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Eight men facing charges over illegal streaming sites

Eight men facing charges over illegal streaming sites

Technology
Eight men who allegedly ran pirate streaming services that claimed to offer more content than Netflix have been indicted in the US. Jetflicks and iStreamItAll claimed to be used by thousands of subscribers and allegedly lost copyright owners "millions of dollars". Together they claimed to have more than 300,000 TV episodes and films available to users in the US and Canada.Many of the films had yet to be made available for home viewing. Jetflicks charged users $ 9.99 (£8.20) per month, while iStreamItAll, which has yet to be closed down, currently offers monthly plans for $ 19.99 and charges $ 179.99 for a full year. "The two services allegedly offered more television pro
BritBox: ITV and BBC set out plans for new streaming service

BritBox: ITV and BBC set out plans for new streaming service

Entertainment
Shows like Love Island, Gavin & Stacey, Gentleman Jack and Broadchurch will be on ITV and the BBC's streaming service BritBox when it launches this year.The broadcasters are joining forces to set up the subscription service in the UK as a rival to the likes of Netflix.It will cost £5.99 per month in HD, launching between October and the end of December.New programmes will also be made specially for BritBox, with the first arriving next year.Other existing series to be made available will include Victoria, Happy Valley, Les Miserables, The Office and Benidorm.How will BritBox work?The monthly fee will cover multiple screens and devices, "which is less than other streaming services", a statement said.Many ITV and BBC programmes
Disney, Charter talks could affect price of cable in the streaming era

Disney, Charter talks could affect price of cable in the streaming era

Finance
The Walt Disney Company CEO, Robert Iger arrives for the World premiere of Marvel Studios' 'Avengers: Endgame' at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles.VALERIE MACON | AFP | Getty ImagesDisney is set to renew its multiyear carriage agreement with Charter, the second-largest U.S. pay TV provider, at the beginning of August, according to people familiar with the matter.So far, there are no signs the two sides will have a testy public renegotiation. That is par for the course for Disney, which usually hammers out a deal without fanfare. After all, pay-TV providers have never had the stomach to black out ESPN, Disney's most valuable cable channel and by far the most expensive network in the pay-TV bundle.But this particular Disney deal has widespread implications f...
NBC is removing ‘The Office’ from Netflix in 2021 and putting it on its new streaming service

NBC is removing ‘The Office’ from Netflix in 2021 and putting it on its new streaming service

Finance
'Valentine's Day' Episode 16 of the sitcom The Office. Pictured is the cast of the sitcome: (L to R) Angela Kinsey as Angela Martin, Kate Flannery as Meredith Palmer, Steve Carell as Michael Scott, Phyllis Smith as Phyllis Lapin-Vance, and Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly.Paul Drinkwater | NBCUniversal | Getty ImagesNBC has decided to remove "The Office" from Netflix in 2021 and include the show in the company's new streaming service. The deal will be exclusive for five years.NBC announced the decision to remove "The Office" in a statement on Tuesday. The hit comedy was the most-watched Netflix show in 2018, according to data analytics firm Jumpshot. The move bolsters the potential appeal of NBC's ad-supported streaming service, which is set to launch in the first quarter of 2020.A person fam...
Stars help Apple announce streaming service and credit card

Stars help Apple announce streaming service and credit card

Technology
By Ajay Nair, news reporter A whole host of Hollywood A-listers - including Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston and Steven Spielberg - joined Apple chief executive Tim Cook to announce the tech giant's new video streaming service.Apple TV + will feature original content to rival the likes of the high-budget productions found exclusively on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Speaking at the launch in California, Mr Cook said Apple had partnered with "creative visionaries" for the new service, which saw Apple shares fall by almost 2% and Netflix shares rise as it was unveiled on Monday.Among the latest announcements were an Apple credit card called Apple Card, Apple News + featuring magazines, and a gaming subscription service called Apple Arcade. ...