I SEE U, Episode 27: Television on the Radio – Houston Public Media
University of Kentucky Law professor Dr. Melynda Price speaks candidly with guest host and twin, Dr. Melanye Price, about TV during the pandemic. TV Critic Jeff Yang discusses the diversifying of streaming service content.houstonpublicmedia.org
The future of online retail looks a lot like QVC, with live streams of influencers, including dogs, doing the hawking
Retailers as varied as Walmart, Amazon, Gucci and Levi’s are experimenting with live-stream shopping events, which are projected to generate $11 billion in U.S. sales this year.washingtonpost.com
Jamie Foxx to play Mike Tyson in boxer’s take on his life
Foxx will play the boxing great in the project that also counts Foxx and filmmaker Martin Scorsese as producers. (Photos by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, left, and Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)LOS ANGELES – Mike Tyson is getting in the TV drama ring against himself. On the heels of Hulu's announcement of a Tyson miniseries to be made without his involvement, the boxing great said he's producing a limited series starring Jamie Foxx. Filmmaker Martin Scorsese and Foxx also are among the producers. Last month, Hulu said it had ordered the eight-episode series “Iron Mike,” saying it would explore the “the wild, tragic and controversial life and career” of a polarizing athlete.
Amazon will present for the first time at NewFronts, a major digital advertising event
Amazon will join companies like Twitter, Snap and Google's YouTube in pitching advertisers at the Interactive Advertising Bureau's NewFronts event. The spring NewFronts are digital media's take on the traditional TV upfronts, when advertisers have traditionally committed a large amount of their yearly TV spending. Amazon's ad business has commanded a growing market share in the digital ad industry, a theme that appears likely to continue this year. The survey was based on responses from 52 senior U.S. ad buyers in December who represent $15 billion in U.S. ad spend. The IAB said its 2020 event drew more than 14,000 brands, agencies and media buyers.cnbc.com
Hulu drops a delightfully demented trailer for 'Solar Opposites' season 2
Hulu recently released the wacky new redband Season 2 trailer for "Solar Opposites" along with the premiere date of March 26, and you'll quickly discover that the existential antics and satirical jabs are back with a vengeance. "Solar Opposites," the kooky adult sci-fi series from the creators of "Rick & Morty," returns March 26. Here's Hulu's official synopsis:"Co-created by Justin Roiland ("Rick & Morty") and Mike McMahan ("Rick & Morty"), "Solar Opposites" centers around a crew of four aliens who escape their exploding homeworld only to crash land into a move-in ready home in suburban America. "On Season 2 of 'Solar Opposites,' the 'Solar Opposites' take it bigger, funnier, and more opposite than ever before." Hulu's "Solar Opposites" Season 2 lands on March 26.space.com
Hulu sets Mike Tyson miniseries, but the boxer punches back
FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2019, file photo, Mike Tyson attends a celebrity golf tournament in Dana Point, Calif. Hulu on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, announced it has ordered Iron Mike, a limited series about the life of boxing great Mike Tyson. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES – Hulu announced it has ordered a limited series dramatizing the life of boxing great Mike Tyson, who quickly slammed the production as “cultural misappropriation.”In a press release Thursday, Hulu said “Iron Mike” will explore “the wild, tragic and controversial life and career” of a polarizing athlete. Tyson, who is not involved in the project, criticized Hulu on social media, saying the series smacked of insensitivity. “Hulu’s announcement to do an unauthorized mini-series of the Tyson story without compensation, although unfortunate, isn’t surprising,” Tyson said in an Instagram post. The eight-episode “Iron Mike” is from the makers of “I, Tonya,” the 2017 movie that starred Margot Robbie as ice skater Tonya Harding.
ViacomCBS bets you will subscribe to 5 or more streaming services, leaving plenty of room for Paramount+
ViacomCBS had a compelling presentation Wednesday to illustrate why TV lovers should sign up for its newly branded flagship streaming service, Paramount+. ViacomCBS showed a slide showing the uptick in the average amount of subscription streaming services to which American families subscribe. Can Paramount+ become the world's fourth most popular subscription streaming service, ahead of Hulu, HBO Max, Peacock and Discovery+? By 2024, ViacomCBS estimates 65 million to 75 million subscribers will pay for either Showtime or Paramount+. There's no certainly U.S. households are actually going to sign up for five or more streaming services.cnbc.com
Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny co-writing mystery novel
This combination photo shows former secretary of state Hillary Clinton at the premiere of the Hulu documentary "Hillary" in New York on March 4, 2020, left, and a portrait of author Louise Penny. Clinton is teaming up with Penny on the novel State of Terror, out Oct. 12, 2021. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, left, and Jean-Francois Brub via AP)NEW YORK – One of the world's better known fans of mystery novels, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is now writing one. “Writing a thriller with Louise is a dream come true," Clinton, who has expressed admiration for Penny and other mystery writers in the past, said in a statement Tuesday. Hillary Clinton, secretary of state during Barack Obama's first term, has written a handful of nonfiction works.
