Comedian Hannah Gadsby tore into Netflix’s ‘amoral algorithm cult’ after its co-CEO defended releasing Chappelle’s new special

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  • Comedian Hannah Gadsby, who won an Emmy for a Netflix special, lambasted the company’s co-CEO.
  • Co-CEO Ted Sarandos referenced Gadsby in a memo to staff defending Dave Chappelle’s new special.
  • Some Netflix employees and talent have criticized the special, in which Chappelle makes transphobic comments.

Comedian Hannah Gadsby tore into Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos in an Instagram post on Friday, after Sarandos wrote a memo to staff, which referenced her, defending Dave Chappelle’s controversial new standup special.

“Now I have to deal with even more of the hate and anger that Dave Chappelle’s fans like to unleash on me every time Dave gets 20 million dollars to process his emotionally stunted partial word view,” Gadsby wrote. “You didn’t pay me nearly enough to deal with the real world consequences of the hate speech dog whistling you refuse to acknowledge, Ted.”

Gadsby has two standup specials on Netflix, including “Nanette,” for which she won an Emmy.

Sarandos defended Chappelle and Netflix’s decision to release his new special, “The Closer,” in an all-staff memo this week after employees began speaking out against the special, as reported by multiple outlets including Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. The Netflix trans employee resource group is planning a company-wide walkout next week.

“We are working hard to ensure marginalized communities aren’t defined by a single story,” Sarandos wrote in part. “So we have ‘Sex Education,’ ‘Orange is the New Black,’ ‘Control Z,’ Hannah Gadsby and Dave Chappelle all on Netflix. Key to this is increasing diversity on the content team itself.”

“The Closer” is Chappelle’s sixth and perhaps final Netflix special. The comedian struck a three-special deal in 2016 with Netflix worth $60 million, The New York Post reported at the time, but it’s unclear if he was paid more for the additional specials.

In “The Closer,” Chappelle makes transphobic comments and defends “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling by exclaiming “Team TERF!,” which stands for trans exclusionary radical feminist, a term Rowling has referred to herself as.

Gadsby isn’t the first person with content on Netflix who has spoken out against the streamer over the special.

Jaclyn Moore, who is trans and is an executive producer on Netflix’s “Dear White People,” said that she wouldn’t work with the company “as long as they continue to put out and profit from blatantly and dangerously transphobic content.”

Below is Gadsby’s full post:

“Hey Ted Sarandos! Just a quick note to let you know that I would prefer if you didn’t drag my name into your mess. Now I have to deal with even more of the hate and anger that Dave Chappelle’s fans like to unleash on me every time Dave gets 20 million dollars to process his emotionally stunted partial word view. You didn’t pay me nearly enough to deal with the real world consequences of the hate speech dog whistling you refuse to acknowledge, Ted. Fuck you and your amoral algorithm cult … I do shits with more back bone than you. That’s just a joke! I definitely didn’t cross a line because there isn’t one.”

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‘Halloween Kills’ hits Peacock and theaters on October 15, but you need a premium plan to stream the slasher movie

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Michael Myers is back in “Halloween Kills.”

  • You can watch “Halloween Kills” in theaters and on Peacock Premium starting October 15.
  • Michael Myers returns in the new slasher flick, and he’s on the hunt for more victims.
  • Ad-supported Peacock Premium costs $5 a month, and ad-free Peacock Premium Plus costs $10 a month.

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On October 15, “Halloween Kills” will premiere in theaters and on Peacock. In order to stream “Halloween Kills” at home, you need to be a paid subscriber to Peacock Premium ($5/month) or Peacock Premium Plus ($10/month).

In “Halloween Kills,” Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode from the original “Halloween” movie. Michael Myers, the franchise’s iconic slasher villain, is still alive and searching for new victims with his foreboding white mask and blood-soaked knife in hand. Working with survivors of Michael’s past attacks, Laurie takes on the killer in a thrilling attempt to stop the carnage.

The first “Halloween” movie was released in 1978, and “Halloween Kills” is the twelfth installment in the horror franchise known for violent deaths. Another installment, titled “Halloween Ends,” is already set for release in 2022.

Where to watch ‘Halloween Kills’

“Halloween Kills” premieres October 15 in theaters and on Peacock. Although Peacock offers a free plan, you need a paid subscription to Peacock Premium or Premium Plus to watch “Halloween Kills.”

The last movie that was released in theaters and on Peacock at the same time was “The Boss Baby: Family Business.” That title remained on Peacock for 60 days. We expect a similar limited-time streaming release for “Halloween Kills.”

An ad-supported subscription to Peacock Premium costs $5 a month, and an ad-free subscription to Peacock Premium Plus costs $10 a month. Both memberships give you full access to the service’s catalog of NBCUniversal movies and shows.

