The big news on streaming this week is the arrival of HBO Max, a new service that brings together HBO’s prestige offerings with a broader catalog of WarnerMedia Entertainment. There are new series, such as a craft competition series for children called “Craftopia,” old replay “Friends,” and hundreds of films from the WarnerMedia vault, Criterion Collection, and Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli. To read more about what is watched on HBO Max, see our work here.
Netflix users have reported fewer service problems compared to other streaming providers during the recent surge in demand. With so many people at home because of concerns about coronavirus and staying at home orders, streaming services get an uptick being used. According to a new survey from J.D. Power, customers when using Netflix report fewer streaming problems than when on Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney + and others.
Back in March when countries around the world began locking, many worried that the high volume of streaming users would be a burden on the system. Netflix, and other streaming giants, even reduce video quality in Europe and elsewhere because higher internet usage is causing slowing internet speeds in many parts of the world. However, this change does not appear to affect U.S. users.
At the end of April, J.D. Power asked 1,232 US adults how their streaming service had worked during a surge in usage. Users report only 0.7 hourly streaming issues on Netflix as opposed to 0.11 on Hulu and Amazon Video Prime. Users also report 0.12 from Disney + and 0.13 from YouTube TV.
The survey also found that the most popular shows were watched by all users on Netflix. Most streaming titles include Netflix being produced Ozark and Tiger King in the top two places with respect. NBC Office taking the third most popular spot and available for streaming on the platform (until moving to Peacock next year).
The survey concluded by asking which service users they would choose if they could only have one and again Netflix gets the top position easily. 54% of those surveyed chose Netflix while 17% chose Amazon Prime Video and 13% chose Hulu. Netflix seems to have secured itself as the main competitor in the streaming war.
This week, “American Idol” is getting ready for its big finale – and we have a behind the scenes look at how producers at the singing competition gather big nights from a distance. Meanwhile, “Workin ‘Moms” is back on Netflix. Read the profile of our creator Catherine Reitman who ponders what it means to be a mother who works together like the world of work life balance is reversed. And don’t forget we’re summarizing the fifth season of “Billions.”
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As Canadian oil companies prepare to start reporting what is sure to be a dismal Q1 income and short-term outlook, analysts expect that companies will announce production cuts of around 1 million barrels per day in the coming months given the loss of demand and low oil prices.
“It is difficult for us to understand how West Canada’s crude oil production can avoid a decline of ~ 1 million + bbl / d output in the coming weeks,” Michael Dunn, an analyst at Stifel FirstEnergy, said in a note, as carried out by Bloomberg.
Companies in Canada have done it react to falling oil prices, but analysts and investors will look for further clues in the earnings report on how they plan to get through the second major oil crisis in just five years.
“I hope to see injuries everywhere … This is a survival game now,” Athabasca Oil CEO Rob Broen said Calgary Herald columnist Chris Varcoe last month.
“Being a price taker has made us very vulnerable to dramatic changes in oil prices and what we see today will have a direct negative impact on the Canadian economy,” Tim McMillan, President and CEO at the Canadian Oil Producers Association (CAPP), the word in early March when international oil prices plummeted 25 percent.
According to Rystad Energy estimate“Canada’s restrictions are running smoothly, and the building storage crisis will continue to test operations as we approach May when global storage is likely to reach full functional capacity. Unless more significant upstream volumes are cut globally, Canada’s restrictions may eventually exceed 1.3 million barrels per day in the second quarter, “said Rystad Energy senior analyst Thomas Liles earlier this week.
After an uneven and often disappointing season, Hulu Small Fire Everywhere concludes Wednesday with its eighth episode, “Find a Way,” where every secret and scandal that has overflowed since Mia and Pearl Warren moved to Shaker Heights finally reached boiling point.
But the most surprising thing of all is that this last hour is the best of the show.
We begin with a ham-headed flashback, the show’s favorite narrative device, taking us back to when Richardson’s children were younger and Izzy tried to save the baby bird, only to be told that his mother would no longer touch him now because of human contact. This event beats us with this metaphor, as usual, stopping just shy Izzy declared “I’m a bird” and fled to her room.
Nowadays, Teen Izzy says Teen Things to his mother like, “Isn’t that what we do in this house? Get rid of things we don’t like?” while Pearl Warren shouted, “What you do is lie“to Mia across the city. To be fair, they aren’t is wrong, and this is a very age-appropriate behavior. Still hard to watch.
