This week we have announcements from Sony, Google, and Hulu! Make sure to keep up to date with all the latest tech news for families every Saturday! Don’t forget to join our Facebook group and follow us on Instagram for a breakdown of the news every weekend.
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Rumors had started to surface saying that Sony was looking for a buyer for Playstation Vue, their OTT (over-the-top) live TV streaming service. Instead the company announced that they would be closing down the service. There is a lot of competition for live TV streaming including YouTube Live, Hulu Live, and my personal favorite SlingTV.
The service will shut down on January 30th, 2020.
Download Hulu Shows On Android
A few weeks ago we let you know that you can download shows on iOS devices in the Hulu app. Now that ability has also made its way to Android devices. I’m really glad that it didn’t take too long to arrive in the Android app, just in time for any holiday trips you may have planned this season.
Stadia + Family Link
Google’s video game streaming service, Stadia is very close to launching, and this week the company announced that the service will have tight integration into Google Family Link, the company’s parental control application.
Stadia will be available to play on many devices including Chromecast but will allow parents the ability to approve game titles and set time limits for gaming through Family Link. It may even allow you to set specific time limits per game, so you can allow more time for an educational game and less for others.
The platform will also take advantage of the Family Library available to Google accounts, so games can be shared between accounts, up to 6 users.
Verizon Gives Unlimited Plan Customers Disney+ For FREE
In news that could have been brought to my attention YESTERDAY Verizon announced that Unlimited Plan customers would be able to receive a year of Disney+ for free. As an Unlimited Plan subscriber myself, this would be fantastic news. However, I already purchased 2 years of Disney+ in order to take advantage of one of the deals they announced.
You can’t sign up for the free service until after it releases, so I don’t know yet if I’ll be able to tack this free year onto the years I’ve already purchased, but I will be sure to let you know when I figure it out.
Google Buys FitBit
The really huge news this week though is that Google has purchased Fitbit! Too bad I sold my FitBit shares of stock a while ago when they just continued to decline in price. I assume this acquisition will be similar to the acquisition of Nest, where they will likely keep the branding of FitBit but bring more Google functionality to the products.
Since Google doesn’t actually sell any smartwatches themselves, they may even just take the devices and brand them under Pixel to pair the devices with their already popular smartphones. It will definitely be interesting to watch this one play out.
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Sarah Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 16 years of her career as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on KSL News, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website SarahKimmel.com