TelevisaUnivision Set to Launch VIX+ SVOD Service on July 21

New York-based TelevisaUnivision is set to launch a Spanish-language subscription streaming service in the U.S., Mexico and Latin America on July 21, priced at $6.99 and $119MX monthly after a free seven-day trial.

ViX+ claims to be first large-scale global streaming service created specifically for the Spanish-speaking world giving subscribers access to more than 10,000 hours of ad-free entertainment programming in its first year, and up to 7,000 hours of live sports.

Consumers in the U.S., Mexico, and the majority of Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America will have access to more than 70 ViX+ Original series and movies in the first year.

Original series available at launch include “María Felix, La Doña,” “La Mujer del Diablo” and “Mi Vecino El Cartel,” which is executive produced by Selena Gomez. ViX+ subscribers will also be able to watch global movie premieres of Mirreyes contra Godinez 2, El Retiro and Enfermo Amor.

“ViX+ will bring premium storytelling that raises the bar for Spanish-language content,” Pierluigi Gazzolo, chief transformation officer at TelevisaUnivision, said in a statement.

Indeed, ViX and ViX+ create the largest Spanish-language streaming service in the world, with more than 50,000 hours of content targeting nearly 600 million Spanish speakers around the globe.

“Spanish-language viewers will finally have a subscription streaming service with content that authentically reflects our culture,” Gazzolo said.

TelevisaUnivision’s portfolio includes content developed by Spanish-language creators and storytellers such as Salma Hayek Pinault, Eugenio Derbez, Maria Dueñas, Selena Gomez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Santiago Limón, Leonardo Padrón, and Marc Cistaré.

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Apple TV+ to Make Its Debut at San Diego Comic-Con

Apple TV+ will make its debut at San Diego Comic-Con International July 21-24.

The service will feature a lineup of panels of its original series. The panels will feature cast and creative teams from the thriller “Severance,” alternate-reality series “For All Mankind,” and the workplace comedy “Mythic Quest.” The service will also feature a panel with  storytellers from “See,” “Invasion,” “Foundation” and “For All Mankind” sharing their world-building insights with fans. 

Attendees will have the opportunity  to get “severed” as they immerse themselves in the world of Lumon Industries at an innovative “Severance” installation at the Hard Rock Hotel. The experience will take new Lumon employees through their first day on the severed floor where all of their senses will be required if they hope to be reunited with their ‘outtie.’ The experience is created in partnership with Ben Stiller and the show’s producers.

Times and locations for all panels will be announced closer to the event.

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Apple TV+’s original series panels at San Diego Comic-Con International will include: 

Inside “Severance”: Executive Producer and director Ben Stiller, creator and executive producer Dan Erickson and cast members Adam Scott, Britt Lower, Tramell Tillman, Dichen Lachman and Jen Tullock share “Innie” secrets from season one of the Apple TV+ critically acclaimed series.

The Alternate World of “For All Mankind”: Creators and executive producers Ronald D. Moore, Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi are joined by executive producer Maril Davis and cast members Joel Kinnaman, Shantel VanSanten, Jodi Balfour, Sonya Walger, Krys Marshall, Cynthy Wu, Casey Johnson, Coral Peña and Wrenn Schmidt to discuss the  third season of the Apple TV+ alternate reality series. 

The Players of “Mythic Quest”: Creator, executive producer and star Rob McElhenney joins co-creator and executive producer Megan Ganz, executive producer and star David Hornsby, and cast members Charlotte Nicdao, Danny Pudi, Imani Hakim, Jessie Ennis and Ashly Burch take a deep dive into the  Apple TV+ workplace comedy and share an exclusive first look at the upcoming third season.

Storytellers of Apple TV+: Creator and executive producer Ronald D. Moore of “For All Mankind,” executive producer Simon Kinberg of “Invasion,” “See” executive producer and showrunner Jonathan Tropper, and creator and executive producer of “Mythic Quest” Megan Ganz will discuss creating the unique worlds of their series and share exclusive sneak peeks of upcoming episodes. David S. Goyer will also join from the set of “Foundation” with a special sneak peek at the upcoming second season.

