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Disney Shuts Down FX Plus Streaming Service | ScreenRant

FX’s short-lived ad-free streaming service FX Plus is getting shut down by Disney, following the Mouse House’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox’s various assets. The closure of the streaming service puts a question as to whether or not the cable network’s acclaimed series will be folded into Disney Plus when it launches later in 2019. It’s not the first casualty to result from Disney’s efforts to obtain Fox assets, but it does hint at how FX Networks will operate under the Disney umbrella moving forward. 

For its part, FX Plus was an effort on behalf of network CEO John Landgraf to keep the network’s programming from other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, and to help generate revenue for the acclaimed network. The service was available for $5.99 monthly fee, which made the entire FX library of shows, including Atlanta, The Americans, Terriers, American Horror Story, Sons of Anarchy, The Shield, and more available to stream. Unlike Hulu or Netflix, however, it worked through an existing pay-TV subscriber model, making it more like an add-on to an existing cable package, similar to AMC Premiere. 

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As reported by Variety, FX Plus subscriptions will cease automatically on August 21, 2019, without any additional steps to cancel from existing subscribers. The decision may well rankle some subscribers, but given the service’s nominal footprint in the ever-expanding world of streaming content, it’s unlikely to generate a response similar to that of WarnerMedia’s shuttering of FilmStruck. Where FX’s content will end up, then, becomes the likely next big question to be answered by the network’s new parent company.

The answer to that question is almost certainly Disney Plus, though no official statement has been made to that effect. However, because Disney has already announced that The Simpsons will be available on the streaming service when it launches, it stands to reason FX’s other series will follow suit. Whether that will happen when Disney Plus is finally available to consumers or sometime down the road remains to be seen, however. 

It would make sense for Disney to consolidate its various assets under one streaming shingle, and since Disney Plus is being constructed to compete with not only Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, but also WarnerMedia’s upcoming HBO Max and Apple TV Plus, having as much content as possible to attract subscribers will be a must. Whether or not that proves to be the case, will have to wait until Disney Plus launches later this year. 

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FX Plus will remain active for subscribers until August 21, 2019. 

Source: Variety


2019-07-12 01:07:47

Kevin Yeoman

Ranked: All The Streaming Services In The U.S.

These days there are more and more streaming services out there, with more set to be released. Streaming services have become the main way that many Americans watch television, and they all have different strengths and weaknesses. However, some of these streaming services are better than others.

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With so many streaming services to choose from, consumers can’t afford to pay for them all each month, so picking the best ones to pay for is important. We’ve put together a list of the main streaming services in the U.S. and ranked them from worst to best.

8 DISNEY+

Although Disney+ isn’t out yet, it’s already highly anticipated and likely to be a big player when it comes to streaming services. This service is going to launch in the United States on November 12th, and fans are most looking forward to all of the original content Disney is making.

From The Mandalorian for Star Wars fans to the many Marvel spin-off series, it’s likely that many people will get the services just for these programs. While consumers are a little leery of having more and more streaming services, Disney+ has enough franchises and original series to offer that will help keep audiences interested. Disney+ is likely to be a big streaming service, but, since it’s not out yet, it is at the bottom of the list.

7 FUBOTV

Fubotv is a streaming service that is best for sports fans. The service lets consumers stream live TV from their computer or phone without having a cable or satellite TV package. The downside to this service is that it’s definitely on the pricey side. It costs over $50 each month, making it difficult for most people to pay for on a regular basis.

While Fubotv does have many sports channels such as ESPN, it also has other channels for non-sports fans. This service also allows viewers to record their favorite episodes.

6 SLING TV

SLING TV is a similar streaming service to Fubo TV, but it has some advantages. First of all, it’s a lot cheaper as plans tend to range from $15-25 each month. You can also customize the plan you want and pick add-ons and the channels you’re interested in.

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This streaming service allows viewers to watch live TV without cable and is definitely one of the cheapest ways to do so. Many of the big channels are available from TLC, AMC, TBS, and ESPN, making this live TV streaming service great for all types of television fans.

5 YOUTUBE TV

Youtube TV rounds out the list of the biggest streaming services that solely offer live television. This service also costs around $50 dollars per month, but it does have a convenience factor that the other two options don’t have as its a recognizable brand.

Youtube TV also allows users to have unlimited DVR space that will save recordings for nine months. Plus, up to six people can be on one account, and three people can stream from the same account at the same time. While the price is a little steep, the ability to let so many people use one account can make this service more affordable.

4 HBO NOW/GO

For people who already have HBO from their cable provider, HBO Go lets you stream the channel on your device or smart TV. For those who don’t have cable, HBO Now allows users to pay a monthly fee for the service.

At around $15 per month for HBO Now, the price is a little higher compared to similar streaming services. However, with shows like Game of Thrones and Big Little Lies, it’s definitely worth it to get HBO at least part of the time. Plus, HBO Now has many movies available, including popular blockbusters from over the years.

3 AMAZON PRIME VIDEO

Amazon Prime Video is a great streaming service since it’s already included for Prime members. If you already have Prime, this video service is a perk, and those who don’t have Prime can pay a monthly fee for the service. Prime Video offers a lot of original programming including the Emmy-winning show, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

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The original content on Amazon looks to continue to get bigger and better with their upcoming Lord of the Rings show. Another plus is that Amazon Prime Video offers a lot of movies to stream, and you can even rent movies that are not available to stream for free. Since this streaming service is convenient and offers a lot of varied content, it gets a high spot on this list.

2 HULU

Hulu is definitely one of the most well-known streaming services out there. Unlike some of the others on this list, Hulu lets viewers watch many episodes of television the day after they premiere on cable. Hulu started out mainly focusing on television series, but it has since branched out and now offers many movies, too.

You can also pay more money to get Live TV included. Hulu also offers original content such as the documentary Fyre Fraud and television series such as The Handmaid’s Tale. While they don’t have as much original content as some of the other services, they are definitely catching up.

1 1.NETFLIX

Netflix really kicked off streaming as we know it today, and it continues to be the biggest player. Netflix has a large library available to subscribers for only $9 a month. New content is constantly being added, too. Netflix definitely changed the game when they began making their own original content, and they are continuing to do so at a rapid rate. Their shows include Orange Is the New Black, Stranger Things, and Bojack Horseman.

Netflix has also branched into the world of films and even had a film that won an Oscar with Roma. While other streaming services might be catching up, Netflix is still the best and most influential in many ways, and their original content library that keeps expanding keeps them relevant.

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2019-04-17 11:04:02

Amanda Steele

Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere Sets New Ratings & Streaming Records

Game of Thrones remained as popular as ever in its season 8 premiere, which set new ratings and streaming records for the series and HBO alike. Last night’s episode marked the beginning of the end for the network’s mega-popular adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels. The show, which has run for seven seasons thus far, kicked off its final half-dozen episodes with a chapter that slowed things down as members of the Stark family reunited, Danerys Targaryen made her way to Winterfell, and the North at large readied themselves for the impending arrival of the Night King and his army of White Walkers.

Suffice it to say, the season 8 premiere was a major TV event unto itself, and hinted at even bigger developments to come in the remaining five episodes. Of course, Game of Thrones premieres have been pop cultural “events” for some time now, and managed to earn increasingly large ratings (and, in more recent years, streaming numbers) with each passing installment. Unsurprisingly, that continued to be the case with the show’s final season opener.

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In an official press release, HBO announced that the Game of Thrones season 8 premiere was watched by a record 17.4 million viewers on Sunday night, exceeding the previous series’ high (16.9 million) set by the season 7 finale. Those numbers include the viewers who watched the show live on HBO, as well as those who checked it out through the HBOGo and HBO Now streaming platforms. The rest of HBO’s Sunday evening programming (like the comedy series Barry and Veep, as well as the late night show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver) enjoyed a visible boost from Game of Thrones, and succeeded in attracting some of their highest viewership numbers in some time (years even, in the case of Veep and Last Week Tonight).

While those numbers are pretty dang impressive, they’re not even remotely unexpected. There was an extended two-year break between Game of Thrones season 7 and 8, in order to give the latter season the extra time it needed for shooting and post-production. As a result, demand for the show only had more room to grow between seasons, especially as more people decided to finally take the dive and start watching (or, rather, catching up on) Thrones during the prolonged intermission. Meanwhile, HBO’s refusal to reveal anything but the bare minimum of images and footage from season 8 ahead of time sent fans into theory-making overdrive. Indeed, by this point, there’s a reasonable chance that someone out there has all but figured out how the series will end for real and posted the “spoilers” online.

