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Comcast will start bundling Netflix into its cable subscriptions

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“Today’s development in weird potential frenemy relationships is an interesting one with Comcast now planning to bundle Netflix into its cable subscriptions, the companies announced today.

Known as the original cord-cutting service, Netflix serves as a hub for not only a ton of original content, but also a huge catalog of movies and shows that offer a near-endless flow of entertainment for the average user for less than $15 a month. Comcast added Netflix to its X1 interface starting in 2016, but it appears that the success of this among traditional cable subscribers may have encouraged Netflix to begin working more closely as it tries to tap more and more consumers.

The companies said they will expand that…”

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/13/comcast-will-start-bundling-netflix-into-its-cable-subscriptions/

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Thinking about cutting the cord? Then Check Out SelectTV

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You already have Netflix and Hulu time to add another streaming service to your arsenal.

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Everyone seems to be cutting the cord and ditching cable. We’re still watching an obsessive amount of TV – we’re just watching it on other platforms. But many of the cord-cutting options can be frustrating: there are gaping holes in content coverage and a never-ending maze of confusing, non-integrated interfaces.

Fortunately, there’s a new service that cleverly solves this problem and gives you all the content you could ever want: SelectTV by FreeCast.

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SelectTV lets you watch content from every broadcast, cable, internet, on demand, and streaming platform in one simple, unified interface. No more switching between confusing apps and learning proprietary systems – SelectTV makes flipping between ABC, YouTube, and Netflix as easy as old-school channel surfing.

SelectTV works with iOS, Android, Mac, PC, and Chromecast and lets you stream on multiple devices simultaneously. It also has an enormous library that dwarfs the competition: over 400,000 TV episodes, 100,000 movies, 50,000 radio stations, and 2,000 live channels. It also features curated internet channels like Mashable (hey that’s us!), BuzzFeed, and Nerdist and also offers thousands of free online games.

Obviously, SelectTV isn’t the only cord-cutting game in town, but it has several unique advantages over the competition. To start, there’s the fact that it’s on sale for only $19 a year. Most services charge more than $19 a month.

SelectTV gives you a free HD antenna so you can access live local channels and sports, leaving little opportunity for you ever to miss a TV event. You’ll also get nine months of free premium add-ons – HBO Now, Showtime, Netflix, Hulu, CBS All-Access, SlingTV, and Amazon Prime Video.

A one-year subscription to SelectTV normally costs $29.99, but you can get it now for just $19, a savings of 36%.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/04/18/select-tv-service-one-year-subscription-sale/

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MoviePass continues takeover, acquires Moviefone and returns to AMC

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New York’s AMC Empire 25, located right next to Times Square on 42nd Street and which temporarily did not accept MoviePass.

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After temporarily suspending MoviePass at 10 major theaters around the country, AMC is will once again accept the subscription service at all locations, Entertainment Weekly reports.

“We think it’s a great move for both parties as well as the MoviePass consumers,” MoviePass C.E.O. Mitch Lowe told Mashable via email.

After MoviePass dropped its monthly fee from $50 to $9.95 for unlimited movies in theaters, AMC was quick to distance itself from the company (now owned in majority by Helios and Matheson Analytics), saying that the MoviePass business model was “not one AMC can embrace.” 

Among the AMC locations that temporarily didn’t accept MoviePass were high-traffic theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and more. MoviePass did not issue a press release regarding the update, but viewers will now see these theaters in the app.

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On Thursday morning, MoviePass also shared that it had acquired the entertainment service Moviefone as part of its ongoing mission to learn about consumers and market movies and subscriptions accordingly.

“This natural alignment between MoviePass and Moviefone will help us grow our subscriber base significantly and expand our marketing and advertising platform for our studio and brand partners,” said Mitch Lowe, CEO of MoviePass. “Moviefone has been a go-to resource for entertainment enthusiasts for years, and we’re excited to bolster its presence and bring this iconic platform into the entertainment ecosystem of the future.”

Moviefone has been around about as long as the internet (since 1989) and provides movie tickets, showtimes, and trailers, as well as behind-the-scenes interviews, news, and other coverage.

“HMNY’s vision is to have MoviePass support the entire movie theater industry ecosystem— from distribution to exhibition and now, content,” added HMNY’s Chairman and CEO, Ted Farnsworth. 

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/04/05/moviepass-moviefone-back-at-amc/

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Google rolls out a better way to search for movies

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Google is rolling out a new feature today that will help you better plan your night at the movies. While the company has supported displaying movie showtimes within Google Search results following the closure of its standalone movie site in 2016, this update will help you narrow down your options more efficiently, thanks to the additions of drop-down filters in the Movies Showtimes interface that appears at the top of Google’s search results.

After you perform a search for “showtimes” and are directed to Google’s Movies Showtimes screen as usual, you’ll notice a new set of drop-down filters at the top.

You can use these to filter the movies near you by a number of factors, including screen type (e.g. 3D or IMAX), the movie’s genre, ratings, the critic scores, language, and preferred chains. That way you could click a few buttons to do a very specific search for something like “Family” movies rated “PG” or “G” at Cobb or AMC theaters in the afternoon on Sunday, for example. Or “R” rated “Dramas” with a critics’ score of 70% or higher on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Critics’ Score filter supports reviews from Metacritic and IMDb, as well.

Once the filters are applied, you’ll be shown all the matching results that meet your exact criteria. When you’re ready to go, you can then click on the showtime you want to purchase your ticket using Fandango, MovieTickets.com, Atom Tickets, or the theaters directly. (Those supported on Google include AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and others.)

In addition to the showtime search filters, you can also now tap over to the “Theaters” tab to see what’s playing at your favorite theaters, that also matches your requirements.

Google says the update is rolling out to the Google Search app on Android in the U.S. and India in Hindi and English, as well as in mobile search in the browser, and soon, the Google Search app for iOS.

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/03/google-rolls-out-a-better-way-to-search-for-movies/

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