Happy Friday cord cutters!
This week we're talking about the new Amazon Fire TV remote coming this April.
Also: Q&A on recording antenna TV, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS > New Amazon Remote With Quick Launch Buttons On the Way
For better or for worse, Amazon seems to be taking a page out of the Roku playbook for its next-generation Fire TV remotes by adding quick launch buttons for specific streaming services. The Alexa voice button is also much more prominent.
The new remotes are currently being sold with the 4K Amazon Fire TV stick in international markets, with a similar 'bundle' coming to the US and Canada in mid-April. Cord cutters can also pre-order just the remote which is compatible as an 'upgrade' for most recent Fire TV models.
AFTVnews.com says it's likely that this remote will eventually be bundled with all Fire TV streamers at some point. So, if you have an older Fire TV device and want to upgrade to a newer model while avoiding the remote with the quick launch buttons, now is the time.
Some Amazon customers may be eligible to get the latest Fire TV Cube for just $99.99 US with a coupon code.
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Q&A > Are There Restrictions on Over-the-Air TV Recordings?
This week's question comes from Louis who says, "If I have a Tablo recorder, can I record anything that my antenna brings into the house?"
Over-the-Air television is broadcast free and unencrypted in the United States and Canada which makes it easy for cord cutters to watch local TV with an antenna and even record programs with OTA DVRs like Tablo.
There are no restrictions on recording specific programs or channels from your TV antenna or on what you do with those recordings as long as it's for personal use.
So if there's a particular channel that you're not able to receive well with your TV antenna, or you're having trouble recording a particular program, it's likely an antenna reception problem and not due to some nefarious plot by the broadcasters to block your access.
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SHORT CUTS > Five Shoddy TV Antennas to Avoid, Deals, & 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:
- Catch NCAA March Madness basketball action all month on CBS
- Canadians can enjoy the new crime drama Miss Scarlet and the Duke - March 29th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBC
- Dog lovers can watch the series premiere of Pooch Perfect - March 30th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Catch the special Extinction: The Facts - March 31st @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Check out the season three premiere of Manifest - April 1st @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC (or on CityTV at 7:00 p.m. ET)
- Tune in to the series premiere United States of Al - April 1st @ 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
- Don't miss the season two premiere of The Moodys - April 1st @ 9:00 p.m. ET on FOX
- Enjoy the series premiere of Law & Order: Organized Crime - April 1st @ 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CityTV
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 > Router Deals at Staples
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