Disney to end Netflix Partnership and launch rumored Streaming Servicer

Disney [DIS] has announced that it will be ending a long partnership with the Netflix streaming service sometime in 2019 as it plans on forming its own streaming service that will feature such TV networks as its own ESPN as well as some Disney content. As part of its move into streaming, Disney bought another 42 percent of BAMTech, an arm of Major League Baseball Advanced Media that develops and maintains direct-to-consumer streaming technology and related services, for $1.48 billion. Disney previously held a 33 percent stake in the firm after making a $1 billion investment last year. “The media Click Here to Read more

Plex brings Live TV to 4th Generation Apple TV

(AppleInsider.com): Two recent features of Plex’s media streaming app —Live TV and DVR —have emerged from beta, with the former appearing on the Apple TV for the first time. To use Live TV, Apple TV owners must have a Plex Pass subscription and a compatible digital antenna and tuner connected to a Plex Media Server. The feature supports non-encrypted broadcasts in over 70 countries, and includes a program guide with artwork, episode details, and search functions. Apple TV users may need to restart Plex to get Live TV to appear. With the feature emerging out of beta however they will Click Here to Read more

Discovery Communications will buy Scripps for $12 Billion offer

(ABC News) Discovery Communications (owners of such TV Networks such as Animal Planet and Investigation Discovery) will buy Scripps Networks (owners of HGTV and others) for close to $12 billion, tying together two powerful stables of TV shows ranging from Animal Planet to the Food Network. The deal, announced Monday, puts the combined company in a strong position to draw more women viewers. Other channels include Discovery’s TLC and the Discovery Channel. Scripps owns HGTV and the Travel Channel, among others. The combined company will house five of the top pay TV networks for women and account for more than 20 percent share Click Here to Read more

ABC Television Network to Debut Autism Drama this Fall

Web site DisabilityScoop.com is reporting that the ABC Television Network will be debuting a new prime time television show that will feature a doctor who has Autism and Savant Syndrome. The hourlong show starts Freddie Highmore as Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon who has both disabilities, and is  developed by the same creator who brought you “House“. The show called “The Good Doctor” will debut on September 25th at 10pm Eastern Time, and will be available for streaming via ABC.com after the show airs.  

Famous Director Steven Soderbergh Shoots Feature Film on his Apple iPhone

“Juno Temple is set to co-star with ‘The Crown’s’ Claire Foy in Steven Soderbergh’s next movie, sources tell Variety,” Justin Kroll reports for Variety. “The official title of the pic, which Soderbergh will direct, is currently unknown, but sources says it has a working title of ‘Unsane.’” “Plot details are being kept under wraps, but insiders say Soderbergh shot the entire film on an iPhone, similar to the indie hit ‘Tangerine,’” Kroll reports. “News of the project and Foy’s involvement were first reported by The Tracking Board.” Read more in the full article here.

DirecTV Now announces new deal for subscribers

(CordCuttersNews.com): AT&T has announced new deals for DIRECTV NOW subscribers to make DIRECTV NOW a even better deal. If you have AT&T Unlimited Plus or Choice you can use their $25 video credit off DIRECTV NOW.  You will also get HBO free with your AT&T Unlimited Plus subscription. (The $25 credit was previously only available to AT&T Unlimited Plus customers.) That means starting today AT&T Unlimited Choice customers who subscribe to DIRECTV NOW can get both for just $70 a month.“Customers shouldn’t settle for plain-old unlimited plans. With us, they can stream at least 60 live channels, as well as on-demand, premium channels, popular shows, and hit movies Click Here to Read more

DirecTV Now available on Roku

Announced via their Twitter Feed, Roku has posted that an early version of DirecTV Now is available for their streaming media devices. “AT&T’s video streaming service, DIRECTV NOW, which offers live sports, on demand, premium channels, popular shows, and hit movies – is now available on select devices: Roku TV 4K models, the Roku Ultra, Roku Premiere+, Roku Premiere, Roku Express, Roku Express+, Roku Streaming Stick (model 3600R), Roku 4, Roku 3 and Roku 2 (model 4210). We will continue to work with AT&T to add support for more Roku devices in the future.” For more information, click here.  

OPINION: Why cable cutting is NOT a good idea – just not yet

If you read 98% of the articles abut getting rid of cable and going all streaming to save money, they make it seem that it is the thing to do, and that cable systems should be worried about their business, or are even predicting their demise in a few years. Well, I don’t mean to be the caller of bad news, but don’t call your cable company just yet.  Here’s why: While it is true that cable companies are hiking their prices and are giving you less offerings, you’re still getting a deal with the number of channels and offerings Click Here to Read more

Amazon Video MAY Finally Arrive on Apple TV this Summer

“Amazon and Apple may have reached a truce,” Peter Kafka and Jason Del Rey report for Recode. “The tech giants, who are increasingly competing for customers’ time, eyeballs and money, are close to an agreement to bring an Amazon video app to Apple’s Apple TV set-top box, according to people familiar with the two companies.” “Amazon employees expect the app to show up on Apple’s hardware in the third quarter of the year,” Kafka and Del Rey report. “That move would allow Amazon Prime Video subscribers to easily watch TV shows and movies from the service using Apple TV. For Click Here to Read more

Hulu with Live TV Service and Streaming Features launch on iOS Apps

Hulu has launched its rumored “Hulu with Live TV” service with an app debuting on the iOS App Store, offering live streaming access to major television networks —but similar to the early DirecTV launch, the service is labeled as beta. The service, announced on Wednesday, will cost $43.99 per month without commercials and $39.99 with, and allows users to watch live TV on iOS or the fourth generation Apple TV. Subscribers will be able to stream on two screens at a time, and have 50 hours of DVR storage in the cloud. Hulu subscribers with Live TV have access to Click Here to Read more