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A guide to Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu as they compete in the ongoing streaming wars and what it means for the stuff you actually watch

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A guide to Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu as they compete in the ongoing streaming wars and what it means for the stuff you actually watch

    Apple iTV+ Max Pro: Netflix at the Oscars, Streaming Bonus Content, Servant, HBO gets "Swipey"

    Apple iTV+ Max Pro: Netflix at the Oscars, Streaming Bonus Content, Servant, HBO gets "Swipey"

    This month’s discussion starts with some Oscar talk, Netflix has more nominations than any other studio, but Thomas has a lot of Oscar opinions in general. The conversation shifts to the way Streaming Services are introducing bonus content, like Netflix’s timeline/map website for The Witcher, this (of course) leads into another discussion about weekly vs binge release of shows. HBO Max announces that it will have an new interface that will be… “swipey.” The final news item is about Apple TV+ (Max? Pro? iTV?) officially confirms they’ve hired former HBO CEO. In other words: “The Gang Gets Serious about TV.”The content discussion for this month is Servant on Apple TV+. The guys seem to like this one. Links:Netflix has more Oscar Nominations than any studioThe Witcher Bonus Timeline & MapHBO Max will have a new “Swipey” interfaceApple Hires Former HBO CEOMonthly Recommendation: Thomas - High Maintenance Jackson - Mr. Robot

    The Most Show on TV: Marriage Story, The Irishman, The Mandalorian (again)

    The Most Show on TV: Marriage Story, The Irishman, The Mandalorian (again)

    This month’s episode kicks off with a discussion of Netflix dominating the Golden Globe nominations. Netflix films seem to be generating a lot of buzz this year. An update on the Disney+ vs. Netflix battle (it doesn’t look like Netflix users are fleeing for Disney+) spirals into more talk about The Mandalorian. Jackson and Thomas ultimately decide the awards probably mean more to Netflix right now than they do to Disney. This episode’s content discussion is Marriage Story. Thomas liked the movie but feels conflicted about Noah Baumbach, Jackson has no director related baggage and liked it a lot. Thomas has watched The Irishman a lot and has plenty of thoughts. He ends up musing about why people have a hard time watching a 3 hour movie when they don’t have a problem watching a season of Stranger Things in a day. Jackson has a theory about why. To wrap things up Jackson recommends The Expanse (Amazon Video), and Thomas recommends Magic for Humans (Netflix).

    Mandalorian Therapy: Disney+ Launch, HBO Max, The Mandalorian

    Mandalorian Therapy: Disney+ Launch, HBO Max, The Mandalorian

    After opening tangents about name spelling and Jeremy Strong, Jackson and Thomas dive straight into the Disney+ launch (4:27), the main topic for the episode. HBO Max has a release date and price (15:09), AppleTV+ launches with a whisper, and the Discovery Channel CFO wants to create a “female-skewing” streaming service. The content discussion is The Mandalorian (32:50). Both have a lot of feelings about the show and their review turns into a bit of a therapy session. Jackson has a hot take about puppet suits, Thomas likes it but doesn’t think it feels like the big deal it was supposed to be. A new recommendations segment is introduced (50:22). Links:HBO Max Launch Date and PriceDiscovery CFO Wants to Make “Female-Skewing” Streaming Service

    Aerial Fauna: NBC Universal's Peacock, Apple TV+ Price, El Camino

    Aerial Fauna: NBC Universal's Peacock, Apple TV+ Price, El Camino

    Jackson and Thomas start out talking about NBC Universal’s new streaming service Peacock, before detouring to talk about Apple TV+ pricing. Thomas is skeptical of Apple’s ability to produce television. Jackson isn’t skeptical about our main topic, The Peacock, but both agree that the Summer Olympics might be the thing that actually gets them to sign up. Finally El Camino is discussed. If you don’t want spoilers for El Camino skip from 32:33 to 40:00Jackson thinks El Camino’s release on Netflix says a lot about how important Netflix was to Breaking Bad’s success,. Both have somewhat mixed feelings about El Camino as a film. Thomas is very interested in how the line between TV and movies continues to blur.

    The First One: Disney+ Pricing, CBS + Viacom Merger, Mindhunter S2

    The First One: Disney+ Pricing, CBS + Viacom Merger, Mindhunter S2

    Jackson and Thomas introduce what the podcast will be about. Jackson is disappointed about the CBS - Viacom merger. This month’s main topic is Disney+. Both agree Disney+ is priced to make a splash and that they’ll definitely sign up, even though they’re not the target demographic. Disney isn’t going to let people binge shows, even though polls say people want to. Somehow they end up doing a mini-review of Westworld.Thomas uses a spreadsheet to figure out the ratio of high to low quality shows on Hulu, HBO, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. Finally Mindhunter season 2 is discussed and whether it’s better to binge the season or take your time.Show Notes:CBS + Viacom MergerDisney+/ESPN+/Hulu BundleIGN Twitter Poll on Binge vs Weekly ConsumptionHulu has the most “high quality” shows.Thomas’ video on MindhunterJackson’s YouTube Channel / / Thomas’ YouTube Channel

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