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If you’re willing to pay for 12 months up front, you can save up to $20 a year by choosing an annual subscription to Peacock Premium ($50) or Peacock Premium Plus ($100) versus a monthly plan.

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You can watch “Halloween Kills” on Peacock with a web browser or through the dedicated Peacock app. The Peacock app is available on most streaming devices, tablets, smartphones, Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, and smart TVs like LG, Samsung, and Vizio. For a full list of compatible streaming options, visit the Peacock website.

Where can I watch other movies from the ‘Halloween’ franchise?

AMC Plus is one of the best streaming services for watching other movies from the “Halloween” franchise. Pricing ranges from $7 to $9 a month depending on how you subscribe. You can learn more about the service in our AMC Plus guide.

You can stream these “Halloween” movies on AMC Plus:

  • “Halloween” (1978)
  • “Halloween II” (1981)
  • “Halloween III: Season of the Witch” (1982)
  • “Halloween H20” (1998)
  • “Halloween: Resurrection” (2002)
  • “Halloween II” (2009)

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How to watch the NFL without cable – week 6 features big matchups between the top 4 teams in the AFC

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The 2021 NFL season began on September 9.

  • Week six of the 2021 NFL season features matchups between all four AFC division leaders.
  • NFL games are spread across several channels, including NFL Network, ESPN, NBC, Fox, and CBS.
  • HD antennas and streaming services offer select NFL games without the need for a cable subscription.

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Week six of the 2021 NFL season features a number of high profile games, including the Los Angeles Chargers against the Baltimore Ravens, and the Buffalo Bills against the Tennessee Titans. Each team is currently ranked first in their AFC division.

The Dolphins and Jaguars will also play a game in London, with a CBS broadcast starting at 9:30 a.m. ET on October 17.

Throughout the season, NFL games are spread across five primary channels: ESPN, NBC, Fox, CBS, and the NFL Network. Meanwhile, the next Super Bowl will be broadcast on NBC.

To help ensure you get access to every game you want to watch, we broke down the ins and outs of streaming the NFL season without a cable subscription.

NFL Week 6 schedule

Week six of the NFL regular season includes a Sunday Night Football matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers on NBC and Peacock. This week’s Monday Night Football game will feature the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans on ESPN.

Primetime games are shown nationally, but local broadcasts for afternoon games are determined by your area. NFL teams with byes in week six include the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, and San Francisco 49ers.

Game

Date and time Channel
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles October 14, 8:20 p.m. ET FOX, NFL Network, Amazon Prime
Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars October 17, 9:30 a.m. ET CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Football Team October 17, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants October 17, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts October 17, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions October 17, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears October 17, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens October 17, 1 p.m. ET CBS
Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers October 17, 1 p.m. ET FOX
Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns October 17, 4:05 p.m. ET FOX
Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos October 17, 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots October 17, 4:25 p.m. ET CBS
Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers October 17, 8:20 p.m. ET NBC, Peacock Premium
Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans October 18, 8:15 p.m. ET ESPN

How to watch NFL games without cable

You can access select NFL games without a cable subscription via streaming services like Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, FuboTV, YouTube TV, Paramount Plus, Amazon Prime Video, Peacock Premium, and NFL Sunday Ticket. You can also watch local NFL games with an HDTV antenna.

The 2021 NFL regular season began on September 9. During the regular season, Sunday afternoon games with an NFC home team will typically air on Fox, and Sunday afternoon games with an AFC home team will typically air on CBS.

Meanwhile, Sunday Night Football airs on NBC, and Thursday Night Football will broadcast on NFL Network all season long. Select Thursday Night Football games will also be shown on Fox and streamed via Amazon Prime and Twitch. Finally, Monday Night Football is on ESPN.

Additionally, you can stream all your local in-market games on your mobile device for free using the Yahoo Sports app or the NFL app.

Here’s a full roundup of all the services you can use to stream NFL games without cable.

HDTV Antenna

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You can purchase an antenna, like this 1 By One model, to add to your TV for about $24, giving you access to local channels within a certain distance. 

What you get:

Hooking up an HD antenna to your TV gives you access to local over-the-air (OTA) signals in your location. This means that you will be able to access the local affiliates of major broadcast networks, like Fox, CBS, and NBC.

This lets you watch all the regional games broadcast from wherever you’re located. You also get the Sunday Night Football matchup that airs on NBC. Because it’s only a one-time payment, this is a great option if you’re solely interested in watching the team in your area. However, you will not get access to any out-of-market games or games that air on ESPN or the NFL Network.


Sling TV

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If you’re looking for a live TV streaming service to watch football, Sling TV is a great budget option that gives you most of the channels you need at a cheaper price than Hulu or FuboTV.

There are three different plans, depending on what channels you prioritize. Sling Orange and Sling Blue each cost $35 a month, while the combined Sling Orange + Blue plan costs $50 per month. Additionally, you can purchase the Sports Extra package to add NFL RedZone to your plan for $11 per month.

What you get:

Sling Orange has ESPN, while Sling Blue has Fox and NBC in select markets as well as the NFL network. CBS is not currently offered by Sling. While there is a Sports Extra package, it does not include any channels that air live NFL games. 

Your best bet to get access to the most NFL games via Sling is to sign up for the Sling Orange + Blue plan and cash in on Sling’s current promotional offer of a free antenna for local channels. The free antenna requires that you prepay for two months of the Sling service. Plus, if you want RedZone you can add the Sports Extra package to the Orange + Blue Plan for a total of $61 a month.

If you don’t want it all, you can just sign up for Sling Blue to gain access to Sunday afternoon games on Fox and Sunday Night Football games on NBC, or just Sling Orange to gain access to Monday Night games on ESPN, in addition to the local offerings included with the antenna. As with all streaming services, game availability is subject to blackouts.

With Sling’s channel listings, add-ons, and the fact that they provide a free antenna, you can gain access to all local channels, the NFL Network, ESPN, and NFL RedZone, making it one of the most cost-effective ways to watch the NFL without cable. 

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In addition to all of its other offerings, Hulu + Live TV has nearly everything you need to stream NFL games for $65 per month. However, like Sling TV, there’s no option to add the NFL Network or NFL RedZone as a channel, which could be a deal-breaker if you’re hoping to watch and monitor action across the league.

What you get: 

Like an HD antenna, Hulu + Live TV gets you access to all the local affiliates of the major broadcasts, meaning Fox, CBS, and NBC. These will show the games that are within your regional broadcast map with the exception of any blackouts. In addition, you also get ESPN, which gives you access to all Monday Night Football games, and some of the best NFL coverage and analysis on TV. 

While you don’t get access to watch out-of-network games from across the country like you do with NFL RedZone or NFL Sunday Ticket, this is a comprehensive way to tune into most locally and nationally televised games. Hulu does not offer a way to watch the first three regular Thursday Night Football games, however, since those will be aired on NFL Network. 


FuboTV

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At $65 a month for the Starter Plan, FuboTV is one of the most comprehensive yet expensive live streaming options for NFL football. You can also spend an extra $11 per month to add the Sports Plus with NFL RedZone package.

What you get:

In terms of NFL games, the Starter Plan includes access to local CBS, NBC, and Fox stations (regional availability and blackout restrictions apply). FuboTV’s Starter Plan also grants you access to ESPN to watch Monday Night Football, and NFL Network to stream Thursday Night Football all season long. 


YouTube TV

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With a base price of $65 a month, YouTube TV is another service that offers access to most NFL games. Additionally, the service announced an agreement with the NFL to offer NFL Redzone as an add-on included in their Sports Plus package for an additional $11 a month. 

What you get:

Like other services at this price range, YouTube TV offers access to all the local channels you need to watch NFL games, including CBS, Fox, and NBC. YouTube TV also offers ESPN and NFL Network in their base package, so you’ll be able to watch all Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football games. And with the news of the new Sports Plus package, you can also watch NFL Redzone for an additional $11 per month.


NFL Sunday Ticket

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NFL Sunday Ticket used to only be available with a cable subscription, but NFL fans in non-DirecTV markets anywhere in the country can now gain access to every Sunday afternoon game.

There are two separate plans available: The NFL Sunday Ticket To Go plan costs $73.49 per month for four months, which is $293.96 total. There is also the NFL Sunday Ticket Max plan for $99 per month for four months, adding up to $396 total.

What you get:

Both plans give you access to all out-of-market Sunday afternoon games. This means that you do not get access to Thursday, Sunday, or Monday night games. You also won’t be able to stream locally televised games with only an NFL Sunday Ticket subscription. However, this is the only way for people hoping to watch full live games of their favorite teams out of market. A fun feature included in both plans is that you can watch four games at once on your screen.

In addition to the normal features, NFL Sunday Ticket Max adds in NFL RedZone and the DirecTV Fantasy Zone, which is a new channel solely dedicated watching games through the lens of fantasy football. 


Paramount Plus

CBS All Access NFL

If you’re just interested in watching locally televised AFC home games, then a Paramount Plus subscription could be all you need. The service lets you stream live CBS television, as well as a growing library of on-demand shows and exclusive titles. Paramount Plus is available for $5 a month with commercials or $10 a month with ad-free streaming. With that said, all live broadcasts, including NFL games, still feature commercials with the ad-free plan.

What you get:

Paramount Plus offers live streaming for every NFL game that airs on the regular CBS channel in your local market. However, since Paramount Plus only offers CBS content you won’t be able to watch any games that air on other networks or any out of market matches. You can see a full schedule of NFL games set to air on CBS here.

