TGIF, cord cutters! We’re wrapping up the week with our usual rundown of all of the key cord cutting stories you may have missed this week. Check out the latest news before you head home to stream content all weekend – among other things, you’ll learn that your content options are shrinking! For more news like this, plus tips and how-tos, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
- Drew Barrymore will star in a new Netflix series.
- Amazon and the NFL will team up for an exclusive new reality series.
- Social functionality is becoming a growing part of virtual reality platforms.
- Comcast opened a new Amazon store and were immediately flooded with bad reviews, because of course they were.
- TCL and Roku’s new smart TVs are available now.
- Amazon Fire TV’s local news coverage just got a lot better thanks to a slew of new apps from the Cox Media Group (which owns a ton of local stations).
- What “stage” are you in? Nielson says that millennial media habits come in “stages,” changing drastically as they make major life changes.
- TiVo and Rovi are in merger talks.
- The Chromecast app has been rebranded as “Google Cast.”
- Hulu has launched a virtual reality app.
- Netflix is working on a “data saver” feature that will help mobile users with data caps. That won’t sit well with AT&T, which is already accusing Netflix of “throttling” quality on the AT&T network.
- Cord cutters are destroying the value of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ once-landmark TV deal.
- According to Nielson, the number of pay TV households in the United States has dropped below 100 million.
- Netflix’s catalog is mysteriously shrinking. It’s even smaller than the last time that we checked up on it.
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