Weekend Wrap-Up: fuboTV Brings Back Monthly Plans, ViacomCBS has a New Name




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Well, that didn’t take long. Just a week after removing monthly plans from its service as part of an “experiment,” fuboTV has reinstated the option. Elsewhere, ViacomCBS announced it’s changing its name to something a little more familiar. And Roku reported its latest subscriber numbers.

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

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fuboTV Brings Back Monthly Subscriptions

Last week, fuboTV swapped out its monthly plans in favor of new quarterly packages. The company said it was experimenting with its offerings at the time. This week, however, the experiment appears to be over — monthly plans returned to the service on Thursday.

Check out the latest on fuboTV’s pricing and plan changes here.

Roku Reaches 60.1 Million Active Users

Roku shared its Q4 earnings this week and among the highlights, the company shared its latest subscriber numbers. In all, Roku added roughly 8.9 million new users, bringing its overall total to 60.1 million active accounts.

See Roku’s latest numbers here.

ViacomCBS Rebrands as Paramount

In a rebranding move, ViacomCBS announced this week that it was changing its name to Paramount. Part of its reasoning included a desire to project an image of a single “umbrella” brand rather than a pair of distinct companies melded together.

Find out more about the Paramount rebrand here.

Pluto TV Hits 64 Million Active Users, Paramount+ Reaches 32.8 Million Subscribers in Q4

This week, we also learned about the latest numbers from ViacomCBS Paramount’s streaming services, including Pluto TV and Paramount+. On the Pluto TV side, the free streaming service boasted 64 million active users, while Paramount+ rang in with 32.8 million users.

Check out the latest number from Paramount’s services here.

Netflix Renews ‘Stranger Things’ for Final Season 5, Sets Season 4 Release Date

Netflix shared updates for the much-anticipated return of its hit original show, Stranger Things. Season 4 will be split into two halves, while a fifth and final season will follow.

See what Netflix has in store for Stranger Things fans here.

Crunchyroll is Now Available on Nintendo Switch

Anime streaming service Crunchyroll made its app debut on Nintendo’s wildly popular Switch console. With the new app, fans have access to thousands of episodes from a wide variety of shows.

Learn more about the Crunchyroll app here.

Industry Report

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RIP: Roku Private Channels (aka Non-Certified Channels) To Disappear Feb. 23, 2022

Next week, Roku will move away from Non-Certified Channels, formerly known as Private Channels. In our latest video, we take a look at the move and what it could mean for developers and users.

Check out our video on Roku’s changes here.

Paramount+ Will Integrate Showtime Content, Starting This Summer

Paramount announced its intention to merge content from two of its streaming services: Showtime and Paramount+. The combined offering is expected to launch this summer, and both will still be available as separate services.

Check out the pricing details here.

NFL: ‘Streaming is Extremely Important’ for Sunday Ticket & Future Media Deals

We’re continuing to track the NFL’s moves in the streaming world. This week, execs discussed the league’s streaming future, including ongoing efforts to find a new home for NFL Sunday Ticket.

See what the NFL had to say here.

Deal Alert

Save some cash with these current and upcoming deals.

Best Presidents’ Day Weekend Streaming Deals — Up to 90% off Starz, Amazon Music, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Roku

Just in time for Presidents’ Day weekend, we’ve rounded up some of the top cord cutting and streaming deals in one, convenient place. You can score solid discount for popular shows, streaming gear, audio hardware, and more.

Check out the weekend’s top deals here.

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