TriplePoints of Interest – Week of May 1

Breaking a record is usually an admirable feat and often desired outcome, but Activision might not be too happy with its latest record. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s newest trailer just became the most disliked gaming video on YouTube. On a more positive note though, Oculus is shipping off a few Rifts into stores and YouTube just announced cable bundles for streaming. So that evens it out, right? 

YouTube Unplugs

YouTube announced a new service today called “Unplugged,” a paid subscription-based service for viewing television programming on its website. “Unplugged” will offer customers a bundle of cable TV channels to be streamed online, similar to ventures pursued by Hulu and Amazon Prime. According to Bloomberg,  YouTube has been discussing different ways of packaging the channels from a skinny bundle for less than $35 a month and a bundle of less-watched channels centered around a common theme (for example, comedy or lifestyle). The service is expected to launch as early as next year.

Rifts to Arrive in Retail

Oculus has taken a confusing step in their distribution strategy of the Rift. Starting on May 7th, a limited number of Rifts will be available for purchase at certain Best Buys and online (from Microsoft and Amazon). This comes as a surprise considering many pre-order customers will not yet have received their Rifts, explains Polygon. The number of retail Rifts is so far unspecified, but has been confirmed to be a “very small amount” as the company focuses on shipping pre-orders.

Everyone Hates the New Call of Duty Trailer

The newest reveal trailer for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is currently the single most disliked gaming-related YouTube video ever — or 35th most disliked YouTube video of all time. At this time, the trailer has about 8.5 million views with 190,000 likes and a whopping 390,000 dislikes. According to Forbes, it’s difficult to pinpoint the source of all the fan’s hate, but comments seem to indicate a strong lack of enthusiasm for the game’s almost desperate seeming ‘Call of Duty in Space’ theme.