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ViacomCBS announces major streaming reorganization just days after Disney did the same

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ViacomCBS is in the process of pivoting hard to streaming, and a new executive shakeup ahead of the company’s big relaunch of CBS All Access as Paramount Plus shows just how committed the company’s executive leadership is to that transition.

The biggest change comes in the form of Tom Ryan — head of Pluto TV, ViacomCBS’s successful free ad-supported streaming service — being promoted to CEO of ViacomCBS Streaming. Ryan’s promotion comes alongside the announcement that Marc DeBevoise — who headed up streaming and digital products for ViacomCBS since 2016 and oversaw the launch of CBS All Access and free streaming initiatives like CBSN, CBS Sports HQ, and ET Live — is stepping down. DeBevoise will act as an adviser to Ryan for the remainder of the year.

Alongside Ryan, the company announced that Kelly Day will become president of streaming for ViacomCBS Networks International and will oversee all digital and streaming platforms outside of the United States. ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish specifically noted their appointments being announced just ahead of CBS All Access’ big rebrand into Paramount Plus, adding that creating a “unified global organization” will hopefully help it compete in the streaming space.

This marks the second executive shuffle at the company in less than a year. When Viacom and CBS merged last year, DeBevoise was given additional duties, overseeing digital and streaming products for both companies. Now, as ViacomCBS is beginning to find its footing as a combined company and as streaming becomes even more of a priority, the company is going through another round of shakeups to try to remain competitive.

(Disclosure: The Verge is currently producing a series with Netflix. Also, Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal, is an investor in Vox Media, The Verge’s parent company.)

News of ViacomCBS’s corporate changes also arrives just one week after Disney publicly announced its own major reorganization based around its streaming services. Like ViacomCBS, Disney wanted a more unified organization that will put extra emphasis on developing content for its streaming services, specifically Disney Plus. Other competitors in the space, including Netflix, WarnerMedia, and NBCUniversal, are currently undergoing or have undergone their own executive shakeups.

While each company has made its commitment to streaming widely known, the public reorganizations come at a time when the shift to digital is accelerating and more viewers are spending time streaming than ever before. As companies head into 2021 with relatively new streaming services now under their belts, figuring out the best way to ensure those platforms can compete — not just exist — with giants like Amazon and Netflix is the next goal.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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This 55″ 4K TCL Smart TV Hangs on Your Wall for $200

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TCL 55″ S434 4K Smart TV | $200 | Best Buy

Best Buy has an insane deal going for a brand new 55″ 4K TCL smart TV. It’s the S434, which is pretty baseline for TCL’s lineup, but at just $200, there’s little to complain about. TCL’s panels are plenty sharp and accurate, and with this set, you’ll get HDR10 compliance for enhanced color and brightness in supported games and video content. This model has Android TV onboard for all your app needs, and with an included voice remote, all your favorite content is just a shout away with the help of Google Assistant.

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