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Catie Keck Catie Keck Jan 09, 2020. 16 comments

Plex Is Making Itself Impossible to Ignore as a Go-To Streaming Service

Plex Is Making Itself Impossible to Ignore as a Go-To Streaming Service

CES may be all about gadgets, but this year’s event is jam-packed with news from streaming services looking to muscle their way into the fray. Plex is one of them.

The media management tool and streaming service has drummed up a fair amount of hype during the electronics trade show this year for a suite of features it says it’s planning to bring to the service, including content that can be...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Jan 09, 2020. 18 comments

Quibi Is Either a Clever Gimmick or the Future of Entertainment

Quibi Is Either a Clever Gimmick or the Future of Entertainment

Quibi is either going to be brilliant and influential to how we consume media, or we’re going to watch Hollywood and Silicon Valley shit the bed in a way that just not common in 2020.

The new streaming service, dreamed up by Jeffrey Katzenberg, founder and CEO of Dreamworks and one of the architects behind Disney’s golden age in the early ‘90s, is a mobile-first platform delivering movies and...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Jan 04, 2020. 22 comments

The Current Heads of Apple TV+ Should Be Terrified

The Current Heads of Apple TV+ Should Be Terrified

Apple just entered an exclusive partnership with Richard Plepler, one of the chief architects of HBO’s last two decades of success. According to the New York Times, Plepler’s new production company has a five-year exclusivity deal with Apple’s TV+. If Apple’s entertainment executives aren’t worried about what the incoming titan’s arrival means for their jobs and the platform’s future yet,...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Jan 03, 2020. 2 comments

Here's Why Some Disney+ Movies Like Home Alone Are Leaving the Service

Here's Why Some Disney+ Movies Like Home Alone Are Leaving the Service

Disney+ has, thankfully, righted many of its glaring shortcomings in the time since its official rollout. But just as the noise had begun to die down, reports of disappearing content are now plaguing the service.

Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York are two such titles that have been scrubbed from the service. Several other popular titles noted by ScreenCrush that were previously...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Jan 02, 2020. 4 comments

Music Streaming Jumped to 80 Percent of the U.S. Market by the End of the Decade

Music Streaming Jumped to 80 Percent of the U.S. Market by the End of the Decade

Music streaming made a killing this decade as far as U.S. market domination—and more and more users are willing to pay for it too, according to statistics from the Recording Industry Association of America.

The organization this week tweeted several infographics of music listening trends in the U.S. over the course of the last ten years, and by those figures, streaming now accounts for more...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Dec 28, 2019. 7 comments

Shitty Company in Shitty Talks for Shitty Streaming Service

Shitty Company in Shitty Talks for Shitty Streaming Service

Ahead of the launch of NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service launch in April, its parent company is reportedly in “advanced talks” to buy ad-supported streaming service Xumo.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Comcast—which is regularly voted the most hated company in the U.S.—is eyeing an acquisition of the service, which the paper notes the deal could offer support for the...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Dec 27, 2019. 7 comments

NBC's Streaming Service Now Has More Movies, But Only Very Specific Ones

NBC's Streaming Service Now Has More Movies, But Only Very Specific Ones

Peacock is getting more movies. Unfortunately, not all of them will be great.

NBCUniversal’s forthcoming streaming service has secured a deal to license content from Lionsgate. The long-term agreement will allow Peacock to launch in April with hundreds of films and series in addition to its lineup of originals and legacy content like Parks and Recreation and The Office. As part of the deal...

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Alyse Stanley Alyse Stanley Dec 20, 2019. 16 comments

Netflix Autoplays the Murder of Kittens to Angry Subscribers

Netflix Autoplays the Murder of Kittens to Angry Subscribers

At a time when its seat as top U.S. streaming service has never been more precarious , the fact that Netflix would decide now to push out a docuseries about a creep who tortures and murders kittens among other horrifying acts is . . . a choice. But one I can at least wrap my head around. What I fail to understand, however, is why—until recently—subscribers were able to stumble upon that kind...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Dec 04, 2019. 8 comments

Netflix Is Testing a Shuffle Feature That Could Make Your Binges Even Lazier

Netflix Is Testing a Shuffle Feature That Could Make Your Binges Even Lazier

Series-binging sometimes means throwing on random reruns of a favorite series just to keep you occupied—it’s one of the great benefits of cord-cutting, after all. But the lack of a shuffle function on many popular platforms means you’re generally stuck committing to a season and starting from the top or cherry-picking what to watch next after each individual episode.

Netflix seems to realize...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Nov 26, 2019. 20 comments

Netflix Doing Something That Was Basically Illegal Until Last Week

Netflix Doing Something That Was Basically Illegal Until Last Week

Netflix has saved a well-known movie theater in New York City from imminent closure, and that is ostensibly a good thing. But something much more devastating lies beneath.

