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Roku vs. YouTube Update
The battle between Roku and YouTube has been extremely drawn out, but it seems that an agreement has finally been reached. Just a day before Roku was set to sever ties with YouTube, Roku and Google (the parent company of YouTube) agreed to a multi-year distribution renewal agreement.
This means that not only will the YouTube app stay in Roku’s app store, but the standalone YouTube TV app will also return to the app store. Previously, Roku had removed the YouTube TV app and in response, YouTube had temporarily incorporated its live TV services into the YouTube app so Roku users could still access the product. This is definitely a win for Roku users and we’re happy to be able to share this news.
Disney vs. YouTube
There’s even more news when it comes to YouTube. Blink and you may have missed it, but YouTube TV subscribers went two days without channels like ABC, FX and ESPN because of contract disputes. Thankfully Disney, which owns the networks in question, and YouTube parent company Google were able to come to an agreement to restore the lost channels. If you are a YouTube TV subscriber, you may have seen the one-time $15 account credit to make up for the impact.
Paramount+ Plus Adds Live Channels
Ever spend more time looking for something to watch than actually watching? Paramount Plus is making efforts to charm customers who want a streaming service, but miss the habit of channel surfing. Last month, the platform launched a collection of 24/7 streaming “channels.” While some of these channels are streaming a singular show—think Star Trek and Survivor—there are also genre-specific options, like comedy, reality tv and nostalgic classics. There are plans to continuously roll out new channel options in the future.
In announcing the new offering, Tom Ryan, President and CEO of ViacomCBS Streaming, said, “even in the era of on-demand, there is clearly a strong consumer appetite for reimagined linear channels that provide effortless, lean-back entertainment.” Paramount Plus offers two subscription levels: the ad-free Premium level ($9.99/month) and the ad-supported Essential level ($4.99/month). But a bonus for those who are thinking about subscribing to enjoy these live channels, regardless of your subscription level, live channels are currently ad-free.
Peacock Gets Universal Movies
It’s clear that people aren’t rushing back to movie theaters in the way studios were betting on. This has caused some studios to re-think how they’re distributing their latest titles. NBCUniversal has announced that new Universal movies will hit Peacock for streaming as soon as 45 days after their theatrical releases. There’s a little something for everyone between spy thrillers like The 355, starring Jessica Chastain, the latest explosive Michael Bay movie Ambulance, and even rom-coms like Marry Me, starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Lopez.
This definitely ups the ante for Peacock content, especially after the platform initially struggled a bit to differentiate itself in the packed streaming market. In a statement, Kelly Campbell, President of Peacock said, “As we continue investing in the most valued and sought-after content for Peacock, films are essential to that mix.” The basic ad-supported level of Peacock is free. Peacock Premium, which is also ad-supported, costs $4.99/month or $49.99/year. To reduce the number of ads, you can spring for a Peacock Premium Plus subscription, which costs $9.99/month or $99.99/year. It’s not clear yet if the plan to bring these films to the platform will only be applicable to certain subscription levels, so keep an eye out for more information as it becomes available.
A Final Word
As 2022 gets underway, we couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come here at Marshmallow Streaming. Our customers are essential to our work and we are grateful for your support and continuous interest in our services.
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