With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to light some candles, cozy up under the covers or by the fireplace, and turn on a film that is sure to create sparks on Cupid’s official night. Here’s a complete list of our favorite romantic comedies and where you can find them on the available streaming platforms.
This list is accurate as of February 14, 2019.
- 10 Things I Hate About You (Hulu Live TV)
- 13 Going on 30 (Hulu Live TV)
- About Time (HBO Now)
- The Big Sick (Amazon Prime)
- Bridget Jones’ Diary (HBO Now)
- Definitely Maybe (Netflix)
- Life Itself (Amazon Prime)
- Love Actually (Hulu)
- Love, Simon (HBO Now)
- Miss Congeniality (Amazon Prime)
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding (HBO Now)
- P.S. I Love You (Hulu Live TV, Netflix)
- The Princess Bride (HBO Now)
- Set it Up (Netflix)
- Silver Linings Playbook (Netflix)
- Sixteen Candles (Netflix)
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (Netflix)
- You’ve Got Mail (HBO Now)
Thanks in part to the low costs and high availability of streaming services, cable TV subscribers are on a serious decline. It’s estimated that by 2021, roughly 51 million people will be canceling their cable or satellite TV packages in favor of streaming services (or other sources of content). How can cable companies bounce back from something like this? Good-old-fashion competition will help. Perhaps by adopting flexible and innovative packaging and pricing, better service, and more on-demand options, cable companies can slow or stop the cable cutting before it’s too late.
One of the biggest questions on everyone’s mind, is what’s next for media in 2019 as Apple, Disney, AT&T and more jump into the streaming business. These companies and more are expected to boost content spending and offer new streaming services as more viewers ditch traditional satellite and cable services. From new players breaking into the space, to whole new content release cycles and strategies, 2019 is poised to be a very interesting year.
The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards this week proved to be a big night for streaming platforms and their original content. By delivering flexibility and a high-quality experience for an ever-growing audience, streaming platforms are attracting very talented writers, producers, and directors — and the mix is paying off. Here’s a good article from Forbes about how this business dynamic is playing out to the benefit of the art.
Every year Hallmark and Lifetime (and more recently, Netflix) promote cheesy, cliché flicks for the holiday season. And every year we shamelessly watch every single one. But if you’re bored of the predictive, corny holiday rom-coms this year, switch things up and watch one of these 10 sitcom holiday episodes, available on your favorite streaming platform!
10. Seinfeld’s “The Strike” (Season 9, Episode 10)
Ah, perhaps the most famous sitcom holiday episode yet. This timeless classic brought us “Festivus,” the made-up, inclusive winter holiday that gives folks the opportunity to air their grievances, show off their strength, and eat dinner with ones they love. If you’re looking for a classic, nostalgic laugh, Seinfeld has your back.
9. Friends’ “The One With the Holiday Armadillo” (Season 7, Episode 10)
Although almost every season of Friends includes its own holiday episode, “The One With the Holiday Armadillo” is our favorite. Is it our favorite because Ross dresses as an outrageous anthropomorphic armadillo? Yes. But it also spreads a great message about blended families – families that celebrate more than one holiday and how common it is across the globe.
8. The Office’s “Christmas Party” (Season 2, Episode 10)
The Office is another sitcom series with several holiday episodes, but “The Christmas Party “ made our list because of its outrageously relatable humor. Who hasn’t been forced into an office holiday gift exchange? You might even have to gift a co-worker whom you’ve never even had a verbal exchange with, let along a gift exchange!
7. Curb Your Enthusiasm’s “Mary, Joseph and Larry” (Season 3, Episode 9)
In this episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, we actually feel a little bad for Larry (for once). After accidentally eating the cookies meant for a Christmas nativity scene, Larry must find a solution to make it up to his family.
6. Parks and Recreation’s “Christmas Scandal” (Season 2, Episode 12)
This series was hard to choose from, but we ultimately chose “Christmas Scandal” because Ron and the team humorously learn how busy Leslie really is and how badly things go when she’s not around.
