NBCUniversal streamer Peacock comes early to Comcast customers

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Peacock is ready to take on Netflix and Apple TV+.
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Comcast is jumping into the streaming wars this week with an early preview of Peacock that gives customers access to over 15,000 hours of movies and TV shows from NBCUniversal. Peacock isn’t set to launch to the public until July, but if you’re an Xfinity X1 or Flex customer, you can get a taste of service starting on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

HBO lengthens support for older Apple TV streaming devices until May 15

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2nd and 3rd gen Apple TV users have a little more time to find options to watch HBO.
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HBO reversed its plans Friday to drop support for second- and third-generation Apple TV units saying it would extend its policy until May 15.

In a comment to Cult of Mac, the company said it would continue support for the older devices “a few additional months.”

HBO Go, HBO Now drop support for older Apple TV models this month

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There is another way to enjoy HBO services on Apple TV, however.
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HBO on Wednesday confirmed its HBO Go and HBO Now services will drop support for second- and third-generation Apple TV units this month. Users will no longer be able to stream starting April 30.

The change is being made “in order to provide the best streaming experience,” the company said. There are other ways to enjoy these services on older Apple TV boxes, however.

HBO unlocks 500 hours of free content, but not Game of Thrones

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You'll have to subscribe to HBO Now to see Game of Thrones.
You'll have to subscribe to HBO Now to see Game of Thrones.
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HBO is joining the wave of companies that are offering free access to their content to placate everyone sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting on April 3, the HBO Now and HBO Go apps will offer freebies to anyone the doesn’t already have a paid subscription. The trove of over 500 hours of free content includes all seasons of The Sopranos, Silicon Valley, The Wire and Ballers. But if you’re hoping to finally catch up Game of Thrones for free, you’ll be sorely disappointed.

Former Starz boss signs exclusive deal for Apple TV+

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Apple nabbed another industry vet in Carmi Zlotnik.
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Carmi Zlotnik, the former Starz president of programming, is teaming up with Apple TV+.

Zlotnik has reportedly inked an exclusive producer deal with Apple just days after it was revealed that he’s stepping down from Starz’s top role.

Former HBO chief signs five-year producer deal with Apple TV+

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Former HBO CEO Richard Plepler, right, in 2012 with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
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Forner HBO chief executive Richard Plepler has signed a five-year deal with Apple to make original feature films, documentaries and television series for Apple TV Plus.

Plepler was at HBO for 27 years and played important roles in the rise of original programming at the network.

The Morning Show continues to shine with Golden Globe nominations

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The Morning Show is off to a terrific start.
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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association today revealed that Apple original The Morning Show has been nominated for multiple Golden Globes, including best television drama series.

The news comes hours after the Critics’ Choice Awards nominated Billy Crudup, who plays Cory Ellison in The Morning Show, as the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Ex head of HBO might bring the next Game of Thrones to Apple TV+

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Having the former head of HBO making shows for Apple TV+ could be a big win.
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Richard Plepler, who led HBO for almost three decades, is reportedly teaming up with Apple. He’s not joining the iPhone maker, but his production company will create content for Apple TV+.

If a deal goes through, the man who greenlit Game of Thrones would be developing shows for Apple.

Apple taps Chernobyl star as lead in Foundation adaptation

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Harris' role Chernobyl was some of the best acting of 2019.
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Apple has landed deals with Lee Pace and Jared Harris that will see the two actors star in the upcoming TV adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s novel Foundation.

The project got off to a rocky start earlier this year when co-showrunner Josh Friedman stepped down to go help James Cameron write the Avatar sequels. David S. Goyer has taken over as the lone showrunner and writer of the series which finally has some serious acting chops behind it too.

Apple launches in-house studio with Band of Brothers follow-up

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The best WWII mini-series is getting another sequel.
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Apple is launching its own in-house studio and teaming up with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks to create the first series that it will own full rights to.

The new limited series, titled Masters of the Air, will be a follow-up to HBO’s successful series Band of Brothers and The Pacific.