Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we've got all the weird and wonderful details about NBC's upcoming streaming service Peacock...
Also: Q&A on an app disappearing from Roku, short cuts including a sweet deal on refurbished Tablo OTA DVRs, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS: NBC Unveils Peacock Streaming Service Details
Details of yet another upcoming streaming service were revealed this week. NBC's Peacock will debut in mid-April for Comcast cable and broadband customers, and then nationally across the US in mid-July. No international availability was announced.
Peacock's 'freemium' pricing approach is ... weird.
It's so complex that Variety's coverage required three full paragraphs to explain it which you can read here. Suffice it to say, you can watch some stuff with ads for free. Or watch more stuff, with or without ads for a price, and what you pay and what you can access depends on your cable or internet provider.
Speaking of stuff you'll be able to watch, expect some classic NBC shows including a whole bunch of 'Law & Order' and 'Chicago' shows, Parks & Rec, 30 Rock, Cheers, The Office, and Saturday Night Live.
NBC is also rebooting Battlestar Galactica, Punky Brewster and Saved By The Bell for the service, and have green lit some new shows from Tina Fey and David Schwimmer. Even more shows are in development, including a series based on Will Forte's SNL skit-turned-movie MacGruber.
Finally, in an effort to reclaim viewers from YouTube, NBC's late-night shows — The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers — will also stream on Peacock starting at 8 p.m. before they're broadcast by local affiliates.
If you can figure out the pricing structure and what content is available in what tier, there might be some good stuff to watch on Peacock. Will you check it out? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter.
Q&A: Why Did This App Disappear on My Roku?
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Today's question comes from Chris who says, "I had the AT&T TV app on my Roku TVs. The app was malfunctioning so I removed it and tried to reinstall it. Unfortunately I can no longer find the app on Roku.
Are they no longer offering this app on their platform?"
On January 1st, AT&T removed the AT&T TV app from the Roku Channel store. Folks who already had the app downloaded can continue to use it, but as Chris found out, you can no longer download it. So if you're new to the service, bought a new Roku device, or deleted the app, you're out of luck for the time being.
Neither Roku nor AT&T are commenting on specific reasons why, but according to AT&T's support site, it may be the result of a contract dispute. The statement says, "We’re actively working on a new agreement with Roku and hope to resolve this soon." Other sources seem to confirm this.
A large portion of Roku's revenue comes from deals with major streaming services for revenue sharing, advertising, and branding on packaging and device remotes. With the upcoming launch of another major AT&T-owned service — HBO MAX — it's possible that AT&T is holding out for a deal with more favorable terms for all of their streaming services.
Meanwhile, consumers are stuck in the middle with two options: switching to a different streaming service, or switching to a different platform.
Let's hope the two companies can reach an agreement soon.
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SHORT CUTS: Super Bowl Super Sale, Big Antenna News, & 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:
- For a limited time on the Tablo web store, you can choose from one of three refurbished Tablo OTA DVR models for just $99.99 USD or $129.99 CAD. Don't forget to use the code SHIPFREE when you order!
- Still on the fence about cord cutting? Know someone who is? Check out our updated 'Cord Cutting 101' guide with all the latest tips and tricks you need to know to cut the cord on cable for good!
- Still craving more details about the transition to the new ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard? TechHive posted a good overview this week on how and when cord cutters should prepare for the switchover.
- There was also a blockbuster acquisition in the Over-the-Air TV antenna world this week as Antennas Direct purchased Mohu. Both brands will continue and the newly merged company will focus on boosting R&D and marketing efforts.
- If you live in Minnesota and are a current or former Comcast customer, you may have a refund coming your way thanks to a settlement in a lawsuit over misleading service costs.
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 the premiere of 9-1-1: Lonestar - January 19th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on FOX/CTV
- Enjoy the new historical crime drama miniseries Vienna Blood - January 19th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Check out the new sitcom OutMatched where average parents deal with their above-average kids - January 23rd @ 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX (in Canada the first episode airs January 29th on CTV2)
- See interviews with Lizzo, Billie Eilish, The Jonas Brothers, Lil Nas X, and Blake Shelton on The Gayle King Grammy Special - January 14th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CW
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record!
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