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In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Robert Rodriguez is bringing two new projects to Tubi (not to be confused with Quibi).
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna developing pop star comedy at Hulu.
  • Netflix signs deal with animation studio Titmouse (don’t laugh).
  • Saved by the Bell reboot rounds out its cast.
  • The Equalizer reboot with Queen Latifah gets pilot order at CBS.
  • Watch a featurette from Better Call Saul season 5.
  • HBO Max orders new comedy pilot produced by Good Place creator Mike Schur.
  • Matthew McConaughey reuniting with True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto for FX series Redeemer.
  • Toni Collette will lead Netflix series Pieces of Her.
  • Say goodbye to Ray Donovan.

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Netflix autoplay

For years, every time I’ve scrolled through Netflix looking for something to watch, I’ve had to mute my television. Aside from Qwikster (remember that?), one of the company’s worst decisions was to implement a change to its user interface in which every time a customer would land on a title, a video teaser of that title would autoplay, complete with sound. There was no getting around it, so the mute button became my friend. But starting today, perhaps we can go our separate ways.

After a long period of inflicting this low-level suffering on its customers, Netflix has finally made it possible for users to opt out of this annoying nonsense and disable that functionality altogether. Not only that, you can also disable the feature which autoplays the next episode of a series that you’re watching. Find out how to live in a better, quieter, more peaceful world below.
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Netflix Best Picture Nominees

Here we go again. In what is becoming a tradition, AMC and Regal Theater chains are refusing to screen Netflix’s Best Picture nominees, because that’s just how they roll. The chains typically do a showcase of Best Picture nominees in which they bring the nominated movies back to theaters, but the two Netflix titles – The Irishman and Marriage Story – won’t be included. The same thing happened last year with Netflix’s Roma.

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the irishman ratings

The Oscar nominations are here, which means it’s time to be alternately enraged and excited. But whatever your personal opinion about who was snubbed and who snuck in a surprise nomination, the Oscars are all about celebrating movies and not reducing them into mere numbers like some kind of horse race, right? Sure! But let’s take a look at those numbers for a second, and see what kind of records were set, which were broken, and which didn’t even become a factor at the 2o20 Oscars.

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the irishman ratings

Netflix is cagey when it comes to their viewership numbers, and they’ve previously stated they have no plans to release numbers for The Irishman, their new crime epic from Martin Scorsese. But thanks to ratings service Nielsen, we now have somewhat of an idea about how the movie did during its launch. Per their reporting, at least “17.1 million unique viewers” watched at least some of the film.

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marriage story theatrical release

Yes, 2019 is almost over. We have one more month to get through, and then it’ll be time for a whole new year! But first, how about some new movies? December brings a ton of original Christmas content to Netflix. But it also brings some non-Christmas movies, too. And we’ve rounded them up! Here are the best TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in December 2019.

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Roma Blu-ray

While a few original Netflix shows have received Blu-ray releases, Netflix movies tend not to get the same treatment. But that’s about to change – in a big way. Roma, the Netflix movie that scored several Oscar nominations and took home Best Foreign Language Film, is getting a Blu-ray release – and not just any old Blu-ray release, either. We’re talking The Criterion Collection here, which is about as fancy as you can get in the Blu-ray world.

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streaming service news

Well, it’s happened. There are so many streaming services now we have to round-up the news about them into one big post. I hope you’re happy. Here’s what’s new on the streaming service front: Apple TV+ has launched, but no one seems to care. But hey, Apple just renewed a bunch of shows anyway. Disney+, meanwhile, is about to kick-off in the U.S., but won’t arrive in the U.K. until March. And finally, if you have an older Samsung Smart TV, you might not be able to watch Netflix in December.

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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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Netflix playback speeds

Hey, are you some sort of deranged maniac who wants to watch movies and TV shows at fasters speeds? Well, Netflix might have something for you. The streaming service is testing variable playback speeds which allow viewers to watch titles at faster paces. Why anyone would want to do this remains a mystery to me, but I’m sure someone out there thinks this is a great idea because we live in hell.

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