Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're looking at the demise of PlayStation Vue, what it means for the streaming TV industry, and what options are available for consumers seeking to replace their PSVue service.
Also: Q&A on mixing streaming platforms, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS: Sony Shutting Down PlayStation Vue
Q&A: Can I Connect a Roku to a Smart TV that runs Amazon 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 Susan who asks, "Can I connect a Roku to my Smart TV that runs on the Amazon Fire TV operating system? I'm planning to subscribe to Disney+ but I hear the app won't be available on Fire TV. I don't want to have to buy a whole new television."
One of the great things about cord cutting is consumer choice. But when corporate disagreements like one between Disney and Amazon limit your choices based on your streaming platform, it can be a bummer.
Thankfully you don't have to buy a brand new Smart TV just to be able to watch Disney+ on your big screen. No matter what type of Smart TV you own, you can purchase any other brand/platform of streaming TV device and connect it via the TV's HDMI port.
This won't damage the TV, won't prevent you from using the built-in 'smarts', or cause some weird inception-style loop.
For example, at Tablo HQ, our TCL Roku TV has an Amazon Fire TV Cube, an Apple TV, and an NVIDIA SHIELD connected to it. We can access Roku channels via the Smart TV's interface, and apps and content from all of the other streaming devices simply by switching between the inputs.
(Use CEC — which we talked about a few weeks ago — to make this super simple.)
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SHORT CUTS: HBO MAX Details, Crazy Good Antenna Deal, & 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:
- Warner Media announced details on its upcoming HBO MAX streaming service, set to debut in May of next year. Its massive back catalog — including Friends, The Big Bang Theory, South Park, and much more — will join a list of planned originals to provide 10,000 hours of premium content at launch.
- Walmart has a heck of an in-store clearance deal (just $19!!!!) on Clearstream 2-MAX antennas from Antennas Direct. These are excellent quality and super popular with cord cutters, so it's worth checking Brickseek to see if there's stock in your area.
- A new study shows that while most cord cutters prefer an ad-free streaming experience, a little less than half are willing to put up with some ads in return for a lower price.
- Cord cutters in 19 new US markets can now watch Court TV for free with an Over-the-Air antenna.
- If you're viewing that free antenna TV with a Tablo, we've put together an updated guide to the best streaming TV devices to use with your DVR.
- And speaking of Tablo, it was recently named the best DVR for those who want to watch recordings inside and outside the home by Consumers Reports.
- Wanna buy a Tablo? We're now fully stocked in our own web store (where refurbished models are on sale!), on Amazon.com, as well as in-store and online at BestBuy.
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As always, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Actress Kristen Stewart hosts and Coldplay performs on Saturday Night Live - November 2 @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Canadians can enjoy the BBC drama miniseries Close to the Enemy - November 4 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on CHCH
- Fans won't want to miss The Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid Live! - November 5 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
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: HBO MAX Content Coming to Crave
While HBO MAX isn't coming to Canada per se, but Bell has announced they've licensed a portion of the content for their own Crave streaming service, most of which will require the $20/month tier to watch.
The agreement only covers TV and movie content created by Warner Studios so you will be able to watch originals like Dune: The Sisterhood, as well as Game of Thrones and first-run movies like Crazy Rich Asians. But shows like Friends, Sesame Street, and Studio Ghibli animation aren't included.
We hope you enjoyed this edition of Cord Cutting This Week!
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