Category Archives: Apps & Devices

Verizon’s 5G home internet launch will come with free YouTube TV or Apple TV 4K

The announcement today confirms a previous rumor late last month; customers who sign up to Verizon’s 5G home internet service can choose to receive a free subscription to YouTube TV or an Apple TV 4K device (but not both.) In addition, they’ll also be able to access content from NFL, NBA, and news from Verizon’s own media network, Oath, reports Bloomberg. If you’re wondering whether you’ll find leftover content from the defunct Go90 app, don’t get your hopes up. When the app shut down in July, Verizon returned content distribution rights to partners including Vice Media, Complex Networks, and AwesomenessTV. – Natt Garun, The Verge

US SVOD subscriptions to reach 208 million

The North America OTT TV & Video Forecasts report estimates that 73.5% of TV households (88.5 million) will subscribe to at least one SVOD platform by 2023. The average SVOD household will pay for 2.35 SVOD platforms. – Broadband TV News

STB efficiency agreement sees major energy savings in five years

Signatories of the Voluntary Agreement include all of the major multichannel video service providers representing more than 93% of the US multichannel video market (AT&T/DIRECTV, Comcast, Charter, DISH, Verizon, Cox, Cablevision, Frontier and CenturyLink), major manufacturers (ARRIS, Technicolor, and EchoStar Technologies) and energy-efficiency advocates (Natural Resources Defense Council and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), along with the Consumer Technology Association. – Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News

The Roku Channel Is Now Free on the Web

The Roku Channel has broken free of its Roku hardware shackles and is now available to access on the web. It remains a free, ad-supported service, but can be accessed from pretty much any device that can access the web and is capable of streaming media. The only limitation seems to be what region of the world you live in. For now, only consumers in the US have access to it. – Matthew Humphries, PCMag
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