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Quibi founder blames pandemic for disappointing launch

According to an interview in the New York Post, Quibi’s failings are all because of the coronavirus pandemic. We disagree.

Founder, Jeffrey Katzenberg said in the interview that Quibi’s launch was disappointing.

His reasoning is that Quibi was made for smartphones, but while people are sheltering at home, they want big-screen entertainment.

Quibi, which currently has an estimated 3.5 million installs is having a big-screen mode built and Katzenberg is clearly putting all his hopes on it.

However, we don’t think that will save this streaming service.

CHECK OUT: The best shows on Quibi, the mobile-only streaming service.

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Mr. Katzenberg’s Amazing Resume

Jeffrey Katzenberg was the chairman of Walt Disney Studios back when they made good content like Aladdin (1992), The Lion King (1994), and The Little Mermaid (1989) — don’t knock it, Sebastian’s cool.

Any investor looking at Katzenberg’s resume would be throwing money at him after just Walt Disney. Yet, the man went on to be the co-founder of a little company called Dreamworks.

At Dreamworks, he oversaw the Shrek franchise, Kung Fu Panda franchise, and How to Train Your Dragon franchise.

Mr. Katzenberg is top billing but he’s wrong about Quibi. It’s not a pandemic problem. It’s “who gives a s***” problem.

CHECK OUT: Tiger King movie rumors and a damning Quibi verdict one week in.

Quibi’s Disappointing Launch

FACT: Quibi is trying to challenge the content that people binge on social media. They’re putting big-budget productions together to be consumed in little bits.

On the surface, it sounds smart, but having subscribed, and used it for about three-days total, the issue is obvious.

It cannot rival social media for attention.

The reason people binge on social media is because of the eclectic, personal, and infinite nature of its content.

We’re confident in time Mr. Katzenberg will figure it out but it’s unlikely that Quibi will ever make a recovery without doing something bold.

CHECK OUT: Netflix, the best movies and shows streaming May 2020.

“Tiger King” reportedly getting a new episode on Netflix

Great news cats and kittens, Netflix’s Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness is reportedly getting a new episode.

The big reveal comes by way of Los Angeles Dodgers Justin Turner. The Third Baseman posted a video on Twitter from G.W. Zoo owner and docuseries rogue Jeff Lowe.

Netflix have yet to comment or confirm this.

CHECK OUT: Our Binge Kill Chill podcast episode dedicated to Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries.

Who is Jeff Lowe?

If you haven’t seen the docuseries, Jeff Lowe was charged for putting tiger cubs into luggage, wheeling them into hotels, and using them to encourage women to have sex with him and his wife. In his own words, “a little pussy gets you a lot of pussy.”

Lowe’s quote sums up Netflix’s Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness perfectly. It’s a seven-part docuseries about unbelievable people doing and saying unbelievable things — and Jeff Lowe isn’t even in the top 5 of “WTF” people in the show.

CHECK OUT: What’s new on Netflix in April.

A tweet reveal

In Turner’s tweeted video, Lowe says “Netflix is adding one more episode. It will be next week. We’re filming here tomorrow.”

If they’re only just recording, as Jeff Lowe states, it’s unlikely to hit Netflix any time soon. But when it does, consider us excited to see more Tiger King.

The best show on TV

Since Tiger King premiered on March 20th it has topped Rotten Tomatoes‘ most popular TV shows list, beating Ozark Season 3, Westworld Season 3, and Better Call Saul Season 5. This is despite only scoring a 92% from critics and 89% from the audience.

The biggest proof its the best show on TV right now is that it has been embraced at a time when the world is in a pandemic. If it’s not a new meme about the coronavirus, it’s a new meme about the Tiger King. It really is talked about online a lot.

CHECK OUT: Our Top 10 list of the best shows on TV, kept up to date each month as new shows premiere.

Who is the Tiger King?

