Seasons of ‘Antiques Road Trip,’ ‘Nova: Making Stuff’ Available on PBS Living in December

Five seasons of “Antiques Road Trip,” eight seasons of “World’s Greatest,” and episodes of “NOVA: Making Stuff” are among the titles available on PBS Living in December.

PBS Living is available on Prime Video and Apple TV Channels. The subscription rate is $2.99 per month on Prime Video with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription and on Apple TV Channels in the Apple TV app at $2.99 per month with no additional annual fees.

Seasons 11-13 and 19-20 of “Antiques Road Trip” start streaming Dec. 14. Viewers hit the road in a classic car for a tour through Great Britain, including Cornwall, Shropshire, Glasgow, the Isle of Wight and Northern Ireland, with two antiques experts as they search the local stores for treasures, competing to see who can turn a limited budget into a small fortune. Their adventures take them off the beaten path and allow them to indulge their passion for the past, learning about the little-known stories behind some of the greatest events in British history. In these seasons, experts including Christina Trevanion, Paul Laidlaw, Anita Manning, David Harper, Charles Hanson, Izzie Balmer and many others discover what could be an ancient coffin, a French sunburst clock, a dirty kilim rug, a 19th century butter churn and other gems.

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Seasons one through eight of “World’s Greatest” start streaming Dec. 3. The series takes viewers on a tour of the world’s finest cities, natural wonders, animal encounters, voyages and adventures, monuments, and islands. In “World’s Greatest Cities,” viewers circle the globe on a quest to discover the beating heart of the world’s most extraordinary places. In “World’s Greatest Animal Encounters,” viewers explore where killer whales cruise the coastlines and grizzlies catch fish in the wild, trek deep into the jungle to meet silver-backed gorillas and embark on an African safari. “World’s Greatest Journeys” travels along Route 66, follows the wildebeest migration across the Serengeti, choppers over the Grand Canyon, rattles through the Rocky Mountains and sails to Antarctica. “World’s Greatest Islands” celebrates the uniqueness of islands, looking at how they are formed and what makes life in each place so extraordinary. Other seasons include “World’s Greatest Natural Wonders,”  “World’s Greatest Manmade Wonders,” “World’s Greatest: Engineering Icons” and “World’s Greatest Natural Icons.”

Streaming starting Dec. 29 are four episodes of season one of “Nova: Making Stuff,” a show about technology, inventions and science. In the series, popular technology columnist David Pogue takes viewers on a tour of the material world we live in, and the one that may lie ahead. Viewers get a behind-the-scenes look at scientific innovations ushering in a new generation of materials that are stronger, smaller, cleaner and smarter.

Other titles coming to PBS Living in December include “Craft in America” season 11; “Lidia Celebrates America: Overcoming the Odds”; “Sacred”; and “Transatlantic Sessions: The Best of Folk, Volume 1.”

Netflix’s ‘Red Notice,’ ‘Tiger King’ Top Weekly Whip Media Streaming Charts

Netflix’s Red Notice led the Whip Media chart of top streaming movies, while the service’s “Tiger King” led the chart of top streaming originals among U.S. consumers the week ended Nov. 21.

Red Notice is an action adventure starring Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot. It started streaming on Netflix Nov. 12.

The second season of “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” which started streaming on Netflix Nov. 17, explores the dysfunctional world of big cat collectors.

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with 18 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 by theatrical or 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.

Coming in at No. 2 on the streaming movies chart was Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which became available for digital viewing at no additional cost to Disney+ subscribers Nov. 12. The 25th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the film stars Simi Liu in the title role, a hero who must face the past he thought he left behind and confront his father Xu Wenwu (Tony Leung), leader of the dangerous Ten Rings organization. Awkwafina also stars.

Taking the bronze on the streaming movies chart was Dune: Part One, Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures’ adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 science-fiction novel. The film, which stars Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya, debuted on HBO Max Oct. 21.

Remaining at No. 2 on the streaming originals chart was Netflix’s “You.” Season three of the psychological thriller series started streaming Oct. 15 and features the continuation of Joe Goldberg’s fraught relationship with Love, who is pregnant with his child in a new suburban home.

Landing at No. 3 on the streaming originals chart was Apple TV+’s “The Morning Show,” season two of which debuted Sept. 17. It follows a network news morning show team and stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

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Top Streaming Originals Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended Nov. 21:

  1. “Tiger King” — Netflix (Season Premiere)
  2. “You” — Netflix
  3. “The Morning Show” — Apple TV+
  4. “The Wheel of time” — Prime Video (Series Premiere)
  5. “Big Mouth” — Netflix
  6. “Foundation” (2021) — Apple TV+
  7. “Arcane” — Netflix
  8. “Locke & Key” — Netflix
  9. “SEAL Team” — Paramount+
  10. “Star Trek: Discovery” — Paramount+ (Season Premiere)

 

Top Streaming Movies Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended Nov. 21:

  1. Red Notice — Netflix
  2. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — Disney+
  3. Dune: Part One — HBO Max
  4. King Richard — HBO Max
  5. Jungle Cruise — Disney+
  6. Love Hard — Netflix
  7. Tick, Tick… Boom! — Netflix
  8. The Princess Switch 3: Romancing the Star — Netflix
  9. All Too Well: The Short Film — YouTube
  10. Psych 3: This Is Gus — Peacock

New Volumes of ‘Let’s Go Luna’ and ‘Nature Cat’ Heading to PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in December

New volumes of “Let’s Go Luna” and “Nature Cat” are coming to the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in December. 
 
