Weekend Wrap-Up: Quibi Calls it Quits, Netflix’s StreamFest, and More





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It was a roller coaster of a week for the streaming service Quibi. Meanwhile, Netflix announced its latest subscriber numbers and we learned about new free preview options now that the service has dropped its 30-day free trials. And Sling TV’s adding the Big Ten Network just in time for the conference’s college football season kickoff.

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.

Quibi’s Calling it Quits

Quibi started the week with encouraging news about wider app support, including Apple TV, Fire TV, and Android TV. But news emerged that the struggling streaming service is looking to wind down soon, and Quibi made things official with a post on its site.

Read more about Quibi’s plans to wind down its streaming service here.

Netflix is Exploring Free Preview Weekend Events

Netflix may have ditched its 30-day free trials, but it looks like the company’s still exploring ways to attract new customers. And that includes a two-day StreamFest scheduled for early December.

Find out more about Netflix’s upcoming StreamFest free preview here.

Hulu’s Dropping RSNs

Add Hulu to the list of services that have dropped access to regional sports networks recently. The service announced it would no longer carry a number of regional channels after it was unable to reach a deal with Sinclair.

See which channels Hulu has dropped here.

Sling TV’s Ready for Some Big Ten Football

Just in time for the Big Ten’s college football season, Sling TV is adding the Big Ten Network to its lineup. The games started this weekend and you can find out more in our post linked below.

Find out how you can add the Big Ten Network to your Sling plan here.

Pre-Orders Are Now Open for SilconDust’s ATSC 3.0 Tuner

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, SiliconDust has opened the doors for those interested in pre-ordering the company’s new ATSC 3.0 over-the-air tuner. For those looking to tune into the new broadcasting standard ASAP, the new tuner retails for $199.99.

Learn more about the new ATSC 3.0 tuner here.

Industry Report

What’s the latest on the industry?

Netflix’s Q3 Figures Miss Expectations

It’s earnings season again and Netflix says it’s added some 2.2 million new subscribers during the past quarter. That’s actually lower than the 2.6 million it had anticipated, but the service also said it’s hit 195.15 million worldwide users so far.

Dig into more of Netflix’s third quarter numbers here.

AT&T Reports Down Numbers for TV Service Subscribers

AT&T’s Q3 numbers point to declines in both its premium video subscriber offerings and its live TV streaming service TV Now. However, the company also noted strong growth for its HBO services, including 8.6 million subscribers for HBO Max.

Read about AT&T’s video subscriber stats here and check out the latest on HBO’s growth here.

Pluto TV’s CEO Will Guide Overall Streaming at ViacomCBS

ViacomCBS has been busy reworking and reshaping its streaming plans, including a new name for its CBS All Access service. And it’s turning to Pluto TV CEO Tom Ryan to guide those efforts in the near future.

Find out more about Ryan’s new role at ViacomCBS here.

Expert Insights from Our Editors

Reviewing the New Chromecast with Google TV

After a long string of rumors and leaks, Google’s latest HDMI streaming dongle is here and our very own Philip Palermo put it through its paces in our latest video review.

Check our review of the Chromecast with Google TV here.

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Score Some Discounts on Tablo DVRs

Tablo DVRs are getting a solid discount at Best Buy, Amazon, and the company’s own online store.

Check out the latest deals on Tablo’s DVRs here.

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