direction that makes Stone believable in the role, which is very different from what she’s played in the past.
Perhaps it’s because this is the first time Stone is playing a real person, but she can’t go back to her comfortable comedic tricks to pull in the audience. She plays King with the perfect blend of the brooding she had in “Birdman” (toned down from being way over-the-top in that movie), and the vulnerability that earned her an Oscar for “La La Land,” to show the conflict and pressure King faces at this time in her life both personally and professionally.
That character development, and a thrilling ending when King and Riggs finally play (trust me, it’s exciting regardless if you know the outcome), leads to a movie that will leave you with a good feeling coming out of the theater.
And that’s all we’re really asking for these days.
This week, Kendrick Lamar linked up with his previous collaborator Rapsody on a new track, the Wu-Tang Clan dropped a new single, and Cut Copy released its fifth studio album.
Here are the 5 best songs from the past week that you can stream right now:
Wu-Tang Clan — "Lesson Learn'd"
On "Lesson Learn'd," Wu-Tang Clan rapper Inspektah Deck disses Clan-antagonist and imprisoned "pharma bro" Martin Shkreli for his drastic price inflation of a prescription drug, while Wu affiliate Redman puts in a stellar guest verse.
Cut Copy — "Counting Down"
The strengths of Australian electro-rock band Cut Copy's fifth album, "Haiku From Zero," are epitomized on "Counting Down," a buoyant track that contrasts bright guitars and synths with deceptively dark imagery.
Charlotte Gainsbourg — "Deadly Valentine"
Charlotte Gainsbourg — the actress, singer, and daughter of legendary French artist Serge Gainsbourg — explained her breathy and compelling electronic song "Deadly Valentine" by saying it "mixes wedding vows with an offbeat tone."
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Warner Bros. has a lot to be proud of about its release of “Wonder Woman,” as the first female-centered superhero movie of all time took in over $400 million at the domestic box office to top the summer movie season.
But in a time when the foreign box office is arguably more important, the studio failed to perform overseas as strongly as other superhero movies.
Only 49.8% of the movie’s $819 worldwide box office came from foreign territories, and that’s one of the worst international performances by a superhero movie released in the last decade, according to Forbes.
Typically, superhero movies earn as much (if not more) in their theatrical revenue overseas compared to North America. Outside of “Wonder Woman,” only 2008’s “Iron Man” ($266.7 million foreign vs. $318.4 million domestic), 2008’s “The Incredible Hulk” ($128.6 million foreign vs. $134.8 million domestic), and 2011’s “Green Lantern” ($103.2 million foreign vs. $116.6 million domestic) didn’t make more internationally.
In the case of these titles, “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk” were released before the superhero movie craze, while “Green Lantern” was just awful.
In a comparison with Sony’s superhero summer 2017 release, “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” Forbes showed that Spidey outperformed Diana Prince in Europe, while in South Korea, it was even worse as “Spider-Man” earned 6% of its worldwide gross there, while “Wonder Woman” only took in 2%. However, “Wonder Woman” outperformed “Spider-Man” in Australia, Taiwan, and Brazil.
There are multiple theories why “Wonder Woman” wasn’t stronger internationally — chauvinism, star Gal Gadot being Israeli — but the most realistic Forbes can find is that Warner Bros.’ overseas marketing isn’t as strong as the other studios when it comes to superhero movies. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is the only superhero title from the studio that earned over 60% of its worldwide gross overseas ($542.9 million foreign vs. $330.3 million domestic). Marvel has 11 titles that have taken in 63% or more.
It's something for Warner Bros. to strive for when “Wonder Woman 2” comes out.
It turns out that "American Vandal," Netflix's original series about a genital-drawing mystery, isn't Netflix's only show to feature drawings of male sex organs.
Netflix is currently dealing with a scandalous drawing featured in "Maya the Bee," an animated children's series the streaming service distributes.
"Maya the Bee" follows the adventures of Maya, a bee, who has left her hive to explore the world outside of it.
She meets new friends who are not bees, and learns some lessons along the way. She also unknowingly stumbles upon a rock with a drawing of male genitalia on it.
Some parents recently noticed the drawing in a season one episode, and are outraged. The episode was removed from Netflix earlier this week, and now the production company is suing the rogue animator who allegedly put the drawing in the episode. The story continues to unfold.
