Netflix CEO: Apple and Disney will take streaming wars to ‘whole new world’

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75% of Netflix users have no plans to jump ship to Apple TV+ (right away)
75% of Netflix users have no plans to jump ship to Apple TV+ (right away)
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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings almost sounds excited about the increased competition his company is about to face from the biggest tech companies in the world.

After basically creating the entire TV streaming market, Netflix is about to go up against new services from Apple and Disney. In an interview with Variety, Hastings admitted it’s going to be a whole new ball game in just a few months, but Netflix doesn’t plan to change much.

Obamas score podcasting deal with Spotify

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Maybe the coolest, most tech savvy president ever.
Maybe the coolest, most tech savvy president ever.
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The Obamas are heading to Spotify.

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have scored a deal with Apple’s biggest rival in the music streaming business to create a series of exclusive podcasts.

Apple adds new actors to cast of morning TV news show

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Steve Carell will play a news caster that's becoming irrelevant.
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The full cast of Apple’s morning TV show comedy is starting to take shape after two more actors have signed onto the project.

Billy Crudup and Gugu Mbatha-Raw have joined the cast for the untitled Apple TV series that lists Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston as both executive producers and stars of the show.

Apple picks up thriller series from M. Night Shyamalan

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Apple is teaming up with M. Night Shyamalan for a mysterious new TV project.

Shyamalan reportedly struck a deal with Apple to executive produce a new TV show that’s being described as a psychological thriller, but other details are being kept under wraps.

Pixar co-founder takes leave of absence following misconduct allegations

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Steve Jobs surrounded by Pixar founders Edwin Catmull (left) and Peter Lasseter (right).
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Pixar co-founder John Lasseter has become the latest high profile person to be accused of inappropriate behavior toward women. In a statement released today, Lasseter apologized for his alleged pattern of showering female employees with hugs and that he’s taking a six-month leave of absence.

As Chief Creative Officer of both Disney and Pixar, Lasseter is one of the most prominent persons in the animated film industry. Steve Jobs and Lasseter had a close relationship for years after the Apple CEO purchased Pixar from Lucasfilm.