Weekend Wrap-Up: Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney, Hulu Adds NFL Network, and More





A still image from the movie Black Widow

It was another busy week for streaming, as Hulu announced it’s adding NFL Network to its live TV streaming package, and offering NFL RedZone as part of a Sports Add-On. Meanwhile, actress Scarlett Johansson has filed a lawsuit against Disney stemming from the company’s decision to split the premiere of Black Widow between physical movie theaters and Disney+. Elsewhere, The Roku Channel announced a slate of incoming movies and TV shows for August and fuboTV added more ABC affiliates to its local channel lineup.

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.

Hulu Adds NFL Network, Launches a Sports Add-On Package with NFL RedZone

With the 2021 NFL season kicking off soon, Hulu announced that it’s adding NFL Network to its live TV streaming lineup. And for those craving still more football content, the company started offering NFL RedZone as part of an optional Sports Add-On package as well.

Check out the details on Hulu’s new NFL additions here.

Scarlett Johansson Sues Disney Over Disney+ Release of ‘Black Widow’

Black Widow star Scarlett Johansson has filed a lawsuit against Disney over the company’s handling of the film’s release. According to The Wall Street Journal, the issue stems from Johansson’s contract, which tied her overall pay to box office performance — something that could’ve been impacted by the film’s release on Disney+.

Learn more about the Disney lawsuit here.

The Roku Channel is Adding 37 New Movies and 3 New TV Shows to Its Free Streaming Lineup

Roku’s free streaming service, The Roku Channel, is gearing up to add a number of movies and TV shows to its lineup in August. In all, some 37 new movies and three new TV shows are slated to make an appearance on the service during the month.

See the full list of titles coming to The Roku Channel here.

fuboTV Adds ABC Affiliates in 24 More Markets

Live TV streaming service fuboTV added another set of ABC affiliates this week. A total of 24 local stations join the company’s list of supported markets.

Check out the newest ABC additions to fuboTV’s lineup here.

What the Heck is The Streamer from Disney?

Disney definitely had us going this week. The company started teasing something called “The Streamer,” leaving many to wonder what exactly Disney had planned. In the end, though, we learned it was part of a new marketing push, starring actor Dave Bautista, to highlight the existing Disney bundle options.

Learn more about The Streamer here.

Industry Report

What’s the latest on the industry?

Peacock Will Launch in The U.K. and Europe Later This Year

Streaming service Peacock is gearing up for launches in several European countries this year. We don’t yet have exact dates, but a deal with Sky should see Peacock landing in the UK, Ireland, Germany, and other countries sometime in 2021.

Find out more about Peacock’s European launch here.

Peacock Reaches 54 Million Sign Ups with Help From the Olympics

The arrival of the 2020 Olympic Games and recent new releases, like the new Boss Baby movie, have reportedly led to an increase in sign ups for Peacock. Comcast reported that it saw around 54 million sign ups during the second quarter of 2021.

Check out the latest on Peacock’s growth here.

Dish and WarnerMedia End Feud, Bringing HBO Max, HBO & Cinemax to Dish Customers

The dispute lasted for years, but Dish and WarnerMedia have finally reached an agreement that brings HBO, HBO Max, and Cinemax to Dish customers. There’s no word, however, on Sling TV availability.

Learn more about the new deal between Dish and WarnerMedia here.

Featured Image: Marvel Studios

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