Category Archives: streaming services

Netflix tests pre-roll video ‘previews’ that are personalized to your interests

 Netflix regularly experiments with new ways to introduce viewers to its own original programming, including through recommendations, trailers, and other featured selections on its homepage. The latest experiment, underway now, is the use of pre-roll advertisements that play before the show you’re about to watch. These are being used to promote Netflix series or movies that are live or… Read More

Amazon Channels now works like a TV login for HBO & Showtime’s apps

 Amazon Channels is starting act like a TV provider. The service, which allows Prime members to subscribe to over-the-top premium networks like HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax and others, now allows you to log into some of the networks’ standalone streaming apps, as well, starting with HBO and Showtime. That is, instead of entering in your cable or satellite TV credentials to gain access to… Read More

77% of consumers want a la carte TV, TiVo study finds, but price they’re willing to pay drops

 The majority of consumers in the U.S. and Canada are no longer interested in hefty pay TV packages filled with channels they don’t watch. According to a new study from TiVo out this morning, 77.3 percent now want “a la carte” TV service – meaning, they want to only pay for the channels they actually watch. And they’re not willing to pay too much for this… Read More

comScore: cord cutters tend to have lower incomes than pay TV subscribers, watch less television

 A new comScore study out today has taken a deeper look at the behavior of cord cutters here in the U.S., in order better understand how this growing demographic differs from pay TV subscribers, as well as what factors may have influenced their decision to leave cable TV behind. According to the report, cord cutters tend to be lower to middle income, and – despite spending more time on… Read More

Twitch taps into nostalgia with plans to stream “Mister Rogers”

 Twitch is now going to stream PBS’s “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Yes, the classic kids’ show is being made available to the mostly adult users of the Amazon-owned video game streaming site. Why? Well, a couple of reasons. For starters, Twitch already has a deal with PBS Distribution which has allowed it to stream a number of classic TV programs, including… Read More

CBS launches an All Access-Showtime “skinny bundle” for cord cutters

 CBS has been promising a bundle of its two flagship streaming services, CBS All Access and Showtime, since last year. And on last week’s earnings call, CEO Leslie Moonves announced a combined package would soon be available. Today, that combined package has arrived. Starting now, consumers can sign up for CBS’s own take on the “skinny” bundle through either the… Read More

PBS KIDS launches its own streaming stick with access to on-demand video, games and live TV

PBS KIDS is ready to take over your kids’ TV. The company this morning announced the launch of its own streaming stick, called the PBS KIDS Plug & Play, which delivers a combination of on-demand video, sing-alongs, and games, as well as access to the PBS KIDS’ live stream when connected to Wi-Fi. The content selection is updated regularly, at no additional cost. There’s… Read More

Music royalty collector Kobalt nabs $75M led by Hearst Entertainment at $775M valuation

 As music streaming continues to grow in ubiquity, a company that’s built a platform to collect royalties on music played across billions of streams is cashing in on the opportunity. Kobalt, the European startup that has built technology and a platform to collect music royalties by tracking when even a sample of a song is played across multiple platforms, has raised another $75… Read More

Hulu’s Live TV service to cost $39.99 per month with ads, sources say

 The pricing for Hulu’s live TV service, a competitor with cable television – as well as a host of other streaming TV services like Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV NOW, and YouTube TV – will likely be $39.99 per month, with ads and access to Hulu’s on-demand library, according to sources with knowledge of Hulu’s plans. That’s in line with Hulu CEO Mike… Read More

Boomerang launches a $5 per month cartoon streaming service

 Time Warner’s Turner and Warner Bros. have joined the now-crowded market of subscription-based streaming services with the launch of Boomerang, a $5 per month service that streams both classic cartoons and current series. Boomerang’s catalog will offer shows from Warner Bros.’ Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM animation library of over 5,000 titles, which includes new… Read More