Then again, coming up with elaborate theories and playing the guessing game is all part of the fun of Game of Thrones. The series has spent years now trying and frequently succeeding at pulling the rug out from audiences’ feet, be it by revealing the game-changing truth about Jon Snow’s heritage, delivering shocking character deaths, or leaving everyone to wonder what the heck a Three-Eyed Raven is, anyway. It’s a big part of the reason why the TV show’s become so popular, and why the masses are eagerly tuning in to find out how the fight between the living and the dead (not to mention, the battle for the Iron Throne) ultimately pans out.

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Game of Thrones continues next Sunday, April 21 @9pm on HBO.

Source: HBO


2019-04-15 02:04:16

Sandy Schaefer

All Disney+ Streaming Content Will Be Available to Download Too

Disney’s new streaming platform Disney+ will allow users to watch TV shows and movies without even without an internet connection, as all the streaming content can also be downloaded. Disney+ will offer both legacy content from Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, National Geographic, and other branches of the company, as well as new original content like The Mandalorian, Falcon & Winter Soldier, and a live-action adaptation of Lady and the Tramp.

The market of streaming services has been getting increasingly competitive over the past few years. While Netflix still stands tall as the most popular distributor of streaming content, platforms like Hulu and Amazon Prime have been building up their libraries as well, and newer media platforms like DC Universe are also vying for attention. Then there are traditional TV networks adapting to the world of streaming with services like HBO NOW and CBS All Access.

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Disney, however, has the major advantage of having a massive existing library of owned (rather than licensed) content that now includes all of 20th Century Fox’s assets – such as The Simpsons, all 30 seasons of which will be made available on Disney+. The streaming service will launch in North America on November 12, 2021 and then roll out worldwide, with a complete international rollout by 2021. But if the massive amount of content and the competitive price tag of $6.99 a month aren’t enough to tempt you by themselves, the promise of being able to download content just might.

This will most likely work in the same way as Apple Music, which allows users to download songs to the app so they can listen to music without an internet connection, but have to first be logged into an account with an active subscription. There is no download limit, so users will only be restricted by the amount of space available on their devices. Disney+ will be available through smart TVs, web browsers, mobiles, tablets, and game consoles.

The ability to download content and watch it offline can be a dealbreaker for users who have unreliable internet connections, or who enjoy watching TV shows and movies while travelling. While this is a major selling point for Disney+, it may have a knock-on impact on sales of physical media like DVDs and Blu-rays, especially since Disney+ will be available to watch in 4k.

Disney’s influence in Hollywood has grown enormously over the past decade, with Marvel and Star Wars movies and live-action remakes of Disney classics providing a steady stream of box office smash hits. We’re still a long way off from the launch of Disney+, but already it looks like the company could dominate the world of streaming entertainment as well.

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2019-04-11 08:04:53

Hannah Shaw-Williams

Disney+ Streaming Service’s Fall 2019 Launch Date Confirmed

Disney has officially announced the launch date for its Disney+ streaming service. The ongoing success of subscription-based streaming services like Netflix and Amazon has encouraged other companies to move quickly and get streamers of their own up and running. CBS did just that when it launched CBS All Access in late 2014, and has since attempted to gain more members by producing original content like Star Trek: Discovery and The Twilight Zone revival. Similarly, Apple is in the middle of developing several original series for its upcoming streaming service, which will kick-off this fall.

Of course, it’s been known for some time now that Disney’s also planning to launch a new streaming service this fall. The streamer, known as Disney+, will supposedly include everything from the Mouse House’s library, in addition to original content and the IPs it gained from its recently-completed purchase of Fox’s assets (which was done specifically to help the company transition into the modern digital era). Now, the service has gained a concrete launch date to boot.

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As part of Walt Disney Studios’  Investors Day 2019 webcast, the Mouse House announced that Disney+ will go live in the U.S. on November 12, 2019. The service will cost subscribers $6.99 a month or $69.99 for the entire year, if they decide to take out an annual subscription. Both options will give users full access to the entire Disney + catalog, including its original series, movies, and projects developed by Disney-owned affiliates like Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and Pixar Animation.

Among the original films and TV series that are now confirmed for Disney+ are the Marvel Cinematic Universe series WandaVision (featuring Scarlet Witch and Vision) and Falcon & Winter Soldier. Meanwhile, on the Disney side of things, the service will launch with the live-action Lady and the Tramp remake, as well as the live-action Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian. Other projects that were previously reported on, but have now been formally announced for Disney+ are an animated What If…? series from Marvel, new Toy Story shorts, and an animated Phineas and Ferb movie. Altogether, the company intends to release more than 25 original series and 10 original films, documentaries, and specials on Disney+ in its first year.

