Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're talking about how to make cord cutting easy by combining Over-The-Air TV and streaming TV via Roku.
We've also got a warning about a scam targeting cord cutters, and checking in on Amazon and Apple's feud, hidden gems on subchannels, this week's must-see TV and more!
OK... now let's get to it!
HOW-TO: Enjoy the Best of Live and Streaming TV on Your Roku
It's easier now more than ever to watch what you want, when you want as a cord cutter. By combining free Over-the-Air TV with Tablo and your favorite streaming services like Netflix and Sling TV you can see the most-watched shows on TV today, live or later, at a fraction of the cost.
To make the transition away from cable easy for even the least tech-savvy folks in the family, one of the best ways is to combine OTA and streaming via a Roku streaming set-top-box or Smart TV. Get the scoop on the how-to on the Roku blog!
ALERT: New Scam Targeting Users of Roku & Other Cord Cutting Gear
We've seen a lot of signs that cord cutting is going mainstream, but this one isn't positive. This week Cord Cutters News reported on a scam targeting people who are activating new Roku devices. These same scammers have now also posted content on their 'blog' relating to Tablo DVRs and offering support and troubleshooting 'help' for recording TV with Tablo and Roku... At a price.
Both Tablo and Roku provide free support and there is no cost to 'activate' either device. If you want to avoid these 'scam' websites, it's best to contact a company directly or visit an official corporate website for help.
You can reach Tablo's support gurus at TabloTV.com/support or on Twitter via @TabloSupport. Roku is happy to help with their products at support.roku.com or on Twitter via @RokuSupport.
NEWS: Cablecos Keep Raising Fees to Hide Price Hikes
Speaking of scams... Over the past year we've seen several cable companies jack up fees instead of package base prices to conceal rising prices from consumers. The latest is Denver-based Wide Open West who are now asking customers to pay a 'broadcast TV fee' of $12.65/month for programs they could watch for free with an Over-the-Air TV antenna. Crazy!
Sadly, average consumers don't review their bills closeley or understand that 'broadcast TV fees' are not 'taxes', but just another way for cable companies to recoup operating costs from their customers without having a higher advertised package price than a competitor.
RUMORS: Amazon Video May Be Coming to Apple TV
Rumor has it that Apple and Amazon have reached a truce which would bring an Amazon Video app to the Apple TV sometime this summer. The two companies have been at odds over their competing video ambitions to the detriment of consumers. We'll be sure to keep you posted as this story develops.
Would you be more likely to use or buy an Apple TV if you could watch Amazon content on it? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
GEAR: PBS Launches Cutest Streaming Stick Ever
Over-the-Air TV fans know that PBS is chock full of awesome, educational content for the littlest cord cutters in the house. Although you can record hours of PBS shows for the kiddos with a Tablo OTA DVR, the new PBS Kids Plug n' Play streamer could still be useful for grandma's house or other applications. It's not super versatile, but has the benefit of working without WiFi, being designed for little hands and offering a 'safe' sandbox of content to explore.
Are your young kids trained on using a streaming-set-top box? Do you think this device could be useful? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
WHAT'S ON: Digital Subchannels
What's your favorite digital subchannel? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
One of the great things about Over-The-Air (OTA) television is the fact that a ‘station’ can broadcast multiple programming ‘channels’ over a single master channel frequency. These digital 'subchannels' are often full of awesome classic TV shows and movies.
That's why we've invited cord cutting enthusiast Michael Heiss to periodically pop by the Tablo blog to highlight the channels and programs you should check out. This week, he's talking about ME TV and the classic legal drama Perry Mason.
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!
- Expect a visit from 'Sean Spicer' as Melissa McCarthy hosts Saturday Night Live with musical guest Haim - May 13 @ 11:30 p.m. on NBC/Global
- Pageant watchers can check out the 2017 Miss USA competition - May 14 @ 8:00 p.m. on FOX
- Adapted from the hit Broadway play imagining Prince Charles' ascension to the throne King Charles III premieres - May 14 @ 9:00 p.m. on PBS
- Pup lovers will want to check out new sitcom Downward Dog premiering - May 17 @ 9:30 p.m. on ABC
- Catch the 2-hour season finale of Supernatural as the battle between good and evil rages through its 12th year - May 18 @ 8:00 p.m. on CW
- The NBA and NHL playoffs continue on ABC, NBC and CBC (Go Sens Go!)
(Remember that season finales are treated as 'live' events on Tablo, with an an extra 50% of the run time added to a recording when a tuner is available.)
CANADIAN CORNER: The Handmaid's Tale Coming to Crave TV
Canadian cord cutters hoping to catch the TV adaptation of Margret Atwood's dystopian classic The Handmaid's Tale will be able to catch the series soon on Crave TV. Bravo is the Canadian broadcaster for the show which is available on streaming service Hulu in the US. Crave TV plans to add the show to its lineup after the season finale which is in mid-June.
Do you currently subscribe to Crave TV? Tell us what you think of iton Twitter or Facebook.
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