Big Streaming Changes for July 2024

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From price hikes to channel changes and new features galore, there’s a lot going on in the streaming TV industry for July 2024. This article recaps the big changes I covered in my latest YouTube video.

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July 2024 Streaming TV Updates

YouTube Premium’s Jump Ahead feature: Powered by AI and viewership data, this feature lets you easily skip ahead to the most interesting parts of videos. It’s already available for Android devices and rolling out to iOS devices in the coming weeks. Only YouTube Premium subscribers will get access to this feature.

Paramount Plus Price Hike: Paramount+ is raising prices later this summer. For new and existing subscribers, Paramount+ with SHOWTIME will increase by $1 a month to $12.99. This starts on August 20 for new customers and a month later for existing customers. Paramount+ Essential increases by $2 a month to $7.99, but only for new customers. Annual plans will stay at their current price.

DEAL ALERT: Get 50% off Paramount+ with SHOWTIME annual plan using code THECHI; ends 7/14

Talkers mentioned in video:

  • JULY 8 UPDATE: Paramount agrees to merge with Skydance (CNBC)
  • Jury rules NFL must pay more than $4 billion to ‘Sunday Ticket’ subscribers (USA TODAY)
  • Must Keep TV 2024: Tubi and Pluto Lead the Surge in Free Streaming (SRG)
Must Keep TV Brands 2024

Verizon’s New Bundles: Verizon Home Internet customers can now save money when they bundle their internet plan with streaming services. Examples: $10 a month for Netflix & Max, $10 a month for the Disney Bundle and $10 a month for YouTube Premium.

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DIRECTV STREAM DVR Upgrade: The live TV service is lifting the 30 episodes max restriction for its unlimited DVR. Recordings can still be saved for up to nine months. (REVIEW)

Frndly TV Channel Changes: Dabl and MeTV Toons have been added to the lineup, but there’s no change in price. Plans start at less than $10 a month! (REVIEW)

Philo’s Free Live TV Service: Now you can watch more than 80 free channels, with a 30-day DVR included for a lot of programming. Here’s the link to sign up for the free plan.

Amazon Prime Day: Mark your calendar for July 16 and 17! Expect plenty of deals on Amazon devices and streaming services purchased through Prime Video Channels. I’ll have a special section on

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