Baby Yoda is coming back.
Disney + will launch the second season of its flagship series "The Mandalorian" on October 30th. It's without a doubt the most anticipated streaming series of the year, and for good reason: In addition to tens of thousands of new subscribers, the Walt Disney Co. & # 39; s
Streaming service, great fun to watch too.
That being said, there aren't many compelling new streaming deals coming up in the next month, so October may be a good time for budget-conscious consumers to cut their subscriptions.
As noted in this column, consumers can take full advantage of cable cutting by taking advantage of the ability to add and delete streaming services every month. All that is required is good planning and timing. Remember that a billing cycle starts when you sign up, not necessarily at the beginning of each month.
Consumers can also take advantage of free streaming trial offers, as Disney + and Apple TV + are particularly focused on building subscriber bases rather than increasing sales (at least for now). You will never get a better deal than free, and the deals won't last forever.
In addition to the new Apple One subscription package, for example, you get one year of Apple TV + free when you buy a new Apple
Device and Verizon
is offering a free bundle of Disney +, Hulu and ESPN + to some mobile customers.
Aside from free and bundled options, when the time comes to decide where to go with your subscription dollars, What's Worth Streaming helps. We rate each major streaming service as a "game," "pause," or "stop" each month, much like investment analysts' ratings of buy, hold, and sell, and select the best content to guide your monthly decisions to support.
Here's what's coming to the various streaming services in October 2020, and what the monthly subscription fee is really worth.
Disney + ($ 6.99 per month)
Forget Halloween, Disney + is all about October space. "The Mandalorian" starts its second season at the end of the month, but before that there is a restart of "The Right Stuff" (9th October). NatGeo's miniseries is based on the classic Tom Wolfe book, which became an Oscar-winning 1983 film. It focuses on the early years of the American space program, when hotshot test pilots battle for the Mercury astronauts, pushing the boundaries of human and technological achievement. The miniseries faces a daunting task: the book and film were near perfect, and everything else must be viewed as a disappointment.
Season 2 of "The Mandalorian" however, seems like a sure thing. The spin-off series “Star Wars” and Disney +’s biggest hit to date will return weekly starting October 30th. The new season sounds a bit more serial this time as the bounty hunter of the same name (played by Pedro Pascal) and Baby Yoda (sorry Disney, we don't call it "The Child") flies through the galaxy and tries to hunt the evil Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito ) to evade. Expect some familiar attitudes (it looks like they're going to stop Tatooine) and new faces (Timothy Olyphant, Rosario Dawson, and Termeura Morrison as Boba Fett), as well as the return of some old friends (Carl Weathers and Gina Carano). Season one was a lot of fun, so expect more of it – the season two trailer looks spectacular. In all fairness, "The Mandalorian" is one of the purest, most fleeting shows there is, and yes, it's worth signing up for Disney + just for that.
These two shows should allow Disney to breathe a sigh of relief as the pandemic forced the delay of some of the most anticipated series and films through 2021, including the new Marvel series "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier." Another Marvel Spinoff Series, "WandaVision" seems to be on the way to release later this year.
Who is Disney + for? Families with children and die-hard “Star Wars” and Marvel fans. There is no library for those who do not belong to this group.
Play, pause or stop? Play. There aren't many shows that have to be seen anymore. But “The Mandalorian” is one of them, and it works on enough levels for the whole family to enjoy. And for that matter, "The Right Stuff" could be too.
Netflix ($ 8.99 or $ 12.99 per month)
The best that comes to Netflix
October isn't even a Netflix original. It's the sixth and final season of "Schitt & # 39; s Creek" the Canadian sitcom that just swept the Emmys. After originally broadcasting on Canadian TV and pop TV in the US earlier this year, it will air on Netflix on October 7th, joining the previous five seasons already available on Netflix. If you're late for the game, Schitt & # 39; s Creek is about a wealthy family who suddenly broke and have to reinvent themselves in a small town they once bought as a joke. It's a light-hearted feel-good comedy well worth a visit.
Another one to watch out for is "Rebecca" (October 21), an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's 1938 classic novel, made an Oscar-winning film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940. Lily James plays the new wife of a mysterious and wealthy widower (Armie Hammer) who is struggling to settle on his estate haunted by the memory of his late wife, thanks in part to the scary housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Kristin Scott) Thomas). Much like "The Right Stuff" on Disney +, "Rebecca" does an imposing job of living up to the iconic source material, but the cast is solid and the film's trailer looks lush and unsettling. At least it has the potential to be very good.
Also, Netflix will have some Halloween deals in October, including the ghost story "The Haunting of Bly Manor" (October 9) and the Adam Sandler comedy "Hubie Halloween"(October 7th). Be forewarned: Last year, Sandler warned that if the Oscars cursed it for its rightfully outstanding performance on "Uncut Gems", it would make the worst movie of all time out of revenge. He wasn't even nominated for an Oscar, so … connect the dots.
