Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we'll be talking about digital subchannels, how the most-watched shows are available with an antenna, this week's must-see programs and much more...
OK... now let's get to it!
Majority of 2016's Most-Watched Shows Available with an Antenna
If you've ever wondered what you'd be missing by cutting the cord on cable and watching TV using an Over-the-Air antenna, the answer is not much! Out of the top 100 most-watched shows aired on television last year, 94 of them were available OTA.
Add a subscription to a streaming service like Sling TV, and you wouldn't miss ANY of the most popular shows, while significantly reducing your monthly bill.
What are you waiting for? Find out what you can watch Over-the-Air in your area today!
Digital Subchannels - Available Over-the-Air and Now Online!
One of the awesome things about digital Over-the-Air TV is that multiple channels with different content can be carried over a single OTA frequency. That's why in come markets you'll see channel numbers like 12-1, 12-2, and 12-3. These are the 'specialty networks' of Over-the-Air TV and carry a range of content from movies, to classic TV series to comedy and game shows.
As the number of OTA antenna users grow, new digital subchannels are popping up across the US including most recently TBD TV aimed at millennial audiences, family-friendly Light Up, and action-adventure network Charge. These have all come online since the beginning of the year!
Pro-Tip: Make sure you're not missing out on any new networks in your area by running regular channel scans on your TV or your Tablo DVR.
For those of you who aren't lucky enough to get OTA sci-fi network Comet TV, it has recently launched a Roku channel and an Apple TV app which allows you to live stream it!
What's your favorite digital subchannel? What classic TV show have you discovered (or rediscovered)? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
Big Bang Theory Cast in Negations, Spinoff Show Planned
Speaking of the most-popular shows on TV, the cast of The Big Bang Theory is in negotiations for seasons 11 and 12 which would make it the 2nd longest running live action sitcom in US TV history.
Sources the original five cast members of the show have agreed to pay cuts to enable series regulars Mayim Bialik (Amy Farah Fowler) and Melissa Rauch (Bernadette Rostenkowski) to receive significant raises.
And in other Big Bang news, casting is moving forward for the series' spinoff Sheldon which will focus on the early life of Jim Parson's character.
US Households Featuring Fewer TVs
According to Cord Cutters News, the average number of television sets in US homes is decreasing and the number of homes that have no TV is on the rise.
This shift is likely due to the surge in viewing on mobile devices like computers, smartphones and tablets enabled by streaming and mobile DVR apps. For example, why go to the trouble of installing a TV in the laundry room if you can tote your tablet along while you vainly attempt to find that missing sock?
Have you recently removed a TV from a room in your home in favor of a mobile device? Or have you added TVs? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
This Week's Must-See OTA TV
As usual, there's lots of great FREE TV on this week including:
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
- Part rom-com part time-travel show Making History debuts - March 5 @ 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX (7:00 p.m. ET on CityTV in Canada)
- And if you're digging this time-travel trend, tune-in next to the premiere of Time After Time where H.G. Wells chases Jack the Rippper across centuries - March 5 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CTV
- J-Lo's cop show Shades of Blue is back for season 2 - March 5 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Reality competition Survivor is back with a cast of all-stars from previous seasons - March 8 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
- Season 2 of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders premieres - March 8 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on CBS
- Kicking and Screaming puts survivalists and their pampered partners in the middle of the jungle - March 9 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on FOX
- Shonda Rhimes drama The Catch premieres - March 9 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CTV
Canadian Corner: CTV Drama Cardinal Gets Renewal Order
CTV has renewed the Canadian detective drama Cardinal for two more six-episode seasons. The show has been a ratings success for CTV, and was the most-watched new Canadian program of the 2016/17 broadcast season and the country’s most-watched original drama.
Season two will begin filming this summer in Sudbury and North Bay.
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