Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we've got a rundown on all the new network shows you can look forward to this fall.
We've also got some hot deals on cord cutting gear, how to watch The Royal Wedding, this week's must-see OTA TV and more!
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WHAT'S ON: New (& New-ish) Network Shows You Can Expect This Fall
This week broadcast networks held their 'upfronts' in which they pitch advertisers on their prime-time lineups for next fall, including returning shows and brand new pilots. Buzzfeed's got a great roundup here with the list of new shows (and trailers when available).
Some highlights are:
And in the new-ish category expect reboots or revivals of:
- Castle (and Firefly) alum Nathan Fillion is coming back to TV in The Rookie, in which he plays a 40-something who decides to leave his small town behind and become a cop in LA.
- Justin Cronin's popular sci-fi trilogy The Passage is being turned into a TV series starring... Mark-Paul Gosselaar (aka Zack Morris from Saved by The Bell). Odd casting choice, but hopefully the series does justice to the source material.
- Drama Manifest - in which a plane full of people lands FIVE YEARS after it's supposed to have touched down - has been described as Lost in reverse. If it even comes close to Lost, it should be a winner.
- 80's workplace comedy Murphy Brown returns with Murphy reuniting her former colleagues to combat 'fake news'.
- Magnum P.I. is also back starring a moustache-less Jay Hernandez (seen most recently in Scandal and The Expanse). The pilot is directed by Justin Lin who's behind The Fast & the Furious franchise, so expect the Ferrari to be put through its paces.
Which new shows are you excited to check out? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook!
DEALS: Antennas, Rokus, and Hard Drives... Oh My!
We know cord cutters love a good deal, and we've spotted a few this week including:
HOW TO: Watch the Royal Wedding Without Cable
So we hear there's a pretty big event happening in the UK tomorrow... Something about a wedding between an actress from a show called Suits and some ginger-haired ex-military guy?
However, for those of you who've been stockpiling crumpets and DIY-ing fascinators in preparation for The Royal Wedding, the good news is cord cutters can tune in to special Over-the-Air TV coverage using an antenna on a variety of channels:
In Canada you can tune in a number of ways as well:
- CBS News Presents: The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle airs May 19 @ 4:00 a.m. ET on CBS
- The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry & Meghan Markle airs May 19 @ 4:00 a.m. ET on PBS
- Today at the Royal Wedding airs May 19 @ 4:30 a.m. ET on NBC
- The Royal Wedding: A Special Edition of Good Morning America airs May 19 @ 5:00 a.m. ET on ABC
- The Royal Wedding of Harry & Meghan with Adrienne Arseneault airs May 19 @ 4:00 a.m. ET on CBC
- CTV News Special - Harry & Meghan: The Royal Wedding airs May 19 @ 4:00 a.m. ET on CTV
- Harry & Meghan: The Royal Wedding airs May 19 @ 5:30 a.m. ET on Global
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
Along with the NHL Playoffs and The Royal Wedding, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna including:
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
- The 2018 Billboard Music Awards hosted by Kelly Clarkson airs - May 20 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CTV
- The 2018 Miss USA competition airs - May 21 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX
- Bookworms will want to check out the new series The Great American Read - May 22 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- In the special Terrence Howard's Fright Club the Hollywood actor pranks a group of fans at his estate - May 24 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX
CANADIAN CORNER: Cord Cutting Less Prevalent in Canada
A new report from financial analysts confirms what we already know: cord cutting is less prevalent in Canada.
And it confirms the 'why'... The big thing driving cord cutting in the US is the availability of cable-style streaming services (aka MVPDs).
But in Canada, Rogers, Bell, and Telus own the content, the distribution methods, as well as sports franchises and broadcast rights and therefore have a, “larger vested interest to protect the traditional linear video subscriber base and ARPU [average revenue per user].”
(That's finance guy speak for they want to keep squeezing every penny they can out of their customers for as long as they possibly can.)
So why would they threaten their precious legacy business model by giving us access to content outside of traditional cable packages, when they could just keep raking in cash? Answer: they wouldn't. Unless someone (like the CRTC) made them. So expect the status quo to continue a while longer.
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