Ypulse Essentials: 'The Simpsons' Gets Renewed, Qwikster Calls It Quitster, VH1 Revamped

The fight between ‘The Simpsons’ cast and Fox is finally over (after a long pay dispute that threatened to cancel the show. Viewers will enjoy two more seasons of the longest-running TV sitcom! Millennials are grateful for this decision — Ypulse research found that 43% of students were sad about the possibility that the show would end after 23 seasons, including 52% of guys) (NY Mag)

- Netflix has reversed its decision (to split its services into two separate companies — one for streaming under its original name and a DVD-by-mail service called Qwikster. However, Netflix has abandoned Qwikster before it even started since it realizes this would make things “more difficult” for users. Clearly the company listened to customers’ numerous complaints! Yet we wonder what Millennials will think of Netflix after it caused so much confusion) (Mashable)

- VH1 is growing up and reshaping itself (as a network for 25-34 year olds, which it refers to as “adultsters.” Hmmm, they might want to rethink that name… To grab this audience, VH1 is unveiling new programming next year such as “Aptitude Test,” which determines what jobs celebrities would have if they weren’t famous, and a reality show about rapper T.I. There’s also “House of Consignment” about selling designer duds on eBay, which is of course relevant in today’s digital-savvy society. But like many networks, VH1 is also using 90s nostalgia to hook its audience, with revamps of “Pop Up Video” and “Behind The Music”) (Adweek) (Marketwatch)

- Millennials always want to have the latest gadgets (so we’re not surprised that over 1 million people pre-ordered the iPhone 4S in 24 hours. It may only be a refresh of the phone, not a complete new one as many hoped for, but clearly nothing can keep customers away from Apple devices. Speaking of…


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Quote of the Day: “When I turn 14 soon I can get a job if I want and start saving for my first car with that money and the money I make on eBay.” –Male, 13, FL

ABC Family is no more—say hello to Freeform. The network is changing their longstanding name in order to attract viewers 14-34-years-old, an audience they are calling “Becomers,” and we know as Millennials. The network sees the rebrand as an natural continuation of their last decade targeting young viewers experiencing their firsts. According to ABC’s research, the name “Family” was a barrier to some new customers. (EW)

Millennials are more wary of credit cards than older consumers, but among those who do have them, they’re not necessarily making their credit scores a priority. According to a report by LoanDepot, only 48% of Millennials know their credit score, compared to 60% of Boomers, and only 37% are confident in their ability to manage credit. (Business Insider)

Our most recent trend report explored all of the ways that Millennials are communicating, online and off, including their love of emojis and GIFs. We found 60% of 13-33-year-olds use emojis once a day or more, and it looks like they’re not the only generation embracing the icons. A study by platform Emogi found that though consumers under 35-years-old are more likely to use them, 62.3% of those over 35 are also frequent users. (Adweek)

The online video market is exploding, and Refinery 29 is one of the sites investing in video to give their Millennial readers even more reason to visit. Refinery is launching 29 new series, 75% of which are original programming, and the videos are being released at a “rate of about 100 a month.” But the content shares some common threads: female empowerment, positivity, and optimism. (Fast Company)

Hyper-personalized products and marketing are an emerging trend, and Uniqlo has a tech-forward take on it. The retailer has created UMood, a machine that helps choose consumers’ clothing based on their mood. Currently being used in Australia, the machine uses brainwave sensors to read how they’re feeling, and then suggests a t-shirt to fit their disposition. (brandchannel)

Quote of the Day: "I want to be able to have, and provide for, a family in the next 3-4 years.” –Male, 20, NC

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