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Netflix has just announced its Q3
results, showing that the streamer added 2.2 million subscribers for the
quarter and reaching 195.15 million global subscribers in total by September
30. This quarter’s addition was slightly lower than the company’s estimated 2.6
million growth.

The company noted that the
slowdown in growth was due to an incredibly strong first half of the year.

“We think this is primarily due to
our record first half results and the pull-forward effect we described in our
April and July letters,” Netflix wrote in a letter to shareholders. “In the
first nine months of 2020, we added 28.1 million paid memberships, which
exceeds the 27.8 million that we added for all of 2019. In these challenging
times, we’re dedicated to serving our members.”

Along with adding new subscribers, Netflix noted that retention remained high and the service saw an improvement in engagement throughout the quarter.

Netflix also acknowledged its
competition in the letter, saying that the company will continue to improve in
an effort to remain the go to service for great content.

“This past quarter, we saw the
debut of Comcast’s Peacock, which comes on the heels of the launch of HBO Max
and Disney+. Disney’s recent management reorganization signals that it is
embracing the shift to streaming entertainment. We’re thrilled to be competing
with Disney and a growing number of other players to entertain people; both
consumers and content creators will benefit from our mutual desire to bring the
best stories to audiences all over the world.”

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Another movie is skipping theaters
to go straight to streaming this holiday season. Hulu has distribution rights
to Sony’s “Happiest Season” in the US, with Sony Pictures keeping rights in all
other countries.  

The film, starring Kristen Stewart
and Mackenzie Davis, will premiere on November 25 as a Hulu Original. Clea
DuVall directed the film and co-wrote the script with Mary Holland who also acts
as a supporting character. Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Daniel Levy, Burl
Moseley, Victor Garber and Mary Steenburgen will also costar.

“This holiday season — more than
any other — we could all use a little happiness. It was essential to Sony
Pictures and to the filmmakers that Clea’s marvelous and fresh holiday-themed
romantic comedy come out when the lights are on the trees,” said Nicole Brown,
President of TriStar Pictures. “We are excited that Hulu is geared up to make
this happen in the U.S. and grateful that they love the movie as much as we
do.”

Here’s the full synopsis of the movie. Watch it on Hulu on November 25.

Meeting your girlfriend’s family for the first time can be tough. Planning to propose at her family’s annual Christmas dinner — until you realize that they don’t even know she’s gay — is even harder. When Abby (Kristen Stewart) learns that Harper (Mackenzie Davis) has kept their relationship a secret from her family, she begins to question the girlfriend she thought she knew. Happiest Season is a holiday romantic comedy that hilariously captures the range of emotions tied to wanting your family’s acceptance, being true to yourself, and trying not to ruin Christmas.

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Netflix has canceled its original series Away before giving it a shot at a second season. The space drama starring Hilary Swank apparently just wasn’t cutting it, despite it being on Netflix’s own top ten list at one point, and even ranking No. 2 on the Nielsen ratings for the first week after its release on September 4th.

in Away, Hilary Swank stars as Emma Green, an astronaut who struggles with leaving her husband and daughter behind to embark on a dangerous mission with an international space crew. The three-year mission to Mars launches from the Moon, however, several crew members do not trust Emma’s ability to command because of her response to a crisis situation at the very beginning of the mission.

With plenty of soapy drama and the last episode of season 1 leaving the crew still on Mars, it’s clear Away creator Andrew Hinderaker intended this to be more than a one-and-done show. “There’s no news to break in terms of whether we know that there will be future seasons, but the plan was always for a multi-season arc,” Hinderaker said.

This is the latest Netflix originals to get the ax this year. The streaming giant has also canceled the women’s wrestling drama “GLOW,” “Teenage Bounty Hunters,” “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” “Altered Carbon,” “The Society” and “I Am Not Okay With This.”

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New research from Parks Associates
shows that there are now close to 300 OTT video services in the United States,
more than double the number that existed in 2014. Notable launches from this
year include HBO Max, Peacock, and Quibi.

The OTT Video Market Tracker study also shows that fewer services are shutting down this year than in previous years. In 2018, 19 services left the market while only 6 services ended operations so far this year.

