Apple and Oprah to debut a new interview series, ‘The Oprah Conversation’

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Apple is expanding its relationship with media mogul Oprah Winfrey. The company announced today its plans for a new series, “The Oprah Conversation,” which will feature timely discussions between Oprah and “newsmakers, thought leaders and masters of their craft” across a range of topics. The first few episodes will focus on conversations around race, given recent events like the BLM protests.

The series, which was filmed remotely during the pandemic, will begin on July 30 at 4 PM PST with an episode titled “How to Be an Antiracist,” which will see Oprah and bestselling author Professor Ibram X. Kendi talking with book readers who are on a journey to learn how to become anti-racist. This episode will then be followed by a two-part interview with athlete, commentator, activist and creator and host of “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man,” Emmanuel Acho on August 1.

Oprah will also converse with Equal Justice Initiative founder and bestselling author Bryan Stevenson later in the series.

The show’s format will include Oprah speaking with guests, but will also incorporate audience engagement, like viewer questions.

Image Credits: Apple; Episode 101 with Oprah and Kendi

This is the third series that Oprah is now doing for Apple, having launched “Oprah Talks COVID-19” in late March, and “Oprah’s Book Club” last year, as part of her multi-year agreement with the company. Another show, produced in partnership with Prince Harry and focused on mental health, has yet to arrive. Oprah also participated in Apple’s documentary series, “Visible: Out on Television.”

Unfortunately for Apple, Oprah’s multi-year deal is overlapping with a pandemic that has shut down TV production, leading to the launch of these “filmed remotely”-style series.

Oprah’s COVID series, for example, was quickly put together in reaction to the health crisis and used lower production values, making it a first of its kind on Apple TV+. Before its arrival, Apple TV+ content had been highly produced and offered in 4K. But those initial experiments in remote TV production made further shows like this new series possible.

While much of Apple TV+ content requires a subscription, “The Oprah Conversation” will debut exclusively on the service for free on Thursday, July 30, Apple says. After the first free episode, the remainder of the series will require a $4.99 per month Apple TV+ subscription to view. The Apple TV+ service is available across devices, including Apple’s own, as well as select smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.

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For All Mankind — Season 2 Official Teaser | Apple TV+

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The race continues in Season 2. Catch up on For All Mankind Season 1 now.

For All Mankind is created by Emmy® Award winner Ronald D. Moore (Outlander, Battlestar Galactica), Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi. Told through the lives of NASA astronauts, engineers and their families, For All Mankind presents an aspirational world where NASA and the space program remained a priority and a focal point of our hopes and dreams.

For All Mankind stars Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Wrenn Schmidt, Shantel VanSanten, Sarah Jones and Jodi Balfour. Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Matt Wolpert, Ben Nedivi serve as executive producers.

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Apple Donates Proceeds From John Lewis Documentary to Museums

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Apple is donating its portion of the proceeds from the documentary “John Lewis: Good Trouble” to museums honoring his legacy.

Donations

Two recipients of the donations include the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Terri Lee Freeman, the National Civil Rights Museum’s president:

This timely contribution will help expand our digital platforms, allowing us to reach many more students, parents, and educators globally, and to continue as a catalyst for positive social change, as Representative Lewis encouraged us all to be. We are grateful to Apple for this incredible gift honoring him.

You can rent the movie in the U.S. and Canada through Apple TV here, and watch the trailer below.

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Does Apple want to host monthly Apple TV Plus movie nights?

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Tom Hanks Greyhound

The huge success of the rather excellent Tom Hanks movie, Greyhound, has switched the Apple TV+ team into a new mission to secure streaming rights for all-new movie blockbusters, with one report claiming the company would like to offer something of similar status every month.

Pandemic cinema

COVID-19 has destroyed everything, frankly, killing our families, damaging economies and eroding public trust in government leadership.

It’s going to take a very long time to rebuild some of those things, even if we ever can – but we still want a little entertainment.

Greyhound allegedly drew the biggest ever opening weekend for Apple for any content it has streamed, and drove a big spike in new subscriber numbers. Over 30% of people who watched the film were new to Apple TV+.

Now Apple wants to keep it going.

Netflix like levels of movies

Fast Company claims the experience with the Hanks movie has turned Apple’s head, and it now wants to put more focus into acquiring big name movies of the same calibre.

The report states that Apple is putting out the word that it wants more tent-pole feature films, aiming, perhaps, to offer up a movie blockbuster every few months, along with regular exclusives on a monthly basis.

That sounds like a monthly new movie exclusive event to me, Apple’s Big Movie Night.

The challenge, apparently, isn’t just the need to woo movie makers, but also Apple’s desire to ensure that content is easy to find on its service. It doesn’t want the good content to be occluded by the less good stuff, like Netflix.

At this point, along with the Banker and Greyhound, Apple has landed Emancipation, Killers of the Flower Moon, Snow Blind.and recently secured rights to Palmer, starring Justin Timberlake.

At the movies

It will be interesting to see just how far Apple will go in terms of securing top-ticket third party content for its service, and just how many of its own original movies will emerge to be blockbusters in their own right.

I’m guessing if the company manages to put together a smash hit movie it will then be able to parlay cinema screening rights for these with movie makers in order to secure even more cutting-edge films.

Apple was never going to build Apple TV+ as a second-rate service, by the way.

I fully anticipate lots more activity as it builds out its content selection – there have been some claims that the company is quietly buying up rights to some older content, but nothing has surfaced yet.

