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Happy Fall and happy Friday cord cutters!   

This week we're talking about the two new Amazon Fire TV sticks announced yesterday. 

Also: Q&A on finding local antenna TV troubleshooting information, short cuts including an update on Peacock, 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 > Amazon Announces Two New Fire TV Sticks 
 
Amazon Fire TV Stick
 
Amazon announced two new lower-end Fire TV sticks yesterday, one with TV and volume buttons and one without. Neither are capable of handling 4K streams but should be faster than their predecessors.
 
We think the 4K stick or the Cube are better choices, but if you're attracted by the low price you may still want to wait to buy one. They may be even cheaper come Prime Day which is rumored to be happening October 13th
 
In addition to the new hardware, Amazon also announced that Fire TV is getting an updated interface with user profiles later this year or early next depending on your device model.

The company is also soon adding the ability to do Zoom calls on your Fire TV Cube with third-party videoconferencing cameras.      

Are you excited about the new Fire TV sticks or are you sticking with your current setup? Tell us about it via Facebook or Twitter
 
 


 
Q&A > What's the Best Source of Info on My Local Station?
 
Technical Difficulties

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 Darren who says, "One of my local stations went off the air for a bit last week. I spent about an hour re-scanning and adjusting my antenna but apparently they were the ones having technical problems. Next time this happens should I contact the station directly or is there a place to look things like this up?"

When a local station experiences technical issues with its Over-the-Air broadcast, it should post an update to its website and/or social media properties. Unfortunately, not all local stations do this, especially if it's a short-term problem or one that will only affect a subset of viewers.

You can try to contact the station directly, but they may be too busy to respond.

Thankfully, there is a place for the answers which you seek: AVSForum.

This message board has an entire section devoted to local HDTV information and reception, and is an excellent resource for cord cutters looking to troubleshoot issues with local antenna TV signals.    

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 > Peacock Arrives on Roku, & More
 
Peacock

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 fall TV season ramps up, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
 
Bob's Burgers
 
  • FOX's cartoon block including The Simpsons, Bless The Harts, Bob's Burgers, and Family Guy returns - September 27th starting @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX/CityTV
     
  • Miss going to concerts? Check out the iHeartRadio Music Festival - September 27th & 28th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
     
  • If you liked Rescue 911, check out the new reality show Emergency Call  - September 28th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC 
     
  • Canadians can enjoy season 2 of The Twilight Zone - September 28th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on CityTV
     
  • Tune into Trump v Biden: The Main Event - A Special Edition of 20/20 - September 29th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
     
  • Followed by the Presidential Debate live on multiple stations- September 29th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CBS/FOX/NBC/PBS
     
  • Game show Weakest Link returns with new host Jane Lynch - September 29th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CTV
     
  • Irreverent puppet-filled election special Let's Be Real airs - October 1st @ 9:00 p.m. ET on FOX 
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 > Netflix Canada Turns 10! 
 
Netflix Canada

It's been a decade since Netflix debuted in Canada. 

At that time, outside of Over-the-Air TV, Canadian cord cutters had to rely on Blockbuster, getting DVDs by mail (remember zip.ca?), or risk using less legitimate options involving torrents and VPNs.

As a cord cutter then, I remember the selection of content on Netflix Canada being fairly weak, but the concept of having movies and TV shows available at the click of a button, streamed over the internet, was pretty cool.

Today the content selection is thankfully more robust, including tons of homegrown shows which Netflix is highlighting to celebrate the milestone. 

 

 
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