Renfield hits Peacock, Max gets a ‘C’ for conversion, and Cineverse brings Krofft to streaming TV
Renfield hits Peacock on Friday
“Some call me the Dark One. Others, the Lord of Death. To most . . . I . . . am . . . Dracula.” If you’ve been waiting to stream the Nicolas Cage horror-comedy Renfield, the movie hits Peacock on Friday, June 9.
We’ve heard mixed reviews on Renfield, but we plan to watch the movie first thing Friday morning anyway. We must see Nic Cage put his weird, magical stank on Bram Stoker’s iconic vampire, especially since we loved Cage as a fake vampire in the cult 1988 horror-comedy Vampire’s Kiss—now streaming free on Tubi and Pluto TV.
Dracula (Nicolas Cage) crashes R.M. Renfield’s group therapy session in Renfield. (Screenshot from YouTube)
Max gets a C for conversion
According to The Wrap, only 70% of HBO Max and Discovery+ subscribers have converted to Max™—the new streaming service combining the two—since Max launched on May 23. Whether or not this is good news depends on who you ask and how you look at it.
Warner Bros. Discovery’s global streaming president, JB Perette, told The Wrap that 70% conversion exceeds the corporation’s expectations. In school, 70% is barely a C grade. In Congress, it’s a supermajority. But in business—Max business, in particular—that’s 30% of your customer base considering other options.
We’re not worried about Max, though. Neither is Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, who thinks Max will be profitable by year-end. Is this another way of saying there’s still enough time to bring that grade up to a B?
Witchiepoo (Billie Hayes) pops a wheelie in the sky in Sid & Marty Krofft’s H.R. Pufnstuf. (Screenshot from YouTube). (Screenshot from YouTube)
Cineverse plans a Sid & Marty Krofft FAST channel
Rejoice, Boomers and Gen X-ers eager to stream a very particular brand of Saturday morning nostalgia: Cineverse Corp. (formerly Cinedigm) plans to launch a Sid & Marty Krofft FAST channel.
Sid & Marty Krofft produced some of the most fun and far-out kids’ shows in the 1970s and 1980s. We’re talking about shows like H.R. Pufnstuf, The Bugaloos, Lidsville, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Land of the Lost, Far Out Space Nuts, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, and even the Bay City Rollers Show, featuring the Scottish bubblegum band. And that’s only a partial list of what’ll stream on the channel, which could be live by the holiday season.