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YouTube TV subscribers could see a lower monthly bill, albeit perhaps only temporarily. That's the good news (sans the temporary part). Unfortunately, the cheaper bill would come at a different type of cost—the loss of NBC programming. Google's agreement with NBC Universal is about to expire, and two sides have not been able to reach an agreement on an extension. This happens on occasion between service providers and networks, and it is always the customer that gets caught in the cross fire. Usually, these negotiations stay out of the public eye. But when two sides fail to reach agreeable terms with each other, they take the feud public (well, semi-public) and each one tries to persuade... Read more...
With cord-cutters walking away from cable and satellite packages combined with high rates forcing people out, it comes as no surprise that AT&T is looking to get rid of DirecTV. Only a year after we reported on a possible DirecTV selloff, it seems AT&T is feeling the squeeze again this year. Now, according to a new report, AT&T is looking for private investors to take up a majority of the satellite-TV service DirecTV, according to sources familiar with the situation. Over the years, AT&T has picked up some large name companies, and now, they are likely to be looking to trim the fat and save money. If DirecTV were to go, “Such a move could let AT&T remove DirecTV... Read more...
Plex is a popular media streaming platform that already had a number of different streaming options under its belt for users. Plex today announced that consumers can watch free live TV with the addition of more than 80 channels of completely customizable live programming. Most of the live TV programming is available globally, and additional programming will be added soon. Plex boasts that with the addition of live TV streaming, it offers more content in a single platform than any other service on the market. Among the programming offerings are free ad-supported movies and shows, podcasts, streaming music, personal media, and pre-programmed Live TV. The new live programming options are available... Read more...
For a long time, cable and satellite TV providers had customers in a vice grip. If someone wanted to watch premium channels, it was cable/satellite TV or bust. Like so many other things, the internet changed the game, and these days an increasing number of people are cutting the cord, as they say. With more streaming options available (and on the horizon), companies like AT&T and Charter Spectrum could feel the squeeze. Netflix and Hulu are the first two that come to mind, though they're far from the only options. CBS All Access is another streaming option, as are Sling TV and YouTube. The field is expanding, too—Disney recently launched it Disney+ service, and Apple rolled out its... Read more...
Are you in the market for a new streaming player? Roku just released new versions of the Roku Express and the Roku Ultra. The two streaming players are meant to provide a “device for every type of streamer”. Roku last refreshed its line of players this past autumn and the updated devices come with a number of new features. The new and improved Roku Express is reportedly 10% smaller than the original Express. The device is meant to blend in with the user’s environment and it can be powered by one’s television if an outlet is unavailable. The Roku Express features HD streaming. It also includes a power adapter, high-speed HDMI cable, and a simple remote. Roku... Read more...
After decades of ruling the roost, pay TV services have been hemorrhaging customers in recent years, thanks to the increasing availability of broadband connectivity and the advent of streaming services. Millions of pay TV subscribers have now cut the cord. Cable and satellite TV providers should be worried, though there is also evidence to suggest that the worst losses are behind them. For anyone who is unfamiliar with the terminology, cord cutting simply refers to ditching traditional pay TV services via cable or satellite, and adopting a streaming solution. Services like Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, Sling, and YouTube TV all offer streaming options that in some cases can be more affordable... Read more...
It feels great to stick it to the cable (or satellite) company and cut the cord once and for all, rather than continue to pay for bloated TV packages with a handful of channels you actually watch, and a whole bunch more that you don't. That's all well and good, but what if you want to watch Super Bowl LIII? Good news, cord cutters, you won't need a traditional cable package to watch the 2019 Super Bowl. Of course, that's still the easiest route. If you subscribe to a cable or satellite TV service, then you probably have access to local channels through your package. This year's Super Bowl will air on CBS on Sunday, February 3, at 6:30 pm ET. The game will take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in... Read more...