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Peacock Premium

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Peacock won’t be streaming any exclusive games during the 2021 season, but Premium subscribers can stream all the NFL games being broadcast on NBC.

What you get:

For $5 a month, Peacock Premium will give you streaming access to NBC’s Sunday Night Football games, as well as Super Bowl LVI, the Thanksgiving game between the Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints, and the 2021 kick-off game between the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The NFL’s flex scheduling gives NBC the option to change the Sunday Night Football game of the week, which typically guarantees that the primetime game will be one of the week’s best matchups.

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Amazon Prime Video

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Though yon won’t get local channels, NFL Network, or in-depth analysis, Amazon Prime Video members can watch select Thursday Night Football games with their subscription for no additional cost. A standalone Amazon Prime Video membership costs $9 a month, and the service is included as part of an Amazon Prime subscription for $119 per year or $13 a month.

What you get:

Amazon Prime Video will stream 11 Thursday Night Football games starting week five of the season. These game will also be broadcast on NFL Network and Fox. Since Amazon won’t be streaming any additional games, Prime Video on its own is really only suitable for casual football fans who just want to stream a few games this season. 

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Yahoo Sports app and NFL app

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If you’re only interested in watching in-market games without cable or an antenna, then you can stream live local and primetime games on a mobile device using the Yahoo Sports or NFL app. Both options are free and each app is available on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. 

What you get:

These apps provide live streaming for regular season local and primetime games, playoffs, and the Super Bowl. With that said, you can only watch the games on a mobile device. You’ll also need to ensure that your location services are activated on your phone or tablet.

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5 ways to troubleshoot Hulu when it isn’t working

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You may need to try a few different fixes if your Hulu stream isn’t working.

  • If Hulu is not working, there are several simple ways to troubleshoot any problems.
  • If you confirm that the Hulu service is working by checking Downdetector, you can close and restart the app to see if that fixes the problem.
  • You should also check to see if Hulu works on another device; if not, you might have an issue with your internet connection or Wi-Fi speed.
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Like any internet service, Hulu is susceptible to an array of possible problems, any of which can keep you from catching up with the latest episode of “What We Do In the Shadows.” If Hulu is not working for you, here are the most common troubleshooting steps to get back up and running as quickly as possible.

What to do when Hulu is not working

It’s often hard to know what is causing a glitch with Hulu (or any other streaming service) so you should try each of these potential fixes, starting with the simplest and easiest and then working your way through more complex or less likely solutions.

Check to see if Hulu is down

Hulu is generally reliable with a very high “uptime,” but if you get an error or can’t connect, the first thing you may want to do is see if the service is offline. If it is offline, you just need to wait a while and try again later. The easiest way to check is to go to Hulu’s network status page at Downdetector. You can also just search for “Is Hulu down” in a Google search.

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Downdetector should be your first stop if Hulu is unexpectedly not working.

Close the Hulu app and restart it

If you’re trying to watch Hulu on a mobile device, the Hulu app might be misbehaving. To solve that potential issue, force the Hulu app to completely close, then launch the app again. If you need a refresher, here is how to close an app on Android and close an app on iOS. If you’re trying to use Hulu on a smart TV or streaming player like Roku, you can close and restart the app there as well, though the steps will vary depending upon what device you own.

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Swipe upward to close the Hulu app on most mobile devices.

If that doesn’t fix the problem, then you might want to try restarting the device (here’s how to restart your iPhone), especially if you have any suspicion that the phone or tablet itself is misbehaving.

Not working anywhere? Check your WiFi

If Hulu isn’t working, the easiest way to see if the problem lies on the device you’re using or elsewhere is to try watching it on another device. Hulu not working on your TV? Start the Hulu app on your phone. Or try watching it in a browser on your laptop. If Hulu isn’t working on two different devices – but Downdetector doesn’t report any issues – then your WiFi might be the culprit. Reboot your WiFi router and cable modem (turn them both off for about two minutes, then turn them back on) and make sure you have a strong WiFi signal on whatever device you are trying to watch Hulu

Clear your device’s app cache

If you check Hulu on a second device and it’s working elsewhere – just not on the device you really want to use even after starting the app – then you might have a problem with your cache.

If you are using an Android phone or tablet, you can easily clear the cache. The steps might vary slightly depending upon which version of Android you are running, but here’s the general procedure:

1. Start the Settings app.

2. Tap Apps & Notifications.

3. Go to the list of apps (you might need to tap See all apps) and tap Hulu.

4. Tap Storage & cache.

5. Tap Clear cache.

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Clearing the cache may resolve a problem with Hulu not working.

If you’re using an iPhone, there’s no way to clear the cache without uninstalling the app, so go ahead and do that – uninstall Hulu from your iPhone, and then reinstall it from the App Store and sign back into your Hulu account.

