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AMC Theaters is learning to embrace the streaming era, not fight it

AMC Theaters is learning to embrace the streaming era, not fight it

Filed under:CEO Adam Aron wants to work with the studiosAMC Theaters “most challenging quarter in the company’s 100-year history,” but CEO Adam Aron is trying to look forward, using the company’s second quarter earnings call today to address how AMC is going to compete in a streaming-focused world.AMC announced last week that it with Universal Pictures that would let the studio place films on digital rental services like iTunes or Amazon just 17 days after they hit theaters. Aron confirmed on the call that if Universal decides to take advantage of the shorter window, those movies will...

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Instagram launches Reels, its attempt to keep you off TikTok

Instagram launches Reels, its attempt to keep you off TikTok

With , Instagram is hoping to lure some creators away with the rollout of a direct competitor, Reels, which is launching in more than 50 countries today, including the US, UK, Japan, and Australia, on both iOS and Android.Similar to TikTok, Reels lets people create short-form videos set to music that can be shared with friends and followers and discovered while browsing the app. It’s the newest opportunity for Instagram to bring in users, increase the amount of time people spend in the app every day, and establish itself as a video entertainment platform.Reels allows people to record videos...

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Mulan is heading to Disney Plus on September 4th for $30

Mulan is heading to Disney Plus on September 4th for $30

Filed under:Disney’s live-action adaptation gets a new release dateIf you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our .Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan will be released on on September 4th for $29.99, the company announced today.Disney executives walked through the new plan for Mulan’s release during an earnings call with analysts today. The $30 fee will be on top of the $6.99 subscriber fee for Disney Plus customers. Chapek also made it seem like non-subscribers can pay $30 for the film as well, but The Verge has emailed Disney to confirm.“We thought...

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Netflix is letting people watch things faster or slower with new playback speed controls

Netflix is letting people watch things faster or slower with new playback speed controls

Filed under:Stream up to 0.5 times slower or 1.5 times fasterNetflix is letting people choose the speed at which they want to watch something on their phone or tablet with new playback controls.Netflix will allow anyone on an Android mobile device to stream at either 0.5x or 0.75x speeds for slowed-down viewing and 1.25x or 1.5x speeds for faster watching. Those are slightly fewer options than YouTube, which allows people to slow all the way down to 0.25x speeds, and speed up by twice the normal playback speed. Playback speed options are also available on downloaded titles that people have...

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Netflix adds another whopping 10 million subscribers, but warns growth may slow

Netflix adds another whopping 10 million subscribers, but warns growth may slow

Filed under:All eyes on the streaming giant after a massive first quarterNetflix is still growing as people continue to shelter in place around the country, but the company is now seeing the slowed subscriber growth executives predicted would arrive three months ago.On top of announcing that longtime chief content officer Ted Sarandos would join CEO Reed Hastings as co-CEO, the company made a few impressive announcements. Netflix added 10.2 million subscribers in its second quarter, beating the company’s own estimates that it made in its first quarter, which suggested it could add around...

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YouTube creator Jeffree Star dropped by makeup retailer Morphe

YouTube creator Jeffree Star dropped by makeup retailer Morphe

Filed under:New accusations from members of YouTube’s beauty communityMakeup retailer Morphe has parted with YouTuber Jeffree Star, after weeks of public acrimony in the YouTube beauty community. Star has been accused of using , as well as manipulating other and .“Today we’ve made the decision to cease all commercial activity related to Jeffree Star and affiliated products,” a tweet from . As of right now, Star’s products remain on the site, but a tweet from the Morphe account says that will change in “the coming weeks,” without giving a specific date. Star’s relationship with Morphe was...

