UFC 265 will decide the interim heavyweight champion – you can stream the PPV match live this Saturday on ESPN+

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.

Derrick Lewis Mark Hunt
UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis (right) will fight Ciryl Gane for the title of interim champion at UFC 265.

  • Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane will fight for the title of interim heavyweight champion at UFC 265.
  • UFC 265 will be held in front of a full crowd in Houston, Texas, on August 7.
  • The UFC 265 main card PPV costs $70 and requires an ESPN+ subscription ($6/month) to watch.

Table of Contents: Masthead StickyUFC PPV Event + One Year Membership (small)

Top UFC heavyweight contender Derrick Lewis and undefeated Ciryl Gane will fight for the title of interim champion in the main event of UFC 265. The pay-per-view (PPV) event will be held in front of a full crowd at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, on August 7. The main card will stream exclusively on ESPN+ starting at 10 p.m. ET.

Lewis is a celebrated veteran known for his strikes, earning 20 knockouts in 25 career victories. Gane is undefeated through nine career fights, including two victories by decision in 2021. The winner between Lewis and Gane will be matched up against reigning champion Francis Ngannou, who won the belt in March.

Lewis defeated Ngannou by decision in July 2018, and was expected to fight the champion again at UFC 265 instead of Gane. However, contract negotiations with Ngannou fell short, leading UFC to book Lewis versus Gane as an interim champion fight. The organization still plans to reach an agreement for Ngannou to fight later this year.

The UFC 265 main card costs $70 and requires an ESPN+ subscription for $6 a month or $60 per year. ESPN is also offering a bundle price of $89.98 for UFC 265 and one year of ESPN+; a 30% discount.

Here’s the fight card for UFC 265: Lewis vs. Gane

espn+

Early Prelims – 6 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. PT on UFC Fight Pass

  • Johnny Munoz versus Jamey Simmons (Bantamweight)
  • Victoria Leonardo versus Melissa Gatto (Women’s flyweight)
  • Miles Johns versus Anderson Dos Santos (Bantamweight)
  • Manel Kape versus Ode’ Osbourne (Flyweight)

Prelims – 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT on ESPN+ and ESPN

  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz versus Jessica Penne (Women’s strawweight)
  • Alonzo Menifield versus Ed Herman (Light heavyweight)
  • Vince Morales versus Drako Rodriguez (Bantamweight)
  • Bobby Green versus Rafael Fiziev (Lightweight)

Main Card – 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT on ESPN+ for $70

  • Song Yadong versus Casey Kenney (Bantamweight)
  • Tecia Torres versus Angela Hill (Women’s strawweight)
  • Michael Chiesa versus Vicente Luque (Welterweight)
  • Jose Aldo versus Pedro Munhoz (Bantamweight)
  • Derrick Lewis versus Ciryl Gane (Heavyweight interim title bout)

How to watch UFC 265

To watch the main event of UFC 265, you need to be an ESPN+ member and order the PPV. An ESPN+ subscription costs $6 a month or $60 a year. The UFC 265 main event requires a one-time fee of $70 on top of your ESPN+ subscription.

The main card will be streamed live via ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET on August 7. The early prelims start at 6 p.m. ET and are only available to UFC Fight Pass subscribers. The prelims will begin at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and the ESPN cable channel.

You can access the ESPN+ app on all major mobile and streaming devices, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Xbox One, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, and more.

Ways to save on the UFC 265 pay-per-view price

If you plan on signing up for ESPN+ to watch UFC 265, you can take advantage of a special discounted package.

New subscribers can purchase a year-long ESPN+ membership with access to UFC 265 included for a total of $89.98. That’s over 30% off the regular combined price of an annual plan and a PPV match. Following your first year of service, ESPN+ will then renew for the regular annual price of $60.

Bundle the next UFC PPV with an ESPN+ Annual Plan to save over 30%

UFC PPV Event + One Year Membership (small)Monthly Subscription Service (small)

Read the original article on Business Insider

Get 3 months of Apple TV Plus for free when you buy select Apple devices, or 6 months if you own a PS5

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.

