streaming services during coronavirus

Despite the vast majority of the world’s population being stuck inside with nothing to do but binge-watch for the foreseeable future, even streaming services are getting hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. YouTube is limiting the video quality of its video streams worldwide for the next month, while Netflix, Hulu, and Roku are all scaling back customer service support.

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parasite streaming

Parasite, the Oscar-winning movie everyone keeps talking about, is headed to Hulu. The streaming service landed the exclusive streaming rights to Bong Joon-ho’s acclaimed film, and will debut the movie this April. The Neon-released movie raked-up a wealth of awards during awards season, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards, along with the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, the SAG Award for Best Ensemble Cast and the Palme D’or, the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Streaming Service Comparisons

The streaming wars have just begun so you might want to hunker down in the trenches for the next few years. Everyone is hell-bent on besting Netflix, which means we’re about to be inundated with a slew of new streaming services. This, in turn, means you’re going to have to decide which of these services you want – if any. Will you act like Rich Uncle Pennybags from Monopoly and sign up for all of them? Or will you pick and choose?

To help you with this decision, I’ve broken down how the streaming services compare to each other in terms of price and content. You’re welcome.

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Restoring the Batman Suit

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out how the original Batman suit from Tim Burton’s 1989 movie was restored for the Comic-Con exhibition last month. Plus, see how streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu and the forthcoming Disney+ are starting to own us instead of us owning their products, and take a look back at the environmentally friendly animated series Captain Planet (he’s a hero!). Read More »

What’s New to Streaming in July 2019

Streaming in July 2019

Netflix gets all the attention, but there are other streaming services worth watching, too. As a new month dawns, we look beyond Netflix to see what’s streaming in July 2019. Amazon Prime Video will bring the vastly underrated neo-noir Under the Silver Lake to subscribers. Hulu has the incredible moon landing documentary Apollo 11. That same subject gets explored in a different way on HBO Now with First Man. And Shudder will be unleashing John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness. These titles and more await you in July.

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Spotify Hulu Deal

Do you have Spotify Premium? If so, congrats – you now have Hulu, too! If you sign up for it, that is. Now through June, Spotify Premium subscribers can sign up for Hulu’s ad-supported plan for no additional cost. And if you already have Hulu, you can still qualify through a few simple steps. As far as package deals go, this one is worth scooping up.

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netflix certified fresh movies

It seems to be commonly accepted that Netflix has a bad selection of movies…but not according to Rotten Tomatoes. Though the streaming giant has been dinged for having a streaming library that doesn’t seem to know movies before 1985, the number of Rotten Tomatoes “Certified Fresh” films on the service outnumbers all of its closest competitors combined.

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hulu prices

The battle for streaming supremacy is heating up. In the wake of news that Netflix was implementing its biggest price hike ever, Hulu prices are dropping. The cost of its average ad-supported subscription plan will decrease from $7.99 per month to $5.99 per month starting at the end of February.

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streaming commercials

What’s the one thing everyone loves about watching TV? That’s right – commercials! Oh, wait, no. That’s not true at all. But commercials pay the bills, and as streaming becomes more prominent than traditional TV, streaming services want in on that phat commercial cash. But how do you add commercials to a medium that is typically commercial free, without angering your subscribers? Some streamers think they’ve found the solution: playing commercials when viewers hit pause in between binging.

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Best Movies Streaming Right Now Halloween

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

Welcome, streamers! I have some good news: Halloween is less than a week away! If you’re like me, you like to spend October watching as many creepy, weird, strange movies as you possibly can. As we close out the month, I’ve compiled a list of horror and horror-like films for your Halloween season pleasure. These aren’t the typical horror films – The Exorcist or The Shining don’t appear here, sorry. Instead, I’ve tried to bring you titles outside the norm, ready for you to stream whenever you want. Happy Halloween!

These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming!

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