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Netflix does not get the accounts and this 2023 has proposed to remedy it: According to his calculations, of his 223 million subscribers, he estimates that 100 million do not pay. The “trick” is in sharing accounts, a practice that is not exclusive to Netflix, as it is applied to other streaming platforms.

Although in the terms and conditions of Netflix it already appears that those who do not live with you “will have to use their own account to watch Netflix”, in reality it continues to be done. But this practice has its hours counted. As stated in this document addressed to its shareholders, one of the goals for this 2023 is to monetize the sharing of accounts.

What is Netflix trying to fix it?

Without going any further, this year it has already tested the option of “add a house” in certain regions of Latin America such as Argentina. Among his experiments to deal with this “scourge” for his economy is that of charge more to users who share account. That this latest test has been completed does not imply that the company has changed its mind, simply that it is exploring other options.

Let’s go back to the Latin America test: Argentina, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic were the “guinea pig” regions where Netflix tested with “Netflix Home” (which, by the way, already appears in the help section of Netflix Spain), a concept that restricts the use of the streaming service to a main house, leaving out those who live outside of it, who would be forced to pay.

How does Netflix know who lives at home? Reviewing the history of the accounts, the IP addresses and the identifiers of the different devices. It also established a verification system that allows a person who lives at home and is traveling to continue using the service. In the event that you lived outside of that house and practiced sharing an account, the solution was offered to pay an extra to have your profile and password.

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From this testing phase, Netflix has drawn certain conclusions for its future official implementation on a large scale, as echoed by The Wall Street Journal. Although, it is unknown what changes it will translate into in a practical way.

One of the most important to do with the ease (or not) of determine the location of your users accuratelya key point both for the measure to be effective and not to worsen the service (can you imagine not sharing the account but being urged to pay because it has been detected that they do?).

It also faces a challenge that makes it difficult: the use of mobile devices to view content. For example, a person can only use the tablet occasionally to consume series when they are traveling.

We also do not know which countries will be pioneers in the deployment and what the exact date will be, but we do know that it will be “early 2023”.

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Netflix will be the first, but not the last

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Although Netflix is ​​not the leader in market share – a title that Amazon Prime Video currently holds and what it has cost it – it is the one that is going furthest along in efforts to end account sharingone of the endemic ills of the sector.

In this sense, in all probability it will be the first to apply forceful measures, but the situation invites a domino effect in the form of a gradual and progressive reply. But is that Netflix need it: at the beginning of 2022 it began to lose users for the first time, a fact that was repeated in the second quarter. It is clear that investing in original content is important to maintain and generate interest, but that your current subscribers pay, too. And that is without mentioning the upward evolution of their prices over time. One of the first and most controversial actions has been to launch a cheap plan with ads. Despite the criticism, the recipe seems to be working and in the third quarter they have grown again.

And the rest? Unions of platforms and subscription offers on the side (or the Amazon Prime package that includes, in addition to the advantages of free shipping, various content services such as Prime), one of the tricks of the competition are generate hits in the form of original content and major productions.

But that is expensive, so Apple TV + and HBO Max are already in the phase of implementing modes with ads. Again, it is time to balance the balance between income and expenses and for the former to continue to rise, it is necessary for the subscriber to pay. Netflix is ​​going to open the season so that no one escapes.

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The latest Discord update is slowing down Nvidia graphics cards: there is already a partial solution

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The Discord communication application has become essential on many computers and mobile phones to be able to call friends in a leisure environment, but also work. This tool has numerous advantages by facilitating much more fluid communication than that offered by Skype, but also by creating channels for different communities.

And although it may seem that everything is good, the truth is that Discord it also has problems that are serious. One of them is related to Nvidia graphics cards and a recent update that is causing a slowdown of the computer hardware.

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The fact that we are talking about an application that is focused on gamers and has a bug that directly affects one of the components most required by this group, such as graphics, is undoubtedly paradoxical. But the truth is that it has been seen that this bug is affecting some Nvidia modelswhich includes the RTX 3080 and the RTX 3060 Ti.

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This bug makes it impossible to get the most out of the GPU by slowing down the memory clock up to 200 MHz. At first it was the users themselves who reported the error through Reddit and also in the Linus Tech Tips forum. Faced with this wave of criticism, Nvidia has acknowledged the problem and has given details about its evolution.

This information has been given through a support article on the Nvidia website in which it is specified that if this type of slowdown is noticed, it will be possible to download a GeForce 3D profile manager and apply the fix. In the event that you prefer to wait, you will be able to choose to be patient and download the driver update that is being prepared.

