New customers of Netflix in the United States, Canada, and Latin America will see the price of a subscription increase this year. The video streaming service silently admitted that new customers will have to pay $9.99 per month for access to its library of movies, television shows, documentaries, comedy specials, and more. This is for Netflix’s tier that allows for two devices to stream content simultaneously.
Turn that phone sideways. That’s what Verizon is asking you to do with its new video streaming service called Go90. So, yes, the name comes from the fact that you are turning your phone ninety degrees to start watching television shows, live sports and concerts, and other random videos. And today Go90 launched its mobile apps so you can start enjoying content anywhere at any time.
Sometime this week, Verizon should be announcing a new video streaming service that will be targeted at millennials. The service, known as Go90, will call upon viewers to turn their phones 90 degrees in order to start watching television shows. Go90 will not have any advertisements, instead generating revenue from advertisements.
On Friday, Comcast announced that a digital video platform is on the way. The company expects to launch its YouTube-like service, likely called Watchable, in the coming weeks. Although the company is one of the largest sellers of video advertisements in the United States, YouTube and Facebook have been chipping away at Comcast’s market share. The issue with those two, however, is the lack of access and appeal to traditional television viewers.
Live video streaming app Meerkat announced they are bringing the ability to stream video from a GoPro directly to the Meerkat service. The move is the latest step for Meerkat as they are in a heated competition with Periscope, from Twitter, in the live-streaming video app space. The update was announced at the VidCon online video convention. Read more
The wireless industry is getting increasingly competitive, so we’re starting to see carriers branch out into other markets to try to look for other avenues of making money. AT&T wants DirecTV, and it looks like Verizon wants to throw their hat into the ring for video streaming services. Read more
Google is hard at work trying to roll all kinds of content into its YouTube streaming service. We already have Music Key, and a service dedicated to video game streaming is still in the pipeline. There are still rumors of an upcoming paid video streaming service to compete with Netflix and Amazon, though, and some new details have emerged about progress on that service today. Read more
Video and music streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Spotify, and Apple Music all have something in common. None of them feature advertisements along with the content. Subscriptions are meant to unlock access to exclusive content and offer a high-end, ad-free experience where users get what they want. Hulu has operated both its free and paid tiers with ads attached to content, especially irking customers that are paying $7.99 per month. The amount of Hulu subscribers sits at 9 million and ads could be what is preventing that number from booming.
With Project NOAH, that could change and provide Hulu with millions of additional subscribers at a quicker pace.
Pluto TV is a new Internet television service that offers free programing. They have just landed a deal with Hulu, another Internet streaming service that will allow them to broadcast ad-supported content from their entire library. That includes major network shows from ABC, NBC, and FOX. It also includes other TV networks and movies.
Sprint’s “All-In” plan they announced earlier today sounds awesome. It’s simple to understand, costs only $80 per month (including the phone and access fees), and offers customers unlimited talking, texting, and data. Sounds almost too good to be true for a postpaid carrier plan, right? Well, it is. Kinda.
Some fine details in the terms and conditions of Sprint’s new plan suggests that the carrier will place a 600 kbps cap on all streaming video for users on this new plan. Yeah, 600 kbps. That’s just barely over the recommended internet speed that Google suggests for YouTube, and you can bet that’s not HD video. Read more