This week, we learned that YouTube TV may be considering new pricing options for subscribers. Meanwhile, Netflix launched its gaming efforts in the US via its Android mobile app. And we received more third quarter earnings reports from companies like Roku, Sling TV, and Discovery. Speaking of Discovery, it’s possible the company’s pending merger with Warner Media may lead to a streaming service that combines Discovery+ and HBO Max. Elsewhere. Pluto TV added a healthy dose of holiday content to its lineup.
Here’s what happened in the world of cord cutting and streaming.
Here are some of the top streaming stories from the past week.
YouTube TV ‘Working on Getting More Price Options’ for Subscribers
YouTube’s official Twitter account has been responding to comments and complaints about pricing and channel available with messages suggesting the company is considering pricing changes. It’s possible that could simply mean more channel upgrades and sports add-ons on top of the basic package. In any case, we’ll continue keeping an eye out for any changes.
Netflix Gaming Launches Tomorrow With 5 Mobile Games
Netflix launched its gaming efforts in the US this week, starting with the Android platform, with iOS support coming later. At launch, five games will be available at no added cost to Netflix subscribers.
Chicken Soup For the Soul Launches Free Ad-Supported Streaming Service
Crackle Plus announced a new female-oriented streaming service it’s calling Chicken Soup for the Soul. The service is available as a streaming channel on Plex, FreeCast, and Redbox — while a full on-demand launch is expected toward the end of the year.
Pluto TV Adds 10 New Channels to Its Free Streaming Lineup
Pluto TV added several new options to its free streaming lineup this week, including a number of options focused on holiday shows and movies. There are even channels dedicated to virtual fireplaces and holiday lights.
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Discovery+ and HBO Max May Combine into One Streaming Service After Merger
Discovery and Warner Media are still aiming to complete their proposed merger next year and we’re seeing hints that the new company could combine Discovery+ and HBO Max into a single streaming service. Lots of details left to learn, but execs seem optimistic about their post-merger potential.
Sinclair Renews RSN Deals, May Not Have Streaming Rights for a Direct to Consumer Service
We’re learning more about Sinclair’s efforts to create a direct-to-consumer sports streaming service — as well as the challenges they face in achieving that goal. Executives from several pro sports leagues have indicated Sinclair may have its work cut out for it if it intends to launch a DTC service next year.
Roku Surpasses 56.4 Million Active Accounts
Roku’s third quarter earnings report is in and while the company noted increases in subscriber count and revenue, investors were expecting more substantial gains. Still, company execs expressed enthusiasm about Roku’s future, especially as it diversifies with more investment in original content.
Sling TV Reports 2.5 Million Subs in Q3 After Pandemic Set Back
Sling TV also reported its Q3 earnings this week and revealed that the live TV streaming service has reached 2.5 million subscribers. That’s the highest mark for the company since its peak in 2019.
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