Happy Friday (the 13th - spooky) Cord Cutters!
2017 is turning out to be a breakout year for Over-the-Air TV technology. As you saw in last week's issue, tons of neat new gear made its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show.
This week we'll be sharing cool OTA antenna gear from CES, our picks for this week's must-see TV, a giveaway and much more...
Let's get to it!
The Coolest Cord Cutting Gear for 2017: Antennas
According to the folks at TechHive, OTA TV technology from companies including Tablo was all the rage at CES.
But why is this 'old fashioned' way to watch TV so cool again? They say it has a lot to do with the popularity of streaming services like Sling TV because, "... all of these services have struggled get support from local affiliate stations, which means local broadcast feeds are unavailable in most markets. And as the Golden Globes illustrated, getting a live broadcast channel through streaming doesn’t guarantee that every program will be available."
Surprise! Consumers Still Hate Cable/Satellite Companies
In the latest list of America's most hated corporate entities, Comcast is in the winner's (loser's?) circle once again for poor customer service, poor reliability and insanely high pricing. Charter and Dish also made the top 12.
Reason #289,238 to cut the cord.
ENTER TO WIN: Tablo 2-Tuner OTA DVR
If you're still handing over a portion of your paycheck to the evil overlords at Comcast, make sure to enter our latest giveaway. Together with the digital lifestyle gurus at ZatzNotFunny, we're helping make your 2017 New Years resolution to cut the cord on cable a reality by offering up a 2-Tuner Tablo OTA DVR.
Enter soon, enter often and share the contest for more chances to win!
This Week's 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!
- Dateline special Barack Obama - The Reality of Hope - January 13 @ 10 p.m. ET on NBC
- NFL Playoff football continues - January 14 & 15 on FOX/CBS/NBC/CTV
- Gotham and Lucifer are back - January 16 @ 8 & 9 p.m. on FOX/CTV
- The Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala features sets from today's top comedians recorded at Montreal's Just for Laughs festival - January 16 @ 8 p.m. on CW (January 15th on CTV in Canada)
- Documentary Divided States of America premieres - January 17 & 18 @ 9 p.m. ET on PBS
- Awards season continues with Joel McHale hosting the People's Choice Awards - January 18 @ 9 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
- Fans of Scandal, Grey's Anatomy & How to Get Away with Murder expecting to see new episodes on January 19th will have to wait until the 26th because they've been bumped for...
- America’s First Family: The Trumps Go To Washington - January 19th @ 10 p.m ET on ABC
How to Watch the NFL Playoffs as a Cord Cutter
Speaking of what's on this week... All football fans should pick up an OTA antenna. Why? Because it's the best way to watch the NFL in beautiful high def without shelling out for cable or expensive streaming services.
Get the lowdown on how to catch key match-ups including the Superbowl from the cord cutting experts at Cut Cable Today.
Canadian Corner: Government Considering 'Netflix Tax'
The federal government recently conducted focus groups across the country to float policy ideas that are expected to be central to the upcoming 2017 budget.
According to the Globe and Mail, one of the issues explored was how to support Canadian content creation in the age of cord cutting. Two of the proposed solutions? Require “foreign companies like Netflix and iTunes” to devote a portion of revenues to a fund, or giving consumers the option of making a voluntary $2 contribution on their telecom or Netflix bill.
How do you think we should support Canadian content given the changing nature of TV distribution? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
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