HBO’s House of the Dragon and Amazon Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power . Photo-Illustration: Vulture; Photos by HBO and Prime Video In this era of video on demand, most streaming programmers have come to accept the Gospel According to Netflix: Audiences now watch TV shows when it’s convenient for them, and the specific time of day they arrive is irrelevant for streamers. This is why most streaming shows drop new episodes in the middle of the night, U.S. time; since we are all our own network schedulers now, deciding what to watch and when, there’s no reason to “program” new shows and movies for an optimal time of day. But the slightly different release patterns for Prime Video’s The Rings of Power and HBO’s House of the Dragon , along with some new Nielsen numbers, have had me thinking lately about the wisdom of the dogmatic approach pioneered by Netflix — and whether streamers should be thinking more about what time they release their original … [Read more...] about Dragons vs. Elves: Who Has the Better Release Strategy?
With little more than a week before voting closes, voter apathy appears to have a massive majority in New Plymouth’s local government election. As of Thursday, just 6% of voters, or 3676 of the 61,278 eligible, had voted, with the campaign on course to attract even less than the record low of 45% who bothered to have their say in 2019. Despite New Plymouth’s election featuring many candidates across several wards, and a mayoral race being contested by eight candidates, the district’s voter numbers fall well below Stratford’s 12% and South Taranaki’s 12.7%, even though those elections have all but been decided in the majority of their wards. However, New Plymouth voter apathy matched many districts around New Zealand, with the likes of Wellington recording just a 5% turnout to date and Auckland around 8%, with the countdown to polls closing at midday on Saturday, October 8, looming. READ MORE: Explainer: How voting in Nelson's council elections will work in 2022 Large … [Read more...] about Concerning voter turnout for New Plymouth District as election deadline looms