Category Archives: Apps & Tech

Netflix Killer? Disney Plus Growth Not Affecting Competitors Yet

The first monthly activity report from Apptopia on Disney + engagement shows that despite the very quick rise of Disney+ downloads across mobile and connected TV platforms Netflix and established companies are not loosing any steam. On the other hand Disney is seeing a big impact on its other streaming services Hulu and ESPN+. While Disney + has been downloaded 22 million times since the service launched the other two services have seen dramatic growth as it appears the rising tide or in this case the sudden tsunami has led to s major surge in downloads of Hulu (46%) and ESPN+ (34%) in the month since the launch of Disney+. – Ryan Downey, The Streaming Advisor » https://ift.tt/2qPEEgk

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Plex launches its free movie and TV streaming service

Plex has officially launched its ad-supported streaming service, which offers free access to movies, TV shows, and documentaries from both major studios and smaller indie producers. “Starting today, Plex will deliver more content to more countries than any other free streaming service to date,” the company wrote in a blog post — a clear jab at similar offerings like The Roku Channel. – Chris Welch, The Verge » https://trib.al/12BL4Ot [photo: Plex]

Comcast plots 2020 meeting to provide details on Peacock streaming service

NBC is planning to offer Peacock for free to its Comcast and Sky pay TV subscribers along with a subscription tier for consumers that don’t subscribe to Comcast’s pay TV services. But recent reports from CNBC (which is owned by Comcast) suggest that the company will make the service free for everyone to use. – Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/38gEfEC

Netflix Is Available In More Than 300M Global Pay-TV Households, Report Estimates

The global subscriber tally for the streaming leader stood at 158 million as of the end of September. That number relative to the reach in 300 million-plus homes underscores the fact that not everyone who can subscribe to Netflix actually does. Even so, the integration of the streaming service into the systems of major pay-TV providers makes it easier for subscribers to hop onboard. – Dade Hayes, Deadline Hollywood » https://ift.tt/382v6zs

Disney+’s The Mandalorian joins a long list of fake HDR content, analysis finds

YouTube channel HDTVTest is known for doing quality analysis of the HDR implementations in popular media like films, games, and TV shows, and it found that Disney+’s The Mandalorian live-action Star Wars series is the latest in a long line of high-profile content that is just SDR wrapped up in an HDR package. The show has none of the actual benefits of HDR and a number of additional downsides, such that viewers might actually prefer to disable HDR on their TVs when viewing. – Samuel Axon, Ars Technica » https://ift.tt/37Ceqyx [photo: Orin Zebest,Flickr]

Disney Plus Tops 15 Million App Downloads, Still Hasn’t Slowed Down Netflix

From Nov. 12-24, the Disney Plus mobile app for iOS and Android was downloaded an estimated 15.5 million times, with 86% of those in the U.S., according to app-analytics researcher Apptopia. That’s an average of nearly 1.2 million per day over the 13-day period. Disney Plus has ranked as the No. 1 overall free app in the U.S. on Apple’s App Store and Google Play since launch. – Todd Spangler, Variety » https://trib.al/nOCEF0c [photo: Disney+]

YouTube needs to chill with its annoying Premium spam

Google’s efforts here have made sure I, and I bet many others, will never touch YouTube Music or YouTube Premium. I absolutely loathe both of these services to the point where I’m left swearing at my phone like an idiot, simply because these stubborn ads keep appearing on top of the YouTube videos I’m trying to watch. – Tom Warren, The Verge » https://trib.al/M0FbpqL

Disney Plus now has a Resume button

Disney Plus has added a “resume” button to the streaming service. As of Friday, the button will appear when when you navigate to a series you’re watching, and clicking it will bring you back to the episode you were in the middle of. Prior to the addition, users would have to scroll through the episodes until they found the one they’d gotten up to. – Corinne Reichert, CNET » https://cnet.co/37x6VbM

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