Netflix takes Black Mirror joke to the next level

Kerem Gülen
Jun 21, 2023
Music and Video

In a humorous turn of events, Netflix has embraced the satire of its own streaming platform from the first episode of "Black Mirror" Season 6, which became an internet sensation. In the spirit of the joke, Netflix has launched two websites, drawing inspiration from "Streamberry", the fictitious streaming service introduced in the series.

Netflix has recreated, mirroring the fictional site and showcasing the characters from the series. Additionally, the streaming behemoth unveiled, allowing users to insert their own pictures and feature in a hypothetical Streamberry show.

The first episode of "Black Mirror" featured "Streamberry" wherein Joan, a disillusioned tech firm employee portrayed by Annie Murphy, finds her life mirrored in a new TV series called "Joan is Awful," starring Salma Hayek. This parody streaming service mimics Netflix in every detail, including the user interface and the iconic "Tudum" introduction sound., the new promotional site, allows users to experience the fictional streaming platform, complete with title cards representing characters from earlier seasons like pop icon Ashley O (Miley Cyrus) and singing contest entrant Bing (Daniel Kaluuya). Clicking on these titles redirects users to the corresponding Netflix episodes.

On, fans can "register" for the service, where they are prompted to input their name and profile photo, subsequently generating a poster featuring them as the star of the next episode in the "Is Awful" series.

Image source: Unsplash

However, echoing a lesson from the "Black Mirror" episode, users should be cautious and read the small print. Before submitting a selfie, the website cautions that the picture "may end up on a billboard," and users must agree to "Netflix's use of my image for its marketing campaign." Furthermore, Netflix provides a link to the Terms and Conditions document.

This mimics a scene from the episode in which Joan's attorney informs her that her digital likeness rights were forfeited when she signed up for Streamberry. Streamberry tracks its users through their personal gadgets, enabling the platform to create a CGI series about them.

"Joan Is Awful" stirred considerable discussion this season due to its subtle jab at Netflix, coupled with its commentary on artificial intelligence and the future of streaming.

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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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