Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week, we've got details on how to cut another cord... your home phone!
Also: a new Roku menu option for free content, how to opt out of ads on Netflix, this week's must-see OTA TV, and more!
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NEWS: Roku Debuts 'Featured Free' Section on Home Screen
Roku users in the United States will soon start seeing a new option on their home screen called 'Featured Free'.
Just like it sounds, this menu showcases content from The Roku Channel, ABC, The CW, CW Seed, FOX, Freeform, Pluto TV, Sony Crackle, Tubi and other channels that's free to stream without subscriptions or cable logins.
This move is a part of Roku's overall strategy to become a hub for ad-supported free streaming content.
Has this menu item popped up on your Roku? If so, head over to Twitter or Facebook and tell us what you thought of the content selection.
NEWS: Netflix Testing Mid-Binge Ads
Speaking of ad-supported content, subscribers have been giving Netflix a heavy dose of side-eye this week as they've begun testing mid-binge ads promoting their own original content.
While Netflix's popularity was built on the lack of commercial breaks, it's not really surprising to see they're testing ads because of the billions and billions of dollars they're spending to create original shows and movies. If current Netflix originals aren't able to generate enough interest, the content gravy train may have to slow down to appease investors.
For the time being, you can opt out of seeing these ads. (Get the 'how-to' from BGR.)
But if the service rolls these now ads out on a global basis, you may have to Netflix and Chill through some commercials.
HOW TO: Save Money on Home Phone
If you currently have a 'triple-play' package - which includes internet, home phone, and television - and you're thinking of cutting the cord, you might be wondering about cheaper alternatives for the home phone portion of your bill.
Thankfully the folks at Cord Cutters News have a great overview on Voice-Over-Internet-Protocol (VOIP) home phone hardware and services that can help you save money.
Do you use VOIP at home? If so, tell us what hardware and services you're using and how you like them via Twitter or Facebook.
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As usual, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- NFL pre-season action continues
- Tune into the 2018 Little League World Series - August 25-26 @ 12:30 p.m. on ABC
- Canadians can check out the 2018 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards hosted by rapper/actress Awkwafina - August 26 @ 9:00 p.m. on CTV
- Check out the documentary series Ancient Invisible Cities where 3D scans reveal bygone architecture - August 29 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
CANADIAN CORNER: Deadline Looms in CRTC Sales Probe
Time is almost up for Canadians to submit their horror stories to the CRTC's telecom sales practices probe. Both customers and telco employees have until August 30th to enter a written complaint, or to request to appear at an upcoming public hearing.
CBC Go Public first broke the story last year, and today is again sharing stories directly from previous Bell and Rogers employees about being incentivized or coached to dupe consumers.
However, consumer advocates are concerned that confusing processes and lack of clarity around what repercussions (if any) current employees could face for speaking out could hamper the inquiry.
The CRTC's deadline for completing the inquiry is February of next year.
Oh... And if you want a chance to win a Tablo DUAL 64GB OTA DVR, make sure to enter @MontrealOTA's Twitter contest in celebration of OTA Day!
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