The Tiger King is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, or as he’s better known ‘Joe Exotic’. This mullet-wearing, homosexual, polyamorous, gun-wielding, redneck from Oklahoma has become an internet legend. This is despite currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for animal cruelty and a murder-for-hire plot against Carole Baskin, a big cat sanctuary owner in the docuseries, who ends up the shows most hated.

The docuseries tells the story of Joe Exotic’s and Carole Baskin’s rivalry, introducing countless new characters and twists to a tale that’s stranger than fiction. If you haven’t watched Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness you really should.

New on Hulu April 2020 including “Parasite”

If you want to know what’s new on Hulu this April, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll be able to stream the award-winning Parasite, Blazing Saddles, plus the classic Stephen King adaptation Misery. Yet, if you’re like us, streaming junkies, you’ll be most interested in their originals.

The only original newly streaming in April on Hulu is Season 3 of Seth Rogan’s comedy Future Man. The final season premieres on April 3rd.

Find out what else is new on Hulu this April below.

CHECK OUT: The best Stephen King adaptations streaming now.

TV Shows coming to Hulu

  • April 1st
    • Abukicho Sherlock: Season 1
    • 60 Days In: Narcoland: Season 1
    • 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?: Season 4
    • Alone: Season 6
    • Breaking Amish: Seasons 2 & 3
    • Bring It!: Season 5
    • Chopped: Season 36
    • Cutthroat Kitchen: Season 12
    • Dance Moms: Seasons 2 & 6
    • Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives: Seasons 27 – 29
    • Dr. Pimple Popper: Season 3
    • Fast N’ Loud: Season 13
    • Fixer Upper: Special
    • Forged in Fire: Season 6
    • Gold Medal Families: Season 1
    • Hidden Potential: Season 1
    • House Hunters: Season 120
    • Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole: Season 1
    • Little Women: Atlanta: Season 5
    • Little Women: L.A.: Seasons 7 & 8
    • Love It or List It: Season 14
    • Married at First Sight: Season 9
    • Marrying Millions: Season 1
    • Property Brothers: Seasons 10 & 11
    • Taken at Birth: Season 1
    • The Family Chantel: Season 1
    • The Food That Built America: Season 1
    • The Kitchen: Complete 16 – 18
    • Til Death Do Us Part: Season 1
    • TRANsitioning: Season 1
  • April 3rd
    • Future Man: Season 3 (Hulu Original)
    • Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell: Season 4
    • Siren: Season 3 Premiere
  • April 6th
    • Too Cautious Hero: Season 1
  • April 7th
    • No Guns Life: Season 1
  • April 9th
    • Who Wants to be a Millionaire?: Series Premiere
    • Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life: Season 2a
  • April 10th
    • Real Housewives of Potomac: Season 4
  • April 12th
    • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Season 9B
    • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic en Español: Season 9B
  • April 14th
    • The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart: Series Premiere
    • The Baker and the Beauty: Series Premiere
    • Songland: Season 2 Premiere
  • April 15th
    • Mrs. America: Series Premiere
    • The Masked Singer: Sing-Along Spectacular: Special
  • April 16th
    • What We Do In The Shadows: Season 2 Premiere
  • April 22nd
    • Special-7: Season 1

CHECK OUT: The 10 shows we can’t wait to watch on Quibi in April.

Movies coming to Hulu

  • April 1st
    • The Ant Bully
    • Bangkok Dangerous
    • Bend It Like Beckham
    • Blazing Saddles
    • The Book Of Eli
    • The Boost
    • The Chumscrubber
    • Diary of a Hitman
    • Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who
    • Dr. T. and the Women
    • The Eternal
    • Free Birds
    • The Full Monty
    • Fun in Acapulco
    • Gator
    • Get Smart
    • Gods and Monsters
    • Gorky Park
    • Hud
    • Kill Bill: Volume 1 and 2
    • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
    • Let Me In
    • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
    • The Mexican
    • Misery
    • Moll Flanders
    • Phone Booth
    • Repentance
    • Risky Business
    • Romancing the Stone
    • The Jewel of the Nile
    • The Sender
    • Shirley Valentine
    • Spider-Man
    • Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story
    • Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter
    • Who Let The Dogs Out
    • The X-Files: I Want to Believe
    • Zombieland
  • April 8th
    • Parasite (2019)
  • April 9th
    • Little Joe
  • April 14th
    • Vault
    • Unlocked
  • April 15th
    • A Teacher
    • The Messenger
  • April 16th
    • Harry Benson: Shoot First
  • April 20th
    • Paranormal Activity 3
    • A Kind of Murder
  • April 23rd
    • Cunningham
  • April 24th
    • Abominable 
  • April 29th
    • Footloose (2011)

