Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're sharing top tips for selecting an Over-the-Air antenna so you can start enjoying free TV.
We're also talking about cord cutting momentum continuing to build, a scam targeting ROKU users, and as always this week's must-see TV!
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HOW-TO: Five Tips for Choosing the Right Over-the-Air Antenna
An Over-the-Air TV antenna should be a part of every cord cutting setup. Unfortunately, choosing the right kind for your location can be daunting.
Thankfully the folks at TechHive shared a great five step guide on picking the right antenna for your needs, including finding out what channels are available in your area.
Worth noting and covered in the TechHive article: your Home Owner's Association or landlord cannot prevent you from putting up an antenna, so if that's been keeping you from cutting the cord make sure to read up on the FCC rules!
NEWS: Cord Cutting Continues to Snowball... Winter Is Coming for Cable TV
As we head into the last three months of 2017, pay TV providers are starting to tally this quarter's subscriber losses in preparation for earnings calls with investors. Early indications are that cord cutting is continuing to gain steam which has cable and satellite providers - and investors - freaking out.
In fact, ATT warned investors this week to expect a loss of almost 400,000 subscribers to its DirecTV service which caused its shares to go down by more than 4%.
Meanwhile, Comcast is hoping to keep the subscriber base of its regional sports network steady by strong-arming smaller cable distributors. The company has asked cable operators to limit access to 'basic' packages to 15% of their subscriber bases or lose access totally, effectively forcing them to put customers on more expensive sports-heavy options.
NEWS: Scammers Still Targeting Cord Cutters with Paid Setup Assistance
With older model ROKU streaming set-top-boxes on clearance, and the newest ones arriving in stores, you or someone you know may be setting up a ROKU or other cord cutting device for the first time.
Sadly, scammers have set up websites and phone numbers in an effort to fleece those who are less familiar with new technology. The scam specifically targets users looking for help activating ROKU and other related devices like Tablo OTA DVRs.
Neither ROKU nor Tablo charges activation fees for device setup, and support is always free so please steer clear any non-official support forums, websites, or phone numbers!
STREAMING: Hallmark Channel Streaming Service Launches
If someone in your life is a fan of feel-good, family-friendly movies and TV shows, you might want to check out Hallmark Movies Now.
The recently re-branded streaming service will feature exclusive streaming-only Hallmark content not available on its cable networks as well as classic 'Hall of Fame' movies. It starts at $5.99/month.
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As usual, there's lots of great FREE TV on this week including:
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
- The CW continues its premiere week with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Jane the Virgin - October 13 @ 8:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Season 2 of the drama The Durrells in Corfu premieres - October 15 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
If you don't have a Tablo yet, be sure to check out our amazing $99 closeout deal on 2-Tuner refurbished units!
CANADIAN CORNER: CRTC Seeks Input on CanCon Distribution in the Digital Age
This week the CRTC started consultations on how Canadian content should be funded and distributed in an age where traditional radio and TV subscriptions are declining.
Canada's laws around this haven't been updated since 1999, leading Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly to state, “In the context of streaming services, our legislation right now doesn’t deal with the reality of the internet." Yeah, we kinda noticed.
So if you want to see the situation to change for cord cutters in Canada so we can access a wider variety of programming from a wider variety of streaming services, please participate in the CRTC consultation. It's as simple as filling out a short online comment form before November 24, 2017.
What types of streaming services would you like to see in Canada? What type of Canadian-developed content do you want to see? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
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