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A Crash Course In Need-To-Know YouTubers Of 2018

Here’s your crash course in 12 YouTubers you should know. Whether they’ve been making waves in 2018 or are positioned to make this year their break out moment, you’ll want to take note.

Established players

Roman Atwood: Initially known for YouTube prank videos, but turned into a family vlogger. In addition to the more mundane daily vlogs, Atwood tends to have a bunch of big and elaborate videos throughout the year. Last year he borrowed an actual monster truck and smashed another car with it.

2018: Roman proposed to his longtime girlfriend, which is a huge milestone in his story publicly playing out in videos.

Jake/Logan Paul: We’ll group these two together, even if they’re not officially making videos as a pair. Both live in crazy big LA homes and have come to define the crazy Gen Z, dabbing, doing it for the views, lifestyle.

2018: Logan Paul keeps finding ways to be insensitive. His video with a suicide victim also rocked YouTube’s grasp on allowable content. Jake Paul’s Team 10 is faltering and quickly changing.

Casey Neistat: Casey has been one of the most prolific YouTubers and one of the first to really kickstart the daily vlogging craze and give it a level of professionalism. Beyond YouTube, he’s had a HBO show, done commercials for Samsung, and sold an app to CNN.

2018: After leaving CNN, he restarted his famous daily vlogs in a series called 368 which is centered around his new building on 368 Broadway in New York.

The new class of well-known names

Tyler Blevins (Ninja): He’s a Twitch/YouTuber gamer and essentially the face of Fortnite Battle Royale. He may have a staggering 12 million subscribers as of May 2018, but part of the craze has been his sudden explosion since mid 2017.

2018: His popularity gained a huge boost from playing Fornite with Drake. Since then there’s been even more collaborations.

Poppy: If you aren’t familiar with Poppy, her music or her persona, you should take a quick look because it speaks clearer than descriptive words. That said, the unique music and style has resonated with a large audience.

2018: As concisely as possible, Poppy and her boyfriend, Titanic Sinclair are being sued by former collaborator Mars Argo for copyright infringement. It gets more complicated because there’s also an element of abuse which both side are claiming.

Collins Key: From performing magic on America’s Got Talent to YouTuber, Collins has a fun story. A lot of his recent videos are geared towards younger fans and focus around DIY and challenges.

2018: Collins is opening the Vidcon main stage along with Marshmallow and Liza Koshy. If you didn’t know his name before Vidcon, there’s a good chance you will afterwards. Collins really bridges the gap between upcoming and established names. How many up-and-coming creators also have 11 million+ subscribers?

Up and coming creators in 2018

DSharp: DSharp’s channel is straightforward, yet very unique. How many DJ violinists do you know? His covers give each familiar song a different twist and sets him apart from other musicians out there. His recent cover of Post Malone’s “Rockstar” took off with nearly 4 million views. He’s being rewarded as well, just hitting that million subscribers milestone.

Dan Mace: Originally from South Africa, Dan moved to New York to help Casey Neistat shoot his new daily vlog series but is now releasing his own videos. You can see the cross of styles between the two in his new videos.

Slice and Rice: The couple’s tagline is, “He got the slice, she got the rice” which says a lot about what to expect from their channel. The power couple often use their experiences growing up to introduce the other one to new things. The hilarious duo have grown nearly 100k subscribers in the last year and are growing rapidly, continuing to up the relationship goals.

Peter Mckinnon: Sure, Peter has 2 million subscribers, but he’s done it in less than three years. You’ve probably come across his videos naturally if you’re into photography and cinematography at all. If that’s not the crowd you follow, don’t worry, this channel could still teach you some new shooting techniques and potentially help you get some crazy good pictures yourself.

Rahmel Dockery: Rahmel makes videos for his channel based on motivating people to chase their football dreams. He also is bringing people on his own journey as he tries to  play in the NFL.

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Binge These 2 New Shows If You Love 80’s Nostalgia And Bizarre Murder Mysteries

Cobra Kai and Evil Genius are two very different shows, but two great options for those of you constantly looking for your next streaming show to obsess over.

Evil Genius – a true, mystery-riddled thriller

It’s no secret that Netflix knows how to make a really good true crime documentary–they did it so well, in fact, they actually parodied themselves with American Vandal–and Evil Genius is no exception.

Enter their newest docuseries, Evil Genius, which focuses on the pizza bomber mystery from 2003. This short, four-part show is the most exciting if you go in with as little information as possible. No need to even watch the trailer if you’re inclined to bizarre murder mysteries.

Still not convinced? Here’s a basic summary.

In 2003, a 46-year old Brian Wells walked into a Pennsylvania bank demanding $250,000 with a bomb locked to his neck. But the incident was the tip of the iceberg, as several murders and a much more involved plot unfolded.

If you’re too young to remember this event, or you don’t remember it making national news, hearing this story from start to finish for the first time will likely blow your mind. It’s crazy.

