Cordcutter Chronicles: News and Trends (End of October)

November 08, 2016

The Cordcutter Chronicles: Your weekly dose of what’s happening in cord cutting.

  • World Series game 7 had the highest viewership of any baseball game in 25 years.
  • Pending AT&T merger with Time Warner causes concerns and creates questions.
  • HBO Now available now without a credit card, just in time for holiday gift giving.
  • Roku operating system update brings smartphone integration.
  • FilmStruck streaming movie service officially launches with free 14-day trials.

World Series Excitement

Arguably the biggest news of the past week was the Chicago Cub’s win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the World Series. I enjoyed watching all of the nail-biting action in high definition for free over air, with my Mohu Leaf 50 Amplified HDTV Antenna.

The 2016 World Series commanded a massive 40 million viewers and Game 7 went down in the history books as the game that finally broke The Curse of the Billy Goat.

The network (FOX) scored the highest TV viewership for a baseball game in 25 years, according to Nielsen (ratings).

AT&T Merger With Time Warner

For AT&T the goal of the pending merger with Time Warner is clear.

According to AT&T’s CEO/Chairman Randall Stephenson:

…We want to get the most content to the most people at the lowest prices, delivered on any screen.


Time will tell if this mega-merger will go through, but one thing is for sure, cordcutters are continuing to see more options in the form of streaming media than ever before and AT&T is making moves to be a big player in this space.

One such streaming option in the making is the $35 a month AT&T DIRECTV Now OTT (Over-The-Top) service that is nearly ready to launch.

The new online-only service will go head-to-head with Sling TV (and PlayStation Vue) which is gaining an increasing foothold in the internet TV marketplace by offering a generous cordcutter base package for $20 per month with an ever-increasing number of new add-on channels like their latest Sling Kids channel; offering entirely on-demand content.

HBO Now Gift Cards Available

HBO Now gift cards are now available in denominations of $25 and $50, just in time for holiday gift giving.  Prior to last week cordcutters had to have credit cards to purchase HBO Now service.

This move by HBO Now has made it even more convenient for cordcutters to get streaming content on all their devices to supplement their free over air TV.

cordcutter HBO Now gift card

Check out the HBO Now FAQs section to learn more about how to redeem these gift cards.

Roku OS 7.5 Update

In addition to the recent launch of several new streaming devices, Roku has come out with a major operating system update for all their devices – past and present models.

This is great news for users with older model Roku devices which may not have a remote with an integrated 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening.

The newest OS allows any iOS or Android user with the Roku app to listen privately using their smartphone.

Cordcutter Roku OS app

If a Leaf Metro Indoor HDTV Antenna or similar is connected to a Roku TV with the updated OS, cordcutter users can control playback of live TV using the Roku app on their smartphone or tablet.

Roku OS 7.5 allows multiple iOS and Android devices to share photos to the big screen at the same time through Play on Roku, and there’s also expanded screen mirroring support (for the newest models).

FilmStruck Is For Film Buffs

FilmStruck – a new streaming service by TCM – officially launched with a FREE 14-day trial.

Pricing begins at $6.99 a month and you can purchase a 1 year plan for $99 which includes The Criterion Channel and basic FilmStruck plan.

Cordcutters will relish the constantly updated offerings from FilmStruck, a streaming service which is likely to appeal most to a discerning cinephile audience.

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