The subscription rate for the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. For three days only (Dec. 13-15) Amazon Prime members will be able to subscribe to the channel for half the price for six months.

Let’s Go Luna, Volume 9, consisting of five episodes, starts streaming Dec. 3. The series follows the adventures of three friends — Leo, a wombat from Australia; Carmen, a butterfly from Mexico; and Andy, a frog from the United States — as they traverse the globe, from Reykjavik, Iceland, to Boston, Mass. In “Big Little Trouble/Leo the Viking,” the Circo accidentally pitches their tent right over a community of Huldufolk in Reykjavik, Iceland, and as a result, a local acrobat will not be able perform. Then in “Old School/Yankee Doodle Andy,” Leo wants to attend school at a traditional institution in Boston because he is sure he will learn more there than at the Circo school. Also, Andy learns the history of the Fourth of July and uses the knowledge to inspire changes at school.

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Nature Cat, Volume 11, consisting of three episodes,  starts streaming Dec. 10. In “Niagara Falls/Nature Plant,” viewers see what’s on Nature Cat’s bucket list, which includes visiting Niagara Falls, one of the most famous waterfalls in the world. Then, in “Under Pressure/Rainy Day,” Nature Cat and the crew are ready to go outside and play, but it’s pouring rain. In “The Grand Mystery of the Grand Canyon/The Strongest Show on Earth,” Nature Cat and the gang are off on a nature walk to a park. But this isn’t a regular park — it’s the Grand Canyon.

Doc ‘Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers’ Debuts on Discovery+ Dec. 16

The documentary Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers will launch exclusively on Discovery+ Dec. 16. 

In the documentary, more than a dozen members of the Royal Family offer their personal thoughts and reflections as they pay tribute to the life of His Royal Highness Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh. Filmed throughout the late royal’s 100th year — before and after his death in April 2021 — the portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh features those who knew him best: his family and closest staff.

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All the children of the Queen and the Duke, along with their adult grandchildren and other members of the Royal Family agreed to take part in this unique portrait of the longest-serving consort in royal history.

Originally conceived to mark Prince Philip’s 100th birthday, the film goes inside Buckingham Palace to meet the Duke’s long-serving staff and to capture his study, private office and library, exactly as they were during his seven decades at the heart of royal life.

With special access to the Queen’s private film collection, this documentary is a portrait of a man with a unique place in royal history by those who knew him best.

 

Sky Comedy ‘Bloods’ Heading to Hulu Dec. 9

The first season of the Sky comedy “Bloods” will start streaming on Hulu Dec. 9 as part of a multi-series deal.

The British series follows tough-acting loner Maleek (BAFTA nominated Samson Kayo) and over-friendly divorcee Wendy (Golden Globe nominated Jane Horrocks) as a pair of mismatched paramedics and their fellow ambulance station colleagues through the life-saving world of a south London emergency service.

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The show’s cast also includes Lucy Punch (“Motherland”) as boisterous station boss Jo and Julian Barratt (“Mighty Boosh”) as grieving widower Lawrence. Adrian Scarborough (“Gavin and Stacey”) and Aasiya Shah (“Raised By Wolves”) are Gary and Kareshma, paramedics with diametrically apposing career outlooks, and Kevin Garry (“Ted Lasso”) and Sam Campbell (Melbourne International Comedy Festival Barry Award winner) as the glued-to-the-hip duo of paramedics Darrell and Darryl.

Analyst: Netflix Needs to Consider Ad-Supported Streaming

As Netflix wrestles with saturated subscription streaming markets and slowing subscriber growth worldwide, the SVOD pioneer has thus far refused to consider (along with live sports) ad-supported streaming — despite its market dominance.

New data from eMarketer finds that ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) viewers represent close to half of all U.S. internet users. In addition to free ad-supported streaming television mainstays The Roku Channel, Shout! Factory TV, Tubi, IMDb TV and Pluto TV, SVOD platforms Paramount+ and Hulu have incorporated advertising into their lower-cost subscription tiers.

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While linear-TV advertising still dominates the market, connected-TV ad revenue is rising. By the end of 2021, CTV ad spending is projected to increase nearly 60% to $14.4 billion.

That’s money on the table Netflix is ignoring, says Laura Martin, analyst with Needham. Martin contends the streamer should add a lower cost subscription tier with ads as an antidote to streaming fatigue and market saturation.

“Without a lower cost tier, we believe churn will rise in Netflix’s highest ARPU [average revenue per user] markets owing to the ‘digital attention recession’ as global economies continue to reopen over the next 12 months,” Martin wrote in a note.

