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Monday, August 12, 2019

Imagine what we could do

I did the math. And if you want to win the culture war, here is one way to go about doing just that, given the inflated price of Hollywood content.
The estimates on the cost of content that emerged from these interviews peg the typical range of the production budget for high-end cable and streaming dramas at $5 million-$7 million an hour, while single-camera half hours on broadcast and cable run from $1.5 million to more than $3 million. With the exception of HBO, which made its mark with lavish productions, that’s a significant increase, during just the past five years, over what had been $3 million-$4 million for cable dramas and around $1 million-$1.5 million for single-camera half hours.

And Netflix often exceeds the new, higher averages. The first season of its supernatural sensation “Stranger Things” was shot to look like a 1980s Steven Spielberg movie and came with a price tag of $6 million an episode for season one, rising to $8 million in season two. Netflix’s sumptuous period drama “The Crown” cost an estimated $10 million an episode.

Bigger, bolder production values aren’t the only expense; talent also costs a pretty penny.

Netflix raised eyebrows with a $2 million-per-episode guarantee to lure David Letterman back to TV for a six-episode interview series that’s expected to bow next year.

Clockwise from left: “The Get Down” – $11m per episode; “Legion” – $4m per episode; “Timeless” – $4.5m per episode.

There’s a pervasive fear among traditional TV players that Netflix’s spending binge on content is an effort to vacuum up market share and put a lot of old-school competitors out of business. That, industry veterans say, is the only explanation for the streaming giant paying $20 million to Chris Rock and Ellen DeGeneres for comedy specials — fees that are more than double the high end for that programming on HBO just a few years ago.

But Netflix is far from alone in its aggressive spending. All the streaming services are ponying up bigger upfront commitments and budgets, raising floor prices for all networks. Amazon is laying out $8 million on action drama “Jack Ryan” and $5 million per half hour for “The Tick,” the superhero comedy with lots of visual-effects shots that also films largely on location in pricey New York. Robert De Niro is getting approximately $775,000 an episode to star in a David O. Russell crime drama for Amazon.

Cable networks are stretching their wallets too. HBO’s VFX-heavy “Westworld” is in the same lofty budgetary stratum as “The Crown.” Season one of Starz’s “American Gods” came in at more than $8 million per episode. TNT’s one-and-done period drama “Will” required $5 million-$6 million an episode, even though it was shot in Wales with mostly up-and-coming actors. FX usually spends about $3.5 million-$4 million per hour on its dramas. Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime Story” franchise is closer to $6 million.
For broadcast networks, the high end is roughly $4.5 million (with most shows coming in about $1 million below that).
That's about $3.4 million more per episode than is actually necessary in most cases.

Now consider this. Owen regularly gets 50,000 views per livestream. I regularly get 12,000 views per livestream. Even if we assume that fully half my views are Bears, that gives us 56,000 viewers. Next, imagine that all of those 56,000 viewers were willing to subscribe to a Basic subscription on Unauthorized. That's the price of two Caramel Frappuccino Ventis at Starbucks per month.

That would be over $500,000 per month we could spend on producing original content for everyone. We estimate that we could do a Little House on the Prairie-caliber television show, a comedy starring Owen as one half of an urban couple who moves to the country, for about $50k per episode. In other words, if we can get five thousand more Basic subscribers before the end of 2019, we will create a high-quality half-hour television show that does not hate you or seek to destroy your faith, your family, and your country. We will create something that will not only entertain, but inspire, you and your family.

We can do it. Seriously. In fact, we're currently putting together a professionally filmed comedy special that will be considerably funnier than Chris Rock's - or Ellen's, although that was obvious - for approximately one-tenth of one percent of their budgets. So, think about it. And then join Unauthorized.

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86 Comments:

Blogger JG August 12, 2019 8:27 AM  

HBO, Netflix and their ilk have been living high on the hog for a generation, have let their expenses become completely and utterly insane. These dinosaurs need to go extinct.

Proud to be a backer of both unauthorized.tv and Rebel's Run.

Blogger Silent Draco August 12, 2019 8:29 AM  

Logistics loses wars. Help the SJWs to lose faster and more often.

Words from a subscriber who's very happy with unauthorized content.

Blogger wired216 August 12, 2019 8:29 AM  

I’m in.