Dealing with intermittent audio or video problems

There are a few reasons Hulu’s audio or video might be inconsistent, stuttering, lagging, or cutting in and out. Start by making sure that audio and video works properly in another app, outside of Hulu. For example, if it always plays fine on YouTube, the problem might be limited to Hulu.

For a more widespread problem, make sure that your internet connection is fast enough to accommodate streaming video. Use a service like Google’s Internet Speed Test to see how fast your connection is. Your connection needs to be at least 3Mbps for standard definition video, but ideally you want 16Mbps or more. There are a handful of ways you can speed up your internet connection.

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Assess your device’s internet speed to see if that’s the cause of your Hulu playback issues.

If your internet connection and WiFi speed don’t appear to be to blame and you are having trouble with Hulu on your television, it might be your HDMI connection, especially if you’re using a streaming media player. Replace the HDMI cable and try again.

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Netflix’s co-CEO said content doesn’t ‘translate to real-world harm’ in defense of Chappelle’s new special. A Netflix documentary suggests otherwise.

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  • Netflix’s co-CEO sent a memo defending the decision to stream Dave Chappelle’s new special.
  • In the memo, he said that content “doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm.”
  • Some people pointed out that a Netflix documentary, “Disclosure,” argues otherwise.

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos issued another defense of the company releasing Dave Chappelle’s controversial new standup special, “The Closer,” in which Sarandos said “content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world hard.”

That sentiment prompted a slew of people, including the creator of Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman,” to point out that a Netflix documentary, called “Disclosure,” argues the exact opposite.

In “The Closer,” Chappelle makes transphobic comments that have sparked a backlash from some Netflix employees.

Sarandos sent a company-wide memo on Monday addressing concerns over the special, according to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, which obtained copies of the note.

“With ‘The Closer,’ we understand that the concern is not about offensive-to-some content but titles which could increase real world harm (such as further marginalizing already marginalized groups, hate, violence etc.),” Sarandos wrote in part. “Last year, we heard similar concerns about ‘365 Days’ and violence against women. While some employees disagree, we have a strong belief that content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm.”

In light of Sarandos’ memo, people including critics, industry professionals, and activists have pointed to a documentary, Netflix’s “Disclosure,” that suggests otherwise.

A Netflix spokesperson declined to comment for this story.

“If only Sarandos had access to a documentary called ‘Disclosure’ that makes a very convincing argument about the many ways content has translated to real-world harm for the trans community,” Rolling Stone chief TV critic Alan Sepinwall tweeted. “It’s on … [checks notes] … Netflix.”

Raphael Bob-Waksberg, who created Netflix’s adult animated comedy “BoJack Horseman,” tweeted: “There’s a very good documentary called ‘Disclosure’ that I would recommend to anyone who works in the content biz. It’s on Netflix.”

In a statement to Variety in response to Sarandos’ comments, GLAAD also cited the documentary.

“Authentic media stories about LGBTQ lives have been cited as directly responsible for increasing public support for issues like marriage equality,” GLAAD said. “But film and TV have also been filled with stereotypes and misinformation about us for decades, leading to real world harm, especially for trans people and LGBTQ people of color. Ironically, the documentary ‘Disclosure’ on Netflix demonstrates this quite clearly.”

After “The Closer” debuted, some Netflix employees spoke out against the release of the special. Notably, Terra Field, a senior software engineer who is trans, went viral on Twitter last week, saying that Chappelle “attacks the trans community, and the very validity of transness – all while trying to pit us against other marginalized groups.”

Field and two other employees were suspended last week for attending an executive meeting they were not invited to, The Verge and Variety reported, but have since been reinstated following an investigation. Netflix issued a statement this week pushing back against the notion that the employees were suspended for any criticism of the Chappelle special.

“It is absolutely untrue to say that we have suspended any employees for tweeting about this show,” a Netflix spokesperson said. “Our employees are encouraged to disagree openly and we support their right to do so.”

Sarandos’ all-staff memo follows a memo to executives last week, in response to questions fielded during the aforementioned executive meeting, in which he defended the special by calling Chappelle “one of the most popular stand-up comedians today.”

Now, Netflix’s trans employee resource group is planning a company-wide walkout on October 20, The Verge reported on Wednesday.

In the special, Chappelle said that “gender is a fact” and defended “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling, who has also been criticized for transphobic comments. Rowling has identified as a “TERF” (trans exclusionary radical feminist), and Chappelle exclaimed “Team TERF!” in his special.

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Netflix reportedly spent $21 million on ‘Squid Game,’ its all-time biggest hit. Here’s how that compares to other show budgets.

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“Squid Game.”

  • Netflix reportedly spent $21.4 million on “Squid Game,” its biggest hit series ever.
  • It’s a small sum compared to some of Netflix’s other hits like “Stranger Things” and “The Crown.”
  • Streaming shows at other companies like Disney and Apple have movie-like budgets.

