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CBS Reaches 8 Million OTT Subscribers, Expects 25 Million CBS All Access & Showtime Subs by 2022

As part of their 2018 Fourth Quarter earnings, CBS announced that they have surpassed 8 million direct-to-consumer subscribers of CBS All Access and Showtime. The company originally projected that it would take another two years to reach that number of subscribers.

The company has now set a new goal to reach 25 million domestic subscribers of both of their OTT services by 2022. By comparison, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video surpassed that number by the end of 2018, while Netflix announced 58.5 million domestic subscribers (140 million worldwide) in January.

CBS All Access has aggressively added new original content especially around the Star Trek universe. The company recently started their second season of Star Trek: Discovery and will be adding an animated series called Star Trek: Lower Decks, as well as one featuring Patrick Stewart as Jean Luc Picard and another with Crazy Rich Asians star Michelle Yeoh. The service also has a reboot of The Twilight Zone with Jordan Peele coming in April.

Both Showtime and CBS All Access have benefited from the additional reach of content aggregators like Amazon Prime Video Channels -- which some have pegged at 50% of their OTT subscribers. With the recent launch of Roku's own premium subscription manager, and Apple expected to reveal their own in April -- it wouldn't be a surprise to see these services to continue their rapid growth.

Studios File Anti-Piracy Lawsuit Against Omniverse which Powers HDHomeRun Premium, Flixon, & Skystream TV Streaming Services

Over the past few months there have been a number of streaming services offering the same bundle of channels -- including ESPN, HGTV, FX, and CNN -- for $35. Some of them include SkyStream TV, HD HomeRun Premium TV, VivaLive TV, TikiLive TV, NKT.TV, Flixon TV, and Milo TV. All of these companies had partnered with a Kansas City-based company called Omniverse One World Television to license the live content.

Now, the major studios including Paramount, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., and Universal claim Omniverse is "illegally streaming copyrighted content." In a statement to The Streamable, the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) shared:

“Omniverse’s illegal services, and the downstream ‘Powered by Omniverse’ entities, undermine the legitimate market for legal and licensed services, a harm that has grown as Omniverse has expanded. This action is part of a long-term effort to protect the thriving legal marketplace for creative content, which now offers 140 legal online services for film and TV content in the United States, and more than 460 around the world.”

ACE is a global coalition dedicated to protecting creative content from most major content companies including Amazon, AMC, CBS, HBO, Hulu, MGM, NBC, 20th Century Fox, Netflix, and Warner Bros.

In a discussion with TechHive, one of Omniverse's partners, SkyStream TV, was told Omniverse "acquired the rights for internet-based TV service through a years-old cable contract. Flixon, which itself offers nearly identical service to SkyStream, acted as a 'master reseller' for that content."

For now, the studios have decided to file the civil suit against Omniverse One World Television and its owner Jason Demeo, but downstream partners, while mentioned in the complaint, have not been included in the litigation. A full copy of the complaint can be found here.

How to Stream 12 Oscar Nominees Ahead of the 2019 Academy Awards

With the 91st Academy Awards coming next week, many fans are eagerly searching for ways to watch the nominees before the show airs live February 24th on ABC.

But search no further, we put together a list of 12 films that you can stream for free with your Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, or EPIX subscriptions. If you don't have a one, most of the services offer a 30-Day Free Trial.

1. RBG

This documentary recounts Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s journey to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, creating an expansive legal legacy.

Nominations

Best Documentary, and Original Song.

How to Stream RBG

It is available to stream for free with a Hulu subscription.

2. First Reformed

The film follows the unraveling of a small church's pastor after experiences with environmental activism and his own pregnant wife.

Nominations

Best Original Screenplay

How to Stream First Reformed

It is available to stream for free with an Amazon Prime Video subscription.

3. Minding the Gap

This documentary accesses a decade worth of footage to showcase the live of three American friends as they navigate the transition to adulthood.

Nominations

Best Documentary Feature

How to Stream Minding the Gap

It is available to stream for free with a Hulu subscription.

4. Isle of Dogs

12-year-old Atari attempts to save his lost pet after all dogs were exiled to a garbage-dump named Trash Island.

Nominations

Best Animated Film, and Original Score.

How to Stream Isle of Dogs

It is available to stream for free with a HBO NOW subscription.

5. Black Panther

Black Panther made history as the first superhero film to be nominated for Best Picture. The film based on the Marvel comic book follows King T’Challa as he assumes the Black Panther mantel to prevent Wakanda from entering a world war.

