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Exclusive: Peacock confirms a test that rewards paid subscribers with $15 movie tickets or $7 rentals

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In March, Peacock began testing a new and exclusive movie benefits program that would reward Premium and Premium Plus subscribers with either a free movie ticket via Fandango or an on-demand movie rental through Vudu every month. The NBCU-owned streaming service is rolling it out to additional subscribers as part of a “Summer Test.”

“We are always exploring new ways to deliver even more value to Peacock subscribers, so we are currently testing a program that provides some subscribers with movie benefits from Fandango and Vudu,” The NBCUniversal spokesperson told TechCrunch.

Select customers on the service’s free tier reported receiving emails highlighting the program, which is valued at up to $15 per month. If the subscriber upgrades their account to any paid tier by June 13, they will receive a benefit code for either $15 towards a ticket via Fandango or a $7 rental through Vudu every month. (Comcast, the parent company to Peacock, also owns Fandango and Vudu).

The promotion is only available to eligible Peacock members that receive the invitation email, we understand.

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It will be interesting to see if the added benefits will incentivize streaming subscriptions, as Peacock likely hopes. Our guess is that it’s unlikely that the majority of subscribers that have the basic free plan would be willing to pay for Peacock’s Premium tiers just by getting one free movie. However, an NBCUniversal spokesperson told TechCrunch that the feedback has been “very positive thus far.”

There is also a possibility that this test is to see if a new bundle with Fandango and Vudu can work at a higher price.

The spokesperson added that the test is expected to “last several months.”  The exact duration of the program is unknown, but as long as the customer remains subscribed to a paid tier, they will have access to these benefits until the program is over.

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Components of the offer are subject to change, according to the spokesperson, however, they did not elaborate on how specifically the offer could evolve. The service’s terms also confirm the offer can be changed at any time.

Some other details that subscribers may not like is that once the customer has applied the promo code, any unused balance will automatically expire. Also highlighted in the Terms of Use was that the cost of the Fandango movie ticket will have a convenience fee added, so if the total is more than $15, then the customer must pay the difference. In addition, the user will not only be required to have a Vudu account but additional taxes on a Vudu rental may be owed as well.

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Exclusive: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's Opening Titles Still Somehow Rule as an N64 Game – TalkOfNews.com

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Star Trek has had an up-and-down history with video games, sometimes managing to succeed in gaming genres it arguably shouldn’t, while never managing to quite succeed in the ones it should. There’s been plenty of great ones, but now a very cool little animation imagines one of its finest entries getting a ‘90s tie-in that never was.

Twitter user SpinaSanctuary’s hypothetical title screen for a mid-’90s Deep Space Nine game on the Nintendo 64 imagines a sideways glance where the platform that gave us Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire instead took a visit to the Gamma Quadrant for some licensed gaming goodness, essentially riffing on the opening moments of Deep Space Nine’s own title sequence, but in a gloriously polygonal retro style.

What could’ve Star Trek 64: Deep Space Nine even been? An adventure game aboard the station? A starship strategy game set during the Dominion War? A retail management sim dedicated to the Promenade á la Roller Coaster Tycoon or Theme Park World? A first person shooter like Voyager got with the Elite Force games, that shouldn’t make sense, but totally does? Whatever it would’ve been, this cute little “demake” has me wishing we could’ve found out.


Want more io9 news? Check out when to expect the latest Marvel and Star Wars releases, what’s next for the DC Universe on film and TV, and everything you need to know about House of the Dragon and Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

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Amazon Prime subscribers in the US are getting a new benefit as part of their subscription, the company has announced. From today, they’ll be able to redeem a free year of Grubhub Plus, the monthly subscription service that offers free food delivery on orders over $12 from participating restaurants. Grubhub Plus normally costs $9.99 a month.

According to Amazon, free deliveries associated with Grubhub Plus are available from hundreds of thousands of restaurants across over 4,000 cities in the US. After the year is up, Grubhub will automatically start charging $9.99 a month for continued access. Existing Grubhub Plus subscribers can still make use of the promotion, which will be applied from the start of their next billing cycle. Canceling Prime automatically cancels Grubhub Plus.

The deal comes just a few short years after Amazon shut down Amazon Restaurants, its own attempt to compete in the takeout delivery market. The service was live between 2015 and 2019 but faced stiff competition from the likes of Uber Eats and DoorDash.

Since then, the e-commerce giant has mainly focused on grocery deliveries, but has kept a toe in the takeout delivery market through partnerships with other firms. It announced an investment in Europe-focused Deliveroo in 2019, and started offering access to its Deliveroo Plus subscription service as an additional perk for Prime members in the UK last year.

“Amazon has redefined convenience with Prime and we’re confident this offering will expose many new diners to the value of Grubhub Plus while driving more business to our restaurant partners and drivers,” Grubhub CEO Adam DeWitt said in a statement. The company, which is owned by Just Eat Takeaway.com, says it expects Grubhub Plus subscriptions to rise as a result of the deal.

GrubHub Plus isn’t the only additional benefit Amazon is announcing for Prime members today. The e-commerce giant is also making a short teaser trailer for its upcoming Lord of the Rings TV show, Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power available exclusively to Prime subscribers for 48 hours. Members can watch the teaser over on the show’s Amazon page. The trailer ends by promising yet another teaser is coming on July 14th ahead of the release of the series on September 2nd.

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