Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This will be our last newsletter until the New Year, so happy holidays and thank you for your support this year! We really appreciate you 'tuning in' every week.
Today we've got the latest in the Google vs. Amazon brawl, including a way to work around Google's plan to remove the YouTube app from Amazon devices.
We've also done some math on the rising costs of watching and recording local broadcasts via a cable subscription, what's new on Netflix, and this week's must-see TV!
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NEWS: The Latest in the Continuing Saga of Google vs. Amazon
Over the last few weeks we've kept you posted on the Amazon vs. Google soap opera. Last week saw a bit of a thaw in relations as Google's Chromecast reappeared for sale on Amazon and 'productive discussions' were happening to avoid YouTube being yanked from Amazon devices starting January 1st.
Well... This week Amazon added web browsing to its streaming devices which offers users a workaround to access YouTube even if Google pulls the app as planned. Another trick Amazon may have up its sleeve is a free streaming service of its own.
At this point, it's looking like compromise between these companies would take a Christmas miracle. Stay tuned!
NEWS: Cable Prices Continue to Rise & So Do Number of Cord Cutters
Cable companies eager to keep their bottom lines padded in the face of cord cutting continue to crank up prices and hike fees. When, oh when will they learn? (Spoiler alert: never.)
For example, the good folks at Charter are planning to increase the bogus 'broadcast TV fee' to $8.85 per month starting in February. That means their customers will be paying $106.20 (plus tax) a year to watch local broadcast TV. Want to record that content? That'll be at least another $155.88 a year plus tax.
Meanwhile, cord cutters know they can watch all of their local broadcast TV stations FOR FREE with an antenna. And for the price of a single year of service from Charter, they can get a Tablo OTA DVR so they can record and stream that free TV on any device for years to come.
STREAMING: What's New On Netflix in January
Alongside all of the free TV you can watch with an antenna, here's our picks for great shows and movies on Netflix for you to enjoy in January when recovering from the holidays.
- Several movie classics are on the way including Breakfast At Tiffany's, The Godfather I, II, and (if you want to punish yourself) III, Caddyshack, and Lethal Weapon
- Want something more recent? Try the gritty Academy Award-winning Dallas Buyer's Club
- Binge all five seasons of the comedy Episodes in which former Friends star Matt Leblanc plays himself totally screwing up the US adaptation of a popular British TV show
- For the kiddos, there's Cars 3 and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
- Canadians won't want to miss season 2 of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and season 6 of Suits
See a full list of new Netflix shows in the US here and in Canada here.
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As usual, there's lots of great FREE live TV on your antenna feed this week including:
- Period drama fans won't want to miss the Call the Midwife Holiday Special - airdate/time varies on PBS
- Canadians can enjoy Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - December 22 at 7:00 p.m. ET on CBC
- The kids will love DreamWorks Trolls Holiday followed by How Murray Saved Christmas - December 24 @ 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC
- Once they're tucked in, enjoy the classic It's a Wonderful Life - December 24 @ 8:00 p.m. on NBC
- Don't miss the original animated version of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas followed by the Jim Carrey movie version - December 25 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC
- LL Cool J, Gloria Estefan, Carmen de Lavallade, Lionel Richie, and Norman Lear will be lauded in The 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors - December 26 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
CANADIAN CORNER: Federal Court Dismisses SimSub Appeal
Superbowl broadcasts on Canadian channels will again show Canadian commercials in 2018. That is unless the CRTC decides to change their original order banning the simultaneous substitution of Canadian commercials on American broadcasts within Canada during the game.
This week the Federal Court dismissed the appeal from Bell, saying it's up to the CRTC to set those regulations. Bell has already appealed to the regulator directly, saying its advertising revenues dropped by $11 million and it lost 40% of its audience to US networks who are now allowed to show the popular US commercials during the game.
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