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TV & Movies

  • Netflix South Africa’s ‘Ultra’ package now available to some

    Netflix South Africa has launched a fourth tier to its current list of streaming packages in the form of an "Ultra" option. The option, which seems exactly the same as Netflix’s R169 Premium option but with added support for better audio quality, will be available for R239. According to an interview with MyBroadband, Netflix has noted that the additional tier is merely a test. “Not everyone will see the test, and we may not ever offer the specific price points or features beyond this test,” the streaming told the publication. Though the test is only now coming to South Africa, the Ultra package...

  • Game of Thrones teases fans with season 8 trailer

    Late on Tuesday, Game of Thrones' social media accounts posted a short teaser video, announcing the highly anticipated release date for the show's eighth season. The video depicts a mash-up of game changing scenes of previous seasons, allowing fans the chance to "revisit every scheme, scar, and sacrifice from the first seven seasons", according to the show's website. Though no specific date was given, the end of the trailer confirms that the series conclusion will come in April 2019. After actors shared their feelings about the end of Game of Thrones via an Entertainment Weekly cover special a few weeks ago, many...

  • Stan Lee, comic book legend and cameo master, has died

    Stan Lee, the co-creator of many famous Marvel superheroes and former Editor-In-Chief of the comic book brand, died on Monday at the age of 95. “With a heavy heart, we share our deepest condolences with his daughter and brother, and we honour and remember the creator, voice and champion of Marvel,” said Marvel in an official joint statement with Disney. The company paid tribute to Lee, acknowledging his contribution to the Marvel brand and the entertainment industry. Actors and fans alike also took to social media to express their sorrow over Lee’s death, remembering him for his legendary creations and the famous...

  • Disney+ streaming service will launch in 2019

    Disney has announced the official name of its upcoming streaming service along with a few shows that are set to be aired on the platform. “The Walt Disney Company’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service will be called Disney+,” revealed the company online. Though Disney+ will work much like streaming services such as Netflix, it seems that its content will be exclusively Disney, with live action shows based on the Star Wars and Marvel worlds also being revealed in the announcement. The Star Wars show will be the second live action series adaptation of the famous story, based on “the adventures of Rebel spy...

  • Netflix announces long list of upcoming family content

    Netflix has announced plans to produce a number of new animated shows to grow its content for kids and families. “Nearly 60% of Netflix members on a global basis enjoy kids and family content every month,” said the company in a press release. It's for this reason that Netflix aims to cater even further to its family orientated audience with more content, which will come in the form of both animated movies and series. “The programming is designed to meet the tastes of every member of the family,” the company noted further, mentioning its understanding of how unique family units are. 13 new...

  • Happy Halloween: the best horror movies of 2018

    In celebration of yet another fright-filled Halloween, we have decided to roundup some of the best horror movies of 2018. If you’re looking to turn this Halloween into the most terrifying one yet, then look no further than these strange and chilling films… A Quiet Place Some of the best horrors films are ones that spend more time alluding to a threat than immediately shoving it in your face. A Quiet Place is one such film and it uses this technique to great effect. A Quiet Place provides us with an interesting premise: we follow a family in an alternative future where...

  • Fans love the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, but hate the ‘blurry’ shots

    The moment you've been waiting all October for is finally here, 90s kids: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is on Netflix, in its first season entirety. Starring Kiernan Shipka (as Sabrina), Ross Lynch (as her BF Harvey), Lucy Davis (as British Auntie Linda, and Miranda Otto (as the take-no-bullshit Auntie Zelda), the show has already received a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Yes, people are loving the darker, slightly camp version of 'Brina. But while there are modern themes, spooky moments an an enjoyable Stranger Things-like aesthetic, there is one thing that's seemingly pissing off everyone: the weird fish eye lens-like frame...

