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Can I Still Watch Movies and TV During the WGA and SAG-AFTRA Strike?

Jul 21, 2023

Two Hollywood unions are on strike during a standoff with the major studios over payments, residuals, streaming, and artificial intelligence. The strikes come as Hollywood enters the all-important summer blockbuster window with Barbie, Oppenheimer, and Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One screening in theaters.

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More Reality TV and Game Shows—Networks Prepare Strike-Proof Fall

Jul 20, 2023

New episodes of popular broadcast hits will not air this fall. Instead, the schedule will primarily be comprised of unscripted and reality TV. The WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike paused production on numerous shows, and there will not be any new scripted TV until writers and actors achieve a fair contract.

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Streamers Face Revenue Losses, Hike Prices for Viewers

Jul 19, 2023

Netflix removed the $9.99 Basic ad-free tier for viewers, and Peacock increased its prices after deactivating its free tier earlier this year. Streamers hope to draw more ad-tier subscribers with the plan changes and reduce revenue losses from content and the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.

What Is the SAG-AFTRA and WGA Strike About?

Learn more about why SAG-AFTRA and the WGA are striking with our guide.

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Netflix Syndicates HBO Shows, Bringing Them to a Wider Audience

Jul 18, 2023

Five HBO shows, including Insecure, are coming to Netflix and will be available to stream as part of a new co-exclusive agreement with Max. The shows allow HBO’s parent company Warner Bros. Discovery to license content and make extra money for the bottom line.

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What TV Shows and Movies Are Affected by the Actors’ Strike?

Jul 21, 2023

Two months after the Writers Guild went on strike, screen actors are joining the fight and more TV shows and films are shutting down.

Hollywood strike news

Get the latest updates on the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes to find out how it affects your favorite shows and upcoming movies.

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What TV Shows and Movies Are Affected by the Actors’ Strike?

Two months after the Writers Guild went on strike, screen actors are joining the fight and more TV shows and films are shutting down.

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Hollywood Screen Actors Strike, Joining Writers and Further Delaying Fall TV Production

Jul 13, 2023

SAG-AFTRA, the union representing screen actors, is on strike. The strike will immediately shut down numerous productions worldwide and stop any promotional work actors are doing for projects.

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Screen Actors Authorize Strike While Directors Move Closer to a Deal

Jun 6, 2023

The Screen Actors Guild voted overwhelmingly to authorize its first strike since 2000. Two days earlier, the Directors Guild of America reached a tentative agreement for its next contract.

Unions Unite: Hollywood Studios Face Reckoning During Labor Negotiations

May 30, 2023

Since the writers' guild strike began five weeks ago, the major Hollywood unions—representing writers, directors, actors, below-the-line workers, truck drivers, and more—have come together on picket lines. Union support has halted many productions and led to massive rallies nationwide.

What TV Shows and Movies Are Affected by the Writers’ Strike?

Jul 18, 2023

More than 35 Hollywood productions have been affected since the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) went on strike last week. With writers’ rooms pausing, productions shutting down, and picketers disrupting filming, studios are feeling the heat from the strike.

Fall TV schedules impacted by writers' strike

Fall Network Schedule Impacted by Writers’ Guild Strike

May 26, 2023

The writers’ strike has already impacted numerous film and TV productions globally. The fall TV schedule may be next. ABC is the only one of the Big Four networks with a strike-proof schedule. The network is airing unscripted programming and reruns of Abbott Elementary.

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Hollywood Writers Guild Goes On Strike

May 2, 2023

The Writers Guild of America is officially on strike as of Tuesday morning. Pencils are down, and picket lines are starting. The guild’s contract with the major studios—including Disney, Netflix, and Discovery-Warner—has expired.

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Writers Guild of America Authorizes Strike with Overwhelming Support

Apr 17, 2023

The Writers Guild of America voted to authorize a membership strike if the guild fails to reach an agreement with the studios for a new contract by May 1. The deal passed by a wide margin; 97% of voters authorized a strike. Nearly 80% of eligible writers voted in this round.

Industry reports and surveys

We Found the Most Streaming-Obsessed States

May 11, 2023

Using data from Google Trends, we examined the search volume for the top streaming services in all 50 states to find the state that can’t resist streaming all the time.

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78% of Americans Say They’re Not Password Sharers, But Here’s What They Confessed To

Apr 4, 2023

We asked 1,000 Americans a series of ‘never have I ever’ questions to gauge their bad habits while streaming.

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Survey: 87% of Americans Have a “Comfort Show”

Mar 1, 2023

We asked 1,000 people if they have a show they stream when times get tough, and 8 in 10 answered yes.

Read Our Live TV Streaming Customer Satisfaction Survey

Live TV Streaming Customer Satisfaction Survey 2023

Apr 10, 2023

We asked 6,900 real customers what they think about their live TV streaming services.