CHECK OUT: What’s on Netflix in April, including After Life Season 2’s release date.

What’s leaving Hulu in April

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Credit: 20th Century Fox / 28 Days Later is leaving Hulu in April
  • April 30th
    • My Best Friend’s Wedding
    • American Buffalo
    • Cinderfella
    • Golden Gate
    • The Bellboy
    • The Patsy
    • The Tenant
    • Unforgettable
    • Buffalo 66
    • Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter
    • Still Smokin’ 
    • Earth Girls Are Easy
    • Judgment Day 
    • Lord of War 
    • National Lampoon’s Dirty Movie, and Dorm Daze 2: College @ Sea 
    • Southie
    • The Last Stand 
    • The Spy Next Door 
    • 28 Days Later
    • Robin Hood 
    • The Last Warrior
    • Say Anything
    • Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason, and Bridget Jones’s Baby
    • For Colored Girls
    • The Man Who Could Cheat Death 
    • John Q
    • National Lampoon’s Vacation, Christmas Vacation, European Vacation, and Vegas Vacation 

Now you know what’s new on Hulu this April, what will you be watching?

CHECK OUT: Verdicts on HBO’s new shows including Westworld Season 3 and The Plot Against America.

New on Amazon Prime Video April 2020 including “Bosch” Season 6

If you want to know what’s new on Amazon Prime Video this April, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll be able to stream all the classic James Bond movies in 4k, Rambo: Last Blood, and Hotel Artemis. Yet, if you’re like us, streaming junkies, you’ll be most interested in their originals.

Standouts include Tales from the Loop Season 1 and Bosch Season 6, releasing on the 3rd and 17th respectively.

Find out what else is new on Amazon Prime Video this April below.

CHECK OUT: Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness is 2020’s must-watch TV.

Amazon Prime Video Originals

  • April 3rd
    • Invisible Life (Amazon Prime Movie)
    • Tales From the Loop: Season 1 (Amazon Prime Series)
  • April 10th
    • Les Misérables (Amazon Prime Movie)
  • April 17th
    • Selah and the Spades (Amazon Prime Movie)
    • Bosch: Season 6 (Amazon Prime Series)
    • Dino Dana: Season 3B (Amazon Prime Series)

CHECK OUT: What’s on Netflix in April, including After Life Season 2’s release date.

Everything else coming to Netflix in April

  • April 1st
    • A View to a Kill (4K UHD)
    • Bangkok Dangerous
    • Bird Of Paradise
    • Blind Husbands
    • Broken Blossoms
    • Daniel Boone
    • Diamonds Are Forever (4K UHD)
    • Diary Of A Hitman
    • Die Another Day (4K UHD)
    • Dishonored Lady
    • Dollface
    • Dr. No (4K UHD)
    • Dr. T & The Women
    • Drums In The Deep South
    • For Your Eyes Only (4K UHD)
    • From Russia with Love (4K UHD)
    • Gator
    • Gods And Monsters
    • Goldeneye (4K UHD)
    • Goldfinger (4K UHD)
    • Gorky Park
    • Hotel Artemis
    • I Am Legend
    • Licence to Kill (4K UHD)
    • Live and Let Die (4K UHD)
    • Mark Of Zorro
    • Moonraker (4K UHD)
    • Mutiny
    • Never Say Never Again (4K UHD)
    • Octopussy (4K UHD)
    • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (4K UHD)
    • Repentance
    • Shirley Valentine
    • Son Of Monte Cristo
    • Tarzan The Fearless
    • The Bodyguard
    • The Boost
    • The Brothers Grimm
    • The Chumscrubber
    • The Hoodlum
    • The Living Daylights (4K UHD)
    • The Lost World
    • The Man with the Golden Gun (4K UHD)
    • The New Adventures Of Tarzan
    • The Sender
    • The Spy Who Loved Me (4K UHD)
    • The World is Not Enough (4K UHD)
    • Thunderball (4K UHD)
    • Tomorrow Never Dies (4K UHD)
    • You Only Live Twice (4K UHD)
  • April 10th
    • Rambo: Last Blood
  • April 14th
    • Vault
  • April 16th
    • The Lighthouse
  • April 20th
    • Paranormal Activity 3
  • April 29th
    • Footloose (2011)

Now you know what’s new on Amazon Prime Video this April, what will you be watching?

CHECK OUT: Verdicts on HBO’s new shows including Westworld Season 3 and The Plot Against America.

New on Netflix April 2020 including “After Life” Season 2

If you want to know what’s new on Netflix this April, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll be able to stream the Lethal Weapon tetralogy, Olympus Has Fallen, and Taxi Driver this month. Yet, if you’re like us streaming junkies, you’ll be most interested in their originals.

Standouts include After Life Season 2 and Extraction, both releasing on April 24th. The Last Kingdom Season 4 also returns to Netflix on April 26th.

Find out what else is new on Netflix this April below.

CHECK OUT: How to use Netflix Party during isolation and the best movies to watch.

Netflix Originals

  • April 1st
    • David Batra: Elefanten I Rummet (Netflix Comedy Special)
    • How to Fix a Drug Scandal (Netflix Documentary)
    • The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show (Netflix Comedy Special)
    • Nailed It!: Season 4 (Netflix Original)
    • Sunderland ‘Til I Die: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
April 1st, How to Fix a Drug Scandal (Netflix)
  • April 3rd
    • Coffee & Kareem (Netflix Film)
    • La casa de papel: Part 4 (Netflix Original)
    • Money Heist: The Phenomenon (Netflix Film)
    • Spirit Riding Free: Riding Academy (Netflix Family)
    • StarBeam (Netflix Family)
  • April 6th
    • The Big Show Show (Netflix Family)
  • April 7th
    • Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020: Part 3 (Netflix Original)
  • April 9th
    • Hi-Score Girl: Season 2 (Netflix Anime)
  • April 10th
    • Brews Brothers (Netflix Original)
    • LA Originals (Netflix Documentary)
    • La vie scolaire (Netflix Film)
    • Love Wedding Repeat (Netflix Film)
    • The Main Event (Netflix Film)
    • Tigertail (Netflix Film)
  • April 14th
    • Chris D’Elia: No Pain (Netflix Comedy Special)
  • April 15th
    • The Innocence Files (Netflix Documentary)
    • Outer Banks (Netflix Original)
  • April 16th
    • Fary: Hexagone: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
    • Fauda: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
  • April 17th
    • Betonrausch (Netflix Film)
    • #blackAF (Netflix Original)
    • Earth and Blood (La terre et le sang) (Netflix Film)
    • The Last Kids on Earth: Book 2 (Netflix Family)
    • Legado en los huesos (Netflix Film)
    • Sergio (Netflix Film)
    • Too Hot to Handle (Netflix Original)
  • April 20th
    • Cooked with Cannabis (Netflix Original)
    • The Midnight Gospel (Netflix Original)
  • April 21st
    • Middleditch & Schwartz (Netflix Comedy Special)
  • April 22nd
    • Absurd Planet (Netflix Original)
    • Circus of Books (Netflix Documentary)
    • El silencio del pantano (Netflix Film)
    • The Plagues of Breslau (Netflix Film)
    • The Willoughbys (Netflix Film)
    • Win the Wilderness (Netflix Original)
  • April 23rd
    • The House of Flowers : Season 3 (Netflix Original)
  • April 24th
    • After Life: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
    • Extraction (Netflix Film)
    • Hello Ninja: Season 2 (Netflix Family)
    • Yours Sincerely, Kanan Gill (Netflix Comedy Special)
April 24th, After Life Season 1 trailer (Netflix)
  • April 26th
    • The Last Kingdom: Season 4 (Netflix Original)
  • April 27th
    • Never Have I Ever (Netflix Original)
  • April 29th
    • A Secret Love (Netflix Documentary)
    • Extracurricular (Netflix Original)
    • Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story (Netflix Documentary)
    • Nadiya’s Time to Eat (Netflix Original)
    • Summertime (Netflix Original)
  • April 30th
    • Dangerous Lies (Netflix Film)
    • Drifting Dragons (Netflix Anime)
    • The Forest of Love: Deep Cut (Netflix Original)
    • Rich in Love (Ricos de Amor) (Netflix Film)
    • The Victims’ Game (Netflix Original)

