Early internet star turned celebrity Andy Milonakis revolutionized live streaming and virality, but he still has regrets

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  • Andy Milonakis is 45 now but shows no signs of slowing down.
  • Since creating his own television show in 2003, he’s been a rapper, actor, performer, and live streamer.
  • A pioneer of the internet age, Milonakis feels he gets “judged” for his appearance.
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Andy Milonakis has spent the past two months in the mountains on the island of Crete, Greece at his grandparent’s house. Almost every day, he livestreams the gorgeous landscape to thousands of viewers on Twitch.

The 45-year-old television star, content creator, rapper, influencer, and comedian has managed to keep his career alive for nearly two decades after he went viral pre-YouTube. Listing his accomplishments sounds a bit like you created a career with a random generator: he achieved mainstream success on MTV with “The Andy Milonakis Show,” voiced a microwave in a children’s television show, started a rap group with actor Simon Rex, and pioneered real-world live-streaming on Twitch.

Insider spoke to Milonakis about his career, how he got his start live streaming on Twitch and what he hopes he can achieve in this next phase of his career.

Milonakis was the first viral star to get his own television show

Milonakis was born in 1976 in Katonah, New York with a congenital growth hormone deficiency that gives him the appearance and voice of an adolescent.

After high school he moved to Queens in the late 90s and dabbled in the world of comedy, taking improv and writing classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater while working in tech support at an accounting firm as a day job.

In the late 90s, he was an early participant in internet comedy with his “child actor” website, where he posted photos of himself “making really weird faces” and wrote with “really bad grammar that’s misspelled on purpose to just make me seem totally out of my mind.”

“Back then, nobody succeeded making comedy on the internet, it wasn’t even a thing,” Milonakis said.

Brian Lynch, the future screenwriter of “Minions” and “Hop” invited him to be a part of his website AngryNakedPat.com in “1999 or 2000” Milonakis recalls. By the early 2000s, before YouTube was founded, Milonakis had posted over 100 videos on the site. In 2003, he was debating giving up on the videos because they weren’t getting many views] but he felt the sudden urge to purchase a plastic ukulele from a lady selling them from a shopping cart.

“My friends invited me to a Superbowl game and I just, I didn’t really like sports. So I was like, I’m going to make a video about it,” Milonakis recalls.

Filmed on a grainy webcam, Milonakis changed his life trajectory after he posted his breakout viral hit, “The Superbowl is Gay.” The three-minute clip of Milonakis calling everything from DVDs to McDonald’s “gay,” outdated and somewhat offensive humor by today’s standards, went viral at the time. Radio stations across the country contacted Milonakis for interviews.

One of those original viewers was Jimmy Kimmel, who had started hosting his Jimmy Kimmel Live show and found an affinity for the comedic actor. Over the next couple of years, Milonakis would make guest appearances on the talk show, with Kimmel saying in a 2005 Washington Post article that “his comedy is something that probably would have been around a long time ago if kids had access to video cameras and editing machines and the Internet.”

Kimmel’s endorsement led directly to MTV, according to Milonakis. An executive had been badgering Kimmel for a television show to pitch, which started as scrounged together clips from the web and Jimmy Kimmel Live. With the talk show host spearheading the pitching process, it led to a pilot, which was one of 20 vying for a spot to be made into a television show. Milonakis’ show eventually won out.

The Andy Milonakis Show premiered on MTV in 2005 and ran for three seasons. The show was an absurdist, surrealist nightmare that used random people as actors. Man on the street segments where he plays up his childish persona are intertwined with celebrity appearances from early aught icons like Hillary Duff and Lil Jon.

The show was a massive success and turned Milonakis into a traditional celebrity. Over the next two decades he made appearances or lent his voice to shows like Adventure Time, The Kroll Show, and Crank Yankers. But ultimately the world of TV wouldn’t be where he made his biggest and longest impact.

He appeared on Snoop Dogg’s internet news show, hosted his own YouTube cooking show called “Andy’s Hungry Voyage,” and had a fairly successful rap career.

