Happy Friday cord cutters!
This week we're talking about how Dish may drop more than 100 local channels from its lineup.
Also: Q&A on how Amazon could know your WiFi password, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS > Carriage Dispute Threatens Local Channels on Dish Network
Yet another carriage dispute with Sinclair will likely leave Dish Network subscribers without access to local channels starting Monday. This will also affect the small number of Sinclair-owned FOX and NBC channels available via Dish's streaming service, Sling TV.
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You can see a full list of the potentially affected stations here.
As part of the proposed new carriage agreement with Dish, Sinclair had also reportedly hoped to bundle its Bally regional sports networks with the more popular local channels. The company even included revenue from a potential deal in future earnings estimates. However, Dish has been clear that it and its customers aren't interested in the sports channels.
This is just the latest in a string of contract disputes between cable and satellite companies and local broadcast channel ownership groups. The only way for TV fans to avoid being stuck in the middle is to cut the cord and watch local stations with an Over-the-Air antenna.
Q&A > How Does Amazon Know My WiFi Password?
This week's question comes from Andrew who says, "I recently bought a new Fire TV stick and it just connected right to my WiFi network without me entering my password. Should I be worried?"
One of Amazon's advantages compared to other retailers is that they know A LOT about you. This includes your address, your buying habits, and in some cases even your WiFi password.
As AFTVnews.com explains, if you've previously purchased an Amazon device and granted permission for Amazon to save your WiFi password during the setup process, Amazon can easily pre-program new gadgets you've purchased directly from the company with your account information to make setup faster and easier.
If you're concerned about your WiFi password being saved on your Amazon account, you can easily delete it.
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SHORT CUTS > Huge Sale on Tablo OTA DVRs, & More
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:
WHAT'S ON > Must-See OTA TV
As usual, there's lots of great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Canadians can enjoy season 11 of The Great British Baking Show - August 15th @ 7:00 p.m. ET on CBC
- Catch season 2 of Wellington Paranormal - August 15th @ 9:00 p.m. on CW
- Bachelor in Paradise season 7 premieres - August 16th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CityTV
- House Calls with Dr. Phil debuts - August 18th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS
- Catch The FBI Declassified - August 18th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
- Tune into season 3 of Coroner - August 19th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
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 > Toronto Maple Leafs Documentary Coming Oct 1st
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