Happy Holidays Cord Cutters!
Welcome to our last issue of 2018!
This week is a short one, but we'll be back January 11th to tell you all about the cool new cord-cutting tech coming out of the big Consumer Electronics Show.
But for now, we've got a Q&A on why you should never pay a fee to activate your Roku.
Also: Last-minute deals on cord cutting gear, must-see OTA TV and more.
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OK... now let's get to it!
Q&A: Is There an Activation Fee for Roku?
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This week's question comes from Sarah who asks, "When my friend upgraded from a Roku streaming stick to a Roku Ultra, she had to pay an activation fee. Is this now required for all Rokus?"
Streaming boxes and sticks like Roku are likely to be popular gifts this holiday season. Unfortunately as the popularity of cord cutting increases, so have the number of scams seeking to target less savvy consumers.
Starting in mid-2017 we began to hear reports directly from Tablo customers and other sources in the cord-cutting community saying an official-looking website required them to fork over credit card information to activate their Roku.
Roku does not nor has ever required users to pay fees for setup, activation, or tech support.
Once you purchase your Roku you can use it right out of the box with no additional payments required - unless you're wanting to hook up subscription-based streaming services like Netflix. And in that case, you'd be paying Netflix, not Roku.
If you want to avoid these 'scam' websites, it's best to contact the manufacturer of your cord cutting device directly or visit an official corporate website for help. Both pieces of information should be on the device's box or in the documentation that comes with it.
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!
NEWS: Roku Rolling Out WiFi Fix for Roku TVs
Speaking of Roku, an update is rolling out specifically for some Roku-enabled Smart TVs to fix a WiFi connectivity bug.
If over the last month your Roku-enabled Smart TV started having problems staying connected to your network, the problem could have been related to this issue. Only TVs that were affected by this problem will get the update.
Head over to CordCuttersNews.com for details.
DEALS: Last Minute Savings on Cord Cutting Gifts
If you've left your shopping till the last minute, there's no need to go all Arnold in Jingle All the Way. There are still cord cutting gear deals to be had offline, including:
- A Roku Ultra streaming box for just $79.94 (down from $99) at Best Buy or Target.
- Want to make them say 'wow'? Nab a 55" 4K TCL Roku TV at Best Buy for just $500.
- Prefer a Fire TV product? Nab the latest and fastest Amazon Fire TV 4K streaming stick for just $35 at Best Buy or Target.
- Snag a Tablo DUAL LITE OTA DVR for just $99.99 in-store at Best Buy (ends 12/22).
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As usual, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Enjoy the special Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic - December 23 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Look back at memorable news stories with The Year: 2018 - December 23 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Don't miss the Call the Midwife holiday special - December 25 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS/MOVIES > GENRES > HOLIDAY filter on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record!
CANADIAN CORNER: Holiday Antenna Deals
If your New Year's resolution is to cut the cord on cable, or you just need to up your antenna game, check out the deals on Antennas Direct models from Best Buy Canada.
Starting Christmas Eve, you can snag the 65-mile range 1 Max for just $49.99 or the 100 mile range 2MAX for just $79.99.
We hope you enjoyed this edition of Cord Cutting This Week!
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