Companies such as Comcast, Warner Media and Walt Disney
are trying to compete with Netflix in their video streaming services. In order
to do this, they are looking at the rights to use Seinfeld, a hugely famous retired comedy show which is has its
streaming rights up for sale again. Seinfeld
has been available for streaming on Hulu
since 2015. Retired shows with well-established fame are heavily competed over
between streaming companies; these shows include not only Seinfeld, but also the Office
and Friends. Netflix has given much
trouble to the traditional TV industry by offering a streaming alternative to
the traditional method of distribution.
Hulu’s ownership of streaming rights to Seinfeld ends
in 2021. Sony Pictures Television handles the distribution of streaming rights
to Seinfeld. The company is already
getting calls about these rights. The bidding process for the Seinfeld streaming
rights is expected to begin in the next few weeks. Netflix has already been
beat by competition for streaming rights for the Office and Friends.
NBCUniversal bought streaming rights for the
Office for the next five years for $500 million. Warner Media paid $425
million for five years of streaming rights over Friends. The future will show how much profit these streaming
rights will generate for these massive companies.
Friends is looking to celebrate the big quarter century anniversary in a big way. The famous television series will release some never before seen footage and episodes in a select number of theaters across the globe. On the 23rd and 28th of September, and the 2nd of October the cinemas will air four episodes per night, each night.
Tickets and participating theaters lists are out, and ticket sales will begin on August 16th. For the Friends fan who has seen every episode time and time again, the time for new content has finally come!
Yes, we are a few months away from Halloween, but that doesn’t mean it is not a good time for a scary movie. As you try to survive the summer heat, or look for something to watch during one of those summer thunderstorms, Hulu has a bunch of scary drama movie options streaming right now that are perfect for date night, or if you’re just trying to raise the heart rate a little. Check out the list below.
Facebook is set to launch a new service this fall codenamed
‘Catalina’, which will serve as a larger version of their current Facebook
Portal. Portal is like an iPad that primarily serves for making video calls and
listening to music.
Catalina will essentially be a bigger version of Portal. It
will connect with your television, enabling video calls on a massive scale. The
device will come with a remote and will steam to other boxes within the
household much like Apple TV.
Facebook has approached some of the big names in tech and
entertainment – Disney, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and HBO – to discuss the prospect
of having their services streamed across Catalina. Imagine video chatting with
your friends while you are all watching the same movie.
FB is apparently not looking to create content,
they seem happy to leave it to others in hopes that major streaming services
sign on. One notable exception is
Google’s YouTube, which has apparently not been asked to join the party. More specifics are expected as we approach this
fall’s release date