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Reddit partners with Netflix to give Redditors ‘Stranger Things’ custom avatars

The social network Reddit unveiled new custom avatars inspired by Netflix’s “Stranger Things” characters ahead of the anticipated season four premiere this Friday, May 27. This is the first part

SiriusXM acquires Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco podcast company for $150 million

SiriusXM Holdings, Inc. announced the acquisition of Team Coco today, the Conan O’Brien-led podcast network and digital media business. The $150 million deal (valuation first reported by The Wall St

Premium streaming subscriptions continue to increase despite Netflix’s downfall

If you’ve been following Netflix lately, then you’d know the streamer is on shaky ground at the moment. Antenna data reveals that Netflix saw 3.6 million subscription cancellations in the first qu

Eva Longoria and Chris Wallace CNN+ shows will move to HBO Max and CNN

Programming that was originally meant to live on the now-shuttered streamer CNN+ will now move over to CNN and HBO Max, Warner Bros. Discovery announced today at its first Upfront presentation for adv

Netflix lays off 150 staffers, citing slowing revenue growth

Netflix confirmed it’s laid off approximately 150 primarily U.S.-based staffers as it works to rein in costs as its top-line growth has slowed down. A Netflix representative wrote in an emailed

Amazon’s free streaming service Freevee launches on Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD

The free ad-supported streaming service (FAST), Amazon Freevee (formerly IMDb TV) announced that the Freevee app is now available through the App Store on Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD. After recently u

Disney+ promises a light ad load and zero commercials for preschoolers on new ad-supported tier

The Walt Disney Company announced two months ago that it would be offering an ad-supported tier. While questions remain about the plan, such as pricing and launch date, we now know that Disney+ is kee

Virtual product placement ads are coming to Amazon Prime Video and Peacock

Announced at this month’s NewFronts, Amazon and Peacock demonstrated new ad formats that use similar virtual product placement (VPP) tools, a post-production technique for inserting a brand into

Apple TV+’s ‘For All Mankind’ season three trailer drops, teasing a space race to Mars

Apple TV+ released the trailer for season three of “For All Mankind,” which returns to the service on Friday, June 10, featuring 10 weekly episodes. By altering historical events, the dram

Netflix subscribers may be getting a livestreaming option for unscripted shows and stand-up specials

Netflix reportedly has plans to roll out livestreaming — a capability that could bring an entirely new value for the streamer as it experiences a major slump in subscriber growth. This is in the

Hulu partners with Xbox to bring PC Gamers free games in a bundle deal

Hulu and Xbox have announced a partnership deal that gives existing U.S. Hulu subscribers three free months of PC Game Pass as part of the Hulu “Friends with Benefits” initiative. The move

Roku rolls out a premium bundle combining the Roku Ultra and its Voice Remote Pro

Roku is making its top-of-the-line device a better deal as competition with Fire TV heats up. The company today announced that its high-end Roku Ultra (originally $89) will now include the Roku Voice

After Netflix’s tough quarter, Disney+ gains 7.9M more subscribers to reach 138M total

The Walt Disney Company reported earnings for its second fiscal quarter ended April 2, 2022, announcing a 7.9 million increase of subscribers for Disney+, which brings the total to 137.9 million subs.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment acquires Redbox for $375M to accelerate its streaming business

Crackle owner Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, an ad-supported video-on-demand streaming company, acquired Redbox Entertainment, the operator of 38,000 DVD rental kiosks, for $375 million, com

YouTube TV brings more Spanish-language programming with new Spanish Plan & Spanish Plus add-on

As promised back in September 2021, YouTube TV has added two Spanish-language options: the Spanish Plan and the add-on, Spanish Plus. While the two new options sound similar, there are some key differ

Discovery+ becomes The Roku Channel Premium Subscription’s first ad-supported plan offering

Roku and Warner Bros. Discovery announced today that discovery+ has launched as a Premium Subscription on The Roku Channel. Discovery+ will add its 70,000 episodes of network shows along with over 200

Netflix could introduce its ad-supported plan as soon as this year

After years of denying the possibility of advertising on the streaming platform, Netflix is wasting no time getting the ball rolling on its lower-priced ad-supported tier, which could appear on the pl

US podcast ad revenue to reach $2 billion in 2022 and top $4 billion by 2024, study says

In the last year or so, the podcast advertising industry has turned a corner. According to the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PwC’s 2021 U.S. Podcast Advertising Revenue Study, the next tw

ESPN+ debuts ‘McEnroe vs. McEnroe’ the first-ever tennis match between a real person and their virtual avatar

Premiering on ESPN+, Michelob Ultra, in collaboration with tech and production company Unit 9, presents “McEnroe vs. McEnroe,” the world’s first tennis match to feature a real person versus a vi

IMDb launches new interactive gaming app ‘What to Watch’ on Amazon Fire TV

Searching for something to watch can often feel like a chore. Today, IMDb will launch a free IMDb What to Watch app for Fire TV, exclusively to users in the U.S., that gives customized movie and TV se
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