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Catie Keck Catie Keck Aug 14, 2019. 13 comments

CBS Shows Signs of Being a Legit Streaming Competitor After All

CBS Shows Signs of Being a Legit Streaming Competitor After All

Well now, it appears the deck has been shuffled yet again in the ongoing streaming wars, and it looks as though CBS may be shaping up to be a stronger contender than we’d previously anticipated.

CBS and Viacom announced on Tuesday a merger of their two companies under a new name, ViacomCBS, in a deal that valued the company at more than $28 billion, according to a press release. The merger,...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Jul 26, 2019. 18 comments

After Stealing The Office From Netflix, NBCUniversal Says Its Streaming Service Will Launch in April 2020

After Stealing The Office From Netflix, NBCUniversal Says Its Streaming Service Will Launch in April 2020

Just weeks after announcing that it was robbing Netflix of one of its most popular series, NBCUniversal has teased out that its forthcoming streaming service will officially launch in April of next year.

Variety reported Thursday that NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke shared the news during the second quarter earnings call for its parent company Comcast. And following news that NBCUniversal was...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Jul 03, 2019. 14 comments

Apple TV+ Just Might Fuck After All

Apple TV+ Just Might Fuck After All

Well, well, well. It appears Apple has finally addressed those pesky rumors that the company’s executives are meddling in the script writing of its streaming platform offerings. And listen up gang, some of this stuff is (at least by the company’s standards) not for the little ones.

Here’s how this fun rumor started: Back in September, the Wall Street Journal ran a sweeping report on what we...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Jul 01, 2019. 14 comments

Apple TV+ Swears It Won't Be as Shitty as Netflix

Apple TV+ Swears It Won't Be as Shitty as Netflix

Apple’s foray in the ever-crowded streaming space raises some big questions about the kinds of content an otherwise clean-cut company plans to create. If Eddy Cue is to be believed, Apple plans to tackle content with a markedly different approach from streaming rival Netflix, which has a reputation for churning out heaps of charitably mediocre original content.

In a lengthy interview with

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Jun 12, 2019. 6 comments

Why Seemingly Every Company Is Launching a Gaming Subscription Now

Why Seemingly Every Company Is Launching a Gaming Subscription Now

Much in the way that streaming has too many damn options now , gaming services are flooding the market as companies increasingly position themselves to compete for attention over singular domination of an entertainment medium. Netflix, for example, disclosed in an earnings report earlier this year that it viewed itself as competing with “Fortnite more than HBO.” If a recent survey is to be...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus Apr 19, 2019. 15 comments

The Criterion Channel Should Be My Favorite Streaming Platform

The Criterion Channel Should Be My Favorite Streaming Platform

It wasn’t so long ago that Netflix’s focus was on developing a curated library of titles rather than its own original, largely episodic content—and the nostalgics among us still pine for those days. With Filmstruck now deceased, the recently-launched Criterion Channel is close to being the ideal streaming platform for cinephiles.

Those familiar with the Criterion imprint and its reputation for...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Apr 19, 2019. 3 comments

Amazon Launches New Spotify Competitor With Ad-Supported Music Streaming for Echo Devices

Amazon Launches New Spotify Competitor With Ad-Supported Music Streaming for Echo Devices

Following rumors earlier this week that such a service was forthcoming, Amazon has officially announced its spanking new ad-supported music streaming service—not to be confused with its other two music services—for Alexa-enabled devices.

The service made its debut Thursday amid a few other updates from the company (including, notably, an apparent truce with Google). The streaming service...

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Mario Aguilar Mario Aguilar Dec 03, 2017. 18 comments

Adele's 25 Will Not Be On Spotify or Other Streaming Services

Adele's <i>25 </i>Will Not Be On Spotify or Other Streaming Services

Adele’s highly-anticipated new record 25 will not be available on Spotify, according to the company.

Here’s the canned statement provided to Gizmodo:

“We love and respect Adele, as do her 24 million fans on Spotify. We hope that she will give those fans the opportunity to enjoy 25 on Spotify alongside 19 and 21 very soon.”

According to sources familiar with the matter, the record won’t be made...

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Christina Warren Christina Warren Aug 19, 2017. 14 comments

Spotify Is Burying Artists That Give Exclusives to Apple: Report

Spotify Is Burying Artists That Give Exclusives to Apple: Report

According to a new report, Spotify really hates artist exclusives so much that it’s penalizing acts that put their jams on Apple Music first.

Bloomberg cites “people familiar with Spotify’s strategy” as saying that if an artist releases an album exclusively on Apple Music—as Frank Ocean just did—they can expect that their tracks won’t be featured on Spotify playlists once they do hit the...

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Christina Warren Christina Warren Aug 16, 2017. 15 comments

Amazon Comes for Spotify With Cheaper Music Subscriptions

Amazon Comes for Spotify With Cheaper Music Subscriptions

Amazon has just launched its long-awaited Spotify competitor , Amazon Music Unlimited . Like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Google Play, and Deezer, Amazon Music Unlimited offers on-demand access to tens of millions of songs. And like those services, it also offers “thousands” of “hand curated playlists” and personalized stations.

So why would anyone want Amazon Music Unlimited? If you’re an...

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