With longer days here at last, there's no better time to enjoy that extra downtime and catch up on the latest shows and movies. Not sure what to watch and where to do it? We've pulled together some of the newest titles that have us buzzing. Then be sure to check out our helpful roundup of streaming entertainment news. It’s showtime!
In this Peacock original series, two best friends grapple with the complicated history of their small hometown. Showrunners Ed Helms (The Office), Mike Schur (The Office, Parks and Recreation, The Good Place) and Sierra Teller Ornelas (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) have all put their comedy writing skills to work, along with one of the largest Indigenous writing staffs working in American television today. Season two, which comes out this month, intensifies as the townspeople get ready for a mayoral election.
For true crime fans, The Staircase is not to be missed. This miniseries follows the real life story of the Peterson family in North Carolina, including the mysterious death of wife Kathleen and the suspicion following her husband Michael, a writer with political ambitions. HBO pulled together a star-studded cast for the show, casting Oscar winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) as Michael Peterson and Australian powerhouse Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense, Hereditary) as Kathleen Peterson.
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction - Season 4, Netflix
The fourth season of David Letterman’s Netflix talk show has him engaging in wide-ranging conversations over homemade pizza with actor Ryan Reynolds, while fishing with comedian Julia Louis-Dreyfus and playing shuffleboard with basketball star Kevin Durant, among others. If you haven’t seen the show before, also be sure to go back to Season 1, Episode 1 to check out his not-to-be-missed talk with former President Barack Obama.
Night Sky - Amazon Prime
What would you do if you discovered a portal to another planet in your backyard? That’s the premise for this new Amazon original science fiction series, starring Sissy Spacek and J. K. Simmons in solid performances as longtime married couple Irene and Franklin York. The pair have been keeping a secret about the secret tunnel under their tool shed that leads to an observation tower on a distant planet. But when some nosy neighbors want to know why Franklin and Irene are wandering around their yard late at night, hiding the truth threatens to upend the balance of this double life.
Hulu & Fubo TV: What’s New for Subscribers?
Now that Hulu Live TV and Fubo TV have both upped the price of their base packages to $69.99/month, we're breaking down what updates come with that jump in cost.
Pro Plan customers now get 10 simultaneous streams and 1,000 hours of cloud DVR storage.
The Regional Sports Network fee (RSN) for Chicagoland customers is now $8.99. This will immediately affect new customers, but current subscribers will see the adjusted fee starting July 1. This fee includes the Marquee Sports Network and NBC Sports Chicago channels. Even with the increase, Fubo TV remains the most cost-effective way to stream Chicago Cubs games.
Pro Plan subscribers no longer have access to 4K streaming.
Fubo TV added a new optional package called News Plus. For an additional $2.99/month, subscribers can stream coverage from international news outlets like BBC World News, Bloomberg+, CNBC World and more.
Fubo TV isn’t the only platform adding new channel and package options. Here’s a look at the newest additions to some of the most popular platforms.
Peacock premium subscribers with a love of reality TV are in luck. The platform is the first streaming-only service to offer new episodes of Bravo network titles the day after they air. That means that beginning in September, all Bravo show episodes will be available to stream the next day. Some popular titles like Top Chef and the Real Housewives franchise have already rolled out this feature. By September, subscribers will be able to access old seasons of additional Bravo shows under Peacock’s Bravo hub.
Peacock has also inked a deal with Lionsgate films for an exclusive streaming window for its upcoming titles, including The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent with Nicolas Cage and John Wick: Chapter 4, starring Keanu Reeves.
YouTube TV has added video game-focused network G4, as well as a slew of titles from Allen Media Group, to its live TV package. Allen Media Group is most known for The Weather Channel, but is also home to networks like Comedy.TV and Recipe.TV. These networks already have direct competitors included in YouTube TV’s package (Comedy Central and Food Network, respectively), so only time will tell where viewers will turn their attention.
National Geographic has launched a unique package it’s calling National Geographic Premium. For $10.99/month, $109/year or $190/two years, subscribers get access to exclusive online content via the National Geographic website and app, print issues of the National Geographic magazine and a subscription to Disney Plus, where they can take full advantage of the nature documentaries and programming available in the National Geographic hub. For National Geographic superfans, this is a great way to get a multimedia experience. Disney Plus alone normally costs $7.99/month or $79.99/year so if you already had your eye on both companies, here’s your opportunity to cut costs.
IMDb TV Rebrands
You might know Amazon Freevee by its previous names, IMDb TV and IMDb Freedive. Regardless of the name, the premise of the platform is essentially the same: a free, ad-supported streaming service from Amazon. Best of all, you don’t need an Amazon Prime subscription to enjoy what Freevee has to offer. There’s plenty of popular media available to stream, with shows like Mad Men, Lost and Perry Mason, and movies like Logan and Knives Out. Freevee is even rolling out original content like Bosch: Legacy, a spin-off of Prime’s popular title Bosch, which ran for seven seasons and is based on author Michael Connelly’s crime novels.
Amazon Freevee is available via computer browser, or through the dedicated app on Amazon Fire devices, Roku devices, iOS and Android mobile devices, Samsung and LG Smart TVs, Android and Google TV-supported devices, Playstation 4 and 5, and Xbox One and Series S/X.
A Final Word
You may remember the previous newsletter where we covered the in’s and out’s of streaming weather coverage. Now, The Weather Channel parent company, Allen Media Group, has quietly rolled out the plainly-named The Weather Channel TV App as a way to appease cord-cutting viewers. In fact, the app is very similar to The Weather Channel’s pre-existing TV Everywhere App, minus the need to sign in with credentials linked to satellite or cable TV. For $2.99/month or $29.99/year (after a seven-day trial), subscribers get access to real-time 24/7 forecasts, customizable weather content based on location, and on-demand content like docuseries and more. The app is currently available for Roku and Amazon Fire devices, and Samsung Smart TVs. It is not available via computer browser or on mobile devices.
This service is more streamlined and dedicated to weather content than the Local Now platform, which we’ve covered before and is also owned by Allen Media Group. Whatever you may be looking for in a streaming service, we’re here to make sure you understand all of your options and walk you through every step of the process. Visit MarshmallowStreaming.com to get started.
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