Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're talking about the continuing growth in cord cutting...
Also: Q&A on 'resetting' a streaming app, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS: Cord Cutting Continues to Gather Speed
Q&A: How Can I 'Reset' a Streaming App?
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Today's question comes from Dwight who says, "Sometimes the streaming apps on my Amazon Fire TV start to act up. Is there a way to 'reset' an app on a streaming stick?"
The first order of business when technology goes awry is always to turn the device off, wait a few seconds, and then turn it on again. But when the problem is isolated to a single app on your Fire TV or another streaming device, and you're already using the latest version, there are a few steps you can take to resolve it.
- Clear Cache — In addition to the streaming app itself, every app you use will store a small amount of data for things like user preferences on your device. Sometimes this data can become corrupted and clearing it out can quickly resolve a problem. To do this, go to SETTINGS > APPLICATIONS > MANAGE INSTALLED APPLICATIONS > CLEAR CACHE.
Roku and Apple TV don't have the concept of a 'cache' within settings, but both offer the option to uninstall/re-install apps.
- Uninstall & Re-Install — Another option is to remove & re-install the app. Doing this won't delete anything beyond the app data itself. That means if you use a Tablo DVR, uninstalling the Tablo app won't delete your recordings or your schedules, nor will uninstalling other streaming apps affect associated Cloud DVR recordings or other data. To do this, go to SETTINGS > APPLICATIONS > MANAGE INSTALLED APPLICATIONS > UNINSTALL. Then select the magnifying glass to search for and re-download the affected app.
On Roku, navigate to the app on the home screen and press * > REMOVE CHANNEL to uninstall. On Apple TV navigate to the app on the home screen and press and hold the touchpad until the icon starts shaking > PRESS PLAY/PAUSE > DELETE.
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SHORT CUTS: Disney+ Bundle, Comcast Internet Discount & 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:
- Hidden camera show What Would You Do? returns for season 14 - August 9th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Canadians can check out season 12 of the reality show Short Film Face Off - August 10th @ 7:00 p.m. ET on CBC
- Lucy Hale hosts the Teen Choice 2019 awards - August 11th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX
- Check out the mini-series Family Pictures USA that explores the histories of North Carolina, Detroit, and Southwest Florida through photos - August 12th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Explore some of America's greatest puzzles through technology and new evidence in Mysteries Decoded - August 13th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CW
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: 'Netflix Tax' Concept Is Back...
It seems like Canada's TV landscape is going to be a hot issue coming into this fall's election, signaled in part by the Federal government's renewed interest in a 'Netflix tax'.
While the initial report on potential reforms to Canada's broadcast laws is not due until January, government officials have already said they believe 'web giants' should be required to create and promote Canadian content, and have supposedly convened several working groups to look at how that might be done.
We'll be keeping tabs on this issue as it could impact what Canadian cord cutters pay for streaming TV subscriptions, internet access, and much more.
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