Foreign language drama streaming service Walter Presents has smashed through the 100 million streams landmark in the UK.First launched almost 4 years ago on Channel 4 and its streaming service All 4, the platform’s aim is to champion high quality, award-winning, foreign-language drama from around the world. Walter Presents launched with Deutschland 83 on Channel 4, which became the highest rating foreign-language drama in UK TV history.The brand then rolled out in the US, Australia and a number of European countries but it’s the UK where it’s had the biggest impact.Credit: Walter PresentsAnalysis has shown that British viewers have consumed more French and Belgian series than those from other parts of the world. With almost 18 million views, France has come out on top with series such as 13 Commandments, Tabula Rasa, and Professor T.The Top 5 is:France – 17.6mBelgium – 11.3mSpain – 10.8mNetherlands – 10.6mDenmark – 10.6m2019’s runaway series was the Dutch hit The Adulterer, which launched in April. Outside of Europe the most popular titles have come from South America and Brazil in particular.The fastest binge-watch by British viewers goes to a series from Poland called The Border. In addition, the top 1,769 viewers have made more than one thousand Walter Presents views each!Credit: Walter PresentsCurator of Walter Presents – and the man whom the service was named after – Walter Iuzzolino says:“I always knew British audiences would appreciate great drama regardless of where in the world it originates from and I also knew they wouldn’t be frightened by subtitles. But, if I’m honest, even I could never have dreamed the British would have embraced foreign-language drama quite as eagerly as they have done.”
“No one can make up Steph’s contributions individually,” Thompson said. “That’s got to be done as a team and even then it’s hard with the way he can shoot the ball.”Thompson has found his touch after missing two weeks in March with a broken right thumb.He followed up his brilliant 11-for-13 shooting day in a 113-92 Game 1 rout Saturday by hitting 12 of 20 shots. Durant also had six rebounds and six assists for the Warriors, who went without key backup big man David West down the stretch after he sprained his left ankle early in the fourth.Coach Steve Kerr stuck with JaVale McGee as his starting center and the 7-footer contributed 10 points and seven rebounds as the well-rounded defending champions again showed off their remarkable depth.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 34 for the Spurs despite facing double-teams and Rudy Gay moved into the starting lineup and scored 12 points.Game 3 is Thursday as the series shifts to San Antonio.Thompson managed just three shots in the first quarter and began 1 for 5. He pounded the basketball down with two hands, frustrated, midway through the second quarter. Then he found his groove.“He hit some tough shots off one leg and you know had some opportunity bounces,” Aldridge said. “That’s why they are who they are. They made tough shots. KD made tough shots.”A baseline 3 with 55.9 seconds left before halftime was his first of the night and got Golden State within 49-45 before the Spurs took a 53-47 lead at intermission.Draymond Green began 0 for 5 before his first basket on the opening possession of the fourth quarter and Durant missed his five 3-point tries in the first half then finally hit from deep early in the third.The Warriors opened the third on a 19-5 run to take charge but this time the Spurs didn’t go away.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich went with Gay in the starting lineup for Kyle Anderson in an effort to generate more scoring – and his team still struggled to make shots.Popovich said before the game that Golden State in Game 1 played “the most stifling defense we faced all year long. That was the best defensive 48 minutes that we have competed against all year long.”Kerr knew Popovich would have his team better prepared.And the Spurs showed higher intensity on both ends through the first half, working to keep the ball out of Durant’s hands or contest shots while jumping in passing lanes to force mistakes.Andre Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, started a second straight game and had 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Warriors beat the Spurs for the 10th time in 11 games covering the regular season and playoffs.San Antonio struggled from the floor for the second straight game, finishing 35 for 85 (41.2 percent). In Game 1, the Spurs shot 40 just percent while going 9 for 22 from deep and got outrebounded 51-30. (AP) OAKLAND, California – Stephen Curry watched another lopsided win from the bench in sheer delight, wearing a sport coat and big smile.The steady hands of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson certainly have made the two-time MVP’s absence far less daunting for the defending champions so far in these playoffs.Durant sparked a decisive third-quarter run on the way to 32 points, Thompson added 31 points and five assists in another superb playoff performance and the Golden State Warriors rallied in the second half to beat the San Antonio Spurs 116-101 on Monday night for a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.As Curry remains out likely for the entire series nursing a sprained left knee, the Warriors used all the offensive power they had to take both home games in the best-of-seven series.
Trump vs. Kerr was revived Wednesday when Trump ripped Kerr and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich for not condemning the communist Chinese regime, which retaliated against the league after Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted support for pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong. In Kerr’s response Thursday, he again lamented what he saw as a collapse of decorum from the office of the president.”All I could think of (Wednesday) night was the contrast of what has happened in 35 years,” Kerr said. “There was no regard for whose side you were on politically, political party, anything like that. It was just, you were an American. The office held such dignity and respect. Both from the people who were visiting and especially the people who sat inside it. It’s just sad it’s come crashing down. That we are now living this.” Kerr told reporters Thursday that he will continue to limit his commentary to topics with which he is familiar. The chief executive didn’t like that answer; he tweeted that Kerr “chocked” (sic).MORE: The Daryl Morey controversy, explainedSo funny to watch Steve Kerr grovel and pander when asked a simple question about China. He chocked, and looks weak and pathetic. Don’t want him at the White House!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2019The White House jab is likely a reference to Kerr saying he has met with the five presidents who served immediately before Trump, beginning with Ronald Reagan in 1984. An opportunity for No. 6 went away in 2017 when the Warriors were disinvited by Trump after the Warriors won the NBA championship. Star guard Stephen Curry had expressed reservations about making the visit. Kerr backed Curry and the team for not wanting to go to Washington, saying it was a “human respect issue.””We see what President Trump does with his words, with his actions, and it’s difficult to reconcile that and just say we’ll put all that aside,” Kerr told USA Today. President Donald Trump isn’t done with Warriors coach Steve Kerr.Trump tweeted disparaging comments about Kerr late Friday, one day after Kerr again declined to voice a strong opinion on the dispute between the NBA and the Chinese government.