Yellowstone Star Sizes Up Season 5’s Dangerous ‘Wild Card’ and the Betrayal 

Yellowstone Season 5 is going to be one threat after another for Gil Birmingham’s Rainwater. Not only does frenemy John’s new role as governor endanger his uneasy alliance with Market Equities — more on that here — but cutthroat attorney Angela is back on the scene. The chairman of the Broken Rock Reservation had hoped to weaponize her… but may have gotten more than he bargained for.

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“There’s some history there between Angela and Rainwater,” the actor tells TVLine. “He was a little hesitant to bring her in in the first place, but she’s got such a strong will and focused drive to get things done. He feels like if he can just rein that in, he could utilize that.

“But she’s a bit of a wild card, and he’s experienced that before,” he adds. “She could be an opportunist, you know? She could want to be a little more militant than Rainwater is prepared to go to.”

Angela could go so far as to try to sway Rainwater’s right-hand man, Mo. But even suggesting that he could turn on his boss crushes Birmingham. “Wow, that just breaks my heart,” he says. But “I don’t have that sense about Mo. He’s such a loyal individual, and he really adheres to the value system of indigenous people that love, compassion and understanding are where the strength of the culture comes from.

“And we’re both understand the importance and connection to the land that we have,” he continues. “That’s why I feel so secure, for the time being, that we’re on the same page with what we’re trying to achieve.”

Yellowstone Season 5 premieres Sunday at 8/7c on Paramount Network with back-to-back episodes.

Article by Charlie Mason for tvline©

‘Yellowstone’ Star Forrie J. Smith Gives Fans a Stern Warning About What to Expect From Season 5

Not much is known about season 5 of Yellowstone. Everyone involved is notoriously hush-hush about the most-watched drama on television, but one star opened up and let fans know a little bit of what they can expect with the show returns on November 13. And we’re hanging on to every word.

Forrie J. Smith as Lloyd on Yellowstone © Cam McLeod

Forrie J. Smith plays ranch hand Lloyd Pierce. Forrie is a real-life cowboy and stuntman who began competing in the rodeo at age 8. And like his character, the actor doesn’t mince words.

When asked by KPRC2 Houston what fans can expect from season 5, he gave one word: “Surmising.” He continued by saying, “Everybody’s gonna be going, ‘what the hell’?”

Well, that sounds on-par with what we’ve come to expect from Yellowstone. Executive producer David C. Glasser gave fans a bit more to obsess over in an interview with TV Insider. He said, “Episode 1 will immediately surprise everybody—where our story starts and what has happened.” Season 4 ended with Beth and Rip’s wedding, Kayce’s vision, Jamie shooting his biological father, and Jimmy heading off for Texas. Will season 5 begin with a time jump?

Yellowstone released an intense teaser that has Kevin Costner’s John Dutton saying, “We’re going to show the world who we are, and what we do” paired with the message, “All will be revealed.”

All of these cryptic messages have us in a fever-pitch over season 5. The show returns on Paramount Network with two all-new episodes on November 13. If you’re wondering how to watch the first four seasons, you can stream them now on Peacock.


Coming to Freevee in July:

Here’s the July Lineup

July 1

  • Bones
  • The Librarians
  • A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
  • A Simple Favor (2018)
  • Annie (2014)
  • Babe (1995)
  • Babe: Pig in the City (1998)
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
  • Before Midnight (2013)
  • Bride Wars (2009)
  • Bridge of Spies (2015)
  • Clue (1985)
  • Compulsion (2016)
  • Crazy Heart (2009)
  • Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
  • Dark Waters (2019)
  • Diabolique (1996)
  • District 9 (2009)
  • Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000)
  • Ghost Rider (2007)
  • Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
  • Goosebumps (2015)
  • Hotel Transylvania (2012)
  • How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
  • In Good Company (2004)
  • Linsanity (2013)
  • Madagascar (2005)
  • Mother’s Day (2016)
  • Paranoia (2013)
  • Pearl Harbor (2001)
  • Prometheus (2012)
  • Repo Men (2010)
  • S.W.A.T. (2003)
  • Taken 3 (2014)
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
  • Tarzan (2013)
  • The Angry Birds Movie (2016)
  • The Craft (1996)
  • The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015)
  • The Dilemma (2011)
  • The Eagle (2011)
  • The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
  • The High Note (2020)
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
  • The Hot Chick (2002)
  • The Karate Kid (2010)
  • The King of Staten Island (2020)
  • The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure (1994)
  • The Land Before Time XIV: Journey of the Brave (2016)
  • The Perfect Guy (2015)
  • The Spy Next Door (2010)
  • The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
  • The Theory of Everything (2014)
  • The Turning (2020)