Milonakis’ YouTube channel has half a million subscribers and has pulled in over 100 million views since it was created in 2006. “G L O G A N G,” his 2015 music video featuring Chief Keef has over five million views and his group Three Loco with Riff Raff and actor Simon Rex has over 10 million views across their dozen or so videos from 2012.

Andy joined Twitch and pioneered the world of IRL streaming

In 2016, Milonakis started to gain renewed attention with his Twitch streams. After initially streaming PS4 and PC games, Milonakis turned to “Pokemon Go,” the highly successful mobile game where users capture Pokemon by exploring the real world.

On that first stream, Milonakis recalls, he went from “a couple hundred viewers to 1,200.” Over the next year, he’d gain 200,000 followers, who watched him order tacos, walk around Los Angeles, and hang out with other streamers.

Milonakis quickly fell into a crew of influencers who streamed on Twitch’s “IRL” section, who frequently did outrageous stunts for clicks.

“I would walk up and down Hollywood Boulevard with like the craziest people, the weirdest drunks,” Milonakis said. “I would be drunk, like making out with chicks and like just doing stupid sh–.”

Several members of Milonakis’ crew found themselves in hot water. One was banned from Twitch after police were called on him without cause while he was on an airplane. Another was arrested live on stream in 2019.

“At the time, it seemed fine I guess, but looking back it sounds like hell,” Milonakis said. “And then once I wizened up, I was like, ‘Oh, man. Why do I just have to be here? I can be traveling.'”

In June of 2017, Milonakis met up with streamer EXBC in South Korea and fell in love with the idea of IRL streaming while traveling, which led him to Japan and Greece. Until the pandemic hit in 2020, Milonakis was traveling as much as he could, streaming to thousands in the process.

“I really do love the ability to be my own boss and fly all over the world and stream it live,” Milonakis said.

Milonakis says he regrets a lot

Milonakis has been making videos online for 20 years and regrets a large amount of time where he said he worked at “10% capacity,” he said.

“I don’t want to live my life where I just constantly am a workaholic and I don’t enjoy life, but I feel like I could’ve given it a lot more,” Milonakis said. “I’m not beating myself up over it, but it could have been pretty dope to work harder during those years.”

Milonakis has no plans of slowing down. His idol is Anthony Bourdain and hopes to one day create a show with his unique brand of humor, spitballing the idea of going to the best “sushi place in Japan and taking the food very seriously” but then dress up “as a ball of rice doing a rap video.”

“I think a lot of people write me off as that stupid, weird kid, which I am in a lot of ways, but I feel like I have more to offer,” Milonakis said. “I feel like when people kind of judge me and look at me in a weird way, I feel like I have my head on my shoulders and I feel like I’m very socially aware. I know how to talk to people and know how to treat people. And when I do really weird, crazy shit, I feel like people don’t expect that of me.”

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How to watch the Tokyo Olympics – live gymnastics, swimming, and basketball events continue this weekend

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Simone Biles withdrew from the team and individual all-around competitions, but she could still compete in other gymnastics events.

  • The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will run from July 23 to August 8 after a one-year delay.
  • NBC is providing live coverage of the games on its networks, along with select events on Peacock.
  • Check out our schedule breakdowns for track and field, gymnastics, swimming, basketball, and soccer.

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The Tokyo Olympics held its opening ceremonies on July 23 after a one-year delay, welcoming thousands of athletes from 205 countries and states. The international competition will continue through August 8 with events from 33 different sports.

Live broadcasts and streamed events from Tokyo are available every day on NBC and other NBC affiliate networks. Free highlights and select live events are also available on Peacock, NBC’s streaming service. You can find full channel details and schedules for upcoming track and field, gymnastics, swimming, basketball, and soccer events in our individual articles for each sport.

Because the event was originally planned for last year, this year’s Summer Olympics are still being called the Tokyo 2020 Games. Japan hosted the Winter Olympics in 1998, and last hosted the summer games in 1964.

How to watch the Olympics

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Megan Rapinoe and the US Women’s Soccer team defeated Japan to win the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.

