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Awesome movies are hitting HBO Now and iTunes in AugustHBO Now is available on more platforms than ever and it's bringing Oscar winners "Birdman" and "The Theory of Everything". Meanwhile, Apple's bringing home the (Kevin) Bacon in "Cop Car" and other first-run movies.
Cop Car, The Hobbit, Birdman, and more coming up. Welcome to Netpicks, this is your resource to finding out what's coming and going online in the world of video. I'm Iyaz Akhtar. First up, let's talk about what's hitting HBO now. By the way, everything on this list also applies to HBO Go. So if you have either service, you'll know what's hitting HBO Online in August. Starting August 1st, watch the Oscar-winning Birdman, staring Michael Keaton. Naomi Watts, Emma Stone and Edward Norton. The movie revolves around an actor trying to revitalize his career after being type-cast because he played the superhero in a movie. If you haven't seen this film, you really should. All around amazing performances by everyone and the movie is shot in a way unlike any movie that has popped up in recent memory. If you're a fan of really good cancelled television shows, check out Serenity and the Veronica Mars movie. They're both available starting on the first. Starting August 8th catch The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The movie runs 1114 minutes because it's a Peter Jackson movie. Nah I'm just kidding. It's only 144 minutes. 144. Meanwhile check out the Theory on Everything on the 15th August. It's based on the life story of theoretical physicist and possibly the smartest living person on Earth Stephen Hawking. Let's talk about iTunes. Now Apple is getting plenty of first run movies in August, but we've gotta highlight Cop Car starring Kevin Bacon. It arrives at theaters and iTunes on August 14th. The plot seems basic enough. Bacon plays a sheriff trying to track down two kids who took a cop car out for a joy ride. It looks pretty intense. And points to Bacon for that mustache. Look at the Bacon-stache. Look at it! Let's get to your feedback. In a previous episode we mentioned that Wall Street Journal report that said Hulu was looking into an ad-free tier of the service that could cost between $12 and $14. Here's what you had to say about it. Racinglova says I like Hulu and all, but the fact that we pay for the service and there's still ads annoys me. I wouldn't pay more than $8 per month for Hulu. I even conducted a poll at Google Plus and asked would you be willing to pay $12 to $14 for an ad-free Hulu? Here are the results. 240 votes and 69% of you said nope. Thanks to everyone for your feedback. As for my opinion, I could see paying more money for ad-free content if it were downloadable for offline consumption. I guess we'll wait and see. For a complete list of what's coming and going on HBO Now and what free TV shows and first-run movies you can get at iTunes. Head on over to cnet.com/netpicks. Thanks for watching, and I'll see you next time. [BLANK_AUDIO]