Read our annual customer satisfaction survey for on-demand streaming

On-Demand Streaming Customer Satisfaction Survey 2023

Apr 12, 2023

We asked 6,900 real customers what they think about their on-demand streaming services.

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Hollywood Screen Actors Strike, Joining Writers and Further Delaying Fall TV Production

Jul 13, 2023

SAG-AFTRA, the union representing screen actors, is on strike. The strike will immediately shut down numerous productions worldwide and stop any promotional work actors are doing for projects.

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Spectrum Customers to Decide Whether to Pay for Sports or Not

Jul 11, 2023

Spectrum will launch Spectrum Select Plus with sports programming and Spectrum Select Signature for the non-sports fan this fall. The new packages allow customers to decide whether to pay for sports content. Providers previously built in sports content to all major TV provider packages.

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Amazon Prime Video Adds to Viewer Confusion with Freevee Content Swap and Potential Ad Tier

Jun 23, 2023

Amid reports of Prime exploring an ad tier for Prime Video, the company is bulking up on Freevee offerings. Freevee, Amazon’s free ad-supported network—already offers exclusive Amazon Prime Video content plus 280 streaming channels.

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Messi Just Made Watching Soccer More Expensive

Jun 20, 2023

Soccer superstar Lionel Messi has agreed to leave Paris Saint-Germain for Major League Soccer club Inter Miami. Messi is one of the most famous soccer players in the world and just won the World Cup with Argentina in the fall.

How to Watch Netflix Tudum, A Global Fan Event

Jun 16, 2023

Netflix’s Tudum global fan event is streaming live from Brazil on Saturday, June 17, 2023. Tune in for info on upcoming seasons of Stranger Things, The Witcher, and more.

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NBA Broadcast Rights Could Lead to Streaming Battle

Jun 15, 2023

NBA media rights come up for sale at the end of the 2024–2025 season, entering a new live sports landscape. Disney and Warner-Bros. Discovery channels air NBA games and will offer first bids on the rights for the next ten years.

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What To Expect When Paramount+ Becomes Paramount+ with SHOWTIME

On June 27, 2023, Paramount+ will become the streaming home to all things SHOWTIME. The standalone SHOWTIME streaming app will eventually be phased out, or “sunsetted,” as we say in the biz.

Studio Ghibli’s New Movie Premieres This July (With No Trailers)

Jul 14, 2023

Hayao Miyazaki’s final Studio Ghibli film, How Do You Live?, is coming to Japanese theaters in July. We’d share the trailer, but there isn’t one—keep reading to learn why.

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Netflix Password-Sharing Crackdown Comes to U.S. Subscribers

Jun 8, 2023

Netflix is cracking down on password sharing in the U.S., emailing customers new guidelines. In addition to regularly priced subscription plans, the company is offering the option to add an extra member to your account for $7.99 a month.

The Apple Vision Pro Will Launch With Disney+

Jun 7, 2023

The Apple Vision Pro is a virtual reality (VR) headset that utilizes augmented reality (AR) to lay virtual screens over a live feed of the real world. Apple claims the product line will revolutionize both the entertainment and business worlds, and Disney is getting in on the ground floor.

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Screen Actors Authorize Strike While Directors Move Closer to a Deal

Jun 6, 2023

The Screen Actors Guild voted overwhelmingly to authorize its first strike since 2000. Two days earlier, the Directors Guild of America reached a tentative agreement for its next contract.

Renfield hits Peacock, Max gets a ‘C’ for conversion, and Cineverse brings Krofft to streaming TV

In this week’s streaming TV news roundup: Renfield hits Peacock, Max scores 70% conversions, and Cineverse announces a Sid & Marty Krofft FAST channel.

Unions Unite: Hollywood Studios Face Reckoning During Labor Negotiations

May 30, 2023

Since the writers' guild strike began five weeks ago, the major Hollywood unions—representing writers, directors, actors, below-the-line workers, truck drivers, and more—have come together on picket lines. Union support has halted many productions and led to massive rallies nationwide.

Fall TV schedules impacted by writers' strike

Fall Network Schedule Impacted by Writers’ Guild Strike

May 26, 2023

The writers’ strike has already impacted numerous film and TV productions globally. The fall TV schedule may be next. ABC is the only one of the Big Four networks with a strike-proof schedule. The network is airing unscripted programming and reruns of Abbott Elementary.

The CW is Dead; Long Live The CW

Jul 14, 2023

The CW’s Fall 2023 lineup is going to look a lot different in the absence of Riverdale and the Arrowverse. Let’s break down the company’s plans for the future, including a heavy focus on reality TV and Canadian imports.

Disney+ Is Removing Original Content on May 26

May 31, 2023

For the first time in history, Disney is removing dozens of Disney+ and Hulu originals from its platforms. It’s time to say goodbye to Willow, The Mysterious Benedict Society, and Y: The Last Man.

