Saturday, April 06, 2024

Around the Tubes: April 6, 2024


I have gotten a plethora of cool press releases have been flooding my inbox recently that you may find interesting. This post includes blurbs on Taylor Swift, Ben Fold, Garbage, Marcus King, Glass Animals, Dinosaur, and High Hopes.

SiriusXM announced today that global superstar and 14-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift will have her own limited engagement exclusive SiriusXM channel - Channel 13 (Taylor’s Version) - starting Sunday, April 7, 13 days ahead of her highly anticipated new album The Tortured Poets Department.  Channel 13 (Taylor’s Version) will air 24/7 across North America and will be a destination for fans to hear Swift’s music from her chart-topping 17-year career, including Eras Tour favorites, all (Taylor’s Versions), From the Vault tracks, live tracks, bonus tracks and much more.   The 13th day of the channel, Friday, April 19, coincides with the release of Taylor Swift’s new album The Tortured Poets Department. Channel 13 (Taylor’s Version) will be playing the full album beginning to end continuously throughout the weekend.  

The NEXT AT THE KENNEDY CENTER, a multi-year partnership and collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to spotlight critical contributions to the arts, returns to PBS with two new performance specials this April featuring indie music icon Ben Folds and renowned jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman. This primetime series explores the enduring influence of artistic changemakers across art forms, genres, and backgrounds on Friday, April 12 with “Ben Folds Presents: DECLASSIFIED” and “Joshua Redman, where are we” on Friday, April 19. Both episodes premiere at 10 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS, and the PBS App.  In “Ben Folds Presents: DECLASSIFIED," Folds invites six-time GRAMMY®-winner Jacob Collier, renowned for his audience engagement, along with GRAMMY®-winning jazz sensation Laufey and chart-topping English singer-songwriter dodie, to join him and the National Symphony Orchestra in reimagining their music through an orchestral lens. With a driving mission that every note played on the stage matters, they create exquisite new versions of their hit songs, without a traditional rhythm section and only the orchestra as their band.

Due to demand, influential alternative rock band Garbage is making their 4th studio album, Bleed Like Me, available on vinyl for the first time since it was originally released in 2005. Bleed Like Me is out on now via UMe.  Fully remastered for 2024, this expanded reissue of 2005’s Bleed Like Me includes 2CD, 1LP white vinyl, deluxe 2LP red vinyl, and HD digital formats and features b-sides, rare tracks, remixes and alternate versions of tracks.  Speaking about the new Bleed Like Me expanded reissue, Shirley Manson says: “This album was tricky to make and resulted in the band taking a 5-year hiatus shortly after it was released. However, over the years, it has become a mainstay of our discography, so we decided to finally make it available on vinyl due to the many pained pleas from our fans’.  ORDER HERE

GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter Marcus King released Mood Swings, his Rick Rubin produced album, via American/Republic Records. Listen to Mood Swings HERE  Mood Swings is King’s magnum opus, an eclectic symphony of soul that is uniquely timeless and current. Drawing on King’s darkest moments, it became a beacon of hope for King as he created it, and will be a refuge for anyone going through similar challenges in their lives. Legendary producer Rick Rubin who has worked with everyone from Adele to Johnny Cash, was instantly drawn to King’s guitar playing, singular voice and songwriting, and after witnessing a King live performance, one day randomly cold-called him to float the idea of working together.

- Global, GRAMMY®-nominated and Diamond-selling British band Glass Animals announces details of their fourth studio album, I Love You So F***ing Much, to be released on July 19th via Republic Records. The album is introduced by the band’s new single, “Creatures in Heaven,” out now—listen HERE and watch the visualizer HERE.  I Love You So F***ing Much is the follow-up to 2020’s critically revered Dreamland, which sold over 12 million copies globally and gave life to “Heat Waves,” the record-breaking song that became the biggest international hit from a British band in almost 30 years. It was the first song to reach #1 with a single writer and producer since Pharrell’s “Happy, and led to the pop world’s biggest acts, including Florence Welch, all wanting to work with Glass Animals’ frontman, songwriter, and producer, Dave Bayley. But the birth of I Love You So F***ing Much was an existential crisis. Dave found himself struggling to make sense of this newfound global stardom, having watched it all happen while the world was in lockdown. “Life can change dramatically, but sometimes you aren’t able to change as quickly on a personal level. You end up feeling like a spectator. And then you are asked and expected to be a certain type of person, a different person. But…I wasn’t sure how. It confused me to the point of not knowing who I was or if anything was real.” It took being stranded on a cliff in a wooden house on stilts during one of California’s biggest storms in history to push that feeling into a full existential crisis. In forced isolation, watching trees tumble down mountains and assuming “death was coming,” Dave began asking questions of himself, of the universe, and of the human experience: namely, love. As he came to accept himself as an introvert, Dave realized that “human connection and the love between us is much bigger, more important, and more complex than anything else”. “Creatures in Heaven” is the sublime first glimpse into ten intimate love stories set against the backdrop of the universe.

Created by Matilda Curtis and Ashley Storrie, Dinosaur follows Nina, an autistic woman in her 30s, who adores her life living with her sister and best friend Evie. However, when Evie rushes into an engagement after only six weeks and makes Nina her maid of honor, Nina is floored.  Dinosaur now streaming exclusively on Hulu!  

From Executive Producer Jimmy Kimmel Hulu has released the official trailer and key art for the upcoming unscripted series "High Hopes," produced by Jimmy Kimmel's Kimmelot and ITV America. The six-episode first season will premiere Saturday, 4.20, only on Hulu.  “High Hopes” is a workplace reality series following Belarus-born brothers Slava and Mishka, and their stoned crew through the trials and tribulations of taking their cannabis business to new heights. As one of the oldest cannabis dispensaries in Hollywood, MMD attracts a wild mix of weed-loving customers and is a home away from home for their OG employees who work hard and smoke harder! This season builds to their biggest day of the year—4.20—as the gang attempts to expand nationwide and release their own top-shelf cannabis brand. Will they find what they’re looking for or will their hopes go up in smoke?  TRAILER: HERE

Monday, April 01, 2024

Transmissions from Pluto - Everything coming to Pluto TV in April 2024


Welcome to Transmissions from Pluto, your monthly download of all the content coming to Pluto TV! Here, you’ll find all the latest channels, programming, stunts and titles available on the service along with key insights into free, ad-supported television (FAST) from the category's leading pioneer. In April, we're celebrating our 10th anniversary in a big way, welcoming a dedicated Deep Space Nine channel to our growing Star Trek lineup and more.

For a closer look at all the entertainment coming to Pluto TV in April, check out the latest edition of Transmissions from Pluto.


Tom Ryan, President & CEO of Paramount Streaming and co-founder of Pluto TV shares his thoughts on the future of FAST as we enter the next inning of streaming.

Ten years ago today, we introduced the world to Pluto TV. We launched on April Fool’s Day—and that’s what people thought we were: fools. Pluto TV was linear in the age of on demand, free in the age of paid subscription and ad-supported in the age of ad-free. It was a contrarian idea at the time, but Pluto TV became a billion-dollar business in just seven years and, as we celebrate its 10th anniversary, we can confidently say that we have a sustainable business and winning strategy. 

It’s nice to look back on our journey but, as leaders in this space, we have our eyes firmly on the road ahead. As I’m often asked what the future of FAST looks like, here is where I believe we are headed.

The future of FAST is expanding.
As cord-cutting accelerates, FAST will become an even more universally appealing proposition for consumers. With a no-cost entry point and constantly evolving library of content, FAST is estimated to hit $12 billion by 2027 and will play a critical role in the future of streaming.

The future of FAST is global.
Our mission is to entertain the planet and, in the last decade, our global footprint has expanded to four continents and more than 35 countries, with a sizable part of our engagement coming from outside of the U.S.—and we’re just getting started. We work with local content and distribution partners around the world to bring together the best of our libraries in one seamless service to give viewers an unbeatable product and unique user experience.

The future of FAST is human.
What sets us apart at Pluto TV is our human touch when delivering highly curated channels. Our 700,000 hours of content are programmed by genre experts who purposefully curate our collections and channels to keep audiences engaged. This highly editorialized touch to content curation will continue to be a defining factor for Pluto TV and shape the FAST experience.

– Tom


A cause dear to our hearts is the plight of our solar system's ninth planet Pluto, which the International Astronomical Union downgraded to "dwarf" status in 2006.

