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Everything coming to Amazon Prime Video in April 2020

Everything coming to Amazon Prime Video in April 2020

Planning your Prime viewing for next month? Here’s what’s new. 

On the movie front, queue up recent theatrical releases like Underwater, Rambo: Last Blood, Hotel Artemis, The Turning, and The Lighthouse. Then, double-back for tons of old James Bond adventures including A View to a Kill, Diamonds Are Forever, Dr. No, Licence to Kill, and more.

As for TV, catch the premieres of Amazon originals Tales from the Loop and Bosch Season 6 — and, if you’ve got the required Prime Video Channels, HBO’s Insecure Season 4, CBS’s The Good Fight Season 4, and Starz’s Vida Season 3.

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Amazon Prime Video is streaming kids movies and TV for free, no Prime membership required

Amazon is making a selection of family-friendly and kids programming available for free streaming on Prime Video, as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis which has people trapped at home. The content is available to all Amazon customers, and includes a mix of Amazon Original kids and family shows as well as select third-party family movies and TV series licensed from studio partners.

Amazon says it’s exploring opportunities to widen the selection over time.

At launch, the U.S. version of the free service includes the following Amazon Originals: “Click, Clack, Moo: Christmas at the Farm,” “Big Diaries,” “Costume Quest,” “Creative Galaxy,” “Danger and Eggs,” “Dangerous Book for Boys,” “Gortimer Gibbons Life on Normal Street,” “If you Give a Mouse a Cookie,” “Jessy and Nessy,” “Just Add Magic,” “Just Add Magic: Mystery City,” “Little Big Awesome,” “Lost in Oz,” “Niko and the Sword of Light,” “Pete the Cat,” “Sigmund and the Sea Monster,” “The Snowy Day,” “The Stinky and Dirty Snow,” “The Kicks,” “Tumble Leaf,” and “Wisenpoof.”

Among the licensed content, you’ll find: “Arthur,” “Bali,” “Calliou,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Design Squad,” “Dinosaur Train,” “FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman,” “Kraft’s Creatures,” “Martha Speaks,” “Nature Cat,” “Odd Quad,” “Peep and the Big Wide World,” “Peg + Cat,” “Postcards from Buster,” “Reading Rainbow,” “Ready Jet Go!,” “Wild Kratts,” “WordGirl,” “WorldWorld,” “Zoboomafoo,” “Rugrats All Grown Up,” and “Knight Squad.”

The majority of the content is aimed at the preschool crowd up to younger school-agers. The selection doesn’t include recently released movies or other popular G-rated or PG-rated box office hits that parents will also enjoy. But they will help parents who are struggling to work from home and using the TV as a babysitter, of sorts, to keep little ones occupied.

Typically, Amazon makes free TV and movies available only to Prime subscribers, as one of the many perks of Amazon’s Prime membership program. But in this case, consumers will only need to create a free account, if they don’t already have one, in order to watch the free programs.

Amazon isn’t the first streamer to add free content to help families staying in quarantine and self-isolating during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Last week, Sling TV launched free streaming that included news and entertainment, as well as kids TV. Hulu added free live TV news to its on-demand service on Friday. Elsewhere, studios are breaking the theatrical window to deal with ticket sale losses as theaters close down. NBCU recently said it was bringing “The Hunt,” “The Invisible Man,” and “Emma,” to home viewers.

Disney, meanwhile, is making its own movies available early as well, including through its streaming service, Disney+, where both “Frozen II” and “Onward” are arriving ahead of schedule. (“Frozen II” is live now. “Onward” arrives on April 3).

Amazon says the new free programs will be available on the Prime Video app, which is a free download on  compatible smart TVs, mobile devices, Fire TV, Fire TV stick, Fire tablets, Apple TV, game consoles, Chromecast or via Prime Video on the web.

Hey Netflix & other streaming services: Give us shuffle and playlists

Hey Netflix & other streaming services: Give us shuffle and playlists

It’s time to talk about the biggest and most irritating oversight of the streaming revolution: No playlists, no shuffle.

What gives, Netflix and Hulu and Amazon and Disney+ and every other video streaming service? I realize that new features take work, they don’t simply appear with a snap of the fingers. Is it because no one’s asked outright?

If that’s the case, hey. Hi. Can we please have a way to create playlists of our favorite TV episodes? And then a way to shuffle-play those playlists? If I’m being honest, shuffle is the more important piece here.

This goes back to the VHS days. As a Gen Xer, I grew up watching The Simpsons during its best years. And I still have fond memories of filling up VHS tapes with strings of commercial-free episodes that I could watch whenever. In an era before “binge TV” was a concept, this was what we did. Read more…

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