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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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Popular Law and Order: SVU character returns for new spin-off series

Popular Law and Order: SVU character returns for new spin-off series

A popular character from hit TV show Law & Order: SVU will return in a new spin-off series, according to a new report. Actor Christopher Meloni is back in his role as detective Elliot Stabler, though fans will need to tune into the new crime series to see him. The series will be part of the new multi-year deal between creator Dick Wolf and Universal Television.

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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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Star Trek: Voyager fan taps AI for unofficial 4K remaster

Star Trek: Voyager fan taps AI for unofficial 4K remaster

A number of beloved older shows are doomed to languish in low-resolution quality due to costs associated with properly remastering them for modern displays. In addition to reprocessing raw footage from these shows, many would require entirely new computer graphics for an official remaster, making the cost astronomical for lengthy series. That hasn't stopped a number of fans from using the next best thing: artificial intelligence.

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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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Fox Sports is airing an esports Madden NFL Invitational event today

Fox Sports is airing an esports Madden NFL Invitational event today

Last week, it was revealed that NASCAR would hold an esports event in place of the actual races it had to cancel because of the coronavirus outbreaks in the US. In an announcement on Saturday, Fox Sports revealed that the NFL is similarly embracing esports during this time with its upcoming Madden NFL Invitational. This event will air on Fox Sports today, March 29, on behalf of the CDC Foundation.

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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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Killing Eve season 3 will premiere two weeks early on AMC

Killing Eve season 3 will premiere two weeks early on AMC

The third season of hit BBC America drama Killing Eve will premiere two weeks earlier than originally scheduled, the opposite of the trend we've seen from the movie industry. The decision to air the season early isn't surprising -- many people are currently at home and consuming far more media than they typically would in a week. You'll still have to wait a couple of weeks before the first episode drops, however.

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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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Google Play Movies may soon offer hundreds of free movies with ads

Google Play Movies may soon offer hundreds of free movies with ads

There have been quite a number of streaming services voicing their support to promote the stability of the Internet by throttling the quality of videos or offering more content to help keep people inside longer. One name that is noticeably missing is, of course, Google Play Movies. It may not have enough users to bring the Internet down but, more importantly, it doesn't have that much free content to entice them in the first place. That could, however, be changing soon based on clues found in Play Movies' Android app.

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Comcast, Verizon, and Plex roll out free offers for those stuck at home

Comcast, Verizon, and Plex roll out free offers for those stuck at home

COVID-19 is changing the world in more ways than one. In addition to forcing nations to close borders both outside and inside, it is also forcing people to reorganize their lives around the Internet while confined at home. Unsurprisingly, that has prompted many content distributors to ramp up their offerings to keep their customers from going insane. The latest to follow that trend are giving subscribers and users more free content to consume in the days ahead.

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