Weekend Wrap-Up: Roku and Google Make a Deal, Paramount+ Adds Pluto TV-Like Channels, and More

This week, Roku and Google finally reached an agreement that will keep YouTube and YouTube TV on the Roku platform. Paramount+ has also launched some Pluto TV-like live channels on their paid streaming service. We also have a new free streaming platform for discussion and new Fire TV features to explore.

Here’s what happened in the world of wire cutting and live streaming.

Breaking news

Here are some of the top news broadcasts from the past week.

Roku and Google agree to keep YouTube and YouTube TV on Roku

As the deadline approaches, Roku and Google have agreed to a new multi-year deal that will keep YouTube and YouTube TV on the Roku platform.

Read more about Roku’s new deal with Google here.

Fire TV launches new features and experiences

Amazon started rolling out new features and capabilities for select Fire TV devices this week. New options include more smart home controls and an Alexa panel for faster access to different menus.

Check out the latest Fire TV features here.

10 Houston Stations Launching NextGen TV

In ATSC 3.0 News, several stations in the Houston area have completed the transition to the new standard, known as NextGen TV. In all, 10 local stations in the region now support the new over-the-air broadcast technology.

Learn more about the latest NextGen TV stations here.

Paramount + launches Paramount + Live Channels

Inspired by the free streaming service Pluto TV, ViacomCBS has launched new live channel options on its paid streaming service, Paramount+.

Check out our new live channel options here.

highlighting devices

A look at the latest broadcast and wire cutting equipment

Toshiba launches the new Flagship Fire TV

Toshiba has announced a new series of high-end Fire TV devices in 55-, 65- and 75-inch models. The M550 series offers 120Hz boards and an automatic low-latency mode for gamers. The new TVs began rolling out this week.

Read more about the latest Toshiba Fire TV models here.

Choosing the Right Fire TV: Compare 5 Existing Models

This week, we took a look at the current Fire TV lineup, from budget models to the best Fire TV Cube. If you’re trying to make some buying decisions over the holidays, we hope our guide can help!

Learn more about the current Fire TV lineup here.

Industry Report

What is the latest in the industry?

Launch of the new free streaming service Globi

The free streaming service Globi launched this week with a selection of foreign movies and TV shows. Overall, the new service offers more than 500 hours of content, sourced from more than 20 countries.

Check out more about Globi’s new free streaming service here.

It is said that Disney has gradually phased out the name “FX on Hulu”, two years after its introduction

This week we learned that Disney is interested in phasing out its “FX on Hulu” brand just a few years after its introduction. Some see the label as redundant and/or confusing, so it appears Disney is looking to add more clarity to its streaming lineup.

Check out the latest Disney streaming strategies here.

Deal Alert

Save some cash with these current and upcoming deals.

Frontier customers can save $10 a month on YouTube TV

If you’re looking for some discounts on live TV, Frontier offers a deal on YouTube TV subscriptions. Frontier Internet customers can save $10 per month for 12 months, which comes to $54.99 per month.

See details of Frontier’s YouTube TV deal here.

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