Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
Did everyone survive Black Friday/Cyber Monday? How's your wallet feeling? Hopefully not too bad!
This week we're taking about our latest giveaway, upcoming holiday TV specials, Smart TVs vs. set-top- boxes and much more...
Let's get to it!
Win the Gift of Free TV! - Tablo & Xbox One Giveaway
Our last giveaway of 2016 is a BIG one sure to make the whole family excited! To celebrate the recent launch of our Tablo app for Xbox One, we're giving away both a 2-Tuner Tablo OTA DVR and an Xbox One console.
Make sure to get your entry in ASAP and share the contest for more chances to win. Good luck!
And while you're crossing your fingers, check out what Engadget said about our new Xbox app.
Holiday TV Specials - Week of December 2nd
The holiday season means tons of great TV specials! To make sure you don't miss any of your favorites, we'll be sharing a list of what's on deck each week. This week you can look forward to:
If you're in Canada, you can enjoy some of the shows above as well as:
- December 2, 8 p.m. ET - I Love Lucy Christmas Special - CBS
- December 3, 8 p.m. ET - It's a Wonderful Life - NBC/CTV
- December 5, 10 p.m. ET - Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - CBS/Global
- December 8, 8 p.m. ET - Taraji's White Hot Holidays - FOX
- December 8, 8 p.m. ET - Toy Story That Time Forgot - ABC
- December 8, 8:30 p.m. ET - Shrek the Halls - ABC
- December 3, 1 p.m. ET - Disney's A Christmas Carol - CTV
- December 3, 3 p.m. ET - The Nightmare Before Christmas - CTV
- December 4, 5 p.m. ET - Toy Story 2 - CBC
- December 7, 9 p.m. ET - How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Global
Smart TVs vs. Streaming Set-Top-Boxes
Many consumers purchased a new Smart TV on Black Friday but some are likely planning to bypass the 'brain' of their new set in favor of a streaming set-top-box. Why? As Forbes explains, development for Smart TVs is quite difficult and the hardware can be underpowered (even on new sets) which leads to poor app experiences and lack of content variety.
Do you exclusively use your Smart TV for streaming or have you ditched it in favor of a set-top-box? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook and we might use your comment in an upcoming Tablo blog post on this subject.
Holiday Gift Guide for Cord Cutters
Our friends at PC Mag put together a great list of gift ideas for the cord cutter in your life including a wicked-fast WiFi router, an awesome outdoor antenna from Mohu, the new Roku streaming stick, and our personal favorite, the 4-Tuner Tablo OTA DVR.
Check out the full list of cord cutter favorites on PCMag.com.
Netflix Now Offers (Some) Ability to Download for Offline Viewing
This week Netflix announced that it's added the ability download some of its shows for viewing when you're offline. This is great news for folks who travel frequently, parents trying to keep little ones occupied on the go, and folks battling internet datacaps.
If you want to find out what new Netflix content you'll be able to stream (and maybe even download) in December, check out the US list here and the Canadian list here. Our pick is Captain America Civil War which actually made a member of our support team shed a tear it was so good.
Canadian Corner: Pick & Pay Arrives... And it Actually Makes TV MORE Expensive
Over the past year, the CRTC has done its best to rein in Canada's cable TV industry but has had little success in putting a dent in their profiteering. Phase two of the process - the unbundling of specialty channels - took effect yesterday, which should have allowed Canadians to add the Food Network or a news channel on top of their 'skinny basic' package to save some money.
But of course the cablecos have arranged the packages and individual channel costs so that savings - if any - are marginal. "It's very frustrating," says MTS customer Cory Boehm in this CBC story. "I think the CRTC had good intent, and I think the TV providers are trying to find loopholes."
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