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Cord Cutting This Week - A Super Disappointing Apple Keynote for Cord Cutters

Tablo Cord Cutting This Week

Happy Friday Cord Cutters!

This week we're talking about how disappointing the Apple keynote was for cord cutters... 

Also: Q&A on a 'senior-friendly' remote for Roku, 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: Apple Event Didn't Offer Much for Cord Cutters  
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Apple held their big fall event earlier this week and unfortunately didn't introduce much for cord cutters to get excited about.

Yes, they did announce that their Apple TV Plus streaming service is launching November 1st. Pricing is set at $4.99/month USD or $5.99/month CAD but people who purchase a new Apple device will get to enjoy Apple programming for a year for free.

But should you get excited about Apple TV Plus right now? USA Today tech correspondent Jefferson Graham certainly doesn't think so... 

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Even more disappointing, the new Apple TV streaming player rumored to be on the way was not announced.

Long story short, Apple has a brand new streaming service, with a small handful of big-budget shows featuring big-name talents, and no new TV-based streaming device to watch it on.

Are they really putting all of their streaming TV eggs into the AirPlay 2 basket as CNET suggests? If so, it seems like a weird strategy.

I guess we'll have to see how it pans out...

Are you actually excited about Apple TV Plus? If so, tell us why on Facebook or Twitter.


Q&A: Is There A Senior-Friendly Roku Remote Alternative?  
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Send us your most pressing cord cutting questions via email so we can answer them in an upcoming issue.

Today's question comes from Alan who says, "We are seniors and have a Roku Ultra. The remote control is hard to read. Is there an option that would make it easier for us to use?"

Roku's remotes are popular because most folks find them easy-to-use, but the smallish buttons and lack of a backlight could make it difficult for people whose eyesight or dexterity isn't what it used to be. 

While there are some 'large format' universal remotes available via Amazon, they're generally designed only to work with televisions or cable boxes, not streaming players.

The best option for folks like Alan is to download the official Roku remote app to a tablet. This will allow you to pair your iPad with your Roku Ultra and use it as a full-sized touchscreen remote. 

The app is free and is available for iOS and Android mobile devices.

In the same predicament but use Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV devices? They also offer mobile apps!

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: Tablo QUAD Now At Best Buy, & 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 always, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
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  • Head down to the Canadian Corner section for details on all the Canadian shows premiering this week...
  • Check out the new documentary series Peaking which follows athletes just before, during, and after a critical event in their careers - September 13th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CW 
  • Enjoy Ken Burns' newest documentary series Country Music - September 15th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS 
  • Fans won't want to miss the documentary The Last Days of Phil Hartman - September 19th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC
  • Dancing With the Stars returns for season 28 - September 16th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CityTV
  • New late-night interview show A Little Late With Lilly Singh premieres - September 17th @ 1:38 a.m. ET on NBC (12:37 a.m. on Global in Canada)
  • The next night A Little Late With Lilly Singh has a prime-time special - September 18th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
  • Don't miss the special Return to Downton Abbey: A Grand Event - September 19th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC
  • Followed by The Paley Center Salutes The Good Place - September 19th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on NBC 
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING filter on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record! 

CANADIAN CORNER: Fresh Canadian Content Premiering This Week
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Here's all the Canadian premieres happening this week:
  • Check out a spin-off of the Bad Boys movie franchise, L.A.'s Finest - September 13th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CTV
  • Enjoy the 13th season of Murdoch Mysteries - September 16th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBC
  • Followed by season 3 of Frankie Drake Mysteries - September 16th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBC
  • Season 5 of the comedy series Still Standing premieres - September 17th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBC
  • Followed by the 27th season premiere of This Hour Has 22 Minutes - September 17th @ 8:30 p.m. ET on CBC
  • And then the season 4 premiere of the Baroness Von Sketch Show - September 17th @ 9:30 p.m. ET on CBC
  • Season 3 of The Great Canadian Baking Show premieres - September 18th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBC
  • Followed by the premiere of the new drama Northern Rescue - September 18th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBC
  • Tune in to season 5 of Battle of the Blades - September 19th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBC

We hope you enjoyed this edition of Cord Cutting This Week!
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