Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we'll be talking about the growth in antenna TV use, how Android TV is making a comeback, must-see TV and much more...
Let's get to it!
Pay TV Subscriptions Down, OTA Antenna Use Up
A new study shows consumers who cut the cord on cable are increasingly turning to Over-the-Air antennas to catch their favorite TV shows. Today in the US, approximately 15% of households watch antenna TV.
If you've made the switch to OTA TV, tell us on Twitter or Facebook what you love about it.
Roku Mobile App Gets an Update
Our friends at Roku released an update for their mobile app this week. If you're not familiar with Roku's mobile app, it can turn most smartphones and tablets into a remote for your Roku set-top-box or Roku TV. It also lets you plug in headphones for private listening, search for movies, shows with your keyboard or your voice, and even show family photos or videos on your TV.
This week's update makes the 'mobile' remote feature even easier to use and adds a 'What's On' guide so you can easily discover neat new stuff to watch.
Android TV Making a Resurgence
The folks at TechHive wrote a great piece this week about the renewed interest in Android TV. A year and half ago things were not looking great, with some set-top-boxes being discontinued and others virtually ignored. But Android TV is back and cooler than ever in 2017 with a new Nvidia Shield launched at CES, Tablo DROID and other companies jumping on this flexible, yet powerful bandwagon.
Do you use an Android TV device at home? Tell us what you like about it 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!
- Major networks will have full-day coverage of the US Presidential Inauguration - January 20 on ABC/CBS/NBC/FOX/CBC
- If you're tired of politics check out Great Performances: Alicia Keys - January 20 @ 9 p.m. ET on PBS
- New 'manhunt' reality show Hunted premieres - January 22 @ ~10 p.m. (upon conclusion of the AFC championship game) on CBS
- Drama favorites Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder are all back - January 26 starting @ 8 p.m. ET on ABC/CTV
- The boys of Supernatural resume their epic 12 year feud with all things creepy - January 26 @ 8 p.m. on CW
- Archie comes back to TV as Riverdale premieres - January 26 @ 9 p.m. on CW
Seinfeld Moves to Netflix
In a major coup, Netflix has lured Jerry Seinfeld away from its competitor Crackle. The streaming service will become the new home of his show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and will also air two new stand-up specials.
Given that Netflix added a record 7 million new subscribers last quarter, they seem to have the cash flow and audience needed to get deals like this done.
Cord Cutting Deal of the Week: Refurb Tablo DVRs on Sale
If your New Years resolution is to the cut the cord on cable, but funds are still tight from the holiday we've got a deal for you! Refurbished 2 & 4-Tuner Tablo DVRs are back in stock AND for a limited time they're discounted even more than usual, starting at just $139.99 US (or $179.99 CAD).
This deal won't last so make sure to order yours from the Tablo store (US STORE / CANADIAN STORE) or from Amazon.com today!
Canadian Corner: Bell Raises Rates While TekSavvy Lowers Theirs
This week Bell announced its rates on TV, internet and phone services will be going up between $2-$5 PER service. According to a researchers who follow the Canadian communications industry, Bell's rate hikes are "a very, very significant increase on prices that are already very, very high by international standards."
Meanwhile, Bell competitor TekSavvy says it will be lowering rates on its internet service and/or boosting service speeds. TekSavvy says this customer-friendly choice was made possible because of the CRTC-mandated reduction in the wholesale rates companies like Bell and Rogers could charge TekSavvy to access to its network infrastructure.
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