Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week, we're sharing some big news and a big deal on Tablo DVRs!
We've also got a 'how-to' guide for watching the Emmys, Apple TV news, must-see OTA TV, and more!
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NEWS: ‘Last Channel’ Recall & Guide Overlay Comes to Tablo
A new update is available for Tablo's Roku channel which adds a highly-requested feature - a guide overlay for Live TV that we're calling 'Quick Channel Select'.
Quick Channel Select lets you browse for other programs while you continue to watch your current show, and also provides 'Last Channel' functionality.
It's available on Roku and Apple TV now and will be coming to Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV soon!
(And if you don't yet have a Tablo OTA DVR, now is a great time to pick one up! Until Saturday night, you can get a Tablo DUAL LITE for just $99.99 at Best Buy!)
NEWS: Quiet Keynote for Apple TV
Apple held their big fall product announcement event this week, and there was little talk of Apple TV aside from previously announced support for Dolby Atmos and zero sign on. Both features will come in the release of tvOS 12 on Monday.
While Apple's hardware is still quite slick and speedy, many have lamented the lack of new features aimed at true cord cutters, and not just those using logins from existing cable or satellite subscriptions. (Not to mention the arbitrary deletion of purchased digital content!)
Perhaps that's why Roku CEO Anthony Wood seems so bullish on his company's prospects in comparison. In an interview with Recode this week, Woods said, “Those companies, yes they’re great companies, but they come to work thinking about how can I sell a bunch of shoes, how can I be better at search, how can I sell more phones? TV is on their list but it’s at the bottom of their list.”
You can listen to the full interview with Wood on the Recode site, or via your favorite podcast app.
HOW TO: Watch The Emmy Awards as a Cord Cutter
Just because you've cut the cord, doesn't mean you have to miss out on events like the Emmy Awards, airing Monday night on NBC (CTV in Canada).
The folks from Streaming Observer stopped by the Tablo blog this week with all of the 'how-to' details you need to watch the Emmys ceremony live, or later - all without the expense of cable TV!
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
Along with the Emmys, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Fans of the CBS Sunday Morning program won't want to miss the special Sunday's Best: Celebrating 40 Years of CBS Sunday Morning - September 14 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS
- As mentioned the 70th Emmy Awards air live - September 17 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CTV
- More of a true-crime fan than awards show fan? Tune into the documentary Inside the Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes - September 17 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX
- Love This is Us? Then don't miss the behind-the-scenes special The Paley Center Salutes This Is Us - September 18 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC
- Documentary series The Amazing Human Body uses cutting-edge graphics to show cool biological processes - September 19 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Amy Poehler-produced comedy I Feel Bad gets a back-to-back episode sneak peek premiere - September 19 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
With fall premiere season heading into full swing, 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: New Copyright Infringement Ruling
This week the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Canadian ISPs have the right to recover costs from content owners for tracking down those accused of sharing movies on peer-to-peer networking sites.
The ruling comes from a lawsuit between Rogers and Voltage Pictures over the sharing of movies like Dallas Buyer's Club.
Voltage wants to launch a class action against 55,000 people based on their IP address but requires the ISP to match the IP address with the names and addresses of their owners. Rogers argued this is time-consuming and costly, and for now the court has sided with them.
This should make it much harder and more expensive for rights holders to go after copyright infringers in Canada.
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