Happy Friday cord cutters!
This week we're talking about a trend back to weekly TV instead of binge-watching.
Also: Q&A on (literally) hot gadgets, short cuts including TONS of deals, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS > Data Shows Preference Towards Weekly TV Versus Binge-Watching
A recent report from Axios and media data firm Parrot Analytics shows a clear trend and preference towards weekly episodes both from consumers and streaming services.
Weekly episode drops help steaming services build buzz around new programs and reduce churn, aka subscription cancellations. On the consumer side, viewers seem to like a more casual viewing pace which prevents season finale spoilers from appearing on the internet before they can even watch a single episode.
Disney+ is one of the streaming services leaning heavily into the weekly release concept. The streamer has even moved all of its new shows to a Wednesday versus a Friday release schedule after Loki's record-setting premiere, perhaps hoping to catch more viewers at home on a weekday as the pandemic winds down.
Do you prefer to binge a whole season of a show, or would you rather enjoy one episode at a time? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter.
Q&A > Where Is This Heat Warning Coming From?
This week's question comes from Ron who says, "We were using the Tablo app on our Roku yesterday when a message appeared on the screen about the device overheating. Not sure if it was the Tablo or the Roku so we turned both off for a bit and it went away. What can I do to fix this?"
Since Tablo OTA DVRs don't have a message like this, it's very likely that it was Ron's Roku that was getting too toasty.
Both devices are passively cooled, meaning they're designed to be warm to the touch even during normal operation. But if passively cooled gadgets aren't given enough 'breathing room' they can get too warm. When this happens, Roku units will show the 'your device is overheating' message. Tablo DVRs have an internal sensor that will turn the device off.
To solve this, you don't need a laptop cooler or fan. Simply avoid stacking electronic gadgets on top of other heat-generating things like A/V receivers or cable boxes, shutting them away in a closed cabinet, or placing them in direct sunlight.
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SHORT CUTS > Hot Deals on Cord Cutting Gear & More
Most 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:
- Storage-included Tablo OTA DVRs — the Tablo DUAL 128GB and Tablo QUAD 1TB — are ready to enjoy right out of the box and are now on sale through this weekend. Use the code SHIPFREE at checkout to save even more!
- Need to upgrade your streaming device? Save $30 off a top-of-the-line Roku Ultra.
- In the lead-up to Prime Day, you can score two months of Discovery+, Starz, EPIX, Acorn TV, and more for just 99 cents each.
- Speaking of seasonal savings, TechHive has advice on deals to watch for and why your patience can pay off.
- Extended free trials of Apple TV+ are coming to an end. We'll see if the service can attract paying customers for Ted Lasso...
- Earlier this week Google said it plans to move all retail Android TV devices to the Google TV-style interface... That includes the NVIDIA Shield which has so far avoided any type of advertising on its home screen.
- Despite previous seasons ranking #1 on Netflix, NBC has canceled the drama Manifest. Perhaps the streaming service will pick it up, as showrunners say they had a six-season arc planned.
- And finally, there's a marketing 'intern' at HBO MAX that had a very bad day yesterday. But at least they got people on the internet talking about the service... So that's a win, right? RIGHT?
WHAT'S ON > Must-See OTA TV
As always, there's lots of great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Catch the special Juneteenth: An Evening of Celebration & Resilience — A Soul of a Nation Special Event - June 18th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Peyton Manning hosts the return of the collegiate quiz show College Bowl - June 22nd @ 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC
- Documentary series Mysteries of Mental Illness premieres - June 22nd @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Drama In the Dark returns for season 3 - June 23rd @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Tune in to the premiere of When Nature Calls with Helen Mirren - June 24th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC/Global
- Or enjoy the season 3 premiere of Making It - June 24th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CTV
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING tab on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record.
CANADIAN CORNER > Amazon Channels 50% Off
While Amazon Channels aren't down to 99 cents in Canada, many popular options are 50% off. Plus, the deal here lasts for 3 months of service instead of 2.
Discounted channels include Acorn TV, Stack TV, Nick+, and Starz.
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