Weekend Wrap-Up: Rumors About Ads on Netflix, and March Madness Tips Off

This week saw speculation about ads coming to Netflix, while a pair of streaming services announced new deals with Major League Baseball. Elsewhere, cable and satellite companies may have lost millions of customers in 2021.

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.

Sling TV is the Most Affordable Option for Streaming March Madness

March Madness is here and we’ve been covering the various ways you can catch the games without cable or satellite. While several live TV streaming services are viable options, Sling TV is aiming to leverage its value proposition. (Note: This post is in partnership with Sling.)

Find out more about streaming March Madness here.

Netflix is Increasing Subscription Prices in the UK and Ireland

Following a similar price hike in the US and Canada earlier this year, Netflix is raising rates in the UK and Ireland. The move affects all tiers currently on offer — from the Basic plan on up to the top-end Premium option.

Check out how much Netflix is raising prices in the UK and Ireland here.

Forbes: MLB & NBC Sports Reach Deal, Peacock to Stream Live Games

With the 2022 baseball season finally on the way, it looks like Peacock will offer streaming broadcasts of live games.

Learn more about Peacock’s streaming deal here.

Apple TV+ Will Stream Friday Night Baseball & More MLB Content

This week also saw Apple announce its own streaming deal with Major League Baseball. The company’s Apple TV+ streaming service will offer what it’s calling Friday Night Baseball.

Find out more about Apple’s baseball plans here.

Pluto TV Adds G4 Select Channel to Free Streaming Lineup

The gaming and pop culture channel G4 made its return late last year. And now, a free, ad-supported version of the channel is coming to Pluto TV.

Read more about G4 coming to Pluto TV here.

Industry Report

What’s the latest on the industry?

Netflix Says Ad-Supported Tier Isn’t In the Plans (Yet)

There’s new speculation focusing on Netflix and if the streaming giant may consider a cheaper, ad-supported subscription plan in the future. The company’s CFO chimed in on the streamer’s current stance during an investor conference this week.

See where Netflix stands here.

Cable & Satellite Lost About 5.6 Million Customers in 2021

It was another year of subscriber losses for cable and satellite providers — at least according to one research firm. Estimates suggest big-name pay TV companies lost millions of subscribers in 2021.

See the latest subscriber trend for cable and satellite companies here.

Deal Alert

Save some cash with these current and upcoming deals.

Best Weekend Streaming Deals: Save on Fire TV, Spotify, Select Nintendo Switch Games, and More

This weekend should be a great time to save on streaming deals on Fire TV gear, as well as memberships to Spotify Premium and Walmart+. Also, Nintendo’s celebrating Mario Day (March 10, or “Mar10”) with several deals this weekend.

Check out the latest deals here.