Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're taking about holiday TV, mesh WiFi, rising cable/satellite TV costs and much more...
Let's get to it!
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Holiday TV Specials - Week of December 9th
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:
- December 10, 8 p.m. ET - Mary Poppins - ABC
- December 11, 8 p.m. ET - Frozen - ABC
- December 14, 8 p.m. ET - A Pentatonix Christmas Special - NBC
- December 15, 8 p.m. ET - iHeartRadio Jingle Ball - CW/CTV
If you're in Canada, you can enjoy some of the shows above as well as:
- December 9, 8 p.m. ET - Elf - CBC
- December 11, 5 p.m. ET - Beauty & the Beast: the Enchanted Christmas, CBC
- December 11, 6:30 p.m. ET - Mickey's A Christmas Carol, CBC
- December 12, 8 p.m. ET - Once Upon a Murdoch Christmas, CBC
- December 13, 8 p.m. ET - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, CBC
- December 14, 8 p.m. ET - Scrooged, CBC
DirectTV, Comcast Raising Prices
If you still haven't cut the cord and you're a DirectTV or Comcast customer, you might want to plan to axe your service before January. Comcast is boosting prices and fees starting on the 1st, and DirectTV's rates are slated to go up $2-$6 per month starting on the 22nd. Both companies are also increasing fees for regional sports and broadcast TV.
If you're looking to avoid these price hikes and get started on cutting the cord, check out our how-to guide.
Reviews: Mesh WiFi Gadgets
While hard-wiring your entire ecosystem of cord cutting products will always give you the fastest and most stable connections for streaming video, sometimes Ethernet just isn't possible without causing a tripping hazard or punching holes in walls.
A good quality WiFi router is usually enough for most homes, but if you have a larger home or are struggling with spotty WiFi in certain rooms, a WiFi Mesh product might be for you. Luckily the folks at ArsTechnica recently put some of the most popular WiFi Mesh options through their paces.
Have you tried any of these products as an alternative to Ethernet or Powerline Ethernet adapters? Let us know via Twitter or Facebook.
LAST CALL - FREE Antenna Blowout!
After our huge Black Friday blowout sale we found a few more indoor antennas left in our stash. While supplies last, indoor Over-the-Air antennas on our US webstore (which are regularly $39.99) are FREE. Just pay $12 for shipping!
These antennas are designed for people living within 25 miles of local broadcast towers and make a great gift!
Get yours before they disappear forever!
Canadian Corner: Cable TV is About to be Disrupted, and the CRTC Knows It
The CRTC recently renewed TV provider licences for a single year, as opposed to the usual 7 year renewal window. Media policy expert Irene Berkowitz recently posited in the Globe & Mail that the CRTC did so because they recognize the incredible amount of change the industry is undergoing.
"Big disruptions tend to progress exponentially, not linearly, meaning their impact doubles every year or so," said Berkowitz. "As often observed about transformative change, it happens very slowly, then all at once. In this climate, renewing TV licences for seven years could be like renewing for 128 (seven doublings of one)."
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