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WarnerMedia's HBO Max launched in May, but is still not available on Roku and Amazon Fire TV, the two largest streaming TV distribution platforms.
Subscribers using those platforms only have access to HBO content (currently through the HBO Now or HBO Go apps).
How big of a difference is there between the HBO Max and HBO catalogs?
The streaming search engine Reelgood provided Business Insider with exclusive data that show that HBO Max has has 754 more movies and 186 more TV shows than HBO.
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WarnerMedia's HBO Max launched in May with 10,000 hours of content, but not everyone can access it two months after its debut.
Max has yet to reach a deal with Roku and Amazon, the two largest streaming distribution platforms. They accounted for 70% of the combined market share as of July 2019, according to the market research firm Parks Associates.
The standoff means that millions of Roku or Amazon Fire TV users can only access content on HBO (currently through the HBO Now or HBO Go apps) rather than the hundreds of additional movies and TV shows that are available on HBO Max.
Reelgood, the streaming search engine, provided Business Insider exclusive data that show how many movies and TV shows Roku and Amazon customers are missing out on.
As of July 22, HBO Max had 1,838 movies and 442 TV shows, while HBO had 1,084 movies and 256 TV shows, according to Reelgood. That means that Max has 754 more movies and 186 more TV shows than HBO (940 in total), all of which are unavailable to Roku and Amazon users.
Some of the highlights that are on Max but not on HBO include the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and Adult Swim's "Rick and Morty." The hit sitcom "Friends" is also exclusively on Max. WarnerMedia snagged the "Friends" streaming rights last year from Netflix for $425 million ($85 million a year for five years), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Why hasn't a deal been reached?
Variety reported that one sticking point is that Max and NBCUniversal's new streaming platform, Peacock — which also hasn't reached a deal with Roku or Amazon — want users to access the services directly through the apps rather than through the Roku Channel and Amazon Channels, so that the companies can gather user data.
AT&T said last week that Max and HBO had a combined 36.3 million subscribers in the US as of June 30. The company said that about 3 million new subscribers signed up directly to Max and that there were 4.1 million total activations of the Max app. That means that just over 1 million customers who were already paying for HBO through a cable or live TV provider have accessed Max. That's a tiny number given that Max is free with their HBO subscription and has all of HBO plus hundreds more movies and TV shows.
It suggests that the lack of Roku and Amazon Fire TV support, or a lack of brand awareness for HBO Max, are hurting adoption.
Below are the top five movies on HBO Max that are not on HBO based on IMDb ratings, according to Reelgood:
"The Lord of the Rings" trilogy (2001-2003)
"Saving Private Ryan" (1997)
"Spirited Away" (2001)
"Seven Samurai" (1954)
"Pather Panchali" (1955)
And here are the top five TV shows:
"Rick and Morty" (2013-present)
"Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood" (2009-2010)
"Death Note" (2006-2007)
"Hunter x Hunter" (2011-2014)
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The Batman movie has found its Alfred Pennyworth.Actor Andy Serkis will play Batman's most trusted ally in the upcoming movie directed by Matt Reeves.Reeves confirmed via Twitter on Wednesday that Serkis has officially joined The Batman cast.He tweeted an animated GIF of Serkis running down the red carpet and giving fans high fives."And here comes Alfred," Reeves tweeted.Serkis is best known for voicing animated and computer-generated movie characters such as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong in Peter Jackson's 2005 remake, Mowgli in The Jungle Book and Caesar in the recent Planet of the Apes movies.
Sean Astin, known best for his role as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and recently in No Good Nick on Netflix, began trending on Twitter in the early hours Friday.A picture he took with an otter.A Twitter user posted a picture of Astin hugging and kissing an otter Thursday morning.That tweet then went viral receiving more than 37,000 likes.The result was the actor trending on Twitter, which was a big surprise to Astin who began tweeting pictures of his early days in Hollywood and retweeting images of his famous mother, Patty Duke.No Good Nick is an original Netflix sitcom starring Siena Agudong as Nicole, a teenage con artist who goes by the name "Nick" and pretends to be a distant cousin of the Thompson family in order to rob them.
Andy Serkis has closed a deal to direct Venom 2, a representative for him confirmed Monday.The film is a sequel to last year's hit supervillain caper, which grossed $856 million globally at the box office.Tom Hardy will return to play Eddie Brock, a hapless journalist whose body bonds with an alien, providing him with superhuman power and strength.The deal closed over the weekend, and filming begins in the fall.This is the third time Serkis will take on the role of director, having previously worked on 2017's Breathe and 2018's Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle.Serkis played Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as The Hobbit trilogy.
On the heels of its recent restructuring, Amazon Game Studios is partnering with the Los Angeles-based Athlon Games to bring the company’s free-to-play “Lord of the Rings” based multiplayer online game to market.First announced last year by Athlon Game Studios’ Chinese parent company, Leyou Technologies, the game is set around the time of the events of the Lord of the Rings trilogy using intellectual property licensed from Middle-earth Entertainment.Amazon Game Studios has had its ups and downs since the company first made its foray into social gaming back in 2012.More of a fast-follower of trends than a market leader, the company made a move to develop more console-friendly and PC-based game title with the acquisition of Double Helix Games in 2014 as those platforms surged in popularity.Most recently, Amazon Studios restructured just as the industry’s largest gaming conference, E3, was winding down in Los Angeles.The division of Amazon laid off dozens of game developers just as the conference was concluding, according to the website Kotaku.
But now this phase, collectively termed the Infinity Saga, is over -- and several of our beloved characters are gone too.This means there's an opportunity to shake things up and really redefine what it means to be an MCU movie moving forward.Countless sci-fi and fantasy films end with massive conflicts between computer-generated armies.From Starship Troopers in 1997 to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, we've long grown bored with faceless, nameless hordes crashing into each other.Endgame's ending ambitiously brings together every MCU hero in a final clash with Thanos and his CG pets.It's an even denser retread of Infinity War's final battle, and while visually impressive, it's a jarring departure from the film's earlier intimate focus on the core Avengers.
His facial expressions and body movements have brought to life some of cinema's most evocative computer-generated characters, including Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong in Peter Jackson's 2005 remake, Supreme Leader Snoke in the latest Star Wars films and Caesar in the recent Planet of the Apes movies.Serkis' skill for chameleon-like transformations has made him the unofficial godfather of performance capture, which involves recording an actor's performance in three dimensions and mapping a digital character over the top.His name is so synonymous with the acting technique that he's co-founded a performance capture studio called The Imaginarium in London.He's also directed a new take on Rudyard Kipling's classic children's tale The Jungle Book in which a galaxy of stars used performance capture to become the story's much-loved characters.CNET: Did some of the stars take to performance capture better than others?They hadn't worn head-mounted cameras, apart from Benedict.
His facial expressions and body movements have brought to life some of cinema's most evocative computer-generated characters, including Gollum in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong in Peter Jackson's 2005 remake, Supreme Leader Snoke in the latest Star Wars films and Caesar in the recent Planet of the Apes movies.Serkis' skill for chameleon-like transformations has made him the unofficial godfather of performance capture, which involves recording an actor's performance in three dimensions and mapping a digital character over the top.His name is so synonymous with the acting technique that he's co-founded a performance capture studio called The Imaginarium in London.He's also directed a new take on Rudyard Kipling's classic children's tale The Jungle Book in which a galaxy of stars used performance capture to become the story's much-loved characters.CNET: Did some of the stars take to performance capture better than others?Andy Serkis: They hadn't worn head-mounted cameras, apart from Benedict.
From epic works of fantasy, like "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, to complex how-tos on building rockets, Musk credits books with helping him achieve success.We looked through Musk's past interviews and social media history to come up with a list of 11 books the billionaire entrepreneur thinks everyone should read.The New Yorker reported in 2009 that "in his loneliness, he read a lot of fantasy and science fiction."For those who've already read the books and seen the movies but are still hurting for more Middle Earth, Amazon officially announced it's making a "Lord of the Rings" TV series.In this comedic sci-fi book, a supercomputer finds the "answer" to a meaningful life — it's the number 42.To Musk, who read this book as a young teenager in South Africa, the book was instrumental to his thinking.
While Netflix's catalog of movies has decreased dramatically in recent years to focus on television, the streaming service still offers plenty of big, blockbuster movies that users may not know is available.2" pushes the team to their limits with a more personal story, as Star-Lord, played by Chris Pratt, discovers who is real father is: Ego, the all-powerful being played by Kurt Russell."Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"Available to stream on NetflixNetflix only recently picked up the first film in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and if you have three hours to spare, you can re-visit Middle-Earth at your convenience."Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"
It doesn’t matter what seat you choose on an aeroplane, your view will never be as breathtaking as what the pilots get to see during your flight.But sometimes the high-altitude scenery is so stunning that pilots feel obliged to share it with the world, like this descent into Queenstown Airport in New Zealand.If you ever wondered what made Peter Jackson choose to film so much of his The Lord of the Rings trilogy in New Zealand, just remember this footage comes raw from a cockpit camera without any special effects added.There’s a layer of hanging clouds around the plane that looks like it might have been conjured by a dark wizard determined to prevent the plane from landing, but the plane eventually safely touches down on a runway.
