Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're talking about the record number of customers abanding pay-TV, and how the exodus is poised to ramp up over 2019.
Also: Another giveaway, streaming services under legal threat, cord cutting Q&A, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS: Cord-Cutting Revolution Accelerated Over 2018
The latest cord cutting numbers show approximately 3.2 million consumers ditched their cable or satellite subscriptions in 2018. (To put it in context, that's like if the entire population of Utah cut the cord last year.)
This represents an erosion of 4.2% of the total pay-TV subscriber base, up from 3.7% in 2017 and 2% the previous year.
Of course, the industry isn't doing itself any favors. In the face of a mass exodus of customers, you'd think they'd try harder to keep the ones they still have. Instead, they're putting the squeeze on them, hiking prices and cutting off promos.
2019 isn't shaping up any better for cable and satellite providers. CordCuttersNews did some quick math based on a recent survey and estimates that as many as 39 million households could cancel their subscriptions this year.
So much for this cord cutting thing being a 'fad'.
NEWS: Company Behind 'Generic' Streaming Services Sued
Last fall, a flurry of new 'generic' streaming services launched with one common trait: they all had the same channel lineup. Further investigation revealed that a single company - Omniverse One World Television - was behind them all.
At the time, an Omniverse company spokesman claimed they had rights to stream channels including ESPN, Disney, and CNN. That's now being called into question as Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros have all filed suit against Omniverse, saying they have no such authority.
This puts services including SkyStream TV, VivaLive TV, TikiLive TV, NKT.TV, Flixon TV, as well as Silicon Dust's 'Premium TV' offering in legal jeopardy.
Do you use a streaming service provided by Omniverse? Are you planning to look for alternatives? Tell us via Twitter or Facebook.
Q&A: Is There Any Way to Record Streaming Services?
This week's question comes from Frank who asks, "Is there any way to record my streaming services?"
A few years ago, channels like ESPN, HGTV, and HBO were only available via cable or satellite subscriptions. Today, cord cutters can choose from a wide variety of streaming services and packages to meet their needs and interests.
The good news is that most now offer some type of cloud-based DVR either bundled with the service or as an add-on.
But not all streaming service Cloud DVRs are created equal. Some will replace recordings with on-demand versions with un-skippable ads, prohibit the recording of certain channels, or automatically delete recordings after 28 days.
Have a question about cord cutting that you'd like answered? Send us a note and you may see your question in an upcoming issue of Cord Cutting This Week!
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Just in time for the Oscars, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Antennas Direct to give away FOUR awesome prizes and bring Over-the-Air TV goodness to your cord cutting setup!
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The more entry options you do, the more chances you have to win, and don't forget to share the contest for even MORE shots at the big prize!
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As usual, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Check out the premiere of legal drama Proven Innocent - February 15 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on FOX
- Crime drama Ransom returns for season 3 - February 16 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
- Don Cheadle hosts with musical guest Gary Clark Jr. on Saturday Night Live - February 16 @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Don't miss the Elvis All-Star Tribute special - February 17 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on NBC
- Tune into the 38th season premiere of Survivor - February 20 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING filter on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record!
CANADIAN CORNER: Starz Content on Crave Will Soon Cost More
As Bellmedia continues to ramp up its Crave streaming service, the company says it plans to move most content from the US network Starz behind an additional $5.99/month paywall.
According to Mobile Syrup, 'selected' Starz content will still be available with the regular $9.99/month tier but Bell has not made it clear which shows will remain after the March 1st rollout date.
We'll have to wait and see if Bell puts additional content - from Showtime perhaps - behind a similar higher-tier subscription option.
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