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Max Faces User Experience Issues with Launch of New App

May 23, 2023

Max launched today, and viewers ran into issues with the user experience of the redesigned app and interface. Warner Bros. Discovery’s CTO said teams were on standby to help solve any problems customers face.

What TV Shows and Movies Are Affected by the Writers’ Strike?

Jul 18, 2023

More than 35 Hollywood productions have been affected since the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) went on strike last week. With writers’ rooms pausing, productions shutting down, and picketers disrupting filming, studios are feeling the heat from the strike.

Disney Moves to Fully Add Hulu Content to Disney Plus

May 19, 2023

Disney announced a one-app experience in the U.S. for Disney+ and Hulu customers that will roll out by the end of 2023. Currently, Hulu is owned by Disney and Comcast, although Comcast has the option to sell to Disney.

The Witcher Season 3: Release Date and Trailer

Jun 22, 2023

Henry Cavill returns as Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher season 3, coming to Netflix in two parts on June 29 and July 27. Check out the new teaser trailer for your first look at the main cast.

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Freevee Adds Prime Exclusives

May 5, 2023

This year, over 100 Amazon Originals will be available to stream for free on Amazon’s Freevee platform. Freevee will offer new Amazon Originals each month through the Amazon Originals channel on the service.

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9-1-1 Canceled at FOX, Moving to ABC

May 1, 2023

The long-running procedural 9-1-1 is moving from FOX to ABC after the season 6 finale in May. Fox’s decision to cancel and move the show was due to financial reasons and licensing fee costs for the network.

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Peacock Adds 2 Million Subscribers With Strong Movie Releases

Apr 28, 2023

NBCUniversal, which released Peacock numbers on Thursday, reported a bump in subscribers which could be attributed to successful theatrical releases coming to streaming. Universal had a lot of success in the first quarter with theatrical film releases, including Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and M3GAN.

Don Lemon and Tucker Carlson Out at CNN and Fox News

Jun 7, 2023

Fox and CNN announced Tucker Carlson and Don Lemon’s departures on Monday morning. Carlson hosted Tucker Carlson Tonight, and Lemon was a co-host of CNN This Morning. The networks have yet to announce who will replace the hosts.

Matt Mercer Takes Over in New Dimension 20 Spinoff Trailer

May 10, 2023

Get ready for 'The Ravening War,' a new Dimension 20 season set in the world of 'A Crown of Candy' and featuring Critical Role’s Matt Mercer as the Game Master, beginning May 10.

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Amazon and MGM Step Up IP Development

Apr 21, 2023

Amazon closed the deal to acquire MGM in March 2022. MGM’s long catalog of film and TV hits was the main driver of the acquisition. MGM produced classic movies like Robocop, Legally Blonde, Fame, Barbershop, and The Thomas Crowne Affair—all of which could be remade or adapted at Amazon.

Netflix Will Launch Paid Sharing Plans in the US in Coming Months

Apr 18, 2023

Netflix announced plans to roll out its US paid sharing plans in quarter two to crack down on password-sharing. The company also released its first-quarter earnings and added only 100,000 subscribers in the US and Canada, but it has found increased engagement, with "The Night Agent" hitting record viewership.

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Writers Guild of America Authorizes Strike with Overwhelming Support

Apr 17, 2023

The Writers Guild of America voted to authorize a membership strike if the guild fails to reach an agreement with the studios for a new contract by May 1. The deal passed by a wide margin; 97% of voters authorized a strike. Nearly 80% of eligible writers voted in this round.

Star Wars Celebration Reveals New Projects

Apr 14, 2023

Three new Star Wars movies, all set in different eras, were announced at the Star Wars Celebration in London last weekend. Lucasfilm also debuted footage from four new Star Wars TV shows coming to Disney+. Currently, only The Mandalorian and Andor are airing on Disney+. The last time there was a new Star Wars movie was four years ago.

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HBO Max Is Now Just Max

Apr 13, 2023

The long-awaited (and, for some, dreaded) merger of HBO Max and Discovery+ into a single streaming service, Max, will happen on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, a month earlier than previously announced. But, Discovery+ will still be available as a standalone service. Also, Max will offer one less simultaneous stream than HBO Max, but more on a new, pricier tier.

Is VRV Becoming Crunchyroll? Your Questions, Answered

Apr 12, 2023

VRV’s offerings have dwindled in recent years, and Crunchyroll has decided to discontinue the service altogether. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know before the switch happens on May 8.

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Disney and Warner Brothers Mine Old Favorites for New Movies

Apr 7, 2023

At the annual shareholder meeting, Disney announced it’s developing a live-action Moana based on the 2016 hit animated musical. Reports emerged this week of Warners Bros. Discovery looking to close a deal for a Harry Potter series on HBO.

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