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Netflix renews Narcos for two more seasons

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Sep 6, 2016 5:33 pm

Just after releasing season two of docudrama series Narcos (which focuses on the life of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar), Netflix has renewed the program for two more seasons.

 

 

The season three teaser below indicates (spoiler alert) it will be about life after Escobar's reign.

 

It was speculated Narcos might last as little as two seasons, but this news as well as comments from showrunner Jose Padilha -- "We'll stop when the drug trade stops" -- show a broader plan is in place.

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Netflix spares children 150 hours of ads annually

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Sep 1, 2016 9:04 pm

New research reveals the average child in recent years is spared 150 hours of commercials by virtue of using streaming services like Netflix. As Exstreamist's investigation illustrates, children now watch approximately 1.8 hours of streaming content per day; extrapolated over a year, that represents 650 hours, and in turn, 150 hours of commercials.

 

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The potential results of this shift are intriguing to ponder: perhaps we'll see less kids stamping their feet in the grocery store, demanding that toy or treat. And perhaps as adults, said children will less materialistic. Either way, it's hard to imagine parents aren't happier (and richer) for it.

Disney to launch sports streaming network, invests $1bn

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Aug 10, 2016 10:29 pm

Disney is buying one-third of revered streaming company BAM Tech -- which powers NHL.tv and MLB.tv -- at a cost of $1 billion.

 

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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.

Luke Cage debuting soon, trailer focuses on Harlem life

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Aug 9, 2016 6:28 pm

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.

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Hulu ending free streaming, expanding Yahoo parternship

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Aug 8, 2016 7:31 pm

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.

 

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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."

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Pennsylvania, USA introduces digital download tax

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Aug 4, 2016 10:02 pm

Pennsylvania, USA's current 6 percent sales tax has been extended to digital downloads and subscription services.

 

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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.

Chrome, Firefox extension plays random TV show episodes

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Aug 3, 2016 8:04 pm

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.

 

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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.

American Crime Story will stream exclusively on Netflix

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Jul 26, 2016 2:20 pm

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.

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Twitter will livestream free NHL, MLB games

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Jul 25, 2016 3:44 pm

Twitter recently signed a deal with the NFL to livestream Thursday Night Football, and now it's expanding with NHL and MLB games.

 

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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.

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Netflix renews Daredevil, Bojack Horseman

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Jul 22, 2016 6:04 pm

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.

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