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Thinking about cutting the cord? Then Check Out SelectTV

Charmaine Blake

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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.

Check out their promo:

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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Plex plans to offer ad-supported movies and more premium subscriptions

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“Media software maker Plex is preparing to take on The Roku Channel and Amazon Prime Video Channels, possibly as soon as this year. The company is in discussions with rights holders and content providers, with a focus on bringing free, ad-supported movies to the Plex platform – similar to how The Roku Channel got its start. It’s also talking to premium networks and content providers about offering their programming and subscriptions through Plex.

The talks follow the company’s recent partnership with music service TIDAL.

By working with TIDAL to sell bundled subscriptions to its streaming music service along with the Plex Pass subscription, Plex had to build certain transactional capabilities into its platform that it didn’t have before. That has paved the way for Plex to expand its subscription offerings to include new partners in the future.

“Now we have the ability to sell other services and bundles,” noted Plex co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Scott Olechowski, in a discussion this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. “We’re bundling a Plex Pass with TIDAL. That took a little bit of backend work,” he continued. “You can imagine a bunch of different premium [content] that comes together in a single or multiple bundles, potentially.”

In Plex, content is organized not by source but by type – like music, movies, TV, etc. So when Plex rolls out premium content and subscriptions, it would show its users what sort of movies they have access to based on their subscriptions within the app’s movies tab. The same goes for TV and so on………………………………………………………..”

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/07/plex-plans-to-offer-ad-supported-movies-and-more-premium-subscriptions/

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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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