To watch the Olympics you’ll need access to NBC and its affiliated networks. Olympic coverage is spread across multiple NBC channels, including NBC Sports Network, CNBC, the Olympic Channel, the Golf Channel, and USA; Telemundo and Universo carry Spanish language coverage. You can find channel details and schedules for track and field, gymnastics, swimming, basketball, and soccer in our breakdowns for each sport.

If you have a pay-TV provider with access to NBC’s various channels, you can use your account information to stream every Olympic event online via the NBC Sports app or the NBCOlympics website. You can also visit NBCOlympics.com to view the daily Olympics schedule with specific network information for every event.

NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, also features daily highlights, docuseries, commentary, and a limited selection of live events for free. Peacock is available on iOS and Android devices, Roku, Amazon Fire, Xbox, web browsers, and select smart TVs.

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Live TV services with NBC coverage of the Olympics

If you don’t already have a cable or TV provider, you can use a live TV streaming service like YouTube TV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, or FuboTV to watch the Olympics live on channels like NBC, NBC Sports, and USA.

Of those options, Sling’s Blue plan is the most affordable at $35 a month ($10 for your first month) for NBC, USA, and NBC Sports. However, to watch all of NBC’s live Olympic coverage on Sling, you’ll need to add the $11 sports package to get access to the Olympic Channel and Golf Channel, as well as the $6 news package for CNBC.

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How to watch the Olympics opening ceremony

The opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics was broadcast live on July 23 at 6:55 a.m. ET on NBC. If you have a pay-TV provider with access to NBC, you can stream a replay of the opening ceremony via NBCOlympics.com, the NBC Sports app, or any live TV streaming service with access to NBC.

The opening ceremony is also available to watch on-demand via Peacock, NBC’s standalone streaming service.

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Key dates for the Tokyo Olympics

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US swimming star Katie Ledecky goes into the Tokyo Games with five Olympic gold medals.

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How to watch UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Strickland this Saturday on ESPN+

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Uriah Hall (left) became the first UFC fighter to win a match without throwing a strike when a defensive check of Chris Weidman’s kick broke Weidman’s leg in April 2021.

  • UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Strickland will be streamed live on ESPN+ on July 31
  • Prelims start at 6 p.m. ET, while the main card is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET.
  • Every UFC Fight Night is included with ESPN+, which costs $6 a month or $60 per year.

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UFC veteran middleweights Uriah Hall and Sean Strickland will headline this weekend’s UFC Fight Night on July 31. The entire event will air on ESPN+ and ESPN, with prelims scheduled for 6 p.m. ET and the main card starting at 9 p.m. ET.

Hall’s recent record includes four straight victories, with the last two coming against former champions Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva. Strickland has also won four straight matches and boasts a career record of 23 wins and three losses.

UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Strickland will have limited attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though UFC has started welcoming fans back to its larger pay-per-view events, like the upcoming UFC 265.

Here’s the match schedule for UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Strickland

UFC Fight Night matches are included with an ESPN+ subscription.

Prelims – 6 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. PT on ESPN+ and ESPN

  • Philip Rowe versus Orion Cosce [Welterweight]
  • Ryan Benoit versus Zarrukh Adashev [Featherweight]
  • Jinh Yu Frey versus Ashley Yoder [Women’s Strawweight]
  • Danny Chavez versus Kai Kamaka [Featherweight]
  • Chris Gruetzemacher versus Rafa Garcia [Lightweight]
  • Collin Anglin versus Melsik Baghdasaryan [Featherweight]

Main card – 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT on ESPN+ and ESPN

  • Bryan Barberena versus Jason Witt [Welterweight]
  • Niklas Stolze versus Jared Gooden [Welterweight]
  • Cheyanne Buys versus Gloria De Paula [Women’s strawweight]
  • Kyung Ho Kang versus Rani Yahya [Bantamweight]
  • Uriah Hall versus Sean Strickland [Middleweight]

How to watch UFC Fight Night matches

UFC Fight Night: Hall vs. Strickland is separated into two parts: the prelims and the main card. The entire event will broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN+, starting with the prelims at 6 p.m. ET. The main card will begin at 9 p.m. ET.