As far as competition for Netflix and Amazon goes, Disney+ is in pretty good shape, right off the bat. Its low pricing alone will make it easier to convince people to sign up for yet another streaming service, on top of everything else that’s already out there. Of course, your average consumer only has so much money they can afford to spend on monthly entertainment, so that will have some impact on how many people actually sign-up for Disney+ when it first launches. Suffice it to say, it will be interesting to see how the streaming wars play out from here, now that the Mouse House has planted its flag in the sand.

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Source: Disney


2019-04-11 05:04:02

Sandy Schaefer

Sony and Microsoft Could Pursue Streaming If Google Stadia Is Successful

Sony and Microsoft might follow in Stadia‘s footsteps and launch their own streaming platforms if Google’s initiative is successful, according to noted industry analyst Michael Pachter. Stadia will be Google’s streaming platform, first announced at GDC, and is set to completely alter the landscape of gaming in terms of how players access the content they want.

Pachter has experience calling some outlandish shots: in 2017, he suggested that the PS5 will be backward compatible, and recent rumors have seemed to confirm that speculation two years later. More recently, the analyst called out consumers for the existence of loot boxes, stating that it was stupid to purchase and support that business model. While it was controversial because of the phrasing, it also seemed to pan out—loot boxes are being phased out by some developers, and gamers as a whole seem to be more skeptical and prepared for microtransactions than ever before.

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In an interview with GamingBolt, Pachter made his next bold prediction, although it’s a lot more tame than the ones he’s become famous for. When prompted about whether Stadia would have an impact on Sony and Microsoft’s business models heading into the future, Pachter said that Stadia’s success will heavily determine what gaming looks like:

I think Microsoft will emulate Stadia if it’s successful, and Sony will try to do the same thing with its PlayStation Now technology, with each likely ultimately deciding to have their own store fronts for streaming. This is similar to Amazon competing with iTunes.”

Obviously, if Stadia is massively successful, it would make sense for Sony and Microsoft to pursue a similar platform model. The interesting thing to note is that it could come as early as next console generation, with Pachter believing that Sony might try to incorporate PlayStation Now technology into a streaming store front. If that’s the case, it would mean a successful Stadia launch might create console-streaming platform hybrids in the next generation, which would then ultimately inform the way Sony and Microsoft proceed with future plans. Pachter also suggested that Stadia’s pricing will be a major factor in its success, and that, although speculative, he had some opinions on what shouldn’t be done:

If it’s a subscription, it’s doomed to fail, but they’ll probably try to do it at $19.99 or cheaper per month. If it’s a rental business, it will probably be $1 per hour or so.

We’ll get more Stadia details soon, which will then give the industry a better idea of what it’s competing with. For now, though, a veteran analyst seems to think Sony and Microsoft will be heavily influenced by what Google is able to achieve in the next year or two, and that should have all eyes trained on the tech giant as the year rolls on. Stadia wants to revolutionize gaming, and if it succeeds, it’s going to force changes in some of its biggest competitors as a result.

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Source: GamingBolt


2019-03-29 09:03:11

Cody Gravelle

Trippy Movies Available On Every Streaming Service

Whether you’re living in a state or country that has finally legalized recreational cannabis for the first time in history and happen to be looking for something to blow your mind even more than that joint you just rolled up. or you’re just looking to expand your mind with an amazing film; we’ll go through some of the trippiest movies that the major streaming services have available to watch.

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So whether you’re looking to explore the astral plane in a multi-layered dream or just trying to make your way through the multiverse, we’ll go through some of the best films to ever make you ask, “Wait. Whaaaaaaaaat?”

10 Inception (HBO)

While some fans have taken to calling this “Exposition” rather than Inception, that doesn’t change the fact that Christopher Nolan was exploring some pretty intense themes while also providing a steady flow of trippy effects. Inception is just a film about the way we dream and produce ideas, it’s also a film about the medium of film and how similar to our dreams it really is.

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In Inception, Nolan explores, like many great films before this one, just what exactly the “real world” is and what it means that our dreams, if only for a brief moment, can become even more real than the world we wake up in.

