Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're talking about how cheap and easy it is for cord-cutters to enjoy the top 100 most-watched television shows of the 2018-2019 season.
Also: Q&A on streaming savings, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS: 96 of the Top 100 Shows On TV Are Available OTA
The next time someone tells you they're worried cutting the cord will result in missing their favorite shows or that it'll cost them more than cable, point out this simple fact...
Of the top 100 series on television during the 2018-2019 season, only four required cord cutters to have more than an Over-the-Air antenna to watch live.
The exceptions were Game of Thrones (HBO), Monday Night Football (ESPN), American Horror Story (FX), and Curse of Oak Island (History), all of which are readily available via streaming service subscriptions.
Plus, both Game of Thrones and American Horror Story were short 10 episode seasons, so you could have paid for as little as two months of streaming to catch those shows live.
Did you subscribe to a streaming service simply to catch one these four non-Over-the-Air shows or is free antenna TV enough for you? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter.
Q&A: How Can I Maximize Savings on Streaming TV Subscriptions?
Send us your most pressing cord cutting questions via email so we can answer them in an upcoming issue.
Today's question comes from Katherine who says, "We're happy with our decision to cut the cord, but when I look at what we're paying for streaming subscriptions I feel like we're not saving as much as I expected. What am I missing?"
Some consumers have gone 'all-in' on streaming TV in an attempt to re-create their cable TV package. In fact, 1-in-4 cord cutters say they have 'too many subscriptions services."
While Katherine didn't elaborate on her current subscription lineup, there are a few tactics cord cutters like her can use to maximize savings:
- Binge, Rotate, & Repeat
Since there aren't any contracts, rotate through services and binge the shows you care about. For example, cancel your HBO package now that Game of Thrones is over then switch to Hulu in time for Handmaid's Tale. Then cancel it and switch to Netflix for Stranger Things. Better yet - as TechHive points out - cancel immediately so you don't forget to quit before your subscription renews!
- Skinny Bundle vs. Big Bundle
The more networks there are in a streaming TV bundle, the more you can expect to pay, especially if they include live, local channels. Instead, choose smaller bundle offerings from Philo or Sling TV which are half the price or less than competitors.
- Find the Free Stuff
Beyond accessing your local stations for free with an antenna, there's a growing list of free, ad-supported streaming services like Pluto, The Roku Channel, Xumo, Tubi, IMDB Freedive, Kanopy, and Hoopla.
One of the most overlooked benefits of cord cutting is that YOU are in the driver's seat.
If you avoid re-creating a bloated cable package full of channels you don't watch, only subscribe to the content you care about RIGHT NOW, and look for the freebies, the savings will add up quickly.
Have a question about cord cutting that you'd like answered? Send us a note and you may see your question in an upcoming issue of Cord Cutting This Week!
SHORT CUTS: Cable Customer (Un)Satisfaction, Deals & 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 the season 2 premiere of the crime reality show Whistleblower - May 24 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS
- Can't make it to a local event? Watch the National Memorial Day Concert from home - May 26 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Summer favorite America's Got Talent returns for season 14 with new host Terry Crews - May 28 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CityTV
- Undiscovered songwriters pitch their songs to stars in the new reality show Songland - May 28 @ 10:00 p.m ET on NBC/CityTV
- American Ninja Warrior returns for season 11 - May 29 @ 8:00 p.m ET on NBC/CTV2
- Followed by the new crime drama The InBetween - May 29 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Or catch the premiere of the 17th season of MasterChef - May 29 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on FOX/CTV
- Check out the series 48 Hours: NCIS highlighting some of the biggest real NCIS cases - May 29 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS
- Canadians can enjoy season 3 of the drama Private Eyes - May 29 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on Global
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: 2.75 Million Canadians Watched GOT on Crave
Canadians finally had a streaming TV alternative for watching Game of Thrones during its final season and offering it seems to have been a winning proposition for Crave's owner, Bell.
2.75 million Canadians tuned in to the streaming service to watch the finale, despite glitches with earlier episodes.
What remains to be seen is whether Crave customers will keep paying an additional $9.99/month for access to premium content, revert to the basic tier, or cancel altogether.
Are you canceling Crave now that Game of Thrones is over? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter.
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