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We have tested the GeForce NOW service with RTX 4080 and it is a punch from NVIDIA on the table

Discord released this update to allow AV1 streaming with RTX 40 series cards on 4K quality and 60 FPS with Discord Nitro. But in the end this improvement has ended up causing the graphics of the previous generation to fail in this way.

Via | The Verge

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This AI that allows you to clone your voice (and anyone else’s) is filling the Internet with celebrities saying stupid things: this is how you can use it

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An AI that allows anyone, and in a matter of seconds, to clone the voice of any other person (or, of course, oneself) is beginning to take the Internet by storm. The controversial but popular 4chan forum, without going any further, has been flooded with Audio deepfakes of celebrities like Emma Watson or Joe Rogan filled with violent or pornographic comments.

And all since, this past weekend, access was opened publicly to the ElevenLabs platform, perhaps one of the most significant examples of how far AI-based Technologys dedicated to audio cloning and synthesis have advanced.

Apart from the undeniable realism of its voice synthesis (light years away from canned voices like Loquendo, so popular years ago), the company itself boasts that the audio clips it generates require little or no editingwhich encourages its use in tasks such as dubbing or audiobook production:

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Of course, the fact that it does not present none of the safeguards we are used to finding in imaging services to avoid creating certain types of content ‘sensitive’ and/or based on real people.

In a thread posted on Twitter last Monday, ElevenLabs recognized that some of its users were abusing its application: “[observamos] a growing number of cases of misuse of voice cloning”, and warned that they are able to “trace any generated audio back to the user”.

Likewise, it has put on the table the possibility of implementing protections such as the User identity verification or manual approval of each request voice cloning. However, its use remains unlimited for now.

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When we register for free on the platform, we are granted access to a series of tools. First of all, we will find the simple voice synthesizer that allows us to convert texts to sound files using, in principle, predefined voices in American English.

However, if we make use of the ‘Voice Cloning’ function, we can upload audio with a voice recording to the platform (“it must last more than 1 minute and not contain background noise”, clarifies the website), which will allow us to create a personalized voice from which we can return to the synthesizer and create an audio based on our voice… or anyone else’s.

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That yes: the service is, for now, optimized for the American English accent; so it is possible that, when generating the audio, you do not finish recognizing yourself in the resulting file.

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The classics never die. Although it sounds horrible in American, let me tell you.

That has been our case, after generating a personalized voice based on that of a server: reading Don Quixote in a perfect Kansas accent (up state, down state) has not finished sounding ‘very me’, but US users claim not to suffer from this problem.

The free account only allows create up to five custom voices and synthesize to audio 10,000 characters of text per monthIn addition, the resulting audios are subject to a non-commercial license. There are, from there, several payment options, the cheapest being $22 per month.

Via | The Verge

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The Spanish-speaking audience does not stop growing on Twitch. But we’re still so underrated

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It is undeniable that Twitch has undergone a great boom in recent years accompanied by the strategies that They have followed different content creators who have attracted a large audience to the platform. But the problem that resides is the great differences that can exist between the English and Spanish-speaking communities, mainly due to the differences in investment by advertisers.

But the great reality is that despite this difference in investment and prestige, the truth is that the Spanish-speaking community is one of the most powerful in terms of growth in the number of viewers and also in number of creators. And this is something that was recently evidenced at the ESLAND Awards where the community gave a big blow to the table.

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The Spanish-speaking community is growing at a fast pace

One of the examples that Bloomberg has chosen to express this large Spanish-speaking community is that of Rivers. A streamer who studied engineering in Mexico in 2020 when she started playing Call of Duty on Twitch motivated by her friends. And as they went live, more and more people began to see this girl who wondered if she should spend more time being a streamer and less time studying. Obviously, this is something that she did not like in her family, although in the end it seems that she made the right decision to currently have a live audience of 19,000 viewers on average.


And this is motivated by a substantial increase in interest in the transmission of the Spanish-speaking public. Specifically, between 2019 and 2022, the audience in Spanish multiplied, going from the seventh category to being very close to English in a second position, as Bloomberg has detailed.

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But it is not something that is coincidental, but rather it is due precisely to the fact that Latin America has about 80% of people between the ages of 10 and 65 play video games. But the problem in this case is that Latin America does not receive much attention from investors, and it is that it is at the bottom when it comes to investment in digital advertising. It is even believed that this market is considered ‘incipient’. Specifically, the country as a whole is located behind Africa and the Middle East.

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Given this boom, from Twitch they have increased their presence in the region with more staff and adding marketing teams, creative partners and sales. But this is something that can be very sad, since currently in the record for viewers on the entire platform, Spanish streamers stand out with Ibai and its Evening of the Year II, and also the successes that many creators in Latin America are reaping. This confirms that Spanish is booming on the social network, although it is not being given the recognition it deserves.

Source | Bloomberg

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