Weekend Wrap-Up: The Olympic Games Begin, Cable Continues to Decline, Summer Sales & More





This week, we saw the start of the Tokyo Olympic games, the first of the quarter 2 earnings calls, and some summer sales on reader favorite products. Here are some of the top stories from this week.

Breaking News

Here are some of the top streaming stories from the past week.

FandangoNOW Content and Accounts Will Move to Vudu

After announcing that Fandango would be acquiring Vudu last year, FandangoNOW is notifying customers that content and accounts will migrate over to Vudu soon.

Read more about the move here.

Sling is Offering the Olympic Channel for Free on Sling Blue Through September 5

Sling is making it easier for subscribers to keep up with all of the athletes and events during the Tokyo Olympics. The streaming service is offering a free preview of the Olympic Channel now through September 5.

Get the details of the free preview here.

Comcast Customers Can Now Use Hulu with Live on Xfinity Flex

Hulu + Live TV joined a growing list of linear streaming services available on Comcast’s Xfinity Flex this week, giving customers a way to watch live TV without signing up for Comcast’s cable package.

Grab your Xfinity Voice Remote and read the story here.

Industry Report

What’s the latest on the industry?

Verizon Lost 62,000 Pay TV Subscribers in Q2 2021

Q2 financial reports are starting to come in and cable numbers are continuing to drop. This week, Verizon reported a 62,000 net loss for Fios Video.

Read more about Verizon’s Q2 financials here.

Study: 74% of TV Consumers Use an SVOD Service Every Month

According to a study by Horowitz, Video On Demand is the most popular option with 74% of TV viewers reporting they’re streaming video on demand every month.

Read more about why SVOD is the future of streaming here.

Deal Roundup

A few of the best streaming device sales this week.

Tablo Dual Lite and Quad OTA DVRs Are On Sale

If you’re using an antenna for local TV channels, a Tablo OTA DVR will let you record to watch later. Both the Tablo Dual Lite and Quad OTA DVRs are on sale for a limited time.

Get the deals here.

The Nvidia Shield is Back on Sale for $20 Off

The Nvidia Shield is on sale at both Best Buy and Amazon. This compact Android TV powered streaming device doesn’t go on sale often, so grab one while you can.

Get the deal here.

The Best Deals of Best Buy’s Black Friday in July Sale

Best Buy is getting a (very) early start on Black Friday deals this year with a Black Friday in July sale. The three day sale is running through the weekend and we rounded up some of the best deals for cord cutters.

See the best deals here.

Tokyo Olympics: Full Schedule and How to Stream Olympic Events

The games have begun. This week, we put together a guide on how to watch every single event of the Tokyo Olympics with a full schedule and where to watch each event.

Find everything from badminton to basketball here.

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