A meta thread for video streaming services - Netflix, Hulu, Disney, HBO, Warner, Prime, AppleTV, etc

Not directly relevant for YTTV, but eg the BBC these days films a reasonable amount of content in 4K despite only broadcasting in 1080i, because they have an online distribution platform as well. Presumably also true at least in principle for the US networks these days.

Sure, they release all that stuff on streaming services and bluray at 4k after all. I imagine quite a lot of it is available in 4k. Just not direct broadcasts, which is what YTTV streams.

Yeah, that’s another part of this. The networks may only broadcast at 720p, but the content might be available via VOD at 4K, which would be cool.

And the VOD, notably, doesn’t let you skip the commercials.

It’s all starting to come together…

Yeah, a double-win for YTTV. Not only do they get to charge more for people to gain access to 4K content, but they probably get more money from ads from VOD content where you can’t skip commercials.

Do I watch the 720p version and skip ads, or the 4K version with ads? WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE!

Not sure how this is going to work with all the caps being thrown around. Spectrum isn’t allowed to do caps, but they’re fighting it.

Groundhog Day is becoming an entire metagenre. I guess that says something about our collective psyche or whatever.

You have to admit it’s a pretty good framework for certain stories. Anything with a redemption arc, for example, can be well served.

And while I’ll probably watch Boss Level, I’m not sure I’m buying Frank Grillo as a lead.

Speaking of Groundhog Day, The Map of Tiny Perfect Things is a lite GD romance on Netflix.

As is Palm Springs on HULU!

Isn’t it Frank? Pretty sure it’s Frank. And they lost me at Mel Gibson. Nope. Nuh uh. No way.

Yeah, Frank. Oops!

I just watched an Amazon Original miniseries (5 episodes) on Prime Video based on the early career of the Spanish national hero Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, called El Cid. Looks to have been filmed in Spain, and speaking of looks, it’s gorgeous. Do yourself a favor and watch it with Spanish audio with subtitles, because I saw a bit of the dub job and it sucked. It’s pretty darn good-- although it does end on a cliffhanger, so they clearly meant for there to be more, but it may be YA casualty of COVID.

This covers a different part of his story than that covered by the old Charleton Heston/Sophia Loren movie of yore, namely the period where he served as squire to Prince Alfonso in the court of King Ferdinand the Great (Fernando el Magno) of León in the mid-11th Century.

Links, both IMDB and historical:

A Frank Grillo action movie with a Groundhog Day premise directed by the guy who did the Grey, I’m all in. Not sure I’ve seen a action movie within a repeating day (does Last Action Hero count?) but it seems like a perfect fit.

If you haven’t seen Edge of Tomorrow you should watch it.

Bah! You are absolutely right, I forgot about Edge of Tomorrow and I shouldn’t have considering how much I liked it.

That’s definitely going to be the better movie between.

Looks good to me. I assume there’s a free trail of Hulu that will let me see this?

So, some news on this one today.

The base, ad-supported tier of Paramount Plus, launching in June, will cost $4.99 per month — a dollar less than $5.99 per month for CBS All Access today. Paramount Plus’ premium tier, with no ads (except in live programming) will be the same, at $9.99 per month.

Those films will debut exclusively in theaters as planned. However, the studio has newly shortened the amount of time they will play exclusively on the big screen. After 45 days, new Paramount theatrical films will land on the budding streaming service Paramount Plus. Currently, “Mission: Impossible 7” is scheduled to release in theaters on Nov. 17 and “A Quiet Place Part II” is set for Sept. 17.

Let’s start with TV fans. Paramount Plus will carry a number of older popular shows, like SpongeBob SquarePants , as well as new originals based around popular franchises like Criminal Minds and The Godfather. Nickelodeon is launching an Avatar Studios to make more TV series and films based on the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. Nickelodeon fans, Paramount Plus is also working on a live-action Dora the Explorer series and a live-action Fairly OddParents show.

Some of the original series announced today include a new Frasier revival with Kelsey Grammer set to reprise his role as Dr. Frasier Crane, and several series based on popular Paramount movies, including The Italian Job, Flashdance, and Fatal Attraction . A Criminal Minds revival — and all 15 seasons of the original CBS crime procedural — will also stream exclusively on Paramount Plus. Finally, a reboot of Inside Amy Schumer and a weekly spinoff of The Daily Show were also ordered.

These series join previously announced titles heading to Paramount Plus. The Offer , a limited series based on the making-of process behind The Godfather ; Lioness , a show about a young marine who is recruited to befriend a terrorist in order to bring down the organization; a reimagining of MTV’s Behind The Music; a documentary series based on FBI profilers; a revival of BET’s The Game; a new SpongeBob SquarePants series called Kamp Koral; and a new version of The Real World .