New Episodes of ‘Odd Squad,’ ‘Alma’s Way’ Among Titles Streaming on PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in July

New volumes of “Odd Squad,” “Alma’s Way,” “Molly of Denali,” “Cyberchase” and “Nature Cat” will be added to the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in July.

The subscription rate for the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. Viewers can also stream full episodes of shows for free on PBS Kids.

Four episodes in Volume 18 of “Odd Squad” start streaming July 8. The live-action series is about a high-tech agency run by kids who investigate unusual phenomena and use math to set things right. Each assignment helps kids 5 to 8 build math, problem-solving and collaboration skills. 

Four episodes in Volume 6 of “Alma’s Way” start streaming July 19. Aimed at viewers ages 4 to 6, the series follows 6-year-old Alma Rivera, a proud, confident Puerto Rican girl who lives in the Bronx with her parents, younger brother Junior and Abuelo, as well as a diverse group of close-knit friends, family and community members. Each episode models self-awareness, responsible decision-making and empathy, while encouraging kids to generate and value their own ideas and questions.

Four episodes in Volume 11 of “Molly of Denali” debut July 22. In the series, kids meet Molly Mabray, a curious Alaska Native girl. Molly helps her parents run the Denali Trading Post in the fictional village of Qyah, Alaska. Each episode helps children ages 4 to 8 learn how to use informational texts to solve problems.

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Five episodes in Volume 13 of “Cyberchase” start streaming July 22. In the series, three earth kids go on epic adventures to stop Hacker and save Cyberspace using brain power. Empowering kids ages 6 to 8 to be creative problem solvers, the series builds viewers’ math and environmental literacy skills.  

Five episodes in Volume 13 of “Nature Cat” debuts July 29. The series investigates and explores nature with the help of his animal friends while encouraging children ages 3 to 8 to get outside, connect with the natural world and understand the need for environmental conservation. 

Prime Video’s ‘Terminal List’ Top New Show, Netflix’s ‘Virgin River’ Top Returning Show Anticipated in July

Prime Video’s “The Terminal List” was the top anticipated new show, Netflix’s “Virgin River” was the most-anticipated returning show, and Disney’s latest Marvel film Thor: Love and Thunder was the top anticipated movie on the Whip Media charts for July.

“The Terminal List,” which starts streaming July 1, is an action thriller series starring Chris Pratt as a Navy SEAL who, after his platoon is ambushed, has conflicting memories of the incident.

“Virgin River,” season four of which debuts on Netflix July 20, is based on the novel series of the same name. It follows Melinda “Mel” Monroe, who goes to work as a midwife and nurse practitioner in the Northern California town of Virgin River.

Thor: Love and Thunder is the latest installment in Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe focused on the superhero Thor, and his fourth solo movie. Directed by Taika Waititi, the film takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame as Thor (Chris Hemsworth) recruits friends to defeat a villain intent on eliminating all gods.

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with 21 million global users, according to the company. TV Time’s “Anticipation Report” is based on data from those users.

Most Anticipated New Shows for July:

  1. “The Terminal List” (Prime Video) — July 1
  2. “Resident Evil” (Netflix) — July 14
  3. “Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin” (HBO Max) — July 28
  4. “Black Bird” (Apple TV+) — July 8
  5. “Moonhaven” (AMC+) — July 7

 

Most Anticipated Returning Shows for July:

  1. “Virgin River” (Netflix) — July 20
  2. “American Horror Stories” (Hulu) — July 21
  3. “What We Do in the Shadows” (FX) — July 12
  4. “Solar Opposites” (Hulu) — July 13
  5. “Overlord” (ATX) — July 5

 

Most Anticipated Movies for July:

  1. Thor: Love and Thunder — July 8
  2. Nope — July 22
  3. Minions: The Rise of Gru — July 1
  4. The Gray Man — July 15
  5. DC League of Super-Pets — July 29
  6. Where the Crawdads Sing — July 15
  7. Persuasion — July 15
  8. Mr. Malcolm’s List — July 1
  9. Not Okay — July 29
  10. The Sea Beast — July 8

Third Season of Apple TV+ Series ‘See’ Debuting Aug. 26

The third season of the post-apocalyptic series “See” will make its global debut Aug. 26 on Apple TV+.

