Survey: Most U.S. Viewers Not Willing to Spend More Than $20 Per Month for Streaming Services

There has been an explosion of new streaming services in recent years, each one vying for a piece of the action and a portion of the money in your bank account. However, A new survey from The Trade Desk (via CNBC), says that the majority of viewers in the United States aren’t willing to pay more than $20 per month total on streaming services.

The survey of more than 2,600 people shows 59% of Americans won’t pay more than $20 per month for all of their streaming TV needs, while 75% said they won’t exceed $30. That means most streaming services are competing for the few dollars left in a consumer’s pocketbook after they dish out $13 per month for market leader Netflix.

53% of those surveyed said they’d be willing to watch an ad “on every other episode of a show” if it would mean lower monthly subscription rates. 68% of respondents said they would be “willing to watch ads relevant to their interests in order to watch fewer ads overall.”

Some of the recent entrants in the streaming sweepstakes offer monthly rates cheap enough to fall into the $7 – $17 left from viewers’ monthly Netflix fix.

Apple TV+, which debuted late last year, is $4.99 per month (although you get a free year of service with the purchase of an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV). Disney+ also recently debuted and runs $6.99 per month.

At least one upcoming streaming service, NBC’s upcoming “Peacock” service, will offer an ad-supported free version, as well as a limited-advertising tier for $5, and an ad-free version of the service for $10 per month.

(Via 9to5Mac)

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Apple TV App for Sony and VIZIO Smart TVs arriving "later this year"

Sadly, we can’t be more specific…

What you need to know

  • The Apple TV app is coming to Sony and VIZIO smart TVs.
  • According to Apple it will be available later this year.
  • This comes in the wake of news that the app is also headed to LG smart TVs this year.

The Apple TV app will make its way to Sony and VIZIO smart TVs later this year.

Yesterday, January 8, Apple published a press release in which is hailed a “landmark year” for services. Amongst the news was a snippet on the Apple TV app which read:

The Apple TV app brings together the different ways to discover and watch shows, movies and more in one app, and is available on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, iPod touch, select Samsung smart TVs, and Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, and will be available on LG, Sony and VIZIO smart TVs later this year. The Apple TV app now offers over 30 Apple TV channels — direct subscriptions to premium video services so customers can watch both online and offline, ad-free and on demand, all in one app.

Just a couple of days ago, LG announced in one of its own press release, that the Apple TV app would be made available on its smart TVs later this year, now it seems that Sony and VIZIO are set to follow suit. As the release notes, it means that with 2020, the Apple TV app will be available across a wide range of platforms including Apple’s own lineup, Samsung TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices. It has over 30 channels with direct subscription access, as well as access to iTunes’ library of moves and TV and of course, all of your purchased iTunes content.


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TiVo's Apple TV and Roku apps "currently on hold"

That’s according to Ted Malone, VP of consumer products and services…

What you need to know

  • TiVo has confirmed that its Apple TV and Roku apps are currently “in limbo”.
  • VP of consumer products and services Ted Malone first revealed the news during an interview at CES 2020.
  • A TiVo spokesperson later said this was “inaccurate”, then provided a statement that said exactly the same thing.

TiVo’s VP of consumer products and services Ted Malone has revealed that TiVo’s Roku and Apple TV apps are “in limbo”.

According to TechHive:

TiVo’s vice president of consumer products and services Ted Malone said in an interview at CES that the company’s Roku and Apple TV apps, in particular, are “in limbo.”

Malone wouldn’t say definitively that the apps have canceled, and he believes Android TV support may arrive at some point as a tie-in to the TiVo Stream 4K, which runs Android TV. From there, adding Fire TV support wouldn’t be difficult because Fire TV apps are based on Android as well. Still, he didn’t give a timeline for either.

Malone reportedly stated:

“My bet is we’ll get Android, and because of that we’ll get the Fire TV, because it’s the same app, just different qualifications… “I think Roku and Apple are in limbo.”

