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The cheapest internet TV service yet is here, but it’s missing one big thing

Charmaine Blake

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Big cable bundles require people who don’t want to watch sports to shell out big bucks for channels they never watch.

That’s always been one of the big critiques of cable bundles. Non-sports fans basically subsidize the cost of sports packages. 

Not anymore. On Tuesday, Philo launched its much-anticipated non-sports TV package, offering classic linear television over the internet with a select group of channels. 

The lineup includes some of the major cable channels including AMC, A&E, HGTV, Lifetime, MTV, Comedy Central, and many more—35 in all. And nope, no ESPN. 

The package runs $16 per month, and offers live TV as well as on-demand content.

Philo is still missing plenty. There’s no local broadcast channels, no Fox-based channels (think Fox News and FX), or Turner channels (CNN, TNT, TBS, etc.). 

Philo started out offering internet TV on college campuses, growing to more than 50 universities. Now, it’s gunning for cord cutters in an increasingly crowded online TV market that now includes (deep breath): SlingTV, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, FuboTV, Hulu, Playstation Vue, and probably others that this reporter can’t remember at the moment. 

Philo’s advantage is that it’s the cheapest option yet. At $16, it comes in below even SlingTV’s $20 plan, thought it offers fewer channels.

“Our goal at Philo is to build a television service that people love as much as they love their favorite shows. We’re constantly looking for ways we can improve the experience because at the end of the day, we’re also building Philo for ourselves,” said Andrew McCollum, Philo CEO. “We started delivering streaming television at universities six years ago, and we’ve taken all of the unique insight we gained about this new generation of TV watchers in order to build a unique product and content package at an incredible value.”

The full list of channels:

  1. AMC

  2. A&E

  3. HGTV

  4. Spike

  5. TeenNick

  6. Nick

  7. Lifetime

  8. Lifetime movies Network

  9. MTV

  10. MTV2

  11. CMT

  12. Viceland

  13. Comedy Central

  14. Animal Planet

  15. BET

  16. Sundance TV

  17. Travel Channel

  18. TLC

  19. BBC America

  20. BBC World News

  21. Food Network

  22. Discovery

  23. AxsTV

  24. GSN

  25. VH1

  26. History

  27. TVLand

  28. WE

  29. OWN

  30. IFC

  31. ID

  32. Science Channel

  33. velocity

  34. Cheddar

  35. F4YI Network

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/11/14/sports-free-internet-tv-philo/

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Jennifer Garner and J.J. Abrams are making a limited series for Apple

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“More than a decade after the end of “Alias,” J.J. Abrams and Jennifer Garner are teaming up on a new limited series for Apple.

The show, titled “My Glory Was I Had Such Friends,” will be based on the Amy Silverstein memoir of the same name, about how Silverstein’s friends supported her as she waited for her second heart transplant.

As reported in Variety and elsewhere, the series will be produced by Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Karen Croner will write and executive produce (she previously wrote “The Tribes of Palos Verdes,” which Garner starred in last year), Garner will serve as both star and executive producer and Abrams will also be an executive producer.

“Alias” first aired in 2001 — Abrams created, wrote and directed, while Garner starred as double agent Sydney Bristow. The show helped make Garner a star, while also landing Abrams his first gig as a feature film director, “Mission Impossible III.”

Garner recently returned to television on the HBO series “Camping.” Abrams, meanwhile, has remained involved in TV despite his commitments to Star Wars, but usually just as an executive producer. Earlier this year, Apple was reportedly bidding for “Demimonde,” the first series that Abrams co-created since “Fringe,” but it lost out to HBO.”

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2018/12/13/jennifer-garner-and-j-j-abrams-are-making-a-limited-series-for-apple/

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This very moving Christmas film is going massively viral on Facebook

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“If you thought the John Lewis Christmas adverts were emotional, then you’d better brace yourself —  the short film above, made by videographer Phil Beastall in 2014 and shared on Facebook last week, is a real tearjerker.

“It’s a short film about a man counting down the days to Christmas so he can continue his yearly tradition sparked by a tragic moment from the past,” Beastall wrote in the video’s Facebook description. “I hope you enjoy it.”

The two-and-a-half minute film, titled “Love is a Gift”, has since been viewed nearly 9.5 million times.

The movie cost a grand total of £50 ($64), per Sky News.

“I wanted people to watch it and although initially they might feel sad, I wanted them to reflect on it and perhaps turn to a loved one and give them a cuddle or say ‘I love you’ and reflect on life itself and appreciate just how lucky we are to be here,” Beastall told them.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/christmas-viral-emotional-short-film/

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Hulu’s Insane Black Friday Deal Is Still Available: Get 12 Months For $12

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If you have ever considered signing up for Hulu, but have yet to pull the trigger, now’s the time to take the leap. From now through Monday, November 26th at 11:59 PM PT, Hulu is offering its Limited Commercials plan at $0.99 a month for 12 months. That’s a full year of Hulu for just under $12 — over $80 in savings.

Go Here to Check it Out: https://www.hulu.com/welcome

There is a catch, but it’s not a significant one. You are only eligible for the deal if you’re a brand new subscriber or a returning subscriber who hasn’t paid for Hulu in at least 12 months.

Best 15 Original Shows on Hulu: https://uproxx.com/tv/best-hulu-original-series-right-now-ranked/

So, basically, if you’ve had Hulu and canceled it within the last year, you won’t be able to apply for this promotion. Everyone else is eligible.

Read More: https://decider.com/2018/11/24/hulus-insane-black-friday-deal-is-still-available-get-12-months-for-12/

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