Here's everything you need to know about the controversy surrounding "Maya the Bee" on Netflix:
Parents noticed the drawing on a rock in a scene and caused uproar on social media.
This show is on @netflix its called maya the Bee this episode is S1E35 around 5:14 mins in they have a #dick on the log wall pic.twitter.com/lb5bK88Ex5
Variety reports that Chey Robinson appears to have been the first to share the drawing. She wrote this on Facebook:
“Please be mindful of what your kids are watching. I did NOT edit any images whatsoever, this is ‘Maya the Bee,’ Season 1, Episode 35. I know I’m not going crazy and I know that something like this shouldn’t be in a kids’ show whatsoever. I’m extremely disgusted by it, there should be no reason my kids have to see something like this. I don’t know if they’re gonna do something about this or what, but there’s no reasons why this should be in this show.”
Netflix removed the episode (season one, episode 35) on Tuesday.
In response to the negative reaction once parents discovered the genitalia drawing, Netflix removed the episode entirely.
The production company, Studio 100, blamed a rogue artist for including the drawing in the episode, calling it a "very bad joke."
Studio 100 released this statement to Variety on Friday:
“An absolutely inappropriate image has been discovered in a four-second fly-by scene in one episode of the total of 78 episodes of the series. The origin of this image obviously results from a very bad joke from one of the 150 artists working on the production.”
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Lady Gaga may have once written a song called "Money Honey," but cash isn't everything for the pop artist.
"Money has been put on a pedestal, beauty has been put on a pedestal, celebrity has been put on a pedestal," she told the crowd at one 2016 London concert, according to The Telegraph.
Still, with a fortune worth hundreds of millions of dollars, it's interesting to see what kind of costs Gaga is racking up.
The star — whose real name is Stefani Germanotta — recently offered fans an intensely personal glimpse of her life in the new Netflix documentary "Gaga: Five Foot Two."
Here's what we know the pop star spends her money on:
Since bursting onto the scene with her 2008 debut album "The Fame," Gaga has acquired a net worth of around $275 million.
But, in Gaga's case, fortune didn't immediately follow fame. Despite her success, she found herself $3 million in debt after her Monster Ball tour, which ran from 2009 to 2011.
Source: The New York Daily News
"I remember I called everybody and said, 'Why is everyone saying I have no money? This is ridiculous, I have five No. 1 singles,'" she told the Financial Times. The culprit of her money woes turned out to be the tour's multitude of lavish costumes.
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Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber took to Instagram on Friday to voice his support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
"I am a white Canadian and I will never know what it feels like to be an African American," Bieber wrote in the caption of a post that read "Black Lives Matter."
"But what I do know is I am willing to stand up and use my voice to shine light on racism, because it's a real thing and it's more prevalent now than I have ever seen in my lifetime," he wrote. "We are all God's children and we are ALL EQUAL."
I am a white Canadian and I will never know what it feels like to be an African American but what I do know is I am willing to stand up and use my voice to shine light on racism, because it's a real thing and it's more prevalent now than I have ever seen in my lifetime.. we are all Gods children and we are ALL EQUAL.
Bieber has largely avoided making political statements throughout his career, though he did reportedly turn down $5 million to perform at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
The 23-year-old pop star appeared among many other celebrities at last week's "Hand in Hand" telethon, which raised over $55 million for victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
It was an expensive summer for Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
The 12,000 square-foot mansion is located in East Hampton, New York, and sits adjacent to Georgica Pond.
Below, take a peek inside Beyoncé and Jay-Z's new Hamptons abode.
Designed by architect Stanford White and built a century ago, the home has been renovated and expanded over the years to incorporate new, modern amenities.
The property includes a detached, 1,800-square-foot guest cottage. There's also a 45-foot-long infinity pool and accompanying spa.
Elevated on a two-acre site with over 200 feet of waterfront on Georgica Pond, it's private and secluded. The previous owner reportedly rotated the original house 90-degrees to frame the views of the waterfront from the living room.
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I'm one of those rare millennials who's had it with streaming everything I watch.
After five years of living cord-free, getting most of my TV from a combination of Netflix, iTunes downloads, and an antenna that tunes in over-the-air broadcasts, I'm back on cable. I didn't realize how much I'd been missing.
I'm no longer a cord cutter. Now I'm a cord flopper. I love it! And even a new digital set-top box from Apple hasn't changed my mind.
