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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.
No Hamiton freebies on Disney+
ALSO: What do YOU pay for Netflix?
If you are planning on using a trial subscription for Disney+ to watch Hamilton when it debuts on the service on July 3, I’m sorry to say that you might have to actually pay the company money. They spent $75 million on it and would like to see that money back.
Disney has terminated its 7-day trial period.
How much longer will it be before competing services realise that their free trial periods only encourage fly by night subscriptions? At a certain point a cheap subscription price should be the lure.
What do you pay for Netflix? The answer to that question varies depending on where in the world you are located. A SavingSpot survey found that:
Netflix is most affordable in Turkey, where a basic plan starts at 17.99 Turkish Lira (roughly US$2.78) per month.
The most expensive place to get Netflix is Switzerland, with a basic plan at 11.90 Swiss Francs (US$12.40) per month.
The study also determines which regions provide “the best value for money” by revealing how many titles you get for your Netflix dollar. I don’t accept that as a worthwhile metric - A library might be small, but if it is a good library, then there’s more value in that than a huge library with a very small number of titles someone would actually watch.
Interesting that Seven have axed its afternoon chat show The Daily Edition. Craig McPherson, Seven’s Director of News & Current Affairs has said that: “The economics of today has led to this decision.”
The show was largely financed through running advertorial content - an area impacted heavily by COVID-19. With a contracting advertising market, I’m wondering how much of a future shows like this have. Surely a company looking to sell a Suck Kut could get greater bang for their buck through a smart Facebook/Instagram campaign ahead of low engagement TV airtime.
All of that said, I thought low cost studio-based TV would be the direction a lot of FTA TV would move towards as it sought to prove any vitality against the on-demand content of streamers. With the cancellation of this and the disappearance of Nine News Now, it seems that likely won’t be the future of Australian TV.
Netflix is negotiating with Paramount for the rights to bring upcoming Aaron Sorkin film The Trial of The Chicago 7 direct to the streaming service.
The film follows the Chicago Seven, a group of seven activists who were charged by the federal government with conspiracy, inciting to riot and other charges stemming from anti-Vietnam War protests that broke out during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Intended as peaceful protests, they instead devolved into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organizers of the protest included Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale, and their trial was one of the most notorious in history.
The Trial of The Chicago 7 was expected to debut in cinemas from September - if Netflix do buy the film, it is still anticipated to be released ahead of November’s US election.
The only thing holding back the sale is international sales that need to be unwound for Netflix to be able to release the film on its service worldwide.