The surge in streaming platforms in recent years has caused a content arms race, inflating costs as media companies try to lure subscribers with big-budget IP.

But the biggest show in the world right now, Netflix’s “Squid Game,” isn’t based on any pre-existing IP and it cost a small sum in comparison to other streaming hits.

The streamer spent $21.4 million on the hit Korean-language series, Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw reported on Wednesday, based on internal documents he obtained. Netflix declined to comment on the figure upon Insider’s request.

Netflix announced on Tuesday that “Squid Game” was its biggest hit series ever, with 111 million member households watching it since its debut on September 17 (Netflix counts a view if an account watches at least two minutes of a show or movie). The streamer’s second biggest series, “Bridgerton,” was watched by 82 million members in its first month.

Netflix is investing heavily in the show’s home country of South Korea, committing to $500 million in the region this year, according to Variety.

But at nine episodes, “Squid Game” cost Netflix about $2.4 million per episode – a much smaller sum than some of the company’s other hit shows.

“Stranger Things” and “The Crown” cost $8 million and $10 million an episode, respectively, Variety reported in 2017. For comparison, “Stranger Things” season three is Netflix’s sixth biggest launch and no season of “The Crown” is in the top 10 (though season four won this year’s best drama series Emmy award).

At Disney+, Marvel shows like “WandaVision” and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” have movie-sized price tags, costing “as much as $25 million per episode,” the Hollywood Reporter wrote in 2019. The first season of the “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” had a budget of $15 million an episode, according to THR, which would price the entire eight-episode season at $120 million.

Tech giants like Apple and Amazon have also dropped heaps of cash to build up their streaming businesses. Amazon is spending $465 million on season one of its upcoming “Lord of the Rings” TV series, according to THR, which includes the $250 million it spent on the rights.

“The Morning Show” cost Apple $300 million for two seasons, according to several outlets, including Bloomberg and THR ($15 million per episode for 20 episodes, on par with the “Star Wars” show). The show’s executive producer Mimi Leder pushed back on that figure in an interview with Insider ahead of Apple TV+’s debut in 2019, but didn’t reveal a number.

To recap:

  • “Lord of the Rings” (Amazon Prime Video) – $465 million for first season (including $250 million for the series rights)
  • “WandaVision” and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” (Disney+) – $25 million per episode
  • “The Mandalorian” (Disney+) – $15 million per episode
  • “The Morning Show” (Apple TV+) – $15 million per episode
  • “The Crown” (Netflix) – $10 million per episode
  • “Stranger Things” (Netflix) – $8 million per episode
  • “Squid Game” – $2.4 million per episode ($21.4 million for nine episodes)
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How to watch the NHL without cable – the 2021-22 hockey season begins on October 12

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  • The 2021-22 NHL season begins on October 12 with a full schedule of 82 games for each team.
  • ESPN, ABC, and TNT will carry national NHL broadcasts, while ESPN+ and Hulu will stream exclusive games.
  • We suggest pairing ESPN+ with a live TV streaming service like Sling to watch the NHL without cable.

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The 2021-22 NHL season starts on October 12, just three months after the conclusion of the most recent Stanley Cup Finals. ESPN, ABC, and TNT will handle national NHL broadcasts instead of NBC Sports this season, and select games will stream on ESPN+ and Hulu.

After a shortened season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NHL teams will return to a full 82-game schedule for 2021-22. ESPN and ABC will broadcast a combined total of 28 exclusive games during the regular season. ESPN+ and Hulu will stream 75 exclusive games, and ESPN+ will also offer more than 1,000 out of market matches. TNT will broadcast NHL games on Wednesday nights, and it will offer Sunday afternoon games in March and April.

The opening games of the season feature the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Seattle Kraken versus the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Both games will broadcast on October 12 via ESPN and ESPN+, with the first game starting in Tampa Bay at 7:30 p.m. ET, and the second starting in Las Vegas at 10 p.m. ET.

How to watch the 2021-22 NHL season

There are several services hockey fans can subscribe to in order to watch NHL games throughout the season. The league switched national broadcasts partners this year, moving from NBC and NBC sports to ESPN, ABC, and TNT. Local affiliates vary by team; some teams air on local TV without cable, while others, like the New York Rangers and Islanders, have cable exclusive partners.

To catch every nationally televised games without cable, you’ll need a subscription to a streaming service with live TV access to ESPN and TNT. At $35 a month, we think Sling TV Blue offers the best value for the channels and content you can access. And for an additional $11 a month, you can add the Sports Extra package which includes the NHL Network where you can watch additional out-of-market games.

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Outside of nationally televised games on ESPN and TNT, you can also stream a ton of NHL games through ESPN+ and Hulu. Both services will stream the same lineup of 75 regular season games. You can see a full schedule on ESPN’s site.