My journey back to the dark side started earlier this year when I moved to a new apartment. I didn't plan to get a cable subscription again, but I caved after some nudging from my TV-obsessed fiancée.
To tell the truth, I didn't need much convincing. Among other benefits, traditional pay TV offers things that can be hard to get via online video services, including live sports, live news, and a reliable DVR.
Cord cutting, by contrast, is a headache. Technology is supposed to make everything cheaper and easier, but internet-delivered video can be just as expensive and more confusing than simply signing up for cable.
You have to juggle multiple subscriptions to services like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Now. You have to wait while your shows buffer. There's often a two-minute or longer delay when you stream presidential debates and other live events.
And when streaming services don't have the shows you want to watch, you have to hunt for them in digital video stores such as Apple's iTunes, Amazon and Vudu. If you can find them, you'll have to spend a few bucks an episode or upwards of $50 for an entire season. Even then, some shows aren't available until the next day, and others aren't available until a year after they're originally broadcast.
We were promised better, but no one has delivered. But it's Apple that's been the most disappointing of all.
For years, Apple has been teasing us that it's going revolutionize our relationship with television in the same way that it upturned the music market and the way we interact with our phones. For example, before he died in 2011, Apple founder Steve Jobs described to his biographer, Walter Isaacson, his vision for TV.
"I'd like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use," Jobs said. "It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud. It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine."
What's more, he said, "I finally cracked it."
If he did, we still haven't seen the results.
As a case in point, take the company's Apple TV set-top box. The company touted the gadget in the past as the "future of TV." But it's still nothing of the kind.
Apple just released a new version called the Apple TV 4K that will stream videos that are sharper looking and more colorful than before — at least on televisions that support the technologies needed to display those better looking videos. But like its predecessors, the new device fails to solve any of television's bigger shortcomings or improve the cord-cutting experience.
Apple TV's interface is fine, but you still have to contend with numerous apps and deal wth logging in separately to multiple services, such as Netflix and Hulu. To use the apps associated with the various broadcast and pay TV channels, you typically have to go through different log-on routine, this one through your pay TV provider. Taken together, the Apple TV experience is nowhere close to the vision Jobs had six years ago.
Apple reportedly tried to do something different. According to multiple reports, the company worked on creating a live TV streaming service that would be easy to use and cheaper than traditional cable offerings. But Apple couldn't seal the deal with Hollywood, and this is what we're stuck with — a mishmash of apps and streaming services that even taken together don't match up well with plain old cable.
The fact that cord-cutting is still so painful isn't entirely Apple's fault, of course. None of the other tech companies have solved the underlying problems either. Apple TV's rivals, such as Google's Chromecast and Roku's assortment of boxes, largely just serve as conduits for the various streaming services users watch. They don't do much to try to organize those services or make them simpler to use. None of the devices or services offers an easy way to get all the stuff you may want to watch in one place at a reasonable price with only one log in.
Cable and other traditional pay TV services have their own problems, including set-top boxes with clunky interfaces and service packages that force you to pay for loads of channels you'll probably never watch. But at least you can watch what you want, when you want it, without delay or compromise.
I'm sure internet TV will get better, but the disruption is happening far slower than it did with phones, computers, and music. Apple TV and other streaming devices do a good job of offering services that complement traditional pay TV. But they can't yet replace it.
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The Beatles took the U.S. by storm in the early 1960s, and by the end of the decade, the "British invasion" quartet left a historic — and likely untouchable — mark on the charts.
In the RIAA's tally of the best-selling artists by U.S. album sales and streaming figures, The Beatles lead the second-place artist, country singer Garth Brooks, by over 30 million album units.
From Michael Jackson to Bruce Springsteen to Whitney Houston, this chart of the RIAA's most successful artists contains the expected legendary names and a few surprising appearances.
Check out the chart below, and find the rest of the top 50 here:
I never thought I'd see a shirtless Mario running along the beach, nipples and all, but here we are.
This is emblematic of the supreme silliness of "Super Mario Odyssey," the next big game coming to Nintendo's Switch. If you remember "Super Mario 64," "Super Mario Odyssey" is basically that, but bigger, better looking — and way weirder.
I got a chance to play the game recently, and during that session I found a bunch of things that are at least as strange as the image above.
Here, for example, is another real image from the game, which I captured while playing it:
"Super Mario Odyssey" is quite a game. Let's dive in!
