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Breaking Down the Roku vs. YouTubeTV Feud

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Happy Friday cord cutters!

This week we've got the scoop on the latest streaming platform beef between Roku and YouTubeTV. 

Also: Q&A on a slowly degrading antenna signal, 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. 

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NEWS > Roku & YouTubeTV At Odds   
Roku versus YouTube TV
Earlier this week Roku sent a letter to customers warning that YouTubeTV, the 2nd most popular live TV streaming service on its platform, was in jeopardy of being removed.

And as of this morning, the contract has expired and YouTubeTV was ejected from the Roku channel store. (Roku customers who had already downloaded the channel can keep it for now.)

Roku alleges that YouTubeTV's parent company Google is making anti-competitive demands as the companies renegotiate a distribution deal. Google says Roku is making 'baseless claims' and attempting to bring the main YouTube app, whose agreement isn't due until December, into the current negotiations.

As usual with these spats, the heart of the matter lies somewhere in between. TechHive has a great article fact-checking the sticking points including search, video codecs, and data privacy.  

As this fight continues, some cord cutters are seeking alternative platforms or services.

But perhaps they should be evaluating whether a big bundle streaming service is a good value in the first place instead. 

What do you think about this latest cord cutting platform feud? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter.


Q&A > Why is My Antenna Signal Slowly Degrading?
Rusty Truck

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 Gary who says, "I had an outdoor antenna installed about five years ago but over the last few months the signal has gotten steadily worse to the point where most of my channels have problems. Do I need a new antenna or could it be something else?"

If there aren't any new sources of obstruction or interference, your antenna's direction hasn't been altered by wind, and none of the elements appear to be broken, it could be an issue with the cabling.

Like anything else left out in the elements, the coaxial cable and connectors between an outdoor Over-the-Air antenna and your television or DVR can rust, corrode, and break down. Animals have even been known to chew holes in the coax's coating which can further expose it to weather.

Every spring you should check your antenna's cabling and connections for tightness and any signs of wear. If you're not comfortable checking or fixing it yourself, give your friendly local antenna installer a ring.         

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 > Bad Cord Cutting Gear Consumers Should Avoid & More
Bad Cord Cutting Gear Smart Consumers Should Avoid

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:
Kids Say the Darndest Things
  • DC's Legends of Tomorrow returns for season 6 - May 2nd @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW 
  • Catch a 3-part special celebrity edition of Antiques Roadshow - May 3rd @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
  • Check out the new version of Kids Say the Darndest Things - May 5th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global 
  • Tune into the new documentary series Human: The World Within - May 5th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
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 > Concerns Over Broadcast Act Amendments 

Introduced last year, Bill C-10 was designed as an update to the Broadcasting Act. The goal was to ensure CRTC regulations reflected the changing nature of how Canadians consume media, including via streaming services. 

However, recently introduced amendments could increase the scope of potential CRTC regulation to include user-generated content on sites like YouTube, as well as  podcasts, and mobile apps.

While the government says that's not the intent of the proposed law, legal and privacy experts as well as corporations including Google have expressed concern


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