The Winner of The CES Swag & Roku Premiere+ Is…

I am very excited to announce the winner of the CES swag and Roku Premiere+! With the Roku Premiere+ comes CES swag and this year we have geat swag from Plex, GoGo, TCL, Polaroid, Nikon, & More. To top it off I am adding in a Roku Premiere+ with 4K HDR. Here is everything thing you can get with this giveaway: [embedded content] Please note this giveaway is not endorsed or sponsored by Roku or CES. This giveaway is run and managed by Cord Cutters News, LLC. The winner is: Donna! We have already emailed Donna at the email address that Click Here to Read more

Hulu Now Offers All Four Major Locals in Nearly 50% Of United States

Today Hulu announced that they have topped 521 locals including ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC on their live TV streaming service. With these new affiliates, Hulu now offers ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC in nearly 50% of all US TV households. This gives Hulu a solid lead over their competitors including DIRECTV NOW, YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, etc when looking at a number of locals. Hulu went on to say that they will be adding additional affiliates in the “next few weeks.” This will continue to help Hulu keep their lead in locals over their competitors. This all comes a few days Click Here to Read more

Verizon’s New 5G Network Will Bring 1 Gbps Internet to Everyone

Today Verizon held their 4th quarter earnings call and gave some interesting new details about their plans for 5G. The promise of 5G home Internet is to bring fiber Internet speeds without the cost of running fiber to each house. With 5G you will be able to get 5G Internet wirelessly to your home, which is a dream many cord cutters have had for years. The hope is to cut the time it takes to wire a city with fiber Internet from years to months. Verizon has been at the core of this push to see 5G rollout starting this year. Click Here to Read more

Philo’s CEO Opens Up About New Networks, App Support, & More

Yesterday FierceCable posted an interview with Andrew McCollum, the CEO of the live TV streaming service Philo. During the interview a few interesting points jumped out to us, and we wanted to highlight them here. Philo’s Plans to Add More Networks One of the most common questions we get is will Philo add more networks. During the interview McCollum said they would love to add more networks such as FX, Nat GEO, and SyFy. Yet at the same time he explained why getting these networks is difficult for Philo. “It is tough because being in those families of networks with Click Here to Read more

PlayStation Vue is Currently Down For Many Subscribers

About an hour ago PlayStation Vue went down according to reports for our readers. The outage seems to be scattered through parts of the Midwest, Northeast, and East coast of the United States. Out in Nebraska 😩 https://t.co/krrgmiXUqw — Bryan (@Padsker) January 23, 2018 Detroit is out — Ryan Curtis (@theCurtisReport) January 23, 2018 Some users are reporting that a stream they started before the outage is still working but they are unable to switch channels: Guide will not load. Stuck on one channel — Ti_ (@ti_watson) January 23, 2018 As best we can tell the issue seems to be Click Here to Read more

Google Breaks YouTube on Amazon Fire TV Browsers

The fight between Google and Amazon just took a new turn today as Google cracked down on Fire TV users once again. Today Google blocked Silk or Firefox browser to access YouTube.com version made for smart TVs. Now if you try to access YouTube.com/TV on a Fire TV through the Firefox or Silk browser you will be redirected to the desktop version of the site. According to Elias Saba from AFTVnews who first reported this change “By blocking access to the version of YouTube made for television browsers, Google has deliberately made browsing their website an unusable experience on Amazon Click Here to Read more

CBS Renews Their Contract With PlayStation Vue

Today it was announced that CBS and PlayStation Vue have agreed to a new contract to keep CBS owned stations and affiliates on PlayStation Vue. This deal will also keep CBS owned networks like Showtime, CBS Sports Network, CBSN and Pop on Sony’s live TV streaming service PlayStation Vue. “We are very pleased to extend our partnership with PlayStation Vue,” Ray Hopkins, president, television networks distribution, CBS Corp., said in a statement.  “The renewal of this agreement for various CBS networks enables us to continue to bring CBS’ world-class content to the audiences we share.” No details of the deal have been Click Here to Read more

Report: Facebook Passes on Thursday Night NFL Football

Right now the NFL is busy accepting bids for streaming rights to Thursday Night NFL Football in 2018. According to reports, there is a growing number of services biding for rights to stream the games. Now we know of at least one service that won’t be bidding. According to Bloomberg (who has an excellent reputation with their sources), Facebook has decided to pass on Thursday Night Football streaming rights as it is expected the price will once again go up. Last year Amazon paid $50 million for the World Wide streaming rights to NFL Thursday Night Football. Even at that price though Click Here to Read more

