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Cord Cutting This Week - Hot New TV Tech Is Being Unveiled At The Consumer Electronics Show... But Should You Buy It Now?

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Happy New Year Cord Cutters!

Since Cord Cutting This Week began three and a half years ago, the world of streaming and Over-the-Air TV technology has changed SO MUCH. We anticipate 2020 will bring even more change, new gadgets, and new services.  

So thanks again for trusting us to deliver the news you need to make the best cord cutting choices for your family!


This week we're looking at the hot new TV tech coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show and whether it's worth it to upgrade now.

Also: Q&A on watching cable news as a cord cutter, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more. 

As always, if you know of someone who might need some insight or help with cutting the cord on cable or satellite, please forward our newsletter, or use the handy share buttons at the top of this email. 

OK... now let's get to it!   
 
 


NEWS: 8K and ATSC 3.0-Capable TVs Announced at CES 
 
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Every January companies from around the world head to the massive Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to show off the latest and greatest in technology innovation.

Among weirder offerings including a toilet paper delivery robot and an app that shows the 'thoughts' of root vegetables, brand new TVs featuring bleeding-edge technology like rotating screens, 8K picture quality and support for the new ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard were unveiled.

But do you need to spend big bucks — think $30,000 USD — for these features today? The experts say no.

It will be years before ATSC 3.0 content is widely available, despite the aggressively optimistic 'end of 2020' time frames being touted by the Next-Gen TV folks. And with 4K content still far from mainstream, it could be another 5-10 years before you stream an episode of your favorite series in 8K.

As for the rotating screen... well, I personally prefer my TVs to be in landscape mode but what do I know?
 
 

 
Q&A: How Do I Get Cable News Without Cable?
 
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Send us your most pressing cord cutting questions via email so we can answer them in an upcoming issue.

Today's question comes from Roger who says, "With the election later this year and what's happening in the Middle East, I'm wondering if I should delay cutting the cord until after November so I can watch cable news... Is there a way to stream it?"

The world is a complex place and it seems like there's a major breaking news story with global impact happening every day. For newshounds like Roger, a local or national evening broadcast newscast may not cut it.

Thankfully access to 24/7 cable news networks became a lot simpler and cheaper over the last few weeks.

In late December, Sling TV announced changes to their streaming TV packages which moved MSNBC and HLN out of the 'news extra package' and into the main Sling Blue package which now also includes FOX News.

CNN has been available on both Sling Blue and Sling Orange since launch.

So no matter what your cable news network of choice is, you can tune in live for as little as $30/month and enjoy access to additional cable-only channels not available Over-the-Air.      

Have a question about cord cutting that you'd like answered? Send us a note and you may see your question in an upcoming issue of Cord Cutting This Week! 
 
 



SHORT CUTS: TechHive Award for Tablo, ATSC 3.0 at CES, & More
 
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Most weeks there's more news than we can cram into this email. Thankfully 'short cuts' delivers the cord-cutting news and deals we didn't have room for, including: 
 

 

WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As always, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
 
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  • Catch the premiere of the new drama series Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector - January 10th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CityTV
     
  • Canadians can enjoy the new series You Can't Ask That which addresses the awkward and inappropriate questions often asked of those living with a disability - January 10th @ 8:30 p.m. ET on CBC
     
  • Check out the new miniseries based on an unfinished Jane Austen novel Sanditon - January 12th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
     
  • DC's Legends of Tomorrow returns for season 5 - January 14th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CW
     
  • Enjoy the new documentary adventure series Expedition With Steve Backshall - January 15th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS
     
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record! 
 
 

 
 
CANADIAN CORNER: Kids' Series Featuring Snoop Dogg Coming to CBC 
 
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A new sci-fi series aimed at kids and featuring the voice of rapper Snoop Dogg is coming to the CBC Gem streaming service.

Utopia Falls — which focuses on teens using the power of music and dance to spark change in their futuristic society — will begin streaming on February 14th and is available free with ads, or for $4.99/month without.  

 
  

 
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