Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're looking at some of the reasons Comcast is losing thousands of customers every day.
Also: Q&A on how to get your Hallmark holiday fix, short cuts, new on Netflix, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS: Comcast Losing Over 2K Customers Daily
Customers are abandoning pay-TV packages from Comcast in droves. The company reportedly lost more than 238,000 subscribers in the last three months alone.
Along with questionable channel package moves, part of this exodus may be directly related to Comcast's strategy to turf unprofitable customers that are unwilling to put up with price increases, instead of offering hefty discounts as they've done in the past.
Instead, the company hopes those customers will keep paying for internet and phone services that offer better profit margins and other opportunities to tack on fees...
For example, the 'free' streaming box they promised to internet-only subscribers that actually comes with a hefty $13/month rental fee for the required modem/router combo.
Did you ditch Comcast last quarter? If so, what's your new cord cutting setup? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter.
Q&A: How Can I Watch Hallmark Holiday Movies?
Send us your most pressing cord cutting questions via email so we can answer them in an upcoming issue.
Today's question comes from Kirk who says, "My wife is obsessed with Hallmark holiday movies and won't let me cut cable unless she can get her fix. What's the cheapest way to get that channel?"
If you've got someone in your household like Kirk who has a 'Buddy The Elf'-level obsession with Christmas, there are a few ways to satisfy their need for the type of candy-cane sweet fare only Hallmark can provide.
If you're already planning to subscribe to one ($25/month) or both ($40/month) of Sling TV's streaming packages, you can add Hallmark and a few other channels for an additional $5/month.
If sports aren't your jam, Philo may be a better choice than Sling which includes Hallmark in a single and cost-effective $20/month lineup along with TLC, HGTV, and more.
Big streaming service packages not in your cord cutting plans or budget? Try Frndly TV ($5.99/mo) which includes Hallmark in its tight 12-channel pack along with the Weather Network.
And don't forget that one of the best things about cutting the cord is there are no contracts, so you can easily add a package with Hallmark for the holidays and cancel in the New Year.
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: PS Vue for Sale, Tablo Back on Amazon & 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:
- Wanna buy a streaming service? Playstation Vue is reportedly being shopped by Sony. Given that the company never gave Playstation Vue a fair shake with its terrible name and poor marketing it may struggle to find a buyer.
- Things aren't much rosier for AT&T NOW (aka DirecTV NOW). Since the DirecTV acquisition, the service has been cursed with a name change, price hikes, and reduced marketing. Now its parent company seems to be shoving the dagger in further, as AT&T attempts to shift customers to its similarly named but completely different service, AT&T TV.
- If you signed up for Hulu's 99 cent Black Friday deal last year, don't forget that promo price will be ending soon!
- Verizon is offering select customers the upcoming Disney+ streaming service for free for one year.
- Wondering whether to pick up the Roku Smart Soundbar, or the new Amazon Fire TV Cube? Tech Hive has thorough reviews of both.
- If you look hard enough at your local Best Buy, you might be able to score one of the new NVIDIA SHIELD streaming devices prior to their official launch on Monday(?).
- When you sit down to watch Netflix with your spouse, do you spend more time surfing for options than you'd like? This tip from TechHive should help.
- And after some technical difficulties, both the Tablo DUAL LITE and Tablo QUAD DVRs are fully stocked on Amazon.com. In Canada? Tablo QUAD is also back in stock on our Canadian web store.
STREAMING: What's New on Netflix
Alongside all of the free TV you can watch with an antenna, check out our picks for great shows and movies on Netflix for you to enjoy in November:
- Get ready for the season with tons of new holiday-themed originals
- Enjoy The Matrix trilogy, creepy classic Rosemary's Baby, or the gonzo tale Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Comedy fans can see new specials from Seth Meyers, Iliza Shlesinger, and Mike Birbiglia
- Or enjoy season 3 of The Crown and season 1 of podcast spinoff Dirty John
- Canadians can also enjoy a fully restored version of Lawrence of Arabia and season 2 of the excellent adult cartoon Final Space
See the full list of new Netflix shows in the US and in Canada.
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As always, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Catch continuing action in MLB Baseball's World Series between Houston & Washington - October 25/26/27 @ 8 p.m. ET on FOX
- Chance the Rapper hosts and performs on Saturday Night Live - October 26 @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Tune in to the classic Halloween special It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - October 27 @ 7:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Enjoy the new documentary series Life From Above featuring views of the planet from satellites, helicopters and more - October 30 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
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: Start.ca Lowering Rates
Start.ca is lowering rates for many of its internet plans following similar decisions by other independent ISPs.
This is due to the CRTC announcing lower wholesale rates for broadband connectivity, which has already been appealed by the major telecom companies who own Canada's internet infrastructure.
We'll be sure to keep you posted on this story as it continues to develop.
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