Want to watch the next season of "Stranger Things" when it comes out? I know I do, so I pay for Netflix each month. "Jack Ryan"? That's over on Amazon Prime. "The Handmaid's Tale"? Hulu. If you think Picard was the best Star Trek captain, you'll need CBS All Access – but at this point in your budget you may be choosing between that or "The Mandalorian," for which you'll need Disney+. And let's not forget the new content exclusive to HBO Max, Apple TV+, BET+, and NBC Peacock.
Most of us are aware of the recent fragmentation of content across subscription streaming services, and we've either had to make some hard choices about which content we will watch or else we're now paying bills for streaming services that resemble the bundled cable bills we paid before we cut the cord. And it's not just the cost that bothers us. When nearly everything was on one of just a few services, we knew where to find it. Now, keeping track of which services have which content – and whether we currently have that service – seems like a job in itself.
Watchworthy's app is one of several trying to make it easier for viewers to find the content they're looking for, across services.
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TIkTok Reportedly Raked in $200M<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzI4MTA2NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxMTI4NDc0M30.F2EmQwLKpL0bqpvqRnKtfsESZGRp-fL7HNtQzPApv1I/img.jpg?width=980" id="f162f" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="c9e4b7ecdb23a3681081ff2365c5e5fa" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" /><p><em>The Information</em> <a href="https://www.theinformation.com/articles/tiktoks-u-s-revenues-expected-to-hit-500-million-this-year" target="_blank">reported Wednesday</a> that TikTok earned between $200 million and $300 million in revenue worldwide in 2019. The news site also said the Culver City-based social media phenomenon's 2020 revenue goals are $500 million in the U.S. alone. These figures follow <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-27/bytedance-is-said-to-hit-3-billion-in-profit-as-revenue-doubles?sref=QjdS4d5U" target="_blank">a separate report from</a> <em><a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-27/bytedance-is-said-to-hit-3-billion-in-profit-as-revenue-doubles?sref=QjdS4d5U">Bloomberg </a></em><a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-05-27/bytedance-is-said-to-hit-3-billion-in-profit-as-revenue-doubles?sref=QjdS4d5U">last month</a> that TikTok's parent company ByteDance raked in $17 billion in 2019, and pocketed over $3 billion in profit.<br></p><p>A TikTok company spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny the figures, saying "we don't publicly share company data or revenue metrics."</p><p>In response to <em>The Information's </em>report that TikTok is considering hiring an American executive to oversee its sales team, the spokesperson said, "We are always looking at new opportunities to scale and attract great talent for our teams."</p><p>TikTok, which is <a href="https://dot.la/kevin-mayer-leaves-disney-for-tiktok-chapek-regime-moves-on-2646028687.html" target="_blank">now under the leadership of former Disney streaming executive Kevin Mayer</a>, will be participating later this month in the <a href="https://www.iab.com/events/newfronts-2020/#index-1" target="_blank">NewFronts, the digital media world's jamboree of presentations to woo advertising buyers</a>, which will be virtual this year.</p>
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Courtesy of Snap<p>June is Pride Month, and instead of the annual in-person festivities, <a href="https://lapride.org/" target="_blank">L.A. Pride</a> has been celebrating its 50th anniversary with a series of virtual events. Now, Snap is adding augmented reality (AR) to the mix. The Santa Monica company released five new AR lenses on Wednesday in partnership with L.A.'s <a href="https://www.pridemedia.com/" target="_blank">Pride Media</a>. The "community of storytellers, innovators and influencers" reaches over 6 million monthly unique users, which Pride says surpasses any other LGBT media brand.</p><p>The new lenses, which is Snap-speak for the digital overlays that transform a camera image, "spotlight diverse, queer-identifying changemakers advancing equity for all people in every U.S. state," according to a company statement. The release is paired with the annual "<a href="https://www.advocate.com/champions-pride" target="_blank">Champions of Pride</a>" issue from <em>The Advocate</em>, a Pride Media subsidiary publication.</p><p>A Snap spokesperson describes the five new lenses as "art gallery-style spaces" that help Snap's young-leaning users learn about LGBTQ+ and BIPOC advocates. These include "Mighty" Rebekah, a 13-year-old who successfully lobbied for an LGBTQ-inclusive school curriculum in her home state of New Jersey, and Brandon Wolf, the first survivor of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando to testify before Congress.</p><p>Snap tapped five designers from its official <a href="https://lensstudio.snapchat.com/creators/" target="_blank">lens creator cohort</a> to represent five U.S. regions. Each creator has regional ties and either identifies as LGBTQ+ or an ally, the company says.</p><p>Brielle Garcia, designer of the Pacific West lens, says, "I wanted to work on a Pride lens that was not just a celebration of the past, but a celebration of our future. I hope these Lenses can be an encouragement to everyone in the LGBT community. Encouragement that people as unique as you can have success in business, politics, art, or anything you can dream of. This message is important to me because this kind of success has not always been available to us. So many amazing people have come before us to pave the way and this is a celebration of their success and a guide to what you can achieve."</p><p>Joshua Keeney, repping the Northeast, says, "The takeaways that I want people to have with this Lens is that there is incredible diversity within the LGBTQ community, that everyone can be a champion in their own way, and can bring changes to their own communities."</p>
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