A picture of Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt and Nick Mohammed in “Ted Lasso" season
Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt and Nick Mohammed in “Ted Lasso.”

Table of Contents: Masthead StickyTV Plus (3-month free trial) (medium)

Apple TV Plus is home to a growing library of exclusive series, including the ongoing second season of the Emmy-nominated comedy “Ted Lasso.” The service usually costs $5 a month or $50 a year, but customers who buy select products can snag a special deal.

Apple TV Plus now offers a three-month trial for new subscribers who buy an eligible Apple device. The three-month trial is valid with the purchase of any new iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, or Apple TV that can run the latest Apple software. Apple hasn’t announced an end date for the promotion, but the deal is only expected to last for a limited time.

In addition to Apple devices, PlayStation 5 owners are now eligible for an Apple TV Plus promotion as well. If you own a PS5, you can get a six-month free trial of Apple TV Plus when you claim the offer through your console. This deal is good for new and existing Apple TV Plus members who redeem the trial before July 2022.

How to get 3 months of Apple TV Plus for free

  1. Purchase a qualifying Apple device from the Apple Store or an authorized reseller.
  2. Sign in with your Apple ID on your eligible device.
  3. Go to the Apple TV app and claim your offer within three months of setting up your device.
  4. If the offer doesn’t show up when you open the app, navigate to the Apple TV Plus tab to see it.
  5. Once claimed, you’ll get three months of Apple TV Plus for free.

After your three-month trial, Apple TV Plus will renew for the regular price of $5 a month unless you cancel.

What Apple products qualify?

Any iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, or Apple TV that runs the latest Apple software is eligible for the promotion. Here’s a rundown of some of our top Apple product recommendations.

TV 4K (2021) (small, Preferred: Walmart)iPhone 12 (small, Preferred: Best Buy)2020 iPad 10.2-inch (8th Gen) (small, Preferred: Amazon)11-inch iPad Pro (2021) (small, Preferred: Walmart)New MacBook Air (M1) (small, Preferred: Amazon)iMac (small, Preferred: Amazon)

If you’re looking for more Apple product recommendations, check out our various Apple buying guides, comparisons, and reviews. Learn more about how Insider Reviews researches deals and tests products.

How to get 6 months of Apple TV Plus for free

  1. Sign in to your PlayStation Network account on a PlayStation 5 console.
  2. Download the Apple TV app on your PS5.
  3. Follow the on-screen directions.
  4. Create an Apple ID to use with the app, or sign in with your existing Apple ID.
  5. Once claimed, you’ll get six months of Apple TV Plus for free.

The PS5 promotion is good for new and existing Apple TV Plus members who claim the deal by July 2022. Current subscribers to the Apple One bundle can not take advantage of this offer. Apple TV Plus will automatically renew for $5/month after your trial ends unless you cancel.

PlayStation 5 (small)Playstation 5 (All-Digital) (small)

Read the original article on Business Insider

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

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.

Chris Weidman and Uriah Hall
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.

Monthly Subscription Service (small)

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

espn+
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.

Monthly Subscription Service (small)

Read the original article on Business Insider

What is QHD? The high-definition screen resolution, explained

couple on couch watching TV at home with remote in hand
If you’re in the market for a new TV, you may come across some devices with QHD resolution.

  • QHD is a screen resolution that measures 2560 x 1440 pixels and has a 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • You’ll often find it on high-end devices like laptops, TVs, and smartphones.
  • QHD is sharper than regular HD, but isn’t as clear as 4K – there are battery and cost trade-offs for each to consider before purchasing.
  • Visit Insider’s Tech Reference library for more stories.

Buying a new device can feel overwhelming. But if you’re someone who values a crisp screen, resolution is going to be an important consideration.

Here’s what you should know about QHD resolution and how it compares to other resolution options on the market.

What is QHD?

Quad high definition (QHD) is the standard resolution for certain high-end devices like laptops, televisions, and phones. It has a display resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels – or four times that of 720p, hence the name – in a 16:9 aspect ratio.

