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Cord Cutting This Week - Cord Cutting In The Time Of COVID-19

Tablo Cord Cutting This Week

It's Friday the 13th Cord Cutters! (... and boy does it ever feel like it.)

This week we're talking about how mass coronavirus-related cancellations are impacting the entertainment industry and what this means for cord cutters. 

Also: Q&A on finding a TV antenna installer, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more. 

As always, if you know of someone who might need some insight or help with cutting the cord on cable or satellite, please forward our newsletter, or use the handy share buttons at the top of this email. 

OK... now let's get to it!   

NEWS: Coronavirus Impacts TV & Cord Cutting Industry
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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt across many industries but is already seriously impacting entertainment and related businesses.  

So far this week: 
This will leave some significant holes in TV schedules over the coming weeks and months.

Until networks finalize decisions on replacement programming and local affiliates pass those changes along to TV Guide Data providers, the data in all Live TV grids may be inaccurate.

The virus is even hitting supplies of cord cutting gear, with the new Apple TV said not to be hitting store shelves as expected because of factory shutdowns in Asia. 
But there are still a few bright spots...
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Something that should have never been a thing to start with — ISP data caps — are also getting canceled... at least by AT&T and CenturyLink. Comcast hasn't been so generous yet, but is expanding their broadband access program for low-income folks

Regular Comcast customers who'll be using up a lot of data working or doing schoolwork from home may want to check this list of tips for keeping your broadband usage in check.

Also good to know... Most US telecom companies have also promised not to cut off internet or phone access to consumers who can't pay their bills over the next 60 days.

Considering everything that's happened this week, last week's drama over Regional Sports Networks doesn't seem to matter as much anymore... 

So stay safe, wash your hands, and enjoy working on the backlog of TV shows on your DVR.

Q&A: How Do I Find an Antenna Installer?
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Send us your most pressing cord cutting questions via email so we can answer them in an upcoming issue.

Today's question comes from Roberto who says, "I picked out an outdoor Over-the-Air TV antenna for when I cut cable, but I'm disabled and won't be able to put it up myself. How do I find a good TV antenna installer?"

If you're disabled like Roberto or just not a fan of climbing up on the roof, installing a TV antenna can be a daunting task.

While both Dish and Amazon have taken up the TV antenna installation business in recent years, it may be best to seek out and deal directly with a local professional like Tyler from Antenna Man (Pennsylvania) or Kevin from Dallas Antenna (DFW Texas).  

Live outside of those areas? Try a Google search for 'TV antenna installer + *your area*' or check sites like Home Advisor. Professional audio/visual or home theater installers may also provide this service, along with setting up streaming devices and Over-the-Air DVRs.

Kevin from Dallas Antenna recommends that consumers ask potential installers how they align antennas and about the brands of antennas/parts they use.

He says quality installers will use a signal meter vs. just a simple compass for optimizing antenna alignment and use products from reputable vendors like Antennas Direct, Channel Master, Winegard, and Antronix.   

Have a question about cord cutting that you'd like answered? Send us a note and you may see your question in an upcoming issue of Cord Cutting This Week! 

SHORT CUTS: Online Shopping Tips for Cord Cutters, & More
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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: 


As always, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:

As noted above in our main news story, TV Guide Data may be inaccurate over the coming days as programming shifts to accommodate changes due to the coronavirus. Please be patient as networks, local broadcasters, and our TV Guide Data provider work together to make adjustments. 
  • Season 3 of the game show The Wall premieres - March 15th @ 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
  • Season 2 of Roswell, New Mexico premieres - March 15th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CW
  • Canadians can tune into a new season of Canada Reads - March 16th @ 2:00 p.m. ET on CBC

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: Cord Cutting Accelerating in Canada  
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A new report says cord cutting in Canada is accelerating in a similar way to what we've seen in the United States. 

TV providers in the country lost approximately 278,000 subscribers last year.  


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