How TV Streaming Services Seduce Consumers

· John Martellaro · Analysis

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Many of the TV streaming services use tried-and-true marketing techniques to lure customers into subscriptions they can’t fully use. John examines the techniques used by NBCUiniversal’s Peacock.

Disney+ Moves European Launch Date Forward

· Charlotte Henry · News

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Disney+ will arrive in a number of major European markets on March 24, a week earlier than had previously been announced.

TMO Contributor Kelly Guimont (#9) - TMO Background Mode Interview

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Kelly Guimont on Background Mode.

Kelly Guimont is a long-time podcaster, Contributing Editor for The Mac Observer, the host of the Mac Observer’s Daily Observations podcast, and a tech support guru.

In her 9th appearance, Kelly and I chat about our favorite TV shows and movies of late. We open in segment #1 with a shared favorite: The Mandalorian (Disney+). In segment #2: Kelly: Dr. Who (BBC), The World According to Jeff Goldblum (Disney+). John: Star Trek: Discovery (S2) (CBS), Virgin River (Netflix) and Downton Abbey – the movie (iTunes). Also: some honorable mentions. Join us as we explore together what’s great about these shows.

How to Sign Up For Disney+ and Bill to Your Apple ID

· John Martellaro · Quick Tip

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The nominal way to sign up for Disney+ is to go to disneyplus.com and create an account. But it’s also possible to sign up from within the tvOS or iOS app and bill the subscription to your Apple ID. John explains how to do it—and the advantages.

‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 Arrives Fall 2020

· Andrew Orr · Link

Fans of Disney’s The Mandalorian will be pleased to know that show runner Jon Favreau confirmed that it’s been approved for season 2, which will arrive fall 2020.

We already knew ‘The Mandalorian’ would be returning for a second season, after Favreau revealed in November that he’d begun filming on the second instalment of episodes. But now we have a better idea of exactly how long we’ll have to wait to find out what happens next in the streaming original, which is arguably the best new Star Wars universe content since the original series of films (yes, I really believe that).

Disney+ Alters Scene Between Greedo and Han Solo

· Andrew Orr · Link

Disney+ has altered the shoot out scene between Greedo and Han Solo, making this the third alteration over the years.

You can see the footage isn’t as lightened as some previous editions. It does lean on the grainier look used in the 1977 reel, but it is longer overall. That is because an additional bit of dialogue was added to Greedo. Not only does the version make it more difficult to tell whether Greedo shot first, but it sees them shout something at Han Solo before being killed.

Disney+ Launches in U.S. And Canada

· Charlotte Henry · News

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Disney+ has launched in the U.S., Canada, and the Netherlands, giving subscribers access to a range of Disney-owned content.

Behind AT&T's Streaming Competitor HBO Max

· Andrew Orr · Link

AT&T wants to take on the likes of Netflix, Disney, and Apple with its streaming service HBO Max.

By 2025, AT&T aims to reach about 80 million global subscribers, with about 50 million in the United States, a source briefed on the plans told Reuters. They are ambitious targets that would be consistent with Netflix Inc’s (NFLX.O) early progress, and in the mid-range of Disney+, Walt Disney Co’s (DIS.N) Netflix rival, set to launch on Nov. 12.

WarnerMedia hopes this service will get a boost in 2021 when it launches an advertising-supported option at a lower cost, insiders said.

Bob Iger Says Disney+ Lets You Keep Downloads Even After Removal

· Andrew Orr · Link

Disney+ will let you keep downloaded content even if it has been removed from the platform, says Bob Iger.

But Iger said that while these deals would cause some of that content to leave the platform for “brief periods of time,” you’ll be able to download that content onto a device where it will remain so long as your Disney+ account is active. This would give Disney+ a leg up on other services with which it has licensing agreements to make any downloads of that series or film available to Disney+ subscribers.

Verizon Offers Free Year of Disney+

· Andrew Orr · News

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Verizon is giving new and existing customers a free year of Disney+ which will launch on November 12 for $6.99/month.