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Streaming TV envy

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Steve Elliott lives in the U.S. and says he can access almost every show he wants to watch via streaming services. You jelly? (Steve Elliott)

YouTube TV just joined HBO Now and Hulu on the list of TV streaming options that U.S. viewers have and Canadians don't.

And our versions of Netflix and Amazon have much smaller catalogues than in the U.S. Why? It all has to do with rules around rights ownership.

Meanwhile, Netflix is trying to convince people that stealing content is not cool, which will totally work, right?

Galaxies new and old

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Samsung will sell you a refurbished Galaxy Note 7, if you're into that kind of thing. (Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters)

Wonder what happens now to all those recalled phones? This: Samsung will be selling refurbished models of its Galaxy Note 7, with batteries that, presumably, won't explode.

The company also unboxed its latest offering, the Galaxy S8, hoping to win customers back with new tech.

Trust me. I'm a docter.

There's a difference between a financial adviser and a financial advisor: "Advisers" are regulated and have a legal responsibility to act in your best interest. "Advisors" are … not the same.

So, be careful: Banks may call them "advisors" so a salesperson sounds impressive, but you could be stuck without protection.

No purchase necessary?

Tim Hortons

You don't need to make a purchase to enter contests such as Tim Hortons' Roll Up The Rim To Win. But sometimes the alternatives are just as costly. (Tim Hortons )

Roll Up the Rim is done for another year.

But if you've ever wondered about the "no purchase necessary" rule on contests like these, here's how it works: Under the law, such contests have to let you enter for free, and most companies make the option available through the mail.

Is it worth it? Not always.

What else is going on?

When weed is legal, where will we be able to buy it? It's not really clear yet. But maybe online.

Ford recalled vehicles that can catch fire and others with doors that can open unexpectedly. Robin Hood recalled bags of flour contaminated by E. coli. Health Canada is warning parents that a children's skin cream contains a prescription steroid.

And check your Canadian Tire extension cord.