A guide to all of your streaming needs.
21 Nov 2019 6:16 pm
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Join us as we break down the major players in the ever-intensifying streaming wars – from the established combatants like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, to newcomers including Disney+, Apple TV+ and HBO Max. The entertainment industry has always been a battleground, but the rules of engagement have changed – so who’s currently winning?
Boasting an impressive library of classic content, buzzy originals, and some of the most popular franchises in the world – including Star Wars, Marvel, and Pixar – at its disposal, Disney+ is primed to be a major contender in the streaming space. But will its rough launch, lack of international presence, and family-friendly content hurt it in the long run?
Netflix has a major head start on many of its competitors, and already boasts a staggering library of original content and a well-oiled algorithm designed to give users exactly what they’re looking for, even when they don’t know what that is. But as rivals seek to take back the shows and movies they licensed to Netflix in the early days of the streaming wars, can the tech titan withstand the flood of competitors seeking to usurp its throne?
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There’s no denying Amazon’s supremacy in the online shopping market, and with acclaimed series like The Marvelous Mrs. Mailsel and The Boys bolstering its expanding video library, the streamer is a real threat to rival Netflix. But how does the Jeff Bezos-owned company compare to the rest of the streaming pack?
Slated to drop in April 2020, NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service will attempt to challenge its competitors with a strong lineup of originals led by a Battlestar Galactica reboot from Mr. Robot’s Sam Esmail, and a sequel to the iconic high school sitcom, Saved By the Bell. To learn more about everything coming to Peacock, be sure to check out our gallery.
Everything Coming to NBCUniversal’s Peacock
Hulu is one of Netflix’s oldest competitors and it has some kick-ass series, including The Handmaid’s Tale, Stephen King’s Castle Rock, and Future Man. And while the streamer does have an impressive movie library, there’s one feature that sets Hulu apart from the rest of the pack.
Of all the top-tier streaming services currently available (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu) and those still in development (Peacock, HBO Max), Apple’s new platform is by far the most perplexing. Unlike its aforementioned competitors, Apple TV+ does not include an impressive library of old movies and TV shows to stream at launch. So, what does the tech giant need to do in order to catch up with the competition?
From Discovery to Picard to animated series and more, CBS All Access is going all in on the Star Trek franchise. But will the streamers’ sizable investment in Gene Roddenberry’s decades-old universe pay off with an influx of new subscribers?
Stepping back from big hit shows like Stranger Things, The Boys, and the newly streaming Star Wars series The Mandalorian, which get plenty of mainstream attention, we’ve compiled a list of humble suggestions for your binging consideration that don’t get the same level of press as their flashier counterparts. Some are tucked away deep in the bowels of Netflix or Hulu while others are on more obscure platforms, but all of them are worth your attention if you have the time to spare.Come back for more on Thursday!
Fantastic Four Reboot Director Josh Trank Reviews His Own Movie
Despite releasing in 2015, the Fantastic Four reboot has gotten one final review — and it’s from its director Josh Trank. In a humorous review on Letterbox, Trank takes some shots at… well… himself, saying “I was expecting it to be much worse than it was.”In the self-depreciating review, Trank gives his Fantastic Four reboot…
After the movie’s initial release, actor Toby Kebbell alleged that Trank “cut a great film that you’ll never see. That is a shame. A much darker version, and you’ll never see it.” Following in suit with Kebbell’s claims from a few years ago, Trank makes a humorous, yet seemingly serious attempt at starting a “#ReleaseTheTrankCut” hashtag.
If you’re out of the loop, Trank is referring to the director’s cut of 2018’s Justice League film that was never released following Snyder’s decision to step away from the film after the tragic death of his daughter. After word spread of the former director’s cut of the film, the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut hashtag began spreading like wildfire, and was even supported by actors from the film like Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck.Trank finishes his review, which at this point seems more like a review of the production of the Fantastic Four reboot, saying, “I was 29 years old, making my 2nd film, in a situation more complicated than anything a 2nd time filmmaker should’ve walked into…I just hope Peyton Reed makes the next Fantastic Four and crushes it. And that I get a cameo.”
After Disney acquired Fox earlier this year, there was some talk from Marvel’s Kevin Feige about another Fantastic Four film, so maybe Trank will get his cameo after all.
Andrew Smith is a freelance contributor at IGN. Follow him on Twitter @_andrewtsmith.
Call of Duty: Every IGN Review Score
Pop quiz: how many Call of Duty games have there been? With the all-over-the-place naming convention it’s hard to figure out – four WW2 games, three four Modern Warfares, four Black Ops, a World at War, and a few futuristic one-offs in a pear tree. The good news is that IGN has been reviewing them…
games have there been? With the all-over-the-place naming convention it’s hard to figure out – four WW2 games,
three four Modern Warfares, four Black Ops, a World at War, and a few futuristic one-offs in a pear tree. The good news is that IGN has been reviewing them since way back in 2003 when the first duty called, so below you can scroll through a gallery of the contemporaneous score and Verdict on every game in the series.But before you do, a challenge:
1) How many Call of Duty games have received a 10 from IGN?
2) What’s the highest-scoring Call of Duty game?
3) What’s the lowest-scoring Call of Duty game?
Alright, now check and tell us how you did in the comments. Honor system!
Every IGN Call of Duty Review
Dan Stapleton is IGN’s Reviews Editor. You can follow him on Twitter to hear gaming rants and lots of random Simpsons references.