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Weekend Conclusion: Big Roku News, Content Offerings for Pluto TV and Netflix, and More

This week, we found out about the latest software and hardware versions of Roku, including a new Streaming Stick. Meanwhile, Disney announced an online event to celebrate Disney + ‘s second anniversary. Additionally, the Paramount + bundle with Showtime went live this week, as did Apple’s tvOS 15 software. We also learned of important content agreements for Netflix and Pluto TV.

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Roku OS 10.5 Highlights Voice Commands, Surround Sound Settings, Live TV on Roku Channel, and More

This week, Roku shared news of its latest updates on the software and hardware fronts. On the software side, Roku OS 10.5 seems to be improving compared to version 10 last spring. This new update includes improved voice support, surround sound options, and the ability to pin the Roku Channel Live TV Guide to your home screen.

Check out Roku’s big software announcements here.

November 12 is officially “Disney + Day” in honor of the streamer’s second birthday.

Disney will mark the second anniversary of its streaming service with a special event it will call Disney + Day. The streaming event will feature previews and premieres when it launches on November 12.

Learn more about Disney + Day here.

Paramount + and Showtime bundle launches today (with limited time offer)

We were expecting to see a new Paramount + pack with Showtime this month, and that’s exactly what happened. This week, ViacomCBS launched a new plan combining two of its paid streaming services with plans starting at $ 9.99 per month.

Learn more about the new bundles here.

Netflix sweeps the Emmys with ‘The Crown’ and ‘Queen’s Gambit’ – Where to stream all the winners

Streaming services had a good performance at the Emmy Awards, including Netflix’s record breaking. Services like HBO Max and Apple TV + also took home trophies this year.

Check out the list of nominees and winners here.

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Roku Streaming Stick 4K adds Dolby Vision, HDR10 + support – CPU, WiFi upgrades also on board

Along with new software updates from Roku, the company is also releasing new hardware, including the 4K Streaming Stick. This new version of the popular form factor includes improved performance and support for Dolby Vision HDR.

Learn more about Roku’s hardware announcements here.

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Apple’s SharePlay feature reappears in post-launch betas

Apple’s tvOS 15 software update launched this week, so users of eligible Apple TV streaming devices have some new features to look forward to if they haven’t updated yet. We’ve also seen evidence that the company’s Watch Party-like SharePlay feature may be released in a future update.

Check out the latest in Apple tvOS 15 and SharePlay here.

Netflix closes deal for ‘Willy Wonka’ author’s complete works

Netflix has announced a major content deal for the complete works of author Roald Dahl. This includes well known titles like Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach. There’s no word on specific projects or an overall price for the new deal just yet, but we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for updates.

Learn more about Netflix’s new content deal here.

Pluto TV to add more than 450 hours of content as part of distribution solutions deal

Pluto TV also landed a content deal this week, adding over 450 hours of content through Distribution Solutions. New options include kid-friendly content, real crime docuseries, and more. Users can expect the new titles to arrive this fall.

Learn more about the latest additions to Pluto TV here.

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HBO Max Gives Existing Customers 40% Off Yearly Ad-Free Subscriptions

Current HBO Max subscribers have the option of purchasing an annual plan at a significant discount. The ad-free package is available at a price of $ 109 for a full year, which represents a savings of 40% over the regular price. You can check out the details and requirements in our full article linked below.

Learn more about the HBO Max deal here.