MPN Podcast: Netflix Breaks Sub Records With Password Sharing Crackdown; Disney+ Removes Shows; Apple Reveals Vision Pro AR Headset

On this month’s episode of the Media Play News podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley open with a couple of shows Charlie has started: “Succession” on Max now that the series has concluded Charlie wants to see why it was so highly regarded, and “Manhunt: Unabomber” (available to purchase on Amazon), a docudrama of the events surrounding the capture of the infamous Unabomber. Charles got his hands on a Blu-ray set of the “Fast” franchise and ranks high the first three movies, which were still grounded in reality before the series reinvented itself as superheroes in cars.

The first news item of the episode is the major change in Netflix subscriber policy. The streamer has cracked down on password sharing by requiring different households to either pay extra for additional accounts or pay for a brand new account altogether. The result has been a massive increase in subscriptions for Netflix, which saw a 102% increase in daily sign-ups over a two-day period at the end of May. The hosts strongly believe that, with this win by Netflix, other services will soon roll out similar policies.

Regarding other streamers, Disney+ hasn’t fared quite as well as it drew major criticism for removing a few dozen properties from its offerings, including shows such as “Willow” and “Y: The Last Man.” The hosts discuss the importance of buying physical copies as being the only way to access movies and shows legally since a streaming platform could, at a moment’s notice, decide not to host certain content. They also comment on how this may factor into the ongoing WGA strike, where perhaps future contracts will require streamers to host movies and shows in perpetuity so writers can continue collecting residuals on them.

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Apple has announced its entry into the AR/VR space with its Vision Pro headset, an AR headset that specializes in high-fidelity renderings of its users’ surroundings to project realistic-looking holographic displays. The technology comes at a cost however, with a price tag of $3,500, significantly higher than all other headsets mentioned on the show in the past. Charlie argues that the headset is definitely impressive, but also definitely not a mass-market device so it will be interesting how its next couple versions will be adopted by consumers. It really can effectively replace home theater setups, but then again it may go the way of 3D TVs so it’s too early to make that call.