Quick Breaks: Machinima Releases DC Epic; Apple Launches Music Service (with Videos, Too!)

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The PBS Online Film Festival is coming back for its fourth year this June 15 through July 17. The festival will feature 25 short, independent films from the likes of the Center for Asian American Media, Latino Public Broadcasting, StoryCorps, and local PBS member stations like Alaska Public Media and Vermont PBS. Viewers can vote for films to win the People’s Choice Award, while Roku customers will now have early access to the festival on the PBS Roku channel. The PBS Online Film Festival will become available on PBS’s digital platforms, including PBS.org and its YouTube channel.

Machinima’s animated series, “Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles,” debuted today, June 8. The series comes from DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.’ digital studio, Blue Ribbon Content. As announced at the MCN’s Newfront, a second season of the series will premiere on Machinima’s digital platforms in 2016, which will include 10 episodes. You can check out the series premiere here.

Netflix will debut the Spanish language series, “Club de Cuervos,” across all of the streaming service’s territories on August 7, 2015. The series comes from Mexican filmmaker Gaz Alazraki and follows a wealthy family fight over who gets control over the professional soccer team, The Cuervos of Nuevo Toledo, after the family’s patriarch dies. Its cast members include Luis Gerardo Mendez, Mariana Trevino, Stephanie Cayo, Daniel Gimenez Cacho, Ianis Guerrero, and Antonio de la Vega. All 13 episodes of the series will become available only on Netflix on the same date. Netflix is also adding other Spanish titles to its service, including “El Chapulin Colorado,” “Teresa,” “Rebelde,” and “Maria La Del Barrio,” to name a few.

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Apple has finally launched a subscription music streaming service. It’s called Apple Music, and is available for $9.99 per month. (A family option offers up to six accounts for $14.99 per month.) The service features on-demand songs, albums, and playlists, a radio service called Beats One, and Connect, which will give artists a way to interact with fans. It will also offer a library of more than 10,000 official music videos in HD.

The Dish Network’s OTT, pay-TV service, Sling TV, now has about 250,000 subscribers, as first reported by Recode. Sling TV, which offers 22 cable TV channels, including ESPN and Adult Swim, goes for $20 a month — do the math, and that means the service is now making over $5 million on a monthly basis. Still, the Dish Network’s OTT service has a long way to go before it catches up to, say, Netflix’s approximately 41 million members in the US.