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May 25, 2016

A shiny graph showing you from which countries Netflix's content comes

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The EU's currently proposing a mandate for online services including Netflix and Amazon Prime to include more EU content. If this means more continental European content on Netflix and Amazon, I'm all for it. If it means more UK content, boo!

Anyway, the proposals include:

  • Allowances for member states options to impose financial contributions to on-demand services.
  • On demand service must ensure that a minimum share of European content is represented.
  • On demand services must also give European content ‘prominence’ meaning changes to user interfaces and recommendation engines.
  • Small companies “with no significant presence” and social media sites should not be subject to changes.
  • Provisions were also added increasing measures to protect minors from harmful content.

Where does Netflix's content currently come from, though, you might ask? Here's a graph. It's sort of a graph anyway. I think it would have taken about three seconds' thought to come up with a way of making it clearer, though.

But the general gist is that on the right-hand side, you can see in descending order of hours of content the countries producing the TV and movies on Netflix; in case your grasp of EU member states needs help, the grey and blue lines are an attempt to show you which are non-EU countries and EU countries respectively.

It's not hugely surprising, given the strength of all the different countries' respective media industries and Netflix's English-language bias, but I'm surprised Turkey at least didn't manage to hit the list at all.

Graph: Netflix Content by Origin (duration) 

Source: IHS Technology

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May 25, 2016

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May 23, 2016

What have you been watching? Including Lady Dynamite, Vis a Vis (Locked Up), Banshee and DC's Legends of Tomorrow

Posted on May 23, 2016 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

It's "What have you been watching?", my chance to tell you what movies and TV I’ve been watching recently that I haven't already reviewed and your chance to recommend things to everyone else (and me) in case I've missed them.

The usual "TMINE recommends" page features links to reviews of all the shows I've ever recommended, and there's also the Reviews A-Z, for when you want to check more or less anything I've reviewed ever. 

It's the last WHYBW? for a little while, since I'm off on holiday next week. Fingers crossed, it'll be back on the 6th, but don't be surprised if the 10th or more likely the 11th is the actual date. You know me.

There have been a few new shows this week, although the networks oddly decided to start them on Friday and over the weekend for the most part, meaning that I haven't had a chance to watch most of them yet. Preacher (US: AMC; UK: Amazon Prime) started airing last night, but Amazon crazily got its act together and gave me access to previews of the first three episodes. However, it only gave me access on Friday, so it might be a couple of days before I get through all three of them. Also coming this week (more crossed fingers - how many hands do you have?) is a preview of Outcast (US: Cinemax; UK: Sky Atlantic).

But I have managed to watch a couple of new shows:

Lady Dynamite (Netflix)
Yet another "promises much, offers little" comedy from Netflix, with Maria Bamford the actress/comedienne playing 'Maria Bamford', the actress/comedienne, as she navigates family, life, mental illness, stand-up comedy, acting, etc. Coming from Pam Brady and Mitchell Hurwitz of Arrested Development fame, you'd expect a lot more of Lady Dynamite than you would of normal comedies. It certainly thinks it's better than normal comedies, playing with form and convention, from its 70s-style title sequence, its breaking of the fourth wall and having Patton Oswalt and John Mulaney turn up to critique the show's narrative choices, through to Bamford fight-tuning the colour balance for the video of the scene by asking the editor to adjust it.

But despite watching the show for an episode and a half, I didn't laugh once. I admired its cleverness, its time jumps and more. But I didn't laugh. I was also very irritated by Bamford, who's as close to the female equivalent of Pee Wee Herman as it's possible to get, I suspect. And following on as it does from Netflix's Flaked, perhaps I had less patience than I once did for YA show about a dysfunctional, self-involved Californian.

Then again, I never really laughed at Arrested Development, so YMMV.

Vis a Vis (Locked Up) (Spain: Antena 3; UK: Channel 4)
Young woman gets sent to prison and meets lots of other women of varying degrees of friendliness. The first 15 minutes or so are basically Orange Is the New Black again, but after that, the show becomes more of a thriller, with our friendly little office worker having to learn to survive inside. If you want to box-set it, all 11 episodes are now on All 4, but I didn't find it particularly arresting (see what I did there?).

After the jump, the regulars: 12 Monkeys, The Americans, Arrow, The Flash, Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley and The Tunnel (Tunnel), as well as the season finale of DC's Legends of Tomorrow and the series finale of Banshee

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