5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s “Christmas” (Season 1, Episode 11)
When Jake gets the best Christmas present he could’ve asked for—ordering Captain Holt around—hilarity ensues. Amy organizes the precinct Christmas card, Rosa doesn’t smile, and Boyle saves Rosa’s life in this festive episode. Did somebody say action-packed holiday fun?
4. That 70’s Show’s “Christmas” (Season 6, Episode 7)
The That 70’s Show gang always reminds us of a time when we were younger, and it’s no different in this holiday episode. The boys remind us what it felt like to be a holiday graduate and the girls reminded us of our young dreams. And you have to love those festive transitions and intro jingle!
3. 30 Rock’s “Ludachristmas” (Season 2, Episode 9)
This holiday episode of 30 Rock reminds us how important—but mostly crazy—family is around the holidays. Paired with Tina Fey’s hilarious satirical humor, this episode will be one of our favorites for years to come.
2. Community’s “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas” (Season 2, Episode 11)
Community’s holiday episode certainly stood out as the most unique on our list. Made entirely out of Claymation and in Abed’s point of view, this episode challenges viewers to embrace the chaos of the holiday season.
1. New Girl’s “Santa” (Season 2, Episode 11)
Last but not least, New Girl’s “Santa” brings together everything we love about every other New Girl episode: Schmidt’s witty one-liners, Jess’s outrageous personality, Nick’s wild shenanigans, and Winston’s innocent mishaps–but this time it’s set during the holiday season. Joy to the world!
It makes perfect sense for streaming platforms to create their own content. But, it’s a whole different ball game when tech manufacturers like Apple decide to offer original programming to their customers. Sure, the company’s Apple TV and iCloud offerings would support a business strategy like this, but Apple’s reasoning is based on declining sales of iPhones, and officials only plan to put about a billion dollars behind the production.
Apple CEO Tim Cook also plans on putting limits on the content itself, stating that programming must be wholesome and should mirror the brand’s image. Now the question is, how does Apple plan on getting a piece of the streaming media pie and competing with giants Netflix, Hulu and Amazon who heavily invest in original content production and already monopolize the industry? Only time will tell.
Cable providers must play it safe while transitioning their cable subscribers to fully IP-managed services/OTT. By upgrading their already existing hardware or set-top boxes with Android TV, customers can enjoy regular TV programming while also having around-the-clock access to apps available on the Google Play Store and its dynamic database of content from streaming platforms to games. Cable providers can also utilize Google tech advancements such as voice-search and other smart TV capabilities. This enables providers to keep a consistent brand experience with all of the latest offerings.
The pay television industry in Asia is expected to grow by 5 percent this year and may continue to expand at a rate of about 3 percent until 2023. But parts of the sector are now in reverse, reflecting the impact of Internet-based distribution. Variety magazine took a quick look at the latest edition of the Asia Pacific Pay-TV Distribution report published by leading industry analysts Media Partners Asia in this article:
At one time, YouTube was the source for short-form, bite-size content. Funny, thought-provoking, educational or emotionally riveting videos that could potentially bring people a little fame by going viral. Today, YouTube has become the web’s largest content database. And it’s no longer short, how-to tutorials that are getting the most eyeballs. The “storytime” video genre, for example, is now one of the most popular forms of content, with videos lasting from 45 minuets to over an hour.
Making short, shareable videos designed to appeal to the broadest audience possible has given way to something, not only longer, but more niche, and YouTube seems to be banking on this business strategy to take the platform from an online social network, to a bona fide entertainment network.
Wired magazine recently noticed this YouTube shift: https://www.wired.com/story/youtube-video-extra-long/
Television viewing, as measured by Nielsen, continues to drop, especially among young viewers as they watch more content on alternate screens and devices. Twenty four percent of US households no longer have a cable/satellite subscription, up from 16 percent just two years ago. As a result, a growing number of television shows now have a median age of older than 60, falling well outside the 18-49 demographic many advertisers target. But how are programs on streaming media to be measured? Must Nielsen innovate and create a rating system for streaming content and on-the-go video? The case for a OTT rating system is becoming more and more necessary as audiences of all ages continue to cut the cord.
Here’s a good article from Forbes exploring the issue: https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradadgate/2018/11/12/the-ripple-effect-of-streaming-video/#15c613c04327