We might be in the midst of the golden age of streaming. According to data from Nielsen's 2022 State of Play report, there has never been such a wealth of streaming content. Available streaming titles are up by 26% since December 2019—this amounts to more than 817,000 unique programs ready to watch at the click of a button.
But this also means that it’s all the more difficult to decide what shows and streaming services are worth your time (and money) and which are best avoided. The same report showed that 46% of respondents feel “overwhelmed” by the sheer number of options.
That’s where we come in. Part of our role at Marshmallow Streaming is to help you make sense of all of the available options and say yes to the platforms that best fit your interests, lifestyle and budget.
We’ve covered the benefits of the Apple TV streaming device before, but you might not be as familiar with the company’s streaming platform: Apple TV+. Launched in 2019, Apple TV+ is considered the first all-original content streaming service. This means that the available content is all produced by Apple—although you can connect your other streaming subscriptions to your account to watch everything in one convenient place. The Apple TV app comes pre-installed on all Apple devices, but is also available via Amazon Fire and Roku devices, Playstation and Xbox systems, and select smart TVs. Subscriptions are $4.99/month after a 7-day free trial.
Apple TV+ went from under-the-radar option to the platform turning out some of the most buzzworthy titles streaming now. Here’s what we recommend you add to your watch list:
Fresh off of three Oscar wins—Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay—CODA (which stands for Child of Deaf Adults) follows Ruby, the only hearing person in her New England home, who discovers her love of signing and must choose between her passions and her family obligations.
Is all football created equal? Ted Lasso, played by Jason Sudeikis, is an American football coach hired to manage a British soccer team with hilarious and heartwarming results. So far, the show has scooped up seven Emmy Awards and countless fans. Fun fact, the premise of the show was based off of a series of 2013 NBC Sports commercials, when the network began broadcasting Premier League games.
We’re all trying to have a better work-life balance these days. Severance explores the question of what would it be like if your brain was surgically divided so your work self knew nothing about your life after-hours and vice versa. This workplace drama featuring Parks and Rec’s Adam Scott is smart and incredibly surprising.
Between Netflix’s Bad Vegan and Hulu’s The Dropout, series about scams and scammers are all the rage right now. Apple TV+’s addition to the genre is WeCrashed. Starring Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway, WeCrashed follows the rise and fall of coworking space empire, WeWork as it grows to a $47 billion company and then drops by $40 billion in less than a year.
A Streaming Homerun
Even more news from Apple TV+: Apple has partnered with the MLB to present “Friday Night Baseball.” During the regular baseball season, subscribers can watch a double-header of marquee games, as well as exclusive pre- and post-game content, and a 24/7 livestream of replays, analysis and more. In addition, Apple TV+ is launching “MLB Big Inning,” featuring game highlights every weeknight.
Can’t get enough of America’s favorite pastime? Round out the weekend with Sunday morning baseball streaming on Peacock. Starting May 8, Peacock will be the exclusive streaming home for a game—kicking off with the Chicago White Sox vs. the Boston Red Sox at 10:30 AM (central)—as well as pre- and post-game commentary. Peacock will also offer an MLB hub on its platform, with classic games, documentaries and highlights available to stream. According to NBC, this is just the next chapter in a long history of NBC’s partnership with the MLB—NBC broadcast the first ever baseball game on television in 1939.
More in the World of Sports
If soccer is more of your thing, FIFA has now launched FIFA+, a brand new soccer-focused streaming platform. The free, ad-supported platform is hoping to be the go-to streaming destination for the sport, with live streamed games, original documentaries, stats and analysis, and archival content—including games reaching back to the 1930s.
One downside is that the platform will not be streaming future World Cup games due to distribution agreements. Instead, FIFA is hoping that the platform builds excitement for the sport and acts as a companion to World Cup viewing. Right now, FIFA+ is available via web and mobile devices, but options to expand are being explored.
A Final Word
We hope that these newsletters help you feel in the know about the latest streaming entertainment offerings and news. For a more specialized experience and personalized guidance, our team is always at the ready to make sure you get the most out of your streaming devices, platforms and subscriptions. Get in touch by visiting MarshmallowStreaming.com and start cutting through the streaming clutter today.
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