Weekend Wrap-Up: AT&T vs. Cox, Comcast Delays Data Caps, and More





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This week, we covered the ongoing dispute between AT&T and Cox that has resulted in several Cox-owned stations going dark for AT&T TV and DirecTV customers. Meanwhile, Disney+ launched its new bundle that includes ESPN+ and the ad-free tier of Hulu. And Comcast has agreed to delay new data caps for some of its customers.

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.

Nickelodeon Will Air a Super Bowl Pregame Show Geared Towards Kids

Nickelodeon is looking to get in on the football action this weekend. The network is set to air the Nickelodeon Super Duper Super Bowl Pregame Spectacular ahead of the game itself. The half hour show kicked off on Friday, Feb. 5th and it’ll be rebroadcast over the weekend ahead of the actual game on Sunday.

Find out about Nickelodeon’s big game plans here.

Pluto TV Adds Five New Channels for News, Sports & More

Free streaming service Pluto TV announced this week that it’s adding five more channels to its lineup. You’ll get more news options via CBSN New York and CBSN Los Angeles. As for sports, there’s Pluto TV boxing and Pluto TV pro wrestling. And fans of the show Leverage will get a channel dedicated to the show.

Read about the new Pluto TV channel additions here.

Disney+ New $19 Hulu and ESPN+ Bundle Launches

As expected, Disney has launched a new bundle for Disney+, ESPN+, and the ad-free tier of Hulu. The new option rings in at $18.99 per month, while the cheaper bundle, with ad-supported Hulu, continues on.

Check out the plan details here.

Google is Rolling Out a New Look for Android TV That’s More On-Brand

Android TV users should start seeing an update to their home screen soon. The new look brings Android TV closer in appearance to the Google TV variant we first saw in the new Chromecast.

Find out what’s new in the latest Android TV update here.

Old Apple TV Devices are Losing YouTube App Support This Spring

If you’re still rocking a third-gen Apple TV, you’ll soon need to look elsewhere for your YouTube needs. The app will soon stop supporting the 2012-era streaming device, but Apple has some suggestions for ways you can still enjoy YouTube content.

Learn more about YouTube support dropping here.

What Should You Binge Watch Next? 100+ Recommendations from Cord Cutters News Readers

We asked our readers what they love to watch (or re-watch) and we got more than 100 recommendations for binge-worthy series. Check out what your fellow cord cutters are watching.

See what our readers have suggested here.

Industry Report

What’s the latest on the industry?

AT&T Drops Cox-Owned Locals on DirecTV and AT&T TV

This situation is still evolving, but this week saw AT&T and Cox engage in a contract dispute. The two sides have been unable to agree on a new retransmission deal and, as a result, AT&T has dropped several Cox-owned channels from its DirecTV and AT&T TV services. And you can see a list of affected channels in the post linked below.

Learn more about the AT&T, Cox dispute here.

Comcast will Double its Low-Cost Internet Speed and Launch 1000 More Lift Zones this Year

Comcast announced it’s upgrading its low-cost Internet Essentials program. Download speeds will raise to 50 Mbps, double what’s currently offered. The rollout starts on March 1 and the $9.95 monthly price will stay the same. The company also said it’s adding 1,000 more Lift Zones. Those are dedicated areas where children can safely access WiFi for online learning and more.

Learn more about Comcast’s plans here.

Comcast Agrees to Delay Data Cap Until July 2021

In more Comcast news, the company’s apparently delaying its plan to introduce data caps for its customers in the Northeast. Recent pushback, including from Pennsylvania’s attorney general has led to the company rethinking its timeline.

Find out about Comcast’s updated data cap plans here.

WarnerBros ‘The Little Things’ Draws 1.4 Million Views on HBO Max

We’ve got some results from the first Warner Bros. film to premiere on both HBO Max and movie theaters this year. The Little Things reportedly garnered around 1.4 million views during its initial weekend. It’ll be interesting to see how these dual premieres fare during the year.

See how the film did on HBO Max here.

Deal Alert

Save some cash with these current and upcoming deals.

Roku Devices Are On Sale Now, Starting at Just $24.99

Just in time for the big game this weekend, Roku devices are currently on sale. Check out our post for the latest deals on several streaming options.

See the deals here.

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