Category Archives: Apps & Devices

Connected TV drives fuboTV engagement rising by 3x

Stats released by the firm showed that connected TV (CTV) usage was the largest driver of this engagement, exceeding 70 hours per subscriber in December, nearly 2.5x higher year-on-year (YoY). Users spent nearly 90 hours in December on the leading connected device in that category. This meant that for the second consecutive year, CTVs were the most popular with fuboTV subscribers. – Editor, Rapid TV News »


NBCUniversal Announces Streaming Service To Launch 2020, Puts Exec Bonnie Hammer In Charge Of Development

The as-yet-unnamed service’s subscription structure will be fairly close to Hulu’s in that it’ll be a mix of ad-supported and free tiers, but it will have one twist: An ad-supported tier will be offered for free to all 52 million subscribers of Comcast (NBCUniversal’s parent company) and European broadcaster Sky (which Comcast paid $39 billion to acquire in a blind auction last September). – James Loke Hale, Tubefilter »

Sling TV debuts free streaming option on Roku

Sling TV is trying a new way to reach potential users with a free option of its streaming platform. Through a “browse as guest” option, newcomers to Sling will be able to check out episodes from some shows (including Billions, Shameless and Ray Donovan) at no cost, though it seems only one episode is available for each of those series. You can also subscribe to standalone channels, such as Showtime, without having to pony up for a Sling package. Sling is rolling the feature out on Roku starting today, and plans to bring it to more devices in the future. – Chris Holt, Engadget »

IMDb has launched an ad-supported movie streaming service

[Freedive]’s films and TV shows are available to registered IMDb or Amazon users and Amazon Fire TV owners. (The list of compatible devices is the same as the list for Prime Video.) Fire owners can navigate the service by way of a new icon in the “Your Apps & Channels” section or by telling their Amazon smart device, “Alexa, go to Freedive.” The site says it will continually add new offerings to the site. The site will also indicate on a film’s page if it’s available on Freedive. – Andrew Liptak, The Verge »
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