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Happy Friday Cord Cutters!

This week we're talking about whether or not cord cutters absolutely NEED an antenna to get rid of cable TV... 

Also: Q&A on the best ways to avoid commercials, Tablo QUAD is back in stock, Pluto has a 24/7 Dr. Who Channel, must-see OTA TV, and more. 


As always, if you know of someone who might need some insight or help with cutting the cord on cable or satellite, please forward our newsletter, or use the handy share buttons at the top of this email. 

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TOOLS: Do You Need A TV Antenna for Cord Cutting?
 
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The team at TechHive posted an excellent piece this week entitled, "Do you need an antenna to cut the cord?"

While people love to endlessly debate what REALLY constitutes cutting the cord on cable, watching TV solely via an Over-the-Air antenna certainly meets the most strict definitions of the concept.

That being said, we'd argue a TV antenna isn't for all cord cutters. TechHive agrees and outlines some of the reasons why a cord cutter wouldn't necessarily need an antenna.

However, those who live in metropolitan areas where channel lineups are plentiful and varied should take advantage of free Over-the-Air TV.

Not only is it the best way to maximize your cord cutting savings and maintain full control over your recordings, but it can help those with data caps save bandwidth for content that's only available via streaming services.  

Is a TV antenna a key component of your setup, or did you choose a different cord cutting method? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter


 



Q&A: What's The Best Way to Avoid Commercials?
 
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Send us your most pressing cord cutting questions via email so we can answer them in an upcoming issue.

Today's question comes from Gene who says, "I want to cancel cable before fall but I can't stand watching commercials. Right now my Comcast DVR allows me to fast-forward through all of them. What cord-cutting options will give me the same type of control?"

Since the advent of the DVR, TV fans have been spoiled by the ability to fast-forward through ads on recorded content.

The good news is that most live TV streaming services offer DVR capabilities, although they may require an additional fee. The downside is that despite some improvements, the ability to fast-forward through commercials can vary.

Many have restrictions on ad-skipping for certain networks, or even certain shows so make sure to do your homework before you sign up. The quality of fast-forward previews (aka 'trick play') that make skipping ads easier also varies. 

 

If you want full commercial skipping control — at least for your local broadcast TV networks — watch with an Over-the-Air TV antenna connected to an antenna-compatible OTA DVR.

Most makes and models of OTA DVRs offer basic fast-forward options on all completed recordings. But some — like the Tablo OTA DVR — have more advanced ad-avoidance features like fast-forward previews and/or even hands-free Automatic Commercial Skip.

Pair that with an ad-free on-demand streaming service like Netflix and you'll have no idea what your co-worker is talking about when he says, "Hey, did you see that commercial where the guy does the thing?"

 
Have a question about cord cutting that you'd like answered? Send us a note and you may see your question in an upcoming issue of Cord Cutting This Week! 
 
 



SHORT CUTS: Tablo QUAD in Stock, Classic Dr. Who on Pluto, & More
 
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Some weeks there's more news than we can cram into this email. Thankfully 'short cuts' delivers the cord cutting news and deals we didn't have room for, including: 
 
 


WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
Along with the FIFA Women's World Cup, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
 
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  • Season 6 of the crime drama Endeavour premieres - June 16 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
     
  • Critically acclaimed drama The Good Fight finally comes to broadcast TV - June 16 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
     
  • Based on the Spanish telenovela series Gran Hotel, the Eva Longoria-produced Grand Hotel premieres - June 17 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CTV
     
  • Magic show Penn & Teller: Fool Us returns for season 6 - June 17 @ 8:00 p.m. on CW
     
  • Followed by the season 7 premiere of Whose Line Is It Anyway? - June 17 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CW
     
  • Documentary movie The Lavender Scare makes its broadcast debut - June 18 @ 9:00 p.m. on PBS
     
  • Nature documentary series Rivers of Life premieres - June 19 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
     
  • Followed by the documentary When Whales Walked: Journeys in Deep Time - June 19 @ 9:00 p.m. on PBS
     
  • ABC's game-show summer lineup continues with the premiere of mini-golf competition Holey Moley followed by Family Food Fight - June 20 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
     
  • Or you can catch season 3 of the game show The Wall - June 20 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC 
     
  • Or the new high-stakes game show Spin the Wheel - June 20 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on FOX
     
  • Crime procedural Reef Break premieres - June 20 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC
     
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING filter on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record! 
 
 

 
 
CANADIAN CORNER: Crave Comes to Android TV Devices 
 
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Very slowly but surely Canadian streaming TV service Crave is adding support for new platforms.

This week owners of Android TV devices including Smart TVs and streaming players like the NVIDIA SHIELD and the Xiaomi Mi Box can now download and use an official Crave app.

Crave's owner Bell said in a release that additional platforms are coming soon, so hopefully, we'll see an official Roku channel added in the coming months. 


  

 
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