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HBO makes dozens of hit shows and movies available to watch for free

HBO makes dozens of hit shows and movies available to watch for free

Late last week, WarnerMedia announced that it was making dozens of its hit HBO shows, as well as movies and more, available to stream for free starting on April 3. The content is being made available without a subscription so that people staying home in quarantine can check out the service without signing up -- and, potentially, get hooked on a series that compels them to subscribe after the free period ends.

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Blackmagic just made the killer video deck for streamers

Blackmagic just made the killer video deck for streamers

Blackmagic has launched a new live video switcher with built-in streaming support, the ATEM Mini Pro, along with an update for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras that could make them more appealing for DIY studios. The ATEM Mini Pro builds on Blackmagic's existing ATEM Mini, adding in new features for both recording and streaming.

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Disney says The Simpsons in original format will arrive next month

Disney says The Simpsons in original format will arrive next month

Late last year following the launch of its Disney+ streaming service, Disney promised that it would make The Simpsons available in its original 4:3 aspect ratio (for the first 20 or so seasons) at the request of fans. This is more than just an aesthetic issue -- the cropping has ruined a number of jokes from the earlier seasons by removing important visual context necessary to complete the humor.

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Amazon gaming ambitions include original title in May, cloud platform

Amazon gaming ambitions include original title in May, cloud platform

Gaming is huge business and the COVID-19 situation has boosted that even further. Even without the coronavirus, however, analysts have predicted that the gaming industry revenue this year will be double the recording and box office markets combined. As such, it's really no surprise that almost anyone and everyone wants a piece of that pie. And, of course, Amazon is setting out to conquer that market as well in more ways than one.

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Apple waives 30% cut from video subscription apps

Apple waives 30% cut from video subscription apps

More and more people are turning to digital videos, be it streaming, rental, or outright purchase, during these times of being copped up indoors. That is naturally a prime opportunity for distributors and services to advertise certain features, including free offers, and get more subscribers. Those don't necessarily translate to an exponential rise in profits, especially if they have to pay some "tax" to platform owners like Google and Apple. Almost out of the blue, Apple is now relaxing its much-criticized 30% cut from certain video apps, allowing those apps to keep 100% of the subscriptions, at least for now.

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Twitch Mod View to help moderators stay sane by organizing their tools

Twitch Mod View to help moderators stay sane by organizing their tools

The past few weeks have seen the Internet explode in the number of users hopping not just to stream videos but especially to collaborate and communicate with others. That's true not just for work but also for streaming games, tutorials, and other activities on platforms like Twitch. The rapid surge in the number of viewers also means that there will be more people to keep an eye on and, if necessary, keep them in line. It's not easy being a Twitch moderator but the platform's new Mod View will try to at least put some order in that chaos.

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Comedy TV show Community will soon expand from Hulu to Netflix

Comedy TV show Community will soon expand from Hulu to Netflix

Comedy series Community from Dan Harmon will be available to stream in its entirety on Netflix, it has been announced. All six seasons of the hit show will be available on the platform starting tomorrow, April 1, and no that's not an April Fools' joke. The new arrival on Netflix is good news for people to subscribe to the service, but the deal isn't exclusive -- the series will also remain on Hulu.

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SiriusXM Premier is now free, but only until May 15

SiriusXM Premier is now free, but only until May 15

SiriusXM, the company best known for its satellite radio service, is the latest to offer extended free access to its product for people stuck home in quarantine. The company has made its streaming service available for free until May 15; during this time, new users can access the platform and stream music, as well as the company's talk shows and more, without paying for a subscription.

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Netflix renews Locke & Key comic book adaptation for second season

Netflix renews Locke & Key comic book adaptation for second season

Netflix has renewed its comic book adaptation Locke & Key for a second season, the company announced on Monday. The renewal isn't surprising -- many Netflix originals get a second season, and most even get a third. Whether the series will manage to survive past the 'three-season curse' is another matter. As expected, the second season will be exclusive to Netflix.

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Netflix reveals Dragon’s Lair original, possibly with Ryan Reynolds

Netflix reveals Dragon’s Lair original, possibly with Ryan Reynolds

Classic video franchise Dragon's Lair will be returning to the small screen, this time as an original Netflix creation. The video streaming company announced its new project on Friday, stating that it is currently in talks with actor Ryan Reynolds to play the game's main character Dirk the Daring. A number of people are on board the project to serve as producers.

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All Star Trek Picard episodes stream free for a month

All Star Trek Picard episodes stream free for a month

CBS just made all episodes of Picard (the Star Trek series) free for the viewing for a month. They've done this for at least two reasons. One, basically everyone in the world is under some form of quarantine due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). Two, the best way to get people to join your subscription payment service is to get them to sign up with a "free" offer that keeps them signed up once it's expired.

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Roku Home Together is joining the growing list of Internet strainers

Roku Home Together is joining the growing list of Internet strainers

Whoever said that the Internet was just a luxury definitely didn't see this global crisis coming. Sent and forced to stay at home to protect their lives, people have become almost completely dependent on the Internet to do work they were told could never be done at home. They also need the Internet to distract them from their urge to run out of their doors. Numerous companies and streaming services have already voiced their support for this period of quarantine and Roku, naturally, won't be left behind.

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