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NBCs Peacock Is Now Available (ish)

Tablo Cord Cutting This Week

Hey there cord cutters!   

This week we've got all the details about NBC's new streaming service Peacock! 

Also: Q&A on mesh versus stand-alone routers, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more. 

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NEWS: Everything You Need to Know About Peacock

As of this week, NBC's new streaming service Peacock is available to everyone in the United States... Well at least everyone who has a device capable of downloading the app.

NBC still hasn't struck a deal with Roku or Amazon Fire TV to get Peacock on their platforms which has caused a significant amount of angst and confusion. NBC has even asked customers to complain to the streaming platforms on social media.

(If you have a Fire TV, AFTVnews.com has a hack you can use to sideload the app.)

If you're planning to sign up, do it on an Android platform (mobile or TV) to get three months of free access to Peacock Premium with ads which is usually $4.99/month. You can also stream on Xbox, Playstation, and LG and Vizio Smart TVs. 

Speaking of pricing... There are several pricing tiers for Peacock, including one that's free with ads. But if you want ad-free access to Peacock originals, sports, and next-day playback of current broadcast shows you'll need to pay up to $9.99/month for the privilege.

Have you checked Peacock out yet? Or are you out of luck because you don't have a supported device? Tell us about it via Facebook or Twitter


Q&A: Should I Get a Mesh Router or Just a Good Stand Alone?
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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 William who says, "Can you explain mesh routers vs. one good stand-alone AX router? What's best for households with computers, tablets, Roku, Android TV, smartphones, and home security?"

Mesh WiFi routers are one of the hottest tech toys on the market. We've seen folks suggest that mesh routers are the cure-all for a laundry list of networking ills including buffering and connectivity.

For those in multi-storied or very large homes, they are a good solution. As the diagram above shows, the interconnected mini-routers can help eliminate WiFi dead zones in rooms or on floors that are further away from the 'base station' router.

But good quality mesh networking systems are still more expensive (think $400) than a stand-alone router, and can even cause their own networking headaches if not set up properly. 

For apartments and average single or two-story homes, a modern high-quality stand-alone router placed in a central location is still your best bet. They're not only cheaper, but they have fewer potential pitfalls for those who aren't networking experts.

William asked specifically about 'AX' routers which support the newest WiFi standard. Since very few gadgets can take advantage of this today, a quality 'AC' router is usually sufficient. Have some extra cash to spare and a LOT of devices in your home? An AX router is a better bet over the long haul

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: Huge Subscriber Growth for Netflix, & 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:
PGA Tour
  • Catch 3rd and final round action of PGA Tour Golf's The Memorial Tournament live from Ohio - July 18th & 19th @ 3:00 p.m. ET on CBS/CTV2 
  • Check out the documentary STONELAND about ancient Scottish lifting stones - July 19th @ 12:30 p.m. ET on CBS 
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record! 

CANADIAN CORNER: Revamped CTV App Better for Cord Cutters

CTV's app on iOS and Android TV is now more cord cutting-friendly.

CTV Throwback TV shows and CTV Movies are fully unlocked and don't even require a sign-in. I was able to download the app and start streaming an episode of Who's the Boss in minutes.

The update will be coming to more platforms soon, but if you can't wait you can also stream throwback shows and movies on CTV's website.      


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