Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This will be our last newsletter before the New Year so we'd like to thank you for your support in 2016 and send best wishes to you and yours for the holiday season.
Cord Cutting This Week will return to your inboxes on Friday January 6th with updates on all of the neat new cord cutting gadgets and services announced at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including what Tablo has on tap!
But for today, we're talking about last minute cord cutter gifts, holiday TV, Apple's TV app, and much more...
Let's get to it!
Apple TV's new TV App Not Designed for Cordcutters
Our friends at TechHive took a look at the newly launched TV app for Apple TV which was intended to amalgamate all of your favorite video sources into a single screen. Unfortunately with major players like Netflix and Amazon missing from the party, the need to use a cable provider login even for apps that don't require them, and app developers like Tablo locked out, it's definitely not cord cutter-friendly.
Have you tried it out? Tell us what you think on Twitter or Facebook.
Holiday TV Specials - Week of December 16th
The holiday season means tons of great TV specials! To make sure you don't miss any of your favorites, we'll be sharing a list of what's on deck each week. This week you can look forward to:
- December 16, 8 p.m. ET - The 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade - CW
- December 17, 8 p.m. ET - I Want a Dog For Christmas: Charlie Brown! - ABC
- December 18, 7 p.m. ET - The Sound of Music - NBC/CTV
- December 20, 8 p.m. ET - Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special - FOX
- December 20-23, 8 p.m. ET - Terry Crews Saves Christmas - CW
- December 22, 8 p.m. ET - A Charlie Brown Christmas - ABC
If you're in Canada, you can enjoy some of the shows above as well as:
- December 16, 8 p.m. ET - Home Alone - CBC
- December 19, 8 p.m. ET - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, CBC
- December 20, 7 p.m. ET - Frosty the Snowman, CBC
- December 20, 8 p.m. ET - How the Grinch Stole Christmas, CBC
- December 22, 8 p.m. ET - A Christmas Story, CBC
Still a Comcast Customer? Expect to Pay Even More Fees...
If you're still paying Comcast for cable, expect to start paying even more in 'digital adapter' fees once 2017 hits. Jumping from just $3.49 to $5.49 a month, this fee hike means that if you have three TVs in your house you will pay an extra $16.47 a month on top of your package price, other fees and taxes.
Just one more reason to choose cutting the cord on cable as your New Year's resolution!
2nd Generation Amazon Fire TVs Get a New Interface
Newer Amazon Fire TV boxes and sticks are getting an interface makeover. As our friends at Variety report, the new interface is much more Netflix-style and offers more options for user customization. Older Fire TV models will get the upgrade in the coming months.
Last Minute Cord Cutter Gifts
Ack - Christmas is only 8 days away! If you have a cord cutter (or a potential cord cutter) on your list, fear not. There's still lots of great gifts that will arrive before the big day including:
Canadian Corner: Amazon Prime Video Finally Available in Canada
If you feel like you've already watched everything on Netflix, you might want to check out Amazon Prime Video which is now available in Canada and more than 200 other countries. Amazon bundles the streaming service with their Prime shipping service for $79/year. Just like Netflix, Amazon produces its own content including the critically acclaimed Transparent as well as streaming movies and TV shows from other networks.
Have you checked out Amazon Prime Video? Tell us what you think on Twitter or Facebook.
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