Surprise… NBC goes free with Peacock streaming service, but with ads

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NBCUniversal decided to call its streaming-video service Peacock. And the jokes practically write themselves.
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NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock will employ a distinctly different pricing strategy than Apple TV+, Netflix and other competitors. It’ll be free, but with advertisements.

Those willing to pay will have access to additional content, however.

The Banker movie hits Apple TV+ in March following delay

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The Banker is the first original movie from Apple TV+.
The Banker was originally scheduled to debut last year.
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Apple original movie The Banker will hit theaters and Apple TV+ this March following a delay, the company confirmed to Cult of Mac.

Starring Samuel L. Jackson, the film tells the fascinating true story of Bernard Garrett Sr. and Joe Morris, two African Americans who built up a successful banking business in the 1950s and ’60s.

The Banker’s release was put on hold last November so that Apple could investigate allegations made against one of its producers.

Apple TV+ series Servant accused of ripping off Sundance movie

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Apple TV+ series Servant accused of ripping off Sundance movie
Apple TV+ has its first lawsuit.
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M. Night Shyamalan and Tony Basgallop’s Servant may be arguably the best of the Apple Originals. But it may not be so, well, original, according to a new lawsuit filed against Apple.

The suit claims that the spooky Apple TV+ drama borrows a fair amount from Francesca Gregorini’s 2013 film The Truth About Emanuel.

Disney+ racks up nearly $100 million in user spending in first 60 days

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Disney+ racked up nearly $100 million in user spending in first 60 days
Disney+ is off to a flying start.
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Aside from saying that Apple TV+ pulled in “millions of users” in its first week, Apple hasn’t shared any stats about how Apple’s streaming service is doing. Disney+, on the other hand, seems to be blowing away the competition.

Two months after Disney+ launched, its app has been downloaded close to 41 million times on the App Store and Google Play app store. In total, it has generated an estimated $97.2 million in user spending.

Little America currently holds 100% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes

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Little America was rejected from multiple networks being Apple snapped it up
Critics really, really seem to like Apple TV+'s new show.
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Apple TV+’s upcoming series Little America is pretty darn great. At least, if reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes is to be believed.

With the initial critic reviews in, Little America‘s current rating stands at a, well, flawless 100%. By contrast, previous Apple TV+ shows like The Morning Show were panned by early critics.

Apple inks multi-year content deal with Little America co-creator

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Apple's handing out content deals left and right.
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Lee Eisenberg, the co-creator behind Apple’s upcoming TV series, Little America, has inked a multi-year to create content for Apple TV+.

Apple already ordered a second season of Little America ahead of its premiere later this month. Now Eisenberg is one of the few creators to score an overall deal with Apple that will see him developing original TV and digital media projects exclusively for the iPhone-maker.

Apple TV+ comedy Mythic Quest coming to PAX South gaming expo

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Apple TV+ comedy Mythic Quest coming to PAX South gaming expo
Mythic Quest could be a pitch-perfect parody of the games industry.
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Apple Original comedy series Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet is coming to Apple TV+ on February 7. But before then, Mythic Quest is stopping off at the PAX South gaming expo in Texas, possibly for an early advance screening.

The Apple TV+ show was co-created by It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia stars Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day. It follows a team of video game developers as they work on an epic sequel to the biggest multiplayer video game of all time. Think Silicon Valley for the gaming world!

What Apple TV+ needs to be a big player in 2020

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What Apple TV+ needs to be a big player in 2020
What changes should Apple make to Apple TV+?
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Apple TV+ is great. I think it’s done a whole lot right in the sub-3 months since it launched. But, right now, Apple TV+ is what Apple was to Microsoft in the 1990s. Sure, the quality is there, but it’s a tiny bit player next to the likes of Netflix and Disney+. To truly live up to its potential, Apple TV+ needs to make some big strides forward in 2020.

Here’s what I think needs to change.