Apple TV+ to Be Home for ‘Peanuts’

Apple TV+ will stream “Peanuts” original series and specials, along with the classic specials.

New animated “Peanuts” originals coming to Apple TV+ include a second season of the Daytime Emmy-nominated “Snoopy in Space,” and new specials that will find the “Peanuts” gang marking Mother’s Day, Earth Day, New Year’s Eve and going back to school — all to be produced by WildBrain’s animation studio. The new series and specials join the previously announced The Snoopy Show, a new “Peanuts” 70th anniversary documentary film from Imagine Documentaries and WildBrain, and Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10.

The original programs and new specials will also soon stream globally alongside iconic “Peanuts” specials, including A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. The Halloween special will begin streaming globally on Apple TV+ Oct. 19, and will be available for free from Oct. 30 until Nov. 1 on Apple TV+. Apple TV+ will launch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on Nov. 18, and the special will be available for free from Nov. 25 until Nov. 27. A Charlie Brown Christmas will stream exclusively on Apple TV+ on Dec. 4.

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Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, as well as at tv.apple.com, at $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. The Apple TV app will be available on Sony and Vizio smart TVs later this year. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device. For more information, please visit apple.com/tvpr.

Best Buy, Target Join Walmart Closing on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day is slowly returning to a national holiday from the retail ecosystem. Big box stores Best Buy and Target are joining Walmart in not being open on Nov. 26.

“We can all agree that, so far, 2020 has turned out differently than what we might have expected,” Best Buy said in a statement. “And now, the holiday season at Best Buy, including Thanksgiving Day, is going to look different, too.”

Indeed, consumers looking for door specials on big screen televisions, computers, soundbars and DVD/Blu-ray Disc movies will have to wait 24 hours for Black Friday deals. Best Buy, which has been open on Thanksgiving since 2013, reiterated that consumers can still shop on BestBuy.com and via the Best Buy app on Turkey Day.

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The announcement follows last week’s disclosure that retail sales are up 255% in the current quarter compared with a year ago — driven by purchases of computers, appliances and tablets.

“Although this holiday season may certainly look different, we’re ready to once again be there for our customers how, when and where they need us, during the most exciting time of the year,” the retailer said.

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Target, like other chains, is accommodating  the Thanksgiving Day closure by offering special deals before and after Nov. 26.

“This year more than ever, a joyful holiday will be inseparable from a safe one, and we’re continuing to adjust our plans to deliver ease, value and the joy of the season,” said CEO Brian Cornell.

Walmart, which was the first major retailer to change it Thanksgiving Day operations, has been a perennial home entertainment retail leader over the Black Friday holiday weekend, which typically began with special deals on Thanksgiving.

That decision was in tandem with corporate announcing plans to spend $428 million on special cash bonuses to store, club, distribution center and fulfillment center associates for their ongoing contributions during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We know this has been a trying year, and our associates have stepped up,” said John Furner, CEO of Walmart U.S. “We hope they will enjoy a special Thanksgiving Day at home with their loved ones.”

Regardless, brick-and-mortar sales on Thanksgiving Day have been waning, up just 2.3% in 2018, according to First Data, with an average ticket amount of $60, a $1 increase over 2017.

Adobe Analytics contends retail trends continue push e-commerce. A record $9.4 billion was spent online by the end of Cyber Monday (Dec. 2) in 2019, up 19.7% from 2018. It was the largest online shopping day of all time in the U.S., topping $7.9 billion spent in 2018.

Walmart to Close on Thanksgiving, Ending Longtime Black Friday Tradition

Walmart July 21 announced it would not be open on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26 — typically the beginning of the retail behemoth’s annual Black Friday retail holiday. The decision also affects Sam’s Club locations.

Walmart has been a perennial home entertainment retail leader over the Black Friday holiday, which typically began with special deals on Thanksgiving.

The decision was in tandem with corporate announcing plans to spend $428 million on special cash bonuses to store, club, distribution center and fulfillment center associates for their ongoing contributions during the coronavirus pandemic.

The bonus will be $300 for full-time hourly associates and $150 for part-time hourly and temporary associates. Drivers, managers and assistant managers in stores, clubs, DCs, FCs, and health and wellness will also receive a bonus.

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“We know this has been a trying year, and our associates have stepped up. We hope they will enjoy a special Thanksgiving Day at home with their loved ones,” John Furner, CEO of Walmart U.S., said in a statement. “We are certainly thankful to our people for all of their efforts.”

Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations will operate normal hours on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Information for store and club hours on Friday, Nov. 27 (a.k.a. Black Friday) will be shared at a later date.

Lionsgate to Bow ‘The Turkey Bowl’ on DVD Jan. 14

The comedy The Turkey Bowl arrives on DVD Jan. 14 from Lionsgate.

The film is now available on digital and on demand.

