Cord Cutting News Roundup: Sling TV Adds New Channels, Comcast/Verizon Want In, YouTube TV, & More




Wow this past week has been one of the busiest weeks we have ever seen for cord cutters. From new device news to new streaming services, it all happened this week.

As we know many of our readers work during the week, so we wanted to do a quick week in review to break down everything that happened. Not sure how often we will do this, but whenever there is a week this busy we may create a post like this.

Roku Fights Back on Net Neutrality

Roku seems to be gearing up for a fight to support net neutrality. To do this, Roku has hired a pair of lobbyists through an outside government-affairs firm, per an ethics report filed this week.

These lobbyists will focus on net neutrality and this is the first time Roku has ever hired lobbyists in Washington DC. While we do not know their goals, it seems Roku is hoping to have a voice in the battle over net neutrality and its future.

You can learn more HERE.

Amazon Strikes Deal to Stream NFL Games

Today the NFL and Amazon have reached a deal to stream 10 Thursday night games similar to the deals that Twitter had last year.

The one-year agreement is valued at around $50 million, according to people familiar with the matter. That price tag represents a fivefold increase over the NFL’s agreement with Twitter Inc. for the same number of games last season.

You can learn more about this deal HERE.

Cox Cable Launches an Anti-Cord Cutting Propaganda Site

It seems cord cutting is really scaring the executive over at the cable provider Cox.

How scared is it? Well it seems Cox is so scared of the growing cord cutting movement it made an anti-cord cutting page on its site. So what is on this page? In short it is pushing the same old stories.

You can read more HERE.

Sling TV

Sling TV announced that it added several new channels including Showtime. This makes Sling TV the first streaming service to have all the major premium networks.

Sling TV also added its new Heartland Extra add-on to bring more family-friendly content to Sling TV customers. Want to learn more? Find the breakdown of its Heartland package HERE. Learn more about Sling TV’s Showtime deal HERE.

Fire TV & Fire Stick Update

If you own a first generation Fire TV or Fire Stick we have good news for you. Amazon started to roll out an update to bring the new user interface to its older devices. Learn more about that HERE.


Not to be outdone, DIRECTV NOW is offering a way to get DIRECTV NOW for just $10 a month. If you are an AT&T Wireless subscriber with its unlimited plan you can get a $25 a month credit to use on DIRECTV NOW. That means you can get DIRECTV NOW for as little as $10 a month. Want to learn more? Click HERE.

AT&T didn’t stop there, it also announced that all DIRECTV NOW subscribers will get free HBO. This seems to be for life and will start effective today. So enjoy your HBO access, and please remember AT&T reserves the right to change this deal at any time. Want to learn more? Click HERE.

YouTube TV

The long-awaited YouTube TV is finally here. Not only that but it announced that soon it will be adding AMC-owned networks. If you want to sign up, you will need to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, or Chicago. You will get 50-plus channels for the $35-a-month service YouTube announced in February. Want to learn more about YouTube TV? Click HERE.

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