Weekend Wrap-Up: Amazon’s Classic TV Deal, ESPN+ Price Hikes, LG’s $100K TV, and More





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This week, Amazon and Sony Pictures Television reached an agreement that will bring several classic show’s to Amazon’s streaming services. Elsewhere, Disney announced a price hike for ESPN+, and Universal announced yet another streaming deal for its future films. And if you’re looking for an ultra-fancy OLED display, LG has a top-tier option for you.

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.

Amazon Will Add a Huge Collection of Classic TV to Prime Video and IMDb TV

Amazon and Sony Pictures Television reached an agreement this week that will bring several classic shows to Prime Video and IMDb TV. The lineup includes several hits from producer Norman Lear and should be popping up on Amazon’s services starting this week.

Learn more about Amazon’s deal with Sony Pictures Television here.

Amazon Fire TV Update Rolls Out to 2nd Gen Fire TV Stick

The latest Fire TV update is finally headed to 2nd Gen Fire TV Sticks starting this week. We’ve seen the update pop up on more and more Fire TV devices since it’s debut a few months ago.

Check out the Fire TV update details here.

Plex Adds 15 New Channels to Its Free Streaming Lineup

This week, Plex added to its free streaming lineup with a collection of 15 new channels. You can check out the full list in our post, but highlights include The Johnny Carson Channel, MST3K, USA Today, and more.

See what’s new on Plex’s free streaming lineup here.

Universal Animated Films Will Now Land on Netflix After Their Peacock Window

Another week, another Universal streaming deal. This time, it’s Netflix getting in on the action. The streaming service will offer future Universal animated films after their initial runs on Peacock.

Learn more about Universal’s latest streaming deal here.

Disney’s ESPN+ Will Get a Price Hike Next Month

A year after it last increased the monthly rate, Disney announced a new price hike for ESPN+. Starting Aug. 13th, the sports-focused streaming service will jump from $5.99 per month to $6.99 per month.

Find out more about the upcoming price increase here.

Industry Report

What’s the latest on the industry?

ViacomCBS, Charter Sign New Deal to Include Streaming Services

A new deal between ViacomCBS and Charter includes not just traditional channels, but also streaming services like Pluto TV and Paramount+. However, it remains to be seen how exactly those services will factor into Charter’s Spectrum offering.

Learn more about the new ViacomCBS, Charter deal here.

NextGen TV Expands in Phoenix

Over-the-air viewers in the Phoenix area will soon have more ATSC 3.0 options to choose from. With more channels adopting the new standard, also known as NextGen TV, the total lineup in the Phoenix market will stretch to 11 supported channels.

Check out the latest ATSC 3.0 update here.

2021 Emmy Nominations are Flooded with Streaming Originals Including ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Ted Lasso,’ and More

Streaming shows had a strong showing when it came to this year’s Emmy nominations. Hits like The Handmaid’s Tale, WandaVision, The Mandalorian, and Ted Lasso all scored multiple nods.

Check out some of the biggest Emmy nominations here.

Hardware Spotlight

A look at the latest streaming and cord-cutting gear

LG’s Fancy Rollable OLED TV Gets A $100,000 Price Tag in the US

LG’s rollable OLED TV, which features a flexible, retractable screen, finally received an official price tag. We now know the high-end showpiece TV will command a $100,000 price tag in the US.

Check out LG’s high-end display here.

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