Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're discussing the reasons why cord cutters should avoid so-called 'fully loaded' KODI boxes.
We're also talking about tips for streaming HD video, Emmy nominations, and as always, this week's must-see TV!
OK... now let's get to it!
GEAR: What Cord Cutters Need to Know About 'Fully-Loaded' KODI Boxes
You've probably seen them on your local online buy/sell groups or in mall kiosks: 'fully loaded' Android TV-based streaming boxes promising 'free TV'. While it might be tempting to pick one of these up, beyond the morality of using illegal streams there's a laundry list of reasons why cord cutters should avoid these devices. Get the full scoop on the Tablo blog.
Do you have experience using one of these boxes? Tell us about it on Twitter or Facebook.
NEWS: Comcast Subscribers Paying $1.9 Billion/Year for Free Local Channels
The team at BillGeeks.com have done the math on the annual revenue Comcast brings in for access to local channels. These channels which include ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC are available for free with an Over-the-Air antenna. Yet customers are paying almost $2 billion a year for access to that same content. Madness!
NEWS: Multiple Emmy Noms for Saturday Night Live, This Is Us, & Black-Ish
Emmy nominations were announced yesterday and Saturday Night Live raked in 22, tied with HBO's Westworld. NBC's hit This Is Us, and perennial Emmys favorite Black-ish were also nominated multiple times.
Streaming services Netflix and Hulu also scored big with multiple nominations for their hits Stranger Things, The Crown, and The Handmaid's Tale. Long story short, it's been a good year for cord cutting TV fans.
What was your favorite show this year? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
NEWS: Roku Users Streamed Over 7 Billion Hours of Content in 2017
In yet another sign that cord cutting is going mainstream, the number of Roku users surged by 43% in the first six months of 2017. And those users streamed more than 7 billion hours of programming!
This incredible growth has led the company begin the process of going public via an IPO later this year.
How many hours of programming do you stream every day? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
TIPS & TRICKS: Cord Cutters' Guide To Streaming HD Video
Even if you can stream YouTube or standard Netflix content easily, older and slower WiFi router technology, improper router positioning, and interference from other appliances or neighbors can cause buffering issues when streaming high quality video like the HD content from your Tablo OTA DVR, live streaming services like Sling TV, and 4K content from Netflix.
If you've got the buffering blues, get the scoop on why and how you can unclog your home network on the Tablo blog.
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As usual, there's lots of great FREE TV on this week including:
- Catch BMX, skateboard and motocross athletes compete in the 2017 X Games live - July 15 & 16 @ 1:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Venus Williams takes on Garbine Muguruza in the women's Wimbledon tennis final - July 15 @ 3:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Followed the next day by Marin Cilic taking on Roger Federer in the men's Wimbledon tennis final - July 16 @ 3:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Canadians can check out the Honda Indy live from Toronto - July 16 @ 3:00 p.m. ET on CityTV
- Monty Python's Michael Palin stars in the paranormal drama mini-series Remember Me premiering - July 16 @ 10:00 p.m. on PBS
- Photographer Joel Sartore travels the globe capturing rare species in Rare - Creatures of the Photo Ark premiering - July 18 @ 9:00 p.m. on PBS
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
CANADIAN CORNER: Winter is Coming... But Only for Those Who Have Cable
Season 7 of Game of Thrones premieres this Sunday and just like last year, Canadians have no legal option for viewing the show outside of a premium cable subscription. In the United States, cord cutters can access HBO shows live or on demand legally through several different cable-style streaming services that require no subscription and offer reasonable monthly rates.
Toronto-based cord cutting consultancy Kutko Canada claimed in a recent post on social media that setting up access to those US-based streaming services via VPN is one of their most popular services.
Do you use VPN services to access content from the US? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
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