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Hulu has more than double the episodes offered on any streaming service

Charmaine Blake

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Emmys and Golden Globes are lovely, but Hulu measures its success the old fashioned way: numbers. A press release from the company shared Tuesday morning revealed that Hulu reached a landmark 17 million subscribers in 2017 in a 40 percent increase over the previous year.

It’s hard to pinpoint what drew in the five million new subscribers; was it the critically acclaimed Handmaid’s Tale, which swept the Emmys and dominated conversations for its 10-episode run? Was it the growing library of beloved TV shows from years past (many of which used to be on Netflix)? Was it the live TV service launched in May? Or was it the fact that Hulu remains one of the primary on-demand streaming destinations for viewers to catch up on their favorite shows the day after a new episode airs – particularly with popular shows like Will & Grace, Black-ish, and This Is Us.

Notably, the average age of a Hulu subscriber is 31 – that’s significantly younger than the broadcast TV equivalent, which is 55, and fits neatly into the coveted 18-34 demographic that television execs target.

In December, Disney acquired 21st Century Fox and became a majority shareholder of Hulu, which made the streaming service even more formidable as compared with its de facto rival, Netflix (Disney-owned Lost made the switch from Netflix to Hulu over the course of one night on Jan. 4).

“2017 was a momentous year for Hulu. We took several major steps to become a 21st century direct-to-consumer media company, evolving into both an aggressive SVOD business and a formidable new live TV provider,” Hulu CEO Randy Freer said in the release. “The year ahead is going to be even bigger, as the company invests more in content – live, library and original – as well as technology and data to make Hulu the leading pay TV choice for consumers.”

Read more: http://mashable.com/2018/01/09/hulu-17-million-subscribers-2017/

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Everything we know so far about ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8

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When is Daenerys going to find out she banged her undead nephew?

Image: Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO

“No Game of Thrones in 2018 means that the speculation around the show’s eighth and final season will surge unbridled for another calendar year. While some would prefer to enter Season 8 pure as the snow over Winterfell, other fans devour every piece of set news or maybe-fake leaks that trickle out from Thrones‘s various filming locations. This article is for the latter — only those who want to know everything that’s…”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/05/23/game-of-thrones-season-8-cast-locations-leaks-spoilers/

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5 Super Shady Things You Didn’t Know About The Bachelor

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“Hold on to your monocles, everybody: Reality shows occasionally bend the truth. OK, maybe you already knew that. But The Bachelor breaks the truth in half and spits on the pieces. Yes, it turns out that America’s favorite saga about finding love via an elaborate game show that’s primarily designed to emotionally manipulate and humiliate the players is not entirely trustworthy. Let us count the ways …

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You Might Go Into Debt Simply Trying To Buy Enough Clothes For The Show

Episodes of The Bachelor double as fashion shows, because there’s no better way to set realistic expectations for a potential marriage than constantly dressing like you’re on your way to a royal ball. But while the show does give dresses to the two finalists once they reach the last episode, everything else is up to the contestants to get own their own. Every single woman has to bring enough of her own clothing to stay stylish yet comfortable for up to three months in every conceivable situation — fancy dinners, tropical islands, exotic winter getaways, hikes, pool parties, sitting on planes for six hours. They’re even given a lengthy list of suggested items to pack, plus a friendly reminder that you’re only allowed two suitcases.

ABC StudiosBest to be prepared for any ethnic or holiday celebrations.

Since the average woman does not attend five cocktail parties and two island getaways in different hemispheres every week, this necessitates a lot of shopping to rapidly expand one’s wardrobe. Some women manage to scrape a wardrobe together by borrowing from friends and family, but most have to buy. One woman spent six grand for her appearance on The Bachelor, then got it down to mere a $2,000 for Bachelor in Paradise. Another contestant admitted to dropping $8,000, and there are rumors that some have spent as much as $30,000.

If you’re wondering how these women can afford to spend so much on clothes, the answer is that they often can’t. Some cash out their 401(k)s, others pile up credit card debt, and one woman remortgaged her house. Now imagine buying and packing thousands of dollars’ worth of clothes … and then being the first person sent home. That’s the real reason they’re crying in those post-episode interviews.

ABC Studios“Have you … *sniff* … have you seen any clothing tags lying around?”

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Those “Real America” Hometown Dates Are The Fakest Parts Of The Show

Let’s pretend for a moment that you haven’t secretly watched several seasons of the Bachelor and explain the hometown dates. Cliff or Artie or whoever the generic male placeholder is that season visits the prospective women’s families in their hometowns. At each location, they have a date at the woman’s parents’ house.

Or at least, a spacious Airbnb dressed up to look like the parents’ house.

ABC Studios“So, uh, this is the ‘cute little house’ you grew up in?”

It makes sense if you think about it. What are the odds of every single contestant having parents who live in an immaculately kept palatial home with plenty of room for a camera crew, regardless of their profession? The hometown houses are…”

Read more: http://www.cracked.com/article_25601_5-super-shady-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-bachelor.html

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So You Did Watch the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Lifetime Movie!

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“We’re just days away from the much-anticipated Royal Wedding, so naturally, Lifetime’s not-nearly-as-anticipated TV movie detailing the blossoming romance between Prince Harry and Megan Markle has landed.

Premiering on May 13 and generating immediate, dramatic reactions on Twitter, Harry and Meghan: A Royal Romance is an 85-minute sashay through the pair’s early love life, starring Parisa Fitz-Henley (Jessica Jones) and Murray Fraser (Victoria).

Look, we know you all didn’t mean to watch the film. You were never going to watch the film. It just happened.

Viewers live-tweeted their reactions throughout the…”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/05/14/harry-and-meghan-a-royal-romance/

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