Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week, we're talking all about Over-the-Air TV antennas!
We explore whether expensive antennas are worth the hype, tips on picking and installing antennas, and whether your landlord or HOA can keep you from installing one.
We've also got picks for must-see OTA TV, and more!
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NEWS: Are More Expensive TV Antennas Better Than Bargain Models?
Given that cord cutters are often also bargain hunters, it's not surprising that a bevy of low-priced Over-the-Air TV antennas have flooded a market once dominated by name brands.
This week the folks at TechHive explored whether budget TV antennas should be avoided compared to their more expensive counterparts, or if there's actually no difference at all.
The answer - as with most TV antenna questions - is that your mileage may vary. Check out the full article to get the scoop on what to look for, what to avoid, and what features and benefits you actually get for that extra cash.
Do you use or have you tried a 'cheapo' TV antenna? How did it work out for you? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter!
HOW TO: All About TV Antennas (Podcast)
The team over at Cordcutters.com have started up a new podcast, and this week they outlined everything you need to know about selecting, positioning, and installing an Over-the-Air antenna.
If you're a podcast fan (or even if you're not) it's well worth a listen! The episode is available to stream online, or via your favorite podcast app.
The team also published a good primer on using splitters to distribute the signal from your TV antenna to multiple televisions/tuners within your home while avoiding degrading the signals or introducing 'noise' into the signal.
However, this approach still requires running coaxial cable throughout the house, which may be a bit onerous for those who aren't DIY-inclined. Another option is to connect your antenna to a tuner device like Tablo and distribute your TV antenna's signals via your home network instead.
THE MORE YOU KNOW: FCC Protects Your Right to an Antenna
This week the folks at CordCuttersNews.com published a good primer on the specifics of the FCC rules governing TV antenna installation rights which is worth checking out.
In general, cord cutters living in homes controlled by Home Owner’s Associations, Condo Boards, or cranky landlords have the right to install a TV antenna in ‘exclusive use areas'. This includes patios or balconies for apartment-dwellers, and anywhere on your property for homeowners.
These FCC regulations supersede any local rules, so don't let your HOA keep you from cutting the cord with a TV antenna!
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As usual, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Tune in to the comedy fund raising special Stand Up to Cancer - September 7 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on various channels
- Catch the 2019 Miss America Competition - September 9 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Enjoy the series premiere of Carmichael Show spin-off Rel - September 9 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX/CityTV
- Don't miss the premiere of the historical miniseries The Miniaturist - September 9 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- CBS Fall Preview gives you a sneak peek at all of the new fall series including the revival of Murphy Brown - September 10 @ 8:30 p.m. ET on CBS
CANADIAN CORNER: Amazon Fire TV Smart TVs Coming to Canada
On the heels of the announcement that TCL is launching their Roku-powered Smart TVs into the Canadian market, rumor has it that competitor Toshiba's plan to sell Amazon Fire TV-powered sets is also happening soon.
Last spring, Best Buy and Amazon announced a partnership to sell both Toshiba and Insignia TVs loaded with the Amazon operating system. So far the sets have launched in the US, but not in Canada.
Images discovered by AFTVNews.com show a voice-enabled remote with quick launch buttons for both Crave TV and CTV (perhaps the planned Movies/Vault service aimed at 'authenticated subscribers'?) as well as Netflix and Amazon Video, which are standard on US models as well.
One more thing...
Don't forget, you have until midnight on Sunday to participate in the CRTC's survey on telecom sales practices!
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