Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week our friends from Cord Cutters News drop by to share their top 5 tips for cord cutting newbies.
We're also talking about what cord cutters need to know about mesh WiFi routers, Walmart's plans for a streaming service, this week's must-see OTA TV, and SO MUCH more!
As always, if someone you know is interested in cutting the cord on cable or satellite, please forward our newsletter, or use the handy share buttons at the top of this email.
OK... now let's get to it!
HOW-TO: 5 Easy Cord Cutting Tips for New Cord Cutters
This week on the Tablo blog, Luke from Cord Cutters News is sharing 5 easy cord cutting tips for newbies.
Cord cutting doesn't have to be scary, you don't have to give cable up 'cold turkey', and if done correctly, you can continue to watch your favorite shows.
So if you're still paying for cable, check out Luke's tips and get started!
GEAR: What Cord Cutters Need to Know About Mesh WiFi Networks
If you love to try out the latest tech gadgets, you’ve likely seen the new home WiFi systems based on mesh networking technology.
Aside from the high price, mesh WiFi systems aren't immune to the same interference and range limits of WiFi itself, and there are a few potential pitfalls.
Head over to the blog to learn more about those, and some cost-effective alternatives to mesh WiFi networks for cord cutters.
NEWS: Over 5 Million Will Cut the Cord in 2018
A recent survey on cord cutting by consulting firm cg42 revealed over 5 million US consumers plan to cut the cord on their pay TV subscription this year, resulting in billions of dollars in losses for the industry.
Why? Savings and satisfaction.
cg42 says the average cord cutter is saving $85/month and the vast majority (79%) were very happy with their decision to ditch pay TV.
If you're still paying for cable, what are you waiting for? Get started today!
SHORT CUTS: Quick Cord Cutting News Tidbits
Some 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:
- The Sinclair/Tribune merger is appears to be dead in the water as the FCC votes to refer it to a judge
- The team at TechHive tackles the common cord cutter FAQ, "Is there a DVR for streaming video?" Curious about whether you can use Tablo for this? Check out our post on the Tablo blog.
- Walmart plans to enter the streaming TV market with a low-cost Vudu-branded service to compete against Netflix and Hulu
- Despite technical glitches during Prime Day, the 2nd generation Amazon Fire TV stick was the best-selling product from ANY manufacturer in ANY category globally
- Roku is launching a set of wireless speakers specifically for use with Roku-enabled Smart TVs
- And if you didn't spend all of your money on Prime Day, a reminder that we still have a few refurbished 2 & 4-Tuner Tablo DVRs left, both at their lowest prices EVER
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As usual, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Canadians can catch continuing coverage of Cycling's Tour de France - July 22-23 on CityTV
- Enjoy third and final round action in Golf's British Open - July 21-22 @ 7:00 a.m. ET on NBC/CTV
- Smallville fans should check out Kristen Kreuk in Burden of Truth premiering - July 25 @ 8:00 p.m. on CW
CANADIAN CORNER: CRTC Launches Telco Sales Inquiry
The CRTC has finally begun soliciting feedback from Canadians for their investigation into misleading and aggressive sales practices by Canadian telecom companies.
CRTC initially declined to investigate these widespread reports, but in June, the Federal Government stepped in tasking the CRTC with undertaking the investigation they'd previously declined to perform.
If you have a telecom sales horror story to share, you'll need to do so before August 30th via the confusing, ugly, and archaic feedback mechanism. (It's Notice Number 2018-246 which is the first one in the list... at least at the time we're writing this.)
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