Weekend Wrap-Up: Amazon’s Prime Price Hike, 2022 Winter Olympics, and More

This week, Amazon announced it’s raising the price of its Prime Membership and several ABC-Owned Stations started offering local 24/7 streaming channels. Elsewhere, we published a full schedule so you can keep up with the 2022 Winter Olympics, and Netflix unleashed a list of original movies coming to the service this year. We also saw reports that NBC may be looking to offer a direct-to-consumer sports streaming service.

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

Breaking News

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

Amazon is Increasing the Price of Prime Memberships to $139

Amazon announced via its quarterly earnings report that annual and monthly rates for its Prime membership are increasing soon. Annual rates will jump to $139 and monthly rates go from $12.99 to $14.99.

Learn more about Amazon’s Prime price hike here.

ABC-Owned Stations Launch New 24/7 Live Local Streaming Channels

A group of ABC-Owned Television Stations are now offering 24/7 streaming channels for live local content. Viewers across the US will have access to each market’s content, including local news, weather, and more.

Find out more about live local streaming from ABC-Owned Television Stations here.

It’s Official: Paramount Confirms ‘Yellowstone’ Will Return for Season 5

Yellowstone fans can rejoice. The Kevin Costner-led drama will be back for a fifth season, according to an announcement this week from Paramount. Production is set to kick off in May with an air date still TBD.

Check out the details on Yellowstone Season 5 here.

YouTube TV Adds Fox Weather to Channel Lineup

Fox Weather is joining the YouTube TV lineup this week. The weather-focused channel is available to all subscribers with no add-on required. The news follows the recent announcement that The Weather Channel will also join YouTube TV later this year.

See how to access Fox Weather here.

Pluto TV Adds Two New Channels to Its Free Streaming Lineup

Live TV streaming service Pluto TV is adding two more channels to its ever-evolving lineup. One focuses on classic hip-hop, while the other offers live local news from South Florida.

Check out the latest additions to Pluto TV here.

Here’s the Complete Schedule for the Beijing 2022 Olympics

The 2022 Winter Olympics are officially here and we’ve got the full schedule of events so you can keep track all the way to the closing ceremonies.

See the full schedule for the 2022 Winter Olympics here.

Netflix is Releasing Over 80 Original Movies in 2022: See the Full List and a 2022 Movie Preview Here

This week, Netflix released its full slate of original movies for the rest of 2022. In all, more than 80 movies are set to arrive on the streaming service this year and we’ve got the full listing for you to check out.

Find out what’s on tap for Netflix here.

Industry Report

What’s the latest on the industry?

HBO Max Will Roll Out to More European Countries This Year Beginning in March

HBO Max’s expansion in Europe is set to kick off in 15 countries this March. Later in the year, several more countries, including Greece and Turkey, are expected to join the party.

Read more about HBO Max’s launch plans here.

NBC RSNs Are Planning to Launch DTC Streaming Service

NBCUniversal may be considering a direct-to-consumer streaming service for its collection of Regional Sports Networks, or RSNs. Those RSNs cover major markets like the Bay Area, Boston, and Chicago and offer coverage of NBA, MLB, and NHL games.

See the latest on a possible DTC streaming service from NBC here.

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Best Super Bowl 4K TV Deals: Save on TVs from Sony, LG, Samsung, Roku, and More

Super Bowl LVI is coming soon, and we’ve tracked down some of the best TV deals in case you’re in the mood to upgrade before the big game. Check out our roundup of discounts, including high-end LG OLEDs and a massive Samsung screen.

Check out the latest TV deals here.