It’s that time again, when TV lovers anxiously await the return of their favorite series.From a Friends alumnus to an ‘80s cult film star, here are 12 of the most exciting casting additions coming this fall.The upcoming season adds the former Friends star as recurring character Sheree, Grace’s long-time manicurist who builds a deeper friendship with her, causing Frankie to get jealous.The role marks a reunion of sorts between Kudrow and Marta Kauffman, who is co-creator of both this series and Friends.He’ll be adding another TV credit to his resume starring as in this DC Comics series as Breacher, father of Earth-19 bounty hunter Gypsy (Jessica Camacho).Stranger Things doubles down on the nostalgia factor with the addition of Astin, known for his iconic roles in Rudy, The Goonies, and of course, as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
p Shadow of War cranks up everything from the previous game to a new level, especially the new environments.Shadow of War won’t just expand upon the nemesis system and combat seen in Shadow of Mordor, it will take players to different parts of Mordor they have never seen before.From sprawling cities to swamplands and industrialized Orc strongholds, the game’s protagonist Talion and his orcish allies will have a number of new environments to explore and battle across.“From Seregost to Gorgoroth, we will turn all of Middle-earth against Sauron,” reads the description from Monolith Productions’ latest trailer for the game.It promises that “Nothing will be forgotten,” as players traverse a varied and expanded landscape.While Mordor has yet to turn into the wasteland seen in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, all is not well in the once fertile land.
A newfound amoeba species whose funnel-shaped shell resembles a wizard's hat has been named after one of the most famous warlocks: Gandalf, of J.R.R.Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.The blob-like aquatic creature now goes by the scientific name Arcella gandalfi."New amoeba species are very rarely discovered because they're so tiny and not widely studied," study principal investigator Daniel J. G. Lahr, an assistant professor of zoology at the University of São Paulo in Brazil, said in a statement.Luckily, Lahr got a little help from a friend — Jordana de Carvalho e Féres, a biologist who works for an environmental consultant firm in Espírito Santo.In the end, they found that the funnel shape of A. gandalfi was unique in the genus Arcella, one of the largest groups of amoebae with carapaces that grow in wetlands, damp soils and bogs, he said.
At this point, it s difficult to imagine anyone besides Ian McKellen playing the role of Gandalf in Peter Jackson s The Lord of the Rings films, but information has emerged now that suggests the filmmaker originally had a very different person in mind for the role of the iconic wizard.According to The Lord of the Rings casting director Amy Hubbard, musician and actor David Bowie was an early favorite of Jackson for the role of Gandalf, and the artist even stopped in to chat with the film s creative team and possibly read for the role.However, the multi-year commitment to the franchise reportedly prevented him from taking on the character.More: David Bowie might have had a cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol.Speaking to The Huffington Post in honor of the 15th anniversary of the release of The Fellowship of the Ring, Hubbard confirmed that Bowie was approached for the role and explained his reasons for turning it down.I m pretty sure it was Peter Jackson s idea in the first few weeks that we got going.
You know what s cooler than a million dollars?Getting Gandalf to officiate your wedding.That s just what ex-Facebook employee and Napster creator Sean Parker tried to do.According to Ian McKellen, Parker once offered him $1.5 million to officiate his wedding.He had to be dressed as the character McKellan played in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy — Gandalf.The request, made by a mutual friend of McKellen and Parker s, met with deaf ears.
Amazon promised a week full of killer deals and so far there s absolutely no question it has delivered.We ve seen some fantastic Prime Day countdown deals so far, and there are plenty more coming.But even beyond those, the quality of bargains all over the site has gotten even better this week.In today s batch of Amazon s top non-Prime Day deals, we ve got the Lord of the Rings trilogy on Blu-ray, a discounted iPhone flash drive, a top-rated windproof umbrella, a 50-inch 4K TV for under $550, and much more.The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy on Blu-ray Ecourban 60 MPH Windproof Auto open and close Umbrella, 190T Fiber With 8 Colors Available: $14.99 with free Prime shipping
As Game of Thrones wraps up its sixth season, take some time to appreciate the grand tradition of music in the fantasy stories we love.Whether it s the instantly iconic masterpiece of the Game of Thrones opening, or the genius interplay of leitmotifs throughout the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the fantasy genre is full of music that lives up to the name fantastic.This playlist, from Spotify user Tyler Ash, compiles some of the greatest fantasy soundtracks from shows, movies and games like Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Fable, Dragon Age, Witcher, and Dungeons and Dragons.Turn on shuffle mode and let it play through the weekend as you get ready for George R.R.Martin to break your heart yet again.Each week, we ll share a new themed playlist, embedded for your convenience!