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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
HBO adds subscriber numbers - PLUS details on the Parasite TV series
HBO Max adds 2.7 million subscribers
Some good news for HBO Max (a service that, sorry Chris Nolan, I actually think is the best of the streaming services). In the past quarter, the streaming service added 2.7 million subscribers. Well, probably. WarnerMedia bundle HBO and HBO Max subscriber numbers together. But it is a safe assumption that the majority of that growth occurred on the streaming side of the business.
All it took was completely upending its theatrical business. Oh, and there was that pact with ol' Lucifer himself Zack Snyder.
New report finds a lot of Aussies are watching TV via VPN
A survey conducted by Reviews.org into Australian VPN use found that while 30% of Australians don't know what a VPN is, 13% are using a VPN to watch TV content.
It's an interesting stat, even if I think the methodology is a little shaky (it was 1000 people polled through online polling).
The Parasite TV series in development for HBO will not be a remake of the film, but rather will tell an entirely new story in the established Parasite cinematic universe, which will now be named the PCU Pit Party (named after the basement and not the 1994 college party movie. Read: Indiewire
Richard Lewis WILL make an appearance in the new season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, despite back health issues. Read: Deadline
Daniel La Russo's house in Kobra Kai is up for sale. Read: ScreenCrush
Maya Erskine from Pen15 has joined the cast of the new Obi-Wan TV show. Read: Deadline
Season 2 of This Time With Alan Partridge will return to BBC One on Friday April 30th. Source: TV Wise
Sony is testing a video streaming service in Poland - Playstation Plus Video Pass. Read: The Verge
If you're excited about the upcoming Byron Baes, you might also want to watch Netflix's reality series Hype House, set in and named after the Hollywood mansion that high-profile influencers call home. Read: Variety
That ER Reunion...
The ER Reunion takes place in just a few hours, live-streamed on YouTube. If inclined, you can watch it here:
Fathom debuts on Apple TV+ on June 25.
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It debuts in cinemas and on HBO Max on June 4.
Stuck With You debuts on ALLBLK on May 6.
What's next? Tomorrow.
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