Last month we brought you updates from across the streaming industry. In our continued work to keep you in the know about your entertainment options and how industry news impacts you, here are a couple more things you should keep in mind. As always, we are happy to discuss any streaming questions you may have—get in touch today at MarshmallowStreaming.com.
Youtube TV in 4k
With the Tokyo Olympics happening now, some cord-cutting services have rolled out new offerings to interest sports-loving potential subscribers and beyond. YouTube TV is now offering a 4K Plus add-on package that improves video quality, bumps up audio quality and includes offline downloads. 4K is the highest level of viewing quality available for videos which makes 4K streaming ideal for viewing on larger screens. It also requires a high-speed internet connection to make the most of the experience.
YouTube TV’s standard package runs $64.99. The 4K package will run $19.99/month (making the total $84.98), but current subscribers will be able to try it out free for a month. Note that the 4K package is currently unavailable on Roku, Android mobile, iPad, iPhone, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
FuboTV Loses A&E Networks
As of the end of June, A&E Networks are no longer a part of fuboTV packages. This means fuboTV customers will no longer be able to access A&E, FYI Channel, History Channel, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network and Vice TV. This is in an attempt to keep package prices low and not an ongoing dispute between the companies.
FuboTV has put together a list of alternative channels with similar programming for customers to enjoy, but if you’re looking for A&E networks specifically, you’ll still be able to find them with streaming services like Philo and Hulu Live.
Is Peacock the Right Streaming Platform For You?
Peacock, NBC Universal’s streaming service that launched last year, originally made headlines for taking popular titles like Parks and Recreation and The Office from Netflix. But since then it’s become a hub for all NBC Universal titles, popular movies and special event coverage—including the Olympics, which run through August 8. Peacock is available to download and view on most major platforms. This includes Amazon Fire TV devices, which only recently became compatible with Peacock.
The base platform is free to access, but does include ads. Some titles (like later seasons of The Office) can only be viewed with a Peacock Premium subscription ($4.99/month). This also includes live sports, original content like new series Rutherford Falls, next-day access to current NBC titles. Peacock Premium Plus ($9.99/month) eliminates nearly all ads and allows customers to download some titles for offline viewing. Accounts have the ability to create up to six individual profiles, each with the ability to save titles to watchlists for future viewing.
The user interface is easy to navigate with hubs for movies, TV shows, sports, WWE, news and Latino offerings. Use the Browse tab to explore suggested and popular titles. There are some live TV options (found under Channels), but they are limited to NBC programming.
Overall, if you’re already an NBC fan looking for more ways to explore content, Peacock is worth having on your radar. If NBC shows aren’t your favorite, the platform likely doesn’t offer enough content flexibility to make it worth your time.
Free and Easy
In the quest to cut the cord, the price tag on streaming can add up quickly. Here are three completely free platforms offering streaming content.
IMDb TV is owned by Amazon, which means its content is available through the IMDb TV platform (via web browser, the IMDb app, LG devices, Roku devices, Xbox One and Series S/X,and PlayStation 4) and through Amazon devices and the Amazon Prime Video app. Similar to Pluto TV, IMDb TV is ad-supported and features 15- and 30-second unskippable ads during programming. There’s lots of popular content, ranging from shows like Mad Men and Lost, to movies like Black Swan and 13 Hours. The original content is limited but streaming deals with big studios like Warner Bros., Sony and MGM Studios offer plenty of viewing options.
Pluto TV was launched in 2013 by ViacomCBS. It currently has 170 content partners offering both live TV (over 250 channels) and on-demand options, with 1,000s of movies and shows available—including popular CBS programming like The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, NCIS and Love Island. Like with similar free platforms, Pluto TV is ad-supported, meaning all content will feature intermittent advertisements. The platform is currently available through Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Playstation, Android devices, Apple devices and desktop apps for Apple and Windows.
If you already use a Roku device, you might be familiar with the Roku Channel featured as part of the Roku homepage (if you don’t have a Roku device, you can still create a free account and watch programming from a web browser). This streaming hub has the fewest amount of ads of these three options. There’s a good selection of original content featuring big names like Chance the Rapper, Chrissy Teigen and Kevin Hart, as well as popular titles like Castaway, Pearl Harbor and The Terminator, with new options coming monthly. Live TV options are limited, but you’ll find options from USA Today, ABC News, TMZ and more.
A Final Word
Last month we shared that Marshmallow Streaming was a proud sponsor of the local charity Doreen’s Outing. We were thrilled to be a part of such an important local event where all proceeds went to St. Mary's of Providence so that they can continue to provide housing and support for those in their care.
We are excited to announce that we raised more than $20,000! The success of this event could not be possible without the support from all of the sponsors, event attendees, Schaumburg Golf Course and Chandler's restaurant. Thanks especially to the family and friends who donate their time and efforts year after year to make this event happen.