Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're talking about how YouTube TV is dropping FOX Regional Sports Networks and the alternatives still available for sporty cord cutters.
Also: Q&A on 'TV Everywhere' app logins, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS: YouTube TV Drops FOX RSNs
Access to Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) is one of the few reasons consumers keep paying for cable TV, or were at least willing to shell out for higher-end streaming TV subscriptions.
However, a new contract dispute between YouTube TV and Sinclair, the owner of FOX RSNs, means sports fans will be shut out of watching their favorite teams on yet another platform. This is despite Sinclair saying it offered concessions, including a short-term contract extension, to YouTube TV.
Sling TV and Fubo TV have already dropped FOX RSNs from their lineups.
But the good news is since there are no contracts with streaming TV services, cord cutters can still ditch YouTube TV for one of two platforms that still carry FOX RSNs, Hulu or AT&T NOW.
Or they can take the cash they would have paid for a beefy streaming TV plan down to the local pub to watch the game and enjoy a few beers.
Have you changed your cord cutting plans because of shifting access to regional sports networks? Tell us via Facebook or Twitter.
Q&A: If I'm A Cord Cutter How Do I Log In?
Send us your most pressing cord cutting questions via email so we can answer them in an upcoming issue.
Today's question comes from Brett who's wondering, "Now that I've cut the cable how do I log in to a network's app? Most of then ask you to choose a TV provider but I don't have one anymore."
Most television networks have something called a 'TV Everywhere App' on mobile and streaming devices, as well as Smart TVs.
These apps are primarily intended for cable and satellite subscribers and provide access to previously aired episodes and additional content. Most require you to provide login credentials to prove you're a pay TV subscriber.
However, cord cutters like Brett might not know that login credentials from your favorite streaming TV providers can also be used for many TV Everywhere Apps. Check out your streaming provider's website for additional details.
Don't have a streaming TV login? Then you may be out of luck unless you 'borrow' one from a friend.
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: Storage Matters, New Apple TV, & 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 always, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Check out the musical fundraiser Fire Fight Australia - February 29th @ 11:00 p.m. ET on FOX (10 p.m. on CTV)
- John Mulaney hosts and David Byrne performs on Saturday Night Live - February 29th @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Canadians can watch season 5 of Luther - March 2nd @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBC
- Catch 'Super Tuesday' Primary coverage live on March 3rd:
- Super Tuesday: Your Voice Your Vote - @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- 2020 Super Tuesday Coverage - @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC
- CBS News Election Special - Super Tuesday: High Stakes - @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS
- Super Tuesday: PBS NewsHour - Vote 2020 - @ 11:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Watch Volcano Live! With Nik Wallenda - March 4th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Canadians can also enjoy season 2 of Diggstown - March 4th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBC
- Followed by the true crime series The Oland Murder - March 4th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBC
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record!
CANADIAN CORNER: MLB.TV To Blackout Jays Games
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