What is coming to Netflix in August 2021?
Among the other film titles dropping on the streamer this month are two Leonardo DiCaprio-led films — Christopher Nolan's Inception and Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can — alongside '80s classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off; Oscar-winning Seabiscuit; the Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones and Donald Sutherland starrer ... Hollywood ReporterNetflix’s New Releases Coming in August 2021
The movie had its work cut out for it, but succeeds in part by embracing the book’s themes with gusto, and staying true to its vision of a headstrong young knight tested beyond what he dreams capable of. One point where the movie departs from the source material, however, comes in Sir Gawain’s parentage. The shift was likely made to simplify his heritage for the purpose of the movie, but it’s still a notable departure. It also demonstrates how difficult finding a “definitive” text of works like these can be.
As for the text, its history is almost as mysterious as its title character. Its author remains unknown, though scholars have a few theories, and only one original manuscript of the poem survived. But it came from the same era, and as such it has the same murky origins in folk tales and oral history that Le Morte d’Arthur did. That gives the movie a great deal of leeway in how it interprets the story, and makes shifting Gawain's mother from Morgause to Morgan far more important than it seems.
Morgan is a trickster, and as such her means of testing Sir Gawain is in keeping with the mythic properties of the story. But if she’s Gawain’s mother, the tone of the test becomes much more sinister: seeking not to test a random knight of Arthur’s court, but a child to whom she has given birth. Her long-term goals bode ill for Camelot, and using her own son as a possible means of achieving them makes the story much darker than originally presented.
That hasn’t hurt the film’s sterling early reputation, nor damaged its central themes of chivalry, courage and humility. And the story’s apocryphal beginnings allow the filmmakers to find new ways of expressing it without straying far from their dedication to the core of the story. The shift in Gawain’s parentage doesn't hurt the tale in any way. But it does change it, and considering how seriously The Green Knight applies mythic tropes like parenthood and generational expectations, the move is far bolder than it may appear.
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01 August, 2021 - 03:00pm
This month is seeing the debut of some of the year’s highly anticipated films. DC Comics film “The Suicide Squad,” for one, which is a reboot of the 2016 film, will release both in theaters and for a limited time on HBO Max.
“Annette,” which was one of the breakout films at the Cannes Film Festival last month, will also be available to viewers on Amazon Prime Video later in August. The musical film stars Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard as a couple that has their lives completely changed after the birth of their daughter, Annette.
Here, WWD looks at eight new movies that will be available to stream in August 2021. Read on for more.
Premiering simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max, “The Suicide Squad” reboot brings together the likes of Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Pete Davidson, Viola Davis and others who take on the roles of many beloved DC Comics villains.
The third and last installment in “The Kissing Booth” franchise brings back Joey King, Jacob Elordi and Joel Courtney as King’s character Elle decides if she will go to college with her boyfriend or best friend.
Action film “Beckett” stars John David Washington as an American tourist in Greece who becomes the target of a manhunt after a tragic car accident. The film also stars Alicia Vikander, Boyd Holbrook and Vicky Krieps.
“Coda” was one of the standout films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, winning the grand jury prize plus other accolades. The film follows the story of a hearing teenager of deaf parents who grapples with her familial obligations while trying to pursue her dreams.
Jason Momoa plays Ray Cooper, a widower who fights to bring justice to the pharmaceutical company responsible for his wife’s death while protecting his daughter, played by Isabela Merced.
“Annette” premiered on the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival in July and stars Adam Driver as a stand-up comedian who falls in love with a world-renowned opera singer, played by Marion Cotillard. The couple’s lives are flipped upside down after the birth of their daughter, Annette.
Hugh Jackman stars in action thriller “Reminiscence” as a scientist who develops a technology that allows people to visit their past. The film, which will also be out in theaters, also stars Rebecca Ferguson, Thandiwe Newton, Daniel Wu and others.
A remake of the 1999 teen classic, “She’s All That,” the film stars TikTok influencer Addison Rae and actor Tanner Buchanan. Rae’s character accepts a challenge to turn “the school’s biggest loser” into the prom king.
Louis Pisano documents his star turn in a Mugler gown at the storied French film festival.
Louis Pisano documents his star turn in a Mugler gown at the storied French film festival.
Gunn delivers a political thriller with a big statement about the real villains of the world disguised in a superhero movie.
A guide to the new content hitting streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO Max this month.
The Fboys might be fake, but the blue water and bright skies are the real deal.
