Hey there cord cutters! Hope you're keeping well!
This week we're sharing a handy workaround from TechHive that will get HBO MAX on your Fire TV since the two parties still haven't struck a deal.
Also: Q&A on a YouTube TV error message, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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HOW-TO: A Fire TV Workaround for HBO MAX Woes
As we shared with you last week, Roku and Amazon Fire TV users have been shut out of HBO MAX because the companies involved haven't come to an agreement for distribution of the app.
Thankfully the team at TechHive put together a handy guide to sideloading the HBO MAX app for Android TV on to your Amazon Fire TV. Normally we don't recommend sideloading random apps because of potential security risks, however the app you're installing is the HBO MAX app... albeit for a slightly different platform.
If you can follow instructions and are willing to put up with a few quirks, it could be a good option for now. Alas, there isn't yet a workaround for ROKU so you guys will have to keep waiting.
Q&A: Why Am I Seeing a Content Licensing Error on YouTube TV?
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This week's question comes from Ron who says, "We were watching a movie on TCM via our YouTube TV subscription on our living room TV via Roku. It was late and we wanted to finish watching on our bedroom TV via a different Roku. But the YouTube TV app in the bedroom would not play the video and gave an error message: 'This content is not licensed for internet streaming'. Why?"
YouTube TV has content distribution deals with most major channels that allow subscribers to watch live streams and in most cases record the content of those streams for later viewing.
However, the small print of those content deals can be rather complex, especially when it comes to sports, movies, and programming with copyrighted music, so Ron isn't the only user to run into this problem.
If YouTube TV doesn't have the proper licensing, sometimes a program isn't available at all, is limited to streaming on certain platforms, or has restrictions on being recorded for later playback.
Ron mentioned the movie he was watching was a musical biopic, a prime candidate for content licensing shenanigans. It's possible that YouTube TV had the rights to air the movie live, but when he moved to the bedroom the stream may have shifted to a recording. In that case, it's entirely possible he could have run into that error message.
It seems like another user was able to work around this by casting a browser to his TV, so hopefully Ron can do the same.
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SHORT CUTS: Details of New Android TV Dongle Leak, & 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:
- Check out the special Race Matters: America in Crisis - June 5th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- With production shut down, this season of The Bachelor will be a recap of the biggest moments in the history of the show - June 8th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CityTV
- Bulletproof returns for season 2 - June 10th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Adam Scott hosts the new comedic game show Don't - June 11th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC
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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