Cordcutter Chronicles: News and Trends (Week of Dec. 12th)

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

  • Amazon Prime Video now available worldwide.
  • Hulu has an enticing offer for new subscribers.
  • Comcast increasing user fees for cable TV and internet in 2017.
  • T-Mobile offers 1 free year of DirecTV Now if you switch from AT&T.

Amazon Prime Video For Everyone

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Amazon has taken a giant leap forward in its expansion of its Amazon Prime Video service by now offering access to it in over 200 countries.

This move by the company opens the doors for their award winning Amazon Originals  including Transparent, The Grand Tour, and Mozart in the Jungle to be viewed by a global cordcutter audience.

Prime Video members can watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Prime Video app on Android and iOS phones and tablets, Fire Tablets, popular LG and Samsung Smart TVs or online at PrimeVideo.com—and can also download all titles to mobile devices for offline viewing

Members can watch Amazon Original Series in English, with French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish subtitled and dubbed versions also available.

A notable exception to the list of countries where Amazon Prime Video is now available is China, but Amazon’s streaming competitor Netflix isn’t available there either.

Both Amazon and Netflix allow for offline downloads of video content, making both services even more enticing entertainment options for cordcutters world wide.

For full details regarding this story, see the Amazon press release.

Hulu Deal Comes With Free Roku Express

If you subscribe to Hulu streaming service and pre-pay $29.99 for 4 months of Hulu service, you will get a FREE Roku Express!

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This is a fantastic cordcutter deal that’s available now through March 15, 2017 to new subscribers.

Pre-payment of $29.99 due upon signing up for Hulu’s Limited Commercials streaming service, and the Roku Express ($29 value) is free to keep.

A monthly fee of $7.99 per month will be charged to the credit card on file after the first 4 months of prepaid service.

Hulu service can be cancelled or paused as needed via Hulu account settings.

Comcast Prices Go Up In 2017

If you are a Comcast customer who is on the fence about cutting the cord with cable TV, the new fees scheduled to take effect in 2017 may be of interest to you.

While the Comcast increase is 3.8% across all services and pricing may vary based upon location, the result will be universally more expensive to all Comcast customers with TV and/or internet service.

Cordcutter Chronicles Comcast 2017

Courtesy of DSLReports.com

The company charges a Digital Adapter fee for every television in your home which will increase to $5.49 per outlet from $3.49 per outlet per month.

Broadcast TV and Sports fees have also gone up and have had Comcast customers calling foul since 2014, with a lawsuit pending.

Comcast began charging these fees a few years ago, and has increased them quickly…Broadcast TV and Sports fees aren’t uniform across all markets.

T-Mobile Offers DirecTV Now Free For 1 Year

Are you considering trying DirecTV Now and looking to drop AT&T mobile service?

T-Mobile has the deal for you!

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T-Mobile also promised to reimburse customers for DirecTV Now for 12 months if they port a phone number from the AT&T network to T-Mobile and purchase at least two lines. This offer consists of a $35 monthly bill credit, enough to cover the DirecTV Now promotional price.

T-Mobile offered this deal in response to AT&T’s attempt to draw in new subscribers with a low initial sign-up fee and no data usage for AT&T subscribers viewing DirecTV on their AT&T network.

This is a nice deal for cordcutters on the go, but be aware that T-Mobile will require you to sign up for a $70 a month T-Mobile One plan to get the $35 credit each month.

Two billing cycles without the promotional credit will occur before subscribers will reap the benefits of this offer.

DirecTV Now is one of the latest services added to (T-Mobile’s) Binge On, which exempts dozens of video services from data caps as long as customers are willing to limit mobile viewing quality to about 480p.

Andrea Polk

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Andrea Polk is a freelance writer and author of Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV and the Simple Guide to Sling TV. Andrea is also a native Oregonian, wife, mother, Top 50 Amazon Reviewer, avid deal seeker and self-proclaimed tech geek. Her blog SavvySleuth.com is where she shares product reviews, online deals and her love of cord cutting. She is currently working on her third book in the Non-Technical Guide to Cord Cutting book series to be published soon on Amazon.

Andrea Polk is a freelance writer and author of Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV and the Simple Guide to Sling TV. Andrea is also a native Oregonian, wife, mother, Top 50 Amazon Reviewer, avid deal seeker and self-proclaimed tech geek. Her blog SavvySleuth.com is where she shares product reviews, online deals and her love of cord cutting. She is currently working on her third book in the Non-Technical Guide to Cord Cutting book series to be published soon on Amazon.

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