New this week: Billie Eilish, Billie Holiday and Superman
This combination photo shows promotional art for Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry, a documentary debuting Friday on Apple TV+, from left, The United States vs. Billie Holiday," premiering Friday on Hulu and Superman & Lois," a new series premiering Tuesday on The CW. (AppleTV+/Hulu/The CW via AP)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. Ad— Based on Johann Hari’s 2015 book, “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs,” Lee Daniels' “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” chronicles the legendary jazz singer's addiction and activism. Andra Day, who's nominated for a Golden Globe, plays Holiday in the biopic, which premieres Friday on Hulu. ET at the Amazon Music Twitch channel and will feature music from the group’s new album, “Life Rolls On,” released on Feb. 12.
How to tell who's winning — and who's losing — the streaming wars
Each streaming service is different. Discovery's Discovery+ wants to be a "complement to other streaming services," according to CEO David Zaslav. Disney+ has already predicted it will have as many as 260 million global subscribers by 2024. "Not every streaming service deserves to exist or win," Kevin Mayer, former head of Disney+ and ex-CEO of TikTok, told CNBC. "All of these media companies were running commercials for their streaming services on television."cnbc.com
Andra Day on her hesitation to play Billie Holiday
Andra Day on her hesitation to play Billie Holiday In this preview of an interview to be broadcast on “CBS Sunday Morning” January 31, actress Andra Day talks with correspondent Tracy Smith about her wariness in portraying the famed jazz singer in the new Hulu film, "The United States vs. Billie Holiday."cbsnews.com
Best TV Shows of 2020
This is a list of the 10 best shows of the year. Ted Lasso (Apple TV +)Ted Lasso has no business being as good as it is. ZeroZeroZero (Amazon)Amazon’s approach to some of its best shows is confusing. With its young cast of hopefully soon to be stars, Industry is one of the best surprises of 2020. In it, Wilson shows the audience how to do something and delves into something deeper than initially promised.houstonpress.com
Disney unveils plans to stream a galaxy of new series, films
NEW YORK – The Walt Disney Co.’s streaming plans shifted into hyper speed Thursday, as the studio unveiled a galaxy’s worth of new streaming offerings including plans for 10 “Star Wars” series spinoffs and 10 Marvel series that will debut on Disney+. But Disney also kept its biggest films — including Marvel's “Black Widow," Pixar's “Luca,” a “Lion King” prequel — on course for theatrical release. Jenkins becomes the first woman to direct a “Star Wars” film. Among the “Star Wars” series are two spinoffs of “The Mandalorian,” set during the series' timeline: “Rangers of the New Republic” and “Ahsoka,” with Rosario Dawson. Seven Disney films topped $1 billion worldwide.
Disney unloads a slew of impressive Disney+ announcements, announces price hike
Bob Chapek, CEO of the Walt Disney Company and former head of Walt Disney Parks and Experiences, speaks during a media preview of the D23 Expo 2019 in Anaheim, California, Aug. 22, 2019. On Thursday, the company revealed a slew of impressive Disney+ announcements, with over 100 movies and shows connected to franchises like Star Wars, Marvel, FX and National Geographic. New shows in the Star Wars universe, including one featuring fan favorite characters Ahsoka Tano, were applauded by fans on social media during the announcement. Notably, Lucasfilm has brought on Patty Jenkins to direct "Rogue Squadron," a new Star Wars film due out in 2023. From Pixar, there will be series based on "Up" and "Cars" and new original series called "Win or Lose."cnbc.com
Greta Thunberg on 2 very surreal years of protest and fame
This image released by Hulu shows activist Greta Thunberg, center, in a scene from the documentary "I Am Greta." (Hulu via AP)NEW YORK – In the first days of Greta Thunberg’s solitary sidewalk protest outside Swedish Parliament in August 2018, most walk right past her. I think: Oh, I was so young and naive back then — which is quite funny,” says Thunberg, recalling her first days of protest in an interview. “I don’t really like the title of the film, ‘I Am Greta.’ It makes it seem like I take myself very seriously,” says Thunberg. Asked how she felt watching news clips of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin deriding her in the film, Thunberg laughs.