Blogger doctrev August 12, 2019 8:30 AM  

Well, I certainly hope it works. Netflix has a lot of money to throw around: not just on individual shows, but as a whole. They can make a lot of shows, see if one catches fire, then keep funding it. I was surprised Marco Polo didn't get more attention than it did.

Then again, most of your projects tend to succeed (more than average for comic books?). Let's hope this one does too.

Blogger VD August 12, 2019 8:33 AM  

30 minutes, 3 new Basic subscribers. Well done. If we could maintain that rate, we'd be there by September 16th.

Blogger VD August 12, 2019 8:34 AM  

Netflix has a lot of money to throw around: not just on individual shows, but as a whole.

Perhaps we should borrow the production money in Denmark. The negative interest rates there actually make it profitable to take out a loan.

Blogger LR27 August 12, 2019 8:38 AM  

It should not be overlooked how inexpensive some productions can be. If Owen were to write a South Park style show and a half dozen reliable bears or VFM were to animate, it would cost rather little. It would also be pretty doable to make a serious half hour episode once a week or more. Matt and Trey bring episodes from scratch to production in a day or two.

Blogger Titanium Bear August 12, 2019 8:40 AM  

You provided excellent free content for many years. $15 per month for Basic UA TV & the Big Bear is easy to accept. Can you charge a cover for non subscribers to tune in, say a coupon for a flight of shows?

Blogger Section 8A August 12, 2019 8:47 AM  

I joined whole hog a few months ago and don't regret a thing. Unauthorized and Real Vision are channels I pay for, and those 2 tabs are up on the desktop at all times. It's nice having good, interesting content that I've paid for, and I know is coming from a good place. Owen talks a lot about "stop playing defense"... this is one great way to do just that.

Blogger camcleat August 12, 2019 8:48 AM  

What I find a bit funny is that for all that money they are spending, I've never even heard of most of those shows. Stranger Things, Jack Ryan and The Tick are the only ones I've heard of, and I've never seen a single episode of either.

Was a fairly early adopter on Netflix DVD rental service back in the day. Cancelled a week or so ago. The amount saved could well go to UA. Hmmm.

Blogger peacefulposter August 12, 2019 8:53 AM  

Tom Clancy wasn't exactly Politically Correct. It will be interesting to see how Amazon deals with Jack Ryan.

Not that I would fork out any dough to find out. That money will be going to unauthorized.tv

Blogger God Emperor Memes August 12, 2019 8:57 AM  

Wait...Ellen DeGenerate is supposed to be funny? I mean, I *do* consider her a joke, so...

Blogger Cataline Sergius August 12, 2019 9:00 AM  

Everybody talks about how big Netflix is. But I think it's about as firm on it's feet today as Blockbuster was in 2004.

There's a reason they are on a major spending spree.

The thing is that Netflix biggest draws aren’t movies they are TV shows. That’s what people are binge watching. And the problem is this. The most popular shows on Netflix… Ain’t owned by Netflix!

...

2020 is going to be a watershed year for Netflix... Or rather a customer shed year. Twenty five of their top fifty shows are going to be gone and everybody is going to be eating their lunch.

Netflix isn't dead yet but it's going to be the zombie of the streaming industry within five years.

Netflix is responding by buying up Korean dramas (which I admit I like) and spending a shit- ton on original content. Like sixty million to give Obama a platform to tell everyone how important his presidency was. And seventy million to Pluto Nash star Eddie Murphy to do stand up again because who doesn't want to see young edgy comedy from a 58 year old has been. In short Netflix is desperately throwing entertainment at the wall and praying something will stick. All of it guaranteed to have dudes kissing and lots of preaching on importance of gender fluidity.

Blogger VD August 12, 2019 9:02 AM  

Cancelled a week or so ago. The amount saved could well go to UA. Hmmm.

Hmmm indeed....

Blogger VD August 12, 2019 9:03 AM  

Can you charge a cover for non subscribers to tune in, say a coupon for a flight of shows?

I believe the system already allows for that, yes. We just haven't had any occasion to use it.

Blogger Ingot9455 August 12, 2019 9:17 AM  

Bear Acres is the place to be!

