third age of tv

The “Friends” cast members are each making $2.5 million to hang out for an hour

The “Friends” cast members are each making $2.5 million to hang out for an hour

The huge sums for the HBO Max reunion underscore the importance of well-known franchises when launching a new streaming platform.
Streaming still has a long way to go before it catches regular old TV

Streaming still has a long way to go before it catches regular old TV

A new report shows that live and on-demand TV still account for a much larger chunk of TV viewing time than streaming services.
Netflix’s upcoming Leonard Bernstein biopic is precision engineered to win Oscars

Netflix’s upcoming Leonard Bernstein biopic is precision engineered to win Oscars

With Bradley Cooper, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese all involved, the film seems like it was concocted in a lab specifically to appeal to awards voters.
Netflix has hit a wall in the US, but its global outlook is much rosier

Netflix has hit a wall in the US, but its global outlook is much rosier

The anemic US growth is likely to continue—or perhaps worsen—as more major players compete for eyeballs.
Netflix is launching a charm offensive in France to win over film purists

Netflix is launching a charm offensive in France to win over film purists

The French government has long viewed the streaming service as a threat to the country's cultural sovereignty.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a major prize for Apple in the TV talent wars

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a major prize for Apple in the TV talent wars

Apple has secured its biggest Hollywood acquisition since it launched a streaming service last year.
HBO has to think hard before making another season of “Watchmen”

HBO has to think hard before making another season of “Watchmen”

It's been a big success for HBO. But the network still faces a difficult to decision about how to move forward with the superhero series.
The post-“Game of Thrones” fantasy TV boom is here, starting with “The Witcher”

The post-“Game of Thrones” fantasy TV boom is here, starting with “The Witcher”

"Game of Thrones" has demonstrated that fantasy can be more than a niche offering.
It’s not just you. Netflix really is doubling its Christmas content every year

It’s not just you. Netflix really is doubling its Christmas content every year

Networks and streaming services are following the Hallmark Channel's lead, hoping to cash in on the holiday frenzy.
The filmmaking technology behind “The Mandalorian” is straight out of the Star Wars universe

The filmmaking technology behind “The Mandalorian” is straight out of the Star Wars universe

The futuristic tech could eventually replace green-screen as the film industry standard for rendering virtual environments.
HBO’s former CEO is the latest big-time TV executive to shift to streaming

HBO’s former CEO is the latest big-time TV executive to shift to streaming

Signing Richard Plepler would be a much-needed boost for Apple's nascent streaming service, which has been met with tepid reviews.
The successful launch of Disney+ depends on the legacy of Boba Fett

The successful launch of Disney+ depends on the legacy of Boba Fett

Disney is making a character based on the mysterious Star Wars bounty hunter the centerpiece of its all-important streaming product.
Which new streaming service is right for you?

Which new streaming service is right for you?

Apple TV+, HBO Max, Peacock, or Disney+? Our quiz will help you choose.
Disney is betting its entire future on streaming

Disney is betting its entire future on streaming

On Nov. 12, the company will launch Disney+, hoping to prove to investors—and the world—that it has a strong vision for the future.
Martin Scorsese thinks movie theaters shouldn’t just be for Marvel blockbusters

Martin Scorsese thinks movie theaters shouldn’t just be for Marvel blockbusters

In a heartfelt op-ed, the director of "The Irishman" laments the death of the communal viewing experience of movies outside the lucrative franchises.
Netflix will let you skip Trump jokes. Is it a gimmick or the future of TV viewing?

Netflix will let you skip Trump jokes. Is it a gimmick or the future of TV viewing?

The feature—deployed for a Seth Meyers comedy special—provides a glimpse at how Netflix may be emboldened to implement technology that changes the TV viewing experience.
“The Witcher” is Netflix’s answer to “Game of Thrones”

“The Witcher” is Netflix’s answer to “Game of Thrones”

Ever since "Game of Thrones" became a global phenomenon, every TV network and streaming service has been looking for a rebuttal to the HBO fantasy series.