AT&T plans to launch a ‘cloud DVR’ that will eventually allow subscribers to DIRECTV Now, DIRECTV, and even the telco’s U-verse service to store programming on company servers rather than set-tops. In a press release, AT&T said the rollout will begin this summer with an invitation-only service for DIRECTV Now subscribers. Then in the fall,
HBO now has nearly 3.5 million subscribers via online streaming services, including its own HBO Now, reports The Financial Times. Click Amazon: Today’s 1-Day-Only Deals! The newspaper does not break out the numbers, but HBO is available through live streamers DIRECTV Now, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue and Hulu. In addition, HBO Now is available as
Sling TV, the live streaming service owned by Dish, has added two new channels: Weather Nation and Showtime Family Zone. Click Amazon: Big Discounts In Home Improvement! Weather Nation, which offers live national and local weather updates, is now available in Sling’s News Extra add-on plan, which costs $5 a month. However, Sling said today that
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred yesterday stated unequivocally that he will not get involved in the Los Angeles Dodgers TV dispute that has left many home viewers without their favorite team for four seasons. Click Amazon: Today’s 1-Day-Only Deals! Time Warner Cable agreed to pay a whopping $8.35 billion over 25 years to the Dodgers
DIRECTV will hold a free preview of the MLB Extra Innings package when teams resume play after this week’s All-Star Game break. Amazon: See today’s ‘1-Day-Only’ deals. The preview, which will air on DIRECTV’s channels 719 to 749, will run from July 14 through July 20. The DIRECTV edition of the Extra Innings package offers
Comcast today is beginning a free, seven-day preview of HBO and Cinemax for its video subscribers. Update: If HBO is not showing up on your live channels, check for HBO programming on your Xfinity On Demand service. Click Amazon: Today’s 1-Day-Only Deals! The free preview will include the season seven debut of Game of Thrones,
Netflix this week plans to add seven new TV shows and movies to its streaming lineup, including an original comedy and a controversial new original movie. Click Amazon: Today’s Best-Selling TVs! The new title list for the week includes season one of Friends From College, a comedy about a group of buds from Harvard who
Sony yesterday effectively raised the price for all programming packages for its live streaming service, PlayStation Vue, by eliminating an option to subscribe to plans without local channels. Click Amazon: Today’s 1-Day-Only Deals! This has already triggered protests from Vue subscribers, particularly those who live in areas where the streaming service doesn’t offer local channels.
Hulu announced today that it has added HBO and Cinemax to its streaming lineup, just in time for HBO’s debut of season seven of Game of Thrones on July 17. Click Amazon: 4K TVs For Under $1,000. The streamer will sell HBO for $14.99 a month, and Cinemax for $9.99 a month, which are comparable
News and Analysis The Wall Street Journal reports today that Dish and Amazon have discussed a partnership to launch a wireless business, and perhaps working together in other projects as well. Click: See Amazon’s ‘1-Day-Only’ Deals! The newspaper adds that any arrangement probably wouldn’t include Amazon purchasing Dish, and that no partnership deal is imminent.
PlayStation Vue, the live streaming service owned by Sony, has added 17 local Fox network affiliates, writes Fierce Cable. Click Amazon: Today’s Best-Selling TVs! Local channels, or the lack thereof, has been a top focus for live streaming services as they seek to round their lineups to compete more effectively with traditional pay TV service
News Analysis AT&T may have gotten a wake up after the first quarter when DIRECTV and the U-verse TV services combined lost a net of 233,000 subs. Perhaps even more alarming was evidence that its new live streaming service, DIRECTV Now, suddenly was experiencing backward subscription growth after a strong first month in 2016. Click Amazon: