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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.
Netflix are telling you to start shuffling
Netflix's new feature will make Netflix more like broadcast television than it has ever been before.
The feature has been trialed for a year or so now and now Netflix are set to roll it out to everybody - shuffling. Are you fatigued by having to make a decision? Is it too hard just to press play on one of those 30 TV shows or movies you have already added to your queue? Boy have Netflix got the solution for you: a service that makes the on-demand streamer feel more like traditional TV.
Play Something uses the algorithm knowledge that it has already built up about your tastes and serves it to you in a new way. You'll start seeing a Play Something button in multiple places within the app - underneath your profile when you log in, the left-side navigation bar, and in the tenth row of Netflix’s homepage.
I don't really understand this feature at all. Netflix's algorithm is already serving you up suggestions. Is the appeal of this that it has stripped back multiple options to present you with just one suggestion at a time? And will people be happy with that suggestion? After all... what if the next suggestion... is better?
Wolf Like Me films down under
Aussie streamer Stan has announced a co-production with NBCU's streamer Peacock - Wolf Like Me. The 6x30 show will star Josh Gad and Isla Fisher in a series written and directed by Abe Forsythe. The show is based on his own life experience as a 40-something single parent.
It films in Australia later this year.
Which shows from US broadcast networks are likely to be renewed or cancelled? Read: Variety
Doug Ellin, creator of Entourage, believes that HBO are ignoring the series because of 'PC backlash'. Does it have anything to do with how much those final seasons of the series sucked, Doug? That show died midway through and Ellin & co just leant right into everything that wasn't working about the show. Read: Indiewire
Falcon and The Winter Soldier director Kari Skogland says that Bucky wasn't revealing he was bi in that tiger photo app scene. Read: Variety
Willow Smith has come out as polyamorous on her Facebook Watch talk show that she co-hosts with her mother Jada Pinkett Smith and her grandmother Adrienne "Gammy" Banfield Norris. Is there anything this family won't reveal on that show? I would not even talk about kissing with my parents, let alone getting on a talk show to talk about that stuff. Hollywood, eh? Read: CNN
What to expect from HBO Max's cheaper ad-supported tier
US streamer HBO Max is one of the more expensive streaming services, charging $14.99 per month. A cheaper, ad-supported version is launching soon. Today we have details on what is expected to be announced.
It will be $9.99 a month, four bucks cheaper than the most-common Netflix plan.
Ads will only run on HBO Max programming and not during movies or on any HBO series.
Pay TV companies are displeased that AT&T will be selling HBO content streaming for five bucks less a month than it costs to buy HBO through regular cable
Loosen those pipes
Julia Zemiro and Miranda Tapsell will host Australia’s Biggest Singalong! - a two-hour musical event that will be broadcast live on SBS, NITV and SBS On Demand on Saturday 5 June at 8.30pm.
In an Australian television first, the team behind Pub Choir are inviting the nation to join Australian musicians and vocalists to learn some classic Australian songs, including Throw Your Arms Around Me by Hunters and Collectors. Guided by Pub Choir co-founder and choirmaster, Astrid Jorgensen, viewers will learn to sing this Australian anthem. Hunters and Collectors lead singer Mark Seymour will join the broadcast for the final performance.
I've never sung Throw Your Arms Around Me sober, nor has any other living Australian. What are SBS planning here?
DC Fandome to return in October
Online DC convention DC Fandome will return for a second year after a successful effort last year despite it being scaled way down at the last minute.
Organizers said the 2020 event garnered more than 22 million views overall and reached 220 countries and territories.
The Tomorrow War debuts on Amazon Prime Video on July 2.
Hacks debuts on HBO Max May 13.
Season 2 of Betty returns to HBO in June.
Little Birds debuts June 6 on Starz.
Hit and Run debuts on Netflix soon.
Mine debuts on Netflix on May 8.
What's next? Tomorrow.
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