In addition, ESPN+ plans to offer more than 1,000 out of market games during the regular season on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights.

ESPN+ costs $7 a month, making it a great option for NHL fans who want more to watch than their local team; subscribers also get access to UFC and other sporting events.

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‘The Green Knight’ is available to stream at home – here’s where to rent the critically acclaimed fantasy movie

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Dev Patel in “The Green Knight.”

  • “The Green Knight” is available to stream at home through video-on-demand retailers.
  • You can rent ($6) or buy ($20) the movie via services like Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, and Apple TV.
  • The movie debuted at home during an early-access stream through the A24 Screening Room on August 18.

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“The Green Knight” is now available to buy or rent through video-on-demand (VOD) services like Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV, and more. The online debut of “The Green Knight” happened less than a month after the film’s theatrical premiere on July 30.

“The Green Knight” stars Dev Patel as Sir Gawain, the nephew of King Arthur who goes on a perilous quest of self-discovery. Director David Lowery takes viewers on an eerie, poetic adventure in this loose adaptation of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.”

“The Green Knight” received positive feedback from critics and is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregation website. The film currently has an “88% Fresh” rating based on 206 reviews.

Where to watch ‘The Green Knight’ online

“The Green Knight” is now available to buy or rent through VOD services like Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV, Google Play, and Microsoft. You can rent the movie for $6 or purchase it for $15 in up to 4K quality on compatible devices. A standard definition version is available to rent for $5 on some platforms.

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After purchasing “The Green Knight” through a VOD retailer, you can watch the movie on-demand whenever you want and as many times as you want. For viewers who choose to rent “The Green Knight,” many VOD retailers give you 30 days to begin watching the rental and 48 hours to finish once the movie has started.

If you would like a physical copy of “The Green Knight,” the DVD ($23), Blu-ray ($22), and Ultra HD Blu-ray ($29) are available to order on Amazon.

What other A24 movies can I stream right now?

The best way to watch other movies from A24 is to subscribe to Showtime for $11 a month. New subscribers to Showtime can claim a 30-day free trial. The service is also available as part of a special discounted bundle with Paramount Plus. New members to both services can get the bundle for just $10 a month if they sign up by October 20.

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You can also access Showtime as a paid add-on through streaming services like Hulu or Amazon Prime Video for $11 a month, but these services only offer a seven-day free trial.

Showtime gives you streaming access to many A24 films, including:

  • “Eighth Grade” (2018)
  • “Hereditary” (2018)
  • “mid90s” (2018)
  • “Waves” (2019)
  • “The Witch” (2015)
  • “Ex Machina” (2014)
  • “Green Room” (2015)
  • “Moonlight” (2016)
  • “Room” (2015)
  • “American Honey” (2016)
  • “Under the Silver Lake” (2018)
  • “Spring Breakers” (2012)
  • “Swiss Army Man” (2016)

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If you have a Netflix subscription, you can watch the following A24 films and more:

  • “It Comes at Night” (2017)
  • “Lady Bird” (2017)
  • “Uncut Gems” (2019)
  • “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (2017)
  • “The Florida Project” (2017)
  • “Good Time” (2017)
  • “A Ghost Story” (2017)
  • “The Disaster Artist” (2017)

Amazon Prime Video also includes a few A24 films for members like:

  • “Midsommar” (2019)
  • “The Lighthouse” (2019)
  • “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” (2019)
  • “The Farewell” (2019)

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How to watch Major League Baseball – the playoffs continue with the Division Series on TBS and Fox Sports

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Enrique Hernandez of the Boston Red Sox hits a single during the seventh inning of game four of the 2021 ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park.

  • The 2021 MLB Playoffs continue with the ALDS and NLDS featuring the top eight teams in baseball.
  • Playoff games are broadcast nationally by ESPN, Fox, Fox Sports, TBS, and MLBN.
  • You can also catch out-of-market regular season games through ESPN+ and MLB TV.

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The 2021 MLB Playoffs began with the AL Wild Card game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox on October 5, and the NL Wild Card game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers on October 6.

The Red Sox and Dodgers won their single elimination games, placing them in the Divisional Series against the Tampa Bay Rays and San Francisco Giants, respectively. The Giants and Dodgers were separated by just one game in the NL West standings at the end of the season, and the winner of their series is a favorite to win this year’s World Series.

The Chicago White Sox are facing off against the Houston Astros in the other ALDS series, while the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers will round out the NLDS round of the playoffs.

Every MLB playoff game will be broadcast nationally by Fox Sports 1, TBS, or MLB Network, but you’ll need to subscribe to a cable provider or live TV streaming service like YouTube TV, Sling TV, or DirecTV Stream to watch them all.

MLB divisional round schedule

Teams in the divisional series will play a first-to-three wins format, meaning each series can last for up to five games. The next round of the playoffs and the World Series use a first-to-four win format, allowing for seven game series.

