‘Dexter: New Blood’ Arriving on Blu-ray and DVD March 22

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release the Showtime limited series Dexter: New Blood on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 22. A special Steelbook Blu-ray edition also will be available.

A continuation of the 2006-13 series “Dexter,” which starred Michael C. Hall as a blood-spatter expert for the Miami police department masquerading as a vigilante serial killer, Dexter: New Blood picks up 10 years later. With Dexter Morgan (Hall) still in hiding and living under an assumed name in a small town in New York, unexpected events in the close-knit community start to reawaken the urge to kill he has been keeping at bay, a reality further complicated by the surprise arrival of the son he left behind.

The cast also includes Jennifer Carpenter, Jack Alcott, Julia Jones, Alano Miller, Johnny Sequoyah and Clancy Brown. The event series ran from Nov. 7, 2021, to Jan. 9, 2022.

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The four-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets will include all 10 episodes, plus a 30-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, plus a look at Dexter’s kill room, and discussions with the cast and crew about the return of the show.

The DVD offers English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio, while the Blu-ray offers English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD.

‘Dexter: New Blood’ Blu-ray Steelbook

Netflix Leads Parks List of 2021 Top 10 U.S. SVOD Services

Netflix topped the list of Parks Associates’ 2021 top 10 U.S. paid subscription over-the-top (OTT) video services.

The list is based on estimated numbers of subscribers through September 2021 from the firm’s OTT Video Market Tracker.

The 2021 list shows the first change in the top three services since the firm started tracking the providers in 2015. Disney+ has moved into the top three, moving ahead of Hulu in number of subscribers. HBO Max moved into the top five, while Paramount+ (rebranded from CBS All Access) jumped to number seven on the list. New entrant Discovery+ is right behind at 11.

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Parks Associates’ 2021 Top 10 U.S. Subscription OTT Video Services (SVOD):

  1. Netflix
  2. Prime Video
  3. Disney+
  4. Hulu
  5. HBO Max
  6. ESPN+
  7. Paramount+
  8. Apple TV+
  9. Starz
  10. Showtime 

 

The research firm reports that, based on quarterly surveys of 10,000 U.S. broadband households, more than 80% of broadband households have at least one OTT service and that the churn rate for OTT services is 44%, with consumers adopting multiple subscriptions and experimenting with different services.

“While the Disney+ content portfolio may have allowed it to leapfrog stablemate Hulu in 2021 rankings, its position reaffirms the collective power of the Disney Bundle triumvirate: Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+,” Paul Erickson, director of research of Parks Associates, said in a statement. “ViacomCBS’s successful rebrand and content-fueled reformulation of CBS All Access into Paramount+ have allowed it to leapfrog Apple TV+ into seventh place behind ESPN+, and time will tell if the service will break into the top five.”

“Broadband providers added an estimated 6.4 million residential customers to date in 2021, showing rapid growth,” Kristen Hanich, director of research at Parks Associates, said in a statement. “The importance of bundling pay-TV with home broadband is diminishing though — our Home Services Dashboard finds that only 38% of U.S. broadband households bundle pay-TV with their home internet service, a significant decline from past levels.”

The role of online TV continues to grow, with consumers embracing OTT services offered by familiar providers, according to Parks.

“In Q3 2021, 19% of U.S. broadband households reported subscribing to a vMVPD service, nearly double from the previous year,” Eric Sorensen, contributing senior analyst at Parks Associates, said in a statement. “By 2024, the U.S. vMVPD subscriber base will increase to more than 23 million households. All players will continue vying for the leading positions.” 

Samba TV: Netflix’s ‘Love Hard’ Tops ‘Dexter’ Reboot, Mexican Grand Prix Through Nov. 7

Netflix original movie “Love Hard” topped the premiere episode of Showtime’s “Dexter” reboot, “Dexter: New Blood,” and the Mexican Grand Prix Formula One auto race the week ended Nov. 7, according to new viewership data from Samba TV, which tracks more than 46 million opted-in TVs globally, of which 28 million are in the United States.

“Love Hard,” a romantic comedy with a catfish twist, tracked 1.4 million U.S. households, 202,000 British households, 118,000 German homes, and 10,000 Australian households during the Live +3-Day window.

That compared with 1.3 million U.S. households streaming the Mexican Grand Prix, in addition to 996,000 homes in the U.K., and 454,000 in Germany.

Meanwhile, “Dexter: New Blood,” the much-anticipated return of America’s favorite police blood-splatter expert/serial killer Dexter Morgan, generated 478,000 U.S. households, in addition to 60,000 British homes and just 1,000 German households. Samba said it generated zero viewership for the episode in Australia, despite including Sydney data.

‘Billions’ Season 5 Coming to DVD Jan. 11

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release Billions: Season Five on DVD Jan. 11, 2022.

In season five of “Billions,” billionaire Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and politician Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) see their vicious rivalry reignited, while new enemies rise and take aim. Social impact pioneer Mike Prince (Corey Stoll) poses a true threat to Axe’s dominance, and Chuck feuds with a formidable district attorney (Roma Maffia). Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff) reevaluates her loyalties and forges surprising new alliances that put her at odds with both Chuck and Axe. Meanwhile, Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon) is forced back to Axe Capital.

The 12-episode season originally aired on Showtime in two batches — seven episodes from May to June 2020, and five more from September to October 2021. The sixth season will premiere on Showtime Jan. 23.

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Final Season of ‘Shameless’ Coming to DVD July 20

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Shameless: The Eleventh and Final Season on DVD July 20. It will be available for digital purchase May 17.