TiVo demoed its streaming apps for Roku, Fire TV, Android TV and Apple TV at CES 2019. They were due to be released during 2019, allowing users to access their TiVo DVRs on other TVs without additional hardware. Apparently the delay is due to “limited resources, technical challenges, and strategy changes.” There’s also the technical issue of transcoding video before streaming it to other devices, causing quality and performance problems Malone says are yet to be resolved.

Malone further stated:

“If we really believe the streaming market is where it’s at, we need to double down on that and not get distracted by a bunch of things that other people want, but aren’t really going to move the needle.”

A TiVo spokesperson commenting on the news said Malone’s information was “inaccurate” and issued the following statement:

“During the second half of this year, we re-prioritized several projects in order to focus on the launch of TiVo Stream 4K. Because of this, the streamer clients were put on hold. We are looking at moving forward with the Android streamer client in order to provide compatibility between Stream and Linux based DVR’s. Apple TV and Roku clients are currently on hold.”

Both the statement and Malone seem to confirm that TiVo reshifted its focus last year, that Android remains a priority, and that Apple TV and Roku clients are “currently on hold.”


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When is ‘Beastars’ Coming to Netflix?

Beastars – Copyright. Orange

After it was mistakenly reported that Beastars would be coming to Netflix in October 2019, we’ve known for some time that Beastars would be arriving on Netflix very “soon” in 2020. The highly anticipated anime series has been a smash hit, and even before its release was in high demand by plenty of Netflix subscribers. There’s still no official release date, but thanks to a Netflix twitter account we know that Beastars will be coming to Netflix soon.

Beastars is a popular Japanese manga series written by Paru Itagaki. First debuting in Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine on September 6th, the popularity of the series didn’t take long to skyrocket. While the series has an excellent and compelling storyline, many fans of the franchise adore the artwork of the Beastars.

The popularity of anthropomorphic stories has grown exponentially over the past ten years, and even though there are now many different franchises to choose from, Beastars still manages to stand out amongst the rest.

In a society of anthropomorphic animals, the culture is divided amongst herbivores and carnivores. At Cherryton Academy, Legosi, a large but timid and quiet wolf is a member of the school’s drama club, working as a stagehand. The club is run by the star pupil Louis, a red deer. After the death and devouring of a student, the alpaca Tem, a wave of distrust rocks the school as the herbivores and carnivores are at odds. To make life even more complicated for Legosi, he has a fateful encounter with the dwarf rabbit Haru and soon develops very complicated feelings for her.

When is Beastars coming to Netflix?

Technically, the first season of Beastars is already on Netflix but at the time of writing the anime is only available on Netflix Japan. All twelve episodes of Beastars have aired and we can expect to see the series arrive very soon thanks to a subtle tweet from NX:

Saying that Beastars is coming “first thing” is very ambiguous and could mean we may not see the anime arrive until March. Typically the streaming service doesn’t like to release anime titles without an English dub available. If the English dub hasn’t been recorded yet, then we know what we’re waiting for.

We scoured the internet but unfortunately, Netflix has kept extremely tight-lipped with Beastars. We’re hoping to see a confirmed release date soon.

Will Beastars be available worldwide?

The series is already available in Japan, but upon release will also be available to subscribers worldwide.

Is the second season of Beastars in the works?

Reports suggest that Orange, the animation studio behind the series, is producing the second season of Beastars. The second season is likely to premiere in October 2020 and would be available to stream on Netflix in 2021.

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Audience network to close; War of the Worlds renewed; brides of Dracula soap; + more

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  • Trailer for season 5 of ITV’s Grantchester
  • Trailer for Sky Atlantic’s The End


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List Published of Potentially Oscar-Nominated Movies That Can Be Streamed Now

The Oscar nominations have yet to be announced, but with the Golden Globe Awards having been handed out, the field of potential nominees is taking shape. With that in mind, The Huffington Post on Wednesday published a list of 25 potential Oscar-nominated movies that viewers can stream now.

The list includes some obvious choices, such as Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” which is available on Netflix. Others on the list are less obvious, such as “I Lost My Body,” another Netflix offering, which is seen as a contender for best animated feature.

Some of the others on Netflix include “The Laundromat,” starring Meryl Streep, and “The Two Popes,” a contender in multiple categories.

