Apple Loses Out as Netflix Inks Content Deal With Former President Obama

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    Former United States President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama have signed a multiyear production deal with Netflix that will see the two producing television shows and films for the service, reports The New York Times.

    Though Netflix had been in negotiations with the Obamas for several months, Apple was rumored to be interested in working with the duo had the Netflix deal fallen through. Apple has been developing a slew of original television shows, and a deal with Michelle and Barack Obama would have been a big win.

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    Obama's deal with Netflix will allow for him to create content that will reach millions of people both in the United States and internationally through a new production company he created alongside Michelle Obama called "Higher Ground Productions."

    According to Netflix, the Obamas will create "scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features" that are meant to highlight the issues and themes the president worked on during his eight years in office.
    Obama has said that he does not plan to use Netflix to wage a public campaign against current president Donald Trump or to fight against conservative media outlets.

    While Apple did not secure a deal with the Obamas, the company has more than a dozen original television shows in the works at the current time. Most of the shows are dramas, with one real estate-related docu-series in the works. Apple does not have any politically-oriented shows planned, and is said to be aiming to keep its content family friendly.

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    They could have had a huge hit on their hands, yet they'll leave it to Netflix to suck up the views
     
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    Either way will be refreshing to hear again from Obama. Boy, I miss him.
     
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    Obama was the most racist president in our history. Who encourages thugs to shoot cops? Who hires a painter that depicts the decapitation of white women to also paint his self-portrait? Who brings a Muslim kid who built a clock that looked like a bomb to the White House? Answer to all, Obama.
     
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    Good, stop trying to create content and focus on what you were put on earth for.... computers.
     
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    The one where James Corden, the host, is on his show ― it's only 1 episode
     
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    Susan Rice just made it onto the board, so I'm going to go with a big "no ****ing duh" on this one.

    Prepare for more "White Helmet" "Humanitarian" propaganda from Netflix.
     
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    Queue the comments of Trump fan boys angrily stating they would switch to Android if Apple got the deal. Only to realise few minutes later they now have to cancel their Netflix subscription... But then decide logic, reasoning and principles don't apply to them.
     
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    Give me a break. 12 presidents kept black human beings as their personal property.
     
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    Can’t wait for this. I love that man. When the trash currently occupying the Oval Office is finally disposed of, he will never be remembered this fondly. He’s well aware of that, hence the reason he’s so fixated on Obama.
     
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    I really hope Apple have some big plans for their video streaming service. Netflix have some amazing content at the moment and Amazon have a few good shows as well.
     
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    Personally, I’d been okay if Obama could have done additional terms.
     
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    I learned a long time ago you're better off ignoring people who think like this.
     
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    I have zero interest in watching any former President have a show.... regardless of political affiliation. Zero. Zip. Nada.
     
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    Glad I subscribe to Netflix!
     
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    You do know that those “decapitation” portraits showed a scene from the Bible, right? The same scene portrayed by many artists over the last 500 years?
     
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    As much as I respect the Obamas, I think that this is beneath them. Seems like a money grab. There is much more important work to be done.
     
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    Too bad, you're missing out on some great original and exclusive content. In case you didn't know, as a Netflix subscriber ... you don't have to watch this show.
     
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    Strictly speaking are you sure they were all personal property rather than company property?
     
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    So, Netflix signed the most admired man in America to produce content. As a Netflix stockholder, I’m thrilled.
     
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    Just the thought of this content made me "throw up in my mouth".
     

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