Samba TV: ‘Little Things’ Tops ‘Shogun’ in Weekly Streaming Viewership Through April 7

The 2021 crime thriller The Little Things made a surprise appearance atop Samba TV’s list of top streaming programs for the week of April 1 to 7. The film, which stars Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto, is available to stream on Netflix.

No. 2 was Hulu’s limited series “Shogun,” the new adaptation of James Clavell’s 1975 novel about Japanese Samurai.

No. 3 was the animated movie Wish, now available to stream on Disney+.

Samba TV, an analytics firm that tracks viewership through smart-TV data, ranks streaming programs based on U.S. household reach.

 

New Law&Crime Series on Notorious Cult Leaders Launching on Hulu

True crime network Law&Crime March 28 announced the Hulu premiere of its eight-part investigative series “Cult Justice,” showcasing first-hand accounts of survivors’ and prosecutors’ efforts to bring notorious cult leaders to justice.

In addition to stories of individual survival and escape, each episode also features interviews with the detectives who brought the cult leaders to justice.

Hulu acquired the series from Cineflix Rights, the U.K. independent TV content distributor, and the deal is the latest development in a multi-year partnership with media company TEGNA Inc. to co-produce up to 250 hours of true crime and investigative originals across a worldwide market.

Emmy Award-winning journalists and producers Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz, ABC News’ Chief Legal Analyst Dan Abrams, Law & Crime president Rachel Stockman, TEGNA’s VP of entertainment programming Brian Weiss and Cineflix’s VP of acquisitions — North America Felicia Litovitz all serve as executive producers on the show.

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Disney Launches Hulu Content on the Disney+ App in the U.S.

The Walt Disney Co. March 27 announced the official launch of Hulu on Disney+ in the United States, merging together Disney’s branded SVOD platform with Hulu content on one app priced at $9.99 monthly. The integration aims to make it easier for subscribers to find general entertainment titles without having to move between separate apps.

Disney+ and Hulu remain separately available (without ads) priced at $13.99 and $17.99, respectively. The services’ ad-supported options remain priced at $7.99 each, while the Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ bundle remains priced at $14.99 monthly. For existing standalone Disney+ subscribers, access to Hulu content for additional devices can be acquired for a $2 monthly upcharge.

The roll out features new branding for Disney+, including a refined logo and color palette and an orchestral mnemonic created by Academy Award-winning composer Ludwig Göransson. The new logo also blends Hulu’s signature green into the legacy Disney+ blue.

“Today’s official launch gives viewers more opportunities to discover thousands of titles all in one place,” Joe Earley, president of direct-to-consumer, Disney Entertainment, said in a statement.

Aaron LaBerge, president, CTO, Disney Entertainment and ESPN said the integration marks the most significant technical, operational, and product evolution for Disney+ since its 2019 launch.

“This is going to drive an enhanced, more engaging user experience with Disney+ and lays the foundation for the innovations and enhancements we are planning for the future,” LaBerge said in a statement.

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Samba TV: ‘Shogun’ Tops ‘Love Is Blind’ in Weekly Streaming Viewership Through March 10

Hulu’s limited series “Shogun” topped Samba TV’s list of top streaming programs for the week of March 4 to 10. The new adaptation of James Clavell’s 1975 novel about Japanese Samurai debuted Feb. 27.

No. 2 was Netflix’s dating show ” Love Is Blind,” up a spot from No. 3, now in its sixth season.

No. 3 was the top film on the list, Netflix’s Damsel, starring Millie Bobby Brown as a woman facing off with a dragon.

Samba TV, an analytics firm that tracks viewership through smart-TV data, ranks streaming programs based on U.S. household reach.

 

JustWatch: Hulu’s Oscar-Winning ‘Poor Things,’ ‘Shogun’ Top Weekly Streaming Through March 10

Hulu was the streaming winner for the week ended March 1o, with the Oscar-winner Poor Things and the new drama series “Shogun” topping the weekly top 10 most-streamed movie and TV show charts, respectively, through March 10, according to new data from JustWatch.com, which tracks data from more than 20 million users’ monthly digital video choices across 54 countries.

Poor Things, a feminist take on the Frankenstein story starring Oscar-winner Emma Stone, supplanted longtime chart topper, Peacock’s Oppenheimer, which topped all Oscar-nominated movies with seven wins, at No. 4. Max’s Dune: Part One and Oscar winner American Fiction filled out the movie podium.

