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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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