Happy Friday cord cutters!
This week we've got details on the new Apple TV including a redesigned remote.
Also: Q&A on TV antenna reception, short cuts including a sweet giveaway, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS > New Apple TV With Redesigned Remote Coming in May
Q&A > Can You Help Solve This Antenna Reception Mystery?
This week's question comes from Kal who says, "No matter what I've tried, I just can't get one of my local stations. It's not on VHF and another station from the same tower comes in fine. Can you help solve this mystery?"
Antenna reception mysteries like this can be frustrating, but can often be solved with a bit of sleuthing.
Kal already confirmed the station wasn't on the VHF spectrum, which is one of the most common reasons why cord cutters might have difficulty picking up a local channel that's well within range.
One of the other common reasons is a lower broadcast power. The higher the power at which a station broadcasts, the further from the tower it's able to reach. This information can be found in the Wikipedia data for your local channel. (Look for ERP in the technical information section.)
For example, in Richmond Virginia, the local CBS station broadcasts at a power of 410 kW whereas the FOX station broadcasts at a more common 1,000 kW.
Folks hoping to pick up these lower power stations may need a slightly more powerful antenna to make up for the difference in broadcast power depending on how far away they live from the local towers.
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SHORT CUTS > Reader's Choice Gear Giveaway & 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 usual, there's lots of great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Tune in to The Oscars - April 25th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CTV
- Enjoy the documentary Sesame Street: 50 Years of Sunny Days - April 26th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Catch the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft - April 29th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Check out the new satirical comedy show Let's Be Real - April 29th @ 9:30 p.m. ET on FOX
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 > Federal Budget Includes 'Netflix Tax'
The often discussed 'Netflix tax' has finally made it into the proposed Federal budget.
The tax is aimed at very large businesses with over 750 million euros (or more than a billion Canadian dollars) in revenue like Netflix, Facebook, and Amazon and aims to collect 3% of the proceeds of the digital services they sell.
(If you're wondering why the Canadian government is quoting figures in euros, apparently it's to align this program with similar existing or planned taxes in the EU.)
While not directly aimed at consumers, we'll have to see whether these companies wind up passing the bill on to Canadians anyways.
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