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Quibi is flailing because no one at Quibi understands what Quibi is

Quibi is flailing because no one at Quibi understands what Quibi is

Filed under:So how can anyone else?After 90 days, Quibi’s free trial period has come to an end. Now, executives at the company have their biggest hurdle yet: getting people to willingly pay $5 or $8 a month for a service that most critics argue lacks exciting shows and flopped on launch.Quibi, a , is supposed to live in between Netflix and TikTok. Its shows are under 10 minutes each and meant to offer a bite-sized way to watch TV. But so far, people haven’t been very interested. notes that, by July, only 1.5 million actually signed up for the app, and less than half of those users are...

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FuboTV increases monthly subscription to $65

FuboTV increases monthly subscription to $65

Filed under:Not long after YouTube TV introduced a similar hikeFuboTV is the latest virtual TV service to introduce a sharp subscription fee hike, not long after YouTube TV announced that it was to $65 a month.FuboTV’s family bundle is increasing from $60 to $65 a month. Existing customers who subscribe to Fubo’s standard plans are being automatically moved to Fubo’s family bundle (which includes three simultaneous streams, Cloud DVR Plus, and 500 hours of DVR space), and will see their bills go from $55 to the new $65 per month price.Existing customers of the standard plan can opt out of...

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Amazon is bringing virtual viewing parties to Prime subscribers with Watch Party

Amazon is bringing virtual viewing parties to Prime subscribers with Watch Party

Filed under:Only available in the US right nowAmazon is giving its Prime members the ability to watch TV shows and movies on Prime Video with friends using its new Watch Party feature.The feature is slowly rolling out, according to the company, and is only available in the US right now. Watch Parties will accommodate up to 100 viewers in one group, but each person must have a US-based Prime subscription. Once inside the Watch Party, people can choose from thousands of titles, according to Amazon, including originals and licensed shows and movies.Anything from the service’s US streaming...

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Netflix is making it easier for people to remove titles from their ‘continue watching’ row

Netflix is making it easier for people to remove titles from their ‘continue watching’ row

Filed under:For those movies you thought you might be into but weren’tAfter browsing for a new movie or TV show to watch on Netflix, people may throw something on before deciding 10 minutes in they’re just not that interested. Netflix’s new “remove from row” feature is designed to make it easier for people to remove those titles from their currently watching offerings.The goal is to give people more control over what appears on their Netflix homepage. The “continue watching” row is one of the most prominent, appearing at the top of the homepage. This makes it easy to jump back into a TV...

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Tenet and Wonder Woman 1984 delayed by Warner Bros.

Tenet and Wonder Woman 1984 delayed by Warner Bros.

Filed under:Leading to uncertainty over a number of other moviesWonder Woman 1984 and Christopher Nolan’s Tenet are being delayed as studios grapple with when they can start releasing their biggest movies in theaters around the world. Tenet will now open on July 31st, instead of July 17th. It’s for Wonder Woman, which was originally slated to premiere June 5th, then August 14th, and on October 2nd.“We’re especially thrilled, in this complex and rapidly changing environment, to be bringing Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet,’ a global tentpole of jaw-dropping size, scope and scale, to theaters...

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YouTube fights back against bias lawsuit from LGBTQ creators

YouTube fights back against bias lawsuit from LGBTQ creators

Filed under:A California judge will now determine if the case moves forwardThe fight between a group of LGBTQ YouTube creators and the video platform’s parent company, Google, over censorship faced its first real test on Tuesday as a California court heard arguments from both groups to determine whether the case should be dismissed.Several YouTubers claiming that YouTube’s algorithm suppresses recommendations and makes it difficult to earn ad revenue. The company denies it discriminates against creators. The original lawsuit claims that YouTube uses “unlawful content regulation,...

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Apple TV Plus acquires past Fraggle Rock seasons ahead of reboot

Apple TV Plus acquires past Fraggle Rock seasons ahead of reboot

Filed under:Apple isn’t echoing Netflix’s strategy, but it’s certainly doing something newApple is acquiring Fraggle Rock’s past TV seasons ahead of a new reboot set to land on Apple TV Plus, signaling a potential strategy shift for a service that has thus far relied entirely on original content.The new Fraggle Rock reboot is being created in partnership with the Jim Henson Company and will bring back characters from the original series “for new songs and adventures, with the same spirit as the classic,” according to a press release. Apple doesn’t mention the licensing deal, but all 96...

