Weekend Wrap-Up: Ad-Supported Disney+ Plan Incoming, and CNN+ Launches This Month





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This week, we learned that Disney is planning to offer lower-cost access to its Disney+ streaming service. Elsewhere, CNN is prepping to launch its own streaming service later this month, and we also explored the world of non-HD Netflix.

Here’s what happened in the world of cord cutting and streaming.

Breaking News

Here are some of the top streaming stories from the past week.

Disney+ Confirms It Will Introduce an Ad-Supported Tier This Year

After an earlier report suggested that Disney was considering a cheaper, ad-supported tier for its Disney+ streaming service, the company followed up to confirm its plans. Disney said it aims to offer the new plan later this year in the US, with international availability slated for 2023.

Find out the latest on Disney+’s cheaper plan option here.

CNN+ Will Launch Later This Month with an Early Price of $2.99/Month

This week, we learned that CNN plans to launch its own streaming service, CNN+, toward the end of this month. Early adopters can get in on a reduced price if they sign up in the first few weeks.

Check out the launch details for CNN+ here.

Crunchyroll Subscribers Now Have Access to Funimation Content

It looks like a big week for anime fans as Crunchyroll announced the availability of content previously exclusive to Funimation subscribers. The new content is part of the recent merger between the two anime giants and Crunchyroll said more titles are on the way.

Learn more about Crunchyroll’s newest content additions here.

fuboTV Removes Its Starter Plan for Some New Subscribers

Live TV streaming service fuboTV continues to experiment with its offerings. This week, the company started testing which plans it offered on its site. Some visitors saw four total plans, but others only saw the three pricier options.

See what fuboTV’s been testing lately here.

Netflix Price Increase: I Downgraded to The Non-HD Basic Netflix Plan And… I Feel Fine

This week, we tried out Netflix’s cheapest tier — the $9.99/month Basic plan. We wanted to see whether the drop in visual quality down to sub-HD resolutions (and the limitations on simultaneous screens) was worth the money saved each month. If you’ve been curious about shaving a few bucks off your monthly streaming bill, it’s definitely worth a look!

See what we learned when we downgraded our Netflix plan here.

Industry Report

What’s the latest on the industry?

MLB Delays the Start of the Season, Here’s What It Means for Cord Cutters

The start of the 2022 Major League Baseball season has been pushed back as owners and players continue negotiations. So this week, we examined how that decision has impacted cord cutters and companies looking to offer their own sports streaming services.

See the latest on the MLB season here.

DISH Sued This Piracy Service in 2018 But Says Its Operators Are Still Running IPTV Services

Back in 2018, DISH sued a company for offering pirated content and now the company says some of those same operators are at it again under different names.

Check out DISH’s claims here.

Deal Alert

Save some cash with these current and upcoming deals.

Best Weekend Streaming Deals — Save up to 80% on Paramount+, Roku, Fire TV Gaming, and More

This week’s streaming deals include discounts on Paramount+ and Roku’s popular Streaming Stick 4K. Gamers should also check out the Fire TV bundle that includes a controller for Amazon’s Luna cloud game streaming platform.

See the weekend’s best deals here.

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