CHECK OUT: Verdicts on HBO’s latest shows, including The Plot Against America and Westworld Season 3.

Everything else coming to Netflix in April

  • April 1st
    • 40 Days and 40 Nights
    • Bloodsport
    • Cadillac Records
    • Can’t Hardly Wait
    • Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke
    • Community: Season 1-6
    • Deep Impact
    • God’s Not Dead
    • Just Friends
    • Killer Klowns from Outer Space
    • Kim’s Convenience: Season 4
    • Lethal Weapon, Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3, and Lethal Weapon 4
    • Minority Report
    • Molly’s Game
    • Mortal Kombat
    • Mud
    • Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon: S3: Sun & Moon – Ultra Legends
    • Promised Land
    • Road to Perdition
    • Salt
    • School Daze
    • Sherlock Holmes
    • Soul Plane
    • Sunrise in Heaven
    • Taxi Driver
    • The Death of Stalin
    • The Girl with All the Gifts
    • The Hangover
    • The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions
    • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    • The Roommate
    • The Runaways
    • The Social Network
    • Wildling
April 1st, Taxi Driver (on Netflix)
  • April 2nd
    • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    • Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll
  • April 4th
    • Angel Has Fallen
  • April 5th
    • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • April 16th
    • Despicable Me
    • Hail, Caesar!
    • Jem and the Holograms
  • April 18th
    • The Green Hornet
  • April 20th
    • The Vatican Tapes
  • April 21st
    • Bleach: The Assault and The Bount
    • Middleditch & Schwartz: Dream Job, Law School Magic, and Parking Lot Wedding
  • April 25th
    • The Artist
    • Django Unchained
  • April 27th
    • Battle: Los Angeles

CHECK OUT: The 10 shows we’ll be watching Day 1 on new streaming service Quibi.

What’s leaving Netflix in March

  • April 4th
    • American Odyssey: Season 1
  • April 8th
    • Movie 43
  • April 15th
    • 21 & Over
  • April 16th
    • Lost Girl: Season 1-5
  • April 17th
    • Big Fat Liar
  • April 19th
    • The Longest Yard
  • April 24th
    • The Ugly Truth
  • April 29th
    • National Treasure
  • April 30th
    • A Cinderella Story
    • A Little Princess
    • A Nightmare on Elm Street
    • Blade Runner: The Final Cut
    • The Craft
    • Crash
    • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    • The Dirty Dozen
    • Dirty Harry
    • Driving Miss Daisy
    • Friday the 13th
    • Good Burger
    • GoodFellas
    • The Hangover
    • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
    • Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
    • Police Academy 1 – 7
    • Rosemary’s Baby
    • Rounders
    • Scream 2 and 3
    • The Shawshank Redemption
    • Space Jam
    • Spy Kids
    • Step Brothers
    • Strictly Ballroom
    • The Talented Mr. Ripley
    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    • True Grit
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Credit: Goodfellas/WarnerBros

Now you know what’s new on (and what’s leaving) Netflix this April, what will you be watching?

