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Cord Cutting This Week - Why Live TV Streaming Price Hikes Keep Happening and What Cord Cutters Can Do to Avoid Paying More

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Happy Friday Cord Cutters!

This week we're looking at why streaming bundles with live TV keep going up in price and what cord cutters can do about it. 

Also: Q&A on keeping your streaming accounts safe from hackers, 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!   

IN-DEPTH: Local Broadcast TV The Source of Pricing Pain 
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Cord cutters who rely on cable-style streaming bundles that include both local broadcast and specialty channels are reeling from recent price hikes. 

Despite rumors, YouTube TV is not raising prices (yet) although they are under the same financial pressure as other streaming providers.

As we noted earlier in a story about the demise of PlayStation Vue, any bundle that includes live, local broadcast TV — whether it's a streaming or traditional pay TV package — will continue to go up in price because of ballooning re-transmission consent fees.

Even if they'd like to offer smaller live packages — as Hulu parent company Disney has hinted at — they're hamstrung by current contracts. 

The only way to avoid these constant price hikes is to avoid bloated streaming bundles altogether and watch your local channels with an Over-the-Air antenna. Perhaps this is one of the many reasons why antenna use is growing

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Not sure how to get the content you want without an expensive live TV streaming service? A new cord cutting planning site called MyBundle.TV can help. 

Are you rethinking your cord cutting plan due to streaming price hikes? Tell us about it via Facebook or Twitter.    


Q&A: Have Disney+ Accounts Been Hacked?
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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 Lori who says, "I saw something online this week about Disney+ accounts being hacked. Should I cancel to be safe? How can I protect my account?"

While there have been reports of some Disney+ account credentials for sale, it doesn't appear to be a result of a traditional 'hack'.

As cord cutting and internet security geek Phil at Cordcutters.com points out, we are our own worst enemies when it comes to online security.

When you re-use the same email and password for multiple online accounts and that data has been exposed in a previous leak or hack, evildoers can try those same credentials to hijack other services. 

To stay safe online use a password manager service like LastPass, or a different password for each new thing you sign up for. 

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: Black Friday Deals on Tablo DVRs & 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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  • Will Ferrell hosts and King Princess performs on Saturday Night Live - November 23rd @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
  • Tune into the 2019 American Music Awards - November 24th @ 8:00 p.m. ET  on ABC/CTV
  • The documentary College Behind Bars premieres - November 25th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
  • Enjoy the special Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Opry - November 26th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on NBC 
  • Tune into The 93rd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - November 28th @ 9:00 a.m. ET on NBC
  • Check out the special The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration - November 28th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC 
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING and TV SHOWS > GENRE > HOLIDAY filters on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record! 

CANADIAN CORNER: Canadian Court Orders ISPs to Block Piracy Site  

For the first time ever, a Canadian court has issued an order to all ISPs to block access to an IPTV streaming site.

Canada's major internet service providers also happen to be the country's major broadcasters and have been lobbying the CRTC to be allowed to do this for years. However, the CRTC rejected the concept which clearly goes against its stance on net neutrality.

So instead Bell, Rogers, and Videotron filed a lawsuit and although the same anti-net neutrality arguments were brought before the judge, all ISPs have been ordered to block the site within 15 days.


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