The Boston Red Sox have already eliminated the Tampa Bay Rays in four games in their ALDS series.

Teams Date and time National broadcast/stream
Houston Astros at Chicago White Sox (Game 4) October 12, 2:07 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1
Milwaukee Brewers at Atlanta Braves (Game 4) October 12, 5:15 p.m. ET TBS
San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers (Game 4) October 12, 9:07 p.m. ET TBS
Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros (Game 5 if needed) October 13, 8:07 p.m. ET Fox Sports 1
Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee Brewers (Game 5 if needed) October 14, 5:07 p.m. ET TBS
Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants (Game 5 if needed) October 14, 9:07 p.m. ET TBS

Where to watch MLB playoff streams

MLB playoff games are spread across channels like TBS, MLB Network, ESPN, FS1, and Fox. The World Series will be shown only on Fox. If you don’t have cable you can stream these stations with a subscription to a live TV streaming service.

To help narrow down your options, we compiled the best streaming services you can use to watch the MLB playoffs live.

DirecTV Stream

DirecTV Stream features Fox, MLB Network, TBS, FS1, and ESPN in most of its plans. The cheapest plan with all five channels is the DirecTV Stream Choice plan for $85 a month. The Choice plan also gives you access to several regional sports networks for local regular season games that aren’t broadcast nationally.

DirecTV Stream provides local coverage for 20 of MLB’s 30 teams, according to a spokesperson from the service. You can check to see if DirecTV Stream covers your regional sports network with this lookup tool.

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YouTube TV

One of the most comprehensive options for streaming MLB games is YouTube TV. The service costs $65 a month and includes Fox, FS1, ESPN, TBS,and MLB Network, as well as some regional sports networks depending on your area.

YouTube TV also includes an option to watch out-of-market games via the MLB TV add-on for an extra fee. This means you can watch a mix of local games, nationally televised games, and out-of-market games all in one place.

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Sling TV

Another option for MLB games is Sling TV. Sling Blue ($35/month) includes access to Fox (in select markets), FS1, and TBS. Sling Orange ($35/month), on the other hand, offers live access to ESPN and TBS. You can combine both Sling Blue and Sling Orange for $50 a month. You can also add MLB Network via Sling’s Sports Extra package for an additional $15 a month.

This combo will get you Fox, FS1, ESPN, TBS, and MLB Network for $65 a month. Please note that Fox only airs in select markets, primarily in major US cities, via Sling TV.

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Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live features several channels with MLB games, including ESPN, Fox, FS1, and TBS. The service costs $65/month ($55/month for your first three months) and includes access to Hulu’s entire on-demand library. That said, Hulu + Live TV is missing MLB Network.

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Fubo TV

Fubo TV also offers a package that will get you most of the channels you need for national MLB games. The streaming service’s Starter plan ($65/month) has over 100 channels, including Fox, FS1, and ESPN. Fubo TV also offers access to MLB Network with its Sports Plus with NFL RedZone add-on for $11 a month. There’s also a few regional sports networks in select areas. On the downside, Fubo TV is missing TBS.

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How to reset your Amazon Firestick to factory settings and fix nearly any bug

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It should only take a few clicks to reset a Firestick.

  • You can reset an Amazon Firestick to factory settings by opening the My Fire TV menu, or by using a button shortcut.
  • Resetting your Firestick will erase all of your personal data, downloaded apps, and preferences.
  • If your Firestick is experiencing a glitch that you can’t fix, resetting it might be the best fix.
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The Amazon Fire TV Stick – better known as just the Firestick – is a smart device, and like most smart devices, should usually run without issues or bugs. But if you’ve had yours for long enough, there’s a chance that you’ll eventually run into some sort of problem.

If you’re trying to fix a bug, or just want to erase your data so you can sell the Firestick, you should factory reset it. A factory reset will return the Firestick to the state it was in when you first bought it – no account and only the default apps and settings.

Here’s how to reset your Firestick.

How to reset an Amazon Firestick

1. Turn on your Firestick and get to the home screen.

2. Locate the Settings option – depending on your Firestick, it might just look like a gear icon – and select it.

3. Scroll down and select My Fire TV. On some Firesticks, you might see Device or System instead of My Fire TV.

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Head to My Fire TV.

4. Scroll to Reset to Factory Defaults and select it.

The My Fire TV menu on an Amazon Firestick, with the "Reset to Factory Settings" option highlighted.
You can reset or restart your Firestick from this menu.

5. Confirm that you want to reset the system.

The reset process should take about five minutes, and once it’s done, you’ll need to set the Firestick up from scratch. This includes entering the Wi-Fi information, logging into your Amazon account, and downloading any extra apps.

Jennifer Still contributed to a previous version of this article.

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