Blogger Ransom Smith August 12, 2019 9:19 AM  

Tom Clancy wasn't exactly Politically Correct. It will be interesting to see how Amazon deals with Jack Ryan.
Worth note, Jack Ryan season 2 was originally supposed to be about MUH RUSSIA.
That's what they said in interviews. But some producer or writer realized that was retarded, so they switched to Venezuela instead.

Blogger Honkler the Emotional Wreck August 12, 2019 9:36 AM  

TAKE MY MONEY

Blogger David Ray Milton August 12, 2019 9:37 AM  

Perhaps, I could upgrade from basic to the $30 plan. We’ll pray on it.

However, my family is trying to help win the culture war the traditional way. About two years ago my family found out the news that my wife (GF at the time) and my two sisters were all going to have babies within 2 months of each other. All healthy boys. In the last 24 hours, we’ve found out that two more soldiers will be joining the winning team in about 9 1/2 months... my wife is one of those! And we are all just waiting to hear about the third soldier being on the way, too, because we expect the other sister is already prego. Thank God! Life is beautiful.

And yes, more tv entertainment about families instead of hedonistic sex!

Blogger Fuzzums Wuzzums August 12, 2019 9:42 AM  

With the availability of online tutorials professional artists (from audio to visual) agree there is absolutely no need for anyone to go to college. This means a whole generation of talent not in crippling debt, which means lower start-up salaries, which means lower production costs.

Add the advances in software plus hardware, and now what was done by hundreds of people in a movie like Star Wars Ep. I can be done today by only one person: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2B6de1Geks

The changing of the guard is inevitable.

peacefulposter wrote:Tom Clancy wasn't exactly Politically Correct. It will be interesting to see how Amazon deals with Jack Ryan.

I have watched Comrade Detective, The Tick, and Jean Claude Van Johnson, all from Amazon. The impression I got is that Amazon is throwing money at people and letting them do their thing without much oversight. All 3 were good, miles from anything put out by Netflix, but they were also cancelled. From the outside looking in I think they're trying to find that one show that will make people flock to their platform after which the PC agenda would probably kick in.

Blogger qualitycontrol August 12, 2019 9:42 AM  

@11. peacefulposter
It was mind boggling how they made a season about middle east terrorists without mentioning Israel or Jews a single time. I think there wasn't even a character that had a noticeably Jewish surname in the show.

Blogger VD August 12, 2019 9:44 AM  

In the last 24 hours, we’ve found out that two more soldiers will be joining the winning team in about 9 1/2 months... my wife is one of those!

Congratulations. Now THAT is winning!

Blogger Patrick Kelly August 12, 2019 9:45 AM  

What is the likelihood of UA showing up as a channel on my Roku?

Since I canned Netflix months ago haven't been watching much tv other than my subscriptions on the YT Roku channel. Guess I could buy a cheap laptop with an hdmi output. Maybe someone makes a box that lets me stream from my PC to my tv over wifi.

Blogger lowercaseb August 12, 2019 9:47 AM  

Sold. I've been cutting back my entertainment budget since most of my entertainment that I used to enjoy actively hates me now.

I'd like to support David and Owen directly. Can I do that with the basic subscription or subscribing to both of their channels? They both add up to the same price.

Blogger VD August 12, 2019 9:57 AM  

I'd like to support David and Owen directly. Can I do that with the basic subscription or subscribing to both of their channels?

To best support any creator who is not Owen or me, subscribe to them directly.

Blogger David Ray Milton August 12, 2019 9:58 AM  

Thanks VD. And thanks for posting content that has led me back to the Lord over the past two years. You were certainly God’s instrument in that regard.

Blogger Unknown August 12, 2019 9:59 AM  

I use a steamlink for that, it is meant to play games on your tv, but except for layered content it streams everything on your monitor and your audio.

Blogger JACIII August 12, 2019 10:08 AM  

There's a genuine 900 pound social media gorilla who's been firing arrows straight at the Synagogue of Satan's heart while molding GenZ into Crusaders. Satan's minions are even now gleefully stuffing her into a cage.

Those pesky kids (the vanguard of which are 22) are edgy, Grandpa, but you might be able to help each other out. The grizzled culture warrior will eventually need an apprentice.

UA subscriber.

