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Q&A on Re-Programming Branded Streaming Remote Buttons

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Happy Friday Cord Cutters!

If you're in the US, we hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

This week we have a Q&A on re-programming branded buttons on streaming remotes, early Black Friday deals, short cuts, must-see TV, and more!

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Q&A > Can I Reprogram Streaming Service Buttons on My Remote?
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This week's question comes from Kristof who says, "I don't watch Netflix or Disney+. Is there a way reprogram those buttons on my streaming remote so they launch apps I actually use?"

With many folks set to purchase or receive new streaming TV devices as a gift over the coming months, we wanted to cover this popular question. Many streaming device remotes come with branded buttons that will immediately launch you into a specific app. They're pretty handy if you use those services, but if you're like Kristof they can feel like an annoying waste of space.

Since streaming services pay big money to device manufacturers to be featured on those branded buttons as a form of advertising, they can't be re-programmed to something else. However, some models of Amazon Fire TV and Roku remotes come with an alternative: user-programmable buttons.

Amazon's Alexa Voice Remote Pro and Roku's Voice Remote Pro both allow you to create and set custom shortcuts to apps or settings from these two buttons. Both can be purchased separately to upgrade your existing devices (check for compatibility first), but Roku's automatically comes bundled with its higher-end streamers and soundbars.                   

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DEALS > Tablo's Black Friday Sales Continue & More
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This week's deals on cord cutting gear and services include: 

SHORT CUTS > Why the Worst Antenna Is So Popular, & More
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'Short Cuts' delivers all the cord-cutting news you need to know about, including: 


As always, there's lots of great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
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  • Tune in to FIFA World Cup 2022 soccer games all week long - on FOX/CTV
  • Catch the 2022 American Music Awards live - November 20th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CTV
  • Don't miss the special A Waltons Thanksgiving - November 20th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
  • Tune into the new documentary series Tutankhamun: Allies & Enemies - November 23rd @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
  • Enjoy The 96th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade - November 24th @ 9:00 a.m. ET on NBC
  • Watch The National Dog Show - November 24th @ 12:00 p.m. ET on NBC
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.  


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