Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're talking about YouTube (FINALLY) making its return to Amazon Fire TV devices.
Also: Q&A on accessing local news as a cord cutter, deals, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS: YouTube Returns to Amazon Fire TV
This week Amazon and Google partially resolved their long-standing beef which kept the popular YouTube app off Amazon Fire TV devices and Amazon Prime Video from being fully supported by Google products like Chromecast.
You can now download an official YouTube app directly from the Amazon Fire TV app store on most newer Fire TV devices, but not the YouTube TV or YouTube Kids apps. Those are supposedly coming later this year along with support for older Amazon hardware. Those with Amazon Prime Video subscriptions can also enjoy Chromecast support and soon support for a bigger list of Android TV devices.
If you switched to Roku from Fire TV because of this feud, will you go back to the Fire TV platform now? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
Q&A: How to Watch Local and National News as a Cord Cutter?
Send us your most pressing cord cutting questions via email so we can answer them in an upcoming issue.
Today's question comes from William who asks, "How can I watch the local or national news live without cable TV?"
When you cut the cord, how to keep tabs on what's happening in your country and your local community — especially during breaking news or weather events — can be a key concern.
Thankfully there are several ways that cord-cutters can keep tabs on what's happening at home and abroad including:
- Over-the-Air TV Antenna — If you have access to local broadcast TV signals, you can watch live news broadcasts for free with a simple antenna. Add an OTA DVR and you can record the news for later, or stream it while you're away from home. Also, even if you choose streaming as your primary method for cord-cutting, having an antenna as a backup can be useful during severe weather.
- NewsON — Can't access your favorite local channel with an antenna? You can stream live and on-demand newscasts from over 200 US-based local news stations via the NewsOn app.
- CBSN/CBS All Access — If your preferred evening news comes from CBS, you can check out their free CBSN app or pay for CBS All Access to get a live stream of your local TV affiliate in many areas.
- Locast — If you live in one of the 13 metro areas served by this non-profit, you can stream your local and national TV news broadcasts and more with Locast. While the service is technically free, a $5/month donation is encouraged and will provide a nag-free experience.
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SHORT CUTS: Tablo Summer Sale, Prime Day Deals & 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:
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As always, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Tennis fans can watch the 2019 Wimbledon Championships - July 13th & 14th @ 3:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Exited for the new Lion King remake? Check out the special The Lion King: Can You Feel the Love Tonight with Robin Roberts - July 16 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Catch the premiere of the new sci-fi drama Pandora - July 16 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission with Man on the Moon: A CBS News Special - July 16 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on CBS
- Enjoy the documentary 8 Days: To the Moon and Back - July 17 @ 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: Canadian TV is Popular in the US
Canada's film industry is HUGE and growing. While the rules around what makes content 'Canadian' enough to be considered 'CanCon' are convoluted at best, some of our favorite exports have been embraced by US viewers.
CBC productions including Schitt's Creek, Workin' Moms, and Kim's Convenience are all getting huge buzz in the US thanks to Netflix and cable re-runs. The sheer level of Canadian-ness seems to help these shows stand out vs. those shot and produced here but purport to be as American as apple pie.
Perhaps this US acceptance will lead to creators being less afraid to make stories that are truly Canadian, even for more international audiences. Heck, Bob & Doug McKenzie were the ultimate CanCon creation and hit it big with a global audience.
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