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Cord Cutting This Week - Why You Probably Won't Be Watching Disney+ on Amazon Fire TV

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Happy Friday Cord Cutters!

This week we're talking about why Disney+ likely won't be available on the Fire TV platform when the service goes live in November. 

Also: Q&A on salvaging an old TV antenna, 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. 

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NEWS: A New Front Opens in Amazon's Platform War
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Now that YouTube TV is finally available on the Amazon Fire TV platform putting the feud with Google to bed, Amazon's beef with Disney is heating up.

Most major streaming platforms except Amazon Fire TV will carry the new Disney+ streaming service when it launches next month. 

Why not Fire TV? Disney and Amazon are reportedly at odds over ad sales and if the situation isn't resolved it could leave Fire TV users who want to watch The Mandalorian — and potentially other Disney-owned properties like ESPN+ — out in the cold.

And with Disney also reportedly blocking rivals like Netflix from placing ads on Disney-owned broadcast networks, Amazon may be in for quite a fight. 

Have you already abandoned Fire TV because of its dispute with Google? Concerned about how the conflict with Disney could impact your cord cutting plans? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter.  


Q&A: Can I Still Use a 10-Year-Old TV Antenna?
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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 Dick who says, "I have a 10-year old antenna. Is this still usable with the current Over-the-Air signals or have the transmission frequencies changed?"

While the range of frequencies used for Over-the-Air TV has shrunk slightly over the last 10 years, they haven't changed enough to warrant the purchase of a brand new TV antenna

If you have a set of rabbit ears that you used in the pre-cable days, or if your new-to-you home came with a TV antenna installed on the roof or in the attic, they should pull in signals as long as they're still positioned correctly and free of obstructions.  

When resurrecting an older outdoor antenna, make sure to inspect the coaxial cable for cracks or rodent damage and the coaxial connectors for rust or corrosion.

Even if there's no distinct damage visible, replacing the coax with newer, better quality RG6 cabling will help preserve signal strength if the distance between the antenna and your TV, DVR, or tuner device is particularly lengthy.

Not sure if what you have is really an OTA antenna? Want to avoid climbing onto the roof or into the attic to check? Call your local TV antenna installer. They'd be happy to come inspect your antenna and do any required maintenance to ensure you have a good experience. 


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: Cable's Hidden Fees, Roku Ultra Test, & 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: 

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  • As always at this time of year, there are too many new and returning prime-time shows this week to mention, so make sure to check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING filter on your Tablo app to make sure your new and old favorites are set to record!
  • Wrestling fans can now enjoy WWE SmackDown! as it moves to broadcast TV - October 4 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX
  • Canadians can also catch the main 2019 Federal Election Leaders Debate - October 7 at 7:00 p.m. ET on CBC, CTV, Global, & CHCH

CANADIAN CORNER: Court Grants Stay on CRTC Broadband Rate Cut 

In mid-August, the CRTC released an order setting lower wholesale broadband internet rates in an effort to 'facilitate greater competition'.

Since the cost of accessing networks from major telecom companies dropped, independent ISPs like TekSavvy responded by handing out discounts or upgrades to a majority of customers. 

But of Rogers, Shaw, Vidéotron, Cogeco and Eastlink were not pleased and appealed the CRTC decision. Bell also filed a separate appeal and claims the CRTC rate cut will have a $100 million impact on its business and force it to reduce its plans for rural broadband build-outs. 

A federal court has granted a temporary stay on the rate reductions until the appeal can be heard.

We'll keep you posted on this story as it continues to develop. 


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