Amazon Prime has its share of entries on the list too, including “Late Night,” “The Aeronauts” and “The Report.” Hulu’s candidates include the documentaries “Apollo 11” and “The Biggest Little Farm.”

Several others, such as “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “Judy” and “Rocketman,” can be rented for streaming.

Click here to see the full list on The Huffington Post.


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‘Ratched’ Season 1: Release Date, News, Everything We Know So Far

Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched – Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Netflix is reviving a classic character as part of Ryan Murphy’s output on Netflix. Here’s everything we know about season 1 of Ratched currently expected to hit Netflix in September 2020.

The series comes to Netflix with the involvement of Ryan Murphy who has an overall output deal with Netflix. The prolific producer is behind some of the biggest hits on Netflix.

It was picked up by Netflix back in September 2017 after a heavy bidding war over the title with Hulu and Apple also reportedly wanting the show.

What’s Ratched on Netflix about?

The series primarily focuses on the character of Nurse Ratchet. She’s a character from the classic 1962 novel named One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the movie that followed thirteen years later in 1975. With that said, the character has also popped up in ABC’s Once Upon A Time.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest movie

The series is set to be an origin story of sorts taking us back to before Nurse Ratched had evolved to the monster by exploiting people in the mental health care system.

What production company is behind Ratched?

Fox 21 Television Studios is behind the series which may come as a surprise given its owned by Disney now. However, the production company is set up to be an arms dealer for a wide range of networks. For Netflix alone, it’s working on Ratched and The Politician.

The studio is also currently developing projects for multiple other streaming providers. It’s producing Hitman for Hulu, Nevelot for Apple TV+, Tales from the Loop for Amazon Prime as well as titles for Quibi, Showtime and USA Network.

Even Romansky is the main writer behind the show but as we mentioned above, Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan are also involved. Among the directors for the series include Nelson Cragg, Jennifer Lynch, and Ryan Murphy.

Who’s starring in Ratched on Netflix?

Sarah Paulson – Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/Getty Images

Sarah Paulson is going to be leading the show by playing Nurse Mildred Ratched. Sarah is mostly known for her other roles on Murphy titles such as her recent role in American Horror Story season 8. It’s also worth noting she appeared in the wildly successful Netflix movie from 2018, Bird Box.

Among the other members of the cast include Jon Jon Briones, Finn Wittrock, Charlie Carver, Judy Davis, and Harriet Harris.

Where is Ratched season 1 in production?

The series should be coming to a close on its filming. Filming reportedly began on the series in late January/early February 2019. We got the first glimpse of Sarah Paulson in her full character set up soon after the series began filming.

In terms of where the series is being filmed, it’s reported that it’s being done so in California. Specifically, the series looks like its being filmed in part on Cannery Row, Monterey.

Further recording took place in June 2019 in Point Mogu which is also in California. The set-up here looks to recreate a beachside hospital from WWII. Further filming has also taken place in Lucia Lodge in Big Sur.

As of July 2019, it looks like filming came to an end with a few final reshoots taking place. Thanks to an Instagram post from someone working on the project it looks like filming finished on July 5th, 2019.

The series since its announcement has garnered some controversy namely because of its depiction of mental health.

When will Ratched be on Netflix?

We were originally expecting either a late 2019 or early 2020 release date. However, the IMDb page has recently been updated and every episode for season 1 currently says that they’re due for release in September 2020.

This was later confirmed by Ryan Murphy in an interview that season 1 of Ratched would be releasing on Netflix in September 2020.

Will there be a second season of Ratched?

Yes, Ratched is getting a season 2 on Netflix. When the series was first announced it came with a second season order for Ratched. The series was being sold to networks with an intense bidding war between Hulu, Apple and the victor, Netflix.

Murphy has gone on record by saying there could be up to four seasons for the show. The plans for the show would be that Nurse Ratched “would face off against a different male adversary each season; with the fourth and final season blending One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest into the narrative.”

Are you looking forward to watching Ratched season 1 on Netflix? Let us know in the comments.