The three-DVD set will include all 12 episodes from the final season of the comedic Showtime series, which follows the irreverent lower-class Gallagher family as they scheme and struggle to get by on Chicago’s South Side.

The show stars William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher, the outspoken, alcoholic patriarch of the clan whose independent-minded children do their best to be rid of him. The final season finds Frank’s health failing as he deals with dementia, while the rest of the clan considers going their separate ways after selling the family house.

The cast also includes Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, Cameron Monaghan, Noel Fisher. Christian Isaiah and Kate Miner.

Extras include the featurette “The Last Call,” Showtime’s hour-long post-finale virtual cast reunion, plus DVD-exclusive deleted scenes.

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Showtime Legal Drama ‘Your Honor’ Due on DVD June 15

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release the Showtime legal drama Your Honor on DVD June 15.

The 10-part limited series stars Bryan Cranston as respected New Orleans Judge Michael Desiato. After his teenage son, Adam (Hunter Doohan), is involved in a hit-and-run accident, the judge must tread carefully through a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices. Unbeknownst to Adam, the victim is the son of dangerous crime boss Jimmy Baxter (Michael Stuhlbarg) and his wife, Gina (Hope Davis), who are both out for vengeance and will not stop until justice is served on their own terms.

The cast also includes Carmen Ejogo, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Sofia Black-D’Elia, Maura Tierney, Amy Landecker, Margo Martindale, Lorraine Toussaint, Chet Hanks, Lamar Johnson and Lilli Kay.

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Showtime’s ‘The Comey Rule’ Arriving on MOD DVD Oct. 27

Showtime’s two-part limited series “The Comey Rule” will be released on DVD Oct. 27 by CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment. The DVD will be manufactured on demand and will available  through Amazon and other online retailers.

Based on former FBI director James Comey’s book A Higher Loyalty, “The Comey Rule” recounts events surrounding the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath, and centers on the turbulent relationship between Comey (Jeff Daniels) and President Donald Trump (Brendan Gleeson), whose strikingly different personalities, ethics and loyalties put them on a collision course.

The cast also includes Holly Hunter, Michael Kelly, Jennifer Ehle, Jonathan

Banks and Oona Chaplin. “The Comey Rule” was adapted for the screen and directed by Billy Ray.

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Showtime Bringing Back ‘Dexter’ for Limited Series

Showtime is bringing back “Dexter,” the show about a Miami Metro Police Department blood spatter analyst/vigilante serial killer played by Michael C. Hall, who did away with society’s evildoers. The award-winning series ended in 2013, in a finale that underwhelmed many fans of the show.

“Roll out the plastic. #Dexter is returning to Showtime” read the Oct. 15 tweet. “America’s favorite serial killer Dexter Morgan will return to Showtime in a new 10-episode limited series that will once again bring together series star Michael C. Hall and showrunner Clyde Phillips.”

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Showtime and its sister branded subscription video-on-demand service are owned and operated by ViacomCBS. The new series is slated to release in fall 2021 again featuring Hall, who won a Golden Globe and earned  six Emmy nominations, spearheading the show. “Dexter,” which ran for eight seasons, generated more than 20 Emmy nominations.

“‘Dexter’ is such a special series, both for its millions of fans and for Showtime, as this breakthrough show helped put our network on the map many years ago,” Gary Levine, president Showtime Entertainment, said in a statement. “We would only revisit this unique character if we could find a creative take that was truly worthy of the brilliant, original series. Well, I am happy to report that Clyde Phillips and Michael C. Hall have found it, and we can’t wait to shoot it and show it to the world!”

Additional details on the ninth season, including co-stars, were not disclosed. Past seasons of the show are available on streaming and packaged media.

Facebook Adds Netflix, Zoom to Portal TV

Facebook Oct. 6 announced it is adding Netflix and social media communications app Zoom to its Portal TV platform. The platform is similar to Amazon Channels and Apple Channels, affording users direct access to third-party SVOD services.

Portal TV, which requires separate SVOD subscriptions, currently offers a range of video streaming services, including Amazon Prime VideoShowtime and Sling TV.

Facebook is also introducing a new remote that features one-touch buttons for Prime Video, Facebook Watch and Netflix, among other entertainment apps, for Portal device users. The remote begins shipping with Portal TV Oct. 6 from portal.facebook.com and will be in stores in the coming weeks.

Featuring high-fidelity sound and an AI-powered Smart Camera for hands-free video calling, Zoom on Portal can connect up to 25 people on a screen.

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Portal devices range in price from $129 with an 8-inch HD display, to $279 for a 15.6-inch HD display.

Interpret: Apple TV+ $9.99 Bundle With Showtime and CBS All Access Could Boost Growth

Apple’s bundling of Apple TV+ with CBS All Access and Showtime for just $9.99 per month, announced in August, could be a savvy move, according to research firm Interpret.

Apple TV+ alone is $4.99 a month.

Interpret’s New Media Measure shows that Apple TV+ has room for growth with the bundle method. Among current Apple TV+ subscribers, only 7% subscribe to Showtime streaming and 13% subscribe to CBS All Access.

“Both CBS All Access and Showtime were already available in the Apple TV channels lineup, but considering that Showtime costs subscribers $10.99 monthly and CBS All Access subscriptions go for $5.99, Apple is banking on the bundle approach as too irresistible for content-hungry fans — not unlike Disney+ offering a bundle with ESPN+ and Hulu,” according to Interpret.

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