You may also see WQHD when searching for devices (that stands for “wide quad high definition.”) QHD and WQHD are actually the same thing. The “W” is usually meant to signal that it has a 16:9 aspect ratio, since that can be a selling point for manufacturers, despite that the aspect ratio is already a feature of QHD. QHD is also sometimes labeled as 2K or 1440p for marketing reasons. An ultrawide QHD screen expands the horizontal pixels to 3440 and has a 21:9 aspect ratio.

QHD vs HD vs 4k

If you’re in the market for a new device, it pays to know what kind of resolution quality you want: HD, QHD, or 4K.

Compared to regular HD, QHD is sharper and offers more pixels per square inch (2560 x 1440p versus HD’s 1920 x 1080p). Because of that, it’s also generally better suited to larger monitors, allowing you to do things like have more windows open on your screen at once. However, it will also eat away more of your battery life if you’re using something like a mobile device, so you will have to make a judgement call there.

Comparison between 4K UHD, QHD, FHD, and HD
QHD’s aspect ratio is greater than that of HD and Full HD, but not as great as 4K UHD.

Related Article Module: ‘What is 4K?’: Here’s what it means to watch content in Ultra High Definition resolution

4K, on the other hand, is going to provide a more detailed screen than QHD. The official cinema resolution for 4K screens is 4096 x 2160p, but on a monitor, you will usually see the specs list 3840 x 2160p resolution. So for the average user, it has double the pixels you get with HD.

Again, the higher-resolution option will drain your battery life faster, so you should check out battery life estimates to make sure it works for you. 4K displays are also generally going to cost more than lower-resolution options, so that’s another thing to consider before buying.

‘What does HDR mean on an iPhone?’: A guide to the iPhone’s HDR camera mode, and how to control it manuallyHow to change a Samsung Galaxy S10’s screen resolution to save battery or enhance its visual performanceHow to change your screen resolution in Windows 10 to customize your displayHow to change the refresh rate on your monitor for smoother-looking videos and gameplay

Read the original article on Business Insider

Disney Plus Premier Access lets subscribers buy new movies like ‘Black Widow’ and ‘Cruella’ while they’re still playing in theaters

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.

Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh star in "Black Widow."
Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh star in “Black Widow.”

Table of Contents: Masthead StickyProduct Card (small)(Disney Plus Premier Access) (medium)

With the release of “Mulan” in September 2020, Disney Plus introduced a new purchase option called “Premier Access.” This feature allows subscribers to pay a $30 one-time fee in order to watch a movie early before it’s released to all Disney Plus members.

Cruella” and “Black Widow” are the latest Premier Access titles, and “Jungle Cruise” will be released on July 30.

Below, we’ve detailed everything you need to know about Premier Access, including how it works, how much it costs, and how long the option will be available.

What is Disney Plus Premier Access?

Disney Plus Premier Access is a purchase option for Disney Plus subscribers, enabling members to pay an extra $30 one-time fee to gain early streaming access to a movie that’s still playing in theaters. Once purchased, Disney Plus members can continue to stream or download a Premier Access movie for as long as they remain a subscriber.

You can think of Premier Access as a way to buy a virtual ticket to a brand-new Disney movie to watch at home instead of a theater. And, unlike a one-time theater viewing, you get to watch as many times as you like as long as you stay a Disney Plus subscriber.

That said, it’s important to note that Premier Access movies eventually become available to all Disney Plus subscribers without an extra fee. As such, Premier Access is best for people who like to watch new films as soon as they come out. If you don’t mind waiting a couple months, you can simply hold out for the wide release and save a lot of money.

How much does Disney Plus Premier Access cost?

The Disney Plus Premier Access fee is $30 in the US. In order to buy a Premier Access movie, you also need to have a Disney Plus subscription, which costs $8 a month or $80 a year.

Disney Plus is also available as part of a bundle with Hulu Basic and ESPN+ for $14 a month. That’s about $6 less per month than you’d pay if you subscribed to all of those services without the bundle.

How long does the Disney Plus Premier Access window last?

The Premier Access window typically lasts around three months. After that period, Premier Access titles become available to all Disney Plus subscribers.