CHECK OUT: Apple TV+’s Amazing Stories and the best virus-inspired movies.

Quibi: The 10-minute streaming service and why it’s relevant

Quibi is a new streaming service that launches April 6, 2020. Its unique selling point is that every movie, documentary, or series episode is 10-minutes max. This short-form entertainment and the creative talent $1.75 billion in funding buys, positions Quibi to challenge on its platform of choice — the smartphone.

CHECK OUT: The best free streaming platforms available right now.

Who Quibi is for?

The name Quibi is a mash-up of Quick Bites and Big Stories. We already know short-form content is massively popular because people binge for hours on it via social media and YouTube.

This is why Quibi will become a dominant streaming service in the future. Especially with younger audiences who consume the majority of their content via smartphones and social platforms.

CHECK OUT: The free movies you can watch right now on YouTube.

Who are Quibi’s competitors?

Quibi is headed up by Jeffrey Katzenberg, the former chairman of Walt Disney Studios and DreamWorks. He told Vulture “Nobody has made [premium] content that was native to, and only for, the phone.” This makes it clear Quibi isn’t trying to compete with Netflix and Co.

Katzenberg also told Vanity Fair who Quibi was targeting, “Our [service] is exclusively about what you do from 7am to 7pm on your phone. And what you’re doing today, if you’re in our core demographic of 25 to 35-year-olds, you’re actually watching 60-70 min of YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.” It’s obvious Quibi wants to take views away from those platforms by making big-budget versions of what trends.

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Credit: Quibi

What is on Quibi?

Over its first year, Quibi will launch 175 shows including scripted and unscripted content. It will cover drama, comedy, documentaries, reality TV, and even interactive shows. This content will be broken down into three categories.

  • Lighthouses: Scripted titles with two hour seasons that are split into multiple 10-minute chapters.
  • Quick bites: Unscripted titles including reality TV and quiz shows.
  • Daily Essentials: News and lifestyle content.

Check out the teaser trailers for Quibi shows below:

How much does Quibi cost monthly?

The one hurdle Quibi faces is that it costs $4.99 with ads and $7.99 without, per month. It might be a big hurdle but one that is possibly mitigated by the stars involved in upcoming content, including Steven Spielberg, Justin Timberlake, Bill Murray, Jennifer Lopez, John Travolta, and many more.

Will you be checking out Quibi come April 6?

CHECK OUT: Steven Spielberg’s most iconic movies.

YouTube TV loses live sports networks from Sinclair Broadcast Group

YouTube TV won’t carry Fox Sports Regional Networks and the YES Network after reaching a contract negotiations impasse with Sinclair Broadcast Group.

The cord-cutting TV provider announced the news via Twitter in a thread on Thursday:

Yes, Sinclair is indeed powerful, and is evidently keen on clinging to the traditional pay-TV model that suits them. Instead of adapting with the times, they must have made shortsighted demands — based on YouTube’s rhetoric — that’ll backfire in the long run.

YouTube TV throws shade at sports providers

Whoever runs that social media feed didn’t thinly veil their feelings on the matter whatsoever.

Lots of angry sports fan tweeters are saying they’ll immediately cancel their YouTube TV subscriptions. Should that actually come to pass, expect it to be a short-term trend.

YouTube is ubiquitous and has been a video hosting platform for years. They’re backed by Google. Losing the regional networks may be tough, yet there are bigger things on the horizon.

There will be a Streaming Wars battle for a piece of the massive NFL pie. After the league sorts through the new CBA, TV rights will be on the table. YouTube has been talking to the league about NFL Sunday Ticket rights. The same goes for Apple TV+. Amazon already streams the NFL on Prime Video.

Those NFL pay-TV deals simply can’t last forever. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, too. All major sports will deal with this in the coming years.

