Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we've got everything cord cutters need to know about the brand new Amazon Fire TV 4K dongle!
We're also revisiting the controversy around Star Trek: Discovery, warning our California friends about a new data cap from Cox, plus checking out this week's avalanche of must-see TV!
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NEWS: Amazon Announces New 4K Fire TV Dongle
This week Amazon announced several new pieces of hardware including a new $69 dongle-style Amazon Fire TV. The device supports 4K and HDR video and offers a mid-quality and mid-price point option for cord cutters. You can pre-order it now (and get up to $45 in streaming credits) and it will begin shipping later next month.
The rumored new box-style model with an integrated Echo Dot, was a no-show though. Perhaps Amazon is saving this one for a Black Friday, or Consumer Electronics Show launch? We'll keep you posted if we hear anything more on this.
Will you be pre-ordering a new Amazon Fire TV dongle or will you wait for the potential new box model? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
STREAMING: Star Trek Discovery Already One of the Most Pirated Shows of 2017
Trekkies and sci-fi fans around the world tuned in last Sunday to the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery which was broadcast Over-The-Air as a 'teaser'. In the US, the rest of the series is only available via CBS All Access, and in Canada on cable or the Crave TV streaming service.
As we suspected, the choice to restrict the program to its own platform has resulted in Discovery already being one of the most pirated television shows of this year. Fans that did shell out for All Access were met with technical difficulties on ROKU, and were surprised at the limited back catalog of popular CBS shows like Big Bang Theory.
While the proliferation of 'niche' streaming services is great for those that love unique programming (like Crunchyroll for anime fans) hopefully content creators of more popular mainstream content will see that even though the cable bundle is dying, consumers aren't willing to pay $5.99/month to watch a single show.
Perhaps they should have gone with a model more like MGM who've started a streaming service for Stargate fans at a flat fee of $20 for 8 months?
NEWS: Cox Rolls Out Data Caps Throughout California
Cox customers in California are now subject to the 1TB data cap the company is rolling out slowly across its customer base. Data caps are becoming a popular method for all service providers to discourage cord cutting and rake in more fees to pad their bottom lines.
That being said, it is still possible to cut the cord on cable even with a data cap, especially if you obtain some of your TV content from non-streaming sources: like an Over-the-Air antenna! For more tips on cutting the cord with a data cap, check out the Tablo blog.
STREAMING: What's Coming & Going from Netflix in October
If you've been waiting for season 2 of Stranger Things it's on the way this month along with tons of other great shows and movies for you to enjoy alongside all of the fall premieres you can watch with an antenna.
Here are our picks for October:
- Hold on to your Eggos because Stranger Things season 2 is on the way!
- If you appreciate dark, gritty movies with amazing soundtracks Boogie Nights and Donnie Darko are surefire winners
- Want to embrace October with some gore? Try one of Tarantino's latest flicks The Hateful Eight or the critically acclaimed Raw
- In more of a goofy mood? Try I Love You, Man, Talladega Nights, or Tommy Boy
- Canadians can also enjoy new episodes of Riverdale and Dynasty weekly, as well as installments 4-7 of the Friday the 13th movies
See a full list of new Netflix shows in the US here and in Canada here.
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
Fall TV premiere season continues this week...
Again, there's so much that we're only including the highlights so for a full rundown of premieres consult your Tablo (TV Shows > Premiering) or this handy list from our friends at Metacritic.
- Saturday Night Live's 43rd season starts with host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Jay-Z - September 30 @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- New comedy Ghosted is billed as a hilarious spin on the X-Files and stars Adam Scott (Parks & Recreation) and Craig Robinson (Brooklyn 99) - October 1 @ 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX/CityTV
- Person of Interest fans should try Wisdom of the Crowd starring Jeremy Piven as an Elon Musk-style high tech guru who turns to crowd sourcing to solve murders - October 1 @ 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
- Comic book lovers should try the latest Marvel creation The Gifted which is an X-Men style show from the creators of Burn Notice - October 2 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on FOX/CTV
- One of the most hyped new series, The Mayor explores what happens when a rapper runs for office, and wins - October 3 @ 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC (or CTV on October 7th)
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
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CANADIAN CORNER: Netflix Announces $500 Million Fund for Cancon
This week the Canadian government announced some measures intended to help produce and promote Canadian entertainment. This announcement was led by a promise from Netflix to spend $500 million on Canadian-produced content over the next five years, as well as open a permanent production office in the country.
Despite Canadians having some unique suggestions on the type of programming that should come out of this new Netflix office (see above), $500 million over 5 years is a drop in the bucket in terms of what Netflix is spending on content globally. (To be exact, it's 7% of its budget for 2017 ALONE so we'll have to see if we do get The Dangerous Beachcombing Hobo, or something more exciting.)
On the bright side, in the same announcement the government reiterated its commitment to net neutrality and not to tax streaming services so we'll call that a win.
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