How Disney Plus is winning by ripping up the streaming playbook

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How Disney’s streaming service is outmaneuvering Netflix, Amazon, HBO Max, and everyone else by subverting what had been the new way of doing business. Earlier this month, Netflix sent out an email announcing titles on its service for that week. The flurry of personalized (for the subscriber) titles included its teen romance hit To All the Boys: Always and Forever ; the Nickelodeon series iCarly ; and War Dogs , a Netflix original movie starring Bradley Cooper. There were also promos for recent Netflix originals: Bridgerton , Shonda Rhimes’ buzzy period drama; the teen film We Can Be Heroes ; and George Clooney’s sci-fi film The Midnight Sky . Read Full Story

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More People Are Streaming TV Shows and Movies on Their Smartphones

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The number of smartphone household in the US that have unlimited mobile data plans has modestly climbed in the past year. This increased access to unlimited data has quite possibly paved the way to a rise in regular premium video streaming on mobile phones, per a new report [download page] from Hub Entertainment Research. Of… Read More » The post More People Are Streaming TV Shows and Movies on Their Smartphones appeared first on Marketing Charts .

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How to watch ‘Tenet’: Stream the Christopher Nolan movie and see what all the fuss was about

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No, it’s not on Netflix, but the movie that touched off a debate about cinema in the age of COVID-19 is finally available to stream online. Christopher Nolan’s Tenet touched off a fierce debate about the viability of movie theaters in the age of the coronavirus when it was finally released in early September after multiple delays. In terms of box office performance—the only yardstick that matters to studios—the gamble to release the movie despite a litany of health concerns did not seem to pay off. As the New York Times reported , the big-budget sci-fi movie took in just $29.5 million in its first two weeks, although it performed much better overseas. Americans, it turned out, were not ready to return to cinemas en masse. Read Full Story

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Here are all the studio movies hitting streaming platforms early because of the coronavirus

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Our confinement viewing options just opened up a bit. We’ll be updating this list as more titles are announced. Unprecedented times call for unprecedented actions. Practicing social distancing for many Americans means staying indoors and figuring out how to stay sane and entertained. And with cinemas closed, enjoying a new movie means streaming. Some movie studios have responded to the coronavirus crisis by making several recent movies available for streaming on platforms like Amazon and iTunes much more quickly than the usual three-to-six month post-theatrical release window. Some films are still in theaters. Even Disney put Frozen II on Disney Plus three months earlier than expected. Read Full Story

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Watch ‘John Wick’ with Jamie Lee Curtis—and other free live-streaming events during quarantine

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Some studios are hosting free live-streaming events to recreate the communal viewing experience and raise money for COVID-19 causes. You can now add movies to the list of live-streaming entertainment that’s helping you keep your wits about you during quarantine. As the coronavirus threatens to keep cinemas shuttered for the foreseeable future, some studios have pushed new films to pay streaming services , while others are hosting free (or low-cost) live-streaming events of older movies in an attempt to re-create the beloved communal viewing experience and raise funds for COVID-19-related causes. Read Full Story

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Peacock just blew its best chance at a splashy streaming-wars debut

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The company and analysts counsel patience, but consumers would’ve fallen in love with the newest streaming service if it’d given them a blockbuster movie. This past Wednesday, NBCUniversal officially entered the streaming wars with the launch of Peacock , its TV-heavy streaming service, which will allow users to binge on classic shows from the NBC stable, such as 30 Rock and Frasier , as well as news, sports, and reality TV shows such as The Real Housewives and Top Chef . Read Full Story

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