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Inside Streaming (Jan 27th, 2017)

In today's edition, we're looking at Amazon's Oscar hopes, Sylvester Stallone's new Netflix series, plus "Sneaky Pete" on Amazon Prime and some creepy foreign-language horror films on Netflix! Want to recommend something or give us some feedback? Just hit REPLY on this email.

Amazon's "Manchester By the Sea" scored six Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture, a first for any streaming service. Kenneth Lonergan's drama is also nominated for Casey Affleck's lead performance, and supporting turns from Lucas Hedges and Michelle Williams. Iran's foreign-language film nominee - "The Salesman" - is also being distributed stateside by Amazon. Though Netflix earned an Oscar nomination in 2014 for "The Square," and attempted to score nominations last year for "Beasts of No Nation," they have yet to receive a Best Picture nod. – THR

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AT&T reports that it has signed up 200,000 customers for its video streaming DirecTV Now service. The company's traditional television offerings have continued to lose ground, but the $35 per month initial offering proved popular, particularly with younger subscribers in "urban centers." The growth came despite some complaints about outages and other early launch glitches, which were acknowledged by AT&T CFO John Stephens on today's earnings call, promising investors "we are working through the challenges." – LAT

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Yesterday, Hulu released the first episode of "On Stage," its new virtual reality music show, produced along with Live Nation. The series is available through Hulu's VR app, and provides intimate portraits of famous musicians. The first episode features Lil Wayne performing and skateboarding around Los Angeles. A second episode, featuring Major Lazer, will bow at some point later this year. A 2D version of the clip - along with behind-the-scenes footage showing how the VR shoot was accomplished, has been made available on YouTube. – VARIETY

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Netflix has dropped a first trailer for "Ultimate Beastmaster," a punishing obstacle course competition show produced by Sylvester Stallone. The series - which has been compared to "American Ninja Warrior" and its Japanese inspiration, "Sasuke" - pits 108 competitors from 6 countries against one another as they tackle The Beast, called "the most physically demanding obstacle [course] ever devised." In an innovative international twist, customized versions of the show will be produced for each of the different competing countries: Brazil, Germany, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and the US. "Ultimate Beastmaster" debuts on February 24. – SLASHFILM

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Netflix won a bidding war for spec comedy script "The Eggplant Emoji," to be produced by Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films. Also involved in the production are Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm and Kyle Newacheck of Comedy Central's "Workaholics" series. (Newacheck will likely direct.) The script concerns a teenager rushing to save his penis after it's accidentally severed during a camping trip. The spec was written by Kevin Burrows and Matt Mider, creators of the GQ animated series "Gentlemen Lobsters." – THR

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Following this morning's new update, Apple's TV app now supports HBO Go a well as HBO Now. The app allows subscribers to store log-in credentials, meaning they can watch HBO content within the app with no additional sign-ins required. As well, viewing history and other data from HBO content will be fed automatically to Apple, allowing the company to include these shows along with its algorithmically-generated recommendations. Though ESPN and Disney are also supporting the app, there's still no support for Netflix or cable providers, such as Comcast or Time Warner Cable. – VERGE

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