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Footage from MTV’s classic 1980s era is streaming online, and it’s a trip

Footage from MTV’s classic 1980s era is streaming online, and it’s a trip

Filed under:Including four hours from MTV’s first ever broadcastMTV’s first ever broadcast on August 1st, 1981 starts with footage of the Apollo 11 rocket launch. As the rocket lifts off, the footage cuts to an astronaut jumping on the moon, an acid-pop colored flag standing proud as the classic MTV logo shimmered. A music video for The Buggles’ plays.It’s an iconic scene, and one that I’ve watched countless times over the last few days thanks to a recent . Tens of hours of footage, spanning from that very first broadcast in 1981 through the end of the decade in 1989, are streaming for free...

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Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and more Viacom channels coming to YouTube TV

Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and more Viacom channels coming to YouTube TV

Filed under:Viacom’s networks join CBS’ on the virtual TV serviceWhen Viacom and CBS closed , the latter company gained access to a plethora of networks — networks the newly merged company, ViacomCBS, is now bringing to distribution partner Google in a new deal with YouTube TV.Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, CMT, Paramount Network, TV Land, and VH1 will all launch on YouTube TV this summer, the company announced today. The multi-year deal also includes prior CBS channels that were available to YouTube TV subscribers, including CBS broadcast stations, CBS Sports Network, Pop TV,...

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Streaming remains lone bright spot as Disney prepares for an unprecedented fight

Streaming remains lone bright spot as Disney prepares for an unprecedented fight

Filed under:Disney’s Parks division used to be a guarantee, but not anymoreDisney was at the top of the world at the end of 2019: a at the box office, the , and a release of the biggest . Now, just five months into 2020, Disney is in for a bumpy ride.“While the COVID-19 pandemic has had an appreciable financial impact on a number of our businesses, we are confident in our ability to withstand this disruption and emerge from it in a strong position,” CEO Bob Chapek said in a press release. “Disney has repeatedly shown that it is exceptionally resilient, bolstered by the quality of our...

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Sony delays Spider-Man films, forcing Marvel to move Doctor Strange and Thor sequels again

Sony delays Spider-Man films, forcing Marvel to move Doctor Strange and Thor sequels again

Filed under:But Uncharted gets an early release dateLike almost every other studio, Sony is moving around its film schedule because of the novel coronavirus. That means its two biggest Spider-Man movies will be delayed.The sequel to , and the third installment in the (created in partnership with Marvel Studios) will each receive months-long delays. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s sequel will now be released on October 7th, 2022 instead of April 8th, 2022. And the final movie in the Homecoming trilogy will open on November 5th, 2021 instead of July 16th, 2021. Sony’s other Spider-Man...

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Netflix says Tiger King is as popular as Stranger Things

Netflix says Tiger King is as popular as Stranger Things

Filed under:Yes, Tiger King really is that bigTiger King was already one of Netflix’s most viral shows, but now, the streamer has confirmed it’s also one of the biggest: it tied Stranger Things’ third season as one of the most watched shows on Netflix.Netflix’s letter to shareholders notes that Tiger King was watched by more than 64 million households in its first four weeks. That’s the same number as Stranger Things’ third season, which Netflix said was the most watched season of the entire show . Those numbers make it a big success for Netflix, but it’s not the most watched show.The...

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Netflix adds 15 million subscribers as people stream more than ever, but warns about tough road ahead

Netflix adds 15 million subscribers as people stream more than ever, but warns about tough road ahead

Filed under:As time spent streaming increases, Netflix looks aheadNetflix is one of the rare , which has kept billions of people at home with nothing to do but stream. But the question is how long can it last?Although much of Netflix’s recent boom didn’t start until mid-March, when more people were forced to stay home to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, a series of popular, original shows and movies helped Netflix boost subscribers in its first quarter. Netflix added 15.8 million subscribers, more than double the 7.2 million that were expected — a growth of more than 22...

