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Streaming Roundup (6/18/21), Including ‘Billions’ and ‘The Beatles: Get Back’

Fern Siegel

Season five of Showtime’s Billions with Emmy-winners Paul Giamatti (“John Adams”, “Cinderella Man”) and Damian Lewis (“Homeland”) returns September 5 with five new episodes.

The season five premiere episode is now available free on YouTube, Showtime.com, and Sho.com. The series has been renewed for season six, which will premiere early next year. Season five gives Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) a possible weapon in his fight against Bobby Axelrod (Lewis).

Here’s a look at other deals and upcoming projects:

  • “The Beatles: Get Back,” a Disney+ documentary series directed by Peter Jackson, debuts over the Thanksgiving holidays, Nov. 25-27. Each episode is two hours. Compiled from over 60 hours of unseen footage shot in January 1969, “The Beatles: Get Back” is the story of John, Paul, George, and Ringo as they plan their first live show in over two years.

  • Former ESPN anchors Kenny Mayne and Cari Champion will host a nightly show during the 2020 Olympics on Peacock, being held in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8. The Games were postponed last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The show will include interviews and highlights of the Games. Mayne is known for his work on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and “Mayne Street.”

Peacock

Peacock is a subscription video streaming service from NBCUniversal that gives access to up to 15,000 hours of content including original shows, blockbuster movies, and classic television series.

It will include news, entertainment, sports, late-night, and reality from various NBCU properties including NBC, Bravo, and E!.

Just like other streaming services, Peacock will have their own original series including reboots of Save By The Bell, Punky Brewster, and Battlestar Galactica. They also have shows like Rutherford Falls (Ed Helms), Dr. Death (Alec Baldwin), and a behind-the-scenes docs-series about Saturday Night Live.

The company has acquired the rights to many classic shows like the entire Dick Wolf library including Law & Order and Chicago Fire, Parks and Recreation, and The Office.

The service will also feature blockbusters and critically-acclaimed films from Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination and content acquired from Hollywood’s biggest studios.

  • “The Black American Fight for Freedom” stream on BBC Select premieres July 1. The documentary includes interviews with Elise Boddie, the Rutgers-Newark director, Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice, and Elizabeth Hinton, an American historian. The doc explores the key court cases, Supreme Court rulings and laws that failed to bridge the equality gap. The documentary will be made available for free for 30 days, in the U.S only, on BBC Select through Amazon Prime Video, the Apple TV app and BBC Select’s YouTube channel.

  • Redbox has teamed with Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment to add the Popcornflix Channel to Redbox Free Live TV. Launching later this month, the channel will feature popular programming, including “Robert the Bruce,” “The Clearing” and “Jason and the Argonauts,” among its titles. Redbox Free Live TV is available on Redbox.com, Roku, iOS, and Android devices; Apple TV, Android TV, Vizio Smart TVs, LG TVs, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and Chromecast.

  • Innocent will debut June 14 on Sundance Now. The four-part second season of the British anthology series follows the story of Sally Wright (Katherine Kelly), a teacher wrongfully convicted of murder, and though never proven, accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student. She loses everything in the process and now is determined to clear herself of all charges.

Disney+

Disney+ is an ad-free video streaming service that offers exclusive series and films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, The Muppets, and more.

The Disney streaming service costs $7.99 / month, or $79.99 / year ($6.67 / month). You can bundle it with Hulu and ESPN+ for just $13.99 a month (cheaper than Netflix).

The app supports unlimited downloads, four simultaneous streamers, up to 7 profiles, 4K streaming, and includes hundreds of avatars.

The service includes 25+ new original series, 10+ original movies, 7,500 past episodes, 100 recent movies, and 400 library titles including the entire Disney Vault. The company announced 6 original shows and movies that will be available at launch, including the $100 million 8-episode Star Wars spin-off, The Mandalorian which was directed by Jon Favreau.

You can see the full list of available Disney, Disney Channel, Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, Nat Geo shows and movies, or all available Disney Plus content by checking out our Disney+ Streaming Movie List.

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  • Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges (“Fast and the Furious”) and Beau Bridges (“The Fabulous Baker Boys”) will star opposite Queen Latifah in the Netflix movie “End of the Road.” Latifah plays a widow hoping to start a new life with her family, only to discover they are targets of an unknown killer.

  • Disney+ will officially switch release dates of original shows to Wednesdays from Fridays. The new schedule is global and kicks off with the service’s July releases of Pixar’s “Monsters at Work” on July 7 and the reboot of “Turner & Hooch” on July 21.

“Billions” trailer

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