The company that made streaming mainstream says it will rescue NYC’s Paris Theater. This comes on the heels of an announcement from the Department of Justice that it will rescind the so-called Paramount consent decree (it...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Nov 23, 2019. 16 comments

Stadia Is a Glimpse Into the Future—But Maybe Not Yours or Google's

Stadia Is a Glimpse Into the Future—But Maybe Not Yours or Google's

When Stadia works perfectly, it feels like the future of gaming. Laptop, phone, and TV: Google’s new game streaming service works across all three with the press of a button or two. The simple controller knows what to connect to and does so with ease. With Stadia, you can slip into a game typically found on a PC or console using almost any device. It makes you wonder why we’ve tethered...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Nov 20, 2019. 21 comments

If the Hulu and AT&T Price Hikes Piss You Off, Here Are Some Live TV Streaming Alternatives

If the Hulu and AT&T Price Hikes Piss You Off, Here Are Some Live TV Streaming Alternatives

Hulu has, very regrettably, alerted users that its Live TV plans are spiking $10 per month beginning December 18. That means that its ad-supported Hulu + Live TV package is now going to run $55 per month—an additional $120 per year. That’s a very real chunk of change for cord-cutters on a budget.

The news comes as another streaming service, AT&T TV Now, is also getting a price adjustment....

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Nov 16, 2019. 18 comments

Sorry, Hulu Users, Your Live TV Plan Just Got a Lot More Expensive

Sorry, Hulu Users, Your Live TV Plan Just Got a Lot More Expensive

If you adore your Hulu + Live TV subscription, I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news.

The company announced Friday that its very good Hulu + Live TV plan—which includes ad-supported Hulu plus access to live and on-demand TV channels—is hiking from $45 per month to $55 beginning December 18. Considering this amounts to an additional $120 per year you’re paying for the service—on top of whatever...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Nov 15, 2019. 9 comments

Disney+ Is Embarrassing

Disney+ Is Embarrassing

Disney made a lot of promises for its streaming service—many of which, as far as its content is concerned, it kept. But the service itself, Disney+, so far is messy, unreliable, and riddled with bugs.

The long-awaited, heavily hyped streaming service arrived this week wrapped in fanfare not only over its content offerings but also, notably, because a significant number of users are initially...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Nov 14, 2019. 19 comments

Netflix's Chosen Fighter to Take on Disney+ Is, Uh, Nickelodeon

Netflix's Chosen Fighter to Take on Disney+ Is, Uh, Nickelodeon

I imagine it’s looking pretty grim from where Netflix is standing right now.

The streaming giant announced Wednesday—just one day after the launch of Disney’s highly-anticipated new streaming service , a service primarily catering to families and nerds—that it’s partnered with Nickelodeon on a multi-year content deal. Nickelodeon has existed on Netflix before, such as with Rocko’s Modern Life:...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Nov 12, 2019. 11 comments

How to Get Your Free Year of Disney+ If You're a Verizon Customer

How to Get Your Free Year of Disney+ If You're a Verizon Customer

Disney+ day is officially here. Everyone has the chance to size up the massive catalog of Disney+ content with a free seven-day trial (don’t forget to unsubscribe if you don’t want to keep the service). But if you’re a Verizon customer, you can get an entire year of Disney+ for free—if you have the right type of service plan.

First, a couple of things to know. A Verizon spokesperson told...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Nov 12, 2019.

The Best Streaming Service You Can Subscribe to Right Now

The Best Streaming Service You Can Subscribe to Right Now

If any year gave us more content offerings than most of us knew what to do with, it was 2019. There were game streaming products, there were news service launches, and most of all, there were so many streaming services announcing themselves in an already crowded space that it began to feel like maybe—just maybe—we had officially reached the threshold for far too many content opinions.

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Nov 12, 2019. 24 comments

Everything to Know About Disney+

Everything to Know About Disney+

Over a year after it was first announced, Disney+ is finally here and full of cartoons, superheroes, and space wizards for you to gawk at. Last week, Gizmodo got a chance to check out the new streaming service app in its final form and speak with the team behind Disney+’s launch.

The time I spent with Disney+ was brief (only a few hours), but I’ll admit the app and streaming quality were...

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Alex Cranz Alex Cranz Nov 12, 2019. 17 comments

We Finally Know What Games Are Launching With Stadia

We Finally Know What Games Are Launching With Stadia

The launch of Stadia is only a week away, so it’s extremely surprising that we’re only learning about its launch titles now—after pre-orders have already happened. But given the list of games available maybe it makes sense that Google held off so long.

As launch lists go the Stadia one has me worried. When Stadia launches November 19 it will be with just 12 titles—almost all of which have...

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Alyse Stanley Alyse Stanley Nov 08, 2019. 4 comments

Disney+ Will Launch on Fire TV Now That Amazon and Disney Are Playing Nice

Disney+ Will Launch on Fire TV Now That Amazon and Disney Are Playing Nice

Looks like folks with Fire TV devices will be able to watch Disney+ after all.

Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed the news on CNBC Thursday, announcing that the company had finally reached a distribution deal with Amazon. In October, rumor had it that unsettled advertising disputes would keep Disney’s upcoming streaming service off Fire TV, and Disney’s other apps like ABC, ESPN, and Disney...

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