July 3

  • The Commuter (2018)

July 7

  • Gretel & Hansel (2020)

July 8

  • Home Again (2017)

July 10

  • Cinderella Man (2005)

July 15

  • Love Accidentally (2022)

July 23

  • Irresistible (2020)

Freevee is a free video streaming service that includes on-demand access to hundreds of movies and TV shows. The service was previously known as IMDb TV.

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New Movies and Shows Coming to Netflix in July

Here’s an official guide for what’s new on Netflix in July 2022

New on Netflix on July 1

Stranger Things 4: Volume 2

A Call to Spy

Big Daddy

Blue Jasmine

Boogie Nights

Catch Me if You Can


Falls Around Her

Final Score


I Am Legend



Mean Girls

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous

Natural Born Killers

Old School

Police Academy




The Dark Knight Rises

The Dirty Dozen

The Pursuit of Happyness

The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Terminal


Wyatt Earp

Zero Dark Thirty

New on Netflix on July 3

Blair Witch

New on Netflix on July 4

Leave No Trace

New on Netflix on July 6

Control Z: Season 3 

Girl in the Picture

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

King of Stonks 

Uncle From Another World 

New on Netflix on July 7

The Flash: Season 8

Karma’s World: Season 3 


New on Netflix on July 8

Boo, Bitch

Capitani: Season 2

Dangerous Liaisons 

How to Build a Sex Room 



The Longest Night

Ranveer vs Wild With Bear Grylls

The Sea Beast 

New on Netflix on July 10

12 Strong

New on Netflix on July 11

For Jojo 

Valley of the Dead

New on Netflix on July 12

Bill Burr: Live at Red Rocks 

How to Change Your Mind 

My Daughter’s Killer

New on Netflix on July 13

Big Timber: Season 2

D.B. Cooper: Where Are You?! 

Hurts Like Hell 

Never Stop Dreaming: The Life and Legacy of Shimon Peres

Sintonia: Season 3

Under the Amalfi Sun

New on Netflix on July 14

Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight

Resident Evil 

New on Netflix on July 15


Country Queen


Love Goals (Jaadugar)

Mom, Don’t Do That!


Remarriage & Desires


New on Netflix on July 16


New on Netflix on July 18

Live Is Life 

My Little Pony: A New Generation: Sing-Along

StoryBots: Laugh, Learn, Sing: Collection 2: Learn to Read

Too Old for Fairy Tales

New on Netflix on July 19

David A. Arnold: It Ain’t for the Weak 

New on Netflix on July 20

Bad Exorcist: Seasons 1-2

Virgin River: Season 4 

New on Netflix on July 21

Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous: Season 5

New on Netflix on July 22

Blown Away: Season 3

The Gray Man 


New on Netflix on July 25

Gabby’s Dollhouse: Season 5

New on Netflix on July 26

August: Osage County


Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl

Street Food: USA

New on Netflix on July 27

Car Masters: Rust to Riches: Season 4 

Dream Home Makeover: Season 3 

The Most Hated Man on the Internet 


Rebelde: Season 2 

New on Netflix on July 28

A Cut Above

Another Self 

Keep Breathing 

Oggy and the Cockroaches: Next Generation

New on Netflix on July 29

The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem: Season 2 

Case Closed: Zero’s Tea Time 

The Entitled


Purple Hearts 

Rebel Cheer Squad: A Get Even Series 


New on Netflix on July 31

The Wretched

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Netflix CEO Reveals Which Subscribers Will Have To Watch Ads

Specific details of the forthcoming ad-based model were murky at the time of the announcement. Only a few months later, Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos is finally giving the public a little more clarity on what to expect.

 Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos divulged that commercials will not be added to the current Netflix subscription plans. Instead, the new ad-based tier is intended to attract new subscribers who are not bothered by advertisements accompanying the content they’re watching.

The clarification should come as good news to current Netflix subscribers, who are currently paying either $9.99, $15.99, or $19.99 per month for the service. The prices are determined by such factors as the number of screens a subscriber chooses to watch programming on, and whether they want to watch the content on HD or Ultra HD.

Source: Netflix CEO Reveals Which Subscribers Will Have To Watch Ads (

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What Is Freevee? How to Start Watching It

Cord cutters have no shortage of places to watch movies and television shows online. Between the paid options such as Netflix and Hulu and the endless number of free services, it’s possible to find just about any content that you want to watch.

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However, one service that people frequently overlook is Freevee (formerly IMDb TV). Possibly because they’ve never heard of it. What is Freevee? Who can use it? What type of content is available? And is it worth your time? Let’s take a closer look.

What Is Freevee?

Freevee is an entirely free service for watching TV shows and movies. The service has been owned by Amazon since Bezos’ company bought IMDb in 2020, and it underwent a rebrand from IMDb TV to Freevee in April 2022.

This is the third name change for the service, which was initially launched as IMDb Freedive at the start of 2019.

The content on Freevee is ad-supported, so you’ll have to sit through the interludes at the beginning, and during the videos you watch. There is no way to pay to remove the ads, and the ads are unskippable.

Where Is Freevee Available?

At the time of this writing, users in the USA, UK, and Germany can use the service. More countries are set to come online in the coming months.

Which Devices Can You Watch Freevee On?

At one point in time, the only operating system with an app was Amazon’s FireOS. Now, however, the official Freevee app is available for Android and Apple devices, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku, LG smart TVs, Xbox, and PlayStation. You can also watch Freevee through any web browser by visiting its site.

What TV Shows and Movies Are Available on Freevee?

Since the rebrand to Freevee, even more content has come online. At the time of writing, you can watch Bosch: Legacy, Top Class, America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation, and Black Beauty.

Of course, it still cannot compete with some of its other free competitors like Peacock TV and Crackle, but Freevee is still a solid app to keep in your streaming armory.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, keep an eye on the listings. Freevee is adding new content all the time. Plus, Freevee also offers live programs you can watch in real-time.

How to Find Content to Watch on Freevee

The homepage offers some broad seasonal categories, as well as various “Most Popular” categories. You will also find the broad genre categories that are commonplace on most streaming apps.

You can quickly tell whether a movie or TV show is available on Freevee when you’re using IMDb’s website directory. If the title is on offer, you will see a prominent link labeled “Watch for Free on Freevee” that you can click on.

Are There Watchlists on Freevee?

The only other significant feature worth mentioning is the presence of watchlists. Watchlists are one area where Freevee excels. The service leans heavily on the IMDb database of content to provide much better watchlist usability than services like Netflix and Hulu.

You can order your shows by rating, runtime, number of user ratings, your own ratings, popularity, and IMDb ratings. You can also easily filter by either movies or TV series, rather than having everything in a single list.

Is Freevee Worth Using?

So, is Freevee worth your time? We’re never going to turn down another way to watch free content, but at the time of writing, Freevee still feels like it’s still a work in progress (which, of course, it is).

The issues with content navigation and parental controls need to be resolved. Similarly, even though some decent shows and movies are on offer, the size of the library needs to be expanded before it becomes a viable alternative to some of its competitors.

Like everyone else, we hope that the latest rebrand finally sees the app fulfill its potential. It is hard not to feel like it is in the last chance saloon.

Written by Dan Price for MUO©

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Note: I’ve discovered that Midsomer Murders is available on Freevee, and, it has cc available. Check it out!

What’s Coming to Roku Channel in June 2022

The free streaming hub is hosting classic movies, such as “Fight Club,” “Bridesmaids,” “Speed,” “Pretty Woman,” and “Tombstone.” However, the Roku Channel also is bringing beloved TV series including “Arrested Development,” “Will & Grace,” “2 Broke Girls,” and more.

