It’s a Small Screen After All

Does TV as we know it have an expiration date? As content sources diversify thanks to streaming services' success with original content, and young viewers continue to turn to new devices to get their entertainment fix, the television world is swiftly changing—creating a new generation of viewers who have a completely different set of entertainment expectations.
 
Netflix has been a clear pioneer in the new trend of releasing entire seasons of a show at one time, having done so successfully with original shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Now, the practice is beginning to trickle over to traditional networks, who are testing the binge-watching waters with the next generation of viewers. Last month, Disney announced that they would be releasing their new show Sheriff Callie’s Wild West directly to their Watch Disney Junior app before the show debuts on cable next year. The entire season will be accessible to young viewers, who are increasingly showing a penchant for consuming content on mobile devices. The Disney Junior app has been downloaded over 5 million times, and Disney claims that iPads and other tablets are increasingly becoming “first screens” for pre-school age viewers. These Plurals are growing up completely accustomed to the idea that content can come from anywhere at any time, travel with them, and be set to their schedule. They call the shots when it comes to consuming content, and their understanding of appointment watching could be close to nonexistent. Disney is not the only brand embracing pre-cable mobile delivery: MTV recently released the entire season of the new docu-drama Wait 'Til Next Year on their network app before its TV start.  
 
The next generation of television viewers will have even less of a commitment to the actual television…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “A lot of people stay in jobs they hate. They feel stuck or need the money. I refuse to do this. I just gave up a Nursing career to be a CSR and I have never been happier.”—Female, 27, IN

YouTube is cracking down on creators that participate in dangerous viral challenges. The media giant updated their community guidelines to take a stronger stance against stunts that spin out of control—like the Tide Pod Challenge. Any creator that performs “pranks that make victims believe they’re in serious physical danger” will earn a strike—three and they’re out. What could constitute a strike? Just ask Jake Paul, who recently drove blindfolded for the #BirdBoxChallenge. (The Verge)

The inner five-year-old of Millennials everywhere is jumping up and down for Hot Topic’s Polly Pocket collab. In partnership with Mattel, the brand that wins at delivering unique styles is dropping a 17-piece collection of nostalgic merch. (The line looks a lot like another throwback collection we called out last year.) In celebration of the iconic toy’s 30th birthday (feel old yet?), ‘90s kids can cop everything from bags to hats to mini makeup palettes that feature shades like “Made in the 90s.” (Nylon)

YouTubers Life OMG! is like The Sims for a generation of aspiring social media stars. Players can pretend to be a video game streamer, a passionate creative, or another influencer. But the game is just as realistic as the kids who play it, making them do chores and deliver newspapers when they’re off the air. Similarly, most kids seem to know the dream is not a full-time gig; just take it from nine-year-old Oliver, who explains, “Of course I will have a good job as well, not just YouTube." (Vice)

Big brands are swooping in to save young shoppers from 2018’s oat milk shortage. The buzzy beverage has become the environmentally friendly alternative to almond milk for Millennial & Gen Z shoppers seeking dairy-free and vegan options. It became a barista favorite this year, mainly thanks to industry upstart, Oatly, which is opening a new factory to up their production. But they better hurry: big brands like Pepsi Co.’s Quaker Oats, Danone’s Silk, and Califia Farms are all getting in on this grain-based trend. (Bloomberg)

The most old-fashioned form of TV is experiencing a surge: over-the-air. While the Post-TV Gen continue to cut the cord, more are buying physical antennas to tap free networks and watch live events. Nielsen data found that this kind of old-school appointment viewing jumped from 9% of all homes in 2010 to 14% last year. Diving deeper into that 14%, about three in five also subscribe to streaming services like Netflix, and their median age is 36. (Fortune)

Quote of the Day: “I’d rather do a job I'm passionate about for a lower salary than do a high-paying but low-rewarding job.”—Male, 18, MA

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