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Disney to Offer Streaming Bundle of Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu for $12.99

Disney disclosed Tuesday that it will offer a streaming bundle of Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and the advertising-supported version of Hulu for $12.99 a month. – Cynthia Littleton, Variety » https://bit.ly/2GQI33c

Spectrum quietly tries a la carte TV streaming, but restrictions apply

The biggest problem with Spectrum TV Choice is that it’s not open to everyone. The Spectrum rep I spoke with said the company is currently offering it to around 100,000 “hand-picked” customers. When I asked whether my neighbors and friends could call to request the service, the rep said they could try, but made no guarantees that they’d be successful. – Jared Newman, TechHive http://ift.tt/2CcBeZ0

Hulu Says Super Bowl Live-Streaming Outage Was Caused by Program-Extension Glitch

For Hulu, the issue was related to the streaming company’s system for extending live programming past its pre-set endpoint, according to a rep. In the programming schedule, NBC’s Super Bowl LII coverage was set to end at 10 p.m. ET, when the episode for “This Is Us” was supposed to air. For reasons still unknown, the live game was unavailable for some Hulu subscribers once the clock struck 10 p.m. ET. – Todd Spangler, Variety http://ift.tt/2sbSE3J

Nielsen Ratings Are Finally Adding Streaming Services To The Mix

Nielsen isn’t incorporating the entirety of YouTube and Hulu’s viewing numbers into its overall ratings equations. Rather, the company will complement its already existing live, DVR and On Demand stats with cord-cutter metrics geared to Hulu’s recently implemented live TV service, as well as the similarly conceived YouTube TV. Thankfully, there won’t be any medium-based exceptions in place, and Nielsen will be tabulating the numbers regardless of if people watched on laptops, phones, tablets, etc. – Nick Venable, CinemaBlend http://ift.tt/2uUOHRk

Discovery Interest in Scripps Driven by Visions of $3 TV Bundle

With pay TV having to compete with online options like Netflix, the owner of unscripted channels like Animal Planet and TLC wants to bundle the Scripps Networks Interactive with its own in an online service for as little as $3 to $4 a month, a person familiar with the company’s thinking said. Discovery Communications has already weighed selling a sports-free service with programmers like Viacom and AMC Networks for less than $20 a month, Bloomberg reported in April. – Bloomberg News via Advertising Age http://ift.tt/2uQkFxD

Hulu adds NBC networks to its upcoming live TV service

That means you’ll be able to watch Saturday Night Live, well, live, in addition to programming from USA Network, Syfy, E! Entertainment and MSNBC. Oh, and when the Olympics return, you’ll be able to watch them as the games happen. If you’re keeping track at home, that means Hulu will have all four major broadcast networks on offer in addition to its on-demand library. Basically, $40 will get you a pretty generous basic cable package, all without a cable subscription. Here’s to hoping that the company can ink a deal with Viacom as well. – Timothy J. Seppala, Engadget http://engt.co/2p1CELG

Local channels in streaming bundles: Why they’re hard to get, and how that’s changing

Broadcast retransmission fees are a lucrative revenue stream for TV networks and affiliates, and a big driver of rising cable TV bills, so streaming bundles could see similar price increases over time. PlayStation Vue is a great example, charging $10 per month more in markets where it carries a majority of live local stations. That brings the base price up to $40 per month—$5 more than the starting price of YouTube TV and DirecTV Now—even if you’d rather get those same local channels for free with an antenna. – Jared Newman, TechHive http://ift.tt/2q9OPHc

Now even your streaming TV and music will come in bundles like cable TV

photo: Mashable

Paul Verna, senior analyst for eMarketer, said that for a market to emerge that can be more diverse than just giants like Netflix and Hulu, prices will have to come down. “The more of these subscriptions services that are out there, the harder it is for any of them to rise above the noise,” Verna said. “So when people look at that option to cut the cord, a lot of times once they start figuring out exactly what they want for content, they find that they’re not necessarily really saving a lot or any money.” – Jason Abbruzzese & Saba Hamedy, Mashable

ESPN Is Talking to Dish, Others About New Streaming Packages

ESPN isn’t looking to sell directly to consumers. “We do not believe that right now to be good business,” Skipper said. Instead, ESPN is betting on preserving the traditional pay TV bundle. “We have no intention of changing that proposition. That is excellent business for us,” [John Skipper] said. Still, the realities of cord cutting haven’t been lost on Skipper. ESPN saw its subscribers decline last year, which contributed to a sell-off in media stock. “There have been some losses due to cord cutting,” Skipper acknowledged. – Janko Roettgers, Variety

Cord cutting isn’t about saving money – it’s about having choices

photo: BGR

Saving money really isn’t the point. Instead I want the ability to pay separately for content that I actually want to watch and not be forced to buy a bundle of channels that never get used. The cable industry stubbornly refused to offer a la carte channel selections for years but now streaming technology has improved to the point where traditional cable bundles just make no sense for a lot of people. While cable companies can try to make up for this by jacking up the prices of broadband, there’s no chance that they’ll ever be able to force us all to live with massively overpriced bundles again. – Brad Reed, BGR
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