9 I Heart Huckabees (HBO)

I Heart Huckabees a complicated film about a paranoid environmentalist and his path towards enlightenment. Albert, the aforementioned environmentalist, is convinced that the seemingly innocuous happenstances that regularly occur around him will lead him to the secrets of the universe.

So, when he hires a pair of existential private detectives (think Dirk Gently, but a lot less goofy) he hopes that they will be able to help him make sense of the universe by following him and the parts of his day he views to be hints from the universe. Like, why is he always bumping into that same person and where does the root of problems in his life lie?

8 Hard Candy (HBO)

This movie is a trip, but in a completely different way than most of the movies on this list. Hard Candy, starring Ellen Page as a young girl who lures pedophiles and criminal sex offenders into her a trap designed to mentally and physically break down those she ensnares.

Ellen Page’s character, Hayley, lures Patrick Wilson’s Jeff into a false sense of security in his own home before drugging him. What follows is a brutal and mind-bending adventure through a 14-year-old vigilante’s revenge fantasy. It can be incredibly gut-wrenching, but as Hayley might point out, it’s nothing Jeff didn’t have coming.

7 Cloud Atlas (Netflix)

Cloud Atlas is one of those films that demands a rewatch. There’s so much going on in the film; from the multiple timelines and the birthmarks hinting at a souls journey throughout time, space, and multiple bodies. Cloud Atlas is about the adventure the human soul goes through while on this planet, and how while the world may change, there are some aspects of the human soul that simply refuse to.

With an excellent performance from an ensemble cast, including Jim Sturgess, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and more, most of whom play multiple roles throughout the film; Cloud Atlas is certainly a film that will keep you talking long after the credits.

6 Being John Malkovich (HBO)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a famous celebrity? Maybe you’ve wondered what it’s like to have Kanye’s confidence, Christopher Nolan’s vision, or Jeff Bezos’ bank account. Being John Malkovich tries to answer exactly what it might be like to get inside the skull of one of your favorite celebrities.

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When Craig Schwartz, a struggling puppeteer, gets a day job on the suggestion of his girlfriend, he finds a portal inside his new office building that leads directly inside the noggin of John Malchovich. But where does Craig’s body go? How does the portal work? And what does it mean that there is a physical like to John Malkovich’s consciousness? Who knows? But as Craig says to begin the film “Consciousness is a terrible curse. I Think. I feel. I suffer.”

5 Annihilation (Amazon Prime)

It’s a little difficult to talk about Annihilation without address how misleading the title is. We hear Annihilation, and imagine another film about the destruction of our beautiful planet; the end of all life. But Annihilation is about precisely the opposite of that old cliche. Annihilation is about a strange abundance of life, an explosion of unencumbered life, growth, and experimentation.

How do we, as humans, deal with a force of life far greater than our own? Not only will the plot have you questioning everything you thought you knew about the film, but the film is filled with beautiful effects and the creatures that inhabit “The Shimmer”, as the area is called in the film.

4 Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (Netflix)

While we live in an age where we can simply block someone on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, what if we could take it even further? Don’t want to see, think, or feel anything related to your ex? No problem, just erase him from your memories and we’ll let all of your friends know that you know longer carry any conscious memory of him. Or at least that what Lacuna Inc. promises Clementine after a big fight with her boyfriend Joel in Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind.

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When Joel finds out what Clementine has does he’s just as eager to go through with the procedure. What follows is a bittersweet and thoughtful meditation on the old saying “It’s better to have loved and lost, then to have never loved at all.”

3 Requiem For A Dream (Hulu)

Watching Requiem For A Dream is a little bit like attending one of those luaus in any movie where someone goes to Hawaii. If the ravenous leather-skinned tourists tearing apart the juicy flesh of a pig were the multiple threads of the film’s plot, and the unlucky pig (stuck, skewered, roasted, and torn apart morsel by delectable morsel) was your soul. Requiem For A Dream may as well have been titled “All The Bad Drug Trips You Never Wanted To Have.”

It’s the heartbreaking story of three addicts and the spiraling pit of oblivion they walk down hand in hand (and one of their mothers, whose story probably one the most heartbreaking things ever put to screen). If you can manage the abysmal lows you’ll reach after the film concludes, you’ll certainly see why it’s not a film many people watch more than once.

2 John Dies At The End (Hulu)

“You’re going to die, Arnie. Someday you will face that moment. And at that moment you will face either complete nonexistence or you will face something even stranger.” But honestly, you don’t need to die to experience the absurd when the strange when movies like John Dies At The End exist.

