Congrats cord cutters! We've made it to yet another Friday!
This week we've got a deep dive on the best streaming TV devices to buy today and when it's time to upgrade for a better cord cutting experience.
Also: Q&A on DVR options, short cuts, tons of must-see OTA TV, and more.
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IN-DEPTH > Best Tablo-Compatible Streaming TV Devices
Every year we put together a list of the best streaming TV devices cord cutters can buy with optional budget picks for folks who can't afford to drop big bucks on top-of-the-line gear, and things to keep in mind when you're shopping.
While our 2020 list focuses on streamers that are compatible with Tablo OTA DVRs, all of the gadgets on our list would make a great addition to any cord cutting setup.
We also share advice on when it's time to upgrade your streaming stick or box. (Hint - if yours is more than 5 years old, it's time.)
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Q&A > What Can I Use to Record Programs When I'm Not Home?
This week's question comes from Susan who says, "What can I use to record TV programs when not home? This is one reason I haven't cut the cord yet!"
Thanks to modern technology, there's literally no reason to keep spending huge amounts of money on cable or satellite subscriptions and device rental fees, even if you are addicted to the convenience of a DVR like Susan.
There are ways to watch your favorite shows whenever you want, no matter how you choose to cut the cord:
- Over-the-Air Antenna TV
If you hate to miss Jeopardy, the local news or your favorite broadcast sitcom, an Over-the-Air DVR like Tablo will let you record shows from a TV antenna and watch them later just like a cable DVR. You can even skip the commercials!
- Live TV Streaming Services
Live streaming services like Sling, Philo, and YouTubeTV not only let you watch live cable TV channels but they also allow you to 'save' shows on their internet-based servers (aka cloud DVR) for later viewing, with no extra hardware required.
- Netflix & Other On-Demand Services
On-demand streaming services don't require a DVR because shows are ready to play whenever you are.
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SHORT CUTS > Refurbished Tablo DVRs on Sale & 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:
WHAT'S ON > Must-See OTA TV
As fall TV season gets into full swing, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Bill Burr hosts and Jack White performs on Saturday Night Live - October 10th @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Canadians can catch the season 2 premiere of Family Feud Canada - October 12th @ 7:30 p.m. ET on CBC
- RESCHEDULED: Season 4 of the sitcom One Day at a Time makes its broadcast debut... (if you missed the first few seasons, catch up on Netflix first) - October 12th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
- Unless it gets bumped by a potential NBA game, The Bachelorette premieres - October 13th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CityTV
- Thriller Tell Me a Story returns for season 2 - October 13th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Catch the 2020 Billboard Music Awards - October 14th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CTV2
- Filmed entirely pre-pandemic, The Amazing Race returns for a new season - October 14th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS/CTV
- New documentary series The Con premieres - October 14th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- There may or may not be a Presidential Debate - October 15th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CBS/NBC/PBS
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record and check your schedules regularly with so much shuffling happening due to sports and debates.
CANADIAN CORNER > Netflix Hiking Prices in Canada
In the coming weeks, pricing on Netflix's two most popular plans is going up in Canada.
The standard plan is going up by $1 to $14.99 CAD/month and the premium plan will be $18.99 CAD thanks to a $2/month hike.
Long story short, it might be time to kick the in-laws or your adult children off your plan to save some cash.
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