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I have two essential pandemic companions: cheese and a website called JustWatch.
JustWatch is not particularly fancy, but it tells me where I can watch a particular show or movie I’m watching online. It’s not like a big deal, but it is.
When I recently read about the decade-old British comedy series, “Miranda,” Justwatch showed me It was streaming for free on the Roku channel. It identified which episodes are A fun British home-building show, “Grand Designs” are on Netflix and are missing. I do not know it. Even Google does not spit out this information.
Justwatch is not perfect, and it is not treating coronavirus. But it (mostly) Resolves a small annoyance of life at home.
The website exists because streaming entertainment is fantastic – and an uncontrolled mess. Companies care more about their bottom lines than their customers, so as streaming services scattered entertainment like confetti, it’s often impossible to figure out how to work together.
Mostly, I want to focus on what works about Justwatch.
David Croy, the company’s chief executive, told me that Justwatch Computers constantly checks under more than 1000 streaming video services and digital download catalogs from companies like Apple and Amazon. There are tens of thousands of entertainment options which are constantly changing and changing by country.
Croyé said that JustWatch “made it easy for people to navigate the jungle of content and streaming services.”
Many companies say that they do. Do very little.
Apple appreciates this Online video app called TV As a hub for people to watch anything on their streaming services. No. For example, Apple does not list Netflix options. You will encounter Equal gaps or confusion Hunting for stuff on streaming gadgets like Amazon’s Fire TV. It just doesn’t work.
Netflix does not want to let competitors like Apple or Amazon Pier into its entertainment roster – or it wants to pay for it. No streaming company wants to point you “love and basketball” at a rival service. Google searches of streaming shows can return incredible junk.
JustWatch is an island of repression, partly because it is not powerful enough for anyone to fear.
It will tell you what is on regular TV tonight, and it makes mistakes. Margaret Lyons, My colleague who writes Watching news“JustWatch” uses “constantly,” she said, but it sometimes states that the shows are not the venues available. (Also uses Margaret Agile, A search database for many streaming services.)
Other companies such as Roku promised to become neutral streaming subsidiaries and did not stay that way. Justwatch may have that problem.
It makes money by tapping data from people who look at the strategies of tailor-made entertainment companies. Sony’s movie studio horror film fans can use JustWatch’s information to target online movie trailers.
This can be a red flag when companies make money from data rather than people using their products. You might think that JustWatch might inspire us to watch “Paddington” on the hull as the company pays for the recommendation. Croyé said it would be retaliatory if JustWatch betrayed our trust in this way.
There is still no universal guide to the new TV, as streaming entertainment is a mess. (Have I mentioned it?) But for now, Justwatch feels like the next best thing.
Is hatred of Airbnb inevitable?
My colleague Erin Griffith Recent article I again wonder about people renting their homes on AirBnB if they are fundamentally broken with the many digital services we use.
Erin spoke to homeowners who felt that renters related to the AirBnB epidemic hurt their livelihood. It made some of them realize how much power they had.
It can be difficult to feel sympathy for those who own good homes and rent them on AirBnB. But Erin’s reporting revealed an inherent flaw with practically all digital matchmakers like AirBnB that connects interested sellers and buyers: People eventually hate their courage.
Expedia matches the hotel with those who want a room. Hate hotels. DoorDash connects restaurants with people who want to eat at home. Restaurants hate it, And Couriers sometimes do, Too. A lot of merchants that sell on amazon They think they’ve got the short end of the stick. Some app creators feel them Get a Raw Deal from Apple.
Much of what Erin heard from the Erbin hosts fits into this pattern. The party that is offering something for sale often believes that the middleman is charging them too much, making unfair rules or becoming overpowered at their expense. This is the same taste of all complaints.
And like some restaurants, hotels and app makers, unhappy Airbnb hosts told Erin that they wanted customers to come straight to them and release the all-powerful matchmaker.
I do not know if it is possible to get people out of these middlemen. It is easy to find flocks for restaurants, places to stay or merchants in one app. And complaints may be inappropriate. Airbnb, iPhone App Store and DoorDash have a large number of customers who would otherwise not be there.
But given how many times at least one party resents the system in these matchmaking transactions, I wonder if any of it is sustainable.
(Full disclosure: My sister works for a hotel workers union, which advocates tight regulation of AirBnB.)
Before we leave …
Routers are very boring but important: My colleague Brian X. Chen Tested a crop of new generation Wi-Fi routers That promise to make our home internet connection zippier and more reliable. Brian’s results were not wow, but he is the advice for us.
All is not well with that Russian cyber attack: Members of Congress and corporate officials are still not sure how Russia pulled out one of history’s most cutting-edge computer hacks, my colleague David E. Sanger Reported. And it is possible that the attackers are still hanging in the government and corporate computer networks.
Facebook is a private state department: ProPublica Reported That Facebook officials sided with Turkey’s demand to block content on military attacks on the Kurdish minority rather than risk being shut down in the country.
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