  • Rick and Morty producer takes on CBS Star Trek animated series

    American broadcaster CBS has announced that it will be releasing a new Star Trek-themed series called Star Trek: Lower Decks. This is just one of the new Star Trek universe shows the company promised earlier this year, after announcing that Sir Patrick Stewart would also be returning to the age old universe as Jean-Luc Picard. The series will be an adult animation produced by Mike McMahan, who wrote and produced the hit animated show Rick and Morty. “Lower Decks will focus on the support crew on one of Starfleet's least important ships,” said CBS News, quoting the television company’s press release. According to...

  • Google brings 4K upgrades to Google Play Movies & TV

    Google has revealed upgrades for Google Play Movies & TV that will allow users in the US and Canada to watch content in 4K. According to the announcement, all movies you have already bought will now be streamed in 4K -- that is four times the resolution of Full HD -- while you can buy new titles in 4K at lower prices. “We think watching in 4K should be a no brainer, so we’re continuously...

  • Watch the first live action trailer for Disney’s Aladdin

    Hold onto your magic carpets, because another beloved childhood property is about to get its first live-action remake. Walt Disney Studios on Thursday published the first trailer for Aladdin, set to star Will Smith as Genie, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and Mena Massoud as the titular character. But the trailer doesn't spend too much time on any of these. Instead, the sweeping dunes of Arabia and the man-eating Cave of Wonders (more like the Cave of Hungers, amirite?) are explored briefly. What is clear from the trailer is the quality of the soundtrack. Prepare your ears for Harry Potter-esque sweeping strings and...

  • 8 must-know keyboard shortcuts while watching Netflix

    We get it, you're lazy. And so are we. Although nothing beats the simplicity of watching streaming video on a smartphone, keyboards can be pretty damn useful too. If you're watching Netflix on a bit screen with a wireless keyboard, or from a laptop on a plane, remember these simple but key keyboard shortcuts to make your binge-session much, much easier. Want to access full screen mode? Press F. If you wish to escape from full screen mode, press ESC. Want to pause your current series or movie? Press Page Down. Want to play the paused content again? Press Page Up. ...

  • Sabrina’s Salem is the only demon kitty we’d wanna snuggle

    If you can remember Salem from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, you may envision a wise-cracking alley cat whose sass vastly outweighs his scare factor. But the new iteration of Sabrina's familiar is a bit, well, more haunting than before. In a new clip from Netflix's The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, we're introduced a darker, more sinister version of Salem, complete with echoey, exhasperated line delivery and a slender, demon-like form. Although he does transform into a "pretty kitty", said kitty doesn't actually talk, deviating from the 90s TV show once more. This will probably piss off a few fans of that era,...

  • Netflix to produce The Chronicles of Narnia series and films

    Netflix has announced that it will be developing both series and movies based on The Chronicles of Narnia. The streaming service entered into a deal with The C.S Lewis Company for the rights to produce content based on the children’s books. According to the official statement, “all series and films produced through the deal will be Netflix productions”. The company also confirmed Douglas Gresham and Vincent Sieber as executive producers. Chief Content Officer of Netflix, Ted Sarandos, said that "families have fallen in love with characters like Aslan and the entire world of Narnia, and we’re thrilled to be their home for years...

  • Black Mirror’s getting a little more interactive next season

    According to a report by Bloomberg, Netflix will be bringing interactive TV to Black Mirror in its upcoming season. This means that, as a viewer, you will be able to choose your path and the eventual outcome of the episode right from the comfort of your couch. Bloomberg, which claims that the information comes from people “familiar with the matter”, said that Black Mirror won’t be the only interactive show coming to the streaming service either. Interactive TV has already been used by the company. In kid’s shows such as Puss In Book you, or your kids, can choose what characters do. How...

  • What’s hot and spooky on Netflix and Showmax this October?

    We know. Finding something to watch on streaming services is a nightmare (and even more so as an undead ghoul). The likes of Netflix and Showmax give users a wealth of choices, but picking the ripest apple (or deepest grave) is always a case of turning over the entire basket. But fear not, because we’re taking a look at the new content coming to South Africa’s streaming platforms in October: Halloween edition. Starting with… What’s on Netflix in October? Big Mouth S2 Available from 3 October 2018. If you thought the first season of Big Mouth was horrifically awkward, we challenge you to watch this...