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Facebook is launching a dedicated gaming app to take on Twitch, YouTube

Facebook is launching a dedicated gaming app to take on Twitch, YouTube

Filed under:A new “Go Live” feature is also comingTwitch and YouTube don’t have much competition when it comes to streaming platforms for the gaming community, but Facebook wants to change that with a new dedicated mobile gaming app.Facebook’s gaming app will largely curate and focus on the streaming community, although it will also highlight casual games that people might play online already, including Words with Friends, The app, which is set to be introduced on April 20th, will also reportedly only be available on Android devices at first. The company has plans to release the app for iOS...

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Disney Plus surpasses 50 million subscribers

Disney Plus surpasses 50 million subscribers

Filed under:Thanks to an international rollout in a number of countrieshas surpassed 50 million subscribers — up more than 22 million since the last time Disney two months ago.Disney’s new subscriber numbers follow a series of rollouts in international territories, including the UK, India, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Switzerland. Although Disney Plus did delay the launch of its service in France due to government concern that it would , the app is . Disney previously reported that it had 28 million subscribers during an earnings call with investors in February.To compare, around the...

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Watching people try to act normal on live TV during a pandemic

Watching people try to act normal on live TV during a pandemic

Filed under:A bizarre moment plays out on TVWhen the sky is falling and the walls are closing in, I turn to late-night TV.Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, John Oliver, sometimes even Jimmy Fallon and James Corden; their irreverent take on whatever is happening in the world puts my clinically anxious mind at ease. This has become especially true in the time of COVID-19, or the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, as the normally packed subway cars in New York City empty out and the world feels tilted. I’ve used late night as an oasis, and I’ve always trusted that it will be...

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Contagion shows the lengths people go to watch a movie they can’t stream

Contagion shows the lengths people go to watch a movie they can’t stream

Filed under:Why a 2011 movie is suddenly being downloaded and rented worldwideIn the wake of , Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 film about a pandemic, Contagion, is seeing a spike in viewing. The problem is that Contagion isn’t streaming anywhere — especially in the United States — leading to an increase in rentals on iTunes and torrent downloads.The Verge to examine the rise of people downloading Contagion between January 1st and March 4th. The data is estimated by looking at IP addresses that share the movie, according to TorrentFreak’s site editor Ernesto. Analysts look at torrent tracker data,...

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Best Picture winner Parasite will stream exclusively on Hulu beginning April 8th

Best Picture winner Parasite will stream exclusively on Hulu beginning April 8th

Filed under:It’s part of Hulu’s ongoing partnership with studio NeonQuestions about where Parasite would stream flooded Twitter after the movie at this , and now people finally have an answer: .Hulu announced today that Parasite would be available to stream exclusively on its service beginning on April 8th. The streamer has an overall deal with studio Neon, which produced Parasite. Their partnership also landed Hulu streaming rights to I, Tonya, Three Identical Strangers, The Beach Bum, and Honeyland following their theatrical releases since the deal was inked in 2017.Parasite, a...

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Bob Iger got Disney into the streaming wars, so what happens once he’s gone?

Bob Iger got Disney into the streaming wars, so what happens once he’s gone?

Between 2006 and now, Disney spent around $100 billion to become the unbeatable giant it is today, snapping up Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, BAMTech, and 21st Century Fox. While the acquisitions were made as the result of teamwork across a number of divisions, they were mostly led by two people: Bob Iger, who was CEO up until Tuesday, and Kevin Mayer, head of Disney’s direct-to-consumer division and the man in charge of all things streaming. Now, with Iger preparing to leave by the end of 2021, all eyes are on what comes next for Mayer. Mayer helped develop Disney’s current streaming...

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