Starring Jason Momoa, the eight-episode third season will mark the last chapter of the series and will premiere with the first episode, followed by one new episode weekly every Friday.

“We are thrilled to share this epic final chapter of ‘See,’ which delivers all the intense drama, riveting action and heartfelt emotion fans have come to expect, as well as what we think is a deeply satisfying conclusion to our story,” said “See” showrunner and executive producer Jonathan Tropper, in a statement. “Building a world without sight was a particularly unique and continuous challenge that was met through the passionate and thoughtful collaboration of a phenomenally talented and diverse team both in front of and behind the camera. The show has been a monumental labor of love for all involved, and we are eternally grateful for the way ‘See’ has been embraced by viewers around the world.”

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Netflix Picks Up ‘The Electric State’ With Russo Brothers to Direct

Netflix has picked up AGBO’s The Electric State, an adaptation of the illustrated novel by Simon Stålenhag with Joe Russo and Anthony Russo directing and Millie Bobby Brown starring.

In the story set in a retro-futuristic past, an orphaned teenager (Brown, “Stranger Things”) traverses the American West with a sweet but mysterious robot and an eccentric drifter in search of her younger brother.

The Electric State continues the Russo Brothers and AGBO’s partnership with Netflix following the 2020 release of the Chris Hemsworth starrer Extraction and recently completed principal photography on Extraction 2, as well as The Gray Man, starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas.

Production on The Electric State will begin this fall.

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BritBox Unveils New Content Productions With ITV and BBC Studios

BritBox International, which operates British-themed subscription streaming video services in the U.S. and worldwide, June 29 announced new programing productions with platform owners BBC Studios and ITV.

Programs include new the spin-off series “Beyond Paradise,” from Red Planet Pictures, which created the hugely popular criminal series, “Death in Paradise.” The new series takes a look at what happened to DI Humphrey Goodman after he left the sunny shores of Saint Marie in the Bahamas and returned to the U.K.

The series will be available in all BritBox International markets outside of Australia.

“As we continue to grow globally, our new on-the-ground team is embedded into the fabric of British creativity, enabling seamless and passionate storytelling partnerships for U.K. producers,” Reemah Sakaan, CEO of BritBox International, said in a statement.

In “Crime” season two, Dougray Scott returns as troubled detective Ray Lennox. Adapted from best-selling Scottish author Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) and screenwriting partner Dean Cavanagh, the six-part drama will be exclusive to ITV’s new ad-supported free streaming service, ahead of a linear transmission on ITV’s main channel, and followed by BritBox.

Detective Lennox is now settled back into life with Edinburgh’s Serious Crimes team, having fully recovered from his breakdown after the toll of his last investigation. And when a high-ranking member of the establishment is found dead in a Leith warehouse, Lennox is thrown into a case which quickly reveals itself as the work of a serial killer. As victims mount up, Lennox realizes these are anything but random.

“Three Little Birds,” written by Sir Lenny Henry, is inspired by the stories of Henry’s mother, Winifred. On many occasions as he grew up, she would talk about leaving Jamaica in the late 1950’s for Great Britain, which became their lifelong family home.

The life-affirming drama explores untold stories of love, sisterhood, parenting and friendship, and the joys, laughter and struggles of making a new life in the Mother Country. The series follows three young women: the fiery sisters Leah and Chantrelle and their God-fearing acquaintance, Hosanna, as they travel to Britain to build a new life.

