Marshmallow Streaming is happy to announce a partnership with local charity golf event Doreen's Outing. Nearly two decades ago, the Geraghty family started this fundraiser to honor the memory of Doreen Conoboy, who was a full-time resident at St. Mary's of Providence, a home for women with developmental disabilities. She was full of life, had a huge heart and loved her time at St. Mary's. All of the proceeds from the outing go to St. Mary's so they can continue to provide housing, care and support for friends of Doreen's.
Marshmallow Streaming is donating a raffle prize and sponsoring a hole for the event taking place Friday, July 30th at Schaumburg Golf Course. Event participation includes the following:
18 Holes, four man scramble format
Dinner & Drinks at Chandler's
Silent Auction & Raffle Prizes
For more information or to register for the event, please email DoreensOuting@gmail.com. To donate, you can find the event on Venmo (@Doreensouting) or Zelle (firstname.lastname@example.org). Marshmallow Streaming is a proud sponsor of Doreen’s Outing and we will continue to find even more ways to give back to our community.
State of the Industry
It's clear that big things are happening in the world of cord-cutting. Leichtman Research Group estimated that in the first quarter of 2021, nearly 2 million people chose to cut the cord on cable. That puts the number of households countrywide still subscribing to cable at less than 75% of what is was in 2013, a peak year of the industry, according to eMarketer.
During that same first quarter of 2021, 46.4 million new streaming subscriptions were purchased. In some cases, customers aren't making the change for a deal on pricing, but rather to avoid the confusing contracts and frustrating customer service of cable companies. The Marshmallow Streaming team is ready to help you navigate every aspect of cutting the cord on cable to ensure getting the services you want and that you're getting the most for your money.
Take a look at some of the other leading stories in Internet and streaming news.
Hulu: Comcast Vs. Disney
You may have heard that Disney is set to buy out Comcast’s stake in Hulu (currently a minority stake) by 2024. Now Comcast has reportedly stopped paying for its share of the streaming platform. This is over lingering frustrations stemming from Disney’s decision to not launch Hulu internationally in an attempt to not undercut the Star and Star+ streaming brands (which exist within Disney+ in countries like Canada, the UK and beyond). With tension mounting, it will be interesting to see if Disney attempts to speed up the buyout process. We will be sure to share updates as this situation progresses and what that will mean for Hulu subscribers.
Amazon launched a new wireless mesh internet service last month: Amazon Sidewalk. The idea is that compatible Amazon devices will share a piece of your bandwidth with other nearby Sidewalk users when they don’t have connectivity, and in return, your devices will be able to share the bandwidth of others when you need it.
How much of my bandwidth will Sidewalk use if I agree to share my connection?
Amazon has stated that the total monthly data used by Sidewalk is capped at 500MB per account. This is the equivalent of streaming roughly 10 minutes of high definition video.
What are the potential benefits of opting into Sidewalk? What are the potential cons?
When in use, it can help avoid the complications of weak or dropped wifi signals. At this point, there aren’t any major downsides that have been reported, but some people might not want Amazon to have even more access to their information.
Is the Eero mesh wifi system compatible with Amazon Sidewalk?
No generations of Eero are currently compatible with Amazon Sidewalk.
What devices are currently compatible with Amazon Sidewalk?
The full list of compatible devices is: Ring Floodlight Cam (2019), Ring Spotlight Cam Wired (2019), Ring Spotlight Cam Mount (2019), Echo (3rd generation and newer), Echo Dot (3rd generation and newer), Echo Dot for Kids (3rd generation and newer), Echo Dot with Clock (3rd generation and newer), Echo Plus (all generations), Echo Show (all models and generations), Echo Spot, Echo Studio, Echo Input and Echo Flex.
Unless you have already opted out of Sidewalk, your devices were automatically opted-in to the program last month. Turning Sidewalk off, should you decide to, is pretty simple: Open up the Alexa app, open More and select Settings, then select Account Settings, then select Amazon Sidewalk and turn Amazon Sidewalk Off.
CuriosityStream, billed as a leader in fact-based streaming content, has been around since 2015, but in early 2021 the company unveiled a slate of new original content aimed at making the platform the go-to streaming home for documentary lovers and it’s not hard to see why. The platform has thousands of documentaries and docuseries spanning science, history, nature, technology, travel, society and more, plus plenty of family-friendly options and content geared specifically towards kids. New content is being added each week.
When it comes to billing plans, there are a range of options to fit your needs: HD Monthly plan for $2.99 (billed as the most flexible option); 4K Monthly for $9.99 (flexible with best picture quality); HD Annual, currently on sale for $11.99 (the most popular and best value option); and the 4K Annual plan, currently on sale for $41.99. There are no contracts and you’re able to cancel at any time.
CuriosityStream doesn’t currently limit the number of simultaneous streams available on a single account, which is great news for anyone looking to share the service with their family. Users are also able to save up to 10 hours of content to enjoy offline at any given time, making it a great option for on-the-go entertainment.
The user interface is pretty easy to navigate, if not a little simplistic and the service is available world-wide on most major devices. Content is mainly organized by topics like “Civilizations & Combat” and “Unsolved Mystery & Crime.” There’s also an audience favorites section for highly rated content like the series History of Home narrated by actor Nick Offerman or the documentary Man’s First Friend exploring the evolution of dogs and their relationship with humans. You can also browse by programming duration. If you just want a little taste, explore the Short: 20 Minutes and Under. Don’t feel like browsing? There's also a live-viewing option branded as CuriosityStream NOW.
A Final Word
As summer heats up, you'll want to make the most out of your limited time spent in front of screens. If you're looking to upgrade your systems, manage your streaming subscriptions, cut costs on cable and internet, and more, get in touch today. That way, all you have to do is kick back and enjoy your entertainment.