ESPN+ subscribers can watch every UFC Fight Night event live and also gain access to a huge catalog of classic UFC matches and recent highlights. ESPN+ costs $6 a month or $60 for a full year, and it’s available as an app on most mobile and streaming devices. You can also bundle ESPN+ with Disney Plus and Hulu for $14 a month.

Here’s a full breakdown of additional features and details for ESPN+.

Select UFC Fight Nights, including Hall vs. Strickland, are available on the ESPN cable network as well. If you don’t have cable, ESPN is available through live TV streaming services, including Sling Orange, Hulu + Live TV, AT&T TV, and Youtube TV.

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‘Jungle Cruise’ is now available in theaters and on Disney Plus – here’s how to stream the new adventure movie with Premier Access

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Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” premiered on July 30, nearly two years after its originally intended release date in October 2019. Starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, the movie debuted simultaneously in theaters and on Disney Plus with Premier Access.

In “Jungle Cruise,” Johnson and Blunt embark on a perilous riverboat journey through the Amazon jungle to find the Tree of Life. The action-adventure movie is inspired by the ride of the same name at Disneyland and Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

Earlier this year, Disneyland revealed a new version of its Jungle Cruise ride for theme park visitors to enjoy. The updated attraction no longer includes offensive portrayals of Indigenous people.

Jungle Cruise” is the fifth movie released online via Disney Plus Premier Access. You can currently buy “Black Widow” and “Cruella” with Premier Access as well.

How to watch ‘Jungle Cruise’ on Disney Plus

Jungle Cruise” premiered on July 30 in theaters and on Disney Plus with Premier Access. In order to stream the movie at home, you have to pay a one-time $30 fee on top of your Disney Plus subscription.

Viewers who purchase “Jungle Cruise” through Premier Access can watch the film as many times as they like as long as they remain a Disney Plus member. Disney Plus costs $8 a month or $80 a year.

If you don’t mind waiting a few months, “Jungle Cruise” will become available to all Disney Plus members without an extra fee on November 12.

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For viewers who want a wider variety of entertainment options, Disney Plus offers a bundle with Hulu and ESPN+ for a discounted rate of $14 a month. The bundle saves you about $6 off the regular combined price of all three services.

You can access the Disney Plus app on most smartphones, smart TVs, and media players. You can find a complete list of devices and platforms that support Disney Plus here. “Jungle Cruise” is available to stream in up to 4K with HDR color and contrast on compatible devices.

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What other movies can I stream on Disney Plus?

Subscribers looking for more entertainment on Disney Plus will find an extensive catalog of movies from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and 20th Century Fox.

Raya and the Last Dragon” and “Mulan” were originally offered on Disney Plus for an additional fee, but these movies are now included as part of the standard membership. Fans of animated movies will enjoy “Luca,” a coming-of-age adventure, and “Soul,” a jazz-focused exploration of the afterlife.

Viewers who want to watch “Cruella” or “Black Widow” still have to pay an extra $30 to access each movie. “Cruella” joins the standard Disney Plus collection on August 27, and “Black Widow” will be available without an extra fee starting October 6.

Check out our full review of Disney Plus for more information about the streaming service.

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‘F9,’ the latest movie in the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise, is now available to stream at home just one month after it hit theaters

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Vin Diesel stars in “F9: The Fast Saga.”

  • F9,” the ninth movie in the “Fast & Furious” film series, is now available to stream through VOD.
  • Starring Vin Diesel, “F9” earned big numbers at the box office when it hit theaters on June 25.
  • You can rent the movie at home for $20 on services like Prime Video, Vudu, YouTube, and more.

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After an impressive debut in theaters, “F9: The Fast Saga” is now available to rent for $20 through video-on-demand (VOD) services. The early streaming release comes about a month after the movie’s theatrical premiere on June 25.

Directed by Justin Lin, “F9” is the ninth installment in the “Fast & Furious” series. The action movie features Vin Diesel and John Cena as feuding brothers. “F9” delivers a constant rush of adrenaline with all the wild car chases and extreme stunts the franchise is known for.

“F9” also honors the late Paul Walker who died in a car accident in 2013. Walker played Brian O’Conner in the first seven “Fast & Furious” movies. For more details about how the film pays tribute to Walker, read Insider’s interview with director Justin Lin.