For now, here are a few more pictures from the set of Ratched.


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Netflix Special Under Increased Pressure After Bombing

A Netflix program that has been the focus of intense controversy — and apparently triggered a bombing attack on the Brazilian headquarters of the comedy troupe responsible for the special — continues to come under fire.

In the latest development in the furor over “The First Temptation of Christ,” The New York Daily News reports that a judge in Brazil ordered that the comedy special be taken off the air.

“The 46-minute show from popular comedy group Porta dos Fundos has been criticized by Christians ever since it debuted on Dec. 3,” The Daily News reports, noting that a problem for many of the program’s critics is that the show suggests Jesus may have been gay.

“’The First Temptation of Christ’ follows Jesus as he returns home from 40 days in the desert with a new pal, Orlando, and Mary, Joseph and his friends surprise him with a birthday party,” the story reports. “Predictably, this show angered many people. Millions signed a petition demanding its removal by Netflix, and people threw Molotov cocktails at the troupe’s office on Christmas Eve.”

The report adds: “Porta dos Fundos is no stranger to Christ as comedy, having won an International Emmy Award for ‘The Last Hangover,’ which depicts the disciples searching for Jesus after getting hammered at The Last Supper. The group is also wildly popular, with more than 16 million subscribers on their YouTube channel.”

Here’s a trailer, but the dialogue is in Portuguese …


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Ryan Murphy Series Coming to Netflix (2020-2021)

Ryan Murphy, Ewan McGregor and Meryl Streep – Pictures: Getty Images/Netflix

The Politician has just hit Netflix but you can expect plenty more content coming from Ryan Murphy over the coming years. Here are all the projects he’s currently working on for Netflix coming to Netflix in 2019, 2020 and beyond.

As you may know, Ryan Murphy is a prolific TV executive and writer behind some of the past decade’s biggest shows. Many of his shows are streaming on Netflix but from February 2018 the writer/producer signed with Netflix has been producing new content exclusively for Netflix from July 2018.

Here’s every Ryan Murphy project coming to Netflix over the next few years that have been currently announced.

Please note: this is a live article and will be updated over time. Last updated: January 2020.

Upcoming Ryan Murphy Series Coming to Netflix

Hollywood (TV Mini-Series)

Confirmed Netflix Date: May 2020

This limited series set during the “Golden Age of Tinseltown” it focuses

Among the cast for Hollywood so far is Rob Reiner, Jim Parsons, Samara Weaving, Laura Harrier, Mira Sorvino, Maude Apatow, and Darren Criss among many others.

Although it’s dubbed as a limited series, the name of the series allows for plenty of maneuver for future spin-offs.

We’ve got more information on everything you need to know about Hollywood right here.

Ratched (TV Series)

Expected Netflix Release: September 2020

Sarah Paulson and Ryan Murphy re-unite outside of American Horror Story for a reboot of a classic movie featuring the notorious Nurse Ratched.

Alongside Murphy on the project include fellow Glee writer Ian Brennan and also Evan Romansky.

Production wrapped up in late 2019 so we’re expecting season 1 to debut at some point in early 2020. The good news too is that Ratched has already been renewed for a second season.

You can see everything else we know about Ratched coming to Netflix in our preview.

The Politician (Season 2)

Expected Netflix Release: Fall 2019

The Politician first debuted on Netflix back in late September 2019 and although it hasn’t exactly set the world on fire, it certainly presented Murphy’s signature excellent writing staff alongside a great cast for an enjoyable and bingeable series.

The series was given a two-season order and will likely be coming back around the same time in 2020 but with a drastically different set-up.

The only caveat with The Politician is that it’s not technically at Netflix under the deal with Murphy but given his involvement, we’re still including it here.

Halston Untitled Limited Series

Another limited series Ryan Murphy is working on is on the late fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick who rose to international fame during the 1970s and is still an icon to this day.

It’s not Murphy’s first venture into the world of fashion with season 2 of American Crime Story covering the late Gianni Versace.

The series is set to feature Ewan McGregor who is a well-known actor having starred in Moulin Rouge!, Star Wars, Trainspotting as well as a recent season of Fargo from FX. He will be playing the role of Halston.

