Flixed study participants rank AppleTV+ worst streaming service — what about Quibi?

Apparently Quibi was not a choice in the Flixed study ranking for streaming service interfaces. AppleTV+, despite the anemic library selection, is better than Quibi. Heck, Quibi might possibly be for sale (see: Quibi Reportedly Exploring More Cash, Merger, Or Being Acquired)

in a recent study from tech company Flixed, when participants were asked to rate their satisfaction with each service’s interface, Apple TV+ didn’t just rank badly, it was dead last behind Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ and even cable TV. 

Apple TV+ Ranks Last in Interface, Content & Overall Satisfaction in Recent Study | Cord Cutters News

Am not familiar with Flixed (https://flixed.io/). It looks like a service that helps match up cord cutters with service. An affiliate code gateway, if you will, with some helpful looking articles and a fairly clean website interface.

The omission of Quibi from the ranking for a tech company is curious. Why not include Quibi?

We’ve tried all the main streaming services and are currently subscribed to the main ones (Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, Hulu, Peacock), and a few of the secondary and/or niche streamers (CBS All Access, Shudder). Quibi and AppleTV+ we do not have subscriptions to at the moment, but at last check, we were (very) underwhelmed.

Greyhound starring Tom Hanks premiered on AppleTV+ in 2020. That is one of their high points. They had some TV shows (The Morning Show starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon) that generated some buzz and there have been a few other movies they’ve cherry picked. My main criticism for their service is not enough content. Sure, they “only” charge $4.99/month, but they need more to justify charging even that.

Quibi has more content, but it’s the way they released it, in small 10 minute or less chunks and the fact that they wanted to force us to watch it on our cell phones that raises the most concern. They’ve repeatedly said they were going to enable cast to TV, but to date they still aren’t on Roku or Amazon Fire, only Chromecast. Yes, they share that in common with HBO Max, but the difference is WarnerMedia has wanted to work a deal since day one where Quibi launched with no interest in enabling cast to TV as an option. In fact, they specifically blocked this functionality.

We don’t need a study from Flixed or anybody else to declare Quibi the bottom of the streaming barrel, followed quite a bit higher by AppleTV+.

FIRST LOOK: The Tax Collector (2020) – VOD

Another VOD/PVOD rental this weekend for $6.99 on VUDU and other VOD providers (Google Play, Amazon, etc) is a new crime thriller starring Shia LaBeouf who I last caught up with in The Peanut Butter Falcon (he was great in that film).

A crime thriller set on the streets of Los Angeles. Family man David (Bobby Soto) and his longtime partner, Creeper (Shia LaBeouf), are “tax collectors” for the crime lord Wizard, meaning they collect his cut from the profits of local gangs’ illicit dealings. But when Wizard’s old rival returns to Los Angeles from Mexico, the business is upended, and David finds himself desperate to protect what matters more to him than anything else: his family.

The Tax Collector (2020) – Rotten Tomatoes

The official trailer:

The Tax Collector is available for streaming on VOD/PVOD on August 7, 2020.

Apple is #1 most valuable publicly traded company, fighting antitrust complaints, and now AppleTV+ somewhat on American Airlines

This blog might be approaching its first birthday, but feel like I’ve been writing about Apple since 2000 (I have, but that’s the past).

It’s not surprising how they’ve become the most valuable publicly traded company.

Apple is now the world’s most valuable publicly traded company, passing Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco. As of close of business Friday, Apple has a market valuation of $1.84 trillion, while Saudi Aramco’s is $1.76 trillion, according to CNBC.

Apple is now the world’s most valuable publicly traded company – The Verge

They usually find a way to position themselves in a place where they can collect money for something — and usually are “cool” while doing so. Whether it be the iTunes store or today, the iPhone and app store with the increasingly onerous 30% commission. That very commission is what led them to loggerheads with Spotify and current antitrust complaints.

If only Apple TV+ was a better streaming service

They have some good content, but their cupboards are mostly bare. They need more content — and fast. I’ve brought this up before, but it bears repeating in light of their current financial success.

They have the money — plenty of money — to be a major streaming player if they want to be.