Among episodic programming, the new Netflix series “The Gentlemen” and “Resident Alien” on Peacock and Netflix, among other streamers, relegated recent perennial chart topper, “True Detective: Night Country,” to the bottom of the chart — behind Netflix’s “The Tourist,” Apple TV+’s “Masters of the Air,” and Netflix’s “Supersex” and “The Signal.”

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‘Shogun’ Scores Record-Breaking Debut Across Hulu and Disney+ With 9 Million Views

FX’s 10-episode limited series “Shogun”— based on James Clavell’s best-selling novel — generated 9 million views globally for the premiere episode across Hulu, Disney+ and Star+, based on six days of streaming — making it the No. 1 scripted general entertainment series premiere globally, according to Disney.

Domestically, the show is the No. 1 FX premiere on Hulu, just ahead of “The Bear” season two, driven by viewership from Hulu on Disney+. Internationally, “Shogun” is No. 1 across all series releases, ahead of “The Kardashians” season one.

The first three episodes of “Shogun” are now streaming, and new episodes will debut every Tuesday through April 23. The next episode, “The Eightfold Fence,” will begin streaming March 12, on Hulu in the United States, Star+ and Disney+ in Latin America, and Disney+ in all other territories, and will air at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

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Flamin’ Hot

STREAMING REVIEW:

Hulu/Disney+;
Searchlight;
Comedy;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for some strong language and brief drug material.
Stars Jesse Garcia, Annie Gonzalez, Emilio Ribera, Vanessa Martinez, Hunter Jones, Dennis Haysbert, Tony Shalhoub, Pepe Serna.

Wanting to feel the artificial love generated by Awards Season®, I paged through this year’s Oscar nominees and in no time landed on my favorite category: Best Song. Infidels see the performances of the nominated songs as the perfect time to freshen up their cocktail or dash to the bathroom and snort another rail. Who needs narcotics when the memory of Paula Abdul’s tribute to The Little Mermaid (complete with swampy choreography and scuba divers in tap shoes) or Rob Lowe cavorting with Snow White weren’t intoxicating enough? This year you can keep the theme from Scorsese’s apology to women and the lyrical contributions of the entire cast of hipster babysitter Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City. And didn’t the Academy already honor Barbie for Hotel Terminus? I love Cheetos, those delectable aurantiaceous styrofoam snacking chips that turn a muncher’s fingers oranger than the right fist of tRump’s proctologist. Flamin’ Cheetos arrived on the scene in 1989, the brainchild of Richard Montañez (Jesse Garcia) an enterprising janitor at Frito-Lay’s whose invention instantly became a staple in grade school lunch pails. (A friend’s kid would drench them in Tapatio before washing them down with a shot of Tabasco.) Frito-Lay’s nutritionless munchies and director Eva Longoria’s Flamin’ Hot are each made up of heavily processed corn and in both cases, all the more delectable for it.

For a feel-good picture that goes out of its way not to offend, the sour note that brings up the curtain does so with nauseating aplomb. What Fox Searchlight has done to Alfred Newman’s emblematic 20th Century Fox logo music with stringed CinemaScope addendum is clearly a manifestation of madness. For her debut feature behind the lens, Longoria doesn’t direct so much as she speeds things up to keep pace with the scattergun narration. Opening in an upscale restaurant, the one specific trait Longoria establishes without relying on dialog is that Montañez is not the guy working the kitchen, he’s a customer. Viewers of celebrity biopics spend a great deal of time checking to see how close the performer came to xeroxing the subject. Being unable to pick the real-life Montañez out of a line-up contributes greatly to the enjoyment. When he first meets his future bride, Judy (Annie Gonzalez), the pair stick out like “two sore brown thumbs” in an otherwise lily white high school. What choice do they have but to spend their lives together?

Abuelito (Pepe Serna, Hispanic royalty) stresses the only thing his grandson has in life is his name. Even before the credits roll, Richard describes himself as a “self-professed, most uneducated, successful vato you’ll ever meet. (To our delight, the script interjects chicano slang with the greatest of ease.) A born pusher, Richard won over the school bully by getting the gringo hooked on his mother’s burritos. Success led to his arrest when the cops nabbed the brown kid with too much green. He observed, when the world treats you like a criminal, you become one. The wall-to-wall narration and hyper-editing can become oppressive. Amid the swish-pans and fervent cutting, Longoria slows down long enough to paint a nostalgic portrait of Reagan-era America. One gets the feeling that the auteurs in the pack are the real-life Richard and Judy Montañez, both of whom received a “based on the life stories of” credit.

