We've made it to another Friday cord cutters!
First, given the tsunami of news we'll be surfing over the next 7 days, we're going to take a break next Friday. We'll be back in your inboxes on the 13th.
This week we're talking about why NBC's Peacock streaming service is truly the 'opposite of Quibi'.
Also: Q&A on accessing niche channels when you cut the cord, short cuts including pre-Black Friday deals, tons of must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS > Peacock & Quibi: A Tale of Two Streaming Services
Last week, short-form streaming service Quibi announced it was shutting down after just over 6 months in business.
This week Peacock, a service that launched just 100 days later, announced it has 22 million subscribers after a massive bump of 7 million thanks to an agreement with Roku.
How can two streaming services fare so differently, even when you take the impacts of a pandemic and a troubled economy into account? Content and context.
Even without the Olympics and original content it was hoping to have at launch, Peacock was able to rely on an existing stable of proven shows, with more on the way. Meanwhile, Quibi's content was made up of shows rejected by other streaming services.
As for context, Quibi's smartphone-first approach was a non-starter in a pandemic but even then, people want the option to watch TV... on TV. Shocking! Quibi discovered this too late and Peacock's boost from Roku proves it.
If it can reach a similar agreement with Amazon for access to cord cutters on the Fire TV platform, Peacock certainly has a rosy future ahead.
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Q&A > This Channel is Niche But Important, Can I Still Cut The Cord?
This week's question comes from Frederick who says, "I enjoy some of the programs on RFD-TV but I can't seem to find a way to watch them if I get rid of cable. Is there an option for this?"
One of the reasons some folks are scared to cut the cord is losing access to niche channels like RFD-TV which is aimed at folks who live rural lifestyles like ranchers and farmers.
Thankfully you can find all types of niche content streaming online whether you're interested in Japanese anime, British mysteries, or the steam train and agribusiness shows on RFD-TV. You may just have to do a bit of research to find out how.
For example, you can subscribe directly to RFDTVNow for $9.99/month or get it as part of Sling TV's Heartland Extra package. Either way, you'll be saving money compared to cable.
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SHORT CUTS > Netflix Price Hike, Fire TV 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 of great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Catch The Deciders: A CBS News Special - October 30th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS
- John Mulaney hosts and The Strokes perform on Saturday Night Live - October 31th @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Hugh Laurie (House) stars in the new political miniseries Roadkill - November 1st @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Tune into The Price Is Right At Night - November 2nd @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS (CTV @ 7 p.m.)
- The Good Doctor returns for season 4 - November 2nd @ 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CTV
- There might be something happening on November 3rd... Can't quite remember what. We're sure you'll be able to watch it all unfold though.
- CBS has and evening of premieres November 5th with:
- Young Sheldon @ 8:00 p.m. ET (also on CTV)
- New comedy B Positive @ 8:30 p.m. ET (also on CTV)
- Mom @ 9:30 p.m. ET (also on CityTV)
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 > TekSavvy Wants Court to Lower Rates Now
As the dispute over wholesale broadband rates continues, TekSavvy has asked the Federal Court of Appeal to quash its ruling allowing major telecom companies to hold off on implementing lower rates.
Given how long this dispute has already been going on, and the negative impact it has on their customers, they certainly can't be blamed.
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