Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're talking about how boomers are jumping on the cord cutting bandwagon.
Also: Broadcast TV fees going up (again), cord cutting Q&A, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS: Cord Cutting Isn't Just for Millennials
Cutting cable is no longer a just trend with young, tech-savvy folks. A new study shows more than 1/4 of adults over 50 are cord cutters, and more than 60% are using streaming services regularly.
As streaming services and cord cutting gadgets become increasingly easy-to-use, we expect many more boomers to join the cord-cutting revolution.
Are you a 50+ cord cutter? Tell us when and why you dropped your pay TV subscription via Twitter or Facebook.
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NEWS: Spectrum's Broadcast TV Fee Going Up (Again)
Over the past 5 years, the sneaky 'broadcast TV' fees on cable bills have increased exponentially. After just announcing an increase in November, Spectrum is reportedly planning another hike to $11.99/month.
That means customers could soon be paying over $143 each year just to watch local TV. Those same channels are available for FREE with an Over-the-Air antenna for a one-time cost of as little as $20.
These ever-increasing fees are just one of the reasons why continuing to pay for cable doesn't make any financial sense.
How much are you (or were you before cutting the cord) paying in random fees each month? Tell us via Twitter or Facebook.
Q&A: Do I Need a Streaming Stick for Each TV?
This week's question comes from Cheryl who asks, "When we cut the cord on cable will we need just one Roku, or will we need a Roku for each TV?"
Think of streaming devices like Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV as the equivalent of cable boxes for cord cutters. When you cut the cord and your cable boxes go back to your provider, each of your televisions will need a new way to access content.
The good news is that most newer televisions are already set up for cord cutting, with internet connectivity and app stores built in. If you have Smart TVs and the streaming services you want to use are available on your television model, you won't need any new hardware for that screen.
If you have older 'dumb' TVs, you'll need to buy a streaming set-top-box or stick for each TV screen and connect it via the HDMI port in the back of the TV.
Budget too tight to spend $40-$100 to outfit each TV with a streaming device? A great temporary solution for less frequently used TVs is to connect a laptop using a cheap HDMI cable.
Still, when you consider you've been paying $200+ each year to rent a single cable box, the price of a Roku or Fire TV should be much easier to swallow!
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!
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As usual, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Halsey hosts and performs on Saturday Night Live - February 9 @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Tune in to The 61st Annual Grammy Awards with host Alicia Keys and musical performances from Cardi B., Post Malone, Shawn Mendes and more - February 10 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS/CityTV
- Check out the documentary miniseries Margaret: The Rebel Princess - February 10 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS
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: Canadian Screen Awards Nominations
The Canadian Screen Awards nominations were announced this week with Anne With an E and Schitt's Creek leading the pack with 15 nominations each, followed by CTV drama Cardinal with 14.
Check out the full list of nominations here.
What was your favorite Canadian show this year? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
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