Cord cutting is moving faster than ever, and there are many stories that are likely being lost in the mix.
#1 New Streaming Players
Right now I have confirmed that new Apple TV, Fire TV, and Google Android TV players are in the works. I don’t have a date for them, but they are expected to be announced in the late third or early fourth quarters of 2017.
#2 DIRECTV NOW DVR & New App
DIRECTV NOW has confirmed a long list of features will be added this fall. So far I have confirmed that 4K streaming, a DVR, and a new app are all in the works.
Now I have known a DVR was planned, but AT&T said beta testing of these features will start in the summer, and the general public won’t get it until the fall of 2017.
#3 Hulu Offline Viewing
Back in January the CEO of Hulu announced that it is working on offline viewing. According to the reports, you will be able to download shows and movies on your Hulu app to watch offline.
Recently Netflix added offline viewing, something Amazon has had for some time.
Disney late last year confirmed that a standalone ESPN streaming service would be coming out in 2017. Now the catch is it says it won’t include live feeds of ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU. For now, if you want them, you need a service such as Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, or PlayStation Vue.
#5 Comcast and Verizon
We have already seen several cable TV providers jump into the live TV streaming services recently. Now it seems Comcast and Verizon are both hard at work on their own live TV streaming services to take on their competitors Sling TV and DIRECTV NOW.
Details are still thin on how these services will work. Will they be limited in regions like Spectrum’s new service or will they be national such as Sling TV? Only time will tell.
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