Happy Friday cord cutters!
This week we're talking about the rising popularity of free streaming services like Pluto and how they fit into the larger streaming ecosystem.
Also: Q&A on TV provider log-ins for cord cutters, short cuts, tons of must-see OTA TV, and more.
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IN-DEPTH > The Growth of Free Streaming TV
In Wired this week, Adrienne So mused that her growing love affair with Pluto is due in part to its similarity to broadcast TV in that she doesn't have to actively choose something to watch.
And she's not alone... Ad-supported video on demand is growing, as nearly 1/4 of adult cord cutters use platforms like Pluto as a supplement to paid streaming services and free Over-the-Air TV.
Networks are taking notice. Earlier this year FOX acquired Tubi and NBC boldly launched Peacock with a free ad-supported tier. Paid streaming services are even jumping on the bandwagon. This week Netflix announced a partnership with Tubi to stream one of its most popular original series, Narcos.
As services like Netflix reduce or even eliminate free trials, could free ad-supported streaming of select content become a new marketing tactic? We'll have to see.
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Q&A > How Can I Watch a Network's Streaming Channel?
This week's question comes from Larry who says, "How can I watch channels like the Science Channel, Discovery, and ESPN if I have no TV Provider?"
Most networks have something called a TV Everywhere app which allows you to watch programs on popular streaming devices. The downside of these apps is they often require a TV provider log-in to access the content.
Thankfully there are alternatives for cord cutters to get TV Everywhere credentials.
Streaming TV providers like Sling or Philo often have agreements with networks for subscribers to use their streaming log-ins to access TV Everywhere apps. This gives you the same access as a cable subscriber, but at a fraction of the price and without having to 'borrow' a log-in from a friend or family member.
Not all networks have agreements with all streaming providers so make sure to research TV Everywhere support for your preferred network, service, and streaming device before jumping in.
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SHORT CUTS > Hands-On Roku Reviews + 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 fall TV season gets into full swing, there's lots of great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Shark Tank returns for its 12th season - October 16th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CTV
- Issa Rae hosts and Justin Bieber performs on Saturday Night Live - October 17th @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- ABC has back-to-back premieres all night October 18th with:
- America's Funniest Home Videos @ 7:00 p.m. ET
- Supermarket Sweep @ 8:00 p.m. ET (also on CTV)
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? @ 9:00 p.m. ET (also on CTV)
- Card Sharks @ 10:00 p.m. ET (also on CityTV)
- Canadian radio favorite Because News comes to TV - October 18th@ 7:00 p.m. ET on CBC
- Canadians can also catch the documentary series Enslaved starring Samuel L. Jackson - October 18th @ 9:00 p.m. on CBC
- Or season 2 of L.A.'s Finest - October 18th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on CTV
- Tune in to the premiere of the dramedy series The Trouble with Maggie Cole - October 18th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- The Voice returns for its 19th season - October 19th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CTV2
- ABC has another night of premieres on October 21st with:
- The Goldbergs @ 8:00 p.m. ET (also on CTV)
- The Conners @ 9:00 p.m. ET (also on CTV)
- black-ish @ 9:30 p.m. ET
- Because it's 2020 and literally anything can and will happen before next Thursday, there may be a Presidential Debate - October 22nd @ 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CBS/NBC/PBS
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 > CBC News Network Streaming Again for Free
Canada's National broadcaster has again made CBC News Network freely available for streaming due to the pandemic.
The 24-7 news channel as well as its French counterpart ICI-RDI are available for cord cutters online as well as via the CBCGem app.
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