Their streaming strategy is puzzling. They want to buy originals and stock with primarily exclusives, but they are way too late to the game and not buying enough volume to compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon. Heck, they aren’t even competing with CBS All Access, nevermind Hulu. I’d put Apple TV+ just above Quibi for original and/or purchased quality movie and TV content. That’s alligator piss low.

Enter American Airlines.

I guess the airline wants a piece of what Delta is doing for their customer passengers, only they aren’t offering new movies people want to see. I’m talking the VOD titles for no charge (very attractive deal), instead they’re offering the ability to see some of the Apple TV+ content. No subscription or login required, sure, but … it’s like offering to eat anything in a fridge that is mostly empty.

While the entire Apple TV+ library isn’t available on AA flights, there are some originals up for streaming you can kill time with while in the air. But there are no complete seasons as of now. For instance, Apple’s The Morning Show only has two episodes available to stream inflight, just enough to give you a sampling of the show, pass the time during travel, and maybe even draw you in enough to persuade you into a subscription.

Apple TV+ is Now Available on American Airlines Flights

Let’s compute. They aren’t even offering the entire experience (why would AppleTV want to do that? That would just expose they are lacking any real content depth and value for $4.99/month), it’s more a teaser, a not so clever facade, for the already slim offerings of AppleTV+. This deal makes very little sense for American Airlines. They could have gone to, I don’t know, Netflix? HBO Max, maybe? Heck, even Peacock would have been a superior choice.

Nope, they choose Apple TV+. It’s no wonder some airlines go out of business.

Can AppleTV+ improve their service? Sure. Again, they have plenty of $$$.

Just start licensing some legacy movie and TV content from others. I’m talking movies and TV shows that aren’t available on other streaming services, which fits their exclusivity model, but puts more inventory on their virtual shelves. Those that are selling anyway. Amazon has found a way, I’m sure Apple can do the same. They have the money. The fact that they’d rather spend $80-100 million on Tom Hanks next movie (see: Apple Wants To Buy 2-4 Greyhound-like Movies for AppleTV+ Every Year, says Fast Company) vs. paying to license any other movies and TV shows is promising activity, but it’s not going to be enough.

I wish them the best catching up. With their current strategy? Not in my lifetime.

Apple Wants To Buy 2-4 Greyhound-like Movies for AppleTV+ Every Year, says Fast Company

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Seems like every news organization has “inside sources” — Fast Company has some saying that following the big splash of Tom Hanks’ Greyhound on AppleTV+ they want to buy 2-4 of these type blockbuster movies a year.

Going forward, one source says the streamer is discussing plans to release a dozen new movies a year on Apple TV Plus, roughly one a month. Two to four of those would be blockbuster-type titles such as Greyhound and Emancipation, the runaway-slave thriller starring Will Smith and directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) that Apple recently acquired for $120 million in a bidding war with Warner Bros., Universal, and other studios. Another source had fewer specifics but confirmed that Apple is telling Hollywood that it’s now in the market for more tentpole-like feature films. (Apple would not comment for this story.)

Apple eyes new streaming strategy after Tom Hanks drama breaks records

Simple math suggests, if this is true (big “if” there), could cost upwards of $500+ million. I’m sharing this article here because my confidence in this is pretty high. Apple has the cash to throw around and it fits their historic corporate culture rather than dive into something, they pick and choose.

When Martin Scorsese needed to score some more greenbacks to finish his latest movie, who did he approach? (see: Apple Might Bail Out Budget of Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon) Yes, Apple.

Under Steve Jobs, rest his soul, this would be exactly the way they’d get into the movie business. It’s what he did with music. Jobs didn’t want to have a subscription plan like Spotify, he wanted to sell tracks for a buck each and so they did — they sold tons of them. Eventually this model would lose out to Spotify, but they made a boatload of cash in the interim.

If you compare the business types, that’s kind of what Apple is doing right now with AppleTV+. They don’t want to pay to rent licenses of movies for subscribers on a license, they want to take a piece of the pie to sell or rent monthly movies only and create their own originals.

The problem is Apple is so far behind Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Hulu, Peacock, that they may never catch up buying and/or creating a mere dozen or so movies a year.