This three-month period is similar to the release window that studios typically use for theatrical movie premieres before they’re allowed to debut on home video.

What movies have been released through Premier Access?

Disney has released four movies via Premier Access on Disney Plus. Two of those titles are now available to all Disney Plus subscribers without an extra fee.

Below is a full rundown of Premier Access titles released so far, along with details on when all members can watch them without paying extra.

Premier Access release date When can all Disney Plus subscribers watch?
Mulan September 4, 2020 Now available to all subscribers
Raya and the Last Dragon March 5, 2021 Now available to all subscribers
Cruella May 28, 2021 Available to all subscribers on August 27
Black Widow July 9, 2021 Available to all subscribers on October 6

What other movies will be available for Disney Plus Premier Access?

The next Disney movie set for a Premier Access release is “Jungle Cruise.” The film will be available to watch in theaters and on Disney Plus via Premier Access starting July 30.

You can preorder “Jungle Cruise” now for $30. The movie will be available to all Disney Plus subscribers without an extra fee on November 12.

Jungle Cruise (small)

Can you buy or rent Premier Access movies on other services?

Though “Mulan,” “Raya and the Last Dragon,” and “Cruella” debuted exclusively as Disney Plus Premier Access titles, their exclusivity periods were only temporary. The movies became available to buy on other streaming platforms without a Disney Plus subscription around one month after they premiered.

“Black Widow” will follow a similar pattern and is now set to become available for purchase on other video-on-demand streaming retailers starting August 10.

Product Card (small)

Read the original article on Business Insider

‘Ted Lasso’ is back for a second season – here’s how to watch the Emmy-nominated series on Apple TV Plus

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.

TedLassoAppleTVPlus
Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso.

  • “Ted Lasso” is a sports comedy following the fictional British soccer team AFC Richmond.
  • The show stars former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Jason Sudeikis as the title character.
  • The second season premiered exclusively via Apple TV Plus ($5/month) on July 23.

TV Plus Monthly Subscription (small)

The second season of “Ted Lasso” premiered on July 23 exclusively on Apple TV Plus ($5/month). The show recently received 20 Emmy nominations, including lead actor in a comedy series for Jason Sudeikis’ portrayal of the titular coach.

The comedy series focuses on the fictional British soccer team AFC Richmond. Sudeikis stars as Ted Lasso, a football coach from Kansas City who is hired to lead the team despite having no experience with soccer. The team’s owner, Rebecca Welton (Hannah Waddingham), hopes Lasso will run the team into the ground as part of a revenge plot she’s hatched against her ex-husband, but the good-natured coach is more skilled than he first appears.

The first season of “Ted Lasso” premiered in August 2020, and Apple has already renewed the series for a third season. Season two will include 12 brand-new episodes. The show received widespread critical acclaim, and both the first and second seasons are certified fresh on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. Currently, season one holds a “91% Fresh” rating and season two holds a “100% Fresh” rating.

In addition to Sudeikis’ nod, the show received 2021 Emmy nominations for outstanding comedy series, directing for a comedy series, and writing for a comedy series. The show also received six nominations for actors and actresses in supporting roles.

How to watch ‘Ted Lasso’

You can watch the second season of “Ted Lasso” exclusively on Apple TV Plus. The season premiere debuted on July 23, and new episodes are expected to arrive weekly every Friday. In addition, all 10 episodes of the show’s first season are available to stream right now.

Apple TV Plus costs $5 a month for access to all of the platform’s exclusive streaming shows and movies. New members can get a free seven-day trial to test the service.

People who purchase select Apple devices can take advantage of a free three-month subscription, and PS5 owners can get a special deal for a six-month trial. College students can bundle Apple TV Plus with Apple Music for just $5/month.

You can access Apple TV Plus on most media devices and smart TV brands, including Apple TV 4K, Roku, and Fire TV.

TV Plus Monthly Subscription (small)

Apple also bundles Apple TV Plus with other services as part of its Apple One platform. The base package includes Apple TV Plus, Apple Music, 50GB of iCloud, and Apple Arcade for $15 a month. Other plans include more iCloud storage and – if you pay $30 a month – you can get Apple News Plus and Apple Fitness Plus, as well.

