Weekend Wrap-Up: The Weather Channel on YouTube TV, DIRECTV STREAM Price Hikes, and More





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This week, we learned that The Weather Channel is coming to YouTube TV and DIRECTV STREAM’s price hikes are coming soon. Elsewhere, Roku continued its drive to produce more original content, and we finally know the name of Amazon’s ambitious Lord of the Rings series.

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.

YouTube TV Will Add The Weather Channel & More Channels in Partnership with Allen Media Group

The Weather Channel is coming to YouTube TV as part of a multi-year deal between the live TV streaming service and Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group. More AMG channels are expected to join the lineup in the future. The deal also gives AMG access to Google’s tools and tech to further its own growth.

Check out the details on the deal to bring The Weather Channel to YouTube TV here.

DIRECTV STREAM Packages Will Get a Price Increase on January 23

This weekend, DIRECTV STREAM will raise rates on several of its current and grandfathered plans. Not all plans will see a price hike, but affected plans will get increases ranging from $5 to $10 per month.

See the details on the DIRECTV STREAM price hikes here.

fuboTV Launches a News Plus Add-On

Live TV streaming service fuboTV is adding a new news-focused option to its streaming packages. The News Plus add-on includes eight channels, with four that are new to the fuboTV service.

Learn more about the News Plus add-on package here.

fuboTV Adds FanView Into Its Multiview Feature on Apple TV

Apple TV users will get another way to enjoy sports content on fuboTV. The live TV streaming service is updating its Multiview feature to support views of live stats and scores — a feature they’re calling FanView.

Find out more about fuboTV’s FanView here.

Peacock Introduces Local News Channels From NBC-Owned Stations

Peacock is adding several local NBC stations to its lineup, with more coming in the future. Markets like Chicago, Boston, and Miami are included, and all Peacock subscribers will have access — not just those in the respective markets.

Check out the new local options coming to Peacock here.

Amazon Reveals More Details About Its Upcoming ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series, Including the Name

We’ve learned a little bit more about Amazon’s ambitious series based on The Lord of the Rings. The series has an official title now — The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, and a release date of Sept. 2nd.

See the latest details on the Lord of the Rings series here.

The Roku Channel is Starting Production on a Weird Al Biopic Starring Daniel Radcliffe

Roku is continuing its push into the world of original and exclusive content. Its latest venture is a biopic based on the life and career of musician Weird Al Yankovic. Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is set to star.

Find out more about Roku’s latest movie production here.

Industry Report

What’s the latest on the industry?

Netflix and YouTube TV Are Your Favorite Streaming Services… Again

We asked our readers, viewers, and subscribers about their top streaming picks in several categories and a few familiar names made the top five. Well-known services like Netflix, Pluto TV, and YouTube TV all made strong showings, but you might be surprised who else earned a spot on your lists.

See how your fellow cord cutters and streamers voted here.

fuboTV RSN Fee Increases to $8.99 Per Month in New England for NESN & NBC Sports Boston

New England-area fuboTV subscribers will see an increase to their regional sports fees. The live TV streaming service is upping the fee to $8.99, which represents an 80 percent jump from the $5 it started charging back in October.

Learn more about the fuboTV RSN fee increase here.

Deal Alert

Save some cash with these current and upcoming deals.

Best Weekend Streaming Deals: Save on Google TV, Roku, Starz, and More

This week, we’ve rounded up some of the best cord cutting and streaming deals, including discounts on popular streaming services like Vudu and Starz. And if you’re looking for a 4K-capable streaming device, both Amazon and Roku have options on sale this week.

Check out the latest streaming deals here.

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