CNN has announced that it will be launching a new streaming service early next year in Q1 2022, called CNN+. The service will launch in the US only, but the company is looking to eventually make the service available worldwide. The service is expected to compliment the cable network, as opposed to replacing it, by providing new personality-driven programming that is not available through the existing CNN linear channels. It doesn’t seem like a CNN+ subscription on its own, without a traditional paid TV subscription, will provide access to the live news channel. Pricing for the new streaming service has not been announced, but there will not be an ad-supported version at launch.
Earlier this week, Vudu revealed that they were finally releasing an app for Fire TV devices and now Vudu for Fire TV has arrived in the Amazon Appstore. The app is compatible with every Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition model. It’s a very rudimentary app but it gets the job done of giving you up to 4K playback of your Vudu library. There is a Movies section and a TV section where you can browse content in the Vudu store. If you log into the app you’ll be able to view your purchased content, as well as view your watchlist, wishlist, and pre-orders. The app also has a Kids Mode where you can select an age between 2 and 12 and only content appropriate for that age or under will be accessible. Unfortunately, you cannot purchase content directly from the Fire TV app, likely because Vudu doesn’t want to give Amazon a cut of the in-app purchase. You’ll need to purchase content through a phone or computer on Vudu.com first before it can be played in the Vudu app for Fire TV. There also doesn’t seem to be any way to watch any of the free ad-supported content that Vudu offers.
Paramount+ has launched today on Amazon Fire TV devices, Prime Video Channels, and other platforms. The new streaming service replaces CBS All Access by merging CBS content with Viacom’s catalog of content from BET, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV, the Smithsonian Channel, and more. The new Paramount+ app for Fire TV has been swapped in under the same listing as the old CBS All Access app, so you’ll just need to update the app if you already have the old CBS app installed. Paramount+ is also available as a Prime Video Channel which does also give you full access to the app. Read more ›
Discovery, and its suite of channels and shows, has launched its new streaming service, Discovery+, on Amazon Fire TVs and other streaming devices. The new service provides a-la-carte access to Discovery’s networks including Food Network, HGTV, TLC, ID, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, DIY, Magnolia, OWN, A&E, Lifetime, History, and Discovery. All of the content is available with ads for $4.99 per month or ad-free for $6.99 per month. Read more ›
T-Mobile has launched their over-the-top streaming service, TVision, to compete with the likes of YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, and others. The TVision app is already available in the Amazon appstore for Fire TV devices. It’s compatible with all Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, and Fire TV Stick models except the 1st-gen Fire TV and the 1st-gen Fire TV Stick. It has some actually compelling plans that start at just $10/month. Read more ›
The relatively new short-form streaming service Quibi has just released apps for Amazon Fire TV devices, as well as Android TV and Apple TV. The service launched in April 2020 as a mobile-only service with 10-minute “quick bite” episodes of original content that was meant to be viewed when you have some free time while on the go. With everyone spending so much time at home, the mobile-centric service has struggled to hold on to subscribers so they’ve now switched strategies by releasing new apps for all major streaming platforms except Roku. Read more ›
Plex, the much loved media player app available on nearly ever platform, including all Fire TV models, has expanded their free content offering with the addition of 80 free live linear channels. Much like the library of free on-demand movies and TV shows, added by Plex late last year, these live channels are ad-supported and are avialable globaly to everion, without the need to create an account or sign into the app. Read more ›
Peacock, the new streaming service from NBC, is not yet available in the official Amazon Appstore. That’s a shame because, while the service has a paid premium subscription, there is actually quite a bit of free content available. Thankfully, sideloading the official app works fine on Fire TVs, so here is a quick guide on how to install Peacock on any Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, or Fire TV Edition television. Read more ›
In response to YouTube TV raising prices and Fubo TV raising prices this week, Sling TV has announced a 1-Year Price Gurantee. Existing customers and anyone who signs up by August 1st, 2020 will automatically guarantee their current service price through August 1st. 2021. Read more ›
Just one day after YouTube TV increased their price to $65, competing streaming TV service Fubo TV has announced that they’re increasing their two least expensive plans by $5. The Standard plan is going from $55/month to $60/month and the Family plan is going from $60/month to $65/month. Worse yet, Fubo TV has decided to automatically move all existing customers on the Standard plan to the Family plan to, as they put it, “provide more value.” Read more ›