Netflix has launched lower cost subscription tiers in select markets targeting mobile-only users. The company also bowed a free streaming service in Vietnam.

All Three Seasons of ‘Broadchurch’ to Stream on PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel Nov. 27

All three seasons of the crime thriller series “Broadchurch” will be available to stream on the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel and PBS Passport on Nov. 27.

The entire series will begin airing on PBS stations in 2022. 

Starring Academy Award-winner Olivia Colman and Emmy Award-winner David Tennant, “Broadchurch” (previously on Netflix) takes place in a seemingly calm and friendly seaside town that becomes wrapped in secrets when the death of an 11-year-old boy sparks an unwanted media frenzy. As the town’s locals start to open up about what they do and don’t know, it falls upon the police to catch the killer. 
 
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Set in Broadchurch, a fictional English town in Dorset, the series focuses on police detectives DI Alec Hardy (Tennant) and DS Ellie Miller (Colman) as they investigate the death of local 11-year-old Daniel “Danny” Latimer and the impact of grief, mutual suspicion and media attention on the town. The second season follows the dual storylines of bringing Danny’s killer to justice and a case from the past returning to haunt Hardy. The final season follows detectives Hardy and Miller as they try to solve another local crime that involves a serial sex offender, while the Latimer family goes to extreme lengths to move on from Danny’s death. 

PBS Bows Discount Deal on PBS Kids, PBS Documentaries and PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channels

PBS Distribution has announced an early Black Friday through Cyber Monday deal for the PBS Masterpiece, PBS Documentaries, and PBS Kids Prime Video Channels. Each channel will be available to new subscribers at a subscription rate of 99 cents per month for two months beginning Nov. 23 and running through Nov. 29.

The standard subscription rate for the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel is $5.99 per month with an Amazon Prime membership. The standard subscription rate for the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel is $3.99 per month with an Amazon Prime membership. The standard subscription rate for the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime membership.

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The PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel offers British and international dramas such as “Masterpiece: All Creatures Great and Small” and “Masterpiece: Sanditon,” mystery-thriller series such as “Professor T,” and “Masterpiece: Miss Scarlet and The Duke,” as well as award-winning series from around the globe through “Walter Presents.” On the PBS Documentaries Prime Video Channel, viewers can stream the entire library of Ken Burns programs, including the new “Muhammad Ali” docuseries. Also available, Frontline’s “A Thousand Cuts” featuring Nobel Peace Prize-winning journalist Maria Ressa as well as films from “American Masters,” “Independent Lens,” “Nature” and “Nova.” On the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel, viewers can explore more than 1,400 hours of learning adventures for kids and watch PBS Kids series such as the newly launched series from Sesame Street’s Sonia Manzano, “Alma’s Way.” Other series include “Donkey Hodie,” “Wild Kratts,” “Arthur,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Odd Squad,” “Hero Elementary,” “Elinor Wonders Why,” and the Peabody award winning series “Molly of Denali,” among others.

Apple TV+ Sets Jan. 28 Premiere of Murder-Mystery Comedy Series ‘The Afterparty’

The Apple TV+ murder-mystery comedy series “The Afterparty” will debut on the SVOD service Jan. 28.

From Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award winners Chris Miller and Phil Lord (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street), the eight-episode first season of the series will launch with three episodes, followed by one new episode weekly each Friday.

“The Afterparty” stars Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip, Like a Boss), Sam Richardson (The Tomorrow War, “Veep”), Zoë Chao (“Love Life,” Downhill), Ben Schwartz (“Space Force,” “House of Lies”), Ike Barinholtz (“The Mindy Project,” Neighbors), Ilana Glazer (“Broad City”), Jamie Demetriou (“Fleabag,” “Stath Lets Flats”) and Dave Franco (The Rental, The Disaster Artist).

Created and directed by Miller, the series is centered on a murder mystery at a high school reunion. Each episode explores a different character’s account of the fateful evening in question, all through the lens of popular film genres and unique visuals to match the storyteller’s perspective.

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In addition to directing, Miller serves as showrunner and is executive producing alongside Lord through the pair’s production banner, Lord Miller. Tony and Emmy-nominated writer, producer and performer Anthony King (“Search Party,” “Dead to Me”) will also executive produce the series. Lord Miller’s VP of Television Aubrey Lee is a producer on the series, which was produced for Apple by TriStar TV and Sony Pictures Television as part of Lord and Miller’s five-year overall television deal.

 

Netflix: Actioner ‘Red Notice’ Broke Streamer’s All-Time First-Day Ratings Record

With Netflix throwing its hat into the digital data ratings business, the streamer exploded out of the gates, with original actioner Red Notice dominating the competition with a record 4.2 million weekend views.

While the streamer is reporting content ratings in viewership time — not households — Red Notice, which co-stars Ryan Reynolds, Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), tracked an impressive 148.7 million hours viewed.

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Indeed, the movie topped previous opening weekend streaming records, including Warner Bros. Pictures’ Mortal Kombat (3.8 million households), Wonder Woman 1984 (2.2 million) and Dune (1.9 million).