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01 August, 2021 - 12:15pm
August will also see the Saw franchise, Beverly Hills Cop franchise and Bill & Ted duology depart, and if you call yourself a cinephile and haven’t yet watched Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon, your time is running out. Blade, Dave, and The American President are also standouts due to leave the streaming service at the end of the month.
Check out the full list of what’s leaving HBO Max in August 2021 below.
The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty, 2019
Against the Wild 2: Survive the Serengeti, 2016
Alpha & Omega 5: Family Vacation, 2015
Alpha & Omega: Dino Digs, 2016
Earth Girls Are Easy, 1989
Jennifer Lopez Dance Again, 2016
La Mujer de Mi Hermano, 2005
Leapfrog Letter Factory Adventures: Amazing Word Explorers, 2015
Leapfrog Letter Factory Adventures: Counting on Lemonade, 2014
Leapfrog Letter Factory Adventures: The Letter Machine Rescue Team, 2014
The Men Who Stare at Goats, 2009
Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans, 2019
Space Jam: A New Legacy, 2021
Assault on Precinct 13, 2005 (HBO)
40 Days and 40 Nights, 2002, (HBO)
A Cinderella Story: If The Shoe Fits, 2016
A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song, 2011
Alpha and Omega: The Great Wolf Games, 2014 (HBO)
Babe: Pig in the City, 1998 (HBO)
The Barkleys of Broadway, 1949
Battle for Terra, 2009 (HBO)
Beverly Hills Cop, 1984 (HBO)
Beverly Hills Cop II, 1987 (HBO)
Beverly Hills Cop III, 1994 (HBO)
Beyond the Sea, 2004 (HBO)
Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, 1991 (HBO)
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, 1989 (HBO)
Blade Runner: The Final Cut, 2007
The Bonfire of the Vanities, 1990
Bright Young Things, 2004 (HBO)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 2005
City of God, 2003 (HBO)
City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold, 1994
Cold Creek Manor, 2003 (HBO)
The Crow: City of Angels, 1996 (HBO)
The Crow: Wicked Prayer, 2006 (HBO)
El Chata (aka The Sparring Partner), 2019 (HBO)
Free Willy: The Adventure Home, 1995
Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove, 2010
Free Willy 3: The Great Rescue, 1997
The Hard Way, 1991 (HBO)
Harry and the Hendersons, 1987 (HBO)
The High Note, 2020 (HBO)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 2012
Home Alone 4, 2002 (HBO)
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist, 2012 (HBO)
The Hundred-Foot Journey, 2014 (HBO)
Jack The Giant Slayer, 2013
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, 2011 (HBO)
The Last Exorcism, 2012 (Extended Version) (HBO)
Lay the Favorite, 2012 (HBO)
Let's Go to Prison, 2006 (HBO)
Life is Beautiful, 1998 (HBO)
Live by Night, 2016 (HBO)
Man on a Ledge, 2012 (HBO)
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, 2005
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, 1989
National Lampoon's European Vacation, 1985
No Eres Tu Soy Yo, 2011
On Golden Pond, 1981 (HBO)
Our Brand Is Crisis, 2015 (HBO)
Over the Hedge, 2006 (HBO)
Pathfinder, 2007 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)
The People vs. Larry Flynt, 1996
Saw, 2004 (Extended Version) (HBO)
Saw II, 2005 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)
Saw III, 2006 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)
Saw IV, 2007 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)
Saw V, 2008 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)
Saw VI, (Director’s Cut) (HBO)
Saw: The Final Chapter, 2010 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)
Sinbad: Beyond the Veils of Mist, 2000 (HBO)
Still of the Night, 1982 (HBO)
The Stunt Man, 1979 (HBO)
This Must Be The Place, 2012 (HBO)
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, 2005
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1948
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, 1997 (HBO)
Un 4to de Josue, 2018 (HBO)
Unlocking the Cage, 2017 (HBO)
Wolves at the Door, 2017 (HBO)
The Year of Living Dangerously, 1983
01 August, 2021 - 08:00am
From The Suicide Squad to Nine Perfect Strangers, these are the best shows and movies to catch this month
Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max and other streamers are releasing some heavy hitters this month, so you won't be short on new movies and TV shows to check out if the weather isn't ideal where you are.
Below, we've rounded up the biggest and best films and TV series that you'll want to watch this August. From a new Warner Bros DCEU movie to a couple of new intriguing Amazon Prime TV shows, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
Read on for our TV show and movie picks for August 2021.
