Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're sharing the reason why you should avoid signing up for streaming services through a third party.
Also: Q&A on getting TCM as a cord cutter, what's new on Netflix, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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TIPS & TRICKS: Save By Signing Up Directly for Streaming TV
As reported by CordCuttersNews, this week folks who signed up for YouTube TV via iTunes received notice that their subscription is going up by $5/month. Customers who signed up directly won't see an increase.
Why? Most app and content stores including iTunes, Apple's App Store, and the Google Play store take a cut of sales on their platforms. In order to keep their profit margins when selling through these third-party venues, some app creators or content providers might jack up the price to make up the difference.
Aside from avoiding extra costs, subscribing directly to your streaming TV provider means a single point of contact for customer service problems like billing errors or cancellations.
However, there is always a caveat... If you can find app or content store gift cards at a discount, these savings can potentially outweigh any potential surcharges.
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Q&A: How Do I Access Turner Classic Movies as a Cord Cutter?
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Today's question comes from Mike who says, "With the Tablo/antenna combo, all I needed was Philo to meet my wife’s TV wants. The only important thing I lost was Turner Classic Movies. Do you have any suggestions about a cheap way of accessing TCM or similar content?"
Outside of ESPN and HGTV, the cable network that we hear folks miss the most is Turner Classic Movies. While TCM isn't available via Philo, it is available through most other major streaming services.
This leaves Mike in a bit of a quandary though, as switching to another service or going a step further and adding a secondary streaming service would be more expensive than his current Philo package which is either $16 or $20/month.
Sling TV is probably the most affordable alternative at $25/month per 'color' package, but he'd need to add the Hollywood Extra package (an additional $5/month) to get TCM. Although Sling has a 40% off the first 3 months deal for new subscribers right now, after that his cost would rise to $30/month.
Maybe TCM is worth an extra $10/month to Mike, but there may be a new channel that's 'missing' with the move to Sling, like Hallmark which requires another $5/month 'Lifestyle' add on.
If Mike would rather stick with Philo and keep costs low, we'd suggest checking out Kanopy which is available free to most folks with a library card. You can't beat the price, and you get to watch flicks like Breakfast At Tiffany's, The African Queen, and Alfie whenever you want!
If you're in a similar situation as Mike, or you're just getting started with cord cutting via streaming services, check out this overview of helpful cord-cutting planning tools from the folks at TechHive. These can help significantly when making tough choices like this!
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SHORT CUTS: Tablo Expands Live TV Guide, Deals & More
Some 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:
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 June:
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
- Enjoy some classic movies including Carrie and Platoon, or perhaps a 'different kind' of classic in Magic Mike
- Check out the first two films in the latest Batman trilogy: Batman Begins and The Dark Knight
- Want to go even darker? Check out season 2 of the creepy German show Dark, or season 5 of the sci-fi hit Black Mirror
- And if you need to lighten it up afterward, try the new Netflix comedy Mr. Iglesias featuring comedian Gabriel Iglesias as a high school history teacher
- Canadians can also enjoy classic movies including Apocalypse Now, Police Academy, The Breakfast Club, and the Jurassic Park trilogy
See the full list of new Netflix shows in the US and in Canada.
Along with the NBA and NHL finals, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Catch the season 2 premiere of the drama Burden of Truth - June 2 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Fans won't want to miss the special Downton Abbey Returns! which includes a sneak peek at the upcoming movie - June 2 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Reality show So You Think You Can Dance returns for season 16 - June 3 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on FOX
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: CTV2 Will Simulcast NBA Finals
Early this week, good news came in for Canadian cord cutters caught up in Raptors fever.
Bell announced that they'll be simulcasting ABC's feed of the NBA Finals on CTV2 for games 2, 4, and 6 so there's no need to sign up for TSN or Sportsnet streaming services to catch those games live.
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