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Originals Coming to Ad-Supported Streaming Platforms

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Happy Friday cord cutters!

This week we've got the scoop on a new twist in the free ad-supported streaming space: original content. 

Also: Q&A on Roku alternatives, 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 > Free Ad-Supported Video Platforms Adding Originals   
We've talked before about the surging popularity of free ad-supported video-on-demand platforms like Pluto, Tubi, the Roku Channel, and IMDbTV. The Roku Channel alone has 63 million viewers and counting watching its collection of older movies and TV programs. 

But in order to keep growing at a steady clip, these platforms are exploring something only paid streaming services have done in the past: creating original content.

Roku is leaning heavily on the content it purchased from This Old House and the shuttered streaming service Quibi. Tubi is promising 150 hours of original movies and TV shows. IMDbTV went big and announced several originals including a half-hour police drama from Law & Order creator Dick Wolf called On Call.

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Q&A > Is There A Stand Alone Android TV Box?
Chromecast with Google TV

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 Gene who says, "I have a Sony Smart TV with Android TV. I LOVE the interface. For most of my other TV I use a Roku box.
But with Roku fighting with providers all the time is there a standalone Android TV box like the Roku I can get?

Given the ongoing battle between Roku and YouTubeTV, it's not surprising that cord cutters like Gene are looking for alternatives. (Even though Google is engineering a workaround.)

Of all of the major streaming platforms, Android TV has managed to remain relatively drama-free. In the US and Canada, there are three main Android TV streaming devices to choose from: 
  • NVIDIA SHIELD PRO - a super flexible streaming set-top-box ($199.99 US)
  • NVIDIA SHIELD TV - a lower-frills streaming stick ($149.99 US)
  • Chromecast with Google TV - a new but popular streaming dongle ($49.99 US)
If you've got the cash to spare, the SHIELD PRO is a worthy splurge, but the Chromecast with Google TV is still a solid 'daily driver'.        

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 > Top 100 Sitcoms of All Time, Deals, & More
Top 100 Sitcoms

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 usual, there's lots of great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
Vax Live
  • Dynasty returns for its 4th season - May 7th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CW
  • Catch VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World - May 8th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CBS/FOX 
  • Elon Musk hosts and Miley Cyrus performs on Saturday Night Live - May 8th @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global 
  • Tune in to the American Ninja Warrior Women's Championship - May 9th @ 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CTV
  • Enjoy the documentary series Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer - May 11th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING tab on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record.  


CANADIAN CORNER > Debate Over Bill C-10 Continues 

Bill C-10 which amends the Broadcasting Act faced continued scrutiny this week.

Experts and critics say further amendments proposed by the Liberal government don't narrow the scope of the bill enough to avoid impacting free speech on social platforms like YouTube.

While individual Canadians are now exempt from CRTC regulation under the proposed bill, it does still impact the 'discoverability' of that content on apps and platforms. 


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