Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we've got the latest 3rd quarter pay TV subscriber numbers. Unsurprisingly, the cord cutting revolution is continuing to gain steam.
We've also got a sweet giveaway, an FCC rule change that could affect your local evening news, and as always, this week's must-see TV including Halloween specials!
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ENTER TO WIN: End Scary Cable Bills Forever!
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- And a brand new Roku Ultra 4K HDR set-top-box to deliver all of the free OTA TV from your Tablo and your favorite streaming services to your big screen
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NEWS: Cord Cutting Revolution Continues to Gain Stream in Q3
Even more consumers became card-carrying members of the cord cutting club in the 3rd quarter of 2017. Pay TV providers as a whole are reporting continued subscriber losses with AT&T at the top of the loser leaderboard at -385,000.
Analysts all point to the broad range of streaming options for consumers today as primary reasons for the exodus from pay TV and the companies themselves are pointing at hurricanes, but let's be honest... Those are all just mitigating factors.
Bad service, bloated bundles of channels, and the escalation of nonsensical fees - almost $80/month in one Comcast customer's case - are all contributing to the decline of cable TV.
(PS - If you like this t-shirt, you can get one on Amazon. It's not an official Tablo product, but it sure looks cool!)
NEWS: FCC Axes Rule Requiring Local TV News Studios
If you live in a smaller TV market, your local news might change significantly over the coming months. This week, the FCC voted to remove the requirement that broadcasters have studios in the communities they serve.
The Commission and NAB (a broadcasting lobby group) argued that modern technology means programming that serves the needs of local viewers can be created without full-blown studios.
Although tech has certainly changed the process of news gathering and production, there is still significant value in having 'boots on the ground' especially in breaking news and natural disaster situations.
If the majority of your local newscast is created in a city 100 miles away - or even across the country - do you think it can truly reflect what's happening in your hometown? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
HOW-TO: Pimp Your Dongle with an Ethernet Adapter
Both Roku and Amazon introduced dongle or stick-style devices this fall. While it's aesthetically pleasing to be able to hide your streaming device behind your big screen, the smaller the streamer, the less room there is for features that could be important: like an Ethernet connection.
While the WiFi antennas these devices have greatly improved (like the integrated power cord/antenna design on the ROKU Streaming Stick+) connecting your device via Ethernet will generally result in a faster, more consistent streaming experience.
Thankfully Amazon does give you the option of purchasing an Ethernet adapter for $15. And as AFTVnews.com reports, the 3rd generation supports a variety of other peripherals.
Another concern about the dongle form-factor: stress on the HDMI ports of your TV. These connectors were designed for light cables to hang from them - not heavy streaming devices - which could cause damage over the long term. A quick fix: use velcro or a 3M Command Strip to stick the device to the back of the TV!
STREAMING: What's New On Netflix in November
ZOMG Stranger Things season 2 is streaming NOW!!!!
When you're done binge-watching that, here's our picks for great shows and movies for you to enjoy in November alongside all of the free TV you can watch with an antenna.
- We've been excited to see The Walking Dead star Jon Berenthal as The Punisher. If the sneak peeks we got in Daredevil are any indication, this one is going to be as dark, gritty, and violent as the comic books.
- Americans can embrace a bit of Canadiana via Alias Grace, an adaptation of another novel by The Handmaid's Tale author Margaret Atwood. Or for music fans, check out the documentary Long Time Running which follows the heartbreak and joy that was the final tour of legendary rock band The Tragically Hip.
- Celebrate the end of the baseball season by re-watching Field of Dreams.
- For the kids, check out season 7 part 2 of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic or Dinotrux Supercharged
- Canadians can also enjoy movie classics Young Frankenstein and The Shawshank Redemption
See a full list of new Netflix shows in the US here and in Canada here.
WHAT'S ON: 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!
- Season 3 of Blindspot premieres - October 27 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CTV
- Michael Jackson's Halloween, a spooky animated special featuring celebrity voices premieres - October 27 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
- Saturday Night Live is presenting a Halloween special double header starting with The David S. Pumpkins Animated Halloween Special followed by SNL Presents: Halloween - October 28 @ 11:30 p.m. on NBC/Global
- Creepy literature fans will want to check out American Masters: Edgar Allan Poe: Burried Alive - October 30 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Superior Donuts returns for season 2 - October 30 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
- For those of you missing Young Sheldon, it returns with its 2nd episode - November 2 @ 8:30 p.m. on CBS/CTV
- Mom returns for season 4 - November 2 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS/CityTV
- Followed by the season 3 premiere of Life In Pieces - November 2 @ 9:30 p.m. ET on CBS/CityTV
- And the premiere of Shemar Moore-led cop drama S.W.A.T - November 2 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
CANADIAN CORNER: 57% of Canadians Subscribe to At Least 1 Streaming Service
Although there are only about 20 streaming services available in the country (vs. over 200 in the US) a new survey shows most Canadian households subscribe to at least one option. Unsurprisingly, that one service likely to be Netflix.
The US-based streaming juggernaut is in 53% of households, with other players like Crave TV Amazon Prime Video, and SportsnetNow trailing far behind.
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