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What Would The Netflix Movie Theaters Be Like?

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It’s 2018, yet the film industry still thinks that movies we see on our couch in our underwear aren’t really worthy of respect. Despite producing critically acclaimed films like The Meyerowitz Stories and Mudbound, Netflix is struggling to grab the attention of the film award circuit, mostly because they can’t generate the necessary “theatrical buzz” by releasing their movies online simultaneously with whatever limited release they put into the meatworld. This approach even got them kicked out of Cannes this year, which banned their movies because they didn’t “play in competition” in France and haughty French cinephiles get a rash when they watch a film on anything else than an old smoke-stained projection screen.

Yet despite putting on a brave face and stating they didn’t even want to hang out in the French Riviera with Sofia Coppola, it was revealed that Netflix has been considering expanding into the movie theater biz. Sources claim the company was recently set on acquiring theaters in both L.A. and New York, but backed off because the price was a few seasons of Friends too costly. Clearly, not being allowed to sit at the Hollywood grown-ups table is getting to Netflix, and with that announcement that it’ll be releasing 80 films just this year alone, it seems logical to start stacking bricks in order to start stacking golden statues.

wellesenterprises/iStock“We’ll start our own movie theater! With Orange Is The New Black! And hookers!”

  • Offering 24-hour passes for people who know they were kidding themselves about getting anything else done today (includes wake-up service after every third movie).
  • Escorting out anyone who isn’t on their phone.
  • Dedicating screens exclusively to obscure Netflix genres, like “Scandinavian women solving rural murders” or “Movies about teenagers contemplating death while on hot balloon rides”
  • Separating the seating areas into a “Netflix” section and a “Chill” section where the armrests have been taken off for maximum ergonomical canoodling.

You’re welcome, Netflix!

Read more: http://www.cracked.com/article_25545_what-would-netflix-movie-theaters-be-like.html

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Roku expands its free streaming channel with entertainment and live sports

Charmaine Blake

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“Roku’s ad-supported free streaming channel is expanding. No, not to more platforms — it already did that. But rather, it’s expanding its content lineup. While before the channel offered free-to-stream movies and news, it will now feature live and linear sports and entertainment content, the company says.

As of earlier this year, The Roku Channel added live news from ABC News, Cheddar, Newsmax, Newsy, People TV, Yahoo and, most recently, The Young Turks, from the TYT Network.

It will now add entertainment content from partners including TMZ, AFV, FailArmy, People Are Awesome, Pet Collective and more. As with the channel’s other offerings, none of these streams will require a subscription.

Meanwhile, the channel will also begin to stream live sporting events from the Adventure Sports Network, COMBT GO, EDGEsport, Stadium and Wham Network, among others.

The additions come on the heels of Roku’s Q3 earnings, which saw the company beat Wall Street expectations on hardware, but saw platform revenue falling short — causing the stock to drop.

The company has been trying to move beyond being only a hardware device maker selling TVs and streaming players, to grow its platform business and advertising revenues. A key part of that strategy is The Roku Channel, which opens up Roku’s platform to a wider audience, and allows the company to sell ads against content.

The plan may work in the long run, but it’s taking time to ramp up, it seems.

However, Roku did report a growing user base with 23.8 million active users, streaming 6.2 billion hours in the quarter. That was ahead of expectations of 23.1 million users and 5.8 billion hours.”

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/08/roku-expands-its-free-streaming-channel-with-entertainment-and-live-sports/

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Disney to invest in more original content for Hulu & expand service internationally

Charmaine Blake

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“In addition to plans to launch its own Netflix rival, Disney+, next year, the company says it also plans to increase investment in its other streaming service, Hulu. Thanks to its buyout of 21st Century Fox, Disney now own 60 percent of the TV streaming service, which it gives it “considerable say” in how Hulu is run, noted Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger on this week’s earnings call with investors. He said the plan now is to invest in more original content for Hulu and expand the service internationally.

Disney would also be open to acquiring more of a stake in Hulu, the CEO later said.

Disney sees the value in both Hulu’s IP and talent, particularly on the television and movies side, Iger told investors. And it plans to use the television production capabilities of the now-combined company to “fuel Hulu with a lot more original programming,” he added. This, Disney believes, will help make Hulu more competitive in the marketplace…………………………………..”

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2018/11/09/disney-to-invest-in-more-original-content-for-hulu-expand-service-internationally/

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Hulu adds Starz to its premium add-ons

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“Following news of Hulu’s plans to move towards skinnier bundles, including those consisting of premium add-ons, the streaming service this morning announced the addition of Starz to its service. The Starz premium add-on will be available across all tiers of Hulu’s service, including its Limited Commercials and No Commercials plans, as well as its Live TV service.

It costs an extra $8.99 per month – the same price it sells for on rival services, like Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, for example.

This is the fourth premium add-on to come to Hulu, and the most affordable, following HBO, Showtime, and Cinemax, which cost $14.99/month, $10.99/month, and $9.99/month, respectively. Hulu, so far, has been surprisingly slow to roll out a customizable set of add-on subscriptions for those who want access to premium entertainment or sports programming.

Meanwhile, rival live TV service YouTube TV offers the NBA League Pass, Fox Soccer Plus, Curiosity Stream, Showtime, Starz, AMC Premiere, Shudder, and Sundance Now. Sling TV breaks up its extras into bundles customers can pick and choose from, and AT&T’s DirecTV Now offers programming tiers with optional add-ons, too……………………………….”

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/23/hulu-adds-starz-to-its-premium-add-ons/

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