Sinclair stays status quo

YouTube TV loses live sports networks from Sinclair Broadcast Group
Credit: Donald Trung Quoc Don, Wikimedia Commons

Every media company has a certain bias or agenda, as does every individual in said media company.

But for such a pro-democracy collection of local news providers, aimed at truth and, presumably, the first Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that explicitly establishes freedom of the press, Sinclair’s run a little…well, counter to that.

Let’s bring in Joss Whedon, who has cool movies streaming such as Marvel’s The Avengers on Disney+. He cited Deadspin in shedding some light on Sinclair a while back:

Sports are obviously separate from all this political coverage, yet the eerie, groupthink mentality is markedly similar in spirit to what happened with Sinclair and YouTube TV with sports.

YouTube TV is going to be just fine in the sports media game. I enjoy watching games on Fox Sports and the YES Network. Heck, the latter is home to the legendary New York Yankees!

Whoever is in charge of their rights should probably embrace the inevitable cord-cutting era sooner rather than later. Refusing to agree with YouTube is a bold move, even if it means better business for now.

The streaming sales tax on intangible services is ironic and dangerous

If you subscribe to premium services like Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ et al, expect to pay more soon. There is a 6% sales tax exclusively for streaming which is already active across half the country. For those not currently paying, your state is pushing for it so expect to be paying another tax soon.

CHECK OUT: Massive consumer spending will escalate streaming wars.

How much should I be worried in dollars?

In the grand scheme of things, 6% on Netflix’s $15 monthly fee is $0.90. It isn’t a big deal, and even with several premium streaming services ,you’ll end up only paying an extra $5 to $10. The good thing about streaming is that it’s easy to cut a service. However, paying even $0.90 is ironic.

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The irony of the sales tax

The sales tax has never impacted intangible goods and services before, but because of the popularity of streaming, the government wants in. If these taxed funds end up improving education, the police and fire services, it’s worthwhile, yet it still leaves a horrible taste in the back of my mouth.

Why is this sales tax enforced on us while behemoth tech and entertainment companies pay nothing at all?

CHECK OUT: Cable ratings prove pay TV is DOA in 2020.

The dangers of an intangible services tax

This nickel-and-diming of consumers is illogical when massive companies get away with paying nothing in taxes. Putting that aside, the issue is that politics is a divisive topic, one we don’t want to get entangled with. Instead, we’re concerned by what gets taxed next.

Streaming is a simple technical pastime, just like social media, online gaming, and other digital distractions. If a state can tax Netflix, how long until they tax our other digital subscriptions and transactions, from online gaming to SaaS?

At the end of the day, if every intangible service is hit with a 6% tax, it will become a huge monthly burden.

CHECK OUT: Reaction to streaming piracy crackdown is disturbing.

New on Amazon Prime Video this month (March 2020)

If you want to know what’s on Amazon Prime Video this March, you’ve come to the right place.

Whether you’re looking for a zombie-virus horror like The Crazies, something supernatural like Pet Sematary (2019) or a stoner remake like the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, Prime has you covered.

If you’re like us streaming-junkies, though, you’ll be most interested in their originals. Amazon has six new shows coming in March, including Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse. This series follows a man whose name is on a list found inside the shoe of a dead woman. His investigation leads him to the home of three rumored witches. Watch the official trailer here.

Find out what else is new on Amazon Prime Video this March below.

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Amazon Prime Video Originals

  • March 6th
    • ZeroZeroZero: Season 1 (Amazon Series)
  • March 11th
    • The Test: A New Era for Australia’s Team: Season 1 (Amazon Series)
  • March 13th
    • Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse: Season 1 (Amazon Series)
    • Jessy & Nessy: Season 1 (Amazon Series)
  • March 20th
    • Blow the Man Down (Amazon Movie)
  • March 27th
    • Making the Cut: Season 1 (Amazon Series)

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Everything else coming to Prime