Blogger Tars Tarkas August 12, 2019 10:21 AM  

Have the LLOE looked into a way to jew the rules to use patreon or paypal?

Blogger Max Boivin August 12, 2019 10:22 AM  

The worst part about all those overly expensive shows is that none of them are watchable. Their stories are dumb, probably because the people producing them has no respect for the audience, possibly because they have no ideas how to reach the heart of men (there is no Jewish Shakespeare).

Blogger P Glenrothes August 12, 2019 10:25 AM  

The networks are clearly money laundering enterprises. They are putting out SJW crap that drives subscribers away and they don't care.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother August 12, 2019 10:31 AM  

Vox, just signed up for the highest level of Darkstream support. Now, Slamurai Jamdown and I need to have a little heart to heart.

Blogger Jab Burrwalky August 12, 2019 10:32 AM  

Max Boivin wrote:The worst part about all those overly expensive shows is that none of them are watchable. Their stories are dumb, probably because the people producing them has no respect for the audience, possibly because they have no ideas how to reach the heart of men (there is no Jewish Shakespeare).

I think that's the best part. It makes it a weaker weapon and much easier to defeat.

Blogger VD August 12, 2019 10:32 AM  

Vox, just signed up for the highest level of Darkstream support. Now, Slamurai Jamdown and I need to have a little heart to heart.

Thanks. But remember, he's simply applying the rules I've set out for the moderators and doing so impartially. They don't know who anyone is, nor should they be influenced by that. It's always easy to rectify an accidental or mistaken banning.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother August 12, 2019 10:34 AM  

No problem, Vox. He and I just need to get straight. I don't comment on YT under the same handle here, so he wouldn't recognize my name from reading here.

Blogger Rick August 12, 2019 10:36 AM  

Little House on the Prairie -- is an excellent idea.

I believe the Hallmark Channel is an extremely popular channel that no one knows about -- probably raking it in. And I think it is because people who raised their kid's during the wholesome TV years, have literally fled to that channel. In the 70's most programming was wholesome. Now it's the opposite.

Blogger DBSFF August 12, 2019 10:38 AM  

Done

Blogger DBSFF August 12, 2019 10:39 AM  

Now I'm a basic bitch.

Blogger linesy August 12, 2019 10:39 AM  

Have seen one movie in the last decade, Gravity, it sucked balls and I haven't been back. I am completely ruthless at not spending my money on any poz enterprise.
A little bird tells me though that, should you want to watch this stuff, that you can search for 'kodi'

Blogger LR27 August 12, 2019 10:44 AM  

Way to go! That’s two votes for the future.

Blogger doctrev August 12, 2019 10:45 AM  

VD wrote:Netflix has a lot of money to throw around: not just on individual shows, but as a whole.

Perhaps we should borrow the production money in Denmark. The negative interest rates there actually make it profitable to take out a loan.


Fantastic idea. There are a lot of countries that subsidize entertainment. Granted, most are globalist and would happily yank your funding the second they realized your goals. But some are not. I'd be very surprised if you couldn't find a way to get some kind of credits in Italy, and Sergio Leone did brisk business with spaghetti westerns there. And if Netflix can sell Korean soap operas to monolingual Americans, maybe you can sell TV shows depicting nationalist content abroad to Americans?

http://www.italianfilmcommissions.it/en/tax-cr

https://www.filmneweurope.com/news/poland-news/item/116765-poland-
introduces-30-cash-rebate-for-film-productions

Blogger James Parliament August 12, 2019 10:47 AM  

This case is convincing. I’m in.

Blogger Archimedes2017 August 12, 2019 10:49 AM  

It prob would be more like Green Acres than Little House on the Prairie. Hollywood star and stand-up comic 'mistakenly' insults his bosses and has to move to the country to grow his own food.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella August 12, 2019 10:52 AM  

cannot subscribe.

having said that: use the Kpop model: make photos and stills of the stars available for tumblr and pinterest blogs, so that your fans can build fan culture.

also, consider at some point, an awards show for indy shows.

clips for memes.

tee-shirt, and also licensed images for pirates: kpop relied on pirates to leverage influence.

interviews with all the stars on online channels- treat them like a big deal before they are a big deal.

the costumers: press the costumers to digitize and sell sewn clothing patterns, and knits. Downtown Abbey had a series of magazines do this, reaching a new audience. Harry Potter has several series of this.