10 years = 120 movies
20 years = 240 movies

That isn’t going to build them a sizable enough library of originals to keep members subscribed. Sure, there are buying TV series, documentaries, miniseries, too (they just bought Werner Herzog’s new documentary “Fireball” according to MacRumors), but will it add up to what Netflix is releasing?

Netflix currently releases around 50+ originals a month. Most are TV shows, documentaries, miniseries, etc, but they offer a fair number of movies each month on average. This original content is on top of the existing library they are paying for of rotating movies. An argument could be made that Netflix doesn’t even need the rotating movies from other studios any more. You can’t say that about any other service of originals except maybe, possibly HBO, that also has an impressive catalog of original programming created since the 70s.

Quality-control is something we’ve questioned recently (see: Does Netflix Release Too Many Originals? Maybe Ask New CMO Bozoma Saint John) so quantity isn’t everything. The problem with AppleTV+ at this moment in time is their cupboards, content-wise, are too bare to justify an ongoing subscription compared to other competing streaming services.

It seems Apple believes this and wants to go grocery shopping on the theatrical movie aisle. So, if you’re a movie studio with a delayed title and contemplating taking it to streaming, Apple has arrived with multiple suitcases filled with cash.

Unfortunately, Apple aren’t the only ones who want to buy these theatrical releases. Netflix, Amazon, WarnerMedia/HBO, NBCUniversal/Peacock … perhaps to a lesser extent even Disney might cough up a few bones (although they seem less likely to be buying other movies, when they have a bunch of their own content in the pipeline).

The studios with finished movies, waiting for release dates will continue to have this option: sell to the highest streaming channel bidder. I’m sure every studio has Apple programmed on speed dial.

Greyhound somewhat predictably sets record for AppleTV+ for biggest weekend ever to date

Greyhound ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kudos to Tom Hank and company for breaking the top weekend debut record at AppleTV+.

Apple’s WWII drama Greyhound, starring and written by Tom Hanks, has become the largest opening-weekend release ever for Apple TV+, including series that have bowed on the service, sources close to Apple tell Deadline. The streamer is loathe in giving up exact numbers, but I’m told the film turned in a viewing audience commensurate with a summer theatrical box office big hit,

Tom Hanks-Starrer Greyhound Torpedoes Apple TV+ Opening Weekend Record – Deadline

I don’t mean to dismiss this record setting event in any way, but really, what has been the competition at AppleTV+? There’s been the Amazing Stories reboot, which hasn’t generated that much excitement. I’ve heard a little bit of fanfare over the Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon TV series The Morning Show. There have been no other big movies or TV shows I’m aware of on this film’s level.

This will bolster Apple’s desire to buy more exclusive films. That’s a win for AppleTV+ subscribers. Good job all around!

Apple TV+ outbids six others for graphic novel adaptation, Snow Blind

Apple has plenty of money to throw around, which has puzzled me a bit why their AppleTV+ service doesn’t include more content.

We shouldn’t worry, they are working on it.

They seem to be going the path of current day Netflix: focus on originals and exclusives. This could mean Apple will be active at film festivals and perusing the bestseller lists for books to option for films.

Recently they nabbed Tom Hanks’ film, Greyhound, originally planned for theater release and ultimately becoming an AppleTV+ exclusive (see: )

One of their newest successful acquisitions pitted them in a bidding war for the graphic novel “Snow Blind” by Ollie Masters from BOOM! studios — and they came out on top.

The acquisition of the film by Apple Studios is based on a graphic novel by Ollie Masters and Tyler Jenkins. “Snow Blind” tells the story of a boy in Alaska who discovers their family is in the Witness Protection Program, who then must contend with a person seeking revenge and an influx of FBI agents into their lives.

Apple TV+ picks up rights to thriller ‘Snow Blind’ in six-way bidding war | Appleinsider

No idea how much was paid, but the article mentions Apple did pay $100 million for the Will Smith film, Emancipation, which set a record in the industry for the highest purchase from a film festival.

