Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're talking about tech turf wars between Amazon, Apple, and Google and how they're affecting cord cutters.
We've also got tips on how to upgrade your streaming device's remote, this week's must-see TV and more!
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NEWS: How Tech Turf Wars Impact Cord Cutters
This has been the week of beefs between tech companies in the cord cutting world.
Beef #1: Early in the week, cord cutters were noting the Amazon Video app still hadn't appeared on the Apple TV, despite the announcement six months ago that it would. The next day Amazon's app magically appeared in Apple's App Store! Beef #1 ended.
Beef #2: Google is also in a multi-faceted tussle with Amazon. Amazon does not carry Google hardware products like Chromecast and doesn't allow its Prime Video service to be cast to the popular dongle. In retaliation, Google is yanking support for YouTube (which it owns) on all Amazon devices. Unlike beef #1, there is no resolution in sight for this one and cord cutters are stuck in the middle.
Meanwhile, market leader Roku - which has taken a 'Switzerland-style' open approach to content - is sitting back with a smile.
If you're interested in learning more about these turf wars, theories on their origins, and how they affect cord cutters, TechHive has an excellent rundown.
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NEWS: 40% of Americans Will Be Cord Cutters by 2030
The cord cutting revolution is showing no sign of a slowdown as we head into 2018. New research out this week says that if the trend continues, in just over a decade almost half of American households won't have a subscription to a traditional pay TV service.
Part of this is because of the cost of cable or satellite service, but the trend is also due to the fact that younger Americans are used to watching content online and may never have signed up for cable or satellite in the first place.
GEAR: Upgrade Your Old Roku With a New Remote
If you hate the clutter of multiple remotes, or have someone in the family who just can't get the hang of using the 'input' button, the newest Roku streamers that include TV power and volume controls are a great solution.
If you've already got a Roku that you love, the company is selling these new remotes separately so you can upgrade your older Roku models (Roku Ultra, Roku 4, and Roku Premiere+).
If your Roku device is older (or you use a different brand of streaming device), the good folks at Sideclick make universal remote adapters that connect right on to your existing streaming device's remote.
Either option is a great stocking stuffer idea for the cord cutter in your life!
FAQs: Can I Record Streaming TV Services with Tablo?
Last week we talked about how Live TV streaming services are proliferating and why watching broadcast TV over the internet instead of via an antenna isn't the best option for most cord cutters.
That being said, live TV streaming services can be a great way to keep some of the cable content you actually liked, without the contract or the crazy costs. Cord cutters who've added a streaming service often ask us whether they can record this content with their Tablo DVR. The answer is unfortunately no, this week we covered the 'why' on the Tablo blog.
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As usual, there's lots of great FREE TV on your antenna feed this week including:
- Enjoy an evening of holiday classics with Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer followed by Frosty the Snowman and Frosty Returns - December 9 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS
- Canadians should tune in for Mickey's Christmas Carol - December 10 @ 6:30 p.m. ET on CBC
- Enjoy a sneak peek at the next season of The Bachelor with the Countdown to Arie special - December 11 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Get in the holiday spirit with Gwen Stefani's You Make It Feel Like Christmas special - December 12 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on NBC
- Canadians can enjoy Merry Christmas Mr. Bean - December 12 @ 9:30 p.m. ET on CBC
- Catch decades of movie awards highlights in the Golden Globes 75th Anniversary Special hosted by Debra Messing and Eric McCormack - December 13 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on NBC (or 8:00 p.m. on CTV)
- See Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers and more perform at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2017 - December 14 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Or enjoy a double bill of holiday fun with Taraji's White Hot Holidays followed by Showtime at the Apollo - December 14 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
CANADIAN CORNER: Telcos Linked to Website Blocking Plan
Faced with a lack of streaming TV options, some Canadian cord cutters have turned to pirating websites to access content. Instead of offering more choice to consumers, reports are that Bell, Rogers, and Canadian Theater chains are banding together to suggest the government create an 'Internet Piracy Review Agency'. The goal of this agency would be maintain a blacklist of websites, which all internet providers in Canada would be required to block.
We'll keep you posted on this story as it develops.
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