Category: Entertainment

Apple To Spend $1B On Their Own Original Video Content

Amazon & Netflix have both been killing the original video content game while taking huge risks on production costs. These original shows and movies have been a driving source of new and reoccurring subscriptions to Amazon Prime and Netflix. As the market shifts, more consumers are opting to subscribe to a more affordable video streaming network over individually purchasing shows or movies through iTunes. A recent report from the Wall Street Journal states that Apple will be budgeting a whopping $1B towards original programming although in this type of industry that doesn't go as far as you'd think. In comparison,...

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MoviePass ‘Unlimited’ Plan Offers A Movie A Day For $9.99/Month

An innovative mobile app dubbed the ‘MoviePass' has just announced a $9.95 subscription with no commitments that allows for users to access one movie per day in a theater without any blackout dates. Initially, the service launched offering users two movies per month for $15 whereas it was $21/month in LA and NYC. While there are no “blackout” dates, the subscription isn't valid for 3D or IMAX screenings and works in 91% of theaters including AMC, Cinemark, and Regal. Those interested can sign-up for a free month trial through their website or mobile app, but keep in mind you'll...

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Anker’s ‘Genie’ Is A $35 Smart Speaker That Undercuts The Competition

Amazon's Echo Dot is a $50 voice assistant that functions like its older Echo sibling without the advanced speaker technology. While $50 is within most consumer budgets, what if you could score the same Alexa-enabled technology in a similar form-factor for $15 cheaper? This is where Anker's new $35 Eufy Genie smart speaker comes into play. At a quick glance, the Genie resembles the Echo Dot though it is slightly less sleek in my opinion. The great part is the feature set and functionality match that of the Echo Dot and Anker is even going as far to say...

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Netflix To Focus On Original Content As Subscriber Count Tops 103.95M

Cord-cutters are on the rise, and Netflix has become the go-to resource for many to consume their video content. In a recent earnings report & interview (embedded below), the streaming giant stated that they grew from 99M to 104M users during the second quarter of 2017 with most of the success attributed to their original content. Furthermore, of the 104M subscribers, they now have more international customers than domestic (US). Within the investor PDF, Netflix discussed their focus on producing more original content and their previous decisions to cancel an underperforming series: “as much as we dislike ending a series...

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Netflix Original ‘Narcos’ Season 3 Will Debut On September 1st

Netflix has dropped the season 3 teaser for their hit original series Narcos which depicts the notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's rise in Colombia. Without giving any spoilers, the last season ended with a bang resulting in a the teaser for season 3 which is dubbed “the rise of a new empire”. According to the trailer, the Narcos third season will launch officially on the video streaming service as of September 1st, 2017. Those interested in catching up with the first two seasons before the new season is released can stream the earlier episodes on Netflix right now. Source:...

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DirecTV NOW Teases Upcoming Features Including 4K HDR & Cloud DVR

AT&T experienced a rocky start to their DirecTV Now launch, but have since improved the reliability and performance of the streaming service. While it does offer some enticing channel packages for the price, many users are still disappointed with the lack of advanced features. Yesterday, the company teased some competitive functions coming to DirecTV Now as of this Fall as part of their “your content on your terms” initiative. The next generation video platform will offer the highly anticipated cloud DVR functionality as well as a new interface (highly warranted from our experience). Beyond these changes, DirecTV Now will...

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Sony Drops Their Cheapest $30 ‘PlayStation Vue’ TV Streaming Package

When Sony entered the TV streaming market with their PlayStation Vue service, it seemed promising especially with packages starting at just $30. This entry-level plan was dubbed ‘Slim Access' which offered the same channels as their $39.99/mo ‘Access' plan without access to any local broadcasting. As of yesterday, Sony has disbanded this package making the PlayStation Vue service only accessible for $40/month or higher. Considering this is a higher monthly cost than their biggest competitors like DirecTV Now (starting at $35) and Sling (starting at $20), it could have some negative consequences when it comes to subscribers making the switch...

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‘DirecTV Now’ Doubles Their Live Local Channel Lineup

DirecTV Now launched in late November with a rather rough start, but the service's parent company, AT&T, isn't backing down. They are pushing forward making improvements to the service including more channels and better features. While the service has offered some of the best channel lineups for the price, a new partnership with ABC, NBC and FOX affiliates will enable DirecTV Now to double its number of supported location stations. By the end of August, the service plans to triple the number of live local channels bringing more live content to users in more markets. For a full list...

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Jay-Z’s New Album Will Be Exclusive On His Tidal Streaming Service

One of the biggest music moguls of our generation is Jay-Z, and beyond that, he is quite the entrepreneur. The king of hip hop purchased his own audio streaming service back in 2015 for $56M and renamed it to Tidal which was marketed as a music service for artists by artists with an emphasis on their competitive lossless sound quality that is supposed to offer the best listening experience for audiophiles. While the service has received a great deal of press both good and bad, the company remains above water with Sprint making a significant $200M investment earlier this...

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New Products & Updates Coming Out Of Apple’s WWDC 2017 Keynote

Every year Apple marks a special occasion for developers during their Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event which was kicked off in San Jose earlier today. While the event itself spans several days and is dedicated to interaction and education of developers, it always kicks off with a big keynote presented by Tim Cook and several star Apple executives who update the media, developers and the general public on what the company has in store for the coming year. This year was no exception, and we saw one of the largest and most announcement-packed WWDC keynotes Apple has had in recent...

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