Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're looking at the massive Disney+ streaming launch and how its success could add fuel to the cord cutting revolution and turn Disney into an even bigger streaming powerhouse.
Also: Q&A on Philo's DVR, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS: Despite Glitches, Disney+ Has Strong Debut
Despite some technical glitches on launch day, Disney's new streaming service seems to be off to a very strong start.
Over 10 million users have reportedly signed up for at least the 7-day trial, beating expectations, although many superfans took advantage of pre-release discounts for 3-year subscriptions.
With an attractive bundle including Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu now available, just as many Hulu subscribers' 2018 Black Friday deals are ending, Disney is uniquely poised to build on this success and cement itself as a streaming powerhouse.
In fact, industry watchers say Disney+'s launch marks a critical turning point in the collapse of the pay TV industry, as major content producers increasingly focus on creating and distributing programs for streaming subscribers rather than cable customers.
Have you checked out Disney+ yet? If so, tell us via Facebook or Twitter what you think and how it has changed or added to your cord cutting setup.
Q&A: Why Is This Streaming TV DVR Limited?
Send us your most pressing cord cutting questions via email so we can answer them in an upcoming issue.
Today's question comes from Tom who says, "I am thinking of subscribing to Philo. My hesitation is the recordings only last for 30 days. If I am using my ROKU to record, is there a code that is recorded with the program that makes the program go away? Isn't the program stored on my ROKU hard drive and thus in my control as to when I watch the program?"
We often recommend lightweight streaming services like Philo as an affordable way to supplement Over-the-Air TV. Like most streaming services, Philo lets you save shows to watch later. Unlike many competitors, Philo's DVR service is free AND unlimited. (Score!)
However, as Tom points out, Philo DVR recordings are automatically deleted after 30 days. Why?
The mechanics of a streaming DVR are a bit different than Tom imagined. Content is NOT stored directly on your streaming device. In fact, your Roku doesn't even have a hard drive and streaming service content agreements almost always prohibit recording to physical devices.
This is why, like all streaming services, Philo's DVR is cloud-based. That means your recordings are saved to a cloud computer server on the internet.
Philo has to pay to use that cloud computing infrastructure for their DVR service. Since it's free for you, and they don't limit the amount of shows you can record, they've chosen to set a 30-day time limit on recordings.
This helps to keep their cloud infrastructure costs — and therefore your monthly service payments — low.
There are alternative services with longer cloud DVR storage periods, but you'll pay more for the privilege as those costs are eventually passed along to you.
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: More Black Friday Deals, & 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:
- Sesame Street's 50th Anniversary Celebration marks half a century of groundbreaking children's programming - November 16th @ 7:00 p.m. ET in Canada on Global or in the US on November 17th @ 7:00 p.m. on PBS
- Harry Styles hosts and performs on Saturday Night Live - November 16 @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Canadians can tune in to The Original Santa Claus Parade - November 17 @ 4:30 p.m. on CTV
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: Roku TV Pre-Black Friday Deal
If you can't wait until Black Friday to nab a new TV, this 43" Roku Smart TV at Walmart is a great deal at just $298 (in-store only).
We hope to share some additional Canadian-specific Black Friday deals over the coming weeks so stay tuned!
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