… logically we know the company will want to convert all the customers currently enjoying TV Plus on a trial basis pretty soon… so it will have a plan for that…

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Beastie Boys Story – Illustrated in 5 Posters by Geoff McFetridge | Apple TV+

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Today marks 22 years since Hello Nasty dropped and Beastie Boys went intergalactic. This era of the band was one of five captured in this poster series by Geoff McFetridge, made entirely on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil. Learn about his connection with Ad-Rock, Mike D, MCA, and Spike Jonze – and what Beastie Boys mean to him, visual art, and music culture.

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Noggin is now available via Apple TV Channels in Latin America

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What you need to know

  • ViacomCBS has announced that Noggin is now available for subscription via the Apple TV Channels feature.
  • This makes it easier than ever to access Nick Jr. content in Latin America.
  • The Apple TV app is available on all kinds of devices, not just Apple’s.

“Paw Patrol is on the roll!”

ViacomCBS has announced that Noggin is now available as a Channel via the Apple TV app to users in Latin America. This marks the first time Latin American users have been able to subscribe to Noggin from within the Apple TV app.

Importantly, this also means that Noggin will be available to all users who take advantage of Family Sharing, too, as noted by Nextv News.

Noggin subscribers can watch online or download long- and short-form Nick Jr. content, featuring shows like ‘PAW Patrol’, ‘Dora the Explorer’, ‘Shimmer and Shine’, ‘Blaze and the Monster Machines’, ‘The Wonder Pets!’, ‘Garden Academy’, and more in Spanish and Portuguese on the Apple TV app. Through the ‘Family Sharing’ functionality, up to six family members can share subscriptions to Apple TV channels using just their Apple ID and password.

Subscribing to a service as an Apple TV channel not only puts it into Apple’s TV app, but also ensures that all billing is handled by Apple. The number of devices that the Apple TV app works on continues to grow, too, making it easier than ever to enjoy content via Channels.

The Apple TV app is currently available to everyone on using iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, some Samsung and LG smart televisions, and Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices.

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Function101 is selling an Apple TV remote that (hopefully) doesn't suck

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What you need to know

  • The Apple TV Siri Remote is bad.
  • No, it’s awful.
  • This $30 remote is a better bet for all kinds of reasons.

“Hey Siri, buy me a proper remote.”

Sick of the abomination that is the Apple TV Siri Remote? We all are and Function101 is hoping we’ll all pay $30 to get rid of it. But the joke’s on them – we’d pay twice as much!

Steve Jobs once said of iTunes on the PC that “it’s like giving a glass of ice water to somebody in hell”. I can think of another example of that – a replacement for the Apple TV’s Siri Remote. Sure, you might not want to chisel your fingertips off every time you pick it up. But you’ll still have to deal with that interface.

But I digress and for now, I’ll take this remote. And it looks pretty cool, too. The “Button Remote for Apple TV” honestly reminds me of the remote that comes with your average Amazon Fire TV Stick. It looks fine, and it has most of the buttons that you’re going to need to banish the Siri Remote from your sofa – there’s no Siri button, unfortunately. It’s boring, but we’ve had an interesting remote for the last five years and look how that worked out.

You can order this vanilla remote now for $29.95 and sure, it’s boring. But sometimes boring is good, right?

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Central Park — “I Did Not Account For This” Lyric Video | Apple TV+

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Keep on pedaling and watch Central Park now on the Apple TV app with an Apple TV+ subscription: https://apple.co/_CentralPark

Central Park is an animated musical comedy from Emmy® Award-winner Loren Bouchard (Bob’s Burgers) that follows the exploits of a family living in the world’s most famous park. The series voice cast includes Josh Gad, Leslie Odom, Jr., Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Tituss Burgess, Daveed Diggs, and Stanley Tucci.

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tvOS 13.4.8 Now Available for Fourth and Fifth-Generation Apple TV Models

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Apple on Wednesday released tvOS 13.4.8, the latest update to its tvOS operating system for fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models.

The free tvOS 13.4.8 update can be downloaded to compatible devices via the Settings app by going to “System” -> “Software Update.” If automatic updates are enabled on the device it will automatically update to the new version.

tvOS updates are usually minor, focusing on bug fixes and performance improvements. Apple provides limited information on what’s new in tvOS updates. No new features were found during the update’s beta testing period.

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Tom Hanks-Led ‘Greyhound’ Weekend Launch Biggest Ever for Apple TV+ Streaming Service

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The Tom Hanks World War II film, “Greyhound” saw the largest opening weekend release ever for an Apple TV+ offering.

“Sources close to Apple,” told Deadline that “Greyhound” saw more viewers than any other movie released on ‌Apple TV‌+ to date during its launch weekend, racking up numbers that equaled a “viewing audience commensurate with a summer theatrical box office big hit.”

While “Greyhound” was intended to be a theatrical release, many movie theaters in the United States and around the globe remain closed, causing many film studios to either delay theatrical releases or immediately offer films on-demand.

This led Sony Pictures to sell the rights to the film to Apple for $70 million. The deal marked the first time a Tom Hanks film went directly to streaming without first making an appearance in theaters.

In addition to the film’s position as the number one movie release on Apple TV+, “Greyhound” also appears to be drawing new eyes to the Apple TV+ service, as 30% of the film’s viewers were new to the service.

In “Greyhound,” Hanks plays George Krause, a career officer given command of a Navy destroyer Greyhound during the Battle of the Atlantic. Krause must fight both his own self-doubts and the enemy as he tries to prove he deserves the command.

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