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First-Run Movies Increasingly Available for Streaming

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Happy Friday cord cutters!

This week we're talking about why you'll probably be watching more new movies at home. 

Also: Q&A on antenna mileage claims, 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!   


NEWS> First-Run Movies Will Increasingly Be Available at Home
movie popcorn at home
One of the industries affected most by the pandemic has been the film industry, and recent decisions may change it forever.

As we mentioned last week, Warner Brothers are sending their entire 2021 lineup of movies to both theatres and HBO Max at the same time. This news stunned the movie industry, with theatre owners, directors, and industry associations all upset over the move. Some may even sue.

But Warner's leadership is defending its plan, saying that delivering first-run movies via theatres and streaming gives consumers more choice. Given that most folks aren't comfortable seeing a movie in theatres and won't be for some time, it seems like a sound business decision.  

The leadership team at Universal agrees although it's more likely that they'll continue with a premium video-on-demand strategy versus sending first-run movies to their streaming arm Peacock. Disney has chosen a more measured approach, saying they're not ready to totally abandon theatrical releases.
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Q&A > Why Isn't This New Antenna Performing Better?
200 mile antenna
Send us your most pressing cord cutting questions via email so we can answer them in an upcoming issue.

This week's question comes from Maureen who says, "The first TV antenna I tried that said it was good for 50 miles but occasionally I'd still see the picture break up. The new antenna I bought was supposed to be good for 200 miles but it gets worse reception. Why?"

Many cord cutters have made the same mistake as Maureen because of the often bogus 'mileage' ratings made by low-quality Over-the-Air antenna manufacturers. 

Under real-world conditions, it's scientifically impossible for ANY TV antenna to pull in signals from more than 60-70 miles away, let alone a flat indoor antenna like the one shown above.

To avoid these types of scams, stick with quality antenna manufacturers and take the time to do some research about the location of your local TV towers before you buy.

Already have an antenna? Optimizing the placement of your antenna or adding some accessories can often help lock in weaker channels.          

Have a question about cordcutting 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 > Disney+ Hikes Prices to Fund Avalanche of Content, & More
Disney+ Content

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 of great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Catch The Christmas Caroler Challenge - December 11th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
  • Timothée Chalamet hosts and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band perform on Saturday Night Live - December 12th @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global 
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas airs - December 13th @ 7:30 p.m. ET on PBS 
  • Tune into the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball - December 14th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
  • Enjoy the special Christmas With the Tabernacle Choir - December 14th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
  • Check out The Shot: Race for the Vaccine — A Special Edition of 20/20 - December 14th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CHCH
  • Catch the benefit special Play On: Celebrating the Power of Music to Make Change - December 15th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS
  • Or enjoy Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas With Vanessa Williams - December 15th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING and TV SHOWS > GENRES > HOLIDAY on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record.  


CANADIAN CORNER > Disney+ 'Star' Service Launching in Canada
Disney Plus Star

The price of Disney+ is going up by $3/month in Canada starting late next February, but for good reason.

The service will be adding a selection of content aimed at adults under the 'Star' brand, most of which is currently distributed in the US via Hulu.

No specific content announcements have been made, although Star will likely stick to content produced by Disney itself, versus Hulu Originals like The Handmaid's Tale and others which are already licensed by Bell, Rogers, and even the CBC. 


We hope you enjoyed this edition of Cord Cutting This Week!
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