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.
Verizon is also interested in setting up a live TV streaming service, reports Bloomberg. The company may come out with its service as early as this summer. Recent reports have also claimed Comcast is considering a streaming TV option. Verizon is further along than Comcast.
Verizon Fios TV is going to include 4K streams through a partnership with satellite operator SES. SES will provide nine 4K channels during the trial, the companies have announced. Those include Fashion One 4K, Insight, Travelxp 4K, and Nature Relaxation.
Curved televisions have failed to really take off, but Samsung isn't moving beyond them. ET News reports the company is planning to release another 22 curved TV models around the world. This is despite a seeming lack of demand, which led to Sony and LG abandoning the market.
The Chinese company Xiaomi has now unveiled new series of smart TVs that includes four models - 43-, 49-, 55- and 65-inch TVs. The new Mi TV 4A series will go on sale tomorrow in China and prices start at RMB 2,099, which is around $200 at the current exchange rate.
A new line of OLED 4K televisions from Sony will launch in April, with the least expensive model going for $5,000. The new HDR models were introduced during CES and preorders are now being accepted. The cheapest unit is 55-inches. Two other sizes are going to be sold.
CNN has established a virtual reality news unit that'll create immersive journalism pieces along with livestreams of major news events. The CNNVR division gives journalists the ability to really bring viewers into the news, says Jason Farkas, VP of premium content video at CNN.
BritBox, a TV streaming service from BBC and ITV, is now available in the United States. For $7 per month, people can gain access to on-demand British television content. The service was initially revealed in December 2016. A free trial is available.
Amazon Prime Video users can help the company figure out which series to pursue again by filling out a survey after viewing pilots for five new shows. Partly based on feedback, Amazon will pick the shows it wants to fully invest in. The shows premiere March 17.
If you're not really into expensive HDR-capable 4K TVs, there are a lot of other options. Today, Vizio has announced its new 2017 E-Series lineup, which brings you both 4K and HDR support at an affordable price tag. The lineup contains several models in sizes ranging from
Sony's latest TV lineup come with nice design and powerful specifications, and according to the company, it will also support Google Assistant, but not right away. The Android TV platform will receive new software update later this year that also includes Google's
An MTV executive with experience in television content development has been hired by Facebook. Mina Lefevre, former executive VP of MTV, is joining the network to operate as its head of development. Lefevre will help Facebook move towards offering original content.
The starting price for Samsung's QLED TV models is $2,500. It introduced three QLED models, the Q7, Q8, and Q9, during this year's CES. They offer superior color reproduction and are brighter than the company's OLED televisions. Preorders have opened.
HBO's cable-free streaming option, HBO Now, has passed 2 million subscribers. Parent company Time Warner revealed the service's growth as part of a quarterly earnings report. HBO Now has been available since April 2015. It reached 800,000 subscribers in 2015.