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There are also a handful of new, bingable shows coming out over the next month, including "Emily in Paris" (October 2), a comedy-drama series about a Midwestern girl hoping to make a big splash in Paris; "Great Army" (October 16), a drama about five teenagers fighting for success in Brooklyn's largest high school; a new batch of "Unexplained Mysteries" (October 19); and new seasons of David Letterman's interview show "My next guest doesn't need an introduction" (October 21) and the awesome Food / Travel Show "Somebody feeds Phil" (30th of October).
And for pure comfort there is also the latest season of "The Great British Baking Show" every Friday with new episodes.
Who is Netflix for? Fans of Buzz-worthy original shows and films.
Play, pause or stop? Play. Netflix is still the king of streaming, and October seems to be another strong month for new releases, with something for everyone.
Amazon Prime Video ($ 12.99 per month)
However, offers appear a bit weak in October. The highlight can be very good "Truth Seeker" (October 30), a supernatural British comedy about ghost hunters. It comes from the creative team of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost ("Shaun of the Dead", "Hot Fuzz") which is very encouraging. The couple have had a great history of balancing horror and comedy (see: "Shaun of the Dead"), and there is potential here for an entertaining series.
Prime Video will also publish a quartet of cool films from the Blumhouse horror factory"Flight recorder" and "The lie" (both October 6th) followed by"Evil Eye" and "Nocturne" (both October 13th). If you are into scary movies, these might be worth a watch. "The Lie" in particular looks fascinating, especially because of its impressive cast – Mireille Enos, Peter Saarsgard and Joey King – along with writer / director Veena Sud. But it also debuted at the Toronto Film Festival two years ago, and that kind of delay should give a break.
See also: The following is coming to Amazon Prime Video in October 2020
Amazon will also launch a competitive series for Twitch video game streamers – "Hunt for the Crown: Dreamers to Streamers" (9th October). NFL soccer games will be played on Thursday evening starting October 8th, and new episodes of the popular (and ultraviolet) superhero satire will be broadcast over the next two Fridays "The young," The second season ends on October 9th.
If you're looking for a good binge, you should also check out the fourth and final season of "Mr. Robot" (October 6), which aired on cable last year. While some fans were put off by the twists and turns of season two, the cyber conspiracy show corrected itself well over the last two seasons, closing on a satisfactory note.
Who is Amazon Prime Video for? Film lovers, fans of TV series who value quality over quantity.
Play, pause or stop? Stop. While Amazon has an impressive catalog, October deals aren't particularly compelling.
Hulu ($ 5.99 per month or $ 11.99 without ads)
Hulu's new releases may be even less convincing than Amazon's. Like its rival, Hulu is launching a quartet of horror films and series just in time for Halloween – "Monsterland" (October 2nd), "Books of Blood"(October 7th),"Helstrom"(October 16) and "Bad hair" (October 23) – none of these look particularly outstanding.
The real draw for Hulu in October will be its extensive library and ability to show network and cable shows the day after they air. That will include "Saturday Night Live" (4th of October), "The Bachelorette" (October 14th), "The voice" (October 20th) and "Superstore" (October 23) as well as new episodes of "Fargo" and "Archer" from FX to Hulu.
See also:Here's what's coming to Hulu in October 2020 and what's up
Don't forget the second season of just released "Pen15" a harrowing but heartfelt comedy about the horrors of youth.
Who is Hulu for? TV lover. There is an extensive library for those who want older TV series and next day streaming for many recent network and cable shows
Play, pause or stop? Break. Hulu remains the best value when it comes to streaming, but with a weak supply of originals in October, you won't miss much if you drop it for about a month.
HBO Max ($ 14.99 per month)
October brings a ton more movies and a handful of interesting originals to HBO Max. In terms of big names, the top newcomer is "The Undo" (October 25), an HBO miniseries starring Nicole Kidman as a New York therapist whose life is spiraling out of control despite the fact that her husband (Hugh Grant) may have done some very bad things. With a deep talent pool (which includes Donald Sutherland and which was written by David E. Kelley and directed by Susanne Bier), there is no excuse that this is anything but very good.
Also among the highlights: Greg Berlanti's docudrama series "Equal"(October 22) on the unsung heroes of the LGBTQ + right-wing movement; the reunion special "West Wing" "A west wing special that will benefit if we all vote" (October 15), during which the cast will perform a live script reading;"David Byrne's American Utopia" (October 17), a Spike Lee film capturing the critically acclaimed Broadway show by the Talking Heads frontman; the new documentary"John Lewis: Good Problems" (Oct. 27) on the late Georgia Congressman and Civil Rights Icon; and the season finale of a couple of HBO series, "Lovecraft Country" and "The vow" (both October 18th)
Dozens of new films are also coming onto the service, including "Boogie Nights", "Friday", "Galaxy Quest", "Malcolm X", "The Matrix" Trilogy and "When Harry Met Sally" (every October 1st).
