Fast 9 is the first major Hollywood blockbuster to hit cinemas this year. The high octane adventure brings back all the main crew with two main exceptions but also manages to return two iconic characters who were previously believed to be dead. But how can fans watch all the action? With many films being released simultaneously on the big screen and to download, is it possible to watch the latest Fast & Furious movie at home? NOTE: There is a spoiler warning before any discussion of the returning characters at the end of the article.
Fast 9 was released in UK cinemas on June 24 and in the US on June 25.
So far, it has received solid reviews, with a cumulative 61% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
The main studios that have announced they will be relating some films online and in cinemas are Disney (which also includes Marvel) and Warner Bros.
Fast & Furious 9 has been released by Universal so here is what to do if you see that the film is available to watch online.
What are the penalties for watching an illegal download?
The Digital Economy Act 2017 means people could now face ten-year prison sentences for illegally streaming copyrighted content.
This currently includes Fast & Furious 9.
When will Fast & Furious 9 be available to stream or download online?
Universal currently does not have its own streaming platform like Disney Plus, or HBO Max for Warner Bros in the US.
To be sure you’re not watching copyrighted material, you should go direct to companies such as Netflix, Sky Cinema, NOW or Amazon Prime, according to FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft).
Fast & Furious 9 is currently available to preorder on Amazon, but there is no release date as yet.
SPOILER WARNING: Do not read beyond this point if you don’t want to know which dead characters are returning
Fast & Furious 9 picks up the storylines of the original core team. This means The Rock’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw are not part of the main action.
However, there is a time-bending rewriting of the past when the previously dead and immensely popular character Han Lue, played by Sung Kang, is brought back to life. There had been a ‘Justice For Han’ campaign among fans for years, unhappy at his demise at the hands of Deckard Shaw.
The new movie explains that his death was faked so he could go into hiding with his adoptive daughter.
Even more mind-bending is the proposition that Paul Walker’s Brian O’Connor is back. The actor died during the filming of Fast 7 which was rejigged to show O’Connor driving off into the sunset at the end.
In the final scenes of Fast 9, the gang gather for a BBQ and Vin Diesel’s Dom says, “Hold on, there’s still an empty chair,” to which Jordana Brewster’s Mia says of her husband, “He’s on the way.”
The scene cuts to the driveway where we see O’Connor’s iconic Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R pull up before the credits roll.
Director Justin Lin has said the door is open for some sort of return in the upcoming final two films: “Fast 9 is really the beginning of the final chapter of the saga. So in doing that I think there’s a lot of room to really place our characters, and Brian obviously is a big part of the universe still.”
GB News has suffered some significant blows in the 12 days since its launch. The network immediately started forfeiting advertisers, with campaigning from organisations such as Stop Funding Hate pressuring companies. But while recent figures show GB News viewership has plummeted, some companies have stuck by the channel.
Which companies are still advertising with GB News?
Despite early efforts from pressure groups, GB News still has a wealth of advertisers.
Roughly 30 companies have stayed on with the fledgling network.
They include several corporate behemoths such as Sainsbury’s, Microsoft and Virgin Media.
State pension age changes were introduced in recent years as previously, the official state retirement age was 60 for women and 65 for men. However, under the Pension Act of 1995, and subsequently the Pension Act of 2011, many women born in the 1950s saw their state pension age rise to match those of men.
“Both the High Court and Court of Appeal have supported the actions of the DWP, under successive governments dating back to 1995, and the Supreme Court recently refused the claimants’ permission to appeal.”
Regardless of the outcome of the review, the Government has plans to change the state pension age again in the coming years.
Currently, the state pension age is 66 for most people but under the Government’s current schedule, it will be rising to 67 between 2026 and 2028.
Beyond this, it will rise to 68 by 2046.
For those unsure of their state pension age, it is possible to check on it through the Government’s website.
The Government’s website has a free-to-use tool, allowing people to check on when they’ll reach state pension age, pension credit qualifying age, and when they’ll qualify for free bus travel.
This tool simply requires the user to input their date of birth.
Once this has been entered, the user will be presented with an exact date from when they’ll be able to claim their state pension.