This film is filled with some much absurdity, from psychedelic drugs made by alternate reality biological supercomputer named Korrok to demons made of frozen meats and even a dog named Bark Lee. Plus, if you solve the riddle at the beginning of this film it will reveal the awful secret of the universe. Assuming you don’t go mad in the attempt. And at the end of the day, what more could you really ask for from a film?

1 Mr. Nobody (Netflix)

Much in the way that Annihilation was about life refusing to make a choice and instead, spreading out in every direction, throughout realities, Mr. Nobody is about saying yes to every possible instance of life throughout dimensions. What if you never had to make a choice? What if you could see, feel, and live across every dimension simultaneously? What kind of lessons do you think you’d have learned while looking back on your lives as an older version of yourself? Did you love often enough and openly enough? Were you honest and kind? Would you have made anything happen differently?

These aren’t the questions that Mr. Nobody is trying to answer. They’re merely among some of the questions Mr. Nobody tries to get the audience to ask.

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2019-03-09 01:03:43

Danny Hernandez

10 Best Holiday Movies Streaming On Netflix

The Princess Switch Vanessa Hudgens Netflix Christmas movies

Holiday vacations start next week, which means the time for lounging around in sweatpants and overeating is upon us. Of course, holiday relaxation wouldn’t be complete without a good crop of favorite flicks, and lucky for us, Netflix has them in spades. But how do you know which to watch?

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With so many Christmas films on the streaming giant, it’s easy to get lost in the search. Pretty soon, you’ve wasted an hour scrolling and it’s time for a 14-hour nap/cookie-binge. Well, we’re here to prevent that from happening. Ditch your work clothes and put some more rum in that eggnog, movie fans, here are the 10 Best Holiday Movies Streaming On Netflix.

10. A Christmas Prince

A Christmas Prince Netflix Christmas movies

This film isn’t just a Netflix special, it was a phenomenon. According to Netflix’s Twitter, over fifty people watched A Christmas Prince every day for 18 straight days. Combined, those folks watched over 1,400 hours of A Christmas Prince, which is probably longer than it took to make the movie. Though we don’t recommend you do that, we do recommend you check out this movie, especially if you love the royals or are into iZombie. That’s right, Rose McIver AKA Liv Moore is the lead in this film, and she does an absolutely charming job. Besides, you need to watch this film if you’re going to check out this year’s sequel, A Christmas Prince 2: Royal Wedding. Could this movie have started an all-new cinematic franchise? Maybe not, but the views it’s earned sure aren’t Mortal Engines numbers.

9. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Before you check out the new animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s classic Christmas tale, revisit the live-action adaptation of the old animated adaptation. In a prosthetic suit that’s worthy of Shape of Water, Jim Carrey brings his signature wild comedy to the classic Christmas villain of the Grinch. Known for its wonky visuals and lasting soundtrack (I heard “Where Are You Christmas” on the radio yesterday), this modern Christmas classic is great for its original fans or newcomers out of the Benedict Cumberbatch film. Just get ready for a momentary cringe when you remember who played the Mayor of Whoville.

8. The BoJack Horseman Christmas Special

Bojack Horseman

As any fan of the series knows, BoJack Horseman perfectly spoofs family sitcoms from the 90s. The Christmas Special is no exception, hilariously picking apart the holiday-themed episodes of Full House, Saved By the Bell, etc. While you watch the festive episode of BoJack’s show, Horsin’ Around, you also get snippets of Todd and BoJack hanging out in the modern day. They provide commentary, banter, and of course, plenty of cynicism. That said, this is actually a pretty warm addition to the BoJack Horseman canon. For a show that’s usually just under fully depressed, this special ends on a light note, even if just for the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Don’t worry though, BoJack fans. Season Four comes just after this and clears that right up.

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7. Bad Santa

Not every Christmas flick has to be G-rated. For example, Bad Santa is about as far from that as can be. It’s a raunchy, profane Christmas comedy about a guy who absolutely does not deserve to wear the suit. Legendary comedic actor Bernie Mac brings his trademark brand of off-the-wall humor to the film, and it’s fun to watch him alongside Billy Bob Thornton. Especially if you’ve seen Thornton’s latest work, like Fargo and Goliath. Turn this movie on if you’re not easily offended, sick of holiday innocence, or just want an adult comedy with a tinsel tinge. Just make sure the kids are in bed first.

