Verizon is going to come out with its own TV streaming option, CEO Lowell McAdam confirmed during a telecom conference in Boston. He says the company will leverage AOL and Yahoo's combined user base to test the service. The service is said to include dozens of channels.
Amazon isn't just selling TV channel subscriptions in the US anymore. The company is now offering channels in the UK, Austria, and Germany. Its Amazon Channels service includes various local and global channels. The service grew out of an expansion to Amazon Video.
Facebook is again going to miss its target for the launch of original shows on the social network, reports Recode. The first set of original content was supposed to arrive in the spring, yet we may not see any shows until sometime in the middle of the summer.
A TV adaptation of The Witcher is officially headed to Netflix and Andrzej Sapkowski, author of The Witcher novels, will be a creative consultant for the show. His novels inspired the game series, which has been a big seller over the years for CD Projekt Red.
Seven new channels have joined YouTube's streaming service. YouTube TV is now offering AMC, BBC America, and Telemundo as part of its $35 per month offer. It's also offering Universo, Sundance TV, We TV, and IFC. The service now includes 46 cable channels.
We're only a month away from Facebook introducing some original shows, reports Business Insider. The social network is planning to launch a set of "TV-like shows" sometime in June. Around two dozen shows are already close to launching and more will eventually arrive.
On-demand TV shows are going to fill up Snapchat in the near future. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Snapchat has signed content deals with NBCUniversal, ESPN, ABC, Turner, NFL, and others. They'll be offering 3-5 minute short episodes in Snapchat Stories.
Hulu's live TV streaming service has arrived. A beta version is now available beginning at $40 per month for more than 50 channels and 50 hours of cloud DVR. Local broadcast channels will be available in "many markets." Up to six individual profiles can be created.
Sony's supported Android TVs are about to get Nougat update if the leaked information is legit. According to a report, Sony is informing some Android TV owners about the update, which should start rolling out at some point after May, with no specific date mentioned.
Back at Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, the South Korean electronics giant announced a pre-booking offer for the new flagship QLED TVs. Starting today, the Samsung Q9, Q8 and Q7 flagship QLED TVs have been officially launched in India at an event in Delhi.
Hulu's live television offering is going to feature content from NBCUniversal. This agreement covers NBC, Telemundo, USA, Syfy, Bravo, MSNBC, and others. Hulu is believed to be targeting a $40/month price point for the service. The service arrives in the spring.
Cable bills in the United States continue to increase in price and they're increasing at a rate well beyond that of inflation. An analysis from CutCableToday indicates that if the increase continues at the same rate, cable bills will be $140.83 by 2020.
To further improve the image quality in new TVs, Samsung and Amazon have now announced a new open standard. Called HDR10+, the new standard is an improvement of the current HDR10 that adds Dynamic Tone Mapping, producing images that are much closer to the director's intent.
Hulu's live TV streaming service is reportedly going to cost $40 per month. TechCrunch says multiple sources have indicated that's what Hulu will charge. A $40 price point fits with an earlier statement from Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins, who said it'd cost "under $40."
A software update for Roku-based televisions has been released that adds viewing suggestions based on the content you're currently watching. Roku will use the data to make suggestions with the goal of keeping people engaged. Content is tracked using ACR technology.
HBO will be included with AT&T's Unlimited Plus wireless plan for free. If you happen to have an AT&T video service like DirecTV Now and already have the channel, you'll now get it for free. Everyone else will simply gain access to HBO. HBO also doesn't count against your limit.
Showtime content is now available through Sling TV for $10 per month. The Dish-run TV streaming service is offering Showtime, Showtime 2, and a variety of other channels: Showcase, Extreme, Beyond, Next, West, and Women. Sling is the first to offer all four premium channels.
YouTube's live TV streaming option is now rolling out in five US cities for $35 per month. The service, YouTube TV, was announced in February. It didn't have a release date at that time, though YouTube said it would be available "soon." Now it's reaching some markets.
Twitter could soon be home to live paid television content, turning the social network's app into a streaming TV service. According to The Telegraph, Twitter is working to sign deals with broadcasters like ESPN. Users will need to have active network subscriptions.
Apple is planning to offer a paid TV service with channel bundles, reports Recode. Those bundles will be available with a single monthly fee. Among the potential offerings is one package for HBO, Showtime, and Starz. Apple may struggle in negotiations.