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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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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.

Image: YOUTUBE

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.

Image: YOUTUBE

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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