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Disney is buying one-third of revered streaming company BAM Tech -- which powers NHL.tv and MLB.tv -- at a cost of $1 billion.
The company's long-term plan with this move is to launch an ESPN-branded subscription-based streaming network (emphasis on branded, because it won't include current ESPN programming, but rather, separate, ESPN-type channels).
The network makes the most of any for Disney and it's already formed ESPN deals with cable and satellite companies, so understandably, it doesn't want to mess up a good thing. However, should the whole cordcutting thing really take off, Disney can easily shift its content.
Netflix and Marvel's Jessica Jones spin-off Luke Cage is releasing soon on the streaming service, and you get the first hard look at it today with the first proper trailer.
As you'll see, the show has a pretty different flavour from Jessica Jones, focusing on crime in Harlem, New York, which Cage uses his indestructible body and muscle to fight. It also features more of the superb, incisive acting of Mahershala Ali, perhaps best known for his character Remy Danton in House of Cards, as well as some cross-over with Rosario Dawson's character Claire Temple.
Hulu is ending its free streaming service and moving to a subscription only model. By no coincidence, it's also expanding its partnership with Yahoo, who will be launching Yahoo View, an ad-supported TV streaming site.
View will feature the five newest episodes of shows from ABC, NBC, and Fox, among others -- eight days after the original air date. Also available: day-after clips and full seasons of anime shows and Korean dramas.
"For the past couple years, we've been focused on building a subscription service that provides the deepest, most personalized content experience possible to our viewers," Hulu senior VP and head of experience Ben Smith explained in a statement. "As we have continued to enhance that offering with new originals, exclusive acquisitions, and movies, the free service became very limited and no longer aligned with the Hulu experience or content strategy."
Pennsylvania, USA's current 6 percent sales tax has been extended to digital downloads and subscription services.
Among the services covered: Netflix, Hulu, Steam, Spotify, eBooks, apps, ringtones, and more. Meanwhile, digital magazine and newspaper subscriptions as well as digital versions of the Bible will be exempt from the tax.
The "use tax" will come into effect when a customer uses an account featuring a Pennsylvania address.
If you've ever wanted to sit down and rewatch your favourite TV show but don't want to watch in any particular order, now there's a browser extension that mostly solves the issue. Named Netflix Shuffle, it chooses a random episode of a random TV show and plays it for you.
The downside is not all shows are available: creator 'minervaheavyindustries' must add shows manually before they are supported. However, as of right now, the list is pretty hefty at nearly 100 titles, including tons of popular ones like Californication, Futurama, That 70s Show, X-Files, and Sons of Anarchy. If you'd like to see a show added, contact the creator via Reddit or leave a review on the Chrome or Firefox pages.
Fox has signed a deal that will see American Crime Story stream exclusively on Netflix as of 2017. Available everywhere but Canada (where Rogers' holds rights to FX content), each season will launch on the service after their broadcast windows are up.
The first season of the show -- which earned 22 Emmy nominations -- centers on the fevered trial of O.J. Simpson that began in the mid-90s and gained worldwide attention and earning the title "Trial of the Century." It stars John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson (who funnily enough also has a role in American Horror Story), and David Schwimmer.
Twitter recently signed a deal with the NFL to livestream Thursday Night Football, and now it's expanding with NHL and MLB games.
The added games will be ad-supported and available to watch for out-of-market fans, who won't require a Twitter account to watch; one game for each league per week can be expected.
Twitter will also be parterning with mobile video company 120 Sports to produce The Rally, a nightly sports highlights show.
Surprising few, Netflix original hits Daredevil and Bojack Horseman have been renewed for a third and fourth season, respectively.
Marvel confirmed the former at Comic Con yesterday, while Bojack Horseman himself confirmed his news on Twitter.
Horseman also sees the release of the brand new season three today.
The upcoming Star Trek TV series will be available for almost anyone anywhere to watch on Netflix. The online video streaming company has signed an exclusive agreement with CBS that will see the show broadcast weekly on its service to users in 188 countries, which is to say all of them except for the US and Canada. Each episode will release within 24 hours of the US premiere.
If you live in North America, you'll have to watch the show the old-fashioned way (or through CBS All Access), at least until CBS eventually releases the show to all Netflix regions.
Star Trek, which is based on the original series, will begin production in Toronto as of September and will premiere in January; it is created and produced by Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller, who combined have worked on Deep Space Nine, Voyager, the Star Trek Movie, and Into Darkness.
Television provider companies are under threat in Canada, where approximately 200,000 customers cut the cord in 2015, according to a new Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) report.
The companies' response to the shift as well has an increased cost of business has been to increase prices to offset the losses, which for now at least, appears to have worked, with revenues declining just 0.1 percent to $8.9 billion after the adjustments. The average TV bill increased from $65.25 in 2014 to $66.08 in 2015.
The CRTC states the cost of business increased by 1.3 percent to $7.2 billion over the one year period. Meanwhile, the industry employed 6.3 less people during that time, down to 27,244 people.