Say that again, $100 million. Joining the $100+ million budget club (see: $100+ Million Movie Budgets Are Stupid) just to purchase the film for distribution. That’s the kind of dough Apple can pull out of its change purse. Amazon has that kind of loose change as well, but they presumably are going it a little more fiscally responsible. Just a guess here, because the article doesn’t state the other five bidders.

If we are to guess who those bidders might have been: Netflix, Amazon, Disney/Hulu, HBO Max, Peacock or CBS. Don’t think I’m missing anybody with a streaming channel at the table with a hunger for new and/or exclusive content.

Apple has also recently licensed some some children’s content.

Apple TV+ has partnered with The Maurice Sendak Foundation for rights to create children’s shows based on Sendak’s children’s stories and illustrations like Where The Wild Things Are. With this multi-year deal, Apple TV+ will be able to reimagine the author’s works into new children’s content exclusively for the streaming service.

Apple TV+ Signs Multi-Year Deal with The Maurice Sendak Foundation for Children’s Content

This is a great time for writer-director-actors.

22+ Greyhound Reviews – Tense, Terse WWII Naval Combat, Tom Hanks Shines

Greyhound ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

It’s a steal being able to watch Greyhound for $4.99 or a free week trial, if eligible, for AppleTV+.

Hanks adapted Greyhound from the 1955 C.S. Forester novel The Good Shepherd, which is set during the Battle of the Atlantic. The book tells a fictional story about a WWII captain, George Krause, who is leading his first war convoy later in his life. This leads him to have doubts about whether he’s fit for the job since those around him are younger but have more war experience.

What Is Real & Imagined In America’s Dad’s Latest WWII Movie Greyhound?

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

Simplistic WWII Tale similar in purpose to 1917

When the Oscar-winning 1917 starts, we follow behind the camera of two soldiers with a mission to deliver orders across enemy lines. In a very similar fashion, Greyhound starts with Hanks’ character Captain Krause eating breakfast and taking command of the protector ship for a convoy heading through a zone without any air cover. Along with his crew, they must execute at a fever pace, reacting to German U-boat sightings, with the concerns being ammunition level, avoiding torpedos and trying to ignore taunting from the Grey Wolf, a U-Boat with a commanding officer that tells them repeatedly they are going to die.

The emotion of 1917 is very similar in that I was fearful for the soldiers and in this case worried that the good ship Greyhound would become torpedoed and sunk. Would they make it to air cover before running out of ammunition?

There is no time for Captain Krause to even eat, as we are reminded multiple times. No time for sleep, no time for doing anything but focusing on protecting the fleet. Getting across and into friendly waters where air cover exists.

For those who are looking for more plot or story than that, there really isn’t any. There is characterization, but it’s not done with exposition, it’s done with facial expressions, character actions and all the ways good films and acting performances.

What Good Guy Character Can’t Tom Hanks Do?

After seeing Tom Hanks here, I’m beginning to think there is no good guy character Tom Hanks can’t play. It would be interesting to see him writing himself into a really bad, bad guy role. Could he pull that off? I think he might be typecast at a perennial good guy. Just Hanks showing up on screen and you feel for the guy. That makes films with him starring like this one stand out.

Reviews by Others

What do others think about Greyhound?


