Much like loadshedding, the africast continues, and this week the main topic of discussion is Netflix and the potential backlash from its decision to cull account sharing.
That decision is yet to be fully implemented, with a more formal announcement on the way, but we discuss how a better strategy could have been devised to get the streaming platform to generate more money.
Before that, however, we talk about three big news stories from the past week.
First is the new Galaxy S23 series from Samsung, which was unveiled on 1st February. The new devices, and the S23 Ultra in particular, are packing some enviable components to match the massive price tags. The phones are already available to pre-order in South Africa, so it will be interesting to see how many consumers opt for one.
Next is ChatGPT, which seems to be involved in a new development with each passing day. The latest is an upcoming subscription plan called ChatGPT Plus, which is set to cost $20 per month. This plan will limit the wait time to access the AI platform, even during busy periods, along with making new features available exclusively before a wider release.
Lastly we unpack the latest quarterly report from Meta, which saw its Reality Labs environment take a massive hit. To that end its new VR headset did not sell as expected, nor are developers/users particularly interested in what Horizon Worlds has to offer. Regardless though, Meta says it will continue to invest into that side of the business.
MENTIONED IN THIS AFRICAST:
- South African pricing and availability confirmed for the Galaxy S23 series
- What the local pre-order offer for the Galaxy S23 series looks like
- The ChatGPT subscription service solves the platform’s biggest problem
- Reality Labs cost Meta $4.2 billion in the final stretch of 2022
- Netflix reveals how it will deal with password sharing and it’s a mess
- Netflix’s latest mistake has spooked users