Co-written and directed by Greg Coolidge, creator of the “Ride Along” franchise, and co-writer/director of Employee of the MonthThe Turkey Bowl stars Ryan Hansen, Matt Jones, Kristen Hager, Brett Cullen, Barry Switzer and Alan Ritchson.

The story follows Patrick Hodges, a former small-town high school quarterback — now a high-powered Chicago businessman engaged to a politician’s daughter — who hasn’t returned to his tiny Midwestern town in years. But his old friends have lured him back for Thanksgiving to force him to finish the legendary Turkey Bowl — a football game that was snowed out 15 years ago. Patrick must risk his future to lead his ragtag team against their bitter crosstown rivals, ultimately realizing how much he misses the simpler life and the girl that got away.

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Special features include an audio commentary with director Coolidge and co-writer Kirk Ward and deleted scenes with commentary.

Amazon: Cyber Monday Biggest Shopping Day in Company History

As expected, Amazon Nov. 27 said Cyber Monday was the single biggest shopping day in the company’s history with more products ordered worldwide than any other day – including the ecommerce behemoth’s annual Prime Day.

Amazon said consumers worldwide ordered more than 18 million toys and more than 13 million fashion items on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, combined.

Adobe Analytics estimated consumers spent more than $7.8 billion shopping on Cyber Monday.

“Black Friday and Cyber Monday continue to break records on Amazon year over year,” Jeff Wilke, CEO, worldwide consumer, said in a statement. “With curated gift guides, convenient shopping experiences, product selection, and free shipping, Amazon offers customers tremendous value.”

Weekend highlights included:

  • Sales by small and medium-sized businesses worldwide grew more than 20% on Black Friday year-over-year.
  • Throughout the five-day Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday period, Amazon customers ordered more than 180 million items.
  • Christmas lights were a bestseller on Prime Now.
  • The best-selling products at Amazon 4-star and Amazon Books over the weekend included the Echo Dot, Becoming by Michelle Obama, the Amazon Smart Plug, and the L.O.L. Surprise Series toys.
  • Customers ordered more than four million toys and electronics on the mobile app on Black Friday.
  • The best-selling products on Cyber Monday included the Echo Dot, AncestryDNA: Genetic Testing Ethnicity, Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones for Apple devices, Becoming by Michelle Obama, Jenga, and Instant Pot DUO60 – 6 Quart.
  • The all-new Echo Dot was the #1 selling product on Amazon globally, from any manufacturer, in any category.

Thanksgiving, Black Friday Retail Traffic Rivals 2017 as E-Commerce Soars

Consumer foot traffic to brick-and-mortar retail stores on Thanksgiving and Black Friday resulted in a combined 1% decline for the two-day period compared to last year, with a 1.7% decline in traffic on Black Friday versus 2017, according to new data from ShopperTrak.

“The fact that the combined shopper visits remained almost the same this year compared to the last three years proves that the notion of Black Friday not being popular anymore is a myth,” Brian Field, senior director of global retail consulting for ShopperTrak, said in a statement.

The National Retail Federation predicted that about 164 million people would shop over the five days through Cyber Monday – which equals last year’s tally.

Meanwhile, online shopping over the holidays — much like e-commerce during the year — continues to grow exponentially.

Adobe reportedly expects online holiday shopping in November and December to increase nearly 15% from 2017. The tech company said Black Friday shopping on the Internet increased nearly 28% to $6.4 billion. Online shopping on Thanksgiving increased 28% to $3.7 billion.

Regardless, ShopperTrak estimates 80% of the holiday’s busiest shopping days are still ahead. The days include Super Saturday, which falls on Dec. 22, and the Sunday before Christmas, Dec. 23.

Notably, for the third year in a row, there are four Saturdays in December prior to Christmas Day, which will enhance the importance of both Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. In addition, similar to last year, the Saturday after Christmas, Dec. 29, is expected to be one of the busiest shopping days taking the last spot on the top 10 busiest day’s list.

“Shopping in physical stores during the holidays continues to be an exciting annual event for consumers and based on the Black Friday traffic data, retailers are in for a successful holiday season,” said Field.

 

Pat Boone Christmas and Thanksgiving Specials Coming to DVD Nov. 6 From MPI

Pat Boone and Family: Christmas & Thanksgiving Specials will come out on DVD Nov. 6 from MPI Media Group.

Top-selling crooner Boone and his four singing daughters — Debby, Cherry, Lindy and Laurie — as well as his wife Shirley appear in these music and comedy specials that first aired on ABC in 1978 and 1979. The Christmas show includes classic holiday songs, appearances by the Hudson Brothers, Dinah Shore, Rosemary Clooney, and stars from “Three’s Company,” “Happy Days” and “The Love Boat.” The Thanksgiving special features Bob Hope and the Hudson Brothers. Songs performed by the Boones include “Can’t Smile Without You,” “You Needed Me” and “Bless This House.”

Bonus material includes “The Pat Boone Family — Christmas in Bethlehem,” Christmas carols and a Boone family photo album.