Parks Associates: United States OTT Video Services Breakout, 2014-2020

The increase in services is directly related to the entertainment industry looking for new ways to meet the demand for in-home entertainment. Steve Nason, research director at Parks, explains that theaters closing and major movie titles being delayed has caused studios to look to streaming as the best option for reaching viewers.

“As theaters began to reopen over the summer, film studios had to weigh their options in releasing new titles,” said Steve Nason, Research Director, Parks Associates. “The decision to delay the latest James Bond film No Time to Die hit the theater industry hard, and Disney’s announcement to move the Pixar film Soul to Disney+ shows studios are putting more emphasis on streaming as many theaters remain closed or at limited capacity. We could see studios who also own streaming services experiment more with different transactional and windowing options within their offerings, as Disney did with Mulan on Disney+ in September.”

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Earlier this year we reported that the mobile-only streamer Quibi had an app in the works for Amazon Fire TV. Now Quibi has launched on select smart TVs including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Android TV. This just leaves out Roku and other smart TVs for the moment. This move is the latest in the short-form streaming service’s effort to reach more viewers amid dwindling performance.

Quibi launched earlier this spring as a mobile app designed to give users “quick bites” of entertainment whenever and wherever. But during the height of a global pandemic isn’t exactly the ideal time to appeal to viewers’ busy, on the go lifestyles. Instead, the streamer has had to continuously adapt to a more stay-at-home mindset where users are spending much more time in front of bigger screens.

Shortly after launch, Quibi announced AirPlay and Chromecast support to allow users to watch content on their TVs. The one downside to casting Quibi content on a larger screen is that you’ll lose out on the Turnstyle feature which allows mobile users to switch between horizontal and vertical viewing.

With its turbulent past less than bright future ahead, Quibi is pulling out all the stops to stay afloat amid a sea of new streaming services. Quibi is set to miss the mark on its subscriber goals with new projections are showing the streamer is likely to end the year with 30% fewer subscribers than it hoped for. Sources for Wall Street Journal say that Quibi is on track to end the year with 2 million subscribers, far less than the 7.4 million projected by Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman.

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If you’re a fan of the cult-favorite Unsolved Mysteries, you’ll be excited to hear that Season 2 is now on Netflix as of today. The streamer also has some more new originals premiering later this week, including the eery Rebecca starring Armie Hammer, Lily James, and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Amazon Prime is a little sparse just two new options launching between now and Sunday – Cyrano My Love and Season 2 of the Amazon Original Series Mirzapur.

Hulu is the real star of the week with a ton of new season premieres happening for the fall. Remember the old Super Market Sweep? Well it’s back for a new generation hosted by Leslie Jones and with some big prizes to hand out. Plus, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, The Voice, Black-ish, The Goldbergs, and more all return to TV for the fall season.

Here’s everything new on Netflix this week

October 19
Unsolved Mysteries—Volume 2 (Netflix original series)

October 21

Rebecca (Netflix original movie)

October 22
Cadaver (Netflix original movie)

October 23
Over the Moon (Netflix original movie)
The Queen’s Gambit—Season 1 (Netflix original series)

Here’s everything coming to Hulu this week:

Available October 19th 
America’s Funniest Home Videos: Season 31 Premiere (ABC)
Card Sharks: Series Premiere (ABC)
Supermarket Sweep: Series Premiere (ABC)
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire: Season 2 Premiere (ABC)

Available October 20th
The Voice: Season 19 Premiere (NBC)
F*ck That’s Delicious: Complete Season 4 (Vice)

Available October 21st
Cyrano, My Love (2019)

Available October 21st
Black-ish: Season 7 Premiere (ABC)
The Conners: Season 3 Premiere (ABC)
The Goldbergs: Season 8 Premiere (ABC)

Available October 23rd
Bad Hair: Film Premiere (Hulu Original)
Superstore: Season 6 Premiere (NBC)

Oct. 21

Cyrano, My Love (2019)

Oct. 23

Mirzapur — Amazon Original Series: Season 2

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Today Facebook announced a new way to find and discover videos you’ll love on Watch. In addition to following your favorite Pages and Profiles, Facebook Watch now allows you to follow Topics.

