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Netflix leads the pack with $790.2 million raked in during 2018.
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Get 2 years of over 2,000 riveting documentaries for pennies a day [Deals]

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Watch award-winning documentaries with CuriosityStream for $2 a month
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Binge watching can be something you actually feel good about. That is, if you’re watching content that’s enriching and informative. So instead of spending hours on Netflix, maybe sink into the couch to browse a massive library of documentaries.

Apple inks movie deal with Oscar-winning indie studio

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The cast of A24's latest movie, mid90s
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One of the hottest indie movie studios in Hollywood is joining forces with Apple to make a series of movies.

A24, the studio behind the Oscar-winning film Moonlight, has inked a multi-year deal to produce a slate of films, in what is the first major movie deal for Apple.

Netflix begins testing cheaper mobile-only subscription plan

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Cheaper plans could help Netflix add a ton of subscribers.
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Binging your favorite Netflix shows might be about to get a lot cheaper.

Netflix is currently testing a new mobile-only subscription plan that costs about half the price of the next-cheapest package. The option is currently only available in Malaysia but it’s coming to more markets soon.

Apple is bringing Steve Carell back to TV

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This sounds like the perfect role for Carell.
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Steve Carell is finally making his return back to the small screen after reportedly signing a deal to join one of Apple’s new TV shows.

Apple struck a deal with Carell to star alongside Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon for its comedy TV series about a struggling morning TV show. The role will be Carell’s first since starring in The Office.

Why Apple’s plan to give away original TV shows is crazy like a fox

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Will Apple's weird plan to give away its TV shows make Netflix nervous?
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After spending upward of $1 billion creating original TV shows, Apple apparently plans to give them away for free. That would certainly be a bold move as Apple muscles into original video production, but it might be the craziest idea ever.

Here are three reasons why it’s a smart strategy — and three more why it could backfire.

Apple plans to give away its $1 billion TV shows

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Apple is loading up with original content.
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Apple’s new TV streaming service will allegedly debut in early 2019 — and all those original Apple TV shows won’t cost customers anything, according to a recent report.

Despite planning to spend more than $1 billion on original content this year, Apple will supposedly give away its original content to customers that already own an iPhone, iPad or Apple TV.

Netflix isn’t worried about Apple’s impending avalanche of TV shows

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Netflix isn't fearing Apple.
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Apple is spending upwards of $1 billion making original TV shows, but little has been publicly said about the initiative just yet. According to Netflix’s chief content officer, not only are customers in the dark about how Apple will make its shows available — even the folks making the shows for Apple don’t know.

Speaking at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in Los Angeles, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos said that, “I don’t have any idea what that Apple product is going to be. I don’t think anybody does. I don’t think people making shows for them have any idea.”

What’s more, Netflix isn’t worried!

Netflix picks up Steven Soderbergh’s latest movie shot on iPhone

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Steven Soderbergh is an iPhone convert when it comes to shooting movies.
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Netflix has bought the global distribution rights to Steven Soderbergh’s latest movie High Flying Bird — which, true to the iconic director’s previous word, was shot on iPhone.

This is the second movie by the Academy Award-winning director to be shot using one of Apple’s handsets. After the release of his last movie Unsane, Soderbergh said he was leaning toward shooting all his future projects on iPhone. It seems that he wasn’t kidding!