  1. tensecondsfromnow / film-authority.com: “Chris Nolan’s Dunkirk aside, WWII has been something of a cinematic dead-end of late, with film-makers too keen to view the past through the prism of today’s issues. Focusing on deep blue heroics, Hanks earns his chops as a writer, but also reminds audiences worldwide that America once led the free world.”
  2. After Misery: “…it’s a dad movie. Last year we got something similar in ‘Midway’ and even if I usually avoid comparing movies within reviews, now there’s a good reason for it. Greyhound isn’t getting torpedoed by a lengthy runtime or messy editing like Midway, in fact the solid editing keeps the sea battles tense and interesting. Splashy visual effects are used here more carefully and cinematography is using a lot less to deliver more”
  3. Andy Meek / BGR: “For much of it, you experience the fog of war right alongside the commanding officer — with an additional obstacle being that we don’t always understand what the orders that have been barked out mean, since we’re not fluent in Navy-speak. But that only adds to the verisimilitude”
  4. badblokebob (4/5): “This isn’t some stately drama about men at sea who are occasionally forced to take potshots at an unseen enemy, but an action movie; only instead of men clashing with kung fu or guns, its boats and subs fighting with torpedos and, um, trigonometry. The result is tight, tense, and thrilling.”
  5. Cinema Trace: “It’s focus is the action and skill it took to avoid being hit, and one excruciating moment when the Greyhound is put as a target of two triangulated torpedoes, shows the inevitability of warfare and the near impossibility of maneuvering the floating tonnage of a war ship on the rough open waters of the Atlantic. Whether or not they are successful, you’ll have to see the film. It’s spectacular.”
  6. Darren / The M0vie Blog: “The movie runs a brisk ninety-one minutes, which makes it surprisingly lean as summer blockbusters go. That brevity helps to underscore the movie’s core strengths. It is a movie that relies on adrenaline and tension, and maintaining those sensations for longer than an hour-and-a-half is a big ask for even the most skilled filmmakers. Instead, Greyhound gets in, gets out and gets the job done.”
  7. Doc / EYG / Embrace Your Geekness: “If you are a fan of war movies, Greyhound is an effective story that is a quick and enjoyable watch.  Tom Hanks is great as always and the visuals are stunning.”
  8. Doug Jamieson / The Jam Report (3.5/5): “…it doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel of war movies and there’s very little here we haven’t seen in countless other films. It’s a classic war film that showcases the anarchy of battle and the toll responsibility can take on those in charge. If the film stopped to take a breath and allow us to more intimately understand its key players, the end result may have been more compelling.”
  9. Keith / Keith & The Movies (4.5/5): “For a taut 90 minutes the film sticks to that focus, carrying its viewers across the enemy-infested North Atlantic and putting us into the heads of the men navigating it. It could have done more with its characters or built more of a backstory. But it’s the willingness to stick to its guns (no pun intended) that makes the movie such a thrilling war-time experience.”
  10. luisreviewer / World Of Entertainment: “Great film, really a tense film that I think keeps you interested and on the edge of your seat.”
  11. POPCORN ENTERTAINMENT REVIEWS: “The movie is fast-paced with no rest for the captain or the audience. This is not a character-driven movie or an in-depth analysis of the crew members. It’s non-stop torpedos, attempts to save ships being sunk, flying bullets, blasting battery cannons, and depth-charges blowing up U-boats. The seas are rough, the air is freezing cold, and the nights are dark and frightening.”
  12. Rob’s Movie Vault: “…a taut, exciting, no-nonsense war movie that weighs in, less the end credits, at one hour and twenty-three minutes. The film’s brevity is true to the virtues it respects: clear, coolheaded professionalism, all egos checked, a well-oiled machine of well-trained men getting the job done.”
  13. Sarah Cartland / Caution Spoilers: “…is a study in the on-the-spot mechanics of sea battle pretending to be an examination of character (it was interesting to watch it just after The Old Guard, a character study and love story pretending to be a fantasy about immortals).”
  14. The Interstellar Valley / jlambright: “Get it, watch it. Become part of this messed up experiment in keeping Hollywood afloat during these turbulent, fraught times.”
  15. tomburkhalter: “…don’t expect this story to tell you what is happening. It’s going to bloody well show you. My advice? Hang on and pay attention.”
  16. Vague Visages / Peter Bell: “The biggest factor that keeps Greyhound from being a genre standout is the predictable nature of Schneider’s direction and Shelly Johnson’s cinematography. The establishing shots are rather generic and better suited for a television series than a dramatic film.”

