Live TV Streaming News

World Cup Driving 50% Week-Over-Week Growth for Hulu

In an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Alley yesterday, Hulu’s CEO Randy Freer shared that the World Cup has increased Hulu Live TV subscriptions 50% week-over-week.

“We think live events are incredibly valuable. If you look at – the best — the biggest events are best on Hulu is something we like to do. We see our live subscriptions are up 50% week over week since the World Cup started. So we’re seeing a big uptick as people come in, want to experience the live (events).”

When asked if Hulu could join Amazon & Twitter and bid on rights for streaming sports, Freer shared:

“I think ultimately as we all get enough customers we’ll compete for the best product that’s going to engage those customers in the biggest and best way. And i think, hopefully, Hulu will be right at that table.”

You can watch the full interview in which he discusses Apple/Oprah, 21st Century Fox/Disney, and AT&T/Time Warner and their impact on Hulu.

21st Century Fox Accepts New Higher Bid From Disney

Following a bid from Comcast last week, Disney raised their offer to $71.3B for 21st Century Fox this morning. It’s been reported that the media giant’s board has already accepted the offer.

The deal — 50% in cash and 50% in stock —surpasses Disney’s original offer of $52.4B last month.

The deal includes:

  • 20th Century Fox
  • 20th Century Fox Television
  • FX Networks
  • National Geographic
  • Fox Regional Sports Networks
  • 30% Stake in Hulu
  • Stake in international networks Sky and Star TV.

Even with 21st Century Fox accepting Disney’s bid, Comcast could still make a superior unsolicited bid in an attempt to steal Fox away once again.

Here are PlayStation Vue's New Features on Apple TV

PlayStation Vue rolled out an update this morning with support for IR TV Remotes.

This is a much welcomed feature for cord cutters, who still want the feel of being able to use a standard remote to control their television.

Some have speculated that these services may try to add channel numbers in an effort to make it feel more natural to those using a streaming service for the first time.

Other New Features:

  • You can press and hold the right and left edges for fast-forward and rewind
  • You can set a favorite profile for auto-login
  • Press Menu to quickly change the date in the guide

YouTube TV Adds Starz for $9 a Month

After weeks of speculation, YouTube TV added Starz to their channel line-up as a $9 add-on. As part of the subscription, you will get at least 14 Starz and Starz Encore channels live and on-demand.

This means you’ll be able to watch Starz Originals like Sweetbitter, Power, Vida, Outlander, and Howards End.

Starz was already available as an add-on to Sling TV ($9), DIRECTV NOW ($8), or Xfinity Instant TV ($12).

Starz

  • Starz
  • Starz Cinema
  • Starz Comedy
  • Starz Edge
  • Starz in Black
  • Starz Kids & Family

Starz Encore

  • Starz Encore
  • Stare Encore Action
  • Starz Encore Black
  • Starz Encore Classic
  • Starz Encore Espanol
  • Starz Encore Family
  • Starz Encore Suspense
  • Starz Encore Westerns

DIRECTV NOW Launches Todo y Más Spanish-Language Package. Here Are All the Channels.

DIRECTV NOW just announced a new Spanish-language package called Todo y Más — which includes ~90 channels for $45/month.

In addition, they launched two Spanish language add-ons for their English plans — Deportes ($5) for 6 sports channels and Español ($10) for 60 Spanish Channels.

The Deportes package includes channels like BeIn en Español, Univision Deportes, Fox Deportes, and ESPN Deportes.

The Español package includes channels like Univsion, Discovery en Español, Estrella TV, Cinelatino, and more.

Todo y Más

  • ~90 Channels
  • $45 / Month
  • Includes Locals
  • Does Not Include Regional Sports Networks

English Channels

  • A&E
  • ABC
  • AMC
  • Animal Planet
  • Audience
  • AXS TV
  • Baby First
  • Baby TV
  • beIN Sports
  • Boomerang
  • Bravo
  • Cartoon Network
  • CBS
  • CNN
  • CSPAN
  • CSPAN 2
  • Discovery
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney XD
  • E!
  • El Rey Network
  • ESPN3
  • Food Network
  • Fox
  • Fox News
  • Fox Sports 1
  • Freeform
  • Fusion
  • FX
  • FXX
  • History
  • HLN
  • Lifetime
  • MSNBC
  • MTV
  • MyNetworkTV
  • National Geographic
  • NBC
  • Nick Jr.
  • Nickelodeon
  • Paramount Network
  • TBS
  • The CW
  • The Weather Channel
  • TNT
  • USA Network
  • Velocity HD
  • VH1
  • Viceland
  • WeatherNation

Spanish Channels

  • Antena 3
  • Atres Series
  • Azteca
  • Bandamax
  • beIN Sports en español
  • Canal 22 Internacional
  • CANAL ONCE
  • Caracol TV
  • Centroamérica TV
  • Cine Estelar
  • Cine Mexicano
  • Cine Nostalgia
  • Cine Sony
  • Cinelatino
  • CNN En Español
  • De Pelicula
  • De Pelicula Clásico
  • Discovery en Español
  • Discovery Familia
  • Ecuador TV
  • Ecuavisa Internacional
  • Enlace
  • ESPN Deportes
  • Estrella TV
  • FOROtv
  • FOX Deportes
  • FOXlife
  • Galavision
  • GOLTV
  • History En Español
  • HITN TV
  • Hola TV
  • IVC Net
  • MegaTV
  • Multimedios
  • Nat Geo Mundo
  • NTN24
  • Nuestra Tele
  • Pasiones
  • Perú Mágico
  • SUR Perú
  • TeleCentro
  • Telefe
  • Telemundo
  • Tr3s
  • TV Chile
  • TVE
  • TyCSports
  • UniMás
  • Universo
  • Univision
  • Univision Deportes
  • Univision tlnovelas
  • Venevisión
  • VideoRola
  • ViendoMovies
  • Vme
  • WAPA América
  • ZooMoo

Report: Roku to Launch Amazon Channels Competitor

In a report by Variety, they shared that Roku plans to launch a streaming marketplace similar to Amazon Channels.

While Roku already allows users to subscribe to some services like HBO NOW and CBS All Access in their Channel Store — they require a separate download for each streaming service.

Many expect Roku to launch a single app where users can discover, subscribe, and then access all the content across their subscribed services.

It is expected that this will be built on top of their next generation billing platform Roku Pay — so users just have to enter payment information a single time.

Roku is not the only one trying to build an all-in-one video subscription marketplace. Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported that Apple might be launching a similar service in 2019.

fuboTV is Now Only $35 for Your First Month

fuboTV just announced a promotion for new subscribers. Your first month of fuboTV is now only $35 (normally $45) or $40 for Fubo Extra (normally $50).

When your subscription renews, the price will increase to $45 for base Fubo or $50 for Fubo Extra.

As an added bonus, until the end of the World Cup, all subscribers will get the Family Share add-on added to their subscription.

The fuboTV Family Share add-on (normally $5.99 / month) includes a third simultaneous stream so you can watch on 3 mobile or media streaming devices around the house or on-the-go.

Today is Your Last Chance to Save $10 a Month on PlayStation Vue

Save $10 Per Month on PlayStation Vue Core Plan

For the past 10 days, new Vue subscribers could get the PlayStation Vue Core Plan for just $34.99 (normally $44.99) for two months as part of PlayStation’s 11 Days of Deals. Unfortunately, the deal ends today (6/18).

The PlayStation Vue Core Plan comes with live locals, regional sports networks, and 25 of the Top 35 Cable Channels.

It is our pick as the Best Plan for Sports Fans because it includes the most comprehensive package for sports fans.

You will receive all national sports networks (ESPN, FS1, NBCSN, TNT, and TBS), major RSNs (NBC Sports, FOX Sports, and more), pro sports channels (NBA TV, NFL Network, and MLB Network), and college sports channels (Big 10 Network, ESPNU, SEC Network, and CBS Sports Network).

To learn more about PlayStation Vue, take a look at our full review.

National Sports
DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$35–$70 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $40–$75 $20 $25 $40
ESPN - - -
ESPN2 - - -
Fox Sports 1 - -
Fox Sports 2 ≥ $60 - -
NBC Sports Network - -
TBS - -
TNT - -
Pro Sports
DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$35–$70 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $40–$75 $20 $25 $40
MLB Network ≥ $50 - - - ≥ $45 - -
NBA TV ≥ $60 - - ≥ $45 ^ $5 ^ $10
NFL Network - - - ≥ $45 - -
NFL RedZone - ^ $9 - - ^ $10 - ^ $10 -
NHL Network ≥ $60 - - - - ^ $5 ^ $10 -
College Sports
DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$35–$70 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $40–$75 $20 $25 $40
ACC Network Extra - - - -
Big Ten Network ≥ $50 - ≥ $45 - -
CBS Sports Network ≥ $60 - ≥ $45 - -
ESPNU ≥ $50 - - ≥ $45 ^ $5 -
Fox College Sports - ^ $9 - - ≥ $55 - - -
Longhorn Network - - - - ^ $10 - - -
Pac-12 Network - - - - ^ $5 ^ $10 -
SEC Network ≥ $50 - - ≥ $45 ^ $5 -

You Can Now Watch Cheddar on fuboTV

fuboTV announced this morning that they’ve added Cheddar to both their base Fubo and Fubo Extra plans.

Cheddar is an online video business and news network focused on covering the most innovative products, technologies, and services.

With the addition of fuboTV, Cheddar is now available on five Live TV Streaming ServicesfuboTV, Sling TV, Philo, YouTube TV, and Hulu Live TV.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$35–$70 $45–$50 $40 $16–$20 $40–$75 $20 $25 $40
Cheddar - -

Just last week, FOMOPOP’s Jason Gurwin joined Kristen Scholer and Tim Stenovec on Cheddar to share some tips on How to Stream the World Cup Online even if you’ve cut the cord.

fuboTV Now Offers Telemundo in over 150 Markets

fuboTV announced today that they have added 4 new local Telemundo affiliates bringing its total to 30 markets.

They also announced that they’ve rolled out the national Telemundo feed to 124 more markets (those that don’t have a local affiliate) — meaning that subscribers in 154 markets will have access to Telemundo.

This is good news for soccer fans looking to catch the World Cup in Spanish. 56 of 64 Spanish-lanugage World Cup games will be broadcasted by Telemundo (with the remaining 8 on NBC Universo).

fuboTV also announced that they added local FOX affiliates in 3 markets which will bring English-language World Cup coverage to Cedar Rapids, Ft. Smith, and Johnstown.

New Telemundo Affiliates

WKTB – Atlanta, GA
KTDO – El Paso, TX (Las Cruces)
WWDT – Ft. Myers/Naples, FL
KCSO – Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto, CA

New FOX Affiliates

KFXA – Cedar Rapids/Waterloo/Iowa City/Dubuque, IA
KFTA – Ft. Smith/Fay/Springdale/Rogers, AR
WWCP – Johnstown/Altoona/State College, PA