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Netflix gets serious about cracking down on password sharing


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The days when millions of people could get Netflix for free are coming to an end.
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If you’ve been using your ex-girlfriend’s parents’ Netflix password for years, there’s a dark day coming. The video streaming service says it’s going to crack down on the 100 million households around the world using another household’s account.

But the company is also considering a cheaper, ad-supported option. That might attract people about to be cut off.

Sling TV promises week of free streaming service, no strings attached


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The “Stay in and Sling” offer promises 7 days of Sling TV, with no credit card required to sign up.
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It’s not necessary to enter credit card info to sign up for a week of free Sling TV live channels and on-demand movies. The streaming service includes CNN, HGTV Cartoon Network and much more. And it’s all available for seven days with no strings attached to people sheltering at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Free Apple TV+ trial hasn’t enticed large number of subscribers: survey


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Apple TV+ is spending big to attract paid subscribers.
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Apple TV+ may be “off to a rousing start” in the eyes of CEO Tim Cook, but a new survey suggests those who have tried the streaming service don’t share his enthusiasm.

Only 28% signed up for the $4.99 monthly subscription after their free trial expired, according to the website Flixed, which helps people cut the cable by offering insights on the growing number of streaming services. Flixed also found most respondents “liked Apple TV+ less” than Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.

‘Transformative’ buy could lift Apple TV subs to 100 million


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The Apple TV service expected son could bring in $7 billion to $10 billion annually.
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Apple’s streaming TV service is going to be a very significant force in the market if a market-analysis firm is correct.

The service the iPhone maker is prepping could, in a few years, garner far more subscribers than some of its established competitors. 

Media mogul says Apple is foolish to challenge might of Netflix


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Barry Diller doesn't see the competition catching up to Netflix.
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Apple can try to compete with Netflix for video streaming subscribers, but Barry Diller says Apple and others are “fools” to chase Netflix.

Diller, a studio executive turned tech entrepreneur, does not see any company gaining the number of subscribers as Netflix, which began building a base by sending DVDs of choice movies by mail.

Netflix finally makes downloads smarter for iOS users


75% of Netflix users have no plans to jump ship to Apple TV+ (right away)
The Netflix app can now be sure you always have the next episode of your favorite show downloaded.
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A handy Netflix feature announced last summer has come to iOS at long last: the app can automatically download episodes of your favorite shows.

With Smart Downloads, watching a TV episode offline results in the next episode automatically being transferred as soon as a Wi-Fi connection is available.

Coming-of-age drama Hala jumps from Sundance to Apple


Geraldine Viswanathan appears in Hala, chosen for the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
Geraldine Viswanathan appears as the title character in Hala.
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One of the films making waves at the Sundance FIlm Festival is Hala, about a Muslim teenager’s struggles growing up in America. Apple likes it so much it bought the worldwide rights.

This is one of a growing collection of movies and TV programs that Apple is expected to weave into a streaming TV service.

Access a massive streaming library of world-class documentaries [Deals]


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With the endless hours of videos out there, it’s easy to fall deep into a YouTube rabbit hole or binge watch an entire season of reality TV on Netflix. But let’s be honest, that’s often not a very enriching experience. So if you need a regular video fix, it might as well be with content worth watching.

Why Apple should buy a major movie studio


A reboot of Amazong Stories is one of the many shows coming to the Apple TV service.
A reboot of Amazing Stories is coming to Apple’s TV service, but one analyst says it needs much, much more content.
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The best way for Apple’s upcoming streaming video service to compete against already established competitors like Netflix is to buy a movie studio, according to an industry analyst.

Apple is reportedly going to introduce its video service in the first half of this year, and the analyst recommends buying Sony Pictures, Lionsgate or another studio to increase its offerings.

Streaming TV is getting pricier by the minute


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Unfortunately, Streaming TV cost has gone up for all of the biggest players in this market.
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People looking to trim their cable bill turn to a variety of services that offer a smaller selection of channels streamed live over the internet. These streaming TV services go for a substantially lower cost than a traditional cable package.

But many of these aren’t as cheap as they once were. DirectTV Now, PlayStation Vue, Sling TV and YouTube TV have all hiked prices recently.