Category Archives: Apps & Devices

MoviePass Cuts Prices to $6.95 for Limited Time

It initially cost just under $10 for users to see a movie-a-day for a month; both offerings are less than the cost of a single movie ticket in markets such as Los Angeles and New York City. The average ticket price across the country in 2017 was $8.97. – Brent Lang, Variety

Formula One delays start of TV streaming service

The product was announced during testing in Barcelona last month with Formula One saying fans would be able to watch races in a different way, including from their favorite driver’s perspective. F1 TV will give access to cameras mounted on the cars of the 20 drivers as well as the traditional broadcast feed, with viewers able to split the screens of their mobile device or smart TV. – Alan Baldwin, Reuters

Older viewers turn on to SVOD

The [Ampere Analysis] survey showed that viewers aged 55-64 watch a wide variety of content on SVOD with a greater skew towards action and adventure, sci-fi and fantasy, crime and thriller and documentaries on SVOD than average, and with less appetite for comedy. When it came to the top two most popular genres, 55 to 64-year olds behave much more like younger consumers. Compared with their younger counterparts, factual was proportionally more important and comedy slightly less so. In detail, 14% of 55 to 64-year olds want to watch action and adventure on SVOD; 14% want to watch sci-fi/fantasy; 13%, crime and thriller; 8%, comedy; 7%, documentaries. – Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News

YouTube extends its ‘Dark Theme’ to iOS

You have to jump through hoops to access the feature on desktop via the developer mode, but on mobile, things are a lot simpler. To access it, you simply head to your account icon, hitting settings, and look for a setting called “Dark theme.” You can then toggle it on or off, as shown in the GIF below. The feature is rolling out today, but as usual, it might not hit your neck of the woods right away. – Steve Dent, Engadget

Scientology Poised to Launch TV Network

Evidence of the network is already on Apple’s app store, where “Scientology TV” is available for download from The Church of Scientology International. Running the app reveals a placeholder announcement that content will officially launch at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. P.T. There’s also a newly launched Twitter account, with first updates coming early Sunday morning, pointing to a website that doesn’t yet appear to be up and running. – Michael O’Connell, The Hollywood Reporter

Netflix’s real advantage is that it’s a tech company first

For Netflix, the tech is just as important as the storytelling. Regardless of how many shows or movies Netflix produces, it needs to ensure that its 118 million subscribers can watch them without issue — no matter where they are in the world, which smartphone they own or how fast their internet is. Netflix even recently re-encoded its entire catalog (said to be around 6,000 titles) to produce the best possible picture using the smallest amount of bandwidth. – Edgar Alvarez, Engadget
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