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5 Cord Cutting Stories I Am Keep an Eye on in October 2017

Cutting the cable connection to coax connector illustrating people cancelling cable TV serviceSo 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.

2 Locals

It seems like we are in a race for live TV services such as DIRECTV NOW, fuboTV, Hulu, and PlayStation Vue to add more locals.

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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13 Responses to 5 Cord Cutting Stories I Am Keep an Eye on in October 2017

  1. Jeff Edsell October 9, 2017 at 8:50 am #

    I’m fairly content with PS Vue for now, but I can’t shake the feeling that within the next year there will be a service that nails it better, whether it’s one of the new ones or a revision of the existing one.

    Long-time cord cutters will laugh at this, but I really think the big winner in the streaming service race will be whoever figures out the best way to provide an experience closest to what cable users are already familiar with. Current streaming services have done well attracting people who see where TV is going, and are willing to change, but the service that can attract the current cable customers who are generally happy with there service BUT would enjoy having the advantages of cord-cutting folded in (lower prices, cloud DVR, etc.) will really pull ahead.

    • SS October 9, 2017 at 9:09 am #

      Unfortunately, that’s true. Old people are likely to prefer services and devices that look like traditional cable. So, DirecTV Now and Roku are likely to look familiar to most people and win because they’ve maintained that outdated style.

      • Thomas Hessel October 9, 2017 at 12:31 pm #

        Outdated or if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If you want to attract all walks of life, keep it similar to current habits or people will not go to it. The opportunity in savings and flexibility doesn’t have to come at the cost of completely learning a new habit. HULU’s new interface is a great example, I and others I know just will not flock to that interface, it is what it is, regardless of the opportunity for savings and flexibility. Some will ague we don’t want to change, and are old and lethargic. Yep, I am good with that, especially when it’s my money.

      • Mike Thaler October 9, 2017 at 3:52 pm #

        Take one Feature — Guide.
        What would you do to improve the Guide? Only major improvement that would take NO TIME to put into effect – a personal guide just listing the channels you evr use. The Guide would look he same – just not cluttered with the 100’s of channels you have never watched.

    • KCatty November 22, 2017 at 3:59 pm #

      This. I have friends in the 40s who avoid their Roku as much as possible because they want a cable like experience. And for many elderly, the streaming options involve an unfamilar interface that is confusing. My dad is in his 60s, is computer illiterate, and would be loathe to use a streaming option.

  2. FranchisePlayer October 9, 2017 at 9:05 am #

    Another one to keep an eye on (not just October but long term) is raising prices for basic Internet services. As people move away from traditional cable packages, Comcast and others are likely to just increase the price for Internet access.

    I’m hoping the newer FireTV has a built in ethernet port and not an add-on adapter. Otherwise, I’m looking at the Roku Ultra.

    • Garry October 9, 2017 at 10:23 am #

      Century Link has price for life.

  3. SS October 9, 2017 at 9:05 am #

    I definitely believe it’s politics keeping Amazon Video from Apple TV. Amazon will do anything to push people into Fire TV.

    • William Case Jr. October 9, 2017 at 4:55 pm #

      Why shouldn’t they ???? Duh…

  4. bjwanlund October 9, 2017 at 9:55 am #

    I gotta be honest, please keep on these companies spreading FUD about cord cutting and being able to watch NBC shows (and blatantly ignoring the fact you can watch with an OTA antenna)… oy vey.

    • Mike Thaler October 9, 2017 at 9:41 pm #

      Most people don’t want to use multiple systems to do their recording/viewing. Also, there are large numbers of apt. and condo dwellers that can’t get OTA – in addition to those geographically out of range.

  5. Ryan Ot October 9, 2017 at 10:18 am #

    Does anyone anticipate a release this fall as they have announced? It seems it has been years since they started their project.

  6. Eric Lawson October 12, 2017 at 1:49 pm #

    I saw an article last month about philo TV launching, but no coverage or mention here?

    It seemed attractive, since most sports I’m interested in I can watch on local TV with an antenna and don’t want to pay for ESPN.