The world of streaming video is ever-growing and ever-changing. Services, devices and features come and go. Prices and channel lineups fluctuate.
Trying to keep up can be overwhelming. So, we’re cutting through the noise for you and bringing you a roundup of the biggest news from the biggest names in streaming.
Following is a look at what’s changing in November. If you missed the past roundup, though, you might want to first check out “4 Ways Streaming TV Is Changing in October.”
Apple’s much-heralded streaming service, Apple TV+, launches Nov. 1. (It’s not to be confused with Apple TV, which is Apple’s family of streaming media devices.)
Apple has described its new streaming service as “the first all-original video subscription service.” In other words, it will offer exclusive shows, movies and documentaries. This content will be commercial-free and available on demand.
Apple TV+ will be available via the Apple TV app for various Apple devices as well as via the Apple TV+ website. It will cost $4.99 a month, though a free seven-day trial will be available.
To learn more about Apple TV+, including trailers, visit tv.apple.com.
Another much-heralded streaming service, Disney+, launches Nov. 12.
It will be home to classics and original programming from Walt Disney Co. as well as the brands it owns — including Marvel, National Geographic, Pixar and Star Wars. This content will be commercial-free and available on demand.
Disney+ will available via various Apple, Android, Chromecast and Roku devices, as well as certain gaming consoles.
You can sign up for the service now, at $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year — unless you’re a Verizon customer.
Disney+ and Verizon announced this week that certain Verizon customers will get 12 months of Disney+ for free. This includes new and existing Verizon 4G LTE and 5G unlimited wireless customers and new Verizon Fios Home Internet and 5G Home customers.
To learn more about Disney+ or to subscribe, visit disneyplus.com.
TiVo announced in early October that its new network, TiVo+, would become available in the following weeks. As TiVo describes it:
“Exclusive to TiVo customers, TiVo+ is your one-stop network for an amazing collection of free entertainment. Leave app-flipping in the past and find thousands of the best free shows, movies and videos, right from your TiVo home screen.”
Various channels will be available through TiVo+ when it launches — such as TMZ, Outside TV+, Unsolved Mysteries and Food52 — with “many more” to follow, TiVo says.
To learn more, visit tivo.com/features/tivo-plus.
In other news
Other recently announced changes in the world of streaming video are brought to you by:
- Amazon: A News app will be available on Fire TV devices in the coming weeks, Amazon announced this week.
- Sling TV: Two upgraded features, called “new search” and “micro guide,” are now available to Sling TV subscribers who watch the streaming service through an Xbox or an LG or Samsung smart TV.
- TiVo: Also this month, TiVo unveiled the TiVo Edge, which enables you to access live, recorded and streaming TV through a single device. This device will cost you, though: It starts at $349.99 and requires a monthly service plan.
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