New this week: 'I Am Greta,' Chris Stapleton & CMA Awards
This image released by Hulu shows activist Greta Thunberg, center, in a scene from the documentary "I Am Greta" the story of Thunberg, the teenage Swedish schoolgirl who is leading the global school strike for action on climate change. The film premieres Friday on Hulu. (Hulu via AP)
New this week: 'I Am Greta,' Chris Stapleton & CMA Awards
This image released by Hulu shows activist Greta Thunberg, center, in a scene from the documentary "I Am Greta" the story of Thunberg, the teenage Swedish schoolgirl who is leading the global school strike for action on climate change. (Hulu via AP)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES— When Greta Thunberg began protesting outside Swedish Parliament two years ago, it only took days for director Nathan Grossman to start trailing her in her mission to prod government leaders on the climate crisis. “I Am Greta,” which premieres Friday on Hulu, documents the enormous movement fueled by Thunberg’s one-person school strike, and a few very surreal years for the Swedish teenager. — After releasing two chart-topping albums in 2017, superstar country singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton is back with a new collection of songs coming out Friday.
'Bad Hair' movie explores Black women and hairstyle messages
(Tobin Yellan/Hulu via AP)LOS ANGELES – Several scenes in the film “Bad Hair” were so horrifying that some cast members initially second-guessed their own use of hair weave or extensions. The dark comedy horror is “only a film," they say, but the story’s underlying messages of harmful hair weave and false beauty standards for Black women had a lasting effect. Ultimately, she discovers that her newly installed hair is possessed, taking over her body and causing harm to others. A weave is a popular method where hair wefts are sewn onto braided hair and styled in any manner. He said the writing process started with talking to some of his closest friends who are Black women.
What to watch this weekend: ‘Pen15,’ ‘Ratched’ and more
Thinking that you’ve dried up the old Netflix cue when it comes to new shows and movies to watch? Here are a few suggestions if you’re looking for something new to watch this weekend. It kind of resembles another Netflix competition show, “Nailed It," in which amateur bakers are encouraged to just do their best. ‘Great British Baking Show’The tent is back, the tent is back! ‘American Barbecue Showdown’If you’re a fan of “Great British Baking Show,” then “American Barbecue Showdown” will be right up your alley.
'Schitt's Creek' has record-setting Emmy sweep, while HBO scores big with 'Watchmen,' 'Succession'
Dan Levy congratulates fellow "Schitt's Creek" star Annie Murphy on her Emmy win for best supporting actress in a comedy series. Premium cable network HBO dominated the limited series and drama categories, hauling in the majority of its awards for its critically-acclaimed shows "Watchmen" and "Succession." With those acting wins "Schitt's Creek" has become the first TV show to sweep all four acting awards in the comedy or drama categories in Emmy history. "Schitt's Creek," which aired its sixth and final season earlier this year, previously had not won any Emmy awards for the show. Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy took home the awards for best lead actress and best lead actress in a comedy series.cnbc.com
Padma Lakshmi’s ‘Taste the Nation’ on Hulu is the perfect TV show for a food getaway
Truly, Padma Lakshmi’s new show on Hulu, “Taste the Nation,” is the perfect thing to watch if you’re missing life on the road. The first episode of “Taste the Nation” illustrates just how Lakshmi will get to the bottom of her questions. “Taste the Nation” is also just a great showcase for Lakshmi. After being a cookbook author and reality TV show host, getting to take the lead on “Taste the Nation” is the cherry on top for this gifted woman. All episodes of “Taste the Nation” are currently streaming on Hulu.
These movies, shows and documentaries about race should be required viewing
Netflix‘13th’Directed by Ava DuVernay (she’ll come up again in this list), the documentary shows you how America changed after the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, but also kickstarted the prison boom in America. ‘Moonlight’This Oscar-winning picture tells the story of a young black gay man living in Miami. chronicles the Central Park Five, a group of young black teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of a crime they didn’t commit. The documentary tells the story of the days of protests, unrest and riots that followed. It’s a great film that shows how two different groups of people can react to fatal police shootings.
You may be able to get HBO Max for free with an existing HBO subscription here's how
AT&T WarnerMedia's new online streaming service HBO Max launched on Wednesday. But it's also available at no cost for some people who already pay for HBO through a cable or online TV subscription, and for some AT&T subscribers. HBO Max includes more movies than what you get through HBO on TV, some original content, and TV shows like "Friends" you can't find on other competing platforms like Disney+, Netflix or Hulu. HBO Max also has offline downloads, so you can store movies to watch when you don't have a cellular or Wi-Fi connection -- that feature is not available in the regular HBO Go app, which is free for people who pay for HBO through a cable subscriber. Here's how to see if you can get HBO Max through the HBO subscription you already pay for.cnbc.com
7 concert films you should watch if you’re really missing live music
Some experts believe it could be more than a year until live concerts return to our daily lives, which is heartbreaking for people who love seeing live music. So until then, the next best thing to do is watch a concert movie from one of your favorite artists. Look no further than Beyoncé's “Homecoming,” her live concert that was filmed in 2018 when she headlined Coachella, the Southern California music festival. From the costumes, dancing and marching band music arrangements, Beyoncé transformed Coachella into “Beychella,” and we’re lucky enough that the entire show is documented. Not only is Timberlake’s music incredible catchy, but the production value that went into this show, especially the choreography, makes it worth visiting.
‘Little Fires Everywhere’ should be your next quarantine TV binge
Before we dive in on how this TV show is a masterclass on race, class and motherhood, let’s talk about how it came together. Based off the book by the same name by Celeste Ng, the TV adaptation stars Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington as two mothers who live in Shaker Heights, Ohio. The co-stars are also executive producers on the show, having a heavy hand in the choices made to adapt the book into a TV series. The first few episodes are a slow burn as we get introduced to the residents of Shaker Heights, but by the middle of episode three, you are completely hooked and it becomes difficult to stop watching. and you can’t fathom watching another season of “The Office,” take a look at “Little Fires Everywhere” on Hulu.
TV Shows To Binge Once You've Watched All The Famous Ones
By now, you've probably revisited a bunch of classic and venerated television series like The Sopranos or Breaking Bad or The Wire. This is about those shows you may linger upon as you're scrolling through the Netflix menu, wondering If they're worth a look. At three six-episode seasons, it's a quick alternative to some of the more involved shows out there. The Expanse (Amazon Prime, 4 seasons)(if you liked Game of Thrones)Hear me out! Terriers (Hulu, 1 season)(if you liked Stumptown)AKA that show Shawn Ryan was involved with other than The Shield.houstonpress.com
WarnerMedia replaces CEO with Hulu co-founder Jason Kilar
AT&T is replacing WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey with Hulu co-founder Jason Kilar, the company announced Wednesday. WarnerMedia has been searching for a new CEO since AT&T elevated Stankey to chief operating officer in September. AT&T's executive shuffle on Wednesday puts Stankey in the best position to succeed Stephenson as CEO if Stephenson decides to step down after this year. Kilar's experience at Hulu gives him a solid background in streaming services as WarnerMedia seeks to compete with a bloated field of competitors. Kilar served as CEO of Hulu since founding the company in 2007 until 2013, according to the announcement.cnbc.com
15 TV shows you should totally watch while quarantined
How to watch: HuluSeasons: 5Best character: Ilana and Abbi‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’There are a ton of cop and firefighter TV shows currently on and they’re all pretty serious and intense. How to watch: HuluSeasons: 8Best character: Rosa Diaz‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’Larry Davis is a living icon, and his show “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is just as iconic. How to watch: HuluSeasons: 11Best “character”: Bethenny Frankel‘Bob’s Burgers’Need a little cartoon action while quarantined? How to watch: HuluSeasons: 10Best character: Tina Belcher‘Cheers’In the mood for a little throwback during your quarantine? How to watch: NetflixSeasons: 7Best character: TaysteeWhat will you be watching while you self-quarantine?
