AT&T is inching closer to launching its live TV-over-the-Internet bundle. The telecommunications giant has just closed a deal with NBC Universal to include NBCU channels like Bravo, USA and E! in its DirecTV Now package, which the company plans on launching toward the end of this year.
NBC’s channels will join 100 or so currently confirmed networks that will be part of the live streaming package. Disney, HBO and Discovery networks have already signed deals with AT&T that include distribution via DirecTV Now.
The big question for DirecTV Now is whether CBS, which has the most total viewers of any broadcast network, will join. CBS has its own live streaming subscription service, CBS All Access, that it’s trying to build into a major player.
A deal for the 21st Century Fox suite of networks, including FX and Fox News, is also still being negotiated, sources say.
The actual shape of the DirecTV Now package is still being determined, meaning AT&T won’t reveal a price yet. At more than 100 channels, it’s unlikely that the product will be cheaper than Dish Network’s live streaming bundle, Sling TV, which starts at $20 per month for a basic package that can be upgraded in various ways, like adding on HBO for $15 more a month or kids’ channels for $5 more each month.
Low-key modern Western (and Netflix original Series) "Longmire" returns for its fifth season of crime fighting in Wyoming.
Leaving Sept. 25:
September is a bad month for J.J. Abrams-produced shows on Netflix, as "Alias" and its spy family join "Fringe" in abandoning viewers who want to re-watch the incomparable "Phase Two" episode whenever they want.
Just squeaking in under the wire is "Marvel's Luke Cage," the much-anticipated third entrant in Marvel's "Defenders" series, starring Mike Colter as the indestructible hero also known as Power Man in the funny books.
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”Zootopia,“ ”Supergirl“ and ”Zoolander“ round out the list of what’s coming and what’s going this month on the streaming service
From Disney's "Zootopia" to Netflix Originals "Narcos" and "Marvel's Luke Cage" to "Jaws," read on for the best of what Netflix is adding in September -- and what you need to watch before it leaves.