Happy Friday cord cutters!
This week we're sharing some hot pre-Prime Day deals on cord cutting gear.
Also: Q&A on whether Fire TV users should worry about Amazon Sidewalk, 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!
DEALS > Pre-Prime Day Discounts on Cord Cutting Gear
Amazon Prime Day is still a couple of weeks away, but some early deals on cord cutting gear are already available including:
Have you spotted any other early Prime Day deals? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter.
Q&A > Do My Fire TVs Have Amazon Sidewalk?
This week's question comes from Katheryn who says, "I heard this new Amazon Sidewalk thing will let my neighbors use my WiFi. Do my Fire TV sticks have it and can I stop it?"
Amazon Sidewalk is a new type of low-powered wireless network being rolled out by Amazon. Sidewalk is intended to allow a subset of Amazon devices — mostly smart speakers and home security gadgets — to extend their range or continue to function if they lose connection with your home network by piggybacking on this new pooled 'neighborhood' network.
Amazon is turning this feature on by default on all Sidewalk-compatible devices starting June 8th, but you can opt-out anytime before then. And make sure to double-check your opt-in/opt-out settings before the deadline as some customers are seeing their choices being reversed.
Amazon Fire TV devices — even the Fire TV Cube which does have an audio component — do not support Amazon Sidewalk. If those are the only Amazon devices in your home, Amazon Sidewalk won't affect you.
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 > Benchmarking Walmart's Cheapo Streamer, & 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:
- Canadians can enjoy the special CBC Music Presents: If These Walls Could Talk - June 6th @ 6:00 p.m. ET on CBC
- Followed later by The 2021 Juno Awards - June 6th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBC
- Catch an evening of gameshow season premieres with Celebrity Family Feud, The Chase, and To Tell The Truth - June 6th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CityTV
- Don't miss The 43rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors - June 6th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS
- The Bachelorette returns for season 17 - June 7th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CityTV
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 > More Original Content Coming to Disney+ Star
Disney+ has confirmed that more original content is coming to its adult-focused section called Star later this year.
This includes several highly anticipated Hulu series like the comedy Only Murders in the Building, the miniseries Dopesick, and the biographical drama Pam & Tommy.
We hope you enjoyed this edition of Cord Cutting This Week!
If you know someone who may be interested in cutting the cord on cable or satellite, please feel free to forward this newsletter to them or use the handy share buttons at the top of this email. Make sure to ask them to sign up as well!
If you have any feedback about the newsletter, hit reply and let us know or send us a message on social media.
The Tablo Team
P.S. - Remember to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for up-to-the minute Tablo news and industry updates.