To raise awareness about this injustice (or possibly just in celebration of April Fool's Day), the Pluto TV team will hold a rally today at the UCLA campus that will include remarks from Dr. Alan Stern, planetary scientist, space program executive and leader of NASA’s New Horizons mission that explored the Pluto system.

If you're as invested as we are, we ask you to sign our petition here. In an effort to highlight all points of view on Pluto's planetary status, you can hear a rebuttal from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who has his own StarTalk TV channel on Pluto TV, by clicking the button below.



Each month, Pluto TV’s team of programmers assembles a stellar collection of movies and TV shows to help you uncover new titles and rediscover familiar favorites. This April, we're celebrating our 10th birthday, highlighting star-studded dramas and marking the halfway point to Halloween with April Ghouls where you’ll find spooky marathons across our favorite scary and thrilling channels.

  • 10th Anniversary: Pluto TV is giving the gift of great TV and movies for its birthday
    • April 1 at 8 p.m. ET on Action Drama: 10 Hour SEAL Team marathon
    • April 1 on Pluto TV Spotlight: 2014 Movie Marathon featuring Big Eyes, Noah, The Homesman, Imitation Game and The Immigrant
    • Revisit Original Pluto TV Channels: Stand-Up TV, MST3K
  • Drama: Watch the red-carpet worthy drama unfold with Oscar favorites, Emmy-winning classics, and a whole world of gripping stories and powerful performances. 
    • April Movies Include: The Godfather, Titanic, As Good As It Gets, Arrival, Noah and more
    • 24/7 Channels include: Criminal Minds, Blue Bloods, CSI, CSI: NY, CSI: Miami, Midsomer Murders, Degrassi, Heartland and more.
  • April Ghouls: It’s Halloween in April! We have you covered with a whole month of ghosts, goblins and all things spooky.
    • April Movies include: Pet Sematary (2019), Crawl, Evil Dead (2013), The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and more
    • 24/7 Channels include: The Walking Dead Universe, Universal Monsters, Pluto TV Horror, Pluto TV Terror, Pluto TV Paranormal and more


Here are all the new channels and movies launching throughout April on Pluto TV.


Perform by Lifetime
Watch these up-and-coming performers, and the icons they admire, as they strive to make it big and shine in the spotlight.

Pickers and Pawns
Welcome to Pickers & Pawn, the ultimate destination for uncovering hidden treasures and forgotten objects. Watch fan-favorites now 24/7 on Pickers & Pawn.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 
Explore the final frontier even more. All episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine will transport you into another set of space missions all day long.

UnXplained Zone
Join top investigators as they seek to uncover the truth behind some of the world’s greatest mysteries and cover-ups.

At 4UV we welcome unique, united, and universal voices. We're the intersection where art meets opportunity, giving you the chance to discover new worlds and embrace new heroes.


30 Days of Night
30 Days of Night: Dark Days
48 Hrs.
Another 48 Hrs.
An Inconvenient Truth
An Inconvenient Sequel
April Fool's Day (1986)
As Good As It Gets
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Brian's Song (1971)
Child's Play (1988)
Days of Thunder
Donnie Brasco
Empire Records
Evil Dead (2013)
First Blood
Rambo: First Blood Part II
Rambo III
Five Easy Pieces
Fright Night
Get Rich or Die Tryin'
I Spy
Idle Hands
Jeepers Creepers
Jeepers Creepers 2
L.A. Confidential
Lords of Dogtown
Marie Antoinette
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Night of the Creeps
On the Waterfront
Only Lovers Left Alive
Pet Sematary (2019)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles

School of Rock
Shutter Island
Side Effects
Sonic the Hedgehog
South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut
Super 8
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Teen Wolf
The Belko Experiment
The Blob (1988)
The Covenant
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The Fighting Temptations
The Godfather
The Godfather Part II
The Godfather Part III
The Guilt Trip
The King of Comedy
The Messengers
The Monster Squad
The Negotiator
The Possession of Hannah Grace
The Prince of Tides
The Running Man
The Stand-In (2020)
The Truman Show
The Way We Were
The Wild One
Tommy Boy
Trading Places
Urban Cowboy
Urban Legend
Urban Legends: The Final Cut
Urban Legends: Bloody Mary
Vampire in Brooklyn
Wind Chill
Zoolander 2