Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
Today we're talking about a recent Consumer Reports article that claims your Smart TV can be hacked.
We're also sharing the latest news about our new Tablo app for Samsung TIZEN TVs, a way to watch Adult Swim as a cord cutter, this week's must-see TV and more!
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NEWS: Tablo App Comes to Samsung TIZEN Smart TVs
If you live in the United States and have Samsung Smart TV made after 2015 running the TIZEN operating system, you can now download a Tablo app from the Samsung Store.
With this new app, Tablo OTA DVR owners can watch live TV and recordings on most brands of Smart TVs without the need for an additional HDMI streaming device.
For full details on the new Samsung app, check out the Tablo blog.
NEWS: Consumer Reports Claims Smart TVs Vulnerable to Hacking
Many folks rely on Consumer Reports to help them make purchase decisions. (In fact, I've often said my dad wouldn't buy a loaf of bread before checking reviews in CR.)
The storied magazine is under fire this week though for their recent report on Smart TVs. The report claims TV sets and set-top-boxes using the Roku OS, as well as Samsung TIZEN TVs are vulnerable to hacking and collect and transmit viewing data.
However, both tech savvy consumers as well as corporate spokespeople were quick to point out that in order to 'hack' the televisions to do things as nefarious as change the channel, evildoers would need to have access to the same WiFi network as the TV. If your WiFi network is password protected - and it should be - then there's very little risk.
The feature can be turned off, but it does risk you being unable to use Roku's own smartphone 'controller' app.
As for data collection, Roku users must actively enable this and the data collected is used to provide the 'More Ways to Watch' feature which helps viewers find similar shows or show how to watch the next episode of the show you're currently streaming.
If you want to be extra careful and opt out of these services on Roku devices there are instructions here. There are instructions for Samsung and Vizio TVs here.
NEWS: Adult Swim App Comes to iOS, Android, & Roku
You don't need cable - interdimensional or not - to be able to enjoy the new Adult Swim app on iOS, Android, and Roku.
Cord cutters can enjoy 24/7 marathons and single episode streams of of shows like Rick & Morty, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and Eric Andre. If you have a login from a streaming TV provider, you can access even more content, but Cord Cutters News reports that there's plenty of good stuff to enjoy even without one.
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
Woot! The 2018 Winter Olympics start today!!!! On top of that, there's lots more great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna including:
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
- Catch the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremonies - February 9 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC
- Americans can check out former 90210 star Jason Priestly in the US premiere of dramedy Private Eyes - February 11 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on ION
- Former contestants participate in winter-themed athletic challenges in The Bachelor Winter Games - February 13 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Curl up with your special someone and have a chuckle with the special Relationships Just For Laughs - February 14 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
CANADIAN CORNER: Data Shows Canadian TV Production Growing
Last week we told you about Fair Play Canada, a coalition of Canadian telecom and media companies began a push to have the CRTC create a country-wide website blocking system to address online piracy.
One of the key reasons this group gave for launching this push was 'declines in financing' for Canadian productions, a reason that Canadian internet law expert Micheal Geist refutes.
In a post on his website this week, Geist provided industry data showing record production AND revenues. However, that revenue is shifting to Over-the-Top streaming TV, instead of traditional cable. For example, CraveTV and Club illico are estimated to have earned $373 million last year.
Imagine how much more revenue could be made if Canadian content owners would provide more streaming options, on more platforms?
What content do you wish you could access in Canada that you can't? What would you pay for that service to be delivered over the web? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook!
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