Nominations

Best Picture, Original Song, Production Design, Costume Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Original Score.

How to Stream Black Panther

It can be streamed for free with a Netflix subscription.

6. Of Fathers and Sons

This documentary shares the daily life of a family living within an Islamic caliphate.

Nominations

Best Documentary Feature

How to Stream Of Fathers and Sons

It is available to stream for free on Kanopy with your library card.

7. Roma

The film depicts a middle-class family’s maid in Mexico City over the course of a year.

Nominations

Best Picture, Leading Actress (Yalitza Aparicio), Supporting Actress (Marina de Tavira), Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón), Original Screenplay, Foreign Language Film, Cinematography, Production Design, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.

How to Stream Roma

Roma is available to stream for free with a Netflix subscription.

8. A Quiet Place

A modern thriller where a family of four must navigate their lives in a new era of complete silence. Even the slightest noise can threaten their survival, so in order to avoid being hunted, they stick to a critical rule – don't make a sound.

Nominations

Best Sound Editing

How to Stream A Quiet Place

It is available to stream for free on EPIX NOW.

9. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs compiles six short films about the settlement of the Old West in 19th century America.

Nominations

Best Adapted Screenplay, Original Song, and Costume Design.

How to Stream Buster Scruggs

It is available to stream for free with a Netflix subscription.

10. Incredibles 2

The sequel to Disney’s Incredibles follows a family of superheroes as they attempt to live a normal life despite the presence of evil and their youngest member gaining uncontrollable powers.

Nominations

Best Animated Film

How to Stream Incredibles 2

It is available to stream for free with a Netflix subscription.

11. Avengers: Infinity War

Superheroes including Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow come together to stop Thanos from acquiring a full set of Infinity Stones and wiping out half of all life in the universe.

Nominations

Best Visual Effects

How to Stream Avengers: Infinity War

It is available to stream for free on Netflix.

12. Solo: A Star Wars Story

A young Han Solo tries to settle an old score with the help of his new buddy Chewbacca, a crew of space smugglers, and a cunning old friend.

Nominations

Best Visual Effects

How to Stream Solo: A Star Wars Story

It is available to stream for free on Netflix.

Sling TV Adds Stadium to Channel Lineup

Stadium announced today that their 24/7 sports network is now available to both Sling Blue and Sling Orange customers. Their premium channel Stadium Plus which includes 500 exclusive live college games - will still be a part of Sling's Sports Extra add-on.

Jason Coyle, Stadium CEO shared:

“We first teamed up with Sling TV in 2016 for the launch of Stadium Plus, and we look forward to this next evolution as we launch Stadium 24/7 to its subscribers. We’ve made a commitment to provide sports fans the opportunity to watch Stadium across virtually any platform, and as a premier, industry leading streaming service, we’re thrilled to be on Sling TV.”

Stadium has coverage of live men’s and women’s basketball games from Conference USA, Patriot League and the Atlantic 10 Conference along with daily Campus Insiders show. The channel is also available as part of Fubo TV Extra Plan ($50) and PlayStation Vue Elite and Ultra plans ($60+).

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu Philo PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$40–$75 $45–$50 $45 $16–$20 $45–$80 $25 $25 $40
Stadium - ^ $9 ($50) - - ^ $10 (≥ $60) -
Stadium Plus - ^ $9 ($50) - - - ^ $5 ^ $10 -

How to Stream the 2019 NBA All-Star Game Live Without Cable on Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast, iOS, & Android

Earlier this month, the NBA televised the draft for the All-Star Game for the first time. Captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo selected their teams for this Sunday's 2019 All-Star Game.

Lebron will be joined by Kevin Durant and ex-teammates Kyrie Irving and Dwayne Wade, while Giannis will pair young superstar Ben Simmons with Golden State Warriors All-Stars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

You can stream both All-Star Skills Saturday and the 2019 NBA All-Star Game live online using Sling TV, which offers a 7-Day Free Trial.

How to Watch the All-Star Game On Streaming Devices

There are six major streaming providers that offer Live TV Streaming. These allow you to watch the entire 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend live using iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, and Web.

Top Pick

Sling TV is the best option for fans that want to watch the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend on their streaming player or connected TV device.

For just $25 a month, you will get to stream Rising Stars Game on Friday, All-Star Skills Challenge on Saturday, and the 2019 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday. However, right now you can try it for free with a 7-Day Free Trial.

