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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.
Outlander back for more!
ALSO: Pay attention to AR/VR - the money is. AND: Avatar is king.
Outlander to return for Seventh season
There is no stopping the show Outlander. Your librarian aunt’s favourite show has been renewed for a seventh season. Read: TV Line
Seriously - pay attention to AR/VR
It’s 2021 and you might not be taking AR/VR seriously. Certainly not as seriously as Facebook is. Of its 58,604 staff, 10,000 of them are working on the companies AR/VR projects. That’s a lot of staff. It’s part of a land grab to make sure that the company is not left behind by competitors like Apple, which is also investing big-time in AR/VR technology. This has the ability to disrupt computing/entertainment/productivity/everything.
There haven’t been more reports of a crackdown, but there’s a lot more commentary surrounding Netflix’s test to limit password sharing.
Research company Magid claims 33% of Netflix users share their password with at least one other person.
In 2020, these were the most watched shows and movies on Netflix:
1. Money Heistseason 4 (65m)
2. Tiger King(64m)
3. The Queen’s Gambit (62m)
4. Too Hot to Handle(51m)
Now, let’s say that the 33% claim of password sharers aren’t legit. And let’s say that being blocked from watching Netflix convinces half of those people to subscribe. What does that 2020 Top 5 look like now?
1. Money Heistseason 4 (48.75m)
2. Tiger King(48m)
3. The Queen’s Gambit (46.5m)
4. Too Hot to Handle (38.25m)
Still healthy numbers, but drops like that are not exactly going to impress Wall Street next time Netflix tries boasting about viewership.
Ratings disaster Ultimate Tag has been put out of its misery with a move to Seven’s 7mate secondary digital channel. Read: Mediaweek
Trying to save some cash, Seven sought a reported $70m price reduction in its $450m deal with Cricket Australia. They’re getting a $5.3 million reduction. Read: TV Tonight
Natalie Barr has officially been announced as the co-host for Aussie breakfast show Sunrise. Read: TV Tonight
Atlanta will shoot in Europe for part of its season 3/4 production. Read: Deadline
An earthquake in Wakayama, Japan means a delay in the release of the latest Attack On Titan episode. Understandably, local TV coverage meant the broadcast was pre-empted, leading to a delay for anime streaming service Crunchyroll. Read: Polygon
Kaley Cuoco’s production company is working on a Doris Day limited series based on the book Doris Day: Her Own Story. As long as they spend an excessive number of episodes focused exclusively on the films On Moonlight Bay and By The Light of The Slivery Moon, it’ll be a must watch at ABW HQ. Read: Variety
Avatar once again number one
The re-release of Avatar over the weekend in China delivered Disney an opportunity to promote its Avatar property by again claiming it is the number one all-time box office earner. Congratulations to all involved. With an additional $21.1m, the all-time greatest motion picture experience has now taken $2,810.8mworldwide. This bumps Avengers: End Game to second. Whatever that film is.
Ferry debuts on Netflix soon. It is a prequel film to the series Undercover.
Rebel debuts April 8 on the US ABC.
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The 5th and final season of Van Helsing starts on SyFy on April 16.
Descendants: The Royal Wedding debuts mid-year on Disney Channel (and presumably Disney+ in territories without Disney Channel…?).
What’s next? Tomorrow.
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