2,000 days. 100 children. The story of us. Peek into the first days of life in Becoming You, a globe-crossing, six-part docuseries narrated by Academy Award winner Olivia Colman. Coming exclusively to Apple TV+ on November 13: https://apple.com/_BecomingYou
Sports live TV streaming platform FuboTV has updated its popular Multiview feature on Apple TV.
Ssubscribers can watch up to four channels simultaneously, doubling the feature’s previous capability of two channels. The updated Multiview feature is currently available to 10% of fuboTV subscribers and will roll out to 100% in the coming days.
The launch of Multiview coincides with the kick-off of college football’s Big 10 season. Multiview is especially popular with sports viewers as it enables watching multiple games simultaneously.
FuboTV’s live sports package offers subscribers access to 50,000+ live sporting events annually as well as news and entertainment content. In addition to college football, FuboTV has soccer coverage, near-total NFL coverage and significant MLB, NBA and NHL coverage. FuboTV is the only virtual MVPD streaming 11 Thursday Night Football (Fox) games this season and the 2020 World Series (Fox) in 4K.
At the core of FuboTV’s offering is its proprietary technology platform optimised for live TV and sports viewership. This proprietary technology stack has enabled FuboTV to regularly offer new features and functionality, including Multiview. The company was also the first vMVPD to stream in 4K resolution.
Go beyond the music as Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band record together live for the first time since Born In The U.S.A. in this intimate documentary that captures reflections on love, loss, and the way music has shaped Bruce Springsteen’s life. Watch now on Apple TV+ https://apple.co/_LetterToYouFilm
Apple is reportedly the frontrunner in a new bidding war to land the 25th James Bond thriller, “No Time to Die.” The Cupertino firm is negotiating to land the film for its Apple TV+ streaming platform.
First reported by Binged, rumors are circulating that MGM has shopped the James Bond title starring Daniel Craig to streaming platforms for “insane amounts of money.” No solid report of how much the deal could be worth is available, nor whether it might include rights to previous Bond films
No Time to Die’s theater release had been scheduled for this year but has been pushed back until at least Easter 2021, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Binged reports MGM “is under tremendous pressure to sell the film to the highest bidder” with no sign of the current situation coming to an end anytime soon.
No Time to Die is one of the most highly anticipated Bond films in recent memory, as it marks the 25th film of the franchise, along with the fact that this will be Daniel Craig’s last outing under the “007” banner.
Longtime movie critic and screenwriter Drew McWeeny backed up the high-dollar rumor on Twitter.
I can't get my head around the idea that we may well see James Bond debut on Apple TV+ or Netflix. The numbers I've been hearing the last few days are I N S A N E…
On first screening, the network assumed it had a disaster on its hands. It was a quiet cartoon — more of a meditation on seasonal depression than a proper holiday film. The pacing was slow, it was voiced by a cast of amateur children and the soundtrack amounted to little more than the jazz piano stylings of a mustachioed North Beach hipster nicknamed “Dr. Funk.”
Worst of all, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” actively railed against the commercialization of the season, primarily in the form of an extended monologue from the blanket-wielding Linus set in the context of Jesus’s nativity.
“[The executives said], ‘We’ll play it once and that will be all. Good try,’ ” producer Lee Mendelson told me in an interview back in 2006. “[Director Bill Melendez] and I thought we had ruined Charlie Brown forever when it was done. We kind of agreed with the network. One of the animators stood up in the back of the room — he had had a couple of drinks — and he said, ‘It’s going to run for a hundred years,’ and then fell down. We all thought he was crazy, but he was more right than we were.”
“A Charlie Brown Christmas” has, of course, endured. The 25-minute animated special has aired on network television every year since its 1965 debut. It ran on CBS until 2000 and then on ABC each year subsequently, including special broadcasts on its 40th and 50th anniversaries on 2005 and 2015, respectively. For its 55th anniversary, it won’t appear on network TV at all.
In October, Apple acquired the exclusive rights to the special, as part of its ongoing, billion-dollar Apple TV+ push. The deal with Wildbrain, Peanuts Worldwide and the now-late Mendelson’s production company makes Apple’s streaming platform the exclusive rights holder for Peanuts content. That means that subsequent specials “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” will see a similar fate.
It’s become a familiar story in the era of streaming. Last year HBO Max locked down exclusive access to new episodes of “Sesame Street,” though that specific deal allowed for episodes to air on PBS at a later date. There’s a bit of a loophole here, too. The Peanuts deal requires Apple to offer the specials for free for a limited window. The “Great Pumpkin” will be free through the service from October 30 until November 1, “Thanksgiving” will be made available from November 25 to the 27 and “Christmas” will come decidedly earlier this year, from December 11 to the 13.
“[Peanuts creator Charles Schulz] would say things like, ‘I never thought it would be around 25 years later,’ ” his widow Jean Schulz told me in an interview for that same piece. “One of the reasons that Christmas is so great is that back in 1965 there were no VCRs or DVDs, so you saw that show once, and you had to wait a whole year to see it again. And when it came on, it still held up. It was still charming.”
More than a half of a century later, the special still qualifies as both. It’s a perfect artifact of American popular culture that is very much both a product of its own era and a gentle protest against it. Of course, all of the things that Linus warned us about back in 1965 have only compounded in the intervening decades. The media landscape, too, has transformed several times since then.
In a world in which change is the only constant, watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on TV has been something to rely on. This year, the short becomes the latest bit of content to get shoveled up in the great streaming wars of 2020, as media companies fight tooth and nail for back catalogues.