New Apple One members can get a free one-month trial for any services they haven’t signed up for before. If you’re interested in any of Apple’s other services, Apple One is a better deal compared to Apple TV Plus on its own.

Subscription (small)

Read the original article on Business Insider

Netflix’s top 10 original TV show hits of all time, including ‘Bridgerton’ and ‘Sweet Tooth’

sweet tooth netflix
“Sweet Tooth.”

  • Netflix said in its Q2 earnings report on Tuesday that “Sweet Tooth” was watched by 60 million households in its first 28 days.
  • “Bridgerton” is still the biggest Netflix original series ever though, with more than 80 million.
  • Insider ranked Netflix’s biggest originals based on how many member households watched each in the first 28 days.
  • Netflix counts a view if an account watches at least two minutes of a show or movie.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.
10. “You” season two – 54 million

you netflix
Penn Badgley in “You”

Description: “A dangerously charming, intensely obsessive young man goes to extreme measures to insert himself into the lives of those he is transfixed by.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 88%

What critics said: “A self-aware work of melodrama, You combines the best elements of murder-mystery series, Millennial sitcoms, and revenge fantasies.” — The Atlantic 

9. “Shadow and Bone” season one – 55 million

shadow and bone

Description: “Dark forces conspire against orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov when she unleashes an extraordinary power that could change the fate of her war-torn world.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 87%

What critics said: “If Shadow and Bone doesn’t provide quite the level of characterizing nuance and challenging chronological complexity of The Witcher – and it does not – it does go down easier, and seems expressly intended to make long weekend afternoons pass more quickly.” — NPR

8. “Sweet Tooth” season one – 60 million

sweeth tooth netflix
“Sweet Tooth.”

Description: “On a perilous adventure across a post-apocalyptic world, a lovable boy who’s half-human and half-deer searches for a new beginning with a gruff protector.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 98%

What critics said: “Sweet Tooth is especially compelling as many of us move toward some form of post-pandemic normalcy, raising questions about what new world awaits us after such tremendous, collective loss.” — Salon

7. “The Queen’s Gambit” – 62 million

queens gambit
Beth Harmon practices chess in a hotel room.

Description: “In a 1950s orphanage, a young girl reveals an astonishing talent for chess and begins an unlikely journey to stardom while grappling with addiction.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 97%

What critics said: “Raise your hand if you anticipated a coming-of-age, period-piece drama about a female chess prodigy in the 1950s and 1960s becoming perhaps the most addictive and binge-worthy series of 2020.” — Chicago Sun-Times

6. (tie) “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” – 64 million

tiger king joe exotic
“Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness” was released on Netflix on March 20, 2020.

Description: “A zoo owner spirals out of control amid a cast of eccentric characters in this true murder-for-hire story from the underworld of big cat breeding.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 86%

What critics said: “A compelling series in fits and starts that doesn’t amount to much more than a trip through an extremely strange world filled with extremely strange people.” — Newsday

6. (tie) “Stranger Things” season three – 64 million*

stranger things season 3 netflix
“Stranger Things.”

Description: “When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 89%

What critics said: “It’s a real and joyful return to form for the show that has been taken fiercely to the hearts of people who weren’t there the first time round and, perhaps even more fiercely, by those who were.” — Guardian

*based on Netflix’s former viewership metric, in which an account had to watch at least 70% of a TV episode

4. “La Casa de Papel (Money Heist)” season four – 65 million

money heist

Description: “Eight thieves take hostages and lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain as a criminal mastermind manipulates the police to carry out his plan.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 75%

What critics said: “All the joy in the heist format is wondering how the robbers will escape. With Money Heist, I’m starting to dread the new ways the producers will find to keep me locked in.” — Independent

3. “Lupin” season one – 70 million

Lupin TV show Netflix Emmanuel Guimier
Omar Sy stars in “Lupin.”

