View Finder: Get set for an all-access trip to The Twilight Zone

Brodie Fogg 3 November 2017

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CBS will cross over to another dimension.

CBS has already beamed up the exclusive rights to one iconic series (Star Trek: Discovery) and now to strengthen its arsenal as it steps through the door and into the streaming zone, CBS has confirmed it will be bringing the classic anthology series The Twilight Zone back to the small screen.

The Twilight Zone revival will stream exclusively on CBS All Access in the US and supposedly on the same service in Australia if CBS All Access has arrived Down Under by the time Twilight Zone releases. If not, the streaming rights will be up for grabs.

It's an interesting time for a The Twilight Zone revival, with the incredibly popular Black Mirror coming up to its fourth season and Electric Dreams currently airing on Stan – both using the anthology format the iconic Twilight Zone made popular back in the 60s. Usually, I'd ask if we really needed a revival of The Twilight Zone, but considering the creator of this year's best horror/thriller Jordan Peele is attached, I'm totally on board.

Stranger Binge

The anticipation for Stranger Things 2 has been growing over the last year like a creature from The Upside Down. After multiple teaser trailers and one free retro-inspired mobile game, Stranger Things 2 is here and it seems like the hype was no joke.

What we thought

Recent Nielsen stats have revealed that 361,000 people watched Stranger Things 2 on the very day it was released and that approximately 4 million viewers have streamed every episode of the fantasy/sci-fi/pop culture love letter. That's a solid effort. Running between 45 minutes and an hour, bingeing all 9 episodes takes a big portion of the day.

So if your neighbourhood seemed unusually quiet on 27 October, you now know why. It was because of Things of the Strangest kind.

Tubin' it for the kids

Content streamers have been notoriously behind the times when it comes to their age restrictions and parental controls. Netflix, Stan and Foxtel Now all include options for multiple profiles and content restrictions but so far the options for restricting content have been basic, to say the least.

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In a push to protect youngsters from the general and rampant horrors of YouTube and make browsing easier for children at different literacy stages. The new app will offer separate profiles for each child in the household, allow access from any logged-in device, and require a different passcode for each profile. It will also transform the YouTube landing page based on the child's age to better suit their reading abilities. Kids at a younger age will get shorter, simplified video titles and descriptions.

Trailer Park

These are the most notable trailers this week from the world of streaming.

Bright

The future's looking bright for Will Smith's upcoming modern fantasy.

No Activity (US)

Will Ferrel, Sunita Mani and more big names debut in the latest trailer for the US adaptation of No Activity.


Looking something to stream this weekend? Check out what's new on Netflix, Stan and Amazon Prime this month.

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