Coming to Roku Channel in June:

Iconic Movies

  • American Sniper
  • Apache Junction (Exclusive 6/24)
  • Bridesmaids
  • Cast Away
  • Fifty Shades Darker
  • Fifty Shades Freed
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Fight Club
  • Goosebumps (Exclusive)
  • Independence Day
  • Juno
  • Meet the Browns
  • Napoleon Dynamite
  • Pretty Women
  • Pups Alone (Exclusive 6/30)
  • Signs
  • Speed
  • Taken
  • The Descendants
  • The Expendables
  • The Expendables 3 
  • The Karate Kid (2010)
  • The Maze Runner
  • The Transporter
  • The Waterboy
  • Tombstone


  • Dear John
  • Life As We Know It
  • How Do You Know
  • McLeod’s Daughter’s
  • Music and Lyrics
  • One for the Money
  • Step Up: All In
  • The Fault in Our Stars


  • Agua Donkeys
  • Die Hart
  • Dummy
  • Children Ruin Everything
  • Legally Blonde
  • Reno 911! Defunded
  • Shrek
  • The Now
  • This Joka

TV Series

  • Arrested Development
  • Billy on the Street
  • Hernan (Exclusive)
  • My Name Is Earl
  • Punk’d
  • Undercover Boss
  • UnReal
  • Will & Grace
  • Weeds
  • 2 Broke Girls

The Roku Channel is a free live TV streaming service that provides 270+ live linear streaming channels and more than 80,000 free movies and TV shows. The library contains entertainment from several different decades, including some major hits.

Source: What’s Coming to Roku Channel in June 2022, Including ‘Napoleon Dynamite,’ ‘Independence Day,’ ‘Fight Club’ – The Streamable

What’s Leaving Netflix in June 2022

It’s time for another rundown of what’s set to leave Netflix over the next month. Netflix gains and loses content constantly. so it’s down to you to make sure you catch things before they leave.

The big removal for Netflix US in June 2022 so far is undoubtedly the beloved British series, Downton Abbey. We’ll be seeing all six seasons leave on the first of the month.

What’s Leaving Netflix on June 1st, 2022

  • A Cinderella Story (2004)
  • A Perfect Ending (2012)
  • Aashik Awara (1993)
  • Amelia: A Tale of Two Sisters (2017)
  • And Then Came Lola (2009)
  • Bad Blood (2019) – Netflix Original Removal
  • Battleship (2012)
  • Bill Burr: You People Are All the Same (2018) – Netflix Original Removal
  • Blade (1998)
  • Blade II (2002)
  • Blade: Trinity (2004)
  • Body of Lies (2008)
  • Chloe (2009)
  • Closer (2004)
  • Cloudburst (2011)
  • Company of Heroes (2013)
  • Coach Carter (2005)
  • Dennis the Menace (1993)
  • Downton Abbey (Series 1-6)
  • Dream/Killer (2015)
  • Extraction (2015)
  • Felon (2008)
  • Final Destination 3 (2006)
  • Final Destination 5 (2011)
  • Free Willy (1993)
  • Hall Pass (2011)
  • Happy Feet (2006)
  • Hairspray
  • Happy Endings (Seasons 1-3)
  • How to Stage a Coup (2017)
  • I Am Sam (2001)
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
  • I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)
  • Jackie: A Tale of Two Sisters (2017)
  • Lens (2015)
  • March Comes in Like a Lion (2017)
  • Material (2012)
  • Maya Memsaab (1992)
  • Megalobox (2018)
  • Michael Lost and Found (2015)
  • Monster-in-Law (2005)
  • Mosquita y Mari (2012)
  • New Year’s Eve (2011)
  • Oh Darling Yeh Hai India (1995)
  • Pedal the World (2015)
  • Pet Sematary (1989)
  • Population 436 (2006)
  • Prince (1969)
  • Qila (1998)
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
  • Shooter (2007)
  • Smoke & Mirrors (2016)
  • Sniper: Legacy (2014)
  • Stardust (2007)
  • Sucker Punch (2011)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2007)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie (1990)
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
  • Terminator Salvation (2009)
  • Tottaa Pataaka Item Maal (2018)
  • The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
  • The Blind Side
  • The Devil’s Advocate (1997)
  • The Disaster Artist (2017)
  • The Final Destination (2009)
  • The Girl King (2015)
  • The Mask of Zorro (1998)
  • The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
  • The Mitfords: A Tale of Two Sisters (2017)
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)
  • Top Gun (1986)
  • Warrior (2011)
  • Wild Things (1998)
  • World Trade Center (2006)
  • Zoolander (2001)