Where to watch ‘F9’ online

F9” is now available to watch at home through video-on-demand services. You can rent the movie for $20 from Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, FandangoNow, YouTube, Microsoft Movies, and Apple TV. The film’s streaming debut comes just one month after it premiered in theaters.

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Once you rent a title, most VOD platforms give you 30 days to begin watching a movie. After the movie is started, you typically have 48 hours before your rental expires.

Rental options range from standard definition (SD) to 4K UHD with high dynamic range (HDR), but the price is $20 no matter what quality you choose. You can access VOD services on most smart TVs, mobile devices, streaming players, and web browsers.

In addition to VOD services, “F9” is likely to arrive on HBO Max or Peacock later this year, but an official release date has not been announced.

Where can I watch other ‘Fast & Furious’ movies?

The best streaming services for watching movies from the “Fast & Furious” franchise are Peacock and HBO Max.

You can stream three of the “Fast & Furious” movies for free with ad-supported Peacock:

  • “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” (2006)
  • “Fast & Furious” (2009)
  • “Fast Five” (2011)

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The HBO Max catalog includes access to the first two installments:

  • “The Fast and the Furious” (2001)
  • “2 Fast 2 Furious” (2003)

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Additional movies from the “Fast & Furious” series are available to rent individually on VOD services like Prime Video and Vudu.

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Scarlett Johansson’s “Black Widow” paycheck is tied to box office performance. She’s reportedly suing Disney for releasing it on streaming.

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“Black Widow.”

  • “Black Widow” actress Scarlett Johansson is reportedly suing Disney over the movie’s dual-release.
  • The lawsuit argues that Disney violated her contract by debuting the film online and in theatres.
  • A source said the move cost her up to $50 million since her salary is largely based on box office performance.
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Actress Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney after the company simultaneously released her film “Black Widow” on its Disney+ streaming platform and in theatres, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Johansson argues that Disney violated her contract, potentially bilking her out of significant income, because her salary was largely based on box office performance. A source told the paper the actress could be missing out on an estimated $50 million.

According to the report, Johansson was concerned about the movie being released in part on Disney+. Her representatives contacted Marvel to ensure that the movie would solely be released in theatres. Per the report, Marvel’s chief counsel said they would speak with her if those plans changed.

“Black Widow” raked in $158 million in its global box office opening, while Disney saw $60 million in sales from at-home viewing purchases.

“Disney intentionally induced Marvel’s breach of the agreement, without justification, in order to prevent Ms. Johansson from realizing the full benefit of her bargain with Marvel,” reads the lawsuit, according to the WSJ.

Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Representatives for Johansson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Case information was not immediately available on the court’s website.

Disney+ and other streaming services took the unprecedented step and debuted movies at the same time online and in theatres in 2020 due to the pandemic. For example, Disney’s live-action Mulan remake saw a dual release, as did “Wonder Woman 1984” And “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” on Warner Bros.’ HBO Max.

But the move prompted backlash from the filmmaking world, including from directors Christopher Nolan and Patty Jenkins, who helmed the “Wonder woman 1984″ project.” Many speculated how traditional filmmaking could be impacted by releasing high-budget, high-quality movies online.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders attends Phish concert in Arkansas

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders visits “The Story with Martha MacCallum” on September 17, 2019 in New York City.

  • The Trump press secretary turned gubernatorial candidate was spotted at a Phish concert in Fayetteville, AK on Wednesday
  • The concert was the band’s first since February 2020.
  • Arkansas is currently experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations
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Sarah Huckabee Sanders, in the midst of a campaign for Governor of Arkansas, was spotted at a Phish concert on Wednesday night at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

A photo published in POLITICO on Thursday showed the former White House press secretary wearing sunglasses at the event.

The Fayetteville concert was the band’s first since February 2020, and marks the beginning of a much-anticipated summer tour. But it also comes amid a surge of COVID cases and hospitalizations in the state.

Amid concerns over the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, Phish has encouraged fans to get the coronavirus vaccine before coming to their shows. “The best thing you can possibly do before coming to a show is to GET VACCINATED!” the band said on their website on Wednesday.

