Sam Cook is a full-time content strategist by day, a part-time freelance content writer since 2015. In another life, he was a high school English teacher for nearly a decade. Based in sunny New Orleans, he writes long-form educational content on technology, including Insurtech, Fintech, HRtech, and content streaming. He loves whittling down complex ideas within these areas that make decisions easier for buyers. When he’s not reading books with his son Miles and playing video games with the family, you can find him immersed in his growing collection of Euro-style board games.


  1. Thanks for this. In general, great advice, especially the recommendation on Tablo, which is a great service.

    Your information about Crackle is very out of date, however.

    Sony sold the service to the Chicken Soup for the Soul people back in 2019 and pulled out. At the same time, the new owners cut back on service to many other countries and it has been inaccessible in Canada without a VPN anymore.

    However, many of the older crackle shows and more are also available on CTV’s “Throwback” service, and are available to all Canadians with limited commercials and without need for a subscription.

    In fact, I would say that both CTV’s app and CBC’s GEM are must haves for cord cutters because they have extensive content for free. Neither of these are available on Roku, however, which is a shame.


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