Disney's CEO change makes sense as the company pivots to streaming, where consumers pay directly
Bob Iger's surprise announcement that he's stepping down as CEO of Disney and handing the reins over to parks chairman Bob Chapek comes during a time of massive change at the company. For much of its existence, Disney's media business thrived by selling its channels, movies and TV shows through cable networks and other distributors. Over time, that means Disney will become less reliant on the money it collects based on the dwindling pool of cable subscribers and more reliant on selling directly to consumers. Chapek is considered one of Disney's operations experts with a 27-year tenure at the company, which makes him an attractive CEO for the next chapter of Disney. It also helps that he was running Disney's parks and products businesses, which already have a direct relationship with customers.cnbc.com
A fifth of TV time in OTT-enabled homes is spent watching streaming services, report says
Streaming content is taking over America's televisions. According to a new report from Nielsen, 19% of the time consumers spent watching TV in OTT-capable homes in the fourth quarter of 2019 was spent on streaming, whether it was ad-supported or paid subscription services. Thirty-one percent of that streaming time went to Netflix in the fourth quarter of 2019, while 21% was spent watching YouTube, 12% was spent watching Hulu and 8% was spent watching Amazon Prime Video. Twenty-eight percent was spent watching other services. The survey found 96% of respondents aged 18 to 34 subscribed to a paid streaming video service, while 47% of respondents aged 18 to 34 claimed to subscribe to three or more paid services.cnbc.com
Tom Brady's cryptic tweet was just an ad for Hulu
Tom Brady set off a flurry of speculation Thursday when he shared a dramatic-looking black-and-white photograph of himself on Twitter. Onlookers wondered whether the New England Patriots star quarterback was walking toward or away from the camera, and what symbolism that could hold. Turns out, Brady was just hyping up an upcoming spot for Hulu, which aired during the Super Bowl. In the spot, Brady says that "All good things must come to an end" and that "the best just know when to walk away." According to the script they just gave me, Hulu also has your favorite cable channels, plus the greatest shows, movies, and originals of all time."cnbc.com
NBCU's Peacock will have no more than five minutes of ads per hour, even on the free version
Comcast-owned NBCUniversal unveiled details of its new streaming service Peacock on Thursday afternoon, and it promises to be light on ads. Viewers will see fewer than five minutes of ads per hour on both the free version of Peacock and Peacock Premium, the latter of which is included with Comcast and Cox subscriptions but otherwise costs $4.99 per month. Hulu, which is majority-owned by Disney, told CNBC that it shows roughly nine minutes or less of commercials per hour on its $5.99 ad-supported subscription. Tubi, which is free, told CNBC it shows about four minutes of ads per hour. Traditional TV networks show an average of 11 minutes of commercials per hour, according to a December 2018 report by Pivotal Research.cnbc.com
California's new privacy law puts billions worth of personal data under protection
It gives California consumers the ability to request personal data be deleted from a given company, among other protections. The law will make it harder for companies to collect and manage the kind of data about consumers that has powered digital advertising for years. The company doesn't need to be in California but is subject to the law if it collects personal information on that threshold of residents there. According to estimates in the Standardized Regulatory Impact Assessment for the law, CCPA will protect more than $12 billion worth of personal information that's used for advertising in California each year. The groups cited concerns about negative consequences proposed regulations could create for consumers and businesses.cnbc.com
How do Netflix, Hulu stack up lately? What are the most popular shows by state for 2019?
(High Speed Internet)Now let’s get to the most popular Netflix show for each state this year. If you’re wondering how the website got the data, the team said it compiled a list of the most popular shows on Netflix in 2019. (High Speed Internet)“The Umbrella Academy,” by the way, was America’s overall most popular Netflix show in 2019. “Black Mirror” and “The Haunting of Hill House” were the most popular Netflix shows in eight and six states, respectively. Hulu also keeps shows around longer than Netflix.”Hulu also has a live streaming service called Hulu + Live TV.
Hulu debuts a new type of ad that will reward binge-watchers
Hulu said Thursday it's now rolling out a new type of advertising for binge viewers, which will seek to reward them for watching three or more episodes with an offer from a brand or a commercial-free episode. The new binge ads come as advertisers are increasingly seeking ways to reach customers in a way that doesn't annoy them. The platform will serve "contextually relevant messaging from our brand partners that acknowledges a binge watching session has begun." For instance, an example ad for Cheez-It Snap'd snacks reads, "Another episode? Hulu started in 2007 as joint-venture among several major media companies, but is now majority-owned by Disney.cnbc.com
Disney+ could have 20 million subscribers by year-end, says Credit Suisse in raising its estimate
Credit Suisse expects Disney+ to pull in 20 million subscribers before the end of the year as app downloads level out after a post-launch frenzy and total subscriptions beat expectations. Analysts at the firm previously expected Disney's new streaming service to finish the year with 14.3 million subscribers. Bolstered by the successful initial launch, Disney will continue to throw more money behind the streaming service, the analysts expect. Disney managed a successful launch of Disney+ in a crowded sector that will only become more competitive in the months to come. Apple's streaming service Apple TV+ launched earlier this month, but its library is limited to just a handful of shows.cnbc.com
An ode to Bon Appetit magazine’s YouTube channel
The best thing to stream next time you need something to watch is actually on YouTube, and we’re talking about videos on Bon Appetit magazine’s YouTube channel. Bon Appetit has a lot of videos, so it may be a little overwhelming when you first take a glance at the channel. But she does have some tips from the internet and the support from her coworkers, which truly makes “Gourmet Makes” so special and entertaining. Other chefs at Bon Appetit -- Morocco, Molly Baz, Brad Leone and Carla Lalli Music -- have series, as well. The Bon Appetit chefs take you through a recipe and give super helpful tips that you never could get just by reading the recipe from a book or online.