The band also encouraged fans to wear masks at concert venues.

“As social distancing is not possible inside the venues, we highly recommend wearing a mask at these outdoor shows when closer than 6 feet to others, regardless of whether or not you’re vaccinated,” said the band. “Being vaccinated AND wearing a mask at these shows is the best way you can show love and respect for our incredible community.”

On Sunday, Huckabee Sanders wrote an op-ed in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette encouraging Arkansas to take the “Trump vaccine.” Only 36% of Arkansans are fully vaccinated, according to the New York Times.

Huckabee Sanders did not appear to be wearing a mask at the concert.

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Starz is offering a free trial for new subscribers in 2021

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  • New Starz subscribers can get a 7-day free trial and save 11% on a quarterly subscription.
  • The on-demand streaming service typically costs $9 a month.
  • New members can save $1 a month with the quarterly subscription payment.

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Want to start watching shows like “Run the World,” “Vida,” and “The Girlfriend Experience?” A subscription to the Starz streaming service could be just what you’re looking for.

Right now, new subscribers can get a Starz free trial for seven days with the option to do quarterly payments every three months for $24. For a limited time, this discount saves you 11% or $1 per month. You also have the option to do a monthly payment of $9 per month after the free trial ends.

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A Starz subscription offers unlimited HD streaming and offline downloads, plus families can watch on up to four screens at once with a single account. The streaming service is full of exclusive content, like the Sony films “Spider-Man” and “Jumanji: the Next Level,” along with its own original series like “The Girlfriend Experience,” “P-Valley,” and “Blindspotting.”

You can stream Starz on many devices, making it easy to watch your favorite shows and movies on smartphones, media players, select smart TVs, and Xbox One consoles. TV subscribers can also add Starz as an additional channel. You can check if your provider is Starz-compatible here.

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How to get a free trial of Starz

  1. Go to the Starz offer page and provide an email address to create your account.
  2. Choose the monthly or quarterly subscription payment option. Don’t forget to set a reminder to cancel after seven days if you are unsure about the subscription. 
  3. Enter your payment information.
  4. Choose a password to finish creating your account.

After the free trial ends, you will be charged the quarterly or monthly subscription fee (unless you cancel before the trial ends). Your subscription will automatically renew after one or three months depending on your payment choice.

How to add Starz to Prime Video or Hulu

Amazon Prime users and Hulu subscribers can also get a seven-day trial if they add Starz to their current plan. The regular Starz plan costs an additional $9 per month after your trial ends.

This option could be easiest for those looking to have their steaming content in one place. Plus, Amazon Prime subscribers can use their ‘no-rush’ shipping credits to pay for Prime Video add-on streaming services, like Starz. This could be a cost-effective alternative, depending on how often you receive the shipping digital credit.

Frequently asked questions

What are the best shows on Starz?

Starz has a variety of shows available to subscribers. The best shows available on Starz include “Outlander,” “American Gods,” “Power Book II: Ghost,” “The Girlfriend Experience,” “P-Valley,” “Ash vs Evil Dead,” “Power,” “Black Sails,” “Run the World,” “Blindspotting,” and “Hightown.”

Additionally, subscribers can also enjoy the library of movies Starz offers. Movies such as “Jumanji: The Next Level,” “Spider-man: Far from Home,” and “Fantasy Island” can be streamed with the free trial. 

What is the best streaming service?

We rounded up the best streaming services categorized into best on-demand streaming, best live TV, and best channel-specific streaming. When choosing a streaming service, it’s important to decide what your preferences are in terms of price, content, and more.

The best on-demand services include HBO Max, Hulu, Peacock, Apple TV Plus, Paramount Plus, Netflix, Disney Plus, and Amazon Prime Video.

Top live TV streaming options include AT&T TV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, FuboTV, Philo TV, and YouTube TV

For the best channel-specific streaming service, we recommend Starz, Showtime, and ESPN+.

Check out our guide to the best streaming services to read more about the streaming services.

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Katie Ledecky will swim for gold at the 2021 Olympic Games – here’s how to watch the event on NBC

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Olympic swimming events will be broadcast live on NBC and USA.

  • Tokyo Olympic swimming events started on July 24 and conclude July 31.
  • Swimming events will air on NBC and USA Network via live TV streaming services.
  • On the USA team, expectations are high for Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel.

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Swimming events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics started on July 24 and continue daily until July 31. Live coverage will be broadcast on NBC and the USA network.

The USA team has several strong competitors in women’s and men’s divisions, but all eyes will be on Katie Ledecky when she gets in the water. Ledecky already has an impressive collection of five gold medals and one silver medal coming into the Tokyo Olympics. If she snags three more gold medals in Tokyo, Ledecky will tie swimming legend, Jenny Thompson, as the winningest female US Olympian of all time.

In the men’s division, Caeleb Dressel is expected to lead the pack after his impressive showing at the 2019 FINA World Championships. Dressel earned two gold medals during the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

During the first three days of swimming events, the USA team earned three gold medals. In an unexpected victory, 17-year-old Alaskan Lydia Jacoby took home the gold medal for her performance in the women’s 100m breaststroke. For the men’s swimming division, Americans earned a top podium spot in the 400m individual medley and the 4x100m freestyle relay.

Katie Ledecky posted the fastest qualifying times in 200m and 1500m freestyle, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. On July 27, the women’s finals for both events will air live during prime time coverage on NBC.

How to watch Olympic swimming

Live broadcasts of Olympic swimming events are split between two channels: USA and NBC. For both men’s and women’s events, you can watch the preliminary heats on USA and the finals on NBC. Swimming heats will air in the mornings starting around 6 a.m. ET, and final races will air later in the evening during primetime coverage.

If you already have access to NBC and USA through a pay-TV provider, you can also stream every swimming event live via the NBC Sports app or NBCOlympics.com.

If you don’t have cable, you can get NBC and USA through a variety of live TV streaming services. Sling TV is the cheapest subscription service for watching all the Olympic swimming events. New members can get their first month for just $10 (regularly $35). NBC is only offered in select markets, however, so be sure to check Sling’s website for availability first.

FuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, and YouTube TV are additional live streaming services with access to both channels for watching Olympic swimming, but these options are more expensive at $65/month each.

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Viewers who can’t tune into events live can stay caught up on the action by catching highlights and primetime coverage on NBC. For free swimming highlights and videos from additional Olympic events, you can download the Peacock app or visit NBCOlympics.com.

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Men’s Olympic swimming schedule

Caeleb Dresse stands during Olympic trials in 2021.
Caeleb Dressel.

July 27

Event Time Channel
100m Freestyle (Heats) 6:02 a.m. ET USA
200m Breaststroke (Heats) 6:50 a.m. ET USA
4x200m Freestyle Relay (Heats) 7:17 a.m. ET USA
800m Freestyle (Heats) 7:37 a.m. ET USA
100m Freestyle (Semifinals) 9:30 p.m. ET NBC
200m Butterfly (Final) 9:49 p.m. ET NBC
200m Breaststroke (Semifinals) 10:21 p.m. ET NBC
4x200m Freestyle Relay (Final) 11:26 p.m. ET NBC

July 28

Event Time Channel
200m Backstroke (Heats) 6:25 a.m. ET USA
200m Individual Medley (Heats) 7:15 a.m. ET USA
800m Freestyle (Final) 9:30 p.m. ET NBC
200m Breaststroke (Final) 9:44 p.m. ET NBC
200m Backstroke (Semifinals) 10:04 p.m. ET NBC
100m Freestyle (Final) 10:37 p.m. ET NBC
200m Individual Medley (Semifinals) 11:08 p.m. ET NBC

July 29

Event Time Channel
100m Butterfly (Heats) 6:50 a.m. ET USA
4x100m Medley Relay, Mixed (Heats) 7:28 a.m. ET USA
100m Butterfly (Semifinals) 9:30 p.m. ET NBC
200m Backstroke (Final) 9:50 p.m. ET NBC
200m Individual Medley (Final) 10:16 p.m. ET NBC

July 30

Event Time Channel
50m Freestyle (Heats) 6:02 a.m. ET USA
1500m Freestyle (Heats) 6:48 a.m. ET USA
4x100m Medley Relay (Heats) 8:50 a.m. ET USA
100m Butterfly (Final) 9:30 p.m. ET NBC
50m Freestyle (Semifinals) 10:11 p.m. ET NBC
4x100m Medley Relay, Mixed (Final) 10:43 p.m. ET NBC

July 31

Event Time Channel
50m Freestyle (Final) 9:30 p.m. ET NBC
1500m Freestyle (Final) 9:44 p.m. ET NBC
4x100m Medley Relay (Final) 10:36 p.m. ET NBC

Women’s Olympic swimming schedule

Katie Ledecky at the 2021 Olympic Trials
Katie Ledecky.

July 27

Event Time Channel
200m Butterfly (Heats) 6:28 a.m. ET USA
200m Freestyle (Final) 9:41 p.m. ET NBC
200m Butterfly (Semifinals) 9:57 p.m. ET NBC
200m Individual Medley (Final) 10:45 p.m. ET NBC
1500m Freestyle (Final) 10:54 p.m. ET NBC

July 28

Event Time Channel
100m Freestyle (Heats) 6:02 a.m. ET USA
200m Breaststroke (Heats) 6:52 a.m. ET USA
4x200m Freestyle Relay (Heats) 7:34 a.m. ET USA
100m Freestyle (Semifinals) 9:53 p.m. ET NBC
200m Butterfly (Final) 10:28 p.m. ET NBC
200m Breaststroke (Semifinals) 10:54 p.m. ET NBC
4x200m Freestyle Relay (Final) 11:31 p.m. ET NBC

July 29

Event Time Channel
800m Freestyle (Heats) 6:02 a.m. ET USA
200m Backstroke (Heats) 7:08 a.m. ET USA
4x100m Medley Relay, Mixed (Heats) 7:28 a.m. ET USA
200m Breaststroke (Final) 9:41 p.m. ET NBC
100m Freestyle (Final) 9:59 p.m. ET NBC
200m Backstroke (Semifinals) 10:35 p.m. ET NBC

July 30

Event Time Channel
50m Freestyle (Heats) 6:24 a.m. ET USA
4x100m Medley Relay (Heats) 8:36 a.m. ET USA
200m Backstroke (Final) 9:37 p.m. ET NBC
800m Freestyle (Final) 9:46 p.m. ET NBC
50m Freestyle (Semifinals) 10:32 p.m. ET NBC
4x100m Medley Relay, Mixed (Final) 10:43 p.m. ET NBC

July 31

Event Time Channel
50m Freestyle (Final) 9:37 p.m. ET NBC
4x100m Medley Relay (Final) 10:36 p.m. ET NBC
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Kanye West has moved into a sports stadium in Atlanta while he finishes his next album

"DONDA By Kanye West" Listening Event At Mercedes Benz Stadium In Atlanta, GA
“DONDA By Kanye West” Listening Event At Mercedes Benz Stadium In Atlanta, GA

  • Kanye West has ditched his mansion to live inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
  • A listening party reportedly inspired Kanye to remain there until his new album “Donda” is complete.
  • A stadium spokesperson told Insider “we’ve been able to accommodate his needs while he’s with us.”
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Kanye West has moved into the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, a stadium spokesperson confirmed with Insider on Monday.

Last week, a crowd of 42,000 people filled the stadium to hear select songs from West’s new album “Donda” at the rapper’s listening party. Millions of listeners tuned into Apple Music’s exclusive live stream of the event.

West was reportedly so inspired by the crowd that he never left, TMZ first reported – and he plans on staying there until the album is completed.

Donda, named after the artists’ mother Donda West, was originally set to be released on July 23. A representative told Pitchfork on Monday that the new release date has been officially pushed to August 6.

On Saturday, fans spotted Kanye still dressed in his performance get-up at the Atlanta United soccer game. TMZ said that West and his team have created a living area and studio inside the stadium where a personal chef is available to prepare meals.

“We’ve been able to accommodate his needs while he’s with us,” a stadium spokesperson told Insider.

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