Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're talking about common mistakes people make in their cord-cutting journey and how to avoid them.
Also: how-to integrate cord cutting into your Smart Home setup, an update on the Sinclair/Tribune merger, this week's must-see OTA TV, and more!
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HOW (NOT) TO: Common Mistakes New Cord Cutters Make
If you're just starting out in your cord cutting journey, or still contemplating making the leap, the folks at Cord Cutters News have put together a list of common mistakes to avoid.
Even though the vast majority of consumers are happy with their decision to ditch cable, sidestepping these blunders can save you a lot of time, money, and aggravation along the way.
Did you you make an 'oops' when you cut the cord? Tell us what you did and how you 'fixed' it on Twitter or Facebook.
HOW TO: Integrate Cord Cutting with Smart Home Tech
We all know cord cutting is the future of TV. But what if your home setup is even MORE futuristic?
This week on the Tablo blog, Carlo from Florida stops by to tell us about how cord cutting and his Tablo OTA DVR fit into his full-fledged Smart Home.
Get the scoop on the gear and software wizardry he's used to create a fully automated and connected home, and why ditching outdated cable company technology was an important step in that process.
NEWS: Tribune/Sinclair Merger Called Off
As of yesterday, the proposed Sinclair/Tribune merger is officially off the table.
And Tribune is NOT happy - filing a $1B suit against Sinclair, claiming they violated the terms of the merger agreement and failed to make a good-faith effort to comply with regulatory requirements of the deal.
The deal's implosion isn't surprising given the FCC voted last month to send the merger to an administrative law judge for a hearing, citing Sinclair's failure to adequately divest itself of stations that would contravene FCC ownership requirements.
Tribune is still looking to sell its assets though and there are many other deals on the go (like Raycom/Gray), so your local TV news station may still come under new ownership in the coming months.
NEWS: Consumer Reports Says People Hate Their Cable Providers
Consumer Reports' most recent survey shows 62% of people are dissatisfied with their Pay TV providers. (Shocking, we know!)
Larger cable providers like Optimum, Spectrum, and Comcast received worse ratings from customers than smaller, regional operators, so if you feel like you MUST keep cable (whyyyyyyyyy?) try to go with the little guys.
But expect to keep paying a massive monthly bill with ever-increasing wacky fees. Consumers now pay on average $186-$200 for a triple-play package.
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As usual, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Canadians can enjoy the Little League Baseball semifinals and championships - August 10-11 on CBC
- See third & final round action in the 2018 PGA Championship - August 11-12 on CBS
- Tune into the Jr. NBA World Championship including Boys & Girls teams from the US and abroad - August 11-12 on FOX
- Catch the Teen Choice 2018 Awards hosted by Nick Cannon - August 12 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX
CANADIAN CORNER: DAZN Licenses NFL Broadcast Rights to Cablecos
After a rough first season, sports streaming service DAZN has sub-licensed some of its NFL content to Canadian cable providers in an effort to appease sports fans.
DAZN claims they've made significant investments and done extensive testing over the summer to provide a smoother experience for customers this fall, but wanted to give consumers the option of watching Sunday Ticket via alternative (albeit more expensive) means.
Are you an NFL fan? Are you giving DAZN another shot this season? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
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