What’s Leaving Netflix on June 2nd

  • Alone (1 Season)
  • Lady Bird (2017)

What’s Leaving Netflix on June 3rd

  • Documentary Now! (Seasons 1-3)

What’s Leaving Netflix on June 5th

  • The Night Clerk (2020)

What’s Leaving Netflix on June 6th

  • Vampire Academy (2014)

What’s Leaving Netflix on June 7th

  • The Night Shift (Seasons 1-4)

What’s Leaving Netflix on June 10th

  • A Haunted House 2 (2014)
  • The Witch: Part 1 – The Subversion (2018)

What’s Leaving Netflix on June 11th

  • 28 Moons (Season 1)
  • Magic Phone (Season 1)
  • Man to Man (Season 1) – Netflix Original Removal
  • My Little Baby (Season 1)
  • Singles Villa (Season 1)
  • Under the Black Moonlight (Season 1)

What’s Leaving Netflix on June 13th

  • 4th Republic (2019)

What’s Leaving Netflix on June 14th

  • Kanavu Variyam (2017)

What’s Leaving Netflix on June 15th

  • Charité (Season 1) – Netflix Original Removal
  • Charité at War (Season 1) – Netflix Original Removal
  • Fate/Zero (Seasons 1-2)
  • Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce (Seasons 1-5)
  • Kill la Kill (Season 1)
  • Madoka Magica (Season 1)
  • The American Bible Challenge (Season 3)
  • The Chase (Seasons 3 & 4)

What’s Leaving Netflix on June 18th

  • Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

What’s Leaving Netflix on June 24th

  • Reign (Seasons 1-4)

What’s Leaving Netflix on June 30th

  • Criminal Minds (Seasons 1-10)

Look ahead to July 1st, Netflix is set to lose all four seasons of The Originals.


What is coming to Netflix in June 2022?

Oh, that’s today, so let’s get started!

The Umbrella Academy returns to Netflix in June.

We’re heading into June and Netflix is having a relatively quiet month. There’s nothing on the level of Stranger Things releasing in June, but we will see the return of The Umbrella Academy. The show’s third season drops on June 22. 

US audiences will also get to see the finale of Peaky Blinders, with the sixth and final season of the show hitting Netflix on June 10. 

June 1

  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
  • Dear John
  • Dumb and Dumber
  • Edge of Seventeen
  • Eraser
  • His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass
  • Lean on Me
  • Léon: The Professional
  • Life as We Know It
  • Mission: Impossible
  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
  • Mission: Impossible II
  • Mr Bean’s Holiday
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • Soul Plane
  • Steel Magnolias
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • The Boy
  • The Departed
  • The Fighter
  • The Girl Next Door
  • The Hurt Locker
  • The Players Club
  • Titanic
  • Troy
  • Vegas Vacation
  • We Are Marshall

June 2

  • Borgen – Power & Glory
  • The DUFF
  • Yuri Marçal: Honest Mistake

June 3

  • As the Crow Flies
  • Floor Is Lava: Season 2
  • Interceptor
  • Mr. Good: Cop or Crook?
  • The Perfect Mother
  • Surviving Summer
  • Two Summers

June 5

  • Straight Up

June 6

  • Action Pack: Season 2
  • Bill Burr Presents: Friends Who Kill

June 7

  • That’s My Time with David Letterman

June 8

  • Baby Fever
  • Gladbeck: The Hostage Crisis
  • Hustle
  • Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey

June 9

  • Rhythm + Flow France
  • Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration

June 10

  • Chickenhare and the Hamster of Darkness
  • Closet Monster
  • Dirty Daddy: The Bob Saget Tribute
  • First Kill
  • Intimacy
  • Peaky Blinders: Season 6
  • Top Gear: Season 27
  • Top Gear: Season 28
  • Trees of Peace
  • Vice