2019 NBA All-Star Saturday Night

Sat, February 16, 2019 at 8:00pm ET on TNT

  • Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest, & Slam Dunk Competitions
2019 NBA All-Star Game

Sun, February 17, 2019 at 8:00pm ET on TNT

  • Team LeBron James vs. Team Giannis Antetokounmpo


Additionally, when you subscribe, you will get nationally televised NBA games on TNT, as well as your local games on your Regional Sports Network from your local Fox Sports or NBC Sports Regional Network.

DIRECTV fuboTV Hulu PS Vue Sling TV YouTube
Free Trial Free Trial Sign Up Free Trial Free Trial Free Trial
$40–$75 $45–$50 $45 $45–$80 $25 $25 $40
TNT
NBA TV ≥ $65 - ≥ $50 ^ $5 ^ $10
Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) ≥ $55 ≥ $50 -

All Live Streaming Options

You can also stream NBA games with fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Playstation Vue, DIRECTV NOW, and YouTube TV.

Sling Blue

Price: $25
Includes: TNT, RSNs, NBA TV (+$10)

fuboTV

Price: $45
Includes: TNT, RSNs, NBA TV

Hulu Live TV

Price: $40
Includes: TNT & RSNs

PlayStation Vue

Price: $50
Includes: TNT, RSNs, NBA TV

DIRECTV NOW

Price: $55
Includes: TNT, RSNs, NBA TV

YouTube TV

Price: $40
Includes: TNT, RSNs, NBA TV

2019 NBA All-Star Teams

Team LeBron

Starters
  • LeBron James (Captain)
  • Kevin Durant
  • Kyrie Irving
  • Kawhi Leonard
  • James Harden
Reserves
  • Anthony Davis
  • Klay Thompson
  • Damian Lillard
  • Ben Simmons
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Karl-Anthony Towns
  • Bradley Beal
  • Dwayne Wade

Team Giannis

Starters
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (Captain)
  • Steph Curry
  • Joel Embiid
  • Paul George
  • Kemba Walker
Reserves
  • Anthony Davis
  • Klay Thompson
  • Damian Lillard
  • Ben Simmons
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Karl-Anthony Towns
  • Bradley Beal
  • Dirk Nowitzki

Want to Find Your Streaming Soulmate This Valentine's Day? Try Our Matchmaker

With 7 major Live TV Streaming Services, it's hard to find the right one for you. Each one has a different set of cable channels like Bravo, HGTV, Discovery, and MTV. Depending on the service, they offer different local CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX affiliate in each market, plus they don't all carry the same Regional Sports Networks (RSNs).

To make it easy, The Streamable built the Live TV Matchmaker. The Matchmaker is powered by the latest data on cable channels, local affiliates, and every major sports team TV schedule.

How It Works

  • Go to the Streaming Matchmaker
  • Add the Channels, Shows, or Sports Teams you watch
  • Enter your Zip Code or Market
  • Click to try a service

That's It. We show you if there is a free trial or if the services are running any special promotions.

Based on what you watch, we'll recommend the best service for you based on a combination of channels, price, and other factors like quality of service, simultaneous streams, and DVR. The Matchmaker includes services like fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, Hulu Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, Philo, DIRECTV NOW, and YouTube TV.

For instance, as a New York sports fan -- I want to make sure I can watch the New York Rangers, New York Jets, and New York Yankees. We're also big reality TV family, so Bravo and HGTV are a must.

It recommends fuboTV because they carry Bravo & HGTV, MSG (for Rangers), YES Network (for Yankees), and CBS/FOX/NFL Network (for Jets). While DIRECTV NOW also carry those channels, it's $10 more expensive. We also give a budget option if you're willing for forgo some of the channels.

Underneath our recommendations, we show you how those channels compare across all services in case your considering a different service.

So ready to find your match? Click here to find the Best Live TV Streaming Service for You.

YouTube TV Adds 9 New Markets, Getting Closer to Being Truly Nationwide

Last month, YouTube TV expanded from just over 100 markets to nearly 98% of the country. It appears this morning they are inching closer to becoming available across the entire country. The service has added 9 new markets including Casper, WY, Juneau, AK, and Hattiesburg, MS. A full list is below.

In the past, YouTube TV has only rolled out new markets when local ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS affiliates could be available on the service. With the new markets, all but Zanesville, OH will get at least three affiliates. Customers in Lafayette, Juneau, and Quincy will get all four ABC, NBC, FOX, and CBS affiliates.

For $40 per month, users get access to local channels, 19 of the Top 35 Cable Channels, and Regional Sports Networks. You can stream on most major devices with the exception being Amazon Fire TV. You can see a full list of channels and markets here.

