Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we've got leaked details about not one but TWO new NVIDIA SHIELD streaming devices....
Also: Q&A on watching home movies on your streaming device, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS: New NVIDIA SHIELD Streamers Imminent
After months of hints via FCC filings, the arrival of not one but TWO new NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV streaming devices seems to be around the corner.
First the updated NVIDIA SHIELD TV 'box' style device was leaked via an Amazon listing. According to CordCutters.com the new SHIELD streaming box should be 25% faster thanks to an updated processor, will include a new triangular remote, and support Dolby Vision and Atmos sound. Expect a $199.99 USD price tag.
And for the first time ever, it looks like NVIDIA is also launching a ~$149.99 USD 'stick-style' version. Spotted by 9to5Google in a leaked NewEgg listing, the SHIELD stick packs much of the same power as its box-style cousin into a tiny 6.5" tube.
Saving about $50 and having a sleeker form-factor is certainly attractive, but with the stick-style device you lose the USB ports that make the 'box style' NVIDIA SHIELD models so flexible.
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Q&A: Can I Watch My Home Movies on Fire TV?
Send us your most pressing cord cutting questions via email so we can answer them in an upcoming issue.
Today's question comes from Jason who says, "I have a collection of home movies on a hard drive. What is the best way to watch them on a Fire TV? Can I put them on my Tablo DVR?"
There are ways to watch home movies or other video files without having to pull out ye olde DVD player or VCR.
But, because Tablo doesn't like to 'share' its storage space with other content, there isn't a way to transfer videos to your Tablo DVR.
However, there are several ways to enjoy home movies on your streaming player as long as they're saved in a digital file format (like MP4, MKV, or MOV).
If you can transfer those files to a Windows PC or a phone, you can 'cast' the video using one of the methods outlined here.
If your drive is accessible over the network — like a NAS — you can download the VLC app on your Fire TV and easily play them over the network. If your drive isn't networked, things get a bit more complicated, at least for Amazon Fire TV users...
Why? The newer Fire TV models have micro USB slots vs. standard sized slots. So unless you have an older 'box'-style Fire TV device, you'll need to get a micro USB-to-full USB OTG adapter to connect a USB hard drive, which will cost about $5 USD.
Once you've got the connector, follow the instructions from AFTVnews.com to get the Fire TV to recognize the drive for 'external storage' which will allow you to then discover and play files from the drive in apps like VLC.
Use Roku instead? Most higher-end models have a USB port right on the back that makes this dead simple.
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SHORT CUTS: Plan to Rescan Today, Comcast Shenanigans, & 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:
- Canadians can enjoy the new food series Jamie & Jimmy's Food Fight Club - October 18 @ 5:00 p.m. ET on CBC
- As well as the pre-election The Way You See It: A Peter Mansbridge Special - October 18 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBC
- Canadians can also catch 2019 Federal Election results coverage - October 21 on CBC, Global, & CTV
- Catch either Houston or New York take on the Washington Nationals in MLB Baseball's World Series - starting October 22 @ 8 p.m. ET on FOX
- Diane Sawyer chats with Michael Douglas and his son Cameron in the special The Douglas Dynasty: Fame, Addiction, Recovery - October 22 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Will & Grace returns for season 3 of its reboot - October 24 @ 9:30 p.m. ET on NBC
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: 5.1 Surround Sound Coming to Crave TV
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