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Old 05-02-2022, 09:26 AM
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Netflix is losing money these days and needs to cut back.
This is just the start of the cancellations.
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Old 05-02-2022, 10:23 AM
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Netflix has issues. Loads of people leased them their content and they are all taking it back, or giving it to a higher bidder. Everybody has q streaming service now. I wouldn't be surprised if they dropped it all to be honest. They need to downsize and specialise in what they seem to do well: making warming blanket dramas.
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Old 05-02-2022, 12:26 PM
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What happened here in the UK, and I assume in the US and elsewhere as well, was that a lot of people subscribed to Netflix during lockdown because cinemas, theatres, restaurants etc were closed, you couldn't even meet up with friends and family, and there wasn't much else to do other than watch TV. Now, other things are open again, and people are looking to save money because of the rising cost of living, so people are cancelling their subscriptions. It's not that anyone's done anything wrong, it's just circumstances.
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Old 05-02-2022, 06:27 PM
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It doesn’t seem that the Sussexes have much to offer in return for their reportedly high paychecks, though I do hope it works out for them.

Prince Edward’s experience trying to work outside the royal family did not go well and Edward and Sophie needed to be brought back in. I am concerned that the Sussexes will not be able to sustain their lifestyle on their own, without regularly monetizing what they are best known for — being former working royals. This was The Queen’s concern all along. It seems that at some point, unless they can start to produce marketably lucrative content, the paychecks will disappear and they will have to accept a lesser lifestyle. I do want them to succeed, quietly, so that this “divorce” from the working BRF will be permanent. Maybe once they are happier, familial ties can start to be restored.
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Old 05-02-2022, 06:50 PM
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It doesn’t seem that the Sussexes have much to offer in return for their reportedly high paychecks, though I do hope it works out for them.

Prince Edward’s experience trying to work outside the royal family did not go well and Edward and Sophie needed to be brought back in. I am concerned that the Sussexes will not be able to sustain their lifestyle on their own, without regularly monetizing what they are best known for — being former working royals. This was The Queen’s concern all along. It seems that at some point, unless they can start to produce marketably lucrative content, the paychecks will disappear and they will have to accept a lesser lifestyle. I do want them to succeed, quietly, so that this “divorce” from the working BRF will be permanent. Maybe once they are happier, familial ties can start to be restored.
Depending on talking about the royals is one of diminishing returns.

They’ll be fine. If they have to lower their standard of living so be it. They can have a smaller house. Gasp the children could go to state school. They don’t need so many staff. There is a high living crisis at the moment. They will never not have money and his family will probably offer help…but they are the furthest from this.
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Old 05-02-2022, 07:19 PM
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What happened here in the UK, and I assume in the US and elsewhere as well, was that a lot of people subscribed to Netflix during lockdown because cinemas, theatres, restaurants etc were closed, you couldn't even meet up with friends and family, and there wasn't much else to do other than watch TV. Now, other things are open again, and people are looking to save money because of the rising cost of living, so people are cancelling their subscriptions. It's not that anyone's done anything wrong, it's just circumstances.
I really think you are 100% right.
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Old 05-02-2022, 07:53 PM
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Netflix just decimated their animation department so it's not surprising that this show, which was only in pre production and as of only a few months ago was still looking for key figures and wasn't unique, has been cancelled. Although it is obviously sad for Meghan. It would depend on the contract as to whether it could be shopped anywhere else but if they do have a large contract with Netflix that would probably preclude it from being offered anywhere else unless execs specifically agreed. - No network or streaming service wants to turn something down only for it to be a big hit elsewhere.

I'm sure they'll be fine, they're not going to starve, albeit I believe they'll have to think carefully about how they go forward this year when everyone is out and about. It will be interesting to see what they offer Netflix next out of their "percolating projects". Heart of Invictus, whilst extremely worthy and hopefully well worth a watch is basically what Harry did with the BBC previously. It appears they have shot a lot of footage in recent months so either that will be part of HOI or perhaps a different "docuseries". I would not be surprised to see something timed for Harry's memoirs.
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Old 05-02-2022, 08:43 PM
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It doesn’t seem that the Sussexes have much to offer in return for their reportedly high paychecks, though I do hope it works out for them.

