In this week's collection of recent cord-cutting news items from around the web: MLB owners' vote could be big news for baseball fans cutting the cord; what's streaming on Netflix, Amazon and Hulu in December; streaming TV's battle of the binge; live channels not part of many households' streaming strategies; and Nickelodeon content coming to CBS All Access.
Yahoo Sports reported on a Major League Baseball owners meeting where commissioner Rob Manfred said that teams had "approved unanimously a revised interactive media rights agreement." Yahoo Sports speculated that "fans without cable subscriptions will hopefully soon be able to purchase digital access to the broadcasts of their local team a la carte... The hope is that this will provide an easier avenue for cord-cutters to stream broadcasts of their hometown baseball team. "
"It's almost 2020 and some of the streaming services are trotting out some major content to help to make the season bright,"says CNN, which provides "a sampling of what Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO Now and Acorn have to offer in December." Content includes Season 3 of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" on Amazon Prime, "Lost in Space" Season 2 on Netflix, and "How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming" on Hulu.
The Hollywood Reporter discusses the best approach to rolling out series on streaming services "Disney+ bets on a seven-day rollout, Netflix sticks to all-at-once drops and Apple TV+ experiments with both."
Streaming Media discusses a research letter in which "MoffettNathanson senior analyst Craig Moffett examines the numbers and declares 'live is dead,' before adding a few caveats. In the post-pay TV world consumers were supposed to slide from cable and satellite subscriptions to vMVPD accounts that offered a limited set of live channels for lower prices. But, Moffett notes, the conversion rate for households doing that is low. Over the last 12 months, only 40% of those dropping pay TV then signed up for an vMVPD."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS All Access "is adding children's programming from Viacom-backed Nickelodeon in one of the first moves ahead of the media titans' Dec. 4 merger... While it's unclear which library titles from Nickelodeon will head to CBS All Access, it's safe to assume that hit titles like SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer will be included, as Viacom currently doesn't have another subscription streaming platform to house them. Nickelodeon famously pulled its library titles from Netflix years ago in a bid to stem its linear ratings downfall."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.