Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we've got the goods on how to watch the NHL Playoffs as a cord cutter.
We've also got some cord cutting gear news, the top free (and paid) streaming channel suggestions, this week's must-see OTA TV and more!
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HOW TO: Watch the NHL Playoffs as a Cord Cutter
The awesome action of the NHL Playoffs is almost enough to make you consider getