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Sinemia drops prices for its movie ticket subscriptions, which now start a $3.99 per month

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MoviePass competitor Sinemia is lowering prices on the already low-cost movie ticket subscription plans that it introduced earlier this year.

Its monthly prices are being cut by $1 across-the-board. The cheapest plan now costs $3.99 per month, which gets you one standard movie ticket for that month. The priciest one, which covers three tickets (and includes 3D, 4D and IMAX screens), now costs $13.99 per month.

Sinemia says it’s also offering discounts on its family plans, and on plans in Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.

You might think that this summer promotion (which ends on September 3) seems timed to take advantage of the negative publicity around MoviePass’ new “peak pricing” for popular movies, and Sinemia’s press release doesn’t exactly deny it — the release literally begins: “At a time when MoviePass is running surge pricing …”

Sinemia subscribers also benefit from being able to purchase tickets in advance. And unlike AMC’s Stubs A-List program, Sinemia isn’t limited to a specific theater chain.

One caveat is that these plans are billed annually, so you’ll be making a bigger commitment upfront. On the bright side, this presumably locks in the lower price for a full year.

“With the release of highly-anticipated summer blockbusters, and with seasonal temperatures hitting record highs, we want to provide moviegoers a more affordable way to see must-watch films and get a break from the heat,” said Sinemia founder and CEO Rifat Oguz in the release.

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2018/07/19/sinemia-summer-sale/

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Snapchat becomes the mobile HBO with 12 daily scripted Original shows

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“Snapchat needs reasons for teens to come back every day as it struggles to grow amidst competition from Instagram, so it’s capitalizing on its Los Angeles roots. Today Snapchat unveiled its fall slate of a dozen “Original” video shows including its first scripted programs from top producers like Keeping Up With The Kardashians creator Bunim/Murray and Friday Night Lights writer Carter Harris. There’s the supernatural soap opera Dead Girls Detective Agency, college comedy Co-Ed, and a docuseries about the “cash me outside” girl Bringing Up Bhabie.

The Snapchat Originals will appear in Discover, which will soon have a dedicated section for Shows, as well as new permanent Show Profile pages available through Snapchat search where users can sign up for push notifications when each episode is released. Reaction lenses make it easy to post about a Show’s biggest moments. And with new Show Portal lenses, users can stick an augmented reality doorway in their Snaps that they can walk through to explore a scene from the Show and then tap to watch that Show, allowing them to spread virally.

“Time spent watching shows on Snapchat has tripled this year alone” Snap’s VP of Original Content Sean Mills tells me. The stats on Snap’s previous 60 shows from CBS, Viacom, the NFL and others since the project launched two years ago made it clear there was an opportunity to double down, especially as original mobile programming efforts like…………………………”

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/10/snapchat-originals/

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Sorry for Your Loss is Facebook’s rough and granular journey through grief

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The social media giants first global entry into TV, starring Elizabeth Olsen, is an unsentimental anatomisation of how essentially unknowable our loved ones really are

“For those of you who feel that the number of televisual tributaries already combine to produce a foaming cataract of entertainment impossible to navigate in any meaningful way, I have bad news. Facebook Watch Mark Zuckerbergs on-demand video service and latest attempt, launched last year in the US and now being rolled out internationally, to colonise our hearts, minds and homes is here. For those of you who like good telly, I have good news. Its lead initial offering, Sorry for Your Loss (Facebook Watch), is an endeavour fit to stand with the best of it.

Elizabeth Olsen, doing fine work in every sense on a much smaller, bleaker and more intense canvas than her most recent and famous incarnation as Scarlet Witch in the last three Avengers movies, plays grieving young widow Leigh Shaw who is just starting to try, with the help and hindrance of her family and brother-in-law, to pick up the pieces after her husband Matts death (the cause of which is not immediately clear) a few months earlier……………………………”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2018/oct/04/sorry-for-your-loss-review

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YouTube now tells you what’s trending in news, movies, music, gaming, and livestreaming

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“Days after shuttering its dedicated gaming app, YouTube made some more big changes to how users discover content.

Now, YouTube’s trending tab breaks down what’s popular in five categories: music, live, gaming, news, and movies.

Trending on YouTube previously just displayed what videos were trending throughout a user’s country. YouTube said its algorithm takes a number of factors into consideration, such as view count and the rate of growth in views, among others.

Here’s what the Trending on YouTube page looked like just earlier today.

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Now, with all of those same ranking factors in place, YouTube is giving you the option of seeing what’s trending in those five aforementioned categories. It will also show you what’s trending across all of YouTube in your country.

Here’s how Trending on YouTube looks like now with the content category pages up top.

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On Friday afternoon, the top overall trending videos on YouTube consisted of Google’s video celebrating Mr. Rogers, NFL highlights, and a clip from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Each trending category page served up something completely different.

At the top of the trending page for music was the……………………….”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/youtube-trending-category-pages/

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