To be eligible for state pension, a person will need to have at least 10 years of National Insurance contributions under their belt.
At least 35 years will be needed for the full amount of £179.60 per week.
State pensions can be claimed online, over the phone or through the post.
Full details on state pension rules can be found on the Government’s website and impartial guidance can be sought from the likes of Pension Wise or the Money Advice Service.
Vim Maru, retail director for Lloyds Banking Group, said: “We’ve also seen our digital banking customers grow by over four million in five years, to almost 18 million, of which 13.6 million also choose to be active app users.
“This means that, like many businesses on the high street, we must change for a future where branches will be used in a different way, and visited less often.
“We’ll continue to invest in our high street presence, as this week we’re opening a new concept Bank of Scotland branch in Edinburgh, the only bank to take up residence in the new St James Quarter.
“Importantly, we’ll continue to give our customers a choice in how they bank, with branches sitting alongside telephone banking, online and mobile banking, our video appointment services, our cashback through local shops programme, our participation in the industry BankHUB cash initiative and 11,500 post offices, at which our customers can bank and access cash.”
Sea of Thieves Pirate’s Life update is live (Image: MICROSOFT)
Sea of Thieves has been given a huge new update, titled A Pirate’s Life.
The Pirates of the Caribbean-themed update ushers in the start of Season 3, which means new rewards and items to unlock.
“A new Season brings with it a new set of rewards, unlocked by earning Renown out on the seas.
“Live your pirate life and reach new Renown levels, granting you cosmetics, gold, Doubloons and Ancient Coins!
“Season Three also delivers a refreshed selection of Trials and Deeds to tackle, with a distinct focus on Tall Tales both old and new – completing these will speed up your progress towards ever more enviable Seasonal rewards.”
As you can see from the patch notes below, the update also adds new Pirates of the Caribbean content, including a brand new story.
The action is said to unfold over five Tall Tales, which are full of puzzles, pitched battles, surprises and rewards.
Players are encouraged to visit the Castaway’s Camp at the nearest Outpost to start the Pirates of the Caribbean content.
You can see the full list of Sea of Thieves update 2.2 patch notes below…
Sea of Thieves update patch notes…
A New Cinematic Adventure
Captain Jack Sparrow and his crew have crossed the horizon into the world of Sea of Thieves, and with Davy Jones following in their wake, they’ve set in motion a perilous chain of events that threaten the known world. Join Jack and other characters from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean as you battle to save the Sea of Thieves.
Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life unfolds across five new cinematic Tall Tales – Sea of Thieves’ carefully crafted narrative-driven adventures. Whether you’re playing solo or alongside crewmates, you’ll find these thrilling Tales filled with puzzles, pitched battles, surprises and rewards.
To embark upon the Tall Tales that comprise Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life, head to the Castaway’s Camp at the nearest Outpost to speak to this mysterious new arrival…
Explore New Locations
Venture off the Ferry and deep into the Sea of the Damned for the first time, exploring supernatural waters and uncovering the secrets of a world held in limbo where forsaken pirates linger.
Journey through a world where pirate dreams and nightmares take on physical form as you navigate Captain Jack Sparrow’s past, visiting iconic locations from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean.
Dive into the underwater world of the Sunken Kingdom, discover locations built by sinister new foes and enter the towering Coral Fortress, where Davy Jones awaits.
Using the Tunnels of the Damned to travel between worlds has its restrictions: crews approaching a mystical portal with treasure on board should be aware that the journey through the Tunnels transports their ship, but not their treasure. Hand it in at the nearest Outpost before travelling through the Tunnels to avoid leaving treasure floating in the sea in your wake!
Take a journey to defend your world against threats from beyond the horizon! Featuring characters and locations from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean crossing over into the Sea of Thieves, Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life is available now as part of the free Season Three update. pic.twitter.com/jkIAe9EXcS
Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life Commendations and Rewards
New Commendations have been added to the Tall Tales Reputation tab, charting players’ progress as they uncover secrets following the world-changing events across the sea.