  • March 1st
    • Abduction
    • Cantinflas
    • Chilly Dogs
    • Danny Roane: First Time Director
    • Deck The Halls
    • Destiny Turns On The Radio
    • Eyes Of An Angel
    • Going The Distance
    • Good Morning, Killer
    • Henry’s Crime
    • Hide
    • Hornets Nest
    • Innocent
    • Kung Fu Panda
    • Lady In A Cage
    • Man On A Ledge
    • Night Of The Living Dead and Night Of The Living Dead: Resurrection
    • Patrick Melrose: Season 1
    • Richard The Lionheart
    • Ricochet
    • Route 9
    • Silent Tongue
    • Silent Witness
    • Spinning Into Butter
    • Standing In The Shadows Of Motown
    • Tenderness
    • The Cooler
    • The Crazies
    • The Descent and The Descent: Part 2
    • The Skull
    • Wayne’s World 2
  • March 8th
    • Show Dogs
  • March 13th
    • Jay and Silent Bob Reboot
  • March 19th
    • Pet Sematary
  • March 21st
    • I See You
  • March 23rd
    • A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011)
    • Luther: Season 5
  • March 30th
    • Santee
Amazon Prime Video March
Credit: Luther, BBC

Now you know what’s on Amazon Prime Video this March, what will you be watching?

CHECK OUT: The final season of Bosch is scheduled. If you haven’t watched it and love cop drama, add it to your watchlist now.

New on Disney+ this month

If you want to know what’s on Disney+ this March, you’ve come to the right place.

Marvel’s Black Panther finally lands on Disney+, having just left Netflix. It’s not alone, either. The fantasy A Wrinkle in Time also becomes available, along with the high-octane guinea pig spy comedy, G-Force. It’s an eclectic month that also returns The Finest Hours to the Disney+ library, after it was pulled due to licensing issues earlier this year.

If you’re like us streaming-junkies, you’ll be most interested in Disney+ March originals. The standout is Stargirl, a teen movie based on the Jerry Spinelli novel of the same name. If you like coming-of-age, romantic teen drama, it should be on your watchlist this March. Check out the trailer here.

Find out what else is new on Disney+ this March below.

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Disney Series

  • March 6th
    • Diary of a Future President: Episode 108
    • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Episode 703
    • Marvel’s Hero Project: Episode 118
    • Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Episode 204
    • Shop Class: Episode 102
    • Disney Family Sundays: Episode 118
    • One Day at Disney: Episode 114
  • March 13th
    • Wicked Tuna: Seasons 3-8
    • Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks: Seasons 1-6
    • Zorro – Second Series: Season 1
    • Diary of a Future President: Episode 109
    • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Episode 704
    • Marvel’s Hero Project: Episode 119
    • Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Episode 205
    • Shop Class: Episode 103
    • Disney Family Sundays: Episode 119
    • One Day at Disney: Episode 115
  • March 17th
    • Big Hero 6 The Series: Season 2
  • March 20th
    • I Didn’t Do It: Seasons 1-2
    • Playtime with Puppy Dog Pals: Puppy Playcare: Season 2
    • Vampirina Ghoul Girls Rock!: Season 2
    • Diary of a Future President: Episode 110
    • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Episode 705
    • Marvel’s Hero Project: Episode 120
    • Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Episode 206
    • Shop Class: Episode 104
    • Disney Family Sundays: Episode 120
    • One Day at Disney: Episode 116
  • March 27th
    • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Episode 706
    • Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Episode 207
    • Shop Class: Episode 105
    • Be Our Chef: Episode 101
    • Disney Family Sundays: Episode 121
    • One Day at Disney: Episode 117

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Disney Movies

  • March 1st
    • Doctor Dolittle 2
    • Ice Age
  • March 4th
    • Black Panther
  • March 5th
    • Bedtime Stories
  • March 6th
    • The Finest Hours (Returning Title)
    • Three on the Run
  • March 13th
    • Stargirl: Premiere
  • March 15th
    • G-Force
  • March 25th
    • A Wrinkle in Time
New on Disney March
Credit: 20th Century Fox

Now you know what’s on Disney+ this February, what will you be watching?

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