6. Fireplace for Your Home

Fireplace For Your Home Netflix Christmas movie

This entry’s a little bit different, because it doesn’t focus on just one film. No, Fireplace for Your Home is, in fact, a series. We begin with the original Fireplace for Your Home. Next, you’ve got the Classic edition, which is a slightly brighter, more traditional view of a fireplace. For the discerning lumber connoisseur, Netflix also offers the Birchwood edition of its fireplace, still guaranteeing the finest in simulated warmth. Finally, Netflix released a fireplace set in the universe of their original film Bright, featuring a mystic fire, magic faeries, and hints at a seedy fantasy underworld. So don’t be too bummed about Daredevil, TV fans. Netflix is still on top when it comes to quality streaming franchises, and Fireplace is proof.

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5. The Christmas Chronicles

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If you prefer your Santas round, this might not be for you. But, if you’re down for a silver-fox Santa that just happens to look like a Living Planet, give this one a shot. The Christmas Chronicles is kind of a Santa Clause for a modern audience. It provides an inside peek at the inner workings of North Pole magic by sticking Santa in the real world, leaving him to get himself out of a very human problem. Like any good Santa movie, this film is about the power of belief. Its main characters overcome obstacles by finding hope where it seems to be missing. This film might not feature the version of Santa you’ve grown up with, but it’s a great addition to the Santa genre. And after watching Kurt Russel have so much fun in the role, you might find yourself wanting to believe in this version anyway.

4. The Princess Switch

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Christmas is a time for cheesy romantic comedies. In recent years, those films have included a lot of baking, and also…monarchy? Well, this Vanessa Hudgens hit has them both. It’s a sort of Prince and the Pauper tale about a baker coming from Chicago to compete in a baking contest held in a vaguely European fictional country. The thing is, she just happens to look exactly like the future Queen of this country. The two meet and quickly decide to switch places, a choice that leads to laughs, tension, and of course, everlasting love. I gotta say, I adored this movie. It’s got everything you want from a Hallmark-style Christmas flick, from cute meet-up scenes to a thoroughly happy ending. Plus, Vanessa Hudgens kills it as both the baker and future Queen. This movie isn’t just worth a watch, I’d say it’s worth a sequel.

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3. White Christmas

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There are few movies as integral to pop culture Christmas than this one. Bing Crosby’s classic story of showbiz and romance didn’t just cement its place in Christmas movie history, it championed Christmas music as well. Hits like “Snow,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and of course the titular “White Christmas” are staples for this holiday season, and they all were born out of this film. If modern Christmas history was American history, this film would be the Declaration of Independence. Even if it wasn’t so important to our image of the holiday, this film’s gorgeous scenery and exuberant dance numbers make it an absolute must watch. Especially if you don’t mind shedding a happy tear or two.

2. A Very Murray Christmas

Sadly, holiday specials seem to be a thing of the past. Variety hosts like Dean Martin, Carroll Burnett, or Andy Williams have apparently gone the way of Old Hollywood, and that’s a real shame. However, If there’s any shot at this format rising again, this Netflix special is it. Hosted by the always charming Bill Murray, this trippy showcase is an absolute joy to watch. It features Miley Cyrus, Rashida Jones, and even George Clooney. In fact, there are a couple other exciting surprise celebrity guests, but if Bill Murray didn’t already sell you, listing them where won’t help.

1. Love Actually

Last but not even remotely least, this film is an absolute must-not-miss this season. It is everything a good Christmas movie should be. It’s heartwarming, funny, and honest, sweet but not dripping with sap. Not only that, this is what any good ensemble movie should be. Each story shines as a piece of a larger picture, resonating on a real emotional level despite their truncated screen time. It features iconic performances, history-making scenes, and a rewarding wrap-up that will make even the Scroogiest watcher a little bit warmer inside. Why? Well, the holiday season can be messy, funny, and even tough. But at its core, it’s about different people connecting in different ways to make a better world. This movie exists to remind us that that’s not just Christmas. That’s love.

What holiday favorites are you watching this year? Did we leave any off this list that deserve to be on here? Let us know in the comments section below!

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2018-12-20 01:12:55

Netflix Announces Friends Will Remain Streaming Through 2019

Fans of the beloved sitcom Friends can sleep peacefully, now that Netflix has announced that the series is not leaving the streaming service anytime soon. Netflix has introduced new generations to a number of sitcoms and films, and among those series is the 90s sitcom Friends.

