This week, a brand new film opened in theaters and on streaming TV – on the identical time.

This is probably not the primary time it is occurred, nevertheless it actually will not be the final. Not when Disney, Apple, Warner Media and NBC are ready within the wings, set to debut their new, extremely high-profile streaming providers.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” is the movie that stars Aaron Paul, reprising his position as Jesse Pinkman from “Breaking Unhealthy,” the collection that initially ran on cable’s AMC with low rankings till viewers started discovering reruns on Netflix. 

And now Unhealthy is on the massive display, thanks once more to Netflix, which dominates streaming in such a giant approach that Hollywood gamers need to take it on. 

On Nov. 1, Apple joins the fray with its Apple TV+ service, adopted on Nov. 12 with Disney+, and in spring 2020 with HBO Max and NBC’s The Peacock. 

All these subscription providers will pressure subscribers to start out making robust selections. What number of to maintain, or do away with? In your weekend pleasure, our information to the highest providers, their fare and phrases. 


Programming: The corporate began all of it in 1997 as a mail-order DVD service and is now the most-watched streamer, with over 150 million subscribers. It affords a mixture of originals, some films and older TV fare and is greatest identified for short-form collection like “Stranger Issues” and “Unbelievable.” Two of its hottest reruns, “Associates” and “The Workplace,” are leaving to go to rival new streaming providers HBO Max and The Peacock. However, Netflix not too long ago shelled out massive bucks for streaming rerun rights to “Seinfeld” starting in 2021.  

Pricing: $9 for watching on one display, no HD, $13 with HD and a couple of screens, $16, HD and four screens. 

Availability: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Hearth TV Stick, most good TVs and gaming methods. 

Amazon Prime Video

Programming: Amazon Prime is not only about delivery. Simply ask the producers of “Fleabag” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” For 2 years in a row, Amazon Prime has gained Emmy awards for greatest comedy collection. Amazon has a wider library than Netflix, with current movies like “Late Night time” with Mindy Kaling, older movies like “To Catch a Thief” with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly and basic TV (“The Pink Skelton Hour” and “Bare Metropolis”) as a part of your subscription. If a film or TV present is not obtainable, in contrast to Netflix, Amazon may promote it to you for viewing on video-on-demand. Golden oldies like “Again to the Future” or “Bye Bye Birdie,” for example, may be rented for $1.99. And talking of “Breaking Unhealthy,” all the fourth season is obtainable for $9.99. (Nevertheless, all seasons of “Unhealthy” are included along with your Netflix subscription at no further cost. So you’ll want to store round)

Pricing: $119 for expedited delivery and leisure, or $eight.99 month-to-month only for Prime Video. Amazon helps you to stream to 2 units at one time. 

Availability: On Amazon Hearth TV streaming units, Apple TV, Roku and sport consoles like PlayStation four and Xbox. 


Programming: Hulu is greatest identified for having a lot of the prime-time lineups for NBC, Fox and ABC obtainable the following day for viewers who might have missed the exhibits the primary time round. It, too, affords unique fare like “The Handmade’s Story” and “Casuals.”

Pricing: $5.99 for streaming with commercials, or $11.99 ad-free. Hulu additionally affords a cable TV different, Hulu with Reside TV, $44.99 with advertisements, or $50 with out them. Hulu permits viewing on one system at a time. 

CBS All Entry

Programming: The sequel to the Good Spouse, the Good Battle, a number of Star Trek collection, the comedy Girls Who Kill, plus all the CBS prime-time lineup, 24-hour information and oldies from the library like Perry Mason and I Love Lucy. 

Pricing: $5.99 month-to-month with advertisements, or $9.99 with out. CBS lets you’ve got two streams going without delay on units.

Availability: Apple, Roku, Amazon, Chromecast and good TVs from Samsung and Vizio. 

Apple TV+

Programming: Status programming from the likes of Oprah Winfrey (the return of the E book Membership) Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon (“The Morning Present”) and a documentary about elephants highlights the preliminary launch, which in contrast to Netflix and different rivals, may have only a few exhibits obtainable to observe. Only nine shows have been introduced for viewing on Nov. 1, which can clarify why it is the lowest priced of the streamers. 

Pricing: $four.99 month-to-month, for as much as six members of the family, in HDR and Dolby Atmos. Free for as much as a yr with buy of Apple merchandise: iPhone, iPad, iPod Contact, Mac laptop or Apple TV streaming field. 

Availability: Apple units. Interval. And coming quickly, says the corporate, to pick out Samsung good TVs. Lacking are Roku, Amazon Hearth TV Stick and Google Chromecast. 


Programming: 5 pillars, from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars to Nationwide Geographic. Disney guarantees the animated classics, plus new takes on every thing from The Girl and the Tramp to Lizzie McGuire. Plus Disney is throwing in bonuses from the 20th Century Fox library, which it now owns, together with each episode of the Simpsons and Malcolm within the Center

Pricing: $5.99 month-to-month, for as much as four screens, in HDR and Dolby. Bundle value providing Disney owned Hulu and ESPN+ for $12.99

Availability: Roku, Chromecast, PlayStation four, Xbox and Apple TV and units. Lacking: Amazon Hearth TV. 

Coming quickly 

HBO Max, a brand new service from Warner Media, and the Peacock from NBC, each are to launch within the spring.

In different tech information this week

Apple’s macOS Catalina working system debuted, eliminating iTunes in spite of everything these years, and splitting it into three completely different packages: Music, TV and Podcasts. Predictably, many plug-ins did not work with the brand new OS, most notably Adobe’s Photoshop and Lightroom. It is at all times greatest to attend a couple of weeks to obtain the brand new OS after the kinks have been ironed out. 

Navigation app Waze celebrated its first anniversary of its stand-alone carpool app, and says some 1 million riders may have used the service by the top of the yr. 

Facebook Messenger provides new stickers, filter to “destigmatize” chatter about psychological well being.

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