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“Working with the very best U.K. producers, we have curated a set of shows we are confident will excite our existing subscribers, while attracting new audiences to our platforms,” said Diederick Santer, CCO of BritBox International.

Other series include reality show “Make it at Market,” which  is filmed in the heart of Leicestershire’s countryside in the secret grounds of Stoneywell, and sees Dom Chinea (The Repair Shop) work with a team of business and craft experts to help a group of budding entrepreneurs make a living from their crafting hobby.

Finally, “Cleaner” season two again comprises episodes featuring a combination of established and emerging comedy talents.

“Karen Pirie” showcases Lauren Lyle (“Outlander”) in the title role in the new ITV drama series from the production company behind “Line of Duty” and “Bodyguard,” among others. DS Karen Pirie is a young and fearless Scottish investigator with a quick wit and tenacious desire for the truth.

The series also stars Chris Jenks (Sex Education) as Jason ‘Mint’ Murray and Zach Wyatt (“Blithe Spirit”) as DS Phil Parhatka.

The series is based on Val McDermid’s first Karen Pirie novel, “The Distant Echo,” which finds the Pirie tasked with reopening an unsolved murder that has been the subject of a provocative true crime podcast.

‘Umbrella Academy,’ ‘Doctor Strange’ Sequel Top Weekly Whip Media Streaming Charts

Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy” topped the Whip Media chart of streaming originals, while Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, streaming on Disney+, led the chart of streaming movies among U.S. consumers the week ended June 26.

“The Umbrella Academy,” season three of which premiered June 22, is based on the comic book series of the same name. It follows a group of adopted siblings with superpowers. Season three picks up following their adventure in Dallas, as they find themselves in an altered timeline.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which began streaming on Disney+ June 22, is a Marvel Comics-based sequel with Benedict Cumberbatch returning as Doctor Stephen Strange, master of the mystic arts. Strange meets America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a teenage girl from a parallel world who has the power to travel between the multiverses. She is being pursued by an entity who seeks to control her power, leading Strange to vow to protect her. The film also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong and Rachel McAdams, and was directed by Sam Raimi.

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with 21 million global users. The streaming originals chart rankings are determined by streaming original TV series with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app. The movie rankings are determined streaming movies with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app.

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The sci-fi thriller Spiderhead, which started streaming on Netflix June 17, fell from the top spot on the streaming movies chart to No. 2. It stars Chris Hemsworth as a researcher experimenting on prisoner volunteers aiming to reduce their sentence. It’s based on the book Escape From Spiderhead.

Landing at No. 3 on the streaming movies chart was The Man From Toronto, an action comedy starring Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson that debuted on Netflix June 24.

Falling from the top spot to No. 2 on the streaming originals charts was “The Boys,” a black comedy series based on the comic book of the same name that follows the battle against abusive superheroes. Season three started streaming on Prime Video June 3.

Falling from No. 2 to No. 3 on the streaming originals chart was “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” which started streaming on Disney+ May 27. The series, released in weekly episodes, follows the “Star Wars” Jedi 10 years after his battle with Anakin Skywalker, who becomes Darth Vader. 

 

Top Streaming Originals Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended June 26:

  1. “The Umbrella Academy” — Netflix (Season Premiere)
  2. “The Boys” — Prime Video
  3. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” — Disney+
  4. “Stranger Things” — Netflix
  5. “Ms. Marvel” — Disney+
  6. “The Summer I Turned Pretty” — Prime Video
  7. “The Orville” — Hulu
  8. “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” — Paramount+
  9. “Love, Victor” — Hulu
  10. “Evil” — Paramount+

 

Top Streaming Movies Among U.S. Consumers June 24-26:

  1. Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness — Disney+
  2. Spiderhead — Netflix
  3. The Man From Toronto — Netflix
  4. Sing 2 — Netflix
  5. Hustle — Netflix
  6. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore — HBO Max
  7. Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe — Paramount+
  8. Downton Abbey: A New Era — Peacock
  9. The Batman — HBO Max
  10. Love & Gelato — Netflix

Study: Streamers Most Satisfied With Disney+ and HBO Max, Less So With Netflix

Consumers are most satisfied with HBO Max and Disney+, while Netflix has dropped to fourth place in satisfaction among the top services, according to a Whip Media survey.