Progressing through each Tale will reward players with a range of new cosmetics. For true explorers, unlocking the secrets hidden within the Tales will award a tune often heard floating across the waves…
Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life Achievements
New Xbox and Steam achievements can be unlocked by progressing through the new in-game Commendations. A total of 300 gamerscore is available to earn from this update, and these achievements will remain in the game indefinitely.
Refreshed Front End Menus
When launching Sea of Thieves in Season Three, players will now find an improved front end experience, helping new and experienced players alike get into the right sessions more quickly.
The Play tab hosts the various game modes including the Maiden Voyage tutorial, Adventure and Arena, all with intuitive instructions to aid setup for newer players. An option for Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life has also been added, allowing players to jump straight into the latest action with their friends, placing them in a Closed Crew directly at the Castaway’s Camp ready to begin a Tall Tale.
The Discover tab has an expanded What’s New section to keep you informed of changes taking place across the seas. The Pirate Emporium continues to be available, allowing players to browse and purchase before entering the game.
Sea of Thieves new season pass (Image: RARE)
New Player Accessibility Settings
New Sea of Thieves players will now be offered a range of accessibility settings when first loading the game to help tailor the experience to their needs, along with shortcut access to the wider suite of accessibility settings included in the game.
New players are now also offered a simple way to ensure Sea of Thieves is suitable for all the family. Enabling Family Mode will disable voice and text communication with other crews you may meet in the open world. These settings can always be re-enabled later from the Settings Menu.
UI Menu Visibility
• To improve readability of UI menus that overlap, the rear image will no longer use a blur effect and will now show as opaque with the front menu using a darker background.
• Within the Accessibility Settings, players can select how long pop-up notifications should appear on-screen using ‘Toast Message Duration’.
Changing Game Language
• Within the Accessibility Settings on PC, players can now choose a preferred game language independent of the operating system language.
UI Menu Narration
• When enabling ‘Let Games Read to Me’ in platform settings, navigating through cosmetic chests and shop UI menus will now be narrated for improved accessibility.
• Within the Quests menu, navigating through the Voyage and Tall Tale inventories will now be narrated.
• Within the Pirate Log, both Season and Reputation sections will now be narrated.
• When interacting with Trading Company representatives, menu navigation will now be narrated.
• Interacting with barrels around the world and navigating through their contents will now be narrated.
• Crews migrating to new servers should no longer become unable to use ship interactions on arrival.
• Crews migrating servers near a shipwreck will no longer bring undiscovered treasure with them to the new server.
• ‘Wild Rose’ – On reaching the final chapter of this Tall Tale and returning to the Order of Souls, the Outpost will now load correctly.
• Swapping emotes while emoting should now correctly change the camera positioning.
• The ‘Speak to Larinna outside any tavern’ Deed should now complete after speaking with Larinna.
• After redeeming a crate, players should no longer see a ‘Redeem’ prompt appear at the Merchant Alliance vendor.
• On Steam, players are no longer able to modify game files in order to exceed the maximum player field of view.
• The Merchant Alliance Lost Shipments map should no longer be blank for a few seconds after opening it.
• When a player has voted at an Emissary table, if the vote is still in progress when they leave the Outpost their vote is now removed.
• Players should no longer be able to vote to end an Emissary session shortly after their ship has sunk.
• While representing Athena’s Fortune or the Order of Souls as an Emissary, defeating named skeletons at Skeleton Forts and the Fort of Fortune will now earn crews Emissary Grade progression.
• Killing a Megalodon should now award players with reputation when sailing as an Athena’s Fortune Emissary.
• The Bear & Bird Ship Bundle in the Pirate Emporium will now correctly show that they have Collector’s Sails and Figurehead available to purchase separately.
• While on a Skeleton Galleon, walking into geometry outside the Captain’s cabin should no longer cause players to safe teleport.
Visual and Audio
• During an Arena contest, the Sea Dog Chest marker should now update correctly on the ship’s map.
• When sailing, the bow splash visual effects now appear from the correct location.
• During The Legend of Glitterbeard, players should hear the vocal audio when the tree starts to glow.
• Toast notifications positioned above dialogue should now move back down when the dialogue has finished.
• The skeleton runes displayed on the Masked Renegade Hull are now orientated correctly.
