In this episode:
- Thanks to a Los Angeles company, Elon Musk’s futuristic dream of tubular transit is one step closer to becoming a reality.
- There’s a big chance that your “ad-free” streaming subscription is probably not ad-free.
- And last and in this case LEAST, #OITNB season 5 is the last one we’ll be watching.
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Question of the week: What product placement have you seen in your favorite show?
The first of many Hyperloop trials
The Los Angeles company leading the race to fulfill Elon Musk’s dream of tubular transit tested its pod for the first time last weekend. That pod is 28 feet long and made of aluminum and carbon fiber. It looks a bit like a bus with a beak. — WIRED
Scientists successfully alter a human embryo
An international team of scientists reports they have, for the first time, figured out a way to successfully edit the DNA in human embryos — without introducing the harmful mutations that were a problem in previous attempts elsewhere. The work was published online Wednesday in the journal Nature. — NPR
What We’re Streaming
Little Witch Academia : Season 1
Akko Kagari is an ordinary girl who joins the renowned witch academy for witch girls, Luna Nova Academy. When she was younger, she went to Magical Festa, a magic show hosted by a witch named Shiny Chariot. Akko was so mesmerized and inspired by Shiny Chariot’s performance that she dreamed to someday be a “cool” witch like her. — IMDb
Orange Is The New Black : Season 5
Created by: Jenji Kohan
Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life changing prison can really be. — IMDb
The Latest in Streaming
Kevin Hart launches new comedy app
Lionsgate, and comedian Kevin Hart, have launched a new mobile streaming platform called Laugh Out Loud. It’s featuring stand-up specials and licensed programs alongside original scripted and unscripted comedy series. – Variety
Product placement is alive and thriving in the shows you’re streaming
Though Amazon and Netflix shows don’t pause for commercial breaks, they make up some of the difference with a significant amount of product placement. A company owned by Bill Gates, Branded Entertainment Network (BEN), is one of several dedicated to placing products within streaming content, including scripted shows and videos from digital influencers. – CNBC
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