Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
Today we're talking about the new legal ruling that's shutting down fully loaded 'KODI' boxes.
We're also looking at the lack of broadband internet competition, a new (and expensive) way to control your streaming TV gear, this week's must-see TV and more!
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NEWS: Court Orders 'KODI Box' Vendor to Disable Devices
For the first time ever this week, a US court ordered sellers of a 'KODI box' to remove piracy add-ons from devices that have ALREADY been sold.
The company - TickBox TV - is in the midst of a lawsuit filed by Amazon, Netflix, and several major Hollywood studios. It has been common practice for courts to order manufacturers to stop selling and distributing devices, but never before have they required that a company disable streamers already in the hands of customers.
That's just one more reason to get content from legal streaming services and Over-the-Air TV, and avoid these 'KODI boxes' in favor of certified Android TV devices.
GEAR: Pricey HDMI Streaming Hub Caavo Now Available
Last February we told you about Caavo - a box designed to be a universal control hub for HDMI-connected devices and peripherals. If you're a gear-head and you've got $400 just laying around, you can now buy one.
Caavo uses machine vision technology to act as a technology 'middleman', making products that don't integrate - like Amazon Echo and Apple TV - work together.
The question is, whether the high price is worth reducing some of the remote control clutter, or if a different approach to integrating your TV options (like content-agnostic Roku) would be 'good enough'.
NEWS: FCC Report 'Reveals' Lack of Broadband Competition
One of the key first steps of cutting the cord on cable is finding an affordable broadband internet provider. But as most cord cutters know, in most places across the US there are few if any alternatives to the local cable company.
In fact, a recent FCC report shows that at the highest speeds there is virtually no competition, and even more average speeds of 25Mbps almost half of Americans had no choice in providers.
That being said, the current administration has promised funding to improve broadband internet infrastructure in rural areas which are particularly under served.
If you're on the hunt for a new internet provider, both DLSReports.com and CutCableToday.com have databases that can help you find any alternative ISPs and compare pricing in your area.
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
The 2018 Winter Olympics continue this week, but there's even 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 season finale of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - February 16 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
- People who lost touch after the civil rights movement hope to reconnect on We'll Meet Again with Ann Curry - February 20 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- See how animal experts and scientists are working to save the northern white rhino from extinction on Nature - February 21 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
CANADIAN CORNER: BritBox Streaming Service Now Available
Fans of BBC shows like Dr. Who and Keeping Up Appearances will be excited to learn there's a new streaming option in Canada - BritBox.
The service has both classic shows and new episodes of current series just hours after they're broadcast in the UK.
You can give it a whirl during a 7-day free trial, but after that the cost is $8.99 a month. If you do try it, let us know how you like it via Facebook or Twitter.
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