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Sex, violence, drugs get the axe in Apple’s upcoming original content

Apple reportedly killed a drama about Dr. Dre’s life that was too scandalous.

Everything new coming to Netflix this week, and everything leaving

It’s Sunday, and you know what that means! Well, you might not actually know what that means, as this is the first time we’re posting one of these on a Sunday, but it means that we’ve gathered all of the Netflix shows, movies and specials coming to the streaming service this week, as well as everything leaving the service.

Last week was hard to beat, but there is plenty of quality content this week, including ten Netflix original series, three original films, and a couple of huge blockbusters, including A Wrinkle in Time, the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s The Imitation Game, which won an Oscar for its screenplay. As if that wasn’t enough, the entire eighth season of The Walking Dead is shambling on to the service as well.

Here is the complete list of the Netflix arrivals and departures for the week of September 23rd, 2018:

Arrivals

Sunday, September 23rd

  • The Walking Dead: Season 8

Tuesday, September 25th

  • Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time
  • Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Wednesday, September 26th

Friday, September 28th

Departures

Monday, September 24th

  • Iris

Friday, September 28th

  • The Imitation Game

We’ll be back next week with another full slate of shows, movies, and specials coming and going from the streaming service. In the meantime, you can always check the complete list of arriving content and departing content.

Don’t fall for this clever Netflix phishing email scam

People are used to phishing emails from Nigerian princes and Western Union by now, but it’s not only financial institutions that get impersonated by scammers. Because the average person sucks at security and re-uses the same password across many sites, login credentials for seemingly-boring things like Netflix can also reap rewards for hackers.

An alert from police in the UK details how a cunning new phishing scam is trying to steal people’s Netflix account logins, both to get free binge-watching but also potentially valuable credentials. Billing details are also at risk, since users are happy to enter their credit card details in a website seemingly owned by a service they know and love.

Here’s the warning from Action Fraud, a joint initiative between the City of London Police and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau in the UK:

Watch out for these fake Netflix emails.

We’ve seen an increase in reports about fake Netflix emails claiming that there’s an issue with your account, or that your account has been suspended. The email states that you need to “update” your account details in order to resolve the problem. The link in the emails leads to genuine-looking Netflix phishing websites designed to steal your username and password, as well as payment details.

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

As always, the easiest way to avoid having your details stolen is simply to never click a link in the first place. Phishing websites can be virtually indistinguishable from the real thing, so the most foolproof way is just to go to your browser and navigate to Netflix, rather than going through an email link.

Matt Murdock is back and darker than ever in new trailer for Daredevil season 3

“Let the devil out”: the third season starts streaming on Netflix on October 12.

Study: Netflix users are so addicted to bingeing there’s not much time left for family

Imagine, for a moment, how much time a day you spend uninterrupted with family members. Got it? Now go ahead and double it. That, friends, is roughly how much time every single day the average Netflix user spends bingeing content.

It’s an estimate that comes via Streaming Observer, which found that the average Netflix user now spends a little more than an hour a day streaming content on the service. Which adds up to some 434 hours, the equivalent of 18 days, over the course of a year.

Here’s how the site arrived at those numbers. “At the end of last year, the company announced that its users streamed 140 million hours of content per day. At the time, there were 117.58 million subscribers. Simple math shows that dividing 140 million hours of content watched daily by 117.58 million subscribers results in the average user spending 1 hour and 11 minutes each day watching content on Netflix.”

One hour and 11 minutes doesn’t sound so bad, until you put it up against the roughly 36 minutes of quality, distraction-free time that other studies have found people spend with family members each day.

Here’s a closer look at what Streaming Observer has found:

“Recent studies have found that families only spend anywhere from 34 to 37 minutes of quality, undistracted time (e.g. time where they “feel they actually bond”) together on a typical day,” Streaming Observer notes. “Let’s average that out to 35.5. That means the typical subscriber spends about half as much quality time with their family as they do with Netflix.”

But there’s more. Again, these are all rough estimates, but according to the most recent annual edition of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ American Time Use Survey, the Streaming Observer data also shows that Netflix users generally spend a lot more time bingeing than they do exercising, reading and hanging out with friends. Combined!

The crazy thing is that even with numbers like this, and with Netflix binges eating up so much of users’ time already, the company’s CEO Reed Hastings thinks the company still doesn’t own enough of its users’ day. “We’re still a small fraction of every society’s overall viewing,” he said on a call with investors earlier this summer. “So I think there’s still room to go there.”

Indeed, the company is still working to grow as much and as fast as it can. During the most recent quarter, Netflix reported 130 million global subscribers, up 25 percent from 104 million in the year-ago quarter.

Per Zacks Equity Research, Netflix is hoping to add 650,000 subscribers in the U.S. and a little more than 4 million internationally in the third quarter.