According to a Los Angeles Times report, Montañez’s version of his inventing the piquant crunchers rang false enough to set the former janitor’s asbestos Dickies on fire. Contrary to his claim, the flaming junk snack was whipped up by a “team of food professionals” in Frito-Lay’s Plano Texas Headquarters, approximately 1.319 miles east of Yucca Flats as the crow flies. Frito-Lay credited Montañez with “pitching several successful snacks developed for Latino customers while working as a machine operator.”

As for the Best Song nominee, did I miss it? That’s what I get for ducking out before the credits roll.

Oscar-Nominated ‘Poor Things’ Headed to Hulu March 7

Ahead of the Academy Awards ceremony March 10, the Oscar-nominated Poor Things will reportedly stream on Hulu starting March 7.

The Searchlight Pictures film debuted for digital purchase Feb. 27 and will be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 12.

Poor Things is nominated for 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Emma Stone) and Best Director.

It’s the tale of the fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Stone), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe). Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo), a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.

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Whip Media Research: ‘Shogun’ Looking to Have Record FX Original Debut

“Shogun” is likely the biggest FX original debut in recent history, and among the largest new series to hit Hulu since 2019, according to new audience anticipation research from Whip Media.

The 10-episodes series, which is set to premiere on Hulu and FX Feb. 27 with two episodes, is outpacing such acclaimed Hulu originals as “Only Murders in the Building,” according to Whip.

“Shogun,” a historical drama based on the book by James Clavell, follows the story of an English sailor shipwrecked in Japan.

Whip Media monitors viewing intent via its free TV and movie viewership tracking app TV Time, with more than 25 million global users.

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Fox, ESPN, Warner Bros. Discovery Announce Landmark Joint Sports Streaming Venture

Fox Corp., Disney-owned ESPN and Warner Bros. Discovery have formed a sports streaming joint venture that aims to soften the effect of the rising cost of live sports programming while retaining joint ownership.

The unnamed and unpriced JV would stream on WBD’s Max streaming service, in addition to Disney-owned Hulu and ESPN+, and launch sometime later this year. Subscribers would also have standalone access to Max, Disney+ and Hulu.

Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Co., said the new service represents a significant moment for Disney and ESPN, a major win for sports fans, and an important step forward for the media business.

“This means the full suite of ESPN channels will be available to consumers alongside the sports programming of other industry leaders as part of a differentiated sports-centric service,” Iger said in a statement.

Speaking on the Feb. 7 fiscal call, Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch said legacy pay-TV remains the company’s primary focus, while adding that the new streaming service would target the 60 million consumers outside of the traditional bundle TV market with an array of “amazing sports content” in one place.

“We’ve done lots of sensitivity analysis, and we would not be launching this product if we thought it was going to significantly affect our pay-TV affiliate partners and that’s very important to us,” Murdoch said. “So the opportunity is huge. And that’s really because this platform is focused entirely not on cord cutters, but cord nevers.”

David Zaslav, CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, said the new sports service exemplifies the media company’s ability to drive innovation.

“This service will] provide consumers with more choice, enjoyment and value,” Zaslav said.

WBD’s Max streaming service currently offers select live sports programming through its branded Bleacher Report app.

Sports covered by the new JV platform include:

PRO FOOTBALL NFL | UFL
PRO BASKETBALL NBA | WNBA
BASEBALL MLB
HOCKEY NHL
COLLEGE SPORTS ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Big East, SEC | 40 NCAA Championship Events |

NCAA Men’s & Women’s Basketball Tournaments |

The College Football Playoff

GOLF PGA Tour | PGA Championship | The Masters | TGL
TENNIS Wimbledon | US Open | Australian Open
CYCLING Giro d’Italia | UCI Mountain Bike World Cup | Giro Donne
SOCCER FIFA World Cup | U.S. SoccerNWSL | MLS | LALIGA | Bundesliga | UEFA | CONCACAF
COMBAT SPORTS UFC | Top Rank
AUTO Formula 1 | NASCAR | 24 Hours of Le Mans

With both NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service and Paramount+ increasingly offering live sports, professional sports leagues are eyeing the transitioning market dynamics as a way to increase license rights.

With the exception of ad-supported Tubi, subscription-based Fox Nation and ad-supported Fox Weather, Fox has no direct-to-consumer streaming option for sports.

The National Basketball Association is looking to renegotiate its broadcast rights with ESPN and WBD’s TNT, which could reportedly fetch upwards of $70 billion over a 10-year deal.

Amazon currently pays the NFL $1 billion annually to exclusively distribute “Thursday Night Football” on Prime Video.

Both Prime Video and Peacock reportedly paid the NFL $100 million each for exclusive rights to Black Friday and Wild Card Weekend games, respectively.

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