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Streaming Roundup (7/2/21), Including ‘The Simpsons-Loki Special’ and ‘Diana’

Fern Siegel

“The Simpsons”-“Loki” themed crossover short film, “The Good, The Bart, and The Loki,” will debut July 7 on Disney+.

As the streamer explained: “Loki is banished from Asgard once again and must face his toughest opponents yet: the Simpsons and Springfield’s mightiest heroes. The God of Mischief teams up with Bart Simpson in the ultimate crossover event paying tribute to the Marvel Cinematic Universe of superheroes and villains.”

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

  • “Diana,” a documentary that explores the “People’s Princess,” is now streaming on Peacock. It offers rarely seen archive footage and new interviews with those who knew her best. Diana would have turned 60 yesterday, and “Diana” marks the event with a look at her epic story — how a teenage nursery teacher became the most famous woman in the world, as well as a global tabloid obsession.

Disney+

Disney+ is a new ad-free video streaming service which offers exclusive series and films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. Disney debuted the streaming service in the U.S. on November 12, 2019.

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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  • Days of Our Lives the long-running NBC daytime soap opera, will begin same-day streaming on Peacock at 8 p.m. on July 6. This move is similar to what ABC has done for “General Hospital” and ABC.com & Hulu for the last few years.

  • Negro League Baseball legend Satchel Paige is the subject of a developing series at Apple TV+, based on Donald Spivey’s book, “If Only You Were White: The Life of Leroy “Satchel” Paige.” It tackles baseball during the segregation era before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947. Leroy “Satchel” Paige was one of baseball’s greatest pitchers. He played with a number of Negro League teams before making his Major League debut with the Cleveland Indians in 1948.

  • Discovery, Inc. may consider an expansion of one area of TV programming: sports. This comes as Discovery has recently created a Discovery Sports unit, which includes all of its sports assets, mostly based in Europe: Eurosport, Global Cycling Network (GCN), Global Mountain Bike Network (GMBN), Golf Digest, and GolfTV (PGA Tour), as well as sports on discovery+ and Discovery’s free-to-air networks.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video is a subscription video streaming service that includes on-demand access to 10,000+ movies, TV shows, and Prime Originals like Jack Ryan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Homecoming, and more.

The service also includes live access to NFL’s Thursday Night Football and the ability to subscribe to third-party services like HBO, Showtime, and Starz with Amazon Prime Video Channels.

Prime Video is included with Amazon Prime for $12.99 per month ($119 per year), or can be purchased on its own for $8.99 per month.

  • Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”) is joining Amazon Prime Video’s “A League of Their Own.” He plays the coach of the women’s baseball team, a version of the Tom Hanks’ character in the 1992 movies. The series reboot is called a “reinterpretation” of the Penny Marshall film about the World War II-era Women’s Professional Baseball League. This version will take a more profound look at race and sexuality and the women who dreamed of being professional ballplayers.

  • The Weeknd, real name Abel Tesfaye, is in development with HBO for “The Idol” series, which he would star in and co-write. It’s about a romance between a singer and a club owner who secretly heads a cult. Reza Rahim and Sam Levinson would also executive produce and share creator credit. Levinson most recently created HBO’s “Euphoria.” Weeknd played himself in “Uncut Gems.”

  • [Law & Crime], a true-crime network, is now available on YouTube TV as an optional add-on service. Law & Crime features multiple live trials daily along with expert legal analysis. Currently, it’s streaming the murder trial of real estate heir Robert Durst. YouTube TV says they have more than 3 million subscribers.

HBO Max

HBO Max is a subscription video streaming service that gives access to the full HBO library, along with exclusive Max Originals, and access to every Warner Bros. film on HBO Max on the same day that it hits theaters.

HBO Max has two tiers, an ad-supported plan for $9.99 and ad-free plan for $14.99. HBO Max without ads also includes features like the ability to download offline and 4K streaming.

Subscribers will have access to hit HBO series like Succession, Mare of Easttown, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and more.

All HBO Max subscribers will get the full libraries of shows like “Friends”, “The Big Bang Theory”, “South Park”, “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”, “The West Wing”, and more.

They also will get Max Originals that aren’t available to HBO channel subscribers, like “The Flight Attendant” (Kaley Cuoco), “Love Life” (Anna Kendrick), as well as reboots to “Sex In The City” and “Gossip Girl.”

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  • My Life Is Murder, the Acorn mystery starring Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess”) has added several new cast members for season two: Anna Hutchison (“Spartacus”), Graham Vincent (“Spartacus”), Jay Ryan (“Beauty and The Beast”) and Bruce Hopkins (“Lord of the Rings”). Guest stars include William Shatner (“Star Trek”), Martin Henderson (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Michelle Ang (“Fear The Walking Dead”), Sara Wiseman (“A Place to Call Home”).

  • “Dolores: The Truth About the Wanninkhof Case” will air as a six-part, true-crime series on HBO Max later this year. Unicorn Content will produce the show about Dolores Vázquez, wrong convicted in Spain of murdering her former partner’s teenage daughter. She was tried in the press and in a public trial, with the girl’s mother, her former partner, insisting on her guilt, despite a lack of evidence. Though quickly sentenced, conclusive DNA later revealed the actual killer. Twenty years later, Vázquez tells her side of the story. The show is expected to stream in Spain and Europe later this year.

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