“Topics let you personalize the videos that show up in your feed so it’s tailored to what you care about. You can find and follow topics in Watch, and there are hundreds to choose from like Crafts, Comedy, Dance and Beauty,” Facebook said in the announcement.

The Topics option is now live for users in the U.S. and will help make the suggested videos even more personalized to match your interests. It can also help you discover new Pages you’ll be interested in following and will keep your topics private so only you can see which ones you’ve selected to follow. You can add or remove a topic at any time.

You can now also find a What’s Happening section featuring relevant on going content like the Television Academy’s annual Emmy Awards, MLB World Series highlights, Vote-A-Thon 2020, LatinX and Hispanic Heritage Month and the latest music videos from your favorite artists. You’ll also see what others are engaging in, from the most “Ha-ha’d” videos of the week to videos similar to what your friends are watching, there’s a whole world of videos to explore on Watch.

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The Tablo Dual Lite DVR is on sale right now for $99.99, down from $149.99 at Best Buy and Amazon. Looking for more storage? You can also get the Tablo Dual 128 GB DVR on sale for $139.99, down from $169.99 on the Tablo website.

Tablo Dual Lite DVR Features:

  • Tablo OTA DVR: Browse, record, and stream free, Over-The-Air (OTA) HDTV programs on any device without the expense or commitment of cable or satellite contracts.
  • Two OTA tuners: Allow you to watch, pause, and record live HDTV programs. Browse upcoming programs using advanced search and filters. Schedule and manage recordings by episode or series. (Digital HDTV antenna required)
  • Whole-Home & Out-of-Home Streaming: Watch your favorite live and recorded TV shows on to up to six internet-connected devices inside and outside your home.
  • Tablo live TV app: Helps you to stream live and recorded HDTV content to all of your favorite connected devices, including iOS and Android mobile devices, computers, Smart TVs, streaming media players and gaming systems.
  • USB port: Provides quick plug-and-play connectivity to an external hard drive to extend your recording capacity. (USB hard drive sold separately).
  • High-speed wireless connectivity: Built-in 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi connects to your wireless home network allowing for streaming live and recorded HDTV content to all the connected devices inside. (wireless router required and sold separately).

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Apple TV+ announced a deal with WildBrain, along with Peanuts Worldwide and Lee Mendelson Film Productions to bring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang to the streaming service. That includes a second season for the Apple TV+ original Snoopy in Space along with brand new specials for Mother’s Day, Earth Day and more. It will also be home to “The Snoopy Show” a full-length documentary celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Charles M. Schulz cartoon.

Apple is also bringing classic holiday specials to its library and will even stream some for free on designated days. Starting October 19, Apple TV+ subscribers can watch the classic special It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. It will also stream for free on October 30 – November 1 as a special gift. Likewise, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving will launch on November 18, and the special will be available for free from November 25 until November 27.

You can also find the true meaning of Christmas with the Peanut’s gang with the premiere of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” streaming exclusively on Apple TV+ on December 4.

This new partnership will bring all the Peanuts content to one streaming home around the world.

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This morning Apple launched a new app called Apple Music TV, a 24-hour live stream of music videos, live shows, and other music-related content. The app will also feature “exclusive new music videos and premiers, specially curated music video blocks, and live shows and events as well as chart countdowns and guests,” according to an announcement sent to Variety.

The new music service launched October 19, kicking things off with a top 100 countdown of the most-streamed songs on Apple Music in the U.S. Apple Music TV will also premiere exclusive new music videos every Friday at noon ET, beginning October 22 with Joji’s “777” and Saint Jhn’s “Gorgeous.”

Variety announced that this Thursday will also feature an “all day Bruce takeover” in celebration of Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming “Letter to You” album. The app will feature “music-video blocks of his most popular videos, an interview with Zane Lowe, anchor of Apple Music’s radio station, and a special livestream fan event.”

You can watch ‌Apple Music‌ TV in both the ‌Apple Music‌ and Apple TV apps. It’s currently highlighted in the Apple TV app and at the top of the Browse tap in Apple Music so users can find it easily.

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