New YouTube TV Markets

Abilene, TX
  • CBS
  • ABC
  • NBC
Casper-Riverton, WY
  • CBS
  • NBC
  • FOX
Columbus, GA
  • ABC
  • NBC
  • FOX
Hattiesburg, MS
  • ABC
  • NBC
  • FOX
Juneau, AK
  • CBS
  • ABC
  • NBC
  • FOX
Lafayette, IN
  • CBS
  • ABC
  • NBC
  • FOX
Quincy, IL
  • CBS
  • ABC
  • NBC
  • FOX
Victoria, TX
  • ABC
  • NBC
  • FOX
Zanesville, OH
  • NBC

Report: Apple's Amazon Prime Video Channels Competitor Won't Have Netflix, Hulu, or HBO

According to a report from CNBC, Apple has had difficulty getting major streaming players on board with their Amazon Channels competitor. The service, which is supposed to launch in April will combine Apple's original content, as well as the ability to subscribe to third-party services.

The report shared that Netflix and Hulu aren't expected to be available, and it's not likely HBO will either. HBO hasn't been able to reach revenue sharing terms with the tech giant for HBO NOW. Apple is trying to get a 30% cut on streaming video services -- which is similar to what many peg as Amazon's take for Prime Video Channels. Currently, through the App Store, Apple earns 15% of subscription revenue (after taking 30% during the first year) for services like HBO NOW.

It is expected that STARZ, CBS All Access, Showtime, and Viacom will offer streaming services at launch. Apple plans to mix original programming with ability to subscribe to other services.

The company has partnered with A24 who produced films like Lady Bird and Moonlight to make films for the service and announced a multi-year deal for original shows from Oprah. They have quietly acquired programming including a J.J. Abrams limited series starring Jennifer Garner, Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories, a futuristic drama from Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence, and thriller series from M. Night Shyamalan.

Apple has actively tried to expand their reach ahead of the launch. They've partnered with Samsung, LG, and VIZIO to add AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support to their 2018 & 2019 Smart TVs. Samsung also plans to add an iTunes Movies and TV Shows App.

Sling TV Passed 2.4 Million Subscribers at End of 2018, Still Largest Live TV Streaming Service Despite Slow Growth

Dish Network announced their 2018 4th Quarter results today, and shared that Sling TV added 47,000 net subscribers this quarter.

The company shared that while Sling TV has reached 2.417 million subscribers, the service only added 47,000 net subscribers this quarter. While this improved from the previous two quarters, as a whole, Sling TV only grew 8% in 2018.

The user growth has likely slowed as a result of increased competition from services like Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV, the price increase of Sling Orange to $25, and the loss of channels like Univision, El Rey, and ABC.

Sling TV is no longer able to offset a large decline in Dish satellite subscribers. The company lost more than 1.1 million satellite subscribers this year. The company is currently in multiple carriage disputes including with Univision and HBO.

Sling TV is still the largest vMVPD with 2.42 million subscribers, ahead of DIRECTV NOW who reported 1.59 million subscribers just a few weeks ago. DIRECTV NOW saw huge subscribe losses after killing promotions, losing 267,000 subscribers in the quarter.

Hulu Live TV announced in September that they had reached 1 million subscribers, while speculation places YouTube TV at around the same amount, PlayStation Vue at 400,000, and fuboTV at 250,000.

How Has Sling TV Growth Since It Launched in 2014?

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CuriosityStream Raises Additional $140 Million in Funding for Science & Nature Streaming Service

CuriosityStream, the science documentary streaming service from Discovery founder John Hendricks, announced that they have raised an additional $140MM in venture funding from Blum Capital Ventures and TimesSquare Capital Management.

The streaming service includes 2,000 on demand science, technology and nature documentary and features. The company hopes to expand their library to 3,000 titles by the end of 2019 including exclusives in 4K. The service is available on Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Fire TV, iOS, Android, Web, and Xbox One.

Last August, the company dropped the price their streaming service from $5.99 to $2.99 a month for HD and from $11.99 to $9.99 for 4K. That move came as reports of slower than expected subscriber growth. While in 2015 the company projected 5-7 million subscribers in the first few years, by the end of 2018 it had reached just 1 million paid subscribers.

The company also now has an ad-supported product called CuriosityStream Showcase. Viewers can watch some of CuriosityStream's content by watching an unstoppable 15-second pre-roll ad and branding around the video.

For a limited time, new subscribers can try the service with an extended 30-Day Free Trial.