Director James Gunn trades Marvel for DC in his first superhero (or should that be supervillain?) movie for Warner Bros.
With an all-star cast including Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Idris Elba as Bloodsport and John Cena as Peacemaker, The Suicide Squad sees a group of iconic and lesser-known DC supervillains tasked (by the US government) with infiltrating the fictional island of Corto Maltese to stop a potentially world-ending threat.
Expect plenty of graphic violence, bad language and other mature content in a comic book movie where no one, not even Harley Quinn, is safe from the chopping block.
For UK viewers, The Suicide Squad is already available to watch in theaters. HBO Max subscribers on the $14.99 ad-free tier can check this one out alongside its theatrical release, though it'll leave the service after a month.
When to stream it: Friday, August 6 (first two episodes, new entries weekly)
Created, directed by and starring Gordon-Levitt, the series follows Mr. Corman, an anxious and lonely high school teacher whose life hasn't panned out the way he had hoped.
A TV show that blends real-life drama with dark humor and beautifully constructed daydream sequences, coupled with a stellar supporting cast including Lord of the Rings' Hugo Weaving and Ted Lasso's Juno Temple, Mr. Corman could be another endearing comedy series for Apple's growing library.
When to stream it: Wednesday, August 11 (new episodes weekly)
The introduction of the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse (MCM) in Loki's season 1 finale has opened a seemingly infinite number of doors for Marvel Studios to explore.
Before films like Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange 2 explore the multiverse in more detail, a new Marvel Disney Plus animated show offers a glimpse into its alternate realities and dimensions.
Starring Jeffrey Wright (The Batman, James Bond) as The Watcher, Marvel's What If...? will explore iconic Marvel events that may have played out differently.
From Peggy Carter becoming Captain Britain (after she's injected with the super soldier serum) to Black Panther's Eric Killmonger saving Tony Stark in Iron Man 1, What If...? is a show that MCU fans won't want to miss. There's even an episode dedicated to Marvel's fan favorite Zombies comic series.
When to stream it: Thursday, August 12 (first three episodes, new episodes weekly)
Warner Bros. has enjoyed success with its mature superhero team series since it debuted in October 2018, so it's unsurprising that subsequent seasons have been greenlit since.
This, though, is the first time that a new season will premiere on HBO Max rather than the studio's niche DC Universe app, so season 3 will be available to more viewers than the previous two instalments.
The third season of Titans will pick up where its predecessor left off, and see the likes of Nightwing, Starfire and Raven trade San Francisco for Gotham City. There, they'll team up with Barbara Gordon and try to learn from the "mistakes of their parents", according to showrunner Greg Walker. So we can expect plenty of more R-rated superhero capers, twists and turns in season 3.
When to stream it: Friday, August 13
If superhero productions aren't your idea of a good time, how about the return of Amazon's rom-com anthology series?
Based on The New York Times column of the same name, Modern Love season 2 will tell eight brand-new stories that explores love in its various forms.
Game of Thrones' Kit Harington, Will & Grace's Minnie Driver and Triple Frontier's Garrett Hedlund are just three of season 2's stars, but there are plenty of recognizable names to look out for in Modern Love's next instalment. Just make sure you have a box of tissues ready for the series' more emotional moments.
When to stream it: Friday, August 13
Based on the novel of the same name by Todd Grimson, Brand New Cherry Flavor looks like it could be one of 2021's most surreal TV shows.
Billed as a horror drama series, Brand New Cherry Flavor will star Rosa Salazar (Alita: Battle Angel, Undone) as Lisa Nova, a filmmaker who heads to Hollywood in the 1990s to make a name for herself. It isn't long, though, before Hollywood sinks its claws in Lisa, and she ends up, according to Netflix's synopsis, "falling down a hallucinatory rabbit hole of sex, magic, revenge – and kittens."
It sounds weird and looks like nothing else we've seen this year – and we can't wait to see more of it.
When to stream it: Friday, August 20 (with an ad-free HBO Max subscription)
Hugh Jackman returns in his first major movie role since 2019's Bad Education in this gorgeous looking, neo-futuristic sci-fi thriller.
Reminiscence follows Nick Bannister (Jackman), a soldier-turned-private investigator who lives on the fringes of the flooded Miami coast and specializes in helping rich clients to relive any memory they desire.
When a young woman named Mae (Rebecca Ferguson) upends his life in more ways than one – and then disappears without a trace – Nick uses his expertise to uncover a violent conspiracy that places him in harm's way.
