So far 2017 has been a great year for cord cutters with tons of new services and devices. Now October looks to be full of great new options for cord cutters.
The following are five cord cutting stories I am keeping an eye on in October 2017 and you should too.
1 AT&T Sports (Formally Root Sports)
A few months ago the Utah Jazz renewed its TV deal and proudly announced that AT&T Sports will be on a live TV streaming service such as DIRECTV NOW in time for the 2017 NBA season. No other word has come about what service(s) it will be on.
The NBA seasons kicks off next week Tuesday, so if this is going to happen it needs to happen soon. It seems unlikely that the Utah Jazz would make this announcement if it didn’t have a deal in place.
What service it will be on is also unknown, but AT&T owns both AT&T Sports and DIRECTV NOW so that is one of the likely services to add it.
We are keeping a close eye on this because if it’s going to happen it will likely happen in the next week or so.
AT&T Sports is one of the last major sports networks yet to join the live TV streaming world. Hopefully, it will do so soon.
We have started to hear from employees at local stations that work is underway to add even more locals to live TV streaming services. Efforts are being made such as setting up dedicated secure connections and testing out streaming equipment that will be used to transmit the signal to live TV streaming services.
Keep a lookout for a flood of new locals.
3 A New Fire TV
We already know of the new 4K HDMI 3rd Gen Fire TV but we have screenshots of a second yet to be announced Fire TV box with a built-in Echo device. Rumors are flying about everything from an announcement this month to the second Fire TV box being delayed until next year.
We are keeping a close eye on this, but if I had to put money on it I would say it is more likely to come out later this year or earlier next year.
4 Amazon Video Apple TV
A few months ago Apple announced that Amazon Video was coming to the Apple TV in the summer of 2017.
After that happened Apple and Amazon have given no updates. Recently someone claiming to be an Amazon employee posted saying politics was the delay and the app was ready to go on the Apple TV. These comments quickly were removed and no one has given any updates.
As best we can tell the Amazon Video for Apple TV app will come out in October or November but it would not surprise us if politics are an issue between the two companies forcing the delay of the app.
5 New Live TV Streaming Services
Keep an eye out for several new live TV streaming services in October. Comcast has announced that it will roll out its live TV service called Instant TV across its Comcast markets over the next few weeks.
Yet a few other dark horses are reportedly getting ready to jump in and take on Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW, PlayStation Vue, Hulu, and others. So keep an eye out for more live TV streaming services in October and through the end of 2017.
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