Description: “Inspired by the adventures of Arsène Lupin, gentleman thief Assane Diop sets out to avenge his father for an injustice inflicted by a wealthy family.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 98%

What critics said: “The series also doesn’t waste a single minute, packing each and every moment full of suspense. Put all of that together, and it’s an early front-runner to steal a spot as one of the best shows of the year.” — Slate

2. “The Witcher” season one – 76 million

the witcher

Description: “Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster-hunter for hire, journeys toward his destiny in a turbulent world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 67%

What critics said: “And although The Witcher is more fantasy balderdash, it’s also somewhat addictive fantasy balderdash. Bring on the blood-spilling, the orgies, the haunted forests and wizards: It seems we can’t get enough.” — Detroit News

1. “Bridgerton” season one – 82 million

BRIDGERTON

Description: “The eight close-knit siblings of the Bridgerton family look for love and happiness in London high society. Inspired by Julia Quinn’s bestselling novels.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 89%

What critics said: “There are eight episodes of Bridgerton, and they all have endings that are like chapters in a good book: They leave you in a spot where you just want to read one more chapter before you turn off the light for the night.” — NPR

Read the original article on Business Insider

Netflix Q2 earnings preview: Web-tracking data shows Q2 traffic slumped then rebounded

An image from the second season of "Never Have I Ever."
“Never Have I Ever.”

  • Netflix’s web traffic slumped during the Q2 and then began to recover, data from Similarweb shows.
  • It suggests engagement with Netflix has waned a bit, but that it could be temporary.
  • Netflix reports earnings for its second quarter on July 20.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Netflix’s web traffic slumped during the second quarter of 2021, but rebounded toward the end of the period, according to data from analytics firm Similarweb that was shared exclusively with Insider.

The data, which shows unique visitors to Netflix’s desktop and mobile website, suggests that engagement with Netflix waned during the period as the effects of the pandemic subsided in some markets.

Still, the slowdown doesn’t seem like it will last long since traffic started to recover in June, according to the Similarweb data.

The findings come as Netflix is due to report its earnings for the second quarter on Tuesday.

Investors and the broader media sector are watching the release for signs of whether the recent softening in streaming subscriber growth coming out of the pandemic will ease up, or continue throughout the summer.

Netflix, which missed subscriber-growth targets during the first quarter, forecasted just 1 million subscriber additions for the period. That’s compared with 10 million a year earlier and 4 million the prior quarter.

The company had said so many people signed up during the pandemic that there was bound to be a slowdown. It also faulted the pandemic for causing production stoppages that delayed some major releases.

Subscribe to read the full story on Insider for a closer look at the data, including charts breaking down Netflix’s web traffic

Read the original article on Business Insider

Paramount Plus starts at just $5 a month, but you’ll need the more expensive plan to get live CBS

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.

Paramount Plus streaming
Paramount Plus has ad-supported and ad-free plans.

Table of Contents: Masthead StickyEssential Monthly Plan (ad-supported) (small)Premium Monthly Plan (ad-free) (small)

Paramount Plus is one of the most affordable streaming services available. On June 7, the platform dropped the price of its ad-supported plan from $6/month to $5/month.

The service offers a growing collection of original series and films, like a “SpongeBob Squarepants” movie and spinoff show, several “Star Trek” series, and a reboot of the popular Nickelodeon show iCarly.

Paramount Plus also has live CBS sports, with content for soccer fans like UEFA Champions League, Europa League, and the National Women’s Soccer League. Golf enthusiasts will find live events including the Masters and the PGA Championship. In addition, NFL and SEC football games that air on CBS are available on Paramount Plus.

Access to your local CBS station is also included, but only with the Premium Plan for $10 a month. If you sign up for Paramount Plus now, you can get a seven-day free trial.

Below, we’ve detailed all the ins and outs of Paramount Plus, including pricing, release dates, and what you can expect to watch. For full impressions on the service, check out our Paramount Plus review.

What is Paramount Plus?

Paramount Plus is a subscription streaming service from ViacomCBS. The service replaced the company’s previous platform, CBS All Access, on March 4.

The rebranded service promises an expansion of its predecessor’s on-demand lineup. Paramount Plus plans to add 2,500 movies by the end of summer 2021, according to a press release.