• After killing fauna on the islands, they should now fade out.
• Commodity Crates should now use the appropriate textures when viewed facing the sun.
• Browsing the clothing store at an Outpost should no longer show overlapping navigation markers the bottom of the screen.
• When a player is affected by snake venom, it will now display the full-screen visual effect.
Performance and Stability
• Improved server stability, reducing scenarios where crews are removed from a game session.
• Further improvements made to server performance, reducing latency during gameplay.
Speaking on Thursday night, Mr Neil dismissed the Stop Funding Hate group, which published a list of companies whose adverts were seen on GB News in a bid to starve the channel of advertising income.
Mr Neil claimed the group were opponents of a free society and said firms which kowtowed to their demands were acting as the “useful idiots of bigots bent on censorship”.
He added: “It is quite remarkable that serious executives and well-established companies can be so easily cowed.
“They have all taken the knee to Stop Funding Hate. It is important they – and you – realise to whom they are in thrall.
“Stop Funding Hate does not stand for a liberal, inclusive society. It is dominated by far-Left agitators and cranks that push for advertiser boycotts of any media organisation with which it disagrees.”
Double-jabbed holidaymakers could once again head off on summer holidays abroad this summer under fresh plans to open up travel. It is said that officials are drawing up proposals to allow Britons to visit amber list countries without the need for a quarantine period upon arrival back into the country.
Ambassador to Greece, Katie Smith, told a tourism seminar that she expected to see British holidaymakers to return as soon as they can.
Canary Islands, Rhodes, Kos, Zante, Corfu and Crete could also make the green list.
It comes after a decline in coronavirus cases in Greece, with 27.1 percent of the population fully vaccinated.
A government spokesperson said work has begun to “consider the role of vaccinations” for inbound travel following the success of the programme.
They added: “As set out in the Global Travel Taskforce, we are working with industry for a safe return to international travel, guided by one overwhelming priority, public health.
“Decisions on our traffic light system are kept under constant review, and based on a range of health factors.
“Recognising the strong strategic rationale and success of the vaccine programme, we have commenced work to consider the role of vaccinations in shaping a different set of health and testing measures for inbound travel.”
It comes after a huge pressure has been put on the Government to restart international travel after uncertainty surrounding holidays has been ongoing for more than a year.
Those travelling to any country must take a COVID-19 test before going on holiday, which could cost anything from £45 and £200.
Current amber list countries:
Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Antigua and Barbuda
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Central African Republic
Cook Islands, Tokelau and Niue
Czech Republic (Czechia)
Greece (including islands)
The Occupied Palestinian Territories
Papua New Guinea
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
Portugal (including the Azores and Madeira)
Sao Tome and Principe
Spain (including the Balearics and Canary Islands)
The men’s and women’s finals at the 2021 Wimbledon Championships will have a full capacity crowd, the government has confirmed. Boris Johnson addressed the country on Monday evening to confirm that ‘Freedom Day’ on June 21 would now be delayed until July 19 over concerns of rising cases in the Delta variant of coronavirus.
But the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have now confirmed that restrictions will be eased for Wimbledon this year.
The tournament, which was postponed last year, is scheduled to start on June 28 with the world’s best players in action.
The All England Club had originally announced plans to operate at 25 per cent capacity for the two-week Grand Slam.
But that will now be increased to 50 per cent, meaning 21,000 spectators will be able to attend every day.
It means 45,000 fans may be allowed to watch the Euro 2020 final and potentially England in the last-16.
Gareth Southgate’s side must win their group to play at Wembley in the first knockout stage match.
And if they top Group D, then England could face Portugal, France or Germany for a place in the quarter-finals.
It will be the largest sporting crowd in the UK in more than 15 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
There are also discussions ongoing about increasing capacity at the British Grand Prix as well as The Open golf championships.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced the government had identified close to 20 pilot events for sport and entertainment.
“The expansion of trials of the NHS app and lateral flow testing will mean that bigger crowds will be able to attend a limited number of major sporting and cultural events early this summer as part of our events research programme.
“In the next few weeks, this means more fans enjoying the Euros and Wimbledon, and some of our biggest cultural and sports events.”