UK film fans will be able to catch Reminiscence in theaters on the same day.
When to stream it: Friday, August 20 (first three episodes with new episodes weekly)
Based on Liane Moriarty's 2018 novel of the same name, Nine Perfect Strangers is a drama series that will immediately draw the attention of Big Little Lies fans.
The show tells the tale of nine city dwellers who, under the guidance of the mysterious Masha (Nicole Kidman), seek to come to terms with their personal issues and trauma during a 10-day retreat at the Tranquillum House health and wellness resort.
With the likes of Melissa McCarthy, Michael Shannon, Luke Evans and Bobby Cannavale also among its A-list cast, Nine Perfect Strangers certainly has the star power to entice viewers. Its mysterious plot and thematically dense questions, such as how far you'd go to become a better person, means it should be a riveting watch, too.
Nine Perfect Strangers will be available to stream on Hulu in the US and Amazon Prime Video in the UK.
When to stream it: Friday, August 20
Jason Momoa lends his star power to this action-thriller movie that looks and sounds more mature than it initially appears.
The Aquaman and See actor stars as Ray Cooper, a devoted family fan who seeks vengeance against a pharmaceutical company who pull potentially life-saving treatment from the market before his cancer-stricken wife dies. When his search for the truth puts his daughter Rachel in danger, though, Ray has to decide where his priorities lie – get justice for his wife or protect his daughter.
Netflix has enjoyed success with similar movies – Extraction and The Old Guard to name two – so Sweet Girl, with a big name actor behind it, should hit the mark, too.
When to stream it: Monday, August 23
The Witcher season 2 doesn't arrive until December, but this animated prequel movie will tide us over until Geralt and company are back on our screens.
An origins tale focusing on Vesemir, The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf will see Geralt's mentor face off against a powerful new threat that threatens the Continent.
The anime film, which has been developed by Netflix and Studio Mir (Batman: Soul of the Dragon, Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge), will act as a primer for viewers before Vesemir's live-action debut in The Witcher season 2 – so it's a film that fans will want to catch.
Away from work, Tom can found checking out the latest video games, immersing himself in his favorite sporting pastime of football, and petting every dog he comes across in the outside world.
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01 August, 2021 - 07:00am
Spending a lot on streaming TV? Maybe a little cash back will help.
With the massive number of choices in streaming today, and more appearing all the time, the monthly costs can really add up., which is basically table stakes these days, costs $14 every month for the most popular tier. If you want the shows and new movies on , you'll shell out $15 every month. If you have kids (or like Marvel or Star Wars) then is basically a must-have at $8 per month. is a bargain but it still isn't free at $6 a month. And if you happen to want , you'll shell out another $35 to $65 or more every month for the and of the world.
With these fees recurring every month, the yearly cost of streaming can easily top hundreds of dollars. Sure you could, but if you want to watch great TV, that's not an option.
There's a simple hack: change theyou use to pay for streaming. The savings come in the form of cash back, which is basically found money every time you're charged for a subscription you're already paying for.
The more eligible subscriptions you have, the more you save, but how much depends on where you pay for them. Some cards don't offer any cash back on certain services -- there's no 5% Netflix discount through the Amazon Prime card, for example. In those cases, the services pick up the card's regular 1% cash back.
Your choice in card also depends on what else you buy beyond streaming services.
The American Express card offers 6% cash back on groceries and 3% on gas, for example, which can go a long way toward offsetting that annual fee. Amazon Prime members who are frequent shoppers on Amazon.com or Whole Foods will likely benefit by using the Prime card and switching services like HBO or Showtime to Prime Video channels. The same goes for those who are happy in Apple's system and use Apple Music and iCloud, and don't mind paying for HBO, Showtime or Starz through Apple TV.
Here are more details on all the cards we compared.
American Express' Blue Cash Preferred offers 6% cash back on "select" streaming services.
In addition to its hefty 6% cash back at US supermarkets (up to $6,000) and 3% back on transit (including gas stations, ride shares, public transportation and parking), Amex's $95 annual fee card has the highest cash-back perk for streaming subscribers: 6% on "select US streaming subscriptions."
Many of the most popular streaming video services are eligible, including HBO Max, Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, Paramount Plus, Peacock, Apple TV Plus, Showtime and Amazon Prime Video. You can also get 6% back on live TV from Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, Fubo TV and YouTube TV.
Music streamers are also eligible, including Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Pandora and YouTube Music Premium are eligible too, as well as sports streamers ESPN Plus, MLB.TV, NBA League Pass and NHL.TV and even Amazon's Kindle Unlimited.