Aside from Murphy’s involvement, Daniel Minahan is set to direct with Sharr White writing.

A Chorus Line (Limited Series)

A Chorus Line first debuted as a movie back in 1985 but was originally a Broadway musical. In this new limited mini-series set to consist of 10 episodes adapts it for the modern-day and age.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Centered on seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line, set on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre during an audition for a musical. Based on the Broadway musical.

If you’re looking for more information on the original Broadway musical providing some excellent context, check out TheaterMania’s article.

Marlene Dietrich Untitled Series

This series will be similar in premise to the aforementioned Halston series in being a biopic limited series based on a famous figurehead.

Jessica Lange is set to play the role of Marlene who recently featured in The Politician in its first season.

At this stage, it’s expected the series is in very early development but it’s been said that the series is set in Vegas during the early 60s at the prime of Marlene Dietrich’s career.


Announced back in May 2018, this new anthology series that will ride the wave of the #MeToo movement will examine stories of sexual harassment in the workplace specifically during the movement.

Each episode would recount a new story with a different director. One of the episodes is expected to cover an account of what happened at the Weinstein Company and one that covers the allegations against House of Card’s actor Kevin Spacey.

Untitled Andy Warhol Documentary Series

Andy Warhol was a prolific American artist and his life will be celebrated and documented in a 10-part “flashy” series.

Beyond Murphy’s involvement, that’s all we know so far.

Upcoming Ryan Murphy Movies/Documentaries Coming to Netflix

The Prom

Expected Netflix Date: 2020

Ryan Murphy constantly dips his toes into the musical space with Glee being the biggest title in the genre. This adaptation is of the hit Broadway show including songs sung by Ariana Grande, Meryl Streep, and James Corden.

Here’s the official synopsis for the show:

A troupe of hilariously self-obsessed theater stars swarm into a small conservative Indiana town in support of a high school girl who wants to take her girlfriend to the prom.

This movie already has a blockbuster cast headlined by Nicole Kidman playing the role of Angie Dickinson and Meryl Streep as Dee Dee Allen. Also featuring is Keegan-Michael Key, Kerry Washington, James Corden, Awkwafina, and Andrew Rannells.

The Boys in the Band

Expected Netflix Date: 2020

Picture: Joan Marcus/THR

Written by Ryan Murphy this will see a movie adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name. It’s got an all-star cast and follows a group of gay men that are partying to celebrate one of the friend’s birthday party.

Among the cast is Jim Parsons (also starring in Hollywood), Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, and Charlie Carver.

Before we leave you, we just want to wrap up with some other points, rumors or projects that have been announced but we don’t know enough to feature them above.

  • A documentary on an elderly lesbian couple coming out has been reported by numerous outlets.
  • Netflix is set to continue getting new seasons of Ryan Murphy’s FX output including Pose, American Crime Story and American Horror Story in the US and other regions.
  • In 2015, One Hit Wonders was announced which sees Ryan Murphy team up with Gwyneth Paltrow for a musical dramedy. That title has gone MIA but perhaps could find its way onto Netflix.
  • There’s been plenty of rumors swirling about Murphy maybe bringing Scream Queens to Netflix but nothing of substance sadly.

What Ryan Murphy project are you most looking forward to on Netflix? Let us know in the comments.


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What have you been watching? Including Virgin River, The Mandalorian, For All Mankind and Mr Robot

It’s a bit of a mopping up job today. Already this week, I’ve discussed all the UK TV and the Netflix shows that I watched over Christmas, so today, rather than cover any new shows, I’m going to be talking about the regulars in the TMINE viewing queue – what’s left of it, anyway.

Stumptown and Evil both took a Christmas break, and all the remaining regulars actually concluded either the entire season or the entire series, leaving just those two in the ongoing viewing pile. I wonder how long that will last?

But after the jump, we can discuss the final episodes (for now – they’ve all been renewed for second seasons) of For All Mankind, The Mandalorian and Virgin River, as well the final ever episodes of Mr Robot.

See you in a mo.

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