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Cord Cutting This Week - PlayStation Vue's Demise: What It Means for Streaming TV and Alternatives for Existing Customers

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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. 

As always, if you know of someone who might need some insight or help with cutting the cord on cable or satellite, please forward our newsletter, or use the handy share buttons at the top of this email. 

OK... now let's get to it!   

NEWS: Sony Shutting Down PlayStation Vue
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After failing to find a buyer, Sony announced this week that it will be shutting down its PlayStation Vue streaming service at the end of January. 

Sony cited the ultra-competitive streaming TV market and increasingly expensive content licensing deals as the reason it was stepping away to re-focus on gaming.

Now its 500,000 customers have some decisions to make...

They can choose to switch to another full-service streaming TV provider, but these services are also facing potentially uncertain futures due to mounting costs, especially for local broadcast TV content. In fact, AT&T TV NOW just gifted its customer base with a second price hike this year
Or consumers can invest in an Over-the-Air antenna for local TV and pick up a more lightweight streaming service for cable-style channels like Sling TV or Philo. By not having to pay for and manage local TV streaming contracts, these services have a "fundamentally more sustainable offering" as Philo's CEO recently pointed out.

Plus, you can't beat the significant savings, both in terms of actual cost and bandwidth for those with a datacap.     

Are you a current PlayStation Vue customer? What's your 'go forward' plan for cord cutting? Tell us on
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Q&A: Can I Connect a Roku to a Smart TV that runs Amazon Fire TV?
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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.

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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.)  


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: HBO MAX Details, Crazy Good Antenna Deal, & More
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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: 


As always, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
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  • 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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