Happy Friday cord cutters!
This week we've got the scoop on the latest streaming platform beef between Roku and YouTubeTV.
Also: Q&A on a slowly degrading antenna signal, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS > Roku & YouTubeTV At Odds
Q&A > Why is My Antenna Signal Slowly Degrading?
This week's question comes from Gary who says, "I had an outdoor antenna installed about five years ago but over the last few months the signal has gotten steadily worse to the point where most of my channels have problems. Do I need a new antenna or could it be something else?"
If there aren't any new sources of obstruction or interference, your antenna's direction hasn't been altered by wind, and none of the elements appear to be broken, it could be an issue with the cabling.
Like anything else left out in the elements, the coaxial cable and connectors between an outdoor Over-the-Air antenna and your television or DVR can rust, corrode, and break down. Animals have even been known to chew holes in the coax's coating which can further expose it to weather.
Every spring you should check your antenna's cabling and connections for tightness and any signs of wear. If you're not comfortable checking or fixing it yourself, give your friendly local antenna installer a ring.
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SHORT CUTS > Bad Cord Cutting Gear Consumers Should Avoid & 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:
- DC's Legends of Tomorrow returns for season 6 - May 2nd @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Catch a 3-part special celebrity edition of Antiques Roadshow - May 3rd @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Check out the new version of Kids Say the Darndest Things - May 5th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
- Tune into the new documentary series Human: The World Within - May 5th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
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 > Concerns Over Broadcast Act Amendments
Introduced last year, Bill C-10 was designed as an update to the Broadcasting Act. The goal was to ensure CRTC regulations reflected the changing nature of how Canadians consume media, including via streaming services.
However, recently introduced amendments could increase the scope of potential CRTC regulation to include user-generated content on sites like YouTube, as well as podcasts, and mobile apps.
While the government says that's not the intent of the proposed law, legal and privacy experts as well as corporations including Google have expressed concern.
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