In "Super Mario Odyssey," you explore vast open worlds.
The point is to find moons to power your ship, the Odyssey, from place to place.
In this scene, Mario is exploring one such place — Bubblaine — while wearing some polka dot swim trunks.
That by itself isn't all that strange. What is crazy is what's going on with Mario's hat.
The ability to explore worlds is pretty similar to "Super Mario 64."
What's new is how Mario's hat is being haunted by a ghost. He can use it to take over other characters or items in the game by tossing it onto them
With the hat, you can take over a person.
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Jill Soloway's acclaimed Emmy-nominated series "Transparent" has returned for its fourth season, which follows the Pfeffermans as they travel to Israel, and embark on journeys of self discovery.
The first episode of the season opens in the midst of a love and sex addicts meeting, with Lila (Alia Shawkat) discussing how lonely it can be trying to find her "person." She continues to say that when you meet someone everything feels a little "clearer," and you feel like you're "on the inside of the world again."
The touching speech really sets the tone for the season, and reflects each character's search for something, or someone, to make things clearer for them.
Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) travels to Israel for a seminar, but as a result of unexpectedly meeting a (thought to be) lost relative, she ends up inviting the rest of the Pfefferman clan to join her in the Holy Land. Once the Pfeffermans find themselves away from home they begin to explore themselves.
Ali (Gabby Hoffman) searches for herself, and for a connection to her body — questioning why it is that she feels her body is "screaming" at her. Sarah (Amy Landecker) tests the boundaries of her relationship with her milquetoast ex-husband Len (Rob Huebel), and wonders what kind of relationship she can hope to have with him. Josh (Jay Duplass) continues to wrestle with his past relationship with Rita — confronting the lasting traumas of the relationship. And Maura tries to find some meaning in her relationship with her newly discovered relative.
In true Pfefferman fashion, looking inward doesn't always provide insights into one's self. The characters, for the most part, remain exactly how they were before they arrived in Israel. Their efforts to understand themselves start to feel more like narcissism than self-discovery as the season progresses — and it's a bit tiring.
The most compelling journey this season doesn't belong to the Pfeffermans at all, but to Maura's friend Davina (Alexandra Billings). We get to see what Davina's life was like prior to her transition in the episode "Born Again." Davina's story is one of survival and perseverance, and it offers a new and compelling look at transitioning that is markedly different from Maura's.
Anyone who has enjoyed the Pfeffermans' exploits in the past will enjoy seeing what the family is like in a new environment. But you may find yourself somewhat bored by the Pfeffermans' inability to change.
All ten episodes of "Transparent's" fourth season are now available to stream on Amazon Prime.
There's a lot of TV. This fall, however, there hasn't been a lot of good TV so far. In fact, it's one of the worst seasons for new shows in years.
But that doesn't mean there's nothing to watch.
There are a few entertaining freshman shows like ABC's "The Mayor" and Netflix's "American Vandal," but a lot more returning shows are must-see TV, like NBC's "The Good Place" and HBO's "Vice Principals."
We put together a list of the new and returning TV shows that you should be wasting your precious free time on, from new shows to returning ones. We also included where to watch them.
Here's what you should be watching on TV this fall:
"The Deuce" — new
"The Wire" creator David Simon looks back to 1970s New York and the early days of the porn industry. James Franco plays twins! The all-star cast also includes Maggie Gyllenhaal and Zoe Kazan. It was already renewed for season two, so it's worth your time since now we know the story will continue.
Where to watch: Sunday nights on HBO, HBONow, HBOGo.
"You're the Worst" — returning
This sometimes-a-dramedy is in its fourth season. The show, about quirky and very flawed thirty-somethings in LA, covers issues including PTSD and depression, and is the most inventive, thoughtfully written show on TV right now. It's also very funny. Check out our interview with the creator and showrunner Stephen Falk.
Where to watch: Wednesday nights on FXX, and new episodes available the next day on the FX app. Seasons one, two, and three are available on Hulu.
"Better Things" — returning
Season two of the Emmy-nominated series continues Sam's (Pamela Adlon) life as an actress and single mother of three daughters in LA. Adlon co-created the series with Louis C.K., and it shows: the subject matter and spirit is very similar to "Louie."
Where to watch: Wednesday nights on FX, and new episodes available the next day on the FX app.
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