Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
First some housekeeping...
The next edition of Cord Cutting This Week will hit your inbox on April 26th since next week is Good Friday. And yes, we're publishing a bit early again today because Tablo QUAD is in stock and selling fast! If you've been waiting, don't miss out!
Now for this week, we've got the details on the newest streaming service on the block — Disney+ — and how it could be a key component of a hard-to-beat cord-cutting combo.
Also: Price hike for YouTube TV, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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OK... now let's get to it!
NEWS: The House of Mouse Unveils Disney+
Yesterday Disney revealed details about its Disney+ streaming service which launches in November at a $6.99 USD/month price point.
(Although the November launch date was described as being for 'North America', specific details about dates and pricing for Canucks aren't available yet. Still, international expansion including Canada is supposed to come 'within two years', according to Variety.)
Disney+ will allow consumers to stream movies and TV shows from all of its 'brands' including Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and Disney itself, as well as download content for offline viewing.
Disney+ will also become the exclusive streaming home of ALL seasons of The Simpsons.
As USA Today tech expert Jefferson Graham points out, Disney+ and Netflix could be the new cord-cutting combo to beat:
Add an Over-the-Air antenna for live local news, sports, and broadcast shows and cord cutters could enjoy a colossal amount of content for a price lower than the taxes on a monthly cable bill.
Will you sign up for Disney+ when it launches? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter.
NEWS: YouTube TV Customers Hit With Price Hike
A round of price increases is is hitting streaming TV services and this week it was YouTube TV's turn. As CordCutters.com reports, rates are going from $40 to $50/month for new customers ASAP and existing customers in May.
The good news is that subscribers are getting several new channels in exchange including Discovery, HGTV, and the Food Network.
This is why every consumer should review their cord cutting setup on at least a quarterly basis to make sure they're getting the most bang for their buck, like Kevin did.
Are you a YouTube TV subscriber? Will you be sticking it out or switching up your cord cutting setup in the face of this increase? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter.
SHORT CUTS: Tablo QUAD, New Roku Firmware, & More
Some 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:
- Catch third & final round action in golf's 2019 Masters Tournament - April 13 & 14 @ 3:00 p.m. ET on CBS/CTV
- Emma Stone hosts with musical guest BTS on Saturday Night Live - April 13 @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Catch the premiere of the six-part BBC adaptation of Les Miserables - April 14 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Lake Bell & Dax Shepard star in the new sitcom Bless This Mess - April 16 @ 9:30 p.m. on ABC
- Reality TV worlds cross in the 31st season of The Amazing Race as past contestants on Big Brother and Survivor try their hands at racing - April 17 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS/CTV
- Sitcom Life In Pieces returns for season 4 - April 18 @ 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS (April 17th at 8:00 p.m. ET on CityTV in Canada)
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: CBC Gem App Coming to Fire TV & Android TV
CBC's free ad-supported streaming service Gem is coming to Amazon Fire TV and Android TV devices starting next week.
Even if you get CBC with your trusty Over-the-Air antenna, Gem is worth a look. Along with episodes of CBC shows including Shitt's Creek and Kids in the Hall, it also has movies and even the critically acclaimed show PEN15 which was made for Hulu in the US.
We hope you enjoyed this edition of Cord Cutting This Week!
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