Who is HBO Max for? HBO fans and movie lovers. While frustrating enough, it's still NOT for Roku or Amazon Fire users as HBO Max owner AT&T Inc.
has not yet signed a contract with the two largest manufacturers of streaming TV sets.
Play, pause or stop? Stop. If you're already getting HBO, be sure to explore Max – you're already paying for it. However, the lack of compatibility with Roku and Amazon makes it difficult to recommend Max for most consumers.
Peacock (Free Basic Level, $ 4.99 per month with ads or $ 9.99 per month without ads)
Comcast Corp.'s new streaming service
NBCUniversal is quickly becoming an attractive option for cable cutters who continue to want their network shows. In October the additions will be made by "Saturday Night Live" entire 45 season library (data TBA), all eight "Harry Potter" Movies and "Mr. Mercedes" (October 15), a dark crime drama directed by David E. Kelley based on the books by Stephen King. Brendan Gleeson plays a retired detective who is haunted by an unsolved serial murder case. The three-season series, which first aired on the obscure audience cable network, received good reviews from critics and could be worth a watch.
Two promising late night talk shows debuted in September – Larry Wilmores "Wilmore" and Amber Ruffins "The Amber Ruffin Show" – and will release new episodes every Friday in October. Both are intelligent, funny and contemporary and offer a welcome bit of variety among the late-night offers.
Peacock will also become the popular sitcom's exclusive streaming home "Parks and Recreation" the run ends in October on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. It will still be available at Peacock's free level, but with ads, along with Peacock's other price: "The office."
Who is Peacock for? If you don't mind advertising, Peacock's free version is great. If you're eligible for Premium through a Comcast or Cox cable subscription, this is a free addition too.
Play, pause or stop? Stop. Definitely check out the free version (which is now available through Roku devices), but the paid tier isn't required for most people.
Apple TV + ($ 4.99 per month)
It becomes a repeating review – Apple TV + has some decent things to watch, just not enough of them. But over time the catalog actually gets better and a little deeper.
There are only two big splashes in October: the nature documentation"Little world" (October 2nd), as a narrator, Paul Rudd explores small but amazing creatures and the film "On the rocks" (October 2), a comedy directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones. It's well-reviewed as Jones plays a writer's block and a crumbling marriage writer who reconnects with her father (Murray) while playing detective to find out if her husband (Damon Wayans Jr.) is having an affair. Like many things with Apple TV +, it sounds perfectly fine, but on its own it isn't convincing enough to make a subscription. It shouldn't be long, however, before Apple has enough of these in its catalog to make it worth signing up for (including: the surprisingly adorable "Ted Lasso.")
Who is Apple TV + for? That's the big question – it has something for everyone, but actually not enough for everyone.
Play, pause or stop? Stop. With the thinnest library on any other streaming service and only one or two originals per month, it's still not worth the admittedly low price.
CBS All Access ($ 5.99 per month or $ 9.99 without ads)
"Star Trek: Discovery" was one of the first major shows on CBS All Access, and is returning for a third season on October 15. While the first two seasons were set about a decade before the original "Star Trek," Season 3 will see the crew of the USS Discovery travel 900 years into the future as they try to reverse a galactic catastrophe.
In the meantime, the first season of "Discovery" will be broadcast on CBS in the fall, as the broadcast network wants to attract new fans to the streaming service.
All Access (soon to be Paramount + – long story, we'll talk about that another time) also has NFL soccer on Sundays, as well as a growing catalog of shows from ViacomCBS
Who is CBS All Access for? Cable cutters who miss network TV and sports.
Play, pause or stop? Stop. There is still not enough to justify the price.
Quibi ($ 4.99 per month with ads, $ 7.99 per month without ads)
Forget to ask yourself if quibi is worth paying for (it still isn't). The question now is whether it will even exist in a few months. The troubled short-form streaming service is reportedly looking for a buyer just six months after launch after failing to meet its subscriber and advertising goals. Some experts say that the service's underlying technology – specifically its ability to flip screen proportions vertically or horizontally – is worth more than its content (which Quibi doesn't even own, just licenses), leading to the very real possibility that we can Don't Quibi – um, sorry, Emmy winner Quibi – has to mess around a lot longer.
But while it's still here, Quibi has a couple of dramatic deals for October: "Last Looks" (October 12) on True Crimes That Shook the Fashion World; "Murder Without a Box" (October 19), another true crime series that explores real-life case evidence; and "The expectation" (October 5th), a horror series about a mysterious pregnancy.
Who is Quibi for? A larger company that most likely wants its underlying technology.
Play, pause or stop? Stop. Save your money. Just not nearly enough quality for the price, and who knows how long Quibi will be around.