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Apple TV+ is entering the video streaming space to compete with Netflix, Amazon, and now Disney.  They have been working on original content to bolster their library and have already announced “The Morning Show,” the network headliner featuring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell. Now they’ve released a list of other original shows:

1. Snoopy in Space

Original series from Peanuts Worldwide.

2. Oprah Winfrey Docuseries

Several documentaries and shows with Oprah.

3. Amazing Stories

Reboot from 1980’s show by executive producer Steven Spielberg.

4. Truth Be Told

Based on a Kathleen Barber novel; features Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad.

5. Dickinson

Comedy starring Hailee Stienfeld.

6. Ghostwriter

Teenage / fictional series where ghosts come to life out of books.

7. See

Sci-Fi drama where humans are born blind.

8. For All Mankind

Sci-Fi drama based on a Cold War space race that never ended.

9. Helpsters

Children’s program in partnership with Sesame Workshop.
Motion picture entertainment is always shifting. It went from theaters to TV to cable and now to digital streaming.  Each change has given consumers’ new advantages. The latest, streaming services, offer users the ultimate flexibility to watch movies when and where they want. Major entertainment distributors are taking note and adjusting accordingly. HBO Now is a streaming service of the cable channel.  Disney Plus is a streaming service that allows an entertainment conglomerate to control content from all its subsidiaries and CBS All Access is a streaming service for a traditional TV network.

Monthly Plan Prices

  • HBO Now | $14.99
  • Netflix HD Quality Plan | $12.99
  • Disney Plus | $12.99
  • Hulu (without ads) | $11.99
  • Showtime | $10.99
  • Prime Video only | $8.99
  • Hulu (with ads) | $5.99
  • CBS All Access | $5.99

Movie Selection

  • Prime Video | 14,210
  • Netflix | 3,803
  • Hulu | 1,437
  • HBO | 926
  • Showtime | 489

TV Offerings

  • Prime Video | 2,317
  • Netflix | 1,966
  • Hulu | 1,931
  • HBO | 189
  • Showtime | 70
Quantity doesn’t always mean quality.  Just because Prime Video has the most movies and TV shows does not mean it has the best titles. Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are nearly equal when it comes to the number of “high quality” movies offered as defined by Reelgood – a “high quality” movie as has an IMDB rating of 7.5 or higher.

High Quality Movies

  • Prime Video | 125
  • Netflix | 124
  • Hulu | 52
  • HBO | 32
  • Showtime | 32
With this information, you can make an informed decision about where to spend your entertainment dollars.

In a significant increase, Netflix has announced that it will release ten films in theaters this fall with the intention of competing for the Oscars. The service has made movies for the Oscars before including well respected films Beasts of No Nation in 2015, then Roma, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Mowgli in 2018.  The schedule for 2019 follows (First Date is Theatre Date, Second Date is Netflix Date):

  • The Launderette with Meryl Streep  – Sep 7  | Oct 18
  • Dolemite Is My Name with Eddie Murphy – Oct 4  | Oct 25
  • The King with Robert Pattinson – Oct 11 | Nov 1
  • Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman with Robert de Niro – Nov 1 | Nov 27
  • Earthquake Bird with Alicia Vikander –  Nov 1 | Nov 15
  • Marriage Story with Scarlett Johansson – Nov 6 | Dec 6
  • Klaus -animated – Nov 8 |Nov 15
  • I Lost My Body – French animated – Nov 15 | Nov 29
  • Atlantics – French drama – Nov 15 | Nov 29
  • The Two Popes with Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce – Nov 27 | Dec 20

 

The Roku Channel is a two-year-old streaming service with 30.5 million users is offering a new Kids and Family portal, which is going live the week of August 19th.

Rob Holmes, VP of programming and engagement for Roku said, “We recognize that it can be a challenge to find quality kids and family entertainment across multiple streaming channels, particularly free, ad-supported options.”

With that in mind, Roku has bundled 7,000 free, ad-supported movies and TV episodes and they promise the ad intrusions will be 60% less than on standard TV.  Participating programmers include: Hasbro Company, DHX Media, Happy Kids TV, Lionsgate, Mattel, Moonbug and pocket.watch, among others. Brands include: Care Bears, The Cat in the Hat, Leapfrog, Little Baby Bum, My Little Pony, Rev & Roll, Super Mario Brothers and Thomas and Friends.  Premium channel viewers will see even more options.

Roku’s new family friendly portal includes a PIN-based system for parents to monitor the content their children watch. The free-to-consumer, ad-supported content is the advantage Roku brings to the market against some fierce completion from the paid offerings of Netflix and Disney+.

Facebook is set to launch a new service this fall codenamed ‘Catalina’, which will serve as a larger version of their current Facebook Portal. Portal is like an iPad that primarily serves for making video calls and listening to music. Catalina will essentially be a bigger version of Portal. It will connect with your television, enabling video calls on a massive scale. The device will come with a remote and will steam to other boxes within the household much like Apple TV. Facebook has approached some of the big names in tech and entertainment – Disney, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and HBO – to discuss the prospect of having their services streamed across Catalina. Imagine video chatting with your friends while you are all watching the same movie.  FB is apparently not looking to create content, they seem happy to leave it to others in hopes that major streaming services sign on.  One notable exception is Google’s YouTube, which has apparently not been asked to join the party.  More specifics are expected as we approach this fall’s release date

Marlon Wayans has a new movie called Sextuplets coming to Netflix on August 16th.  Sextuplets are like twins, but more …four more.

The plot starts with Wayans (Alan) searching for his birth mother ahead of the birth of his first child. He doesn’t know who she is and he doesn’t know that he was born as one of six.  When he discovers the truth, he sets out to find his siblings too. Wayans plays all six siblings.

While Sextuplets has a Nutty Professor / Madea quality to it with one actor playing multiple characters, we are looking forward to see Wayans’s bring comedy to a family discovery message. Wayans said he is excited to be back in business with Netflix and that he loves how they embrace comedy and diversity.

According to an Elon Musk tweet a few days ago, Tesla’s high tech sport cars is about to get the “ability to stream YouTube and Netflix when car is stopped coming to your Tesla soon!” The car already has a massive LCD display screen and top-of-the-line audio. Sounds like a perfect way to watch a movie!

Tesla owners can already play select games while the car is stopped and now they’ll be the first with Netflix, YouTube and possibly Hulu among other streaming services.  They’ll never need to leave the car. What’s next? Perhaps a built in popcorn machine or espresso maker are on the horizon! Jokes aside, the whole drive in movie feeling can be taken to a new level with these additions. Imagine driving your Tesla (assuming you can afford one) to a quiet remote location, maybe with a view overlooking a city or mountains or beaches, and watching one of your favorite movies with a loved one. Pretty cool stuff. Musk hopes to one day have streaming available while the car’s in motion, but that’s in the future.