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Vergecast: Netflix losing subscribers, CNN Plus shutting down, and Sonos’ new soundbar

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Also, the return of David Pierce

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Every Friday, The Verge publishes our flagship podcast, The Vergecast, where Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel discusses the week in tech news with the reporters and editors covering the biggest stories.

We’ve got some big news for The Vergecast today. David Pierce has returned to The Verge as editor-at-large and now rejoins The Vergecast to host the show with Nilay each week. We’ve got a lot of plans ahead for growing the show with David, so stay tuned for that.

On today’s episode, David, Nilay, and Verge managing editor Alex Cranz discuss some change-ups in the streaming world this week: Netflix has lost subscribers for the first time in over a decade after contending with more rival services than ever before, and streaming service CNN Plus has announced it’s shutting down only a month after launching. The crew discusses their picks for the streaming services that are top contenders right now and what other changes may shake out later this year (play along at gone90.biz).

The second half of the show, Verge editor Chris Welch joins in to discuss his scoop on Sonos’ new lower-cost soundbar that is set to release in June. The crew also discusses what else Sonos’ may be working on (let us know if you think it’s a TV or a streaming box).

There’s a whole lot more packed into the show — you can listen to the full discussion here or through your preferred podcast player.

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