All the News That’s Fit to Rank: Week of July 27, 2015

David Conrad

David has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin. He loves foreign films, westerns, war flicks, and has read nearly every word J.R.R. Tolkien ever wrote. David lived in Japan for three years and is always eager to talk about it. Follow him on Twitter at @davidaconrad or email him at david@flickchart.com.

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  1. Jandy Hardesty says:

    Despite not really being a horror aficionado, I’m really intrigued by the advent of Shudder. Some streaming services advertise big catalogs but are filled with basically shovelware; this one will have a smaller rotating library that’s curated by humans. (Mubi already does this, but not genre-specific, and much of their content is public domain or easily available on other services, which I hope Shudder doesn’t fall into.) On one hand, I think curation is the way to go for this stuff. On the other hand, do we really want a world where you have to subscribe to a curated horror service and a curated animation service and a curated comedy service and curated sci-fi service…and on and on. I’ve got to say, though, just as a spectator, I’m fascinated to see how our media landscape pans out over the next ten to twenty years and see what becomes the standard.

    • David Conrad says:

      I think only a few genres might require their own curated streaming services. Horror and “classics,” for example, since they’re so diverse. On the other hand, the tendency of things is often toward specialization, so maybe it will get very fragmented.