For those of you who did hear about the pizza bomber in real-time, this four-part series should satisfy by taking all the major and minor details over the years and putting them together in an easy to consume way.

Evil Genius is now available exclusively on Netflix.

Cobra Kai – for those of you who experienced The Karate Kid mania in its heyday

Cobra Kai essentially asks the question of whether nostalgia can go home again. In this case, the answer is an emphatic yes.

Beyond reviving old characters and telling their, where-are-they-now, stories, Cobra Kai also flips the tables on protagonists and antagonists. The majority of the story is told from the point of view of the original bully, Johnny, instead of the hero, Daniel.

If The Karate Kid touched your life in anyway, you should love this new ride; and there’s a good chance you give the show more of a pass on some of its cornier moments.

Even if the original 1984 movie didn’t have an impact on you, Cobra Kai might still be able to warm your heart with its theme of redemption and light, dad-esque humor.

Cobra Kai is available exclusively on YouTube Red, though you may be able to watch an episode or two for free if you hurry.

Want to save a few bucks on your streaming services? Check out our guide to all the different options.

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The Cheapest Way To Stream All Your Favorite Shows And Movies

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There are somewhere between one to two billion content streaming services available now. It’s crazy how many companies want you to pay a monthly fee to watch movies and TV shows or listen to music from them.

Let’s “desert island” this topic and see if we can’t narrow the choices down a bit to help you save some money stop subscribing to services just out of knee-jerk reaction.

Selection – it’s all about those originals and exclusives

Netflix has too many originals to list out, but some of its standouts include: Stranger Things, The Crown, Master of None, Jessica Jones, Black Mirror, House of Cards, 13 Reasons Why, and Narcos.

Hulu is newer to the originals game, but they get it and have some along with some exclusives: Handmaid’s Tale, Seinfeld, The Mindy Project, and 11.22.63.

Amazon Prime hasn’t slouched on originals, including: The Grand Tour, Lore, The Lost City of Z, The Big Sick, Electric Dreams, Mozart in the Jungle, and The Man in the High Castle.

While Sling TV does offer any original content, it might provide you an exclusive opportunity to watch things like Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN. The basic, lowest-priced Sling TV package includes channels like: ESPN, AMC, CNN, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, the Disney Channel,TNT, IFC and A&E.

Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal are all consistently close to the amount of music each service offers. While they each have gotten exclusive releases in the past, none have been forever and typically don’t last longer than a year at the very most.

YouTube Red has a lock on a bunch of top tier YouTube creators so you want the latest and greatest from Roman Atwood or Rhett & Link you’ll probably be seeing red in your future. YouTube Red’s new show Cobra Kai, however, which is the continuation of The Karate Kid movie looks amazing and almost worth a subscription for it alone.

YouTube Red also includes access to YouTube Music to stream music without ads and with the YouTube app not as the front-most app (which is a big deal).

Availability – what devices can I watch my shows on?

Netflix: Even your toaster can now play Netflix. Seriously though, it would be a shorter to mention devices that can’t play Netflix.

Hulu: iOS, Android, Web, Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, TiVo, Xbox, Playstation

Amazon Prime: iOS, Android, Web, Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, TiVo, Xbox, Playstation

Sling TV: iOS, Android, Web, Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Xbox One

Spotify: iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Web, Android Auto, CarPlay, Sonos

Apple Music: iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Android Auto, CarPlay, Sonos

YouTube Red: iOS, Android, Chromecast, Android TV, Apple TV, Xbox, Wii U, PlayStation, Roku

Price –  OK, how much is all this gonna cost?

Spotify: $9.99/month

Apple Music: $9.99/month or $99/year

Tidal: $9.99/month (standard quality) $19.99 (lossless quality)

Amazon Prime Video: $8.99/month
YouTube Red: $9.99/month

Netflix: $10.99/month (default streaming option)

Hulu: $7.99/month
Sling TV: $20/month (~25 channels) $25/month (~40 channels)

Here’s where things get tricky. While each of these streaming services typically reside between $10-$20/month, there are some ways to combine multiple ones and save a few bucks.

  • Spotify + Hulu = $12.99/month [Savings of $4.99]
  • Amazon Prime Video = free [With the purchase of Prime two-day shipping $99/year]
  • T-Mobile = free MLB TV subscription
  • Prime Video + HBO = same cost [Even though Amazon lets you watch HBO through Prime Video, there’s no cost savings to the bundle. Bummer.]

Choose 3!

To maximize value and variety, I’d go for 1 music service, 1 on-demand video service, and 1 live TV service. Here are the 3 services I’d pick:

Spotify + Hulu = $12.99/month

Sling TV = $20/month

Total = $32.99/month

Gotta have a music service so if I pick Spotify I can save $5/month by also picking Hulu for access to a bunch of rad TV shows and new(er) movies. Sling TV (Orange) gets me ESPN as well as History Channel, TBS, and a bunch of other live broadcast TV channels.

What would you pick?