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HBO’s ‘The Last of Us’ gets a warm welcome with 4.7M US viewers

“The Last of Us” made its debut last night on HBO and HBO Max. The series premiere garnered 4.7 million U.S. viewers, making it HBO’s second-largest debut since “Boardwalk Empire” premiered

Netflix refreshes its iPhone app with a more fluid design

It’s not just quality content that makes a streaming service stand out amongst its competitors. Improving the user experience is still an integral part of the fight to reduce churn. On Monday, Netfl

YouTube confirms a test of a new hub for free, ad-supported streaming channels

YouTube is officially running a test that allows select viewers in the U.S. to watch free ad-supported (FAST) channels via a dedicated hub on the video platform. Users that have access to the experime

Disney+ releases full trailer for ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 3

Disney+ premiered the latest trailer for Season 3 of “The Mandalorian” last night, giving fans a glimpse at what the bounty hunter and his tiny companion will get into this time. The season will m

HBO Max subscribers can now livestream US national soccer games

HBO Max makes history tonight with its first-ever domestic live sporting event. Starting at 10 p.m. ET, U.S. subscribers can watch the U.S. Women’s Soccer National Team take on the New Zealand team,

HBO’s ‘The Last of Us’ is a video game adaptation that’s actually good

This weekend, HBO and HBO Max will premiere the first episode of “The Last of Us,” a post-apocalyptic thriller based on the popular video game. On Sunday, January 15, it will debut on HBO at 9

DirecTV is the latest pay-TV company to lay off staff amid the ongoing shift to streaming

DirecTV plans to lay off approximately 10% of its management staff, a spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch. The layoffs will be in effect next Friday, January 20. The staff reduction comes as DirecTV,

HBO/HBO Max dominates Golden Globes with most wins

It may have been a weird feeling to watch Golden Globe Awards live on television this year. Last year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the organization that hosts the ceremony, was cri

Netflix gets livestreaming rights to SAG Awards in 2024

Netflix will continue its foray into livestreaming with a new multi-year partnership with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. Beginning in 2024, the award ceremony will be broadcast live on the stre

Comcast’s Xfinity Stream app adds support for Apple’s AirPlay

Xfinity announced today that customers using the Xfinity Stream app can now use Apple AirPlay to stream and share content directly to Apple TV 4K and other AirPlay-supported devices, such as Samsung s

Roblox may arrive on Meta Quest later this year

It appears that Roblox, a major player in the metaverse space, could be getting its moment to shine on Meta’s virtual reality headset. According to The Verge’s Command Line newsletter, sources say

Tinder and other Match dating apps will offer in-app tips on avoiding romance scams

Match Group, the parent company to dating apps Tinder, Hinge, Match, Plenty of Fish, Meetic and OurTime, among others, announced today the launch of a new campaign that will introduce in-app messages

Anime streaming services to try in 2023

Anime as a genre is always expanding, and with the streaming market growing just as quickly, it can be a hassle to find an anime streaming service that works for you. Whether you want to watch newer a

Apple Maps teams up with parking app SpotHero to give users access to 8K parking options

Apple Maps launched a new parking feature that provides users with parking options and availability near a specific destination. In partnership with the digital parking reservation platform, SpotHero,

What each streaming service has up its sleeve in 2023

Major streaming services have upped their game in 2022 with the launch of ad-supported tiers, new live sports deals, hugely successful original series and more. As the streaming wars continue to heat

Netflix’s ‘Wednesday’ gets a second season

After surpassing 1.02 billion total hours viewed in the third week of its debut, Netflix’s “Wednesday” has been renewed for a second season, the company announced today. The series originally pr

Roku ends 2022 with new milestone, tops 70M active accounts

Roku reached a new milestone in 2022, the company announced today, surpassing 70 million active accounts globally, an increase of nearly 10 million users year over year. The company had 60.1 million a

TikTok users now have access to in-app movie and TV pages powered by IMDb

Through a partnership with online movie database IMDb, TikTok launched a new feature that allows users to tag a movie or TV show in their video. The link directs viewers to a dedicated in-app page wit

Vimeo enters 2023 with a round of layoffs impacting 11% of employees

Vimeo rings in the new year with another round of layoffs, affecting 11% of its workforce. In an email to staff today, CEO Anjali Sud cited an “uncertain economic environment” as the reason for th

Netflix vs. Hulu: Which offers better value?

As streaming services continue to hike their prices, cord-cutters have found it harder to manage their growing subscription bills. Hulu was the most recent to announce a price increase, along with Dis
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