Weekly Tech Wrap-Up: DirecTV Price Increase, USA on Roku, & more

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USA Now launches on Roku
Roku customers just got another popular channel to watch with the addition of USA Now. The channel is available on Roku players and Roku TV models in the U.S., and users who authenticate the app with a valid TV service can access current episodes and full seasons of shows. Read more

DirecTV Raising Prices for Most Subscribers
Say it isn’t so! DirecTV will raise the price of most service packages from $1 to $9 per month starting on January 28th, 2016, that according to a support page on the satcaster’s website. New customers paying promotional rates and those who subscribe to the Family – English Base Package and Select Choice Package, however, will not see a rate increase. Read more

Verizon’s Fios Mobile App now streams DVR & Live TV programming
Verizon Fios customers can now stream DVR-recorded content as well as live TV channels on Android and iOS mobile devices using the Fios Mobile App. While the app will stream all subscribed-to channels, customers must be on a home network for live TV. Read more

DISH adds Kids’ Profiles to Anywhere apps and website
Parents who are Dish Network customers can breath a little bit easier with the addition of Kid’s profiles for DISH’s TV Everywhere apps. The apps, and website, can now utilize up to five viewer profiles with four of them able to restrict content to age groups. Read more

Amazon Video App Updated for iOS Devices
The Amazon Video app for Apple iPhones and iPads has been updated to support subscriptions with SHOWTIME and Starz, as well as other over-the-top services. The app has also added AutoPlay settings, as well as new features for iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPad Pro. Read more

Sony Offers Fire TV Stick to New PlayStation Vue Subscribers
For now, anyone who signs up for PlayStation Vue’s “Core” or “Elite” packages can get a free Amazon Fire TV Stick valued at $49.99. New customers must, of however, hold their Vue accounts through the free trial period. The deal is good through January 15, 2016. Read more (Multichannel)

PlayStation Vue Launches on Chromecast 
PlayStation Vue subscribers can now access their streaming accounts on Chromecast, following the addition of several new devices last month including the Amazon Fire TV Stick, 2nd-generation Amazon Fire TV, and Apple iPhone and iPad. Read more

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