Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're talking about whether Disney Plus can keep cord cutters subscribed for the long haul.
Also: Q&A on holiday special streaming rights, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS: Has Disney+ Hit 15 Million Subscribers Already?
A new research report claims that 15 million consumers have already subscribed to the newly launched Disney Plus streaming service.
Given its widespread availability, small price tag, huge back catalog, and hot new originals like The Mandalorian, it is entirely possible that Disney has hit a home run.
The question is whether Disney can keep cord cutters subscribed after they've finished checking out Baby Yoda and whatever other content that hooked them initially, especially if the older content isn't as good as they might remember.
Have you signed up for Disney Plus? If so, are you planning to keep it or will you be rotating it out for another service? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter.
UPDATE: Try the MyBundle.TV Cord Cutting Tool
A couple of weeks ago we shared a story about a new tool called MyBundle.TV that helps consumers design their optimal blend of services and technology for cord cutting.
So many of you went to check it out that their site crashed! (Oops.)
It's back now, so head over there to get your personalized set of recommendations! You might be surprised how much money you could save by tweaking your cord cutting setup!
Q&A: Why Was Rudolph Blocked?
Send us your most pressing cord cutting questions via email so we can answer them in an upcoming issue.
Today's question comes from Diane who says, "I recently subscribed to YouTube TV because my HOA doesn't allow TV antennas. But when I tried to watch Rudolph the other night it was blocked. Why?"
Even though your streaming service may have the rights to air most content from your local broadcast stations, they may not have online streaming rights for some programs, including holiday specials like Rudolph.
The best way to avoid these blackouts is to use an Over-the-Air TV antenna to watch your local TV stations. Although you mentioned that your Home Owner's Association doesn't allow for this, federal FCC legislation actually guarantees your right to place an antenna in any location to which you have exclusive access.
And even then, depending on how close you live to your local broadcast towers, you may be able to watch all the holiday specials you can handle with a simple indoor TV antenna.
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: DVR Power Tools, OTA DVR Roundup, & 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:
- Jennifer Lopez hosts and DaBaby performs on Saturday Night Live - December 7th @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- See the Miss Universe pageant live from Atlanta - December 8th @ 7:00 p.m. ET on FOX
- Catch the special AFV: America, This Is You! which celebrates 30 years of hilarious moments captured on home video - December 8th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Enjoy the celebrity-packed holiday miniseries Ellen's Greatest Night of Giveaways - December 10th-12th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC (7:00 p.m. on CTV)
- The Great Holiday Baking Show returns for season 5 - December 12th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING and TV SHOWS > GENRE > HOLIDAY filters on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record!
CANADIAN CORNER: Calgary Company Behind Kid-Safe Streaming
A team from Calgary has built a kid-safe streaming platform called KidoodleTV.
Unlike YouTube where kids could stray into dicey territory, KidoodleTV has more than 18,000 episodes of name-brand content vetted by real parents.
Their 'kid-friendly ad'-supported tier is free, but parents can shell out $4.99/month for a version with no commercials.
Kidoodle is available in 140+ countries including the US and Canada, and on most popular streaming players, mobile devices, and Smart TVs.
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