Alexa Expands Multi-Room Playback to More Services

Last August, Amazon rolled out Multi-Room Playback to Alexa Devices. With Whole Home Streaming you can start playing music on one Alexa-powered device and sync the audio to all of your Alexa devices or only the devices you want. This allows you to have your music synchronized throughout your home as you walk from room to room, giving you an easy to set up wire free home intercom system. Now you can enjoy everything from your favorite book or talk show to your favorite music throughout your home synced together. In the past, before Multi-Room Playback on Alexa, you would Click Here to Read more

fuboTV Adds 14 More NBC & CBS Affiliates

Today the live TV streaming service fuboTV announced that they have added 14 new NBC and CBS affiliates across the United States. This brings the total number of local affiliates to 140 plus FOX network programming in 45 additional markets around the United States.  This comes a week after fuboTV added 29 CBS & NBC affiliates last week. Here are the affiliates they added: NBC KVOA – Tucson-Sierra Vista, AZ WGAL – Lancaster-Harrisburg-Lebanon-York, PA WHEC – Rochester, NY WPTV – West Palm Beach-Ft. Pierce, FL WPTZ – Burlington, VT/Plattsburgh, NY WSLS – Roanoke-Lynchburg, VA WVTM – Birmingham-Anniston-Tuscaloosa, AL WXII – Winston Salem-Greensboro-High Click Here to Read more

Cord Cutting This Week #11 – Free Streaming Locals, Amazon Price Hike, & More

This week we continue our weekly recap show called Cord Cutting This Week. Every week I pick out a handful of stories I think could have the most significant long-term impact on cord cutting and give you my personal opinion on them. The show is still in beta, as we test out how the show will look, the length of the show, what content we will cover, and more. So join us as I give you my opinions on cord cuttings biggest stories. We would love your feedback as we work hard to improve the show. (Side note: YouTube always pulls the Click Here to Read more

Dish Officially Announces Legal Action against Two IPTV Services

A few weeks ago it was reported that Dish had filed two lawsuits targeting IPTV services. Yesterday, Dish formally announced the lawsuits and explained why they are taking these steps. The two IPTV services Dish targeted are Spider-TV and Tiger Star and, according to the complaint, Dish is suing them for broadcasting certain TV channels licensed exclusively to Dish. “We feel it is our responsibility to ensure the channels and shows we pay to carry exclusively are not pirated and sold illegally,” said Timothy Messner, executive vice president and general counsel at DISH in a statement on their site. “Despite our Click Here to Read more

Disney & Twitch Team Up To Take on YouTube

You may know Twitch as the place to go and watch video games being played. Recently Twitch has expanded outside of video games into talk shows, vlogging, and more. Now they are teaming up with Disney Digital Network to help add support for pre-recorded videos on Twitch. Amazon the parent company behind Twitch has made it clear that they want to take on YouTube. Now it looks like they may be using Twitch to do just that. In the past, the only way to add video to Twitch was to record it live. Now with this deal with Disney Digital Click Here to Read more

The Paramount Network Launches on Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, & Philo

If you are a fan of Spike TV we have bad news for you. Yesterday was the last day Spike TV will air in the United States. Today January 18th 2018 Spike TV will be rebranded as the Paramount Network as part of Viacom’s move to update their brand and to take advantage of their ownership of Paramount. “Today we launch Paramount Network, inspired by over a century of cinematic excellence and dedicated to bringing premium storytelling to every screen,” said the network. “Telling stories that entertain, inspire and challenge. Stories you feel.” Paramount will continue many of the shows on Click Here to Read more

TWiT Sues Twitter Over Twitter’s Streaming Service

If you had been a fan of the old Tech TV channel, you likely know Leo Laporte and his new TWiT channel that offers a long list of technology shows. Now Leo Laporte and is company TWiT are suing Twitter for breach of contract and copyright infringement. According to the lawsuit, Twitter’s cofounder Evan Williams had previously told Leo Laporte Twitter was a simple text-based microblogging service. TWiT was a video service so the two companies decided to coexist because they occupied different markets. “Williams also acknowledged that Twitter was aware of the conflict” between the TWITTER and TWiT mark, Click Here to Read more