Like its predecessor, Paramount Plus also offers live access to your local CBS network, but this option is only available with the Premium Plan.

Paramount Plus includes programs from CBS, BET, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV, and The Smithsonian Channel. New and classic movies from Paramount, Miramax, and MGM are included as well. The library also features Paramount Plus originals you won’t find anywhere else.

When does Paramount Plus launch?

Paramount Plus launched in the US, Canada, and Latin America on March 4.

Nordic countries received Paramount Plus on March 25, while Australia and New Zealand are expected to get the streaming service on August 11.

How much does Paramount Plus cost?

Paramount Plus offers two plans: an ad-supported “Essential Plan” for $5 a month ($50 a year) and an ad-free “Premium Plan” for $10 a month ($100 a year). The annual plans end up saving you about 16% compared to the month-to-month options.

Essential Monthly Plan (ad-supported) (small)Premium Monthly Plan (ad-free) (small)

Both plans feature access to the platform’s on-demand library, but the Essential Plan is subject to commercial interruptions when streaming on-demand programs.

The Premium Plan steps things up with ad-free streaming of on-demand content, and it adds live access to your local CBS station. That said, live CBS streaming still features regular commercial breaks.

What happens if I subscribed to the original Limited-Commercial Plan?

The new Paramount Plus Essential Plan is a replacement for the Limited-Commercial Plan. The Limited-Commercial Plan cost $6 a month and was discontinued on June 7.

The new Essential Plan saves subscribers $1 a month but there is one key drawback. The Essential Plan is missing live CBS while the Limited-Commercial Plan included that feature.

Existing subscribers to the discontinued Limited-Commercial Plan will continue to pay the original $6/month rate unless they unsubscribe and resubscribe to Paramount Plus. These members also get to keep access to their live CBS network as long as they don’t cancel their existing subscription.

Does Paramount Plus offer a free trial?

Paramount Plus offers a seven-day free trial for new members.

You can also get 25% off Paramount Plus if you’re a student at a US college or university. This offer is only available for the monthly ad-supported plan. Students are eligible for the discount for a span of four years.

What devices can I use to watch Paramount Plus?

Paramount Plus is compatible with the following devices:

  • iOS
  • Android
  • Chromecast
  • Roku
  • Apple TV
  • Fire TV
  • Portal TV
  • Samsung smart TVs
  • Vizio TVs
  • LG TVs
  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Series S
  • Xbox Series X
  • Xfinity Flex

Can you stream Paramount Plus in 4K, Dolby Vision, and HDR?

Select Paramount Plus titles are available to watch in 4K, HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision. These formats are only available to subscribers of the Premium Plan ($10/month), and are not supported on the cheaper Essential Plan ($5/month).

Shows available in these advanced video formats are marked with “badges” on their title pages, while movies that support these formats mention them in their description boxes.

Paramount Plus supports streaming in 4K, Dolby Vision, and HDR10 on the following devices:

  • Select Roku models
  • Amazon Fire TV (Stick 4K, Cube)
  • Select Android TV models
  • Apple TV 4K

How does Paramount Plus compare to CBS All Access?

Paramount Plus is essentially an expansion of CBS All Access.

CBS All Access members that had active subscriptions automatically transitioned over to Paramount Plus on March 4, enabling them to use their same account information. The CBS All Access app automatically switched to Paramount Plus as well. This means you get all the same content that was on CBS All Access, along with brand-new shows and more classic titles.

That said, Paramount Plus introduced a new ad-supported Essential Plan in June, and it does differ slightly from the original CBS All Access Limited-Commercial Plan it replaces. The Essential Plan costs $1 less each month, but it no longer offers live CBS streaming.

New members who want to access live CBS streaming on Paramount Plus need to have the Premium Plan. Those who were still subscribed to the Limited-Commercial Plan when it was discontinued, however, can keep live CBS streaming as long as they don’t cancel their membership.

What can I watch on Paramount Plus?

Paramount Plus offers access to classic and original programs from the likes of Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, MTV, Paramount Pictures, and CBS. The Premium Plan also adds access to your local CBS network.