People will be more creative, and likely use nicer materials, than what you, alone, can risk on tee-shirts.

Blogger Crew August 12, 2019 10:54 AM  

I have little time to watch stuff but I feel like a basic subscription is something I could go for.

Blogger tuberman August 12, 2019 10:55 AM  

Finally signed on! Overdue.

Blogger Birdman August 12, 2019 10:57 AM  

Are your close with your extended family?

Blogger JACIII August 12, 2019 10:57 AM  

The Medieval History channel is worth the price.

Blogger CarpeOro August 12, 2019 11:23 AM  

Looking over the subscribe page, it could use some descriptions or detail regarding the different subscriptions access features. What is the difference between the basic and premium subs? If you subscribe to a specific channel is that the only one you can access, or is it the only one you can access live? I've heard you mention "gold" subscriptions on YT, is that simply premium or annual?

Blogger Noah B. August 12, 2019 11:30 AM  

Done. Hope Owen got his bike back.

Blogger Crew August 12, 2019 11:43 AM  

Can Unauthorized add an annual basic subscription option?

Blogger Noah B. August 12, 2019 11:53 AM  

Speaking of Owen - are we really supposed to believe that NASA sent men to the moon when today it can't even accurately predict the moon's phase on a given date? Are they too busy complying with diversity mandates to look up at the sky?

Moon Phase Calendar - 2019

Blogger VD August 12, 2019 11:56 AM  

Looking over the subscribe page, it could use some descriptions or detail regarding the different subscriptions access features.

There are none. This is not a paywall-based system. It's about support, not features.

Blogger Sheila4g August 12, 2019 11:58 AM  

I'm very interested but have to get my husband on board. Would help if he'd consider cancelling cable. I'll work on him and pray a lot.

Blogger Jason August 12, 2019 12:15 PM  

Love it. Already subscribed, but would consider subscribing twice for what you outline. Just started watching Little House with my 3 teenage daughters and they LOVE IT. I cannot believe how much prayer, church, the bible, etc., are interwoven into each episode. And nowadays it is non-stop filth and gibberish that teaches degeneracy.

Thank you Vox for all your hard work. I don't know where you find the energy and TIME to do all of this.

Blogger Ska_Boss August 12, 2019 12:15 PM  

My zoomer roommates have been watching Stranger Things, it's hot garbage.

Though I have to admit Jack Ryan was decent, but not worth a prime subscription.

Blogger Ray - SoCal August 12, 2019 12:22 PM  

Allowing subscribers to review each channel, and then use that information on the subscribe page may increase the conversion rate. Reviews and testimonials are very powerful.

Blogger Beardy Bear August 12, 2019 12:27 PM  

The culture is at war, and wars need financing. Join us, become unauthorized, we have salmon and honey.

Blogger tdcommenter August 12, 2019 12:28 PM  

Signed up for basic subscription over the weekend and watched Chuck Dixon's videos. His advice on writing is gold. I hope he does more videos. I will be starting on the Medieval History soon.

Blogger SweetieSquad37 August 12, 2019 12:29 PM  

Never paid for Netflix. Never liked the shows it pushed. Always made throwaway gmails to get free months from them if something was on it I wanted to check out.

This post made me take a more serious look at UATV and the content looks great. I’m a college student in need of some real learning of history and practical life skills. I can already cook and do basic plumbing and electrical work which seems to be enough to dumbfound some peers so I’m looking forward to this and will enthusiastically subscribe

Blogger Steve Samson August 12, 2019 12:30 PM  

I know it's apples and oranges, but my gym just switched to online payments and has this facility and it seems to be working quite well for them.

Blogger FP August 12, 2019 12:31 PM  

@21

It was amusing that Greer was still a black guy, veteran spook but now younger, and a muslim having married and then gotten divorced by his wife after coming back to America from Pakistan or wherever he'd been stationed.

I think my favorite part though was the surreal PC brain washing scene where a grumpy French security agent complains to Greer about Muslims taking over France and Greer gives him the how dare you criticize muslims even though we're tracking down a muslim terrorist glare.

I got a good laugh at least. You could tell overall Amazon was trying to ride the line in the show, inserting what cultural programming nonsense where they thought they'd get away with it.

