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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Netflix’s rollout of its 2021 movies sends a message to rivals Disney, HBO

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The streaming giant’s slate of films this year includes more than 60 titles bursting with A-list talent. Last year, Netflix dropped a Twitter thread announcing its slate of 2020 movies. This year it’s upped the ante, perhaps sensing that in a world now populated by Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Max, and others , the company needs to strut its stuff with a little more hoopla. Read Full Story

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How to watch Hamilton for free on Disney Plus: You can’t, and here’s why

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Hollywood may never be the same if the filmed version of the Lin-Manuel Miranda hip-hop musical is a massive hit for Disney’s still-young streaming service. In case you haven’t heard, at 3 a.m. on Friday, July 3, a filmed version of the culture-reshaping musical Hamilton is launching on Disney Plus, the streaming service that Disney launched to much ballyhoo last fall in an effort to take on Netflix in the streaming wars. Read Full Story

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Netflix to Disney Plus: We’ve got Marvel movies too!

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Although Disney owns the most plum Marvel titles, Sony owns the rights to others, and those will live on Netflix after their theatrical run. As Hollywood studios have been feverishly carving out their spaces in the streaming world with the launch of services such as Disney Plus, HBO Max, and Peacock, Sony has remained remarkably quiet. Read Full Story

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This is how inclusive Netflix’s original programming really is

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On the heels of its first-ever inclusion report for its workplace, Netflix is keeping that same energy by looking at how inclusive its content really is. Last month, Netflix released its first-ever inclusion report detailing where the company stands with having a diverse and equitable workplace. Now Netflix is keeping that same energy in analyzing its original TV shows and films. Read Full Story

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Disney doubles down on Disney+ with 50 new titles to come

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Disney’s annual Investor Day conference was all about Disney+, which it’s loading up with more content from Star Wars and Marvel. Disney+ was the belle of the ball at Disney’s Investor Day conference on December 10, reemphasizing the company’s pivot to streaming and providing an excuse to spend four hours detailing dozens of new titles planned for the streaming service, including new Star Wars and Marvel titles. Read Full Story

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Netflix has revealed its 10 most popular original movies for the first time ever

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We also now have a good idea what the winning formula is for original content: be an action/thriller with a big-name star. Netflix, like many streaming services, has long been cagey about revealing specifics about its content. While Netflix and other streaming services will boast about their subscriber numbers, they generally keep information about what their subscribers are watching closer to their chest. Read Full Story

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