Hey Waivly Crew! 🌊 Netflix is releasing an entirely free streaming plan with a limited content selection, first available in Kenya. Football NFT Platform Sorare has raised $680M in its Series B funding round.
Netflix launches free mobile plan in Kenya
On Monday, Netflix began offering a free mobile plan but with a more limited content selection. For now, it's only available in Kenya.
A first from the streaming service
According to a blog post, Netflix is “launching a free plan that allows people to enjoy Netflix ad-free on Android mobile phones in Kenya.” Users will not have to give Netflix any payment information as the plan only requires an email and account password.
What's the catch?
When Kenyans sign up to Netflix, they will have to verify that they are 18 or older to start using Netflix, and for now, the free plan is only available on Android phones. Only a limited selection of its catalog is available. Users will be unable to download movies or shows, watch Netflix online, or cast Netflix to their TV and other devices.
“If you’ve never watched Netflix before, and many people in Kenya haven’t, this is a great way to experience our service,” Cathy Conk, director of product innovation at Netflix said. “And if you like what you see, it’s easy to upgrade to one of our paid plans so you can enjoy our full catalog on your TV or laptop as well.”
Tumblr launches new subscription feature
Tumblr has recently expanded the beta version of its new subscription feature, Post Plus, to all users within the United States.
What is Post Plus?
Post Plus is essentially a feature that is similar to Twitter's Super Follow. It allows creators to choose what posts can only be seen by paid subscribers. It was first developed as a limited beta back in July which only allowed certain creators to gain access to the feature, but now Tumblr is slowly expanding and making changes to the feature. Creators now can block individuals that subscribe to them. Before, creators had to contact Tumblr support to block a subscriber.
How much is a Post Plus subscription?
Creators will have the option to set a subscription price to $1.99 a month, in addition to the current $3.99, $5.99, or $9.99 options. Tumble is planning to only take 5% of profits, a lot less than Patreon, which takes between 5% and 12% depending on the tier.
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Fantasy football and digital collectible platform Sorare has raised $680 million in its Series B funding round.
Led by SoftBank
The funding round was led by SoftBank's Vision Fund 2 team, along with Atomico, Bessemer Ventures, D1 Capital, Eurazeo, IVP, and, Liontree, giving Sorare a new valuation of $4.3 billion.
What is Sorare?
Sorare is a fantasy game of football, where players buy, sell, trade, and manage a virtual team with digital player cards. The platform uses blockchain technology based on Ethereum to register each card as a unique token, allowing users to trade them. Since the start of 2021, Sorare has traded over $150 million worth of digital cards, and has over 600,000 users.
The future is bright
“Sorare sits at the intersection of two really exciting industries in digital collectibles and fantasy sports,” said Claure, chief executive of SoftBank. “We’re pleased to be joining them on this journey and are really excited to see what the company will achieve in its next phase of growth.”
343 Industries' Halo Infinite is going to host two back-to-back test weekends to give the game's arena deathmatch a proper test.
How to play?
If you signed up to Halo Insiders earlier this month, you should now have an email letting you know if you are eligible for the testing. The second test will be open to more players than the first, so if you miss out, there's a second chance for you to try out Halo Infinite multiplayer.
When does it start?
The first test will run from September 23rd to September 26th and the second from September 30th to October 3rd. There will be two sessions per day, the first lasting from 1 AM BST to 5 AM BST and the second from 7 PM BST to 11 PM BST.
Plenty of chaos
Both tests will have 4v4 arenas, featuring new maps never seen before. Starting September 30th, during the second test, a 12v12 “Big Team Battle” shoot-outs" will be added, finally giving players iconic Halo vehicles. Insider members will have access to a training mode, weapons tests, the battle past, and the customization of the Spartan.