More than 80% of respondents in the survey said they were either satisfied or very satisfied with HBO Max (94%) and Disney+ (88%). Netflix (80%) fell behind Hulu, following a 10% decline from 2021. Apple TV+, meanwhile, enjoyed the biggest jump from last year, increasing 14% to 76% overall. 

In the survey, HBO Max also led in satisfaction for both quality of original content and variety of original content.

HBO Max and Disney+ were also seen as the best value in streaming as well, when factoring in both content and price for each service, according to the survey. Hulu followed closely behind HBO Max and Disney+ to grab the third-place spot. Netflix came in last, with 61% of respondents saying the service was worth the price. Apple TV+ is competitive on quality, but less so on content variety and quantity. 

Among respondents who canceled Netflix, nearly 70% said it was due to its price hikes.

Still, Netflix remains sticky among viewers, perhaps due to its first-mover advantage. Netflix remains the most popular choice for subscribers if they could “only keep one” SVOD service — although the number of respondents who agreed to that statement dropped from 41% to 30% in the last year. Another factor that could be helping Netflix is that respondents said it offers the best SVOD user experience and best program recommendations. 

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The findings were based on a survey of 2,460 TV Time users from the United States. Results have been balanced to reflect U.S. census population gender and age (13-54). The survey data was compiled between April 29, 2022, and May 4, 2022. 

‘Essential Pépin’ Among Classic French Cooking Series on PBS Living Channel in July

The PBS Living Channel is serving up classic French cooking series in July, including “Essential Pépin,” “Jacques Pépin’s 80th Birthday Celebration” and “Dishing With Julia Child.” 
 
The subscription rate for PBS Living is $2.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. PBS Living is also available on Apple TV Channels in the Apple TV app at a subscription rate of $2.99 per month with no additional annual fees.

“Essential Pépin” premieres July 1 featuring 26 episodes. The series shares more than 125 recipes culled from Jacques Pépin’s legendary career. Pépin demonstrates dishes ranging from classical escoffier quenelles to chicken with tarragon butter. Recipes also include basic French fries, soda bread, tomatoes maison and brioche. Desserts range from quick almond plum cake and fast chocolate truffettes to apricot and pistachio soufflé.

“Jacques Pépin’s 80th Birthday Celebration” debuts July 22. In celebration of Jacques Pépin’s 80th birthday, chefs Lidia Bastianich, Rick Bayless and Ming Tsai prepare their favorite recipes alongside Pépin and in front of a live audience. Though the chefs bring their own recipes to prepare, Pépin is eager to lend a helping hand and to demonstrate his impeccable technique. During the preparations, they share candid conversations, memorable stories and anecdotes from their kitchen experiences.

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“Dishing with Julia Child” is currently streaming and features six episodes. Viewers join Jacques Pépin, Marcus Samuelsson, José Andrés and many others influenced by Child as they watch old episodes of “The French Chef” and share stories about the beloved cook, who began her iconic television series “The French Chef” in 1963. Some of today’s most renowned chefs and celebrities delight in six of the most-beloved episodes from her groundbreaking series. The nine chefs featured in the series include Martha Stewart, Jacques Pépin, Éric Ripert, Marcus Samuelsson, José Andrés, Rick Bayless, Carla Hall, Vivian Howard and Sara Moulton.

Other titles coming to PBS Living in July include “The Great Muslim American Road Trip,” due July 5; “America Outdoors with Baratunde Thurston,” also due July 5; and season two of “Expedition with Steve Backshall,” available July 6.