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November 09, 2020

Cutting the Cord Hints and Help
Plus: Fox News' Ratings Crash on Saturday as Network Falls to Third Place
More: Sandra Smith Caught on Hot Mic Showing Anger That Anyone Doubts Fox News' Election "Calls"

If you've cut the cord, please post any hints or suggestions you have below.

Questions too. Hopefully one of the cord-cutters can fill us in.

I think quitting cable would be a nice Get Healthy resolution for 2021. Just, you know, starting early.

Also: Fox's reckoning is at hand.

The Fox News Channel crashed in ratings on Saturday, coming in a distant third place to leader CNN and second place MSNBC. In the week before Tuesday’s election Fox News averaged more than double the viewership of CNN and MSNBC.

Fox viewers have been in revolt since election night when the cable network called states early for Joe Biden while holding off calling states for President Trump.

From USAToday:

CNN beat the TV competition in total viewers Saturday with 4.2 million (as well as leading for adults 25-54 and younger viewers 18-34), according to Nielsen. MSNBC was second with 3 million, Fox News Channel third with 1.73 million.

Fox of course had the second-highest ratings in cable news history on election night -- as the disgust, as the revolt was just beginning.

Part of the fall-off is no doubt due to dejected conservatives turning off the news entirely.

But only part of it is that: Fox was already falling on nights 2 and 3 of election coverage, as noted in the post below.

I think conservatives should adopt this rule: You may betray us once, but we vow you will never even have the chance to betray us a second time.

By the way, if you want to bother Fox, tweet to Bret Baier, Chris Wallace, and the network itself (as well as its corporate PR account) if they are standing behind their "projection" that Democrats would gain +5 seats (or more!) in the House, or nah.

They told me they were "just that damned good."

Update: Sandra Smith caught on hot mic showing anger that the Media's Declaration As To Who Is President is even being questioned by a non-media serf.

Thanks to kennyraisin and 496.

Zombie endorses Roku, and explains it for the n00bs:

332 20 Roku has Newsmax.

I don't really like any of these things but Roku seems the least offensive so far.
Posted by: moviegique at November 09, 2020 03:14 PM (dhFCT)

21 We burned out three wi-fi DVD players before Roku. Oc assional upgrade, never replaced. Roku has been our solution.
Posted by: Pony Maiou

41 If you buy a Roku, you can buy channels a la carte.

Posted by: bonhomme

48 I like Roku a lot.

Posted by: naturalfake

65 ROKU is the chiz nizzle!
Posted by: kennyraisin

Let me chime in to say:

GET ROKU, people.

People who don't yet have Roku often don't understand what it is. But those who have it immediately grok what it is and how it works.

Let me try to concisely explain Roku to the newcomers and the doubters:

Imagine your television is a computer (which it is, actually). Every other computer in your life has some kind of "operating system" -- if you have a Dell/IBM/etc. type computer, it runs WIndows. If you have a Google/Samsung phone, it runs Android. If you have an iPhone, it runs iOS. Etc.

Each of these operating systems have applications in/on them that do all the things you want to do. On desktop/laptop tradtionation computers, these applications are called "programs" or "applications." On phones, these applications anr called "apps."

In all cases, these applications are presented to the viewer as an "icon" on the screen that represents the app; click it or press it, and the application "launches."

With me so far? Everyone already knows this. But here's the kicker:

Roku operates the exact same way. Just like an iPhone or a desktop computer.

You turn on the TV, and you see a screen filed with "icons" that represent "apps."

What makes Roku different from a phone or laptop is that all the apps are video-playing "channels."

Some of them are traditional TV stations -- you can watch any local station, and most local stations in other cities as well.

Some apps contain multiple TV stations to choose from; some contain just one. THese are all free.

Other Roku apps are individual national "cable networks" -- stuff like CNN, ESPN, etc. etc. Most of these you have a pay a (very small) fee to watch. Which means that you can watch them "a la carte" and not have to pay for a huge cable "bundle" which includes 200 channels you never watch.

But that's just the beginning. There are literally THOUSANDS of other Roku "channels," ranging from international cable networks, to international T stations, to weird eccentric "niche" channels, to collections of old movie, to entire library systems' worth of video you can check out for free.

Basically, any format of broadcast or video or streaming or anything else that humankind has ever created has its own Roku channel.

For example, way back in the '50s, there were only four TV networks. ABC, NBC, CBS, and Dupont.

Dupont? Yes, there was a 4th network, but it went bankrupt and ceased existing in the id-'50s.

BUT IT STILL EXISTS ON ROKU. Yes, there is a "Dupont" app that contains reruns of all the lost Dupont TV shows from the '40s and '50s.

90% of everything on Roku is free, and it's quite easy to watch and endless array of movies and TV shows and TV stations and every kind of video at no cost.

But if you WANT ot watch things like Netflix, Disney, Amazon Prime, etc, well of course there are Roku channels for those as well - -except they cost money.

So, basically, Roku is like an all-pupose tool that allows you to watch anything and everything that exists.

I have not found any network, station or video which exists in some other fomat but which is not available on Roku. Three seems to be a Roku app for literally everything.
Posted by: zombie

319 Get a Roku and Pluto is a free app that you can add. It has Newsmax, Blaze, and OAN Encore along with tons of other kinds of shows and movies. You can also add all kinds of other free movie apps. We also have a digital antenna to catch local news and, if you want, can watch football on Sundays on those stations and not pay a dime to NFL. Cutting the cord is easy if you really want to do it. Posted by: cjhmhch

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