Weekend Recap: Netflix Tests Payment Option for Password Sharing

This week, we learned about Netflix’s latest tests to curb the practice of password sharing. In other streaming news, Amazon announced a major step in its deal to buy MGM, and we learned more about the fate of HBO Max and Discovery+ as their own merger looms.

Here’s what happened in the world of cord cutting and streaming.

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Here are some of the best streaming stories from the past week.

Netflix is ​​testing subscriber billing for password sharing

Netflix is ​​testing a pair of new options for those looking to share their passwords away from home. Trials include a feature that lets you pay to add a sub-account for less than a standard monthly fee.

Learn about Netflix’s latest attempts to limit password sharing here.

YouTube TV is testing a new guide as it prepares for more interface improvements

Some YouTube TV users are reporting changes to the live TV streaming service’s interface, possibly as part of improvements announced earlier this year. So far, some Chromecast users with Google TV and Roku seem to have access to it, but updates may roll out to other devices later.

Learn more about the latest YouTube TV menu tweaks here.

Latest Apple TV adds captive portal support

The latest version of Apple’s tvOS software is officially available and brings some exciting new features. The biggest addition is support for captive portals, which should help travelers broadcast on the go.

See what’s new in tvOS 15.4 here.

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Amazon bought MGM for $8.5 billion

This week, Amazon announced that it had officially reached an agreement to acquire MGM for $8.5 billion. The deal gives Amazon access to thousands of movies and TV episodes that could soon appear on the company’s streaming platforms.

Learn more about Amazon’s big acquisition here.

HBO Max and Discovery+ will be combined with WarnerMedia Discovery merger

As WarnerMedia and Discovery head towards a merger, it looks like their respective streaming services could also combine. Discovery has confirmed plans to merge HBO Max and Discovery+ at some point.

Find out what the companies have planned for their streaming services here.

WNBA League Pass to raise price for first time since launch

The WNBA’s League Pass service is raising its price for the first time since its launch in 2016. The service allows fans to stream dozens of games from across the league during the season, or reduce it to follow just one team.

Check out the new WNBA League Pass prices here.

Hulu + Live adds unlimited DVR for all subscribers on April 13

Hulu has announced that it is adding unlimited DVR storage for anyone subscribing to its Hulu service with Live TV. Standard plans previously provided 50 hours of storage, with more available as an add-on, but this pending upgrade makes the service’s DVR feature more competitive against rivals.

Learn more about Hulu’s latest changes here.

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