Cast as the perennial cynic and antagonist football mover, Lucy Van Pelt tells the titular character, “Look, Charlie, let’s face it. We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket.” That, at least, hasn’t changed.
You can still celebrate the Great Pumpkin, but now somewhere else.
Nearly a year ago, Apple TV+ arrived. Along with it, Snoopy in Space became one of the first original shows on the video-on-demand premium web service. No one knew it at the time that Snoopy and the gang’s entry onto Apple’s upstart service also set into motion a change to where previous Peanuts content would air moving forward. Starting with It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, at least three Peanuts holiday specials will now air on Apple TV+ exclusively.
What this means
Under a new partnership with WildBrain, Peanuts Worldwide, and Lee Mendelson Film Productions, Apple TV+ is where Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Sally, and the rest of the Peanuts gang will celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and perhaps other holidays starting this year.
Previously, the specials always aired on a broadcast network, usually CBS or ABC.
A Charlie Brown Christmas, the oldest of the specials, first aired in 1965. From then until 2000, it aired every year on CBS. Beginning in 2001, through 2019, it ran on ABC. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown first launched in 1966, followed by A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving in 1973.
Watch for free
Although Apple TV+ is a premium offering, Apple allows non-subscribers to watch each of the three specials for free, for a limited time.
As part of the agreement, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown first premiered on Apple TV+ on October 19 and will be available for free from October 30 to November 1.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is coming to Apple TV+ on November 18 and will be available for free from November 25-27. Finally, A Charlie Brown Christmas will debut on December 4 and be available for free from December 11-13.
How to view
Apple TV+ is available across multiple devices and platforms, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, AirPlay, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and select Samsung, LG, and Vizio smart televisions.
Other legacy content
It’s not yet known whether Apple TV+ is also where other Peanuts holiday specials will air in the coming months.
Of the other Peanuts specials that have aired over the years, many are holiday-themed, including It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown,Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown,It’s Arbor Day, Charlie Brown,Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!, among others.
Perhaps the reason Apple TV+ snagged the rights to at least some of the most popular Peanuts holiday specials is Apple’s plan to develop new ones. Specials surrounding Mother’s Day, Earth Day, and New Year’s Eve are in the works. Meanwhile, a second season of the Daytime Emmy-nominated Snoopy in Space is also arriving soon. In 2021, The Snoopy Show will become the second Peanuts-themed series on Apple TV+.
If you don’t have a subscription to Apple TV+ and want to watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown right now (and for many years to come), you do have some limited options.
First, you can purchase the Peanuts Holiday Collection on Blu-ray through Amazon. It contains all three of the previously mentioned Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas specials. A regular DVD version is also available. eBay might be another option if you’re looking to purchase the specials on DVD or Blu-ray.
In most cases, unfortunately, the prices are very high, so your best bet might be to subscribe to Apple TV+.
100% exclusive content for the price of a cup of coffee.
With TV+, you can watch well-produced, big-budget TV shows from famed directors, and starring award-winning actors and actresses across all your Apple devices and with up to six members of your Family Sharing group.
Another option is to visit YouTube and see whether you can stream a copy of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown there for free.
What are your favorite Peanuts specials? Let us know in the comments below.
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Apple is thought to be working to place its TV app inside Microsoft’s Xbox, now we learn the company will definitely put its app inside the Sony PlayStation 4 and 5.
Apple TV is coming to PlayStation
As announced on the official PlayStation blog, the app will be made available on these consoles when the PlayStation 5 is introduced, on November 12.
The report states:
“Enjoy Apple TV+, Apple TV channels, new and popular movies, and personalized, curated recommendations on the Apple TV app. That means users can enjoy Apple Originals like Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, Ted Lasso, and The Morning Show through Apple TV+, subscribe to premium channels, and buy or rent movies and TV shows and access past purchases from Apple. The Apple TV app will also be available on PS4.”
Disney +, Netflix, Spotify, Twitch, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, MyCanal, Hulu, Peacock, and other streaming apps will also be made available with PlayStation 5, the report explains.
Some of the most popular television and music streaming services will be available.
What you need to know
Sony released a list of the streaming services that will be supported on PS5 at launch.
The list includes apps like Spotify, Disney+, Apple TV, Netflix, Twitch, and YouTube.
The PS5 media remote has dedicated buttons for YouTube, Netflix, Disney+, and Spotify.
Apps like Amazon Prime Video, MyCanal, Hulu, Peacock will come to PS5 at a later date.
It’s sacrilege to say, but consoles are good for more than just gaming. Sony has revealed a handful of the most popular streaming apps will be available on the PS5 at launch including Apple TV, Disney+, Netflix, Spotify, YouTube, and Twitch. The new media remote releasing alongside the console will have dedicated buttons for Netflix, YouTube, Spotify, and Disney+ for quick and easy access.
As shown in the new PS5 user experience video, there will be a dedicated space for Media content so you can keep it separate from your gaming content. This also means that entertainment apps will no longer need to be downloaded through the PlayStation Store.
Sony noted that Amazon Prime Video, MyCanal, Hulu, Peacock, and more would also be coming to PS5, but the company did not reveal a date or timeframe as to when this will happen.
The PS5 and PS5 Digital Edition release on November 12, 2020 for $499 and $399, respectively. You can buy a PS5 today ahead of its release, provided you can find any in-stock for preorder. Accessories like the media remote, HD camera, DualSense controller, DualSense charging station, and a new 3D Pulse headset will also be launching at this time.
You can buy a PS5 right now and it’s set to be Sony’s most powerful console with a wicked fast SSD, 3.5GHz CPU, and 10.28 TFLOP GPU. This is the place to be for exclusives like Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon Forbidden West, and a whole lot more.