STREAMING SATURDAY: Streaming Improvements… As Usual

DIRECTV NOW Adds Fox Locals and More
More Fox affiliates have recently joined DIRECTV NOW’s live TV streaming service. It’s been confirmed that one of those Fox stations is KQFX in Columbia-Jefferson City, MO TV market. Apparently, DIRECTV NOW has added at least 10 Fox affiliates that are part of the News-Press & Gazette Company, and another six affiliates owned by American Sprint Media. Such a focus on local TV affiliates makes DIRECTV NOW more and more like owning a TV antenna that you can stream, though it’s one that comes with a monthly bill. That said, DIRECTV NOW also comes with a whole host of national syndicated programming.

Speaking of nationally-syndicated channels, DIRECTV NOW recently acquired the Reelz channel. This national entertainment network airs a variety of new and syndicated content that includes entertainment news, TV events, miniseries, and movies. It’s known for National Enquirer Investigates and many other titles. It’s also features entertainment journalist Leonard Maltin, who gives viewers movie recommendations. Reelz is available in DIRECTV NOW’s Go Big package.

DIRECTV NOW recently released an updated app to give users access to five new channels. On-demand content from A&E, Lifetime, History, FYI, and Viceland is now available by using your DIRECTV NOW login to access content from these channels’ websites. Using the DIRECTV NOW app allows customers to enjoy streaming content without affecting their data cap, if they have one. Note: The WatchESPN and BTN2Go apps count against data usage.

In addition to the five recently added channels, here is a list of apps DIRECTV now currently offers access to:

ABC
AMC
BBC America
BTN2GO
Bravo Now
Disney
Disney Jr.
Disney XD
E! Now
ESPN
FOX Now
Freeform
FX Now
HBO GO (HBO premium subscription required)
IFC
MAX GO (Cinemax premium subscription required)
MSNBC Now
MLB TV
NatGeo (not currently available on Apple iOS)
NBC Golf
NBC Sports
Olympic Channel
Oxygen Now
Sprout Now
Sundance
Syfy Now
Telemundo Now
USA NOW
BET
CMT
Comedy Central
LOGO
MTV
Nick
Nick Jr.
Spike
TV Land
VH1
WE

Hulu Adds Fox Affiliate to Live TV Service
Hulu recently added another Fox affiliate – KECY in the Yuma-El Centro TV market – to its live TV streaming service. Like DIRECTV NOW, Hulu has been scarfing up local affiliates to add depth to its live TV services. With ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC owning portions of Hulu, these local acquisitions should come as no surprise. It’s fully expected that Hulu will continued to acquire more local TV affiliates to add to the more than 100 its live TV streaming service already carries.

Roughly a week ago, Hulu acquired these nine additional CBS affiliates:

WEVV in Evansville, IN
WBNS in Columbus, OH
KVLY in Fargo-Valley City
KALB in Alexandria, LA
KOTV in Tulsa, OK
KWTV in Oklahoma City, OK
KHSL in Chico-Redding, CA
KVIQ in Eureka, CA
KBNZ in Bend, OR

Netflix is launching a new original series
while DIRECTV NOW and Hulu are gobbling up local affiliates and more. In other words, it’s business for the streaming services these days.

When it comes to the major streaming services, new is now the normal. Each week, these streaming providers come out with something new in their ongoing efforts to outdo each other. Sometimes it’s something huge, other times it’s a series of small improvements. Either way, it’s good to see the streaming services staying on top of their game. So what’s the deal with this week? Well, Netflix announced a new show, while DIRECTV NOW and Hulu continue to add more local networks. DIRECTV NOW also added more national networks along with its app upgrade. All in all, it’s a good time to be a streamer!

Original Carol Burnett Show on Netflix?
You bet! The woman, the TV star, the legend, Carol Burnett will have a new series on Netflix. Few details have been released about Carol’s new series, A Little Help With Carol Burnett. We know that it’s slated to be an unscripted comedy slated for a 2018 release. Carol will be joined by a group of kids aged four to eight who offer advice to celebrities and average people who face real life problems. Netflix is also supposed to get Ultimate Beastmaster, which is to be produced by Sylvester Stallone, and a new take on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

Stream On, Streamers!
In the world of streaming services, these past few weeks have been busy. I think we can expect this to be the norm going forward. There are always more original movies and series to make, and there are always more local and national channels to acquire. The streaming services can and should also continue to improve their apps and other software to improve the viewing experience for everyone. We can expect to see all this and more in the world of streaming.