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The Crown: Imelda Staunton to Play Queen Elizabeth in Season 5 (Report)

Oscar nominee and Harry Potter veteran Imelda Staunton has signed on to play Queen Elizabeth II in Seasons 5 and 6 of the royal drama, according to a report in The Daily Mail. Colman will still play the queen in the upcoming Season 4, with Staunton taking over the following season, which is expected to debut in 2021. Colman herself took over the role from Claire Foy, who played the UK monarch in The Crown‘s first two seasons. – Dave Nemetz, TVLine » https://ift.tt/2OM8OsX
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Hulu hits 29M paid subscribers

On Nov. 7, Disney CFO Christine McCarthy said that Hulu ended the company’s fourth quarter on Sept. 28 with about 28.5 million paid subscribers. But in a new SEC filing, the company said Hulu ended the quarter with approximately 29 million. – Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/2O7DWnm

Streaming video users willing to pay 50% more for additional subscriptions

Looking deeper at the survey results on pricing, just under 70% of respondents ages 18-24 and nearly 80% of those 25-60 currently pay $10-$40 per month for streaming subscriptions. Across age groups, when considering additional streaming services, most people would be willing to pay up to $20 more per month, while others would not be willing to increase their monthly spend at all. “Assuming the price is right, content remains a key differentiator, and that’s why the major players have acquired content and lined up high-profile content production teams,” Wroan added. – Editor, Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2D77fAh

Disney Plus Is Not Hampering Netflix Yet, Analysts Say — But It’s Only Been a Week

The analysts, led by Doug Mitchelson, cited analysis of Sensor Tower app downloads and Google search data. Disney Plus notched 4 million app downloads on the launch day, tapering down to about 1.5 million per day over the Nov. 16-17 weekend, according to Sensor Tower. At the same time, downloads of Netflix’s app were unaffected, with the subscription VOD leader continuing to average over 70,000 downloads per day, consistent with trends for the year. “In the extremely short term, Netflix app downloads appear unaffected by the Disney+ launch,” the analysts wrote. – Todd Spangler, Variety » https://trib.al/o5e3SEL

Majority of people cancelling Netflix had subscribed for over a year

Virtually half of those who cancelled cited the latest price increase as the key factor in doing so. KilltheCableBill reasoned that suggested there was no guarantee Netflix would be able to win them back especially as the likes of Apple TV+ and Disney+ were noticeably cheaper. Just over two-fifths of those who have recently cancelled indicated they aren’t pleased with Netflix’s current content slate which has been increasingly focused on its original series. Around the same percentage of recent former subscribers said they were subscribing to other streaming services instead. – Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2Qx2wjg [photo: KilltheCableBill.com]

Amazon makes its music streaming service free with ads

Instead, Amazon’s free music service serves more as a way to upsell consumers by encouraging them to join Amazon Prime in order to remove the ads from their music. (Prime Music’s 2 million songs are an added perk of a Prime subscription.) This is Amazon’s true motive: lock in more customers to Amazon Prime, ensure they realize the value of the free shipping and other benefits, then get them to renew every year. Once a Prime member, people will shop more often from Amazon, which is where the retailer’s profits lie. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/2s15FOd

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