Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we've got an update on the tiff between Disney and Amazon that was keeping Disney+ off the Fire TV platform.
Also: Q&A on Samsung Smart TV channels, short cuts including early Black Friday deals, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS: Disney+ Will Be Coming to Amazon Fire TV After All
If you're an Amazon Fire TV user that's been planning to buy an alternative streaming device to watch Disney+, you're in luck.
The two companies announced yesterday that they've reached an agreement to bring the new streaming service to the Fire TV platform in time for Tuesday's launch.
Amazon also says that the Apple TV+ app will be coming to additional Fire TV models soon.
Q&A: Can I Record These Channels from my Samsung Smart TV?
Send us your most pressing cord cutting questions via email so we can answer them in an upcoming issue.
Today's question comes from Ken who says, "My Samsung Smart TV's Live TV guide shows more channels than what I see on my Over-the-Air DVR. They have odd channel numbers though (in the 1000s). How can I get these channels to show up in my DVR guide so I can record them?"
Some Samsung Smart TVs, like Ken's, have a feature called 'TV Plus'. While 'TV Plus' channels might show up alongside your Over-the-Air TV channels in the Samsung's Live TV guide, the content they're showing is actually streaming over the internet.
As you can see in this tutorial, while these channels appear in the Samsung TV's built-in channel scan they are listed under the 'TV Plus' banner, not under 'Air' which are channels available from your antenna.
As internet-based channels, these won't show up in channel scans on other products like your OTA DVR, which are only looking for broadcast signals from an antenna. And since there are legal and technical reasons why streaming TV channels cannot be recorded on any hardware DVRs, you won't be able save this content to watch later.
A quick way to identify which channels are Over-the-Air is the channel number. Antenna channels will always fall between channel 2 and 69. If the channel number is higher, it's either a cable, satellite, or internet-based station.
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SHORT CUTS: Black Friday Deals, 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:
- Actress Kristen Wiig hosts and The xx performs on Saturday Night Live - November 9 @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Canadians can tune in to Remembrance Day ceremonies - November 11 @ 10:00 a.m. on CBC or 10:30 a.m. ET on Global & CTV
- Check out the special Dolly Parton: Here She Comes Again! - November 12 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Tune in for The 53rd Annual CMA Awards honoring the best in country music - November 13 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CTV
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: Seagate Hard Drive Deal
If you're looking for a large hard drive to use with your Tablo OTA DVR (or just to back up family photos), this deal on a 5TB portable drive from Best Buy is a good one.
We hope to share some additional Canadian-specific Black Friday deals over the coming weeks so stay tuned!
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