It was another busy week, with an established streaming service reinventing itself and rumors swirling about a streaming deal between the NFL and Amazon’s Prime Video. We also have more fourth quarter earnings to discuss and more price hikes, as well.
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+ Launches: What to Know About the New Streaming Service
Yes, this week marked the launch of Paramount+, which replaces CBS All Access as a major component of ViacomCBS’ overall streaming strategy. We covered some of the key launch details here.
PlayStation Store Will No Longer Offer Movie & TV Sales and Rentals
Sony announced this week that it will stop offering video purchases and rentals through its PlayStation Store later this year. The company cited a shift in consumer preferences — in other words, more people are relying on streaming services and third-party rental options instead of the PlayStation brand’s in-house content offerings.
Cheaper Ad-Supported HBO Max Tier Coming Later This Year
While we still don’t have concrete details or prices yet, WarnerMedia’s Jason Kilar confirmed the streaming service is continuing to work toward launching a cheaper, ad-supported plan for HBO Max in the future.
Is Pluto TV Considering Adding Locals, Watchlists & Premium Content?
A recent user survey has us wondering what Pluto TV might have in mind for the future. The survey mentions features like improved guides, favorites, and more.
Peacock Could be Coming to Fire TV Soon
It looks like Peacock could finally be landing on Fire TV at some point in the future. The streaming service is currently available on other major streaming platforms, but recent comments suggest a Fire TV app could arrive at some point.
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fuboTV Reaches 547,880 Subscribers, $105 Million in Revenue
fuboTV released its fourth quarter results this week and shared that the streaming service attracted nearly 550,000 subscribers by the end of 2020. The company also said it generated around $105 million in revenue.
Amazon Could Soon Have Exclusive NFL Streaming Rights
The NFL and Amazon could be headed to a new streaming deal according to recent reports. The deal would include exclusive rights to Thursday night games on Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service.
AT&T Increases Prices for Grandfathered DIRECTV NOW and AT&T TV NOW Plans
AT&T announced that it’s raising prices for some of its older DirecTV Now and AT&T Now plans. Generally speaking, customers on these legacy plans are seeing around a $10 increase to their monthly bill.
Roku Acquires Nielsen’s Advanced Video Advertising Business
This week, Roku announced a partnership with Nielsen that the company hopes will attract more traditional TV advertisers to its streaming platform.
Orby TV Has Closed Down
After rumors circulated in recent weeks, we got official confirmation this week that Orby TV was indeed shutting down. If you visit the company’s site now, you’ll be greeted by a closure announcement, plus options to continue service through Dish.
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Get One Month of Paramount+ Free: Limited Time Offer
With the launch of Paramount+, ViacomCBS is offering an extended free trial if you sign up before March 31. You can find out the details in the linked post below.