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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NBCUniversal’s Peacock Streaming Service Now Available on iOS and Apple TV

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NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service has launched nationally, adding another entry to an already-crowded streaming market.

The service became available to some Comcast subscribers in April and is now available on Apple TV and iOS devices. Peacock offers both a free and a paid premium tier of service.

Peacock’s free tier features more than 13,000 hours of programming. The Peacock Premium paid tier is available for $4.99 per month and features more than 20,000 hours of content. Both tiers include commercials, but the premium tier offers fewer ads. Viewers may also upgrade Peacock Premium to ad-free for an additional $5.00 per month.

Plenty of “classic” television episodes are available, including popular series “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation,” which will appear exclusively on the service, as well as “30 Rock,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Cheers,” “Frasier,” “House,” “Monk,” “Saturday Night Live,” and numerous other NBC broadcast or produced shows.

Peacock will also offer original programming, including dramas “Dr. Death,” “Brave New World,” and “One of Us Is Lying,” and yet another reboot of “Battlestar Galactica.” Comedy originals will include reboots of “Saved by the Bell,” and “Punky Brewster,” as well as originals “Rutherford Falls” and “Straight Talk.” However, as mentioned above, production on original offerings has been temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Original movies will also stream on the new services, as well as film classics like “Casino,” “Jaws,” “E.T,” and many others. 3,000+ hours of Telemundo Spanish-language content will also be available. Peacock is also set to include live sports access, curated shorts, breaking news coverage, and more.

The Apple TV is one of the few available set-top boxes to offer the Peacock service at its premiere, as like HBO Max, Peacock is not available on Amazon Fire TV or Roku.

A report from CNBC says NBCUniversal is holding the service back from Amazon’s Prime service as it does not want Peacock to be included in Amazon Channels where Amazon would wet its beak by taking a cut of new subscriptions.

Roku and NBCUniversal were reportedly unable to agree on how much of Peacock’s ad inventory could be sold by Roku.

The Peacock app is free and is available in the App Store for both iOS and Apple TV devices. [GET IT HERE]

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Ted Lasso — Official Trailer | Apple TV+

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America’s favorite football coach is crossing the pond. Watch Ted Lasso August 14 on Apple TV+: https://apple.co/_TedLasso

Jason Sudeikis plays Ted Lasso, a small-time college football coach from Kansas hired to coach a professional soccer team in England, despite having no experience coaching soccer.

In addition to starring, Sudeikis serves as executive producer, alongside Bill Lawrence (“Scrubs”) via his Doozer Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content. Doozer’s Jeff Ingold also serves as an executive producer with Liza Katzer as co-executive producer. The series was developed by Sudeikis, Lawrence, Joe Kelly and Brendan Hunt, and is based on the pre-existing format and characters from NBC Sports.

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Bloomberg TV+ comes to Apple TV

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Bloomberg TV+ has been released on Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD and is available with the latest update of the Bloomberg App.

Designed for a modern streaming news experience, it provides a data-rich display of market information and top news modules alongside Bloomberg TV’s markets and finance programming.

The latest Bloomberg App on Apple TV also includes a collection of top news clips, featuring the most important stories in business and key interviews with top newsmakers and global leaders, as well as Bloomberg Quicktake videos. Viewers can access all of Bloomberg’s original programming on the app, with full episodes of its premier shows such as Bloomberg Surveillance, Wall Street Week, Hello World, Bloomberg Technology and more.

Viewers using the Apple TV app on Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD can also y access Bloomberg content directly from the TV Shows tab.

Bloomberg Media has so far this year seen a 60% year-over-year increase in average monthly users across its streaming video apps

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Greyhound — Inside Look: High Stakes at Sea | Apple TV+

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Tom Hanks and the cast of Greyhound reflect on the extraordinary stakes of the Battle of the Atlantic. Watch Greyhound now on the Apple TV app: https://apple.co/_Greyhound

Inspired by real events, Captain Ernest Krause (Tom Hanks) leads an international convoy of 37 ships on a treacherous mission across The Atlantic to deliver thousands of soldiers and much-needed supplies to Allied forces. Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan, and Elisabeth Shue star alongside Hanks. The Apple Original film was directed by Aaron Schneider and produced by Gary Goetzman.

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Central Park — “I’m In A Perfect Relationship” Lyric Video | Apple TV+

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Just call her Mrs. Brendan 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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The Morning Show — Panel Discussion | Apple TV+

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The cast, crew, and creators of The Morning Show sit down (virtually) for a thought-provoking conversation taking viewers behind-the-scenes and reflecting on the relevance of the series today. Watch The Morning Show now on the Apple TV app: https://apple.co/_themorningshow

What happens when the people you trust to tell the truth prove themselves to be dishonest? The Morning Show follows the free fall of an early morning newscast in the wake of a scandal, and its struggle to survive in an era when news arrives in the palm of your hand.

The Morning Show stars Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon, Emmy winner Jennifer Aniston and Golden Globe winner Steve Carell in a high-stakes drama that pulls back the curtain on the morning news.

00:00 Chapter 1 | Inside The Morning Show with Jennifer Aniston, Billy Crudup, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Desean Terry
21:28 Chapter 2 | Inside The Morning Show with Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Ehrin, Karen Pittman, Mark Duplass
37:33 Chapter 3 | Inside The Morning Show with Mimi Leder, Michael Ellenberg, Nestor Carbonell, Brian Stelter

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Greyhound — Inside Look: Battle of the Atlantic | Apple TV+

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Learn more about the Battle of the Atlantic with Greyhound star and screenwriter Tom Hanks. Coming to Apple TV+ this Friday: https://apple.co/_Greyhound

Inspired by real events, Captain Ernest Krause (Tom Hanks) leads an international convoy of 37 ships on a treacherous mission across The Atlantic to deliver thousands of soldiers and much-needed supplies to Allied forces. Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan, and Elisabeth Shue star alongside Hanks. The Apple Original film was directed by Aaron Schneider and produced by Gary Goetzman.

