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Are Rural Consumers Poised to Cut the Cord?

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Happy Friday cord cutters!

This week we're talking about the death of satellite TV provider Orby and how its demise may be an early indicator of a rural cord cutting trend.

Also: Q&A on streaming with a Blu-Ray player, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more. 

As always, if you know of someone who might need some insight or help with cutting the cord on cable or satellite, please forward our newsletter, or use the handy share buttons at the top of this email. 

OK... now let's get to it!   

NEWS > Satellite Provider Orby Shuts Down 
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This week pre-paid satellite provider Orby TV shut down. According to reporting from The Desk, the company simply ran out of cash and was unable to strike a deal for additional funding

Orby offered an affordable alternative to streaming and supplement to Over-the-Air TV for folks in low-density suburban and rural areas without access to high-speed broadband internet.

However, new technologies like broadband satellite and 5G fixed wireless home internet are bringing rural areas online at higher speeds than ever before.

These connectivity improvements are making more traditional cord cutting tools a viable option for those same rural consumers. This trend could accelerate the death of satellite TV as a whole, a business that's already in big trouble.            

Are you a rural cord cutter using new technology to ditch traditional pay TV? Tell us about it on Facebook or Twitter.    

Q&A > Can I Get A Blu-Ray Player with Streaming Apps?
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Send us your most pressing cord cutting questions via email so we can answer them in an upcoming issue.

This week's question comes from Dave who asks, "Does anyone make a Blu-Ray player that you can add apps to from Android or iOS app stores?"

While there are Blu-Ray DVD players on the market that connect to the web and offer a rudimentary selection of streaming apps, there aren't any that offer access to the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. And that's not likely to change. 

Why? Most folks are streaming movies instead of purchasing or renting physical media like Blu-Ray discs. With a dwindling user base, the companies behind streaming apps have no incentive to create apps for these devices and are even discontinuing support for those that already exist.

If your viewing habits require access to both streaming and physical media, it's better to go with two separate devices. Pick up a used 'dumb' Blu-Ray player and spend the money you'll save on a quality streaming box or stick. You'll have a better overall experience and be able to access any app you'd like.  

Have a question about cord cutting that you'd like answered? Send us a note and you may see your question in an upcoming issue of Cord Cutting This Week! 


SHORT CUTS > Save on Tablo DVRs, Paramount+ Details, & More
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Most weeks there's more news than we can cram into this email. Thankfully 'short cuts' delivers the cord-cutting news and deals we didn't have room for, including: 


As usual, there's lots of great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
Masked Singer
  • Canadians can enjoy the music documentary series This Is Pop - March 6th @ 10:00 p.m. on CTV 
  • Miley Cyrus hosts and The Strokes perform on Saturday Night Live - March 6th @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global 
  • Catch Oprah With Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special - March 7th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global 
  • Or watch the 2021 Critics Choice Awards - March 7th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
  • Good Girls returns for season 4 - March 7th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC
  • Season 5 of The Masked Singer premieres - March 10th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX/CTV
  • Followed by the premiere of Game of Talents - March 10th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on FOX/CHCH
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING tab on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record.  


CANADIAN CORNER > Paramount+ Available in Canada (Sort Of) 

Just like in the US, CBS All Access in Canada transitioned to Paramount+ this week. But, the name is about all that changed for subscribers here.

While folks south of the border now have a wider variety of content, the same can't be said for the Canadian version of the service and it's not clear if any of the planned Paramount+ originals will make it here either.

Given that Bell owns the rights to a lot of CBS All Access content including the Star Trek franchises, perhaps beefing up the service will have to wait until those agreements expire.     


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