Blogger Sgt Polite August 12, 2019 12:33 PM  

CDAN has said Netflix is a money laundering scheme for years. With digital cameras and the software to make digital look like film there is no reason for these inflated prices for production.
Amazon's Jack Ryan fist season was Ok but it did have the GOOD Muslim trope. Komrade Detective and Jean Claude Van Johnson by Amazon as someone above mentioned were both excellent but got canceled.
I quit Netflix about the time Susan Rice got hired, but recently got offered a free month so I caught up on a few shows I didn't want to pay for: Stranger Things, Walking Dead, Glow, Agents of Shield, and some of their original anime and then canceled again. All anyone needs is a month of Netflix a year. Disney + will be their end, and Disney needs to die too.

Blogger David Ray Milton August 12, 2019 12:37 PM  

Not as close as i’d like to be, but we stay in touch.

Blogger Wazdakka August 12, 2019 12:51 PM  

I am not interested in supporting an individual, but the platform as a whole. I take it the basic subscription is most sensible?

Blogger justaguy August 12, 2019 12:53 PM  

So in the streaming market we have multiple studios each trying different methods to work out the best way to get viewers and their money. Netflix was the early entrant, but with CBS, Disney, Youtube, as well as all the premium cable services in the market it will take time to work out which way extracts the best ROI per $ invested. Lots of smart people looking and no one knows the winner. Throw US and other renegade entries and the consumer gets a slew of choice. And with choice comes a problem...

Somehow it is a mark against our culture that the most profit is from the many many porn streaming services.

Blogger VD August 12, 2019 1:00 PM  

I am not interested in supporting an individual, but the platform as a whole. I take it the basic subscription is most sensible?

Basic or Premium, as you see fit. Your access is the same regardless.

Blogger Richard Martel August 12, 2019 1:03 PM  

Already a subscriber but willing to chip in for other individual projects you come up with, such as Midgard. So many cool projects coming to mind. Have you considered a graphic novel based on Beowulf?

Blogger bornagainpenguin August 12, 2019 1:10 PM  

What is the status of subtitles or closed captions on Unauthorized? I'm interested but I'm hard of hearing and I simply can't follow stuff very well without the text to help me along. There have even been times when I failed to notice audio in a movie wasn't in English because I was following the captions. It's kind of a necessity for me.

Blogger braq August 12, 2019 1:34 PM  

@#30

>possibly because they have no ideas how to reach the heart of men (there is no Jewish Shakespeare).

Oy vey, didn't you know? 'Shakespeare' was a Jewish woman!

Blogger VD August 12, 2019 1:35 PM  

Have you considered a graphic novel based on Beowulf?

No, I'd be more inclined towards the Aeneid or Iliad.

Blogger VD August 12, 2019 1:36 PM  

What is the status of subtitles or closed captions on Unauthorized?

Nonexistent. The tech is there, but the transcriptions are not. It's not very likely any time soon.

Blogger C-Speaks August 12, 2019 1:51 PM  

The comedy payroll is baffling on so many levels. 20 Million for Chris Rock? It doesn't matter how much you pay these people, it doesn't make them funnier. Netflix is going down the tubes fast.

Blogger Wazdakka August 12, 2019 2:09 PM  

Am now unauthorised. Feel much better now I get a welcome on the darkstream.

Blogger Damelon Brinn August 12, 2019 2:32 PM  

The comedy payroll is baffling on so many levels.

Red Letter Media did a breakdown of some of Adam Sandler's movies for Netflix. They're cheaply made and often loaded up with product placement, but Netflix still pays enough of a premium for them that he can pay his friends ridiculous amounts for minor appearances. Good for Sandler, I guess, and maybe Netflix still makes money from them; but it does look like they throw more money at products than they would have to, maybe for the buzz it creates.

Blogger matveidaniilovich August 12, 2019 2:43 PM  

Someone mentioned Korean dramas in the comments. I remember those were very popular among the Christians when I lived in Russia.

Blogger matveidaniilovich August 12, 2019 2:44 PM  

No one ever got back to me about my idea for a pancake show. Just me making pancakes. I think it would be very popular.

