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I Have Good News and Bad News About NBC’s Streaming Service Peacock – Gizmodo

Well, which do you want first?

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Well, which do you want first?
Lets start with the bad news about NBCs soon-to-launch streaming service Peacock. Citing sources familiar with the matter, CNBC reported Wednesday that the service is still in talks with Amazon and Roku about making its service available on those platforms straight out of the gate, but the chances that those users will have access to NBCs platform right away are looking, well, grim.
One unnamed source who spoke with the outlet put the chances of the companies reaching a resolution before launch day next week at less than 10%. Woof.
Thats a pretty significant number of users to be shutting out as Peacock moves to position itself as a streaming leader against a veritable army of services competing for your attention. A lack of support for Roku and Fire TV, its worth noting, was one of the biggest complaints we heard from Gizmodo readers when rival streaming service HBO Max launched in May (aside from, you know, all the other shit that made that service shoddy and bad at rollout).
To be clear, theres definitely still time, and streaming services do have an annoying tendency to reach final hour-agreements or make nice not too long after launch. But a lack of support is definitely a pain in the ass for those folks hoping to take a new service for test spin, given the disappointing flops of HBO Max and Quibi in recent months.
The good news, however, is that Peacock is still looking to beef up its libraryin a way youll actually appreciate. The service will already be home to the majority of the Dick Wolf mega-library, including Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unita series that will probably outlive our childrens children. This week, Deadline reported that Wolf could bring a couple of originals to the service, with possibilities including Law & Order: Hate Crimes and New York Undercover.
Thatll be part of the utterly massive haul of content on the service, which includes everything from The Office and House to The Real Housewives and Top Chef. In other words, Peacock is making itself something of a bingers paradise, either for a beloved series youve already seen or for something you may have missed and might be more inclined to stream now that you spend most of your downtime at home.
Plus, the service offers a free, ad-supported tiera bonus if you, like me, are absolutely exhausted by the sheer number of services we now have to choose from. And you should take it for a test drive, as youll get access to about half of its library with this option (though the premium tier will only run you $5 per month).
Peacock launches July 15. Stay tuned for our full review next week.

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The State of the American Debt-Slaves Q2 2020: The Credit Card Phenomenon – WOLF STREET

Consumer debt to GDP spikes, but why did credit card balances plunge and new delinquencies decline?

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Consumer debt to GDP spikes, but why did credit card balances plunge and new delinquencies decline?
OK, as I mentioned on Friday, things are a little crazy in the consumer-debt arena at the moment: No Payment, No Problem: Bizarre New World of Consumer Debt. But there is another aspect to it that of the American debt-slaves themselves. And there are all kinds of things happening.
Consumer debt student loans, auto loans, credit cards, other revolving debt and personal loans but excluding mortgag…

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Over 12,000 cruise ship workers stuck at sea months after shutting down: report – Fox News

It’s been a long couple of months for some cruise workers.

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Thousands of cruise ship workers remain stuck at sea, aboard hulking ships with no passengers.
While many major cruise lines in the United States have temporarily shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, more than 12,000 workers are still on ships months after the last passengers left, according to a report.
The U.S. Coast Guard says that there are more than 12,000 crew members still on cruise ships in U.S. waters, which is reportedly down from 70,000 in May.
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Watch The 2021 VW Golf GTI Sprint To 153 MPH – Motor1

The Mk8 Golf GTI has been confirmed to reach the U.S. for 2022. And with promising numbers and this acceleration video, we’re glad that it’s the case.

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The Mk8 Golf GTI touts some serious numbers, as bared in an official release this year. The Volkswagen hot hatch is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s good for 242 horsepower (180 kilowatts) and 273 pound-feet (370 Newton-meters) of torque. These numbers are transferred to the front wheels through a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic tranny, available in all trim levels.
Even better, VW confirmed that the eighth-generation Golf GTI will reach U….

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