Prince Edward’s experience trying to work outside the royal family did not go well and Edward and Sophie needed to be brought back in. I am concerned that the Sussexes will not be able to sustain their lifestyle on their own, without regularly monetizing what they are best known for — being former working royals. This was The Queen’s concern all along. It seems that at some point, unless they can start to produce marketably lucrative content, the paychecks will disappear and they will have to accept a lesser lifestyle. I do want them to succeed, quietly, so that this “divorce” from the working BRF will be permanent. Maybe once they are happier, familial ties can start to be restored.
The Sussex's have a lot to offer. They trend, they sell things out, people would love to work with them.

They got the high paychecks because it's them and people can see they have supporters who will buy. Their fans, have done multiple fund-raisers for charity's in their name. That means, there is a base that's willing to spend money and companies will notice that.

Also, Meghan's podcast teaser became the most shared as soon as it was released. It shows people are waiting.

When it comes to Netlfix, they already got the signing bonus. Netflix was ready to go ahead. This comes Netflix making bad choices and needed to slash and save money, animation, sadly, will always be one of the first to go because it cost money. The animation staff was cut a week ago so a few people knew this was coming if you pay attention to that type of stuff.

Edward, had never worked outside & had no experience outside of the RF so he didn't do as well. Sophie, worked in PR but I don't think she had a focus in business or entertainment. Edward might've been better off if he had a solid base and the people around him, worked in the area. She also got caught doing something the Sussex's haven't done.

Harry, had projects that while under the name of the RF while he worked on it, were separate. Invictus got a deal with Boeing this year. That's a lot of money coming in and Meghan, was apart of the industry in some way.


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Netflix just decimated their animation department so it's not surprising that this show, which was only in pre production and as of only a few months ago was still looking for key figures and wasn't unique, has been cancelled. Although it is obviously sad for Meghan. It would depend on the contract as to whether it could be shopped anywhere else but if they do have a large contract with Netflix that would probably preclude it from being offered anywhere else unless execs specifically agreed. - No network or streaming service wants to turn something down only for it to be a big hit elsewhere.

I'm sure they'll be fine, they're not going to starve, albeit I believe they'll have to think carefully about how they go forward this year when everyone is out and about. It will be interesting to see what they offer Netflix next out of their "percolating projects". Heart of Invictus, whilst extremely worthy and hopefully well worth a watch is basically what Harry did with the BBC previously. It appears they have shot a lot of footage in recent months so either that will be part of HOI or perhaps a different "docuseries". I would not be surprised to see something timed for Harry's memoirs.
You are right about the contract, my hope is that they have the chance to shop it too other people. I believe, there were a few services interested but they went with Netflix in the end.

Despite it not being 'unique' there is interest and companies would notice that. Pearl, was trending, Meghan was one of the few or only people being talked about with the cancellation, article after article so *fingers crossed* that we get to see it one way or the other.

As for Heart of Invictus, was announced in 2021, with the focus being on the competitors road to getting to the games in the Netherlands and based on comments, it seemed like they've been filming in their perspective countries about the journey and the pandemic getting in the way.
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Old 05-03-2022, 04:02 PM
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Netflix is not currently losing money, but it has lost subscribers. Netflix execs are concerned that Netflix has hit a ceiling (at least for now) and are reviewing their business model.

We don't know how this will impact Harry and Meghan yet. However, for the time being, we will probably see Netflix signing fewer big money contracts with famous people who do not have a proven track record of creating successful content. That is not to say that Harry and Meghan can't be successful in the future, but they had no experience when the deal was signed.

If Netflix had it to do all over again, they probably wouldn't have signed the deal. Regardless, they have a binding contract and this is an opportunity for Harry and Meghan to prove they can do it.

Personally, I am skeptical because absent their royal ties, they aren't really talking about anything new and different. We know they are passionate about several causes but there are a lot of passionate celebrities. What sets Harry and Meghan apart is their relationship with the royal family.
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Old 05-03-2022, 06:36 PM
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It’s now an over saturated market where before Netflix was the only show in town. It happens. Meghan and Harry won’t starve if this part of their plan doesn’t work out. I mean the Obamas too seem to be being dropped by places now. I mean there are people with talent who are good at this stuff and the perhaps the heyday of everyone being able to make a to show and have a podcast is over. It’s turning into a slick operation.
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Old 05-09-2022, 08:03 AM
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The Duke of Sussex has participated in a new Travalyst campaign video:


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** travalyst: Travalyst highlights New Zealand’s sustainable travel pedigree in new campaign **

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Old 05-09-2022, 10:50 AM
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Harry in his shirt! Girl-Dad, it's so cute.

I like that he thought about his travels and what he took from tours to be apart of this program. It seems like Travalyst is really starting to come into it's own and I can't wait to see what happens next from Google to Expedia Group to TripAdvisor and etc.

