It's Friday again cord cutters! (Trust us, we double checked the calendar...)
This week we're talking about how consumers are continuing to abandon pay TV in droves.
Also: Q&A on LTE filter accessories, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS: AT&T Continues to Bleed Customers
AT&T reported their quarterly earnings this week which included a loss of almost 900,000 subscribers.
As pay TV companies continue to focus on only retaining the customers that are willing to endure repeated price hikes and poor service, the exodus will only continue to increase. Current projections show that cable subscribers will be a minority in two years or less.
And with cable and satellite TV bills often larger than all other utility bills combined, it's an expense that many consumers will be looking to reduce or kill entirely as the economy worsens.
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Q&A: Will An LTE Filter Improve Reception?
Send us your most pressing cord cutting questions via email so we can answer them in an upcoming issue.
This week's question comes from Roger who asks, "I was told that an LTE filter might help my TV antenna get better reception. Is that true? If so, which one should I buy?"
If you have a new cell phone tower in your neighborhood, you shouldn't be worried about viruses or other health concerns, but its presence could negatively affect your Over-the-Air TV signal.
The spectrum used by some cellular technology is adjacent to the one used by broadcast TV and can cause interference on some channels creating breakups in your picture and sound or worse.
Some higher-end TV antennas, distribution amplifiers, and tuners (including the ones in Tablo OTA DVRs) already include some LTE filtering, but if you do live near a cell tower, an in-line LTE filter could indeed improve your reception.
Choose an LTE filter designed specifically for the US/Canadian market as it'll offer more accurate blocking of the correct frequencies.
Something to keep in mind though: LTE filters can significantly reduce errors in the incoming broadcast stream but they often also reduce signal power which can lead to reception problems on weaker channels.
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SHORT CUTS: Channel Repack Phase 9 Ending, Deals & More
Most weeks there's more news than we can cram into this email. Thankfully 'short cuts' delivers the cord-cutting news and deals we didn't have room for, including:
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As always, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Canadians can check out the special Stronger Together/Tous Ensemble - April 26th @ 6:30 p.m. ET on CBC/Global/CityTV/CTV
- A Parks and Recreation Special reunites our favorite Pawnee citizens for a brand new episode - April 30th @ 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC
- Blindspot returns for its 5th season - April 30th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CTV
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record!
CANADIAN CORNER: Will Rogers Eliminate Data Caps Forever?
In its earnings call earlier this week, Rogers' CEO Joe Natale was asked if the company would consider eliminating data caps and overage fees for good in a post-corona virus world.
Given the relative ease with which major ISPs have been able to handle the increase in internet usage, the 'reasoning' behind data caps has been revealed to be a moot point.
Interestingly enough, Rogers agreed saying, "It is time to move towards unlimited." Now they just have to follow through...
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