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Apple Shares an ‘Inside Look’ at Upcoming Tom Hanks Film ‘Greyhound,’ Premiering on Apple TV+ July 10

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Apple today shared a new “inside look” trailer for their upcoming Apple TV+ World War II “Greyhound” starring Tom Hanks. The trailer offers narration by Hanks and explains some of the background information of the Battle of the Atlantic depicted in the movie.

The film stars Hanks as a longtime Navy veteran who, as a first-time captain, is tasked with protecting a convoy of 37 ships carrying thousands of soldiers and much-needed supplies across the treacherous waters of the Atlantic during World War II. For five days with no air cover, the captain and his small force of three escort ships must make their way through an area of the ocean known as “the Black Pit,” battling Nazi U-boats while protecting their invaluable ships and soldiers. “Greyhound” is inspired by events during the Battle of the Atlantic, which took place in the earliest months of America’s alliance with Great Britain and the Allied Forces. Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan and Elisabeth Shue star alongside Hanks. “Greyhound” was written by Tom Hanks, directed by Aaron Schneider and produced by Gary Goetzman.



The film, which was intended to be a theatrical release, is instead being offered to viewers through the Apple-owned Apple TV+ streaming service, thanks to the majority of theaters remaining closed around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Apple paid $70 million for the rights to show the film on Apple TV+

Hanks earlier this week described the release of his new movie, “Greyhound” on Apple TV+ instead of in theaters as an “absolute heartbreak.”

“I don’t mean to make angry my Apple overlords, but there is a difference in picture and sound quality,” said Hanks.

However, in a Tuesday morning interview on NBC’s “Today” show, the star said that he’s “actually thrilled that Apple TV+ is making it possible for everyone to see it.”

Hanks called theater closures due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic “heartbreaking,” adding that Apple “saved the day for us” by allowing Apple TV+ subscribers to see the film.

“Barring that, Apple has saved the day for us,” Hanks added. “We had a magnificent movie that was not going to be seen. Apple is a benevolent streaming service in every way.”

Greyhound will premiere on Apple TV+ on July 10.

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Tom Hanks on ‘Greyhound’ Apple TV+ Premiere: ‘Apple Has Saved the Day for Us’

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On Monday we reported about a Tom Hanks interview where “Greyhound” star Tom Hanks sounded a bit critical of the Apple TV+ service’s release of his new film “Greyhound.”

In an interview with the Guardian, Hanks said he was disappointed in the move to the small screen, saying the change in plans as “an absolute heartbreak.”

“I don’t mean to make angry my Apple overlords, but there is a difference in picture and sound quality,” said Hanks.

Hanks has since clarified some of his feelings about the Apple TV+ release of his new film.

In a Tuesday morning interview on NBC’s “Today” show, the star said that he’s “actually thrilled that Apple TV+ is making it possible for everyone to see it.”

Hanks called theater closures due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic “heartbreaking,” adding that Apple “saved the day for us” by allowing Apple TV+ subscribers to see the film.

“Barring that, Apple has saved the day for us,” Hanks added. “We had a magnificent movie that was not going to be seen. Apple is a benevolent streaming service in every way.”

“We are going to be able to fill up the screens in the living rooms and the bean-bag chairs of the world all in one fall shot, so we feel as though we were rescued at sea by a convoy with a big Apple logo with a bite taken out of it,” Hanks said.

Hanks’ full Today Show comments can be read below.

I’m actually thrilled that Apple TV+ is making it possible for everybody to see it This is a magnificent gift that’s come to us because of Apple because COVID-19 did something heartbreaking to us all: it closed down the theaters. We don’t have the cinema. There isn’t anybody that doesn’t like going to see a good movie with 800 people and coming out with something in common.

Barring that, Apple has saved the day for us. We had a magnificent movie that was not going to be seen. Apple is a benevolent streaming service in every way. It’s going to look fantastic but it’s going to be available. It is going to be viewable, and otherwise we would’ve languished in a vault for a movie that is 88 minutes of a thematic story that does speak to what we’re all going through right now.

We didn’t know that at the time we made the film, we were just trying to make a lean, new spare version about procedures and behaviors about how difficult it was to stay alive in the North Atlantic in 1942. It’s a magnificent deal and we are going to be able to fill up the screens in the living rooms and the bean-bag chairs of the world all in one fall shot, so we feel as though we were rescued at sea by a convoy with a big Apple logo with a bite taken out of it.

In the film, Hanks stars as a longtime Navy veteran who, as a first-time captain, is tasked with protecting a convoy of 37 ships carrying thousands of soldiers and much-needed supplies across the treacherous waters of the Atlantic during World War II. For five days with no air cover, the captain and his small force of three escort ships must make their way through an area of the ocean known as “the Black Pit,” battling Nazi U-boats while protecting their invaluable ships and soldiers. “Greyhound” is inspired by events during the Battle of the Atlantic, which took place in the earliest months of America’s alliance with Great Britain and the Allied Forces. Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan, and Elisabeth Shue star alongside Hanks. “Greyhound” was written by Tom Hanks, directed by Aaron Schneider and produced by Gary Goetzman.

The film is a Playtone Production from Sony Pictures Entertainment/Stage 6 Films, in association with Bron Creative, Zhengfu Pictures, Sycamore Pictures, and FilmNation Entertainment.

The release of his new film isn’t the first time Hanks’ life has been affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus, as he and his wife, Rita Wilson were both infected with the virus during a trip to Australia in March. The couple was hospitalized for three days.

The film will make its debut on Apple TV+ on Friday, July 10.

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