Also, love to here him speaking Māori ~

And the video, he has great comedic timing. People will have issue's but I'm down for actor Prince Harry.

(also, I can admit, I keep the water running while brushing my teeth.)
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Old 05-09-2022, 01:41 PM
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Just a post to say I wasn't impressed by this. Harry out jogging by "himself" in this advert after all the wailing about Security issues for himself, and Family as the reason he couldn't attend The Thanksgiving Services for Prince Philip. It seemed very tone deaf.
Good luck with Travalyst and eco sustainable - friendly travel also.
Gas, fuel, food, ect.... is soaring and according to Economists we are heading towards a Recession. Timing might be off on this venture, which already got sidelined due to Covid.
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Old 05-09-2022, 03:12 PM
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A quick reminder here about the rules governing discussion for the Sussex thread, which are listed on the first page of the thread:

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Old 05-09-2022, 10:49 PM
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I wasn't impressed by the video but it wasn't aimed at my age group (I do turn off the water when I brush my teeth). We are facing serious challenges - but there are always serious challenges in the world. Despite COVID and the economy, people are traveling more now and environmental protection is not an issue that can wait until the perfect time.

I believe that Harry honestly cares about the environment. I just don't want to be lectured by people who live in huge homes and travel extensively. That criticism is not only aimed at Harry, I feel the same way about statements made by Charles and William.
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Old 05-09-2022, 11:01 PM
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I wasn't impressed by the video but it wasn't aimed at my age group (I do turn off the water when I brush my teeth). We are facing serious challenges - but there are always serious challenges in the world. Despite COVID and the economy, people are traveling more now and environmental protection is not an issue that can wait until the perfect time.

I believe that Harry honestly cares about the environment. I just don't want to be lectured by people who live in huge homes and travel extensively. That criticism is not only aimed at Harry, I feel the same way about statements made by Charles and William.
Can I ask you, how it makes you feel lectured?

I see this a lot but I don't connect to it ( as in I don't feel lectured ), what part of it feels like a lecture to you?

I guess, I saw it more as him promoting what he learned from the Māori people when visiting, he felt inspired by them and the skit was just a skit.

How would they be able to promote things related to the environment without talking about it. Of course, they should also talk about what THEY'LL be doing so I guess, is there a way they'd be able to get the message across in your eyes without it being a lecture and more of them promoting something?
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Old 05-10-2022, 01:15 AM
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Having people rated feels wrong on so many levels. The customer is PAYING for his holiday and the service provider rates the customer, having taken the money? No.
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Old 05-10-2022, 01:25 AM
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Having people rated feels wrong on so many levels. The customer is PAYING for his holiday and the service provider rates the customer, having taken the money? No.
If the customer doesn't want to be rated, surely the customer can just opt not to make use of the Travalyst service?
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Old 05-10-2022, 02:09 AM
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I make use of eco-tour groups and cultural sustainable tours when travelling and none of them rate me as a customer (to my knowledge). To be honest the only platform that I use that does this is Airbnb and that is understandable. .
I just think that Travelyst is not doing anything new or better then the hundreds of its competitors out there. I have done a cultural experience of New Zealand with National Geographic and if I intended during something similar again would probably go with them again. These tours however are not for everyone - and I am sorry to say most of the people in my group were bored due to the intense amount of information that you get on these types of tours. It is a lecture series I was told. But I wanted to know more of the history, geography and culture of the region then just see the sites and do the regular tourist things. And sometimes there are trips when I want to do the other, no shame.
But this is a niche market - and it appeals to very few people. This type of advertisement does not in anyway hit that target. The travel industry has been hit hard and countries that need the tourism money have dropped their prices to appeal to the tourist. With the cost of living and inflation worldwide increasing - do you think any tourist will not choose to pay extra for sustainability and essentially virtue signaling peaks over better costs and experiences somewhere else.
I simply do not know how this business model can work. Maybe they need to get involve in youth travel incentives or tours - at this point honestly do not know.
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Old 05-10-2022, 03:30 AM
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What on earth was that weird video about? I don't understand it. Was it advertising eco-tours? I'm fine with eco-tours or educational talks about conservation issues. I've been a greenie since way back when Charles started talking to plants and I've attended plenty of conservation-themed lectures and guided tours. But I don't want the people I'm paying to provide my holiday entertainment to rate my conservation credentials. Is the notion of being "rated" supposed to induce people to buy their product? I find it bewildering.
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