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Inside Streaming (Aug 19th, 2019)

No "Daily Calendar" today because there's nothing new to stream today on any of the major platforms! We'll be back tomorrow with some updates.

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1. Days ahead of the D23 Expo, Disney+ launched an official Twitter account, @DisneyPlus. The account was announced with a tweet from Disney featuring the Genie from "Aladdin" and the question, "Is everyone packed and ready to go to @DisneyPlus?" (This was widely read by responders as a swipe at Netflix.) The first Disney+ tweet featured a quick 15-second promo for the platform, featuring clips from "Moana," the Disney XD series "Phineas and Ferb," the MCU film "Captain Marvel," the Star Wars sequel "The Force Awakens," a National Geographic nature documentary, Pixar's "Finding Dory," and more. The D23 Expo -- at which Disney is expected to make a number of new Disney+ announcements, potentially including a long-rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi series starring Ewan McGregor -- kicks off this Friday in Anaheim, California. – TWITTER

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2. The first major scripted series from Apple -- "The Morning Show" -- now has an extended, nearly three-minute trailer. The series, set behind-the-scenes at a network TV morning show, was inspired by Brian Stelter's book "Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV," and was originally developed for TV by former HBO drama chief Michael Ellenberg. A-listers Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell will star in the series for director Mimi Leder ("The Leftovers") and showrunner Kerry Ehrin ("Bates Motel"). Apple picked up the series for two 10-episode seasons back in 2017. The Apple TV+ subscription service is expected to launch sometime this fall. – THR

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3. Netflix released a trailer for the upcoming Ryan Murphy-produced dark comedy series "The Politician." Ben Platt, who won a Tony for his performance in "Dear Evan Hansen," stars as an extremely ambitious high school student with dreams of becoming class president, as a stepping stone to his ultimate goal of being elected U.S. president. Gwyneth Paltrow co-stars as Platt's character's mother, Georgina, and Jessica Lange appears as the mother of his running mate (Zoey Deutch). This will be the first original show to result from Murphy's mega-deal with Netflix. The first season of "The Politician" debuts on September 27. – TVTIME

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4. Filmmaker Kevin Smith will serve as showrunner and executive producer for a new Netflix adaptation of the Mattel toy line and cartoon "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe." The new show -- titled "Masters of the Universe: Revelation" -- will be presented in an anime style, and will tie up storylines from the classic 1980s animated "He-Man" series. Smith made the announcement during a surprise appearance over the weekend at Power-Con, a Masters of the Universe fan event, in Anaheim. In a statement, Smith promised "this is the Masters of the Universe story you always wanted to see as a kid" and teased "what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor." – THR

[The original run of "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" is streaming on Starz or for free, with ads, on Tubi. The infamous 1987 live-action version, starring Dolph Lundgren as He-Man, is free to stream on YouTube, Tubi AND Amazon Prime. - Lon]

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5. Disney+ will be available for a number of devices, smart TVs and gaming consoles at launch. Until recently, Disney had only confirmed that Disney+ would be available for Roku devices, and on Sony's PlayStation 4 console. The company has now updated that list to include iOS devices and Apple TV; Android devices and TVs; Google Chromecast; and the Xbox One console. Apple customers will be able to sign up for Disney+ as an in-app purchase. Disney also announced that the service will debut on November 12 in not only the U.S. but also Canada and the Netherlands. – ENGADGET

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6. Netflix picked up a new lifestyle reality series, "The Home Edit," from organization experts Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin. The duo owns an organization consulting company, also called The Home Edit, and co-authored the New York Times best-seller "The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals." The eight-episode series will find Shearer and Teplin reorganizing the homes of both celebrity guests and everyday families. Actress Reese Witherspoon -- who previously produced a YouTube series starring Shearer and Teplin -- is an executive producer on the series through her company, Hello Sunshine. – DEADLINE

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7. Stephen Amell of "Arrow" will topline the wrestling drama series "Heels" for Starz. The show, from writer Michael Waldron ("Loki") and showrunner Mike O'Malley ("Shameless"), is set within the world of regional independent pro wrestling. Amell will play one of two brothers, and rivals, competing in the (fictional) Duffy Wrestling Association in Georgia. Starz picked up the show for an eight-episode first season. The eighth and final season of the CW's "Arrow," starring Amell as the titular hero, will debut on October 15.  – DEADLINE

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8. A new tool, designed by researchers at MIT, could improve streaming video quality over busy shared Wi-Fi connections. The system, called Minerva, was developed at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). It analyzes the types of video being streamed by various wifi users and allocates bandwidth based on the videos that will suffer the least from slower connections. (For example, if one user sharing a connection is watching a sporting event in HD, and another is watching an animated series, Minerva would allocate more bandwidth to the HD stream, which would suffer more from lower quality.) Traditional Wi-Fi connections simply split bandwidth evenly between all users. – ENGADGET

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9. The ad-supported Roku Channel will add a new category dedicated to programming for kids and families. The new section will be free-to-stream for anyone with a Roku-enabled device and will feature a curated mix of shows grouped together by target age range. 

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10. Netflix released a 12-hour looping video featuring "Stranger Things" character Dr. Alexei (Alec Utgoff) sipping on a Slurpee.

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Lon Harris is the writer and editor of Inside Streaming, and was the very first person to ever write an Inside newsletter. He lives in Los Angeles, California, and also writes about TV and film for Fandom, Screen Junkies, Rotten Tomatoes, Gamma Ray and others. He competes on The Movie Trivia Schmoedown as "The Professor." You can follow him on Twitter @lons

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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