Disney cuts ties with Netflix—Here’s why

Disney is ending its exclusive deal with Netflix in favor of launching its own streaming service.

Nearly ever content provider is thinking about starting its own streaming service, so Disney’s decision doesn’t come as a surprise. Its deal with Netflix runs through 2019, which is also the year it’ll launch its own streaming service where Disney movies and content from its entities like Disney Channel will be available. Upon the launch of the Disney streaming service, the main titles that will be available will be Toy Story 4 and the sequel to Frozen.

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YouTube Red and Google Play Music are merging for a new service

Google has confirmed plans to merge YouTube Red and Play Music into a new streaming service. YouTube’s head of music said the move was necessary to take the services forward and attract new subscribers, but he insists nothing will change without plenty of notice.

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AT&T sweetens Unlimited Choice data plan with DirectTV Now add-on

AT&T announced its Unlimited Choice data plan can now be coupled with DirecTV Now for only $70.

Unlimited Choice is AT&T’s low-tier unlimited data that costs $60 per month. The plan is a cheap unlimited data plan but has the catch-22 detail of capping out data speeds at 3mpbs. DirectTV Now’s “Live a Little” package retails for $35, but customers who couple the Unlimited Choice and DirecTV Now subscription will receive a $25 credit bringing down the total price to $70. That’s a pretty sweet deal in case you’ve been looking to cut the cord.

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NFL’s Thursday Night Football is moving to Amazon

The NFL’s one-year experiment with Twitter is over. The league started streaming Thursday Night Football games on the social network last year, but this year it’s going to Amazon thanks to a $50 million deal it struck with the online giant.

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Hulu’s Live TV service will be $40 or less

There’s been a lot of build up toward Hulu’s live TV service, which has been in the oven for several months, but it finally sounds like it’s on the verge of launching. Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins this week shared more details about what to expect, including a sub-$40 price when it’s finally made available.

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Sling TV launches Cloud DVR feature, available to Roku users first

Sling TV on Monday announced a Cloud DVR feature that will be available in beta to select Roku users. The invitation-only feature will offer up to 100 hours of cloud DVR storage, with no time limit on recordings.

The beta will officially launch in December and slowly roll out to additional platforms over the next few months. In order to receive an invite, you have to submit your Sling TV credentials to this link. Sling says that submitting your credentials does not guarantee access into the beta program.

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AT&T DIRECTV NOW Launches Nov. 30 starting at $35 per month

AT&T officially unveiled the final details for its DIRECTV NOW on-demand streaming video platform on Monday, including the launch date and the monthly pricing tiers. It will compete directly with services such as Sling TV and PlayStation Vue when it launches on November 30 starting at $35.

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Orange is the New Black ratings revealed by Nielsen

After years of speculation, we finally have some solid numbers on just how well streaming shows do on services such as Netflix and Hulu.

Speaking at the Consumer 360 conference this week in Las Vegas, Nielsen revealed ratings for some of the most popular shows on streaming services. The ratings company has been monitoring Netflix for some time now, but the data has only been shared with the companies that requested the monitoring. Now Lionsgate (Orange is the New Black) and Sony Pictures Television (Seinfeld and Better Call Saul) have given permission for some of that information to be shared.

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Netflix fees going up for grandfathered subscribers in May, 80% don’t even know it’s coming

Netflix announced the price increase from $7.99 to $9.99 of its standard subscription way back in May of 2014. It was then that pitchforks were supposedly coming out of the shed for the protest on Netflix HQ. That didn’t happen, of course.

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Boo! Netflix begins blocking VPN users

Until now, a VPN served as an incredibly useful tool for Netflix subscribers who wanted to access content from another country – an American watching British Netflix, for example, or a traveler who wanted Netflix in an unsupported market – but that’s coming to an end. Netflix said recently that it was going to begin blocking users who try to connect through a VPN and, according to The Sydney Morning Herald, that’s starting now.

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