The service will be home to brand-new movies, including Paramount’s upcoming theatrical releases 30 to 45 days after they debut on the big screen. This means you’ll be able to stream “A Quiet Place II” later this month while it’s still in theaters. “Snake Eyes,” “PAW Patrol: The Movie,” and “Mission: Impossible 7” are other major movies coming to the streaming service in 2021 and 2022.

Older films are also included. The service launched with movies from popular franchises like “Indiana Jones” and “Star Trek.” The streaming service will add more than 2,500 films by the end of summer 2021.

New Paramount Plus originals set for release over the next two years include “Halo,” a show based on the video game series of the same name, and “Y:1883,” a prequel to the popular show “Yellowstone.” If nautical nonsense is something you’re after, a new animated series “Kamp Koral: Spongebob’s Under Years” is available to stream now.

Originals that initially premiered on CBS All Access also remain available, including “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Star Trek: Picard,” “The Twilight Zone,” and “The Stand.”

You can find a full breakdown of new Paramount Plus movies and shows here.

Essential Monthly Plan (ad-supported) (small)Premium Monthly Plan (ad-free) (small)

Read the original article on Business Insider

How to watch ‘Monsters at Work’ – John Goodman and Billy Crystal reprise their roles from ‘Monsters, Inc.’ in the new Disney Plus show

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more.

'Monsters at Work' on Disney Plus
“Monsters at Work” on Disney Plus.

  • Monsters at Work” is now available to stream exclusively on Disney Plus.
  • No longer scaring kids, the monsters want to elicit laughter in this workplace comedy.
  • Access to Disney Plus costs $8 a month or $80 a year.

Monthly Subscription Service (small)Yearly Subscription (small)

Monsters at Work,” the new animated series from Disney Plus, brings viewers back to the colorful world introduced in “Monsters, Inc.” and explores what happens when monsters are tasked with making children laugh instead of scream.

The show features John Goodman and Billy Crystal reprising their roles as Sulley and Mike, respectively. They are joined by a boisterous voice cast that includes Mindy Kaling (“The Office”), Ben Feldman (“Mad Men”), and Aisha Tyler (“CSI”). The series was created by Bobs Gannaway who worked on multiple Disney shows like “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “101 Dalmatians,” and “Lilo & Stitch: The Series.”

The release date for “Monsters at Work” was originally slated for 2020, but the series was delayed until this summer. The show has received positive reviews so far, and currently holds a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 10 critic reviews.

Monsters at Work” joins a growing collection of kid-friendly shows on Disney Plus. The service’s large selection of family programs helps make it our pick for the best streaming service for parents and their kids.

How to watch ‘Monsters at Work’

The first two episodes of “Monsters at Work” premiered exclusively on Disney Plus on July 7. Season one will feature 10 episodes, and one new espiode will be released every Wednesday.

A monthly subscription to Disney Plus costs $8. You can save over 16% by getting a yearly subscription for $80. For even more movies, shows, and sports, you can take advantage of Disney’s bundle deal that includes a subscription to Disney Plus, ESPN+, and Hulu Basic for $14 a month. Compared to combining separate subscriptions, the Disney bundle saves you $6 a month.

The streaming service is available on many smart devices and media players, including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, most smart TVs, mobile devices, and tablets. For more information about supported devices, visit the Disney Plus website.

Monthly Subscription Service (small)Yearly Subscription (small)

What other movies and shorts from ‘Monsters, Inc.’ can I watch on Disney Plus?

Even though “Monsters at Work” is the first series to come from the franchise, Disney Plus subscribers have access to the full library of “Monsters, Inc.” movies and shorts.

This includes the original Pixar movie, “Monsters, Inc.,” as well as the prequel “Monsters University.”

If you’re looking for something quick to watch, animated shorts based on Mike and Sulley’s relationship, like “Mike’s New Car” and “Party Central,” are available for streaming on Disney Plus as well.

Disney Plus also gives subscribers access to the entire Pixar library of movies. For a full list of current and upcoming original series, check out our guide to Disney Plus shows.

Read the original article on Business Insider