Subscriptions not on American Express' list, such as Amazon Prime, iCloud and Xbox Live, are not eligible for the boosted cash back.
Though 6% doesn't sound like much, if you're paying $14 per month for Netflix, $10 for Spotify Premium and $15 for HBO Max, a simple switch of the card could bring back over $28 per year.
The savings are even more pronounced if you use a streaming TV service like YouTube TV, which starts at roughly $65 per month. Assuming you pay for that plus Spotify or Apple Music, you'd save around $54 per year.
Although this doesn't cover the card's $95 annual fee, it also is not factoring in the other Amex perks for saving on groceries and transit. New users will also be able to get the first year's fee waived as well as $150 back through statement credits after spending $3,000 on the new card in the first six months.
It is worth mentioning that those looking for a more premium credit card can spring for American Express' Platinum card which offers up to $240 per year in "digital entertainment credit." While $20 in statement credits for streaming services sounds great, at the moment the list of eligible companies includes just Peacock, Audible, SiriusXM (but not Pandora) and the New York Times.
While this card has plenty of other perks, including offering $200 in Uber Cash and a $200 "airline fee credit" each year, it also has a $695 annual fee. That high fee and the limited streaming options limit the value it has compared to the other cards on this list.
Amazon's Prime Rewards Visa Signature card.
Amazon's Prime Visa has no annual fee for the card and offers 5% cash back on all purchases made on Amazon for Prime members. This works on not just the annual Prime membership fee ($119 per year) but also will give 5% back on-- Amazon's service that lets you subscribe directly to services like HBO, Showtime, Starz, CBS All Access, MLB.TV and about 100 others.
Though this group excludes heavy hitters like Netflix and Spotify, assuming you already pay for Amazon Prime, the lack of an annual fee makes its savings potential that much greater.
The Prime Video Channel prices for HBO ($15 per month), Starz ($9) and Showtime ($11) are the same as for standalone apps like HBO Now and in line with what's offered from cable companies. If you pay for Prime and HBO, for example, doing it through Amazon saves you roughly $15 per year -- nearly enough for one month of HBO.
And remember, all other purchases from Amazon or Whole Foods can earn you 5% cash back, while you can also get 2% back at gas stations, restaurants and drugstores.
Amazon is running a promotion where it will include a $150 gift card upon approval.
Apple Card is due to come out this summer.
Apple will give 3% cash back for purchases made directly from Apple. This includes purchases made at a physical Apple Store, Apple's website, Apple Music, iCloud subscriptions, app purchases, in-app purchases, iTunes, App Store and more.
The Apple Card also pays cash back on Apple TV channels. Similar to Amazon Prime Video Channels, Apple TV channels include HBO, Showtime, Starz and more, with the services available inside the Apple TV app for iOS, Apple TV and most modern smart TVs -- as well as other platforms including Roku, Google TV, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV.
The pricing for those services is often the same as it would be elsewhere, so subscribing to the HBO, Showtime and Starz Apple TV channels saves you $12.60 per year.
The Apple Card doesn't have an annual fee and the cash back is daily, as opposed to monthly like traditional credit cards. Purchases made with Apple Pay also get you 2% cash back.
One of the caveats for the Apple Card: You'll need an iPhone to get it.
The U.S. Bank Cash Plus card.
The US Bank Cash Plus Visa Signature card is similar to the Chase Freedom or Discover It card, in that it has no annual fee and offers higher cash back in different shopping categories each month. Unlike those other cards, with the US Bank card you can pick (from a list) which two categories earn 5% cash back and which earns 2%, with all other purchases earning 1% cash back.
The 5% is for the "first $2,000 in combined eligible net purchases in your chosen 5% categories" in each quarter, meaning you can save a maximum of $400 per year through this method, with the 2% and 1% options being "unlimited." That said, if you want to save on streaming, cell phone service, utilities or groceries without needing to pay an annual fee, it's a tempting offer.
Examples of merchants and services can be found on US Bank's site.
And as a Visa Signature card, it also includes access to perks such as Visa's Concierge service plus an extra one year of warranty protection on items that have "eligible warranties of three years or less."
No matter what card you choose, the good news is there are plenty of new options to help you save money on streaming.
Capital One's Savor One credit card.
Capital One's SavorOne and Savor cards will give you some cash back on streaming, with the SavorOne offering 3% back on "popular" streaming services, grocery stores, dining and entertainment for no annual fee.
The Savor card, meanwhile, bumps that up to 4% for all of the above categories but requires a $95 annual fee. Both cards earn 1% cash back on all other purchases and 8% back on tickets from Vivid Seats. The cards are Mastercards (according to NerdWallet and WalletHub) and their perks include extended warranty protections, no foreign transaction fees and travel accident insurance.
What qualifies as a "popular" streaming service, however, isn't clear. Capital One says in the FAQ on its website that Netflix, Hulu and Disney Plus are eligible, but that Prime Video, AT&T TV and Verizon Fios On Demand are not. It also won't work with "audiobook subscription services and fitness programming."
The company does not appear to have a comprehensive list on its website, but it tells CNET that Netflix, Hulu and Disney Plus subscriptions are eligible. Among the excluded options are subscriptions to services like Amazon Prime Video, AT&T TV and Verizon Fios On Demand as well as subscriptions to audiobook services or fitness programs.
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31 July, 2021 - 09:00pm
Each is a great way to watch television on a personal schedule, and from virtually anywhere, whether it's at home via a smart TV, in a hotel using a streaming stick, or even on the subway using a smartphone or tablet. The top services all have millions of subscribers, and while the numbers continue to change, it's easy to see which ones are the dominant services, and why.
They originally aired on channels under the Discovery umbrella, like HGTV, Food Network, Investigation Discovery, and Animal Planet as well as, of course, the Discovery Channel. Viewers can watch shows like The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch; Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives; and the smash hit series 90 Day Fiancé.
The advantage of a subscription includes access to original series like Wayne and Origin (as well as Cobra Kai until it moved over to Netflix, becoming one of many popular Netflix shows that aren't technically originals), but also the ability to watch regular YouTube content without ads. A subscription also includes offline play and background playback of videos using mobile devices, along with access to YouTube Music.
Nonetheless, it's safe to assume that the majority of ViacomCBS streaming subscribers are signed on to this anchor service, which offers shows like The Good Fight, a spin-off of The Good Wife, as well as Big Brother: Over the Top, the first reality show to be exclusive to a streaming service when it launched in 2016. Paramount+ is also the home to the live feeds of the current season of Big Brother.
Apple TV+ has managed to secure some pretty great programming with A-list talent, including The Morning Show, Servant, and multi-Emmy-nominated series Ted Lasso. The subscriber numbers will likely, and potentially have already, risen thanks to the launch of the Apple One subscription bundle, which includes access to Apple TV+ bundled in with other popular Apple services and apps.
With a healthy 41.6 million subscribers, Hulu has also impressed with its own slate of originals, including The Handmaid's Tale – one of the best dystopian TV shows on Hulu - Little Fires Everywhere, and Mrs. America. Acquiring tons of awards for its programming, Hulu remains one of many successes for Disney.
It's not surprising, then, that already in a year, Peacock has become one of the top-five streaming services in terms of subscriber numbers with a cool 42 million. Like the others, Peacock also launches its own originals, including reboots of Punky Brewster and Saved By the Bell as well as shows like Dr. Death and Tina Fey's Girls5eva. Helping subscriber numbers is that the standard Peacock service is free while the Premium Plus option, which gives subscribers access to the full content library, also comes with some TV service provider subscriptions, like Xfinity and Cox.
With a steady list of top programming, like Game of Thrones and The Sopranos, and HBO Max originals like The Flight Attendant and I May Destroy You, HBO Max has proven a viable competitor in the space.
Much of this was driven by The Mandalorian as well as the original MCU titles to complement the movies, including WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki. Access to the massive Disney vault of content, including kid's movies and TV shows as well as iconic films like Home Alone and Pirates of the Caribbean, Pixar films, and more, meant Disney+ started with a wide selection of quality content people were willing to pay for.
Along with plenty of network shows like Mr. Robot and Dexter, Amazon Prime Video affords access to wonderful original shows across every genre imaginable, like The Boys, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Invincible. With plenty of Emmy recognition, Amazon is a force to be reckoned with in the space.
Netflix continues to invest heavily in its own slate of original series, like Bridgerton, Ozark, and The Queen's Gambit, which was one of Netflix's best new shows of 2020, as well as picking up foreign content, inking licensing deals for streaming distribution rights for network series (and even picking up ones that networks have cancelled, like it did with Lucifer), and releasing content in every genre, from true crime to anime. While the race will continue, chances are Netflix will hang on to its top spot for some time to come.