June 11

  • Amy Schumer’s Parental Advisory

June 13

  • Charlie’s Colorforms City: Mighty Movie Adventures
  • Charlie’s Colorforms City: Miss Weather and Friends
  • Pete Davidson Presents: The Best Friends
  • Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America

June 14

  • Jane & Lily: Ladies Night Live
  • Halftime
  • The Mole: Season 3-4

June 15

  • Centauro
  • Front Cover
  • God’s Favorite Idiot
  • Heart Parade
  • Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend
  • Maldivas
  • Web of Make Believe: Death, Lies and the Internet
  • The War Next-door: Season 2
  • The Wrath of God

June 16

  • Dead End: Paranormal Park
  • Karma’s World Music Videos: Season 2
  • Love & Anarchy: Season 2
  • Rhythm + Flow France
  • Sing, Dance, Act: Kabuki featuring Toma Ikuta
  • Snoop Dogg’s Fcn Around Comedy Special
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

June 17

  • The Martha Mitchell Effect
  • Rainbow High: Season 2
  • She: Season 2
  • Spiderhead
  • You Don’t Know Me

June 18

  • Alchemy of Souls
  • Charmed: Season 4
  • Spriggan

June 19

  • Civil
  • It (2017)

June 20

  • Doom Of Love
  • Philomena

June 21

  • All That: Seasons 2-3
  • The Future Of
  • Joel Kim Booster: Psychosexual
  • Kenan and Kel: Seasons 1-2
  • Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide: Seasons 1-2
  • Zoey 101: Seasons 1-2

June 22

  • Bruna Louise: Demolition
  • The Hidden Lives of Pets
  • Love & Gelato
  • The Mist (2007)
  • One Piece: New Episodes
  • Sing 2
  • Snowflake Mountain
  • The Umbrella Academy: Season 3

June 23

  • Best of the Fest
  • First Class
  • Queen
  • Rhythm + Flow France

June 24

  • Angry Birds: Summer Madness: Season 2
  • Legacies: Season 4
  • The Man from Toronto
  • Man Vs Bee
  • Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area

June 25

  • Grey’s Anatomy: Season 18

June 27:

  • Cafe Minamdang
  • Chip and Potato: Chip’s Holiday

June 28

  • Blasted
  • Cristela Alonzo: Middle Classy

June 29:

  • Beauty
  • Extraordinary Attorney Woo
  • Pirate Gold of Adak Island
  • The Upshaws: Season 2 Part 1

June 30:

  • Bastard! Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  • Sharkdog: Season 2

Source: Netflix: All the TV Shows and Movies Coming in June 2022 – CNET

Confirmed – Adverts are coming to Netflix 

Netflix will roll out an advert-supported subscription tier by the end of 2022, it was revealed yesterday (May 9). 

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The New York Times reports that Netflix executives have told their employees that are hoping to introduce a lower-cost advert-supported tier by the end of the year, a far more accelerated timetable than previously briefed. 

The news comes as the same time as it was confirmed that Netflix will begin to crackdown on password sharing at the end of this year. 

The streaming giant is making the move as it looks to shore up revenue. It announced in late April that it had lost 200,000 subscribers since the start of 2022, and, as a result, saw its value fall by more than $50 billion. 

This announcement has seen Netflix cancel a series of shows, park many of their in-development projects, including one from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and close Tudum, the streaming giant’s editorial presence. 

An advert-supported, lower-price tier isn’t a revolutionary idea for a subscription service. Hulu, HBO Max, Paramount Plus and Peacock do it already and Disney Plus will be bringing in the option this year, the reason it’s a surprise is due to the fact that Netflix’s top brass were adamant, weeks ago, that it was just an idea…

There’s a bit of panic. That’s fair to say. Netflix’s change of heart has been rapid, and, coupled with its new crackdown on password sharing, it does suggest that the company is scrambling somewhat. 

Providing a cheaper option for subscribers is never a bad thing and it’s vastly preferable to saving money by axing employees and canceling shows. Things just seem to be moving so fast for Netflix, every day seems to bring some new drama, and this announcement will not help matters. 

A period of calm and maybe some show renewals would help. Let’s wait and see…

By Tom Goodwyn for Tech Radar©

Source: Confirmed – Adverts are coming to Netflix and much sooner than we thought (