This week, we learned a whole lot more about ViacomCBS’ upcoming Paramount+ streaming service. AT&T also announced a new deal for what they’re calling “New DirecTV,” and we have a ton of release dates for upcoming Disney+ shows and movies. In other words: a very busy week indeed.
Here’s what happened in the world of cord cutting and streaming.
Here are some of the top streaming stories from the past week.
Paramount+ Will Cost at $4.99 With Ads, $9.99 Without Ads
We know a whole lot more about Paramount+, the revamped streaming effort from ViacomCBS. Thanks to a lengthy online event, we’ve learned about the service’s pricing, including an ad-supported option that’s actually cheaper than the CBS All Access pricing tier it replaces. However, there is a small catch with that $4.99 option.
Paramount+ Will Have 30,000+ Episodes at Launch, 36 Original Series This Year
We also learned about the lineup Paramount+ expects to launch with, as well as its plans for content throughout its first year. We can expect thousands of episodes and movies, as well as the continuation of several CBS All Access shows.
IMDb TV is Now Available on Chromecast with Google TV
Free streaming service IMDb TV is now available on the latest Chromecast device, aka: the Chromecast with Google TV. We’re also expecting more Android TV devices to get the IMDb TV app in the near future.
Disney+ Series Premiere Dates for ‘Loki,’ ‘Monsters at Work,’ ‘The Mighty Ducks’ & More
Disney shared a whole slate of release dates spanning spring into early summer. We now know when Marvel shows like Loki and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier are set to premiere this year.
YouTube Will Introduce Supervised Accounts with Parental Controls for Teens and Tweens
YouTube is testing out new parental control features that will give teens and tweens more freedom than the current YouTube Kids account — all while still offering parents control over content types. It’s still in testing for now, but it could officially arrive on the service in the future.
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AT&T and TPG to Launch ‘New DIRECTV’ Including DIRECTV, AT&T TV & U-verse
What started as a rumor earlier in the week ended up as a confirmed deal: AT&T and TPG are joining forces for a new pay TV venture. It’s called New DIRECTV and it includes several of AT&T’s TV businesses.
Pluto TV Reaches 43 Million Monthly Active Users Globally
ViacomCBS shared that PlutoTV has reached more than 43 million monthly active users around the world. The latest numbers confirm that the free streaming service remains a popular and fast-growing platform.
Disney+ Launches Star: What to Know About the New Disney+ Content Brand
Disney has officially launched its Star brand in several regions outside the US. The new brand offers a variety of content from sources like Disney Television Studios, FX, and more.
FuboTV Launches a New $20 Bundle With Showtime, STARZ, and Epix
Live TV streaming service fuboTV has added a new premium add-on that packages together Showtime, STARZ, and Epix for a reduced price of $19.99. The price represents a savings of around $6 per month compared to buying all three separately.
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Fire TV Devices and Smart TVs are On Sale, Starting at $21.99
Several Fire TV devices are currently on sale. The deals include dedicated streaming devices as well as Fire TV Edition smart TVs from Insignia and Toshiba. Note: These sale prices were accurate at the time of the post’s original publication, but are subject to change.