Over the weekend, fans of the comedy went into panic mode when various reports claimed that Friends was leaving the streaming service, as the show’s page included an expiration date indicating it would only be available until January 1. Thankfully, Netflix has cleared things up in a way that fans of the series will surely appreciate.

Related: Friends Co-Creator Says Revival Will Never Happen

Via their official Twitter account, Netflix denied the rumors about Friends leaving their catalog next year, and they did it with a reference to the show. Remember when Ross dressed up as the “Holiday Armadillo” to introduce his son to Hanukkah? Well, it turns out that the Holiday Armadillo also grants wishes.

Friends potentially leaving Netflix was not as crazy as it might sound, given that Warner Bros. is preparing to launch its own streaming service in 2019, following in the steps of other studios working on their own subscription streaming services, most notably Disney with Disney Plus. Because of this, it was certainly possible that Warner would take the sitcom back from Netflix in order to add it to its own streaming service.

The addition of Friends to Netflix’s catalog not only gave a good dose of 90s nostalgia to a lot of subscribers, but also introduce new generations to the sitcom, giving it a new wave of popularity among younger viewers, who can binge watch all ten seasons whenever they want. Although the series came to an end 14 years ago, there are many themes and situations that remain relevant, while others have sparked some debates among younger viewers due to changing attitudes concerning certain types of humor.

With the recent wave of Netflix cancellations, most notably those from Marvel Television (Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and recently Daredevil), taking away another popular show like Friends – even if not new like the previous ones – would have been a very risky move. A big number of subscribers are not pleased with the cancellation of those series as well as the removal of other series and films from the catalog, but for now they can rest assured that Friends will be there for them one more year.

More: 4 Last-Minute Additions That Hurt Friends (And 16 That Saved It)

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2018-12-03 06:12:56

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel & Firefly Now Streaming Free on Facebook Watch

Facebook’s video streaming platform Facebook Watch just added the entire runs of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly, absolutely free. For decades, Joss Whedon has been a powerful creative force in Hollywood, and – some personal scandals and his involvement in the debacle that was Justice League’s production aside – is generally one of the most revered among fans. Whedon of course helmed both 2012’s The Avengers and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron for Marvel Studios, and had a large influence overall on the MCU’s first two phases.

While it’s unclear when he’ll direct another film, Whedon remains active as a writer and producer, although he’s slowed his pace a bit since the massive stress involved with putting together the MCU’s early team-up extravaganzas. Long before his time guiding big screen superhero movies though, Whedon initially made his mark in the world of TV, reinventing his creation Buffy the Vampire Slayer from a widely mocked film into a beloved, long-running TV series. Buffy would also spawn a spinoff, Angel, which also proved popular. Then, in 2002, Whedon created the infamously short-lived FOX series Firefly, which became a cult hit, and received a movie follow-up.

Related: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Sarah Michelle Gellar Supports Reboot

Whedon has since created the also short-lived Dollhouse and co-created Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but it seems unlikely that any shows he makes going forward will attain the level of fan acclaim earned by Buffy, Angel, and Firefly. Thankfully, the complete runs of all three shows are now available to stream for free on Facebook Watch, as reported by Variety.  The news was announced personally by Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar in a video posted on Facebook earlier today, which can be seen below. Interestingly, the episodes don’t currently appear to be available to watch from within a web browser, only from within Facebook’s mobile app. One assumes this is an error, as other Facebook Watch videos aren’t mobile only.

Of note is that Facebook is planning to use these shows to promote its newly launched Watch Party feature, in which users can watch videos together and have live conversations about them. To that end, each show will have its own special Watch Party to kick things off over the next few days, featuring participation from as yet unrevealed actors. Buffy’s gathering is at 3pm PST/6pm EST today, while Angel’s will happen at 12pm PST/3pm EST on December 1, and Firefly’s takes place on December 2, also at 12pm PST/3pm EST.

Another thing worth mentioning – and this will likely be a sticking point for many – is that Facebook Watch’s streams of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly episodes will include commercial interruptions. It’s not clear at present how prevalent these ad breaks will be, although if one absolutely doesn’t want to deal with ads, it’s worth noting that Buffy, Angel and Firefly are all also available to stream on Hulu’s commercial free tier, which costs $12 per month. Still, $12 a month is a lot pricier than free. Decisions, decisions.

More: Joss Whedon Finally Gives Buffy Her Happy Ending

Source: Variety



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