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Sonic the Hedgehog movie digital release will arrive very early

Sonic the Hedgehog movie digital release will arrive very early

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie that finally hit theaters in mid-February following a redesign of its animated star, will be arriving on digital video much earlier than anticipated. According to Paramount Pictures, the movie will be available to purchase as digital video platforms like Prime Video and iTunes the end of this month. This is the latest movie to get an early digital release.

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How is the coronavirus affecting the movie industry?

How is the coronavirus affecting the movie industry?

The coronavirus has dealt a blow to the entire entertainment industry. From sporting events, Broadway and stage performances, any business that requires an audience is feeling the crunch. While these impacts are nothing in comparison with the real lives at stake in the fight against COVID-19, it is having a big effect on studios and people around the world whose livelihood rests on these the film projects. One industry with plenty to lose is the movie industry with many studios scrambling for new release dates and a desperate Plan B.

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Rosario Dawson cast as Ahsoka Tano for Mandalorian S2 live action Star Wars

Rosario Dawson cast as Ahsoka Tano for Mandalorian S2 live action Star Wars

One of the most beloved characters in the Star Wars universe was, until now, relegated to the animated universe. That is Asoka Tano, the once-apprentice of Anakin Skywalker, who began her journey in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. She's been confirmed to appear in Season 2 of the live action Disney+ streaming series The Mandalorian. What's more: She's been confirmed to be played by Rosario Dawson.

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TIDAL free concert streaming video just started

TIDAL free concert streaming video just started

Today TIDAL is streaming 12 hours of music concerts, for free, starting as this article is set to go live - or thereabouts. This concert series includes Jay-Z and Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Rosalia, Gucci Mane, Travis Scott, J Cole, Teyana Taylor, Ari Lennox, Pusha T, and more. This concert series is free to stream for all users.

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Netflix is lowering video bitrates in Europe because of coronavirus

Netflix is lowering video bitrates in Europe because of coronavirus

Netflix will temporarily lower its streaming quality in Europe, after concerns that the video service might be putting too much stress on broadband infrastructure. On-demand services have proved to be a welcome distraction for people forced to stay home during social distancing, in an attempt to curtail the community spread of coronavirus.

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NASA YouTube LIVE streams are a sobering escape from quarantine

NASA YouTube LIVE streams are a sobering escape from quarantine

If you're at home right now - and you SHOULD be, if you CAN be - you might be looking for something to escape the reality of our current situation. We're avoiding the spread of the novel coronavirus, avoiding COVID-19, and we'd love to escape. One of the most simply-accessible, free, inspiring channels of content one can view is on YouTube, shared by NASA.

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Hulu lands on Xfinity Flex and “soon” to Xfinity X1 boxes

Hulu lands on Xfinity Flex and “soon” to Xfinity X1 boxes

Comcast Xfinity is adding Hulu to its service, bringing another potential source of distraction during these times of coronavirus self-isolation. The update sees Hulu streaming arrive on Xfinity Flex from today, while Xfinity X1 customers will get it "soon" according to Comcast.

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SLING TV launches free tier to get people to “Stay in & SLING”

SLING TV launches free tier to get people to “Stay in & SLING”

Quarantines and shelter-in-place orders are no longer just a way to stay away from virus threats. It is also becoming a new venue for content makers and distributors to push their services forward. Some of those services, however, do require some form of paid subscription so what better way to both show solidarity and also advertise their product than by offering a new free tier, which is exactly what SLING TV is doing to give its streaming service a bit of good publicity.

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Netflix Party makes virtual movie theater for COVID-19 quarantine

Netflix Party makes virtual movie theater for COVID-19 quarantine

There's a new system called Netflix Party with which you'll be able to connect with friends and sync streaming video. You'll all drop in a sort of virtual movie theater where, at the time chosen by the host, a movie or show will begin. There, you'll all be able to chat (in a text sidebar) while the movie or show is playing.

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Movies Anywhere beta Screen Pass feature lets users share content

Movies Anywhere beta Screen Pass feature lets users share content

Movies Anywhere, the service that allows consumers to watch the movies they've purchased on a variety of different services, is adding a new Screen Pass feature for sharing content. With this, consumers will be able to share their movies with friends, enabling them to enjoy more content during their long days stuck at home. There will be some limitations to the sharing option, however, including which titles can be passed on.

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“Black Widow” delayed over coronavirus pandemic

“Black Widow” delayed over coronavirus pandemic

The theater release of upcoming Marvel movie "Black Widow" has been delayed, with Disney confirming that it's schedule for the hotly-anticipated film has been changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Disney had intended for "Black Widow" to be released on May 1, 2020, the latest installment of the popular Marvel superhero franchise.

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Universal Picture films are coming to VOD early, including those still showing

Universal Picture films are coming to VOD early, including those still showing

COVID-19 quarantines are forcing people to suddenly look for ways to keep themselves from going crazy over a prolonged period stuck at home. For better or for worse, this has become an opportunity for streaming and video-on-demand services to offer something to ease the pain. Disney has already released its record-breaking Frozen 2 on Disney+ and the last major Star Wars film on digital this week. Now Universal Pictures is doing something that seems magnanimous but also deals a heavy blow to an already ailing theater industry.

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