AT&T's cable-free streaming service, DirecTV Now, is gaining some popular and local channels. A new deal with CBS will give the service Pop, CBS Sports Network, and Showtime. There will also be local CBS and The CW stations in around 25 markets throughout the US.
Samsung has unveiled a new QLED television with a 88-inch display. It's guaranteed to avoid burnt-in pixels for at least 10 years, it offers HDR, and it has a 4K Ultra HD resolution. The ultra wide screen television model, known as the Q9, is 200 cm wide and 170 cm tall.
The Halo television series announced by Microsoft in 2013 is still being developed, the company has confirmed. Microsoft didn't abandon the project and it's still being led by Steven Spielberg. It's continuing to work with Showtime on the series, just as it was four years ago.
Xiaomi has just announced a new member of its Mi Smart TV lineup. Called Xiaomi Mi TV 4A, the new model has a 32-inch panel and is the company's smallest and cheapest TV yet. It weighs only 3.9 kg and is priced at 1,099 Yuan. The TV is expected to go on sale starting on July 23.
Twitch and CrunchyRoll will partner up to host an anime streaming marathon from July 27 to August 1, with the content beginning at 3:30 p.m. PT. A number of anime programs will be streamed during the event and you can find the content on the Twitch Presents channel.
AT&T will include offline viewing capabilities in its DirecTV Now cable-free streaming service next year. The upcoming feature was announced on Thursday, with AT&T saying it'll give users the ability to "download and go." It didn't detail exactly how the functionality would work.
A line of Alexa-equipped Fire TV models is now available from Westinghouse. The television models are coming out of a partnership with Amazon and, as you'd expect from Westinghouse, the units are fairly low-cost. The new Fire TV Edition models start at $450.
PBS will remain widely available in rural parts of the United States thanks to help from T-Mobile. Large amounts of spectrum have been sold to the wireless industry, forcing local channels to upgrade, something the federal government is not assisting with.
If you didn't know, Foxconn has recently acquired Sharp and now wants to compete with LG. According to new reports, Sharp is getting ready to start manufacturing OLED TV panels and compete with LG's OLED technology. The firm will reportedly spend about ¥57.4 billion or $515
Google launched its new streaming service called YouTube TV back in April, but at first, it was limited to 4 major markets. To further improve the service, the company has now announced its biggest expansion of YouTube TV, which is now coming to 10 new markets.
Netflix has debuted a special interactive form of content targeted at children. The streaming service's new "choose your own adventure" stories let kids navigate a story in unique ways. While the format is initially meant for kids, it could potentially expand at some point.
There are more people in the US with a Netflix subscription than a cable TV subscription, the streaming company has confirmed in a recent report. In its quarterly earnings report, Netflix revealed it has 50.85 million members in the US. That's higher than the cable TV industry.
For only $10 more than the usual AT&T Unlimited Choice plan, you can get over 60 channels from DirecTV. The carrier's new $70 bundle is available for current Unlimited Choice customers who are interested in adding television to their plan. Video streams are limited however.
Mobile devices may be playing a progressively greater role in people's lives, but they haven't become the dominant way of viewing shows and movies. Nielsen reports 92.4% of video viewing still takes place on TV screens among adults in the United States.
Facebook is investing millions of dollars in original content for its platform. Much of the content is targeted specifically at young people. The company has reportedly signed deals with Vox, BuzzFeed, ATTN, and Group Nine Media. Those deals are for up to $250,000.
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.