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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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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May the Fourth be with you: these are the top mobile games to download on Star Wars Day

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‘Star Wars’ game downloads surge as much as ten times on its unofficial holiday. It’s one of the best days of the year again—if you’re a Star Wars fan. That’s because it’s May 4 aka “May the Fourth” aka Star Wars Day. The unofficial holiday, which is officially blessed by Disney, usually sees the release of new Star Wars content. Last year it was an eight-part docuseries on The Mandalorian ; this year it’s the release of the first episode of the new animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch . Read Full Story

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Netflix finally learns the oldest rule in Hollywood: Hits matter

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The streaming giant’s disappointing subscriber growth—and missed guidance—puts new pressure on Netflix to find a steady stream of popular content. Netflix is dramatically upping its content spend in 2021—to $17 billion—signaling that it will be making more bets on big movies and TV shows as it fights to fend off competitors like Disney Plus and HBO Max. While the latter have built-in access to popular franchises like Star Wars and Wonder Woman due to their Hollywood studio parents, Netflix has had to buy its way into the franchise business. It recently made a deal with Sony to become the streaming home to Marvel films such as Spider-Man and Venom , and it paid $465 million for the two sequels to Knives Out , the whodunit thriller starring Daniel Craig. As co-CEO Ted Sarandos said on an earnings call on Tuesday, “big event content” is crucial to the company’s strategy going …

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May the 4th be with you: Star Wars Day 2020 deals to help beat the lockdown blues

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Zoom off to a galaxy far, far away with these great Star Wars Day deals. As some cities in the country enter the sixth week of lockdown, many of us are wishing we could be in a galaxy far, far away. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen until hyperdrives are a reality. Until then, however, you can take a break from the monotony of lockdown today by celebrating the most beloved franchise of all time: Star Wars. Read Full Story

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