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Disney+ launches its ad-supported tier to compete with Netflix

The day has arrived. Today, Disney+ launched its ad-supported tier, “Disney+ Basic,” at $7.99/month. The plan is currently only available in the U.S. and will become available in other countries s

Cameo now offers kid-friendly personalized videos from CoComelon, Blippi, Thomas the Tank Engine

Cameo today launched Cameo Kids, its new video messaging service that features personalized videos from popular animated characters like Thomas the Tank Engine, JJ, Cody, Cece and Nina from “CoComel

Komi, a landing page tool for content creators, raises $5M seed round

Komi, a personalized website page builder tool for influencers and celebrities to create and customize a landing page to promote their projects, today closed a $5 million seed round led by Contour Ven

Microsoft Teams targets Facebook Groups with new ‘Communities’ feature

Microsoft Teams launched a new “Communities” feature on Android and iOS devices, the company announced today. Users can now create and organize groups with their recreational sports club, event pl

HBO Max comes back to Prime Video Channels

Today, Warner Bros. Discovery and Amazon announced that HBO Max is back on Prime Video Channels in the United States after it left as an Amazon offering in 2021. Prime subscribers can sign up for HBO

YouTube launches its first-ever official trends podcast, ‘Like & Describe,’ with content creator MatPat

YouTube launched its first-ever official trends podcast today, the company announced. Hosted by popular content creator MatPat and produced by YouTube’s Culture & Trends team, the “Like &

Netflix is letting more subscribers preview its films and TV shows, report says

Content is king for streaming services, and Netflix may be going the extra mile to ensure its content is up to par with subscribers. According to The Wall Street Journal, Netflix’s prerelease screen

YouTube acknowledges its iOS app is crashing, says it’s working on a fix

YouTube’s mobile app on iOS devices is currently down for some users. The crashes began on Wednesday afternoon as thousands of iOS users reported the app would close shortly after opening it. Users

Bumble rolls out ‘Compliments,’ a new message-before-match feature

Bumble has experimented with many ways to help its users engage with each other beyond tapping and swiping on miscellaneous profiles. Today, Bumble launched a message-before-match feature, “Complime

Netflix launches 9 more mobile games, including Gameloft’s FarmVille clone

Netflix released nine more mobile games this month, the company announced on Tuesday. The addition of games brings Netflix’s total to over 40 titles, keeping the streamer on track to have more t

Let’s-a-go again with a new ‘The Super Mario Bros. Movie’ trailer

One month after Nintendo debuted its first trailer for “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” the company has revealed yet another trailer — this time giving fans a first look at Princess Peach and Donk

Amazon’s new Alexa feature uses AI to create animated stories on Echo Show

Amazon announced today the launch of “Create with Alexa,” a new AI tool for kids that generates animated stories. The company first revealed the feature in September. “Create with Alexa&#822

YouTube starts testing a quiz feature for community posts

YouTube is experimenting with a new feature that allows creators to add quizzes to their community posts — the social media-style posts for channels that have at least 500 subscribers. The quiz

Hulu subscribers are now able to stream the first two episodes of ‘Andor’

Starting today, November 23, “Star Wars” fans can stream the first two episodes of Disney+’s  “Andor” on Hulu. Just ahead of Thanksgiving in the U.S., Hulu subscribers have access to episod

Apple TV+ series ‘Severance’ gets exclusive ‘innie’ and ‘outie’ vinyl records

Fans of Apple TV+’s popular sci-fi workplace drama, “Severance,” can have their very own Lumon music-dance experience — maracas not included. Starting Wednesday, November 23, online store Mond

How to stream the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the USA

Fans across the globe will be tuning in to the most-watched sporting spectacle — the 2022 FIFA World Cup— set to kick off on Sunday, November 20, with host nation Qatar facing off against

Patreon competitor Fanfix launches ‘SuperLink,’ a link-in-bio platform aimed at Gen Z creators

Fanfix, the Patreon-style platform focused on Gen Z, announced today the launch of SuperLink, a standalone monetization-focused link-in-bio platform that displays a creator’s Fanfix page. Fanfix pre

Discord users can now link their Crunchyroll accounts

Anime streaming service Crunchyroll has partnered with Discord. Starting today, users will be able to display the movie or TV show they’re currently watching on their Discord profile. Crunchyrol

Roku lays off 200 US employees, citing economic conditions

Roku wrote in a new SEC filing that it plans to cut 200 jobs in the U.S. as it braces for economic headwinds. Thanks to the workforce reduction, the company expects to incur a non-recurring charge of

Apple to launch ‘MLS Season Pass’ subscription on February 1

Today, Apple announced the launch date and price of its upcoming subscription service for Major League Soccer (MLS) fans, “MLS Season Pass.” Starting February 1, 2023, subscribers in 100+ countrie
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