Weekend Wrap-Up: Disney’s Big Day, Crunchyroll’s Sale, and More





This week, Disney unleashed a multi-hour torrent of news during its Investor Day event. Elsewhere, AT&T sold off popular anime streaming service Crunchyroll, and Amazon started rolling out an updated Fire TV user interface. ViacomCBS also improved the kids and family experience on its CBS All Access service. Overall, a pretty busy week indeed.

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’s New Streaming Bundle Coming Soon

Among the many, many nuggets of info from Disney’s Investor Day event this week, the company announced a new streaming bundle option. This new package combines Disney+, ESPN+, and the ad-free tier of Hulu for $18.99 per month. The company says it should be available in January.

Learn more about the new bundle option here.

Price Hikes Coming to Disney+ in March 2021

After listing a ton of new shows and movies scheduled for release in the coming years, Disney also mentioned a price hike is coming soon to Disney+. The standalone price will jump to $7.99 per month, while the bundle with ESPN+ and the ad-supported Hulu plan will rise to $13.99 per month. The increases are expected in March 2021.

Get the latest on upcoming price hikes here.

You Can Access ESPN+ Content From the Hulu App

Disney also shared that ESPN+ content will be available directly from the Hulu app. The move gives the Hulu app more direct access to sports-focused content and potentially saves users a few steps.

Read more about ESPN+ content coming to Hulu here.

2020 Cordie Nominations Are Open! Vote Now!

It’s that time of year again and we need your help to crown the best new streaming device, best free streaming service, and a lot more. Voting ends on Sunday night, so make sure you share your thoughts soon!

Weigh in to share your bests of the year here.

Fire TV Gets a New Look Soon

Amazon’s started to roll out a new user interface for its Fire TV line of streaming devices. The 3rd Gen Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Lite will get the update first over the coming weeks.

Learn more about the Fire TV’s new menus and interface here.

CBS All Access Adds New Family-Friendly Features and Content

ViacomCBS updated its CBS All Access streaming service with an emphasis on content for families and kids. Users also get new individual profile options, which include new parental control options.

Find out about new options coming to CBS All Access here.

Industry Report

What’s the latest on the industry?

Disney’s 2021 Plans Include a Mix of Theatrical Releases and Straight to Streaming

Following HBO Max’s big announcement last week, eyes were on Disney to see what the company had planned for its stable of new releases. This week, we got a little clearer picture of what’s to come and it includes a mix of traditional theatrical releases and straight-to-streaming debuts.

Learn more about Disney’s release plans here.

AT&T Will Sell Crunchyroll to Sony’s Funimation

AT&T sold popular anime streaming service Crunchyroll to Sony’s Funimation this week for $1.175 billion. It’s a move that will have a big impact on the entire anime industry.

Read more about the Crunchyroll deal here.

‘Dune’ Producer Warns of Legal Action Against Warner Bros.

Filmmakers have raised concerns about the HBO Max deal that will bring Warner Bros. films to the streaming service on the same day as their theatrical release. And that includes Legendary Entertainment, which is reportedly considering legal action against Warner Bros.

Find out more about Legendary Entertainment’s concerns here.

Redbox Adds On-Demand Content to its Free Streaming Options

This week, Redbox announced it will add free on-demand shows and movies to its existing free live TV streaming options. The company also promises more free content will come in the future.

Check out Redbox’s new on demand service here.

CBS All Access Pops Up on Xfinity X1 This Week

With CBS All Access appearing on Xfinity X1 this week, Comcast becomes the first pay TV provider to offer the streaming service.

Learn more about the service’s appearance on X1 here.

Deal Alert

Save some cash with these current and upcoming deals.

Save on Hulu When You Pick Up a New Fire TV Device

Amazon has a deal for those buying Fire TV devices this holiday season. Until Dec. 31, you can score 50% off of six months of ad-supported Hulu.

Check out the deal details here.

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