Pearl was furious when she learned that her biological father was still alive and well, and that Mia had run away with him instead of giving Pearl’s babies to Ryan when they were supposed to. Which revealed, with Elena as the source, deliberately reflecting the case of Mae Ling / Mirabelle McCullough.
While the program seems to sympathize with Bebe Chow, biological mother, Mia and Pearl’s strained relationship reminds us that giving Mae Ling to her biological mother will not miraculously guarantee a happy life for her. There are no perfect parents, biological or not. Mia promised Pearl to Ryans and Bebe never intended to leave Mae Ling at the fire station. But both end up in the opposite of the situation they want, and fight tooth and nail for their babies.
Rosemarie DeWitt gave the best performance of the season (she’s not the only one, but we will achieve that) in Linda McCullough’s testimony, when she balked Ed Lam’s question. Ed asked how McCulloughs planned to keep Mae Ling in touch with Chinese culture, questioning how much they had done (or rather, not done) in the year they had it.
Once again, the program left us with questions but there were no answers on the topic which was very full and nuanced. Children grow far from their parents’ home countries every day, many of them with very weak ties to their inheritance. But in a prisoner battle where genes are involved, this responsibility has a different weight.
Elena, in her determination to weaken Bebe Chow and win the case for Linda, tries to force a friend in Planned Parenthood into sharing patient information. His friend refused, but Elena peeked through the file. He found nothing in Bebe, but he found a file that marked “Warren, P” – a file about Lexie’s abortion that he experienced under the name Pearl.
There are no perfect parents, biological or not.
At the same time, Moody united the two and two about Pearl and Trip, and the friendly and friendly Moody who had approached Pearl for months and just evaporated. He was all the wrath and jealous prostitutes, and it was Trip who punched his brother to protest the painful slander. Elena assumes Moody’s got Pearl pregnant, which is wrong at every level. That’s Trip, said Moody, and still nobody knows that Lexie had an abortion.
When every fragile secret between the Warren and Richardson family was unraveled, Izzy was the one who put the pieces together – odd, volatile Izzy, who couldn’t relate to his mother, who called out to Moody with his bitterness, who couldn’t feel it. the way Lexie treated Brian and Pearl, and who wouldn’t want to see Mia leave forever. Izzy arrives at Warrens’ while Mia comforts Bebe Chow who is broken after the verdict.
And Izzy and Pearl illustrate together that the mother-child relationship is not as easy as whose. Each of them experienced genuine affection with the other mother, but at the last hour, Pearl claimed Mia as her own, now and forever. Izzy found himself trapped with Richardson, feeling more trapped than before and was abandoned by Mia and Elena.
All of this was interspersed with Bebe taking Mae Ling from McCullough once and for all. In this way, this often erratic adaptation makes parallels with surprising clarity.
Confused Izzy ran after Mia and Pearl, then returned to the house determined to light it. His brothers caught him, and when Elena followed him, the quarrel made him shout at words to Izzy that he couldn’t take back: “I never wanted you from the start!”
Richardson’s children looked at their mother in surprise, a mother they no longer knew – or maybe a mother they finally saw for themselves. He let Izzy run out of the house, ignored Lexie’s acknowledgment of abortion, and – most absurdly – left go back to sleep. This is an unintentional change from Elena, but Witherspoon sells the living hell of a “YES YOU ARE” screams in response to Lexie’s request that she is not perfect.
Other children, led by Lexie, decided that they were finished. They finished what Izzy started, burning every room until the entire house caught fire.
In this striking departure from Celeste Ng’s book, Small Fire Everywhere provide the best and most satisfying touch. At first Izzy started the fire, and it was from episode 1 that led us to believe. In a performance that consistently and often mysteriously escapes its source material, the final substitution compensates for a lot of ugly character work with as much heavy-handed drama as was used to construct it.
A piece of Elena goes to look for Izzy after the fire, but she’s been gone a long time, like Bebe and Mae Ling. Izzy hasn’t met Mia and Pearl yet, and we don’t know if he will. The Warrens went to see Grandma and Grandpa while Elena found Mia’s Shaker model – the place that locked her in, and tried to lock Mia in too.
The last scene drags a bit and includes a winding monologue about birds – but it is Small Fire Everywhere in short. The journey is not always elegant or pleasant, but the resolution is packed with firepower.
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