Monday, March 25, 2019

Internet TV Digest #11


This is the eleventh of an occasional feature on TV Banter called Internet TV Digest.  Internet TV Digest contains recent news, information and discussion about online television.

Internet TV Digest

What's coming to Netflix?

This April, Netflix is full of stories about unicorns, zombies and other creatures.   For unicorn lovers, Brie Larson, of Captain Marvel fame, and Samuel Jackson, star in the film Unicorn Store, a  whimsical comedy about a painter whose dream of adopting a unicorn comes to fruition.  The film marks Larson's directorial debut.and is available to stream on April 5, 2019.  For zombie lovers, there's Netflix's new zombie series, Black SummerBlack Summer chronicles the adventures of a team of special forces in their quest to rid the world of flesh-eating creatures.  It will be available beginning on April 11th.

British television personality Bear Grylls stars in a choose-your-adventure TV series, consisting of eight interactive episodes.  It is a called You vs. Wild  and will allow viewers to follow Grylls's outdoor adventures around the world.  They will make Grylls' decisions in each episode and see how their choices turn out.  You vs. Wild will be available for streaming on April 10th.  It is the second interactive live project from Netflix after the highly popular Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.


If you're looking for comedy, Kevin Hart: Irresponsible, a Netflix Original Stand-up Special will be available on April 2nd.  Another Netflix Original Stand-up Special, Ricardo Quevedo: Los amargados somos más will be available on April 3rd.  On April 12th, Netflix will present an original movie, A Land ImaginedA Land Imagined is the story of a construction worker from China who disappears at a Singapore land reclamation site.  A police detective must put himself inside the mind of the missing migrant in order to solve the mystery.

Academy Award-winning actress Olivia Colman (The Favourite) will take over the role of Queen Elizabeth from Claire Foy when The Crown begins Season 3 of Netflix's royal biopic.  Tobias Menzies will assume the role of the Queen's husband, Prince Philip.  Season 3 of The Crown is expected to be released sometime in 2019, although Netflix has yet to confirm the exact date.  Filming began in July 2018, with the principal filming wrapping up on February 24, 2019.

SOURCES:, RadioTimes, The

What's coming to Amazon Prime?

April on Amazon Prime brings the second season of The Tick, a superhero comedy based on the comic book character of the same name. It will be available for streaming on April 5th.  Coming on April 19th is the fifth season of Bosch, a crime series based on the Michael Connelly novels about a Los Angeles homicide detective.  In addition, last year's well-received post-apocalyptic horror film, A Quiet Place, will be available beginning on April 2nd.

Source: Digital

Comcast will soon launch $5 a month streaming TV service

On March 26, 2019, Comcast will begin a $5 streaming Xfinity Flex TV video service.  However, the new service is restricted to the company's Xfinity subscribers  who live within its coverage area   As of January 2019, Comcast had about 25 million Internet subscribers who are eligible to take advantage of the company's Flex offering.  If they choose to pay $5 monthly, they will be given a leased Internet-connected, 4K HDR-ready box and voice-activated remote control.  This will provide them with access to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO and showtime, as well as thousands of online movies and commercial television shows.  Some live streaming will also be included from ESPN, Pluto, Tubi TV, YouTube and others.  You will also be able to purchase or rent films and television shows and listen to music by means of Pandora, Xite and others.


Netlix films will not be shown at the Cannes Film Festival in May

Once again, Netflix films will not be shown at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in May.  In 2018, a new rule was implemented that only permitted films with theatrical distribution in France to compete at Cannes. Variety reported that Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, met with Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux to discuss the matter.  Although the discussion was reported to be positive, no agreement was reached.  Therefore, Netflix releases will not be shown at this year's festival.  Last year, Netflix was forced to debut the Oscar-winning film Roma at the Venice festival instead of at Cannes.

SOURCE: Independent

- Joanne

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