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New budget subscription plan to rival major streaming network

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Paramount Plus is set to introduce a new budget plan that will be half the price of its more premium plan.

It’s ad-supported plan will cost just $5 dollars per month in the U.S and be called the ‘essential plan’, available on June 7th.

Forking out $10 for the commercial-free plan includes both local and national news coverage with CBSN and CBS live, whereas the new essential plan only includes national news.

This new tier will replace an older $6 option that was carried over when the service rebranded from CBS All Access.

Both plans include access, to tens of thousands of TV episodes and movies, but premium tier subscribers will only see ads on live TV programming and a handful of series.

Streaming wars: Latest streaming service to go down under

The latest major network to take on Netflix will soon expand to Australasia.

ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand announced its digital streaming network Paramount+ will launch in Australia this year.

When Paramount+ comes to Australia in august this year, it will be replacing Network 10’s existing subscription offering with ViacomCBS confirming that 10 All Access will rebrand in August upon Paramount+ launch.

It’s a bid to take on global giants Netflix and Stan, that dominate the Australian market.

Its global video subscription service will  feature locally produced content as well as major shows and movies from Paramount pictures.

Two years ago the ViacomCBS merger joined the power of Paramount Pictures and the TV talents of CBS, creating a single media powerhouse.

Paramount Plus is already available in the US, Canada, Latin America and Nordic countries.

Beverley McGarvey, Chief Content Officer & Executive Vice President, ViacomCBS Australia & New Zealand, said the company is “poised to become as powerful a player in streaming as we are in television.”

“By leveraging the iconic Paramount brand, leading edge infrastructure, along with an incredible super-sized pipeline of must-see content, Paramount+ will deliver an exceptional consumer entertainment experience,” she said.

The service will be priced at $8.99 per month and subscribers will have access to more than 20,000 episodes and blockbuster movies throughout the year. This is cheaper than basic subscriptions in Australia for Netflix ($10.99), Stan ($10), Disney+ ($11.99) and Foxtel Now ($25).

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Nintendo concludes E3 expo

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The E3 entertainment expo showcased a host of brand new video games and content exciting fans this week.

Whilst Microsoft stole the show earlier in the week with new footage from their flagship franchise Halo: Infinite trending through social media.

Nintendo capped off the celebrations with a Nintendo Direct presentation sharing a glimpse into what the highly secretive company has been working on. Including a look at the anticipated sequel in the Zelda franchise which will be released next year, according to Nintendo.

The next game is currently known casually as Breath of the Wild 2, and is set to expand on the open world gameplay established in the original.

A focus on heading skyward players can now explore the world above the mythical land of Hyrule via fractured islands – Final details for the game have yet to be confirmed but fans are speculating wildly as to how the epic story will unfold.

A brief trailer showcased the game’s hero Link using abilities that go far beyond what players experienced in the first game.

Nintendo didn’t mention the rumoured upgrade of the Switch during the E3 video game showcase.

Other new titles included a look at the new Mario Golf, WarioWare: get it together, Mario Party Superstars and an exciting new 2D Metroid – Metroid: Dread game which was a pleasant surprise for fans of the series!

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Electronic Entertainment Expo stuns gamers!

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Gaming fans have been keeping a keen eye on the Electronic Entertainment Expo this week.

Big game publishers have not disappointed… With a host of new games on the way there is barely enough space to mention them all here!

Studios like Nintendo, Microsoft, Capcom, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Square Enix and Sega (to name a few) have been sharing their latest games and hardware this week!

Independent developers have also had their chance to shine with small studios sharing heartfelt and clever games that – at times, outshine the big players.

Halo: Infinite will have free to play multiplayer across Xbox and PC

One game in particular has shone bright – Halo: Infinite is promising a return to form with the series now offering free Multiplayer which looks set to boost the communities numbers – 343 industries has promised that fans both old and new will find something to enjoy!

Battlefield 2042 feels like a love letter to fans of the series offering a “return to all-out war”

Battlefield continued to excite fans with a new gameplay reveal and the game even looks well placed to dethrone their competitors – Call Of Duty: Warzone when it releases in October.

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Why Youtube is banning these ads

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You’ll no longer see alcohol, gambling, or politics ads when you visit YouTube.

According to YouTube’s ad support page, ads in the masthead slot can “drive massive reach or awareness,” but now the video platform will no longer be approving ads relating to these areas for its masthead ad slot, which appears at both the top of the website and the app.

As it’s one of the first things users see when they open YouTube… Google says it will help lead to a better overall experience for consumers.

As for politics… it will help avoid backlash, like when then-President Donald Trump purchased the top ad-slot for three days during the 2020 election.

TRUMP’S TOP AD-SLOT DURING 2020 ELECTION.

According to Google, last year the company changed the slot to show targeted ads, rather than ones that had been reserved for an entire day.

Google has tried to balance its policies to determine what it does and doesn’t show in ads.

The tech giant has also audited ads that used hate speech, political misinformation and conspiracy theories.

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