Blogger Unknown August 12, 2019 2:44 PM  

I cancelled Netflix a month ago to do Unauthorized instead too, and I really like it. I've stopped watching/listening to alot of mainstream things recently since I came across Owen's content. I've started listening to some early streams again while I'm at work instead of the music that plays in our studio, and I notice how different some streams feel/sound to me now...I'm even surprised...I think it's because I've been unravelling self censoring habits and so my default states in how I hear/engage with things have shifted. Owen really is a spell breaker lol!!

Blogger matveidaniilovich August 12, 2019 2:48 PM  

What about something Japanese? Release your inner weeaboo.

Blogger MrNiceguy August 12, 2019 4:52 PM  

Depending on your level of tech-savvy, you might look at a Raspberry Pi.

Blogger Dirk Manly August 12, 2019 7:39 PM  

@79

Dude...

put


the bong

down.

Blogger Dirk Manly August 12, 2019 7:39 PM  

@80

Yeah, the Raspberry Pi is a great platform.

Blogger Frank Lee August 12, 2019 8:21 PM  

The math is correct. Huge opportunity to take on Netflix.

No one subscribes to it because of its original shows, which aren't much different than something on HBO or Amazon Prime. They subscribed because Netflix was able to brand itself as a place to see everything digitally. It's lifeblood was old movies and TV shows, like The Office and Friends, which the studios are pulling or charging them a fortune for. People bought into the idea that it was a place that had almost everything (even though it never did) and the bonus of some original content. Increasingly, they will have little but their original content, which isn't much different than what can be found elsewhere. The studios, however, have huge libraries they can sell cheaply to themselves to fill out there on competing channels (like Disney+). Netflix is as doomed as Blockbuster.

The opportunity for UA isn't just that Netflix is going down, but that what will replace it is not a single subscription where you can watch "everything" but separate subscription services from HBO, Disney, Apple, Amazon, etc. In that marketplace, people will be forced to choose not only what content they prefer, but also what companies they want to support to create new content.

That being said, among the many thousands of things you should be doing (and don't have time to do all) find some cheap non-SJW content you can license long term to fill out the channels. I have to think there are old westerns and even old family oriented TV shows that are sitting in storage because Netflix isn't willing to bother pursuing them. You might be able to snap them up just by agreeing show them.

If you offer to stream non-SJW independent films, there are thousands made every year by independent filmmakers that can't get any distribution. If you put out a call for them, you'll be flooded with requests by people who just want to have them available on some kind of platform. The problem will be sorting out the vast majority of junk, but there are probably some brilliant gems hiding in all the dirt.

Blogger Hieroglyph August 12, 2019 9:17 PM  

Owen's comedy. Can we call it 'The Big Bear Theory'?

Probably not, lawyers will get involved. Unpleasantness ensues.

I have been investigating the markets recently, seeking to make small coin on options. Nothing serious, just funzies. Netflix is screwed, I've literally no doubt about this at all. I suspect the people who were going to make money, they've made it. Everyone else, well tough luck. Won't be missed.

Blogger Kerryman86 August 13, 2019 12:17 AM  

Hollywood seems to be taking the same trajectory of higher education and medical industry when it comes to cost inflation rather then say Silicon Valley. It seems odd to the average observer that despite computer costs going down precipitously year after year, CGI costs never seem to drop only increase, despite the fact that working in the special effects industry is one of the most brutally cost conscious industries in the world with the CGI firm that created the special effects for the academy award wining film The Life of PI going bankrupt after the movie was released due to the incredibly unfair practice of forcing CGI companies to guestimate the cost of special effect budgets before shooting. Which forces them to sign a contract for a fixed cost and swallowing any cost overruns due to decisions outside their control i.e. director or producer's decisions to change the direction of the film or changing scenes after completion. This is no small part due to the fact that Hollywood acts a lot more like a drug cartel rather then an industry open to free enterprise competition. Distribution, production and marketing is controlled by the same companies that existed over a century ago which is unheard of in other industries. Vox Day and Owen Benjamin's start up can be seen as an opening salvo in the war for the minds of average Americans while simultaneously injecting free market competition in an industry that languishes in a bi gone era.

Blogger Daniel August 13, 2019 10:29 PM  

Was gonna ask the same thing.
As a spanish speaker i can read english subtitles, but listen not so much.
I tried with owen, could not

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