Not Recommended

  1. Cait Kennedy / But Why Tho? A Geek Community: “Overall, Greyhound is…fine. Its worst sin is being simply adequate. It neither impresses nor disappoints, but it certainly does not go beyond the bare minimum. As a streaming flick, it will blend seamlessly into the ranks of its kind but will likely be forgotten. Which really is a shame.”
  2. Darren Lucas / Movie Reviews 101: “Tom Hanks is strong enough in the leading role, but he never hits the full level of his abilities, with the supporting cast not putting a foot wrong, only they just don’t get to make an impact in anyway. This does end up feeling like one of the bigger disappointments in the year, being more average, rather than a spectacle it should have been.
  3. Den Of Geek / David Crow: “…has a listless quality that cannot seem to wrap its arms around the potential for white-knuckled dread. While there are a few standout moments, like the first time a U-Boat crosses beneath Krause’s ship, or when they hear the earliest taunts from U-Boat sadists over the radio seeking to psychologically torture their prey, in the main the film moves at a perfunctory pace that better resembles an unpleasant pleasure cruise.”
  4. Orca Flotta / Thar She Blows: “A procedural small scale production of a U-boat hunt without any character. Many cheaply made effects don’t necessarily have any effect on the audience. I guess Tom Hanks is lucky his film was snatched up by AppleTV+, it wouldn’t stand a chance in the theatre.”
  5. Rachel’s Reviews (6.5/10): “I realize some will want more character development and I can understand that. There are choices in Greyhound that pushed the simplistic approach even for me. For example, the radio dispatches from the wolfpack ships are as sniveling and sleazy as we’ve ever seen from an evil German in a movie. He sounds like he is practically a villain from an Indiana Jones movie for a second.”
  6. Simon / TV and City (Grade: C-): “The film isn’t without merit, including a good Tom Hanks performance and a decent supporting cast (though Elisabeth Shue is terribly underutilized), but they can’t elevate Greyhound from being painfully generic and insipid.”
  7. The Obsessive Viewer: “…like the dialogue, the action becomes too repetitive by the end to stand apart. There are only so many ways to depict attacking enemy submarines without getting stale. Regardless, I felt everything the film wanted me to feel: despair when something goes wrong, exhilaration when victory is achieved (the sweeping score by Blake Neely surely helped contribute).”

Linked above and wondering what would be the cool thing to do next? Commenting once in awhile is always good (I like reader and other blogger interaction). If you have the trackback/pingback come to your site then just approve it because after people read your review then they can come here and follow links and read someone else’s review. What comes around goes around and sharing is the ultimate “thank you!” on the internet.

Did I miss your review? Use the comments to tell me about your movie-related/review blog and I’ll follow. I like following movie-related blogs and pull quoting from my reading list as well as other new blogs shared, liked and discovered.

Happy movie watching!

Tom Hanks doesn’t want to anger “Apple Overlords” with his disappointment that Greyhound is AppleTV+ exclusive

Bonus points for Tom Hanks using the word “overlord” to jokingly describe the wrath of Apple for making his new movie Greyhound an AppleTV+ exclusive.

“I don’t mean to make angry my Apple overlords, but there is a difference in picture and sound quality,” he added.

Tom Hanks on ‘heartbreaking’ move to send new movie Greyhound straight to Apple TV

In all seriousness, the only choices for this movie were to be delayed, released to VOD (or PVOD, if you prefer) or directly to a streaming channel. Netflix did that with The Lovebirds, Amazon with My Spy. If the theaters remain closed, rest assured there will be more movies that take this same path.

The movie looks interesting, I’m a longtime fan of Hanks movies, and yes, will probably throw down for a one month sub to AppleTV+ just to watch this movie. I mean, it’s $4.99 for the month. That’s a budget movie ticket price.

While subscribed, will see what else the Apple Overlords have got in store for subscribers. More of the Amazing Stories would be worth checking out (see: Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories (2020) Returns to Apple TV on March 6 – Are You Interested?)

Are you subscribed currently to AppleTV? What else is worth watching there right now? Let us know in the comments.

Greyhound is available for streaming on AppleTV+ on July 10, 2020.

Apple TV+ is all “about original programming” says CEO Tim Cook

Good old Apple, they always do things their own way. That applies to their streaming channel, too.

Don’t expect just another batch of rotating movies and old TV shows, they are going all in — $6 billion dollars worth — on original content.

“We love ‘Friends.’ Who doesn’t love ‘Friends’? It’s not what Apple TV+ is about, it’s about original programming,” Cook said. “It doesn’t feel right for Apple to go out and take a rerun. It doesn’t feel like Apple.”

Apple shareholder meeting: Cook talks Apple TV+, health, acquisitions

This is a smart long term play, but it will leave their service a bit skeletal for awhile. I’m seriously looking to join next month for the Amazing Stories reboot executive produced by Steven Spielberg.

The problem Apple is doing is they are dropping the episodes bingeable, which means people (like me) will sign up, watch them, and cancel the service. They would be better to roll out the episodes once per week. If you have a 12 episode season, that means you can get 3 months subscription $$$ versus a one and done. Also, you’ll get more ongoing buzz and promotion during the series weekly drops.

CBS All Access is currently doing this with Star Trek: Picard. Disney+ did it with The Mandalorian and DC Universe did this with Harley Quinn the animated series.

Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories (2020) Returns to Apple TV on March 6 – Are You Interested?

Anthology shows are one of my favorite subgenres (see: Ranking Movie Genres – What are YOUR Favorite Genres?) and Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories in the 80s was a softer, more fantasy-based morality anthology show than the harder sci-fi of The Outer Limits and the deep, introspective, twisty, turny The Twilight Zone.

The 80s Amazing Stories featured stories by Richard Matheson, which also contributed to The Twilight Zone. I remember some episodes being a bit too overly-sentimental (Spielberg’s Achilles heel), but some were strong.

Subscribers to Apple TV+ can watch the rebooted Amazing Stories (2020) which has a 10 episode run starting on March 6.

The reboot the 1980s sci-fi anthology series kicks off its new trailer by teasing five different stories involving superheroes, aliens and weird anomalies in the sky. Scenes from the trailer are bracketed by the phrase, “The beloved series returns with five unique stories.” Amazing Stories also features the late Robert Forster’s final acting role.

Apple TV Drops Trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories

Shudder has the Creepshow reboot, Apple TV+ gets Amazing Stories and, yes, Steven Spielberg is executive producer, but haven’t seen if he’s actually directing any episodes. Spielberg got his directorial start with the episode “Eyes” on Rod Serling’s Night Gallery anthology show. Good episode, too, for those who haven’t seen.

Yes, Apple TV streaming channel is available on Roku

With Harley Quinn wrapping up its final episode of the season one this Friday, 2/21/2020 and Star Trek: Picard half-way through its first season run, I am contemplating whether or not to sign up for an Apple TV+ subscription. Based on the trailer and the strength of at least some of the original show, I’m interested.

The service itself doesn’t seem to offer anything else except originals, which is at least a unique way to launch a streaming channel. Good old Apple, doing things its way still, even in the absence of Steve Jobs. No other streaming movies or TV shows, only original content. Hmm, so you’re paying $4.99/month for access to how many shows? 9 at launch, according to this article.

One of the most noteworthy is The Morning Show starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon launched on Apple TV+ its first season on November 1, 2019 with the first three episodes bingeable and then the remaining seven at one per week. The first season concluded on December 20, 2019.

Binge vs. Weekly Releases — Which one is better?

Call me a purist, but I’m more a fan of releasing new episodes weekly like TV has done vs. the Netflix binge model (all episodes in a season dropped at once). I enjoy looking forward to something new released each week. There are pros and cons to waiting, sure, but impatience isn’t generally considered a healthy trait. There is a good related discussion at the DC Universe community boards, see: Bingeing vs. weekly release

I looked around but didn’t see if Apple TV+ are going to binge drop the entire Amazing Stories (2020) season of 10 episodes or release a new one every Friday or do something in between like they did with The Morning Show. Anybody reading know yet? Looks to me like the first episode is all that’s dropping on March 6. That contains five stories, so it will be a pretty meaty episode vs. Creepshow which only had two stories each episode.

UPDATE 8:13am PST: Hollywood reporter article says the first five episodes are dropping, so, assuming this is accurate, each story is a standalone episode. They also indicate there is no idea when the other five episodes will drop.

The episodic anthology Amazing Stories is set to bow March 6 with its first five episodes, though there was no information about when the remainder of the series from executive producer Steven Spielberg will return.

Apple Solidifies Its Spring TV+ Slate

Anybody reading already have Apple TV+? They offered the first year to those who bought various Apple gadgets. Am sure that applies to some readers. What shows do you like on there? Tell us your experience with the service thus far it in the comments.