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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“I don't spend money, really on anything. I enjoy video games and will enjoy getting video games, but I receive as gifts from grandparents, parents”—Female, 14, IA

Airbnb is booming in Africa, where young travelers are “looking for culture rather than comfort.” Over two million people have used Airbnb in Africa to book vacation accommodations in the last five years, reportedly earning African hosts $139 million in just the past year. Wanderlusting Millennials are pushing themselves out of their comfort zones to discover new places, rather than retread old ground, and locales like Africa are getting a boost because of it. (Quartz)

Nielsen says they finally have a way to measure Netflix viewership—but Netflix says they’re way off base. Nielsen claims they can keep track of all viewing on the platform, including originals, “whether or not a studio or network wants them to.” Netflix claims, “The data that Nielsen is reporting is not accurate, not even close, and does not reflect the viewing of these shows on Netflix.” Ouch. Regardless, Nielsen’s move is a step in the right direction to measure what The Post-TV Genis watching, and has “direct implications for the ad business.” (MediaPostAdAgeFortune)

Influencers are using Instagram’s new polling feature, beating brands to the punch. Influencer network Blog Lovin’ found that 66% of their followers (many of which are influencers) had already used polling, while 87% plan to in the future. Polling is not only an opportunity to engage with customers but a way for brands to “[ask] for feedback about products, creat[e] engagement around topics that are in the media and [conduct] market research.” But brands have been slow to ask influencers to use the new story feature for promotions or to utilize the feature on their standalone accounts. (Glossy)

High school students are increasingly taking college courses—but little is known about whether it will benefit them. Thanks to dual-enrollment programs, which are expanding rapidly, students can get a head start on college credits, cutting down on the cost of higher education. Some also argue that Advanced Placement courses are more rigorous, and worthier of students’ extra effort. However, the impacts of programs on “a diverse set of students” is not yet known. (WSJ)

Kids have online influencers too, and they’re pushing branded toys to devoted viewers. Unboxing videos on YouTube are not a new phenomenon, but kid stars unboxing toys are getting brands’ attention as a way to leverage The Influencer Effect. MGA Entertainment, the world’s largest private toy company, pivoted 90% of their ad spend to digital in 2014 and report the strategy is paying off. Studies show children’s attention is switching from cable to YouTube, and influencers help brands reach a “much more engaged smaller audience” and give them “that potential for virality.” (Bloomberg)

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