In this week's collection of recent cord-cutting news items from around the web: All your favorite shows are probably leaving Netflix, FOX Nation is now on the Roku platform, Comcast is in talks to sell its stake in Hulu, Philo cuts its most affordable TV streaming plan, Amazon & Disney in play for Sunday Ticket, and Amazon has 30 Million active fire TV users.
Jezebel's The Muse predicts, "Now that Disney and NBCUniversal are getting into the streaming business, the rerun you're probably half-watching right now while you second screen might be leaving Netflix, meaning we're either going to have to go back to the days of box sets or invest in a lot of new streaming services." This predication is based on a Wall Street Journal report that "NBCUniversal has been seriously chatting about yanking The Office from Netflix when its contract runs out in 2021" along with the claim that "[t]hree companies launching their own streaming services next year — Disney, NBCUniversal, and WarnerMedia — are responsible for the TV shows and movies that make up 40% of users' time spent viewing Netflix."
"FOX Nation, a subscription streaming service featuring daily live shows, original series, documentaries and events, is now available on the Roku platform," according to a recent Roku blog post. "Thousands of hours of entertainment, including shows like FOX & Friends’ After the Show Show, What Made America Great with Brian Kilmeade, First and Final Thoughts with Tomi Lahren, One Smart Person & Greg Gutfeld, Deep Dive, Moms, and Ed Henry’s Front Row Seat are available for just $5.99 per month after a 7-day free trial." For more information, see our listing for the Fox Nation -Opinion Done Right Roku channel.
"Comcast has had a frustrating run as a partial owner of video streaming platform Hulu," says CNBC, and Comcast is talking with Disney about a deal for Comcast's 30% stake in the streaming service. CNBC lists several reasons for Comcast to hold onto Hulu, and finds reasons to divest.
"Now there's only one option (on Philo), and it's $20 a month," reports Engadget. Philo will drop its $16-per-month plan beginning May 6th, but existing customers can keep their same plan as long as their subscription doesn't lapse.
After AT&T dropped NFL Network from Uverse and DirecTV Now, NBC Sports reports that "the NFL could move its out-of-market streaming rights to Amazon or Disney. Amazon already streams Thursday Night Football, and Disney would surely love to boost the offerings of its in-house streaming service, ESPN+." Google and Netflix have also been reported as possible contenders for a streaming deal.
The Streamable says that "Amazon just continues to take over the world, or so it seems," citing an official Amazon report showing that "Amazon Fire TV now has more than 30 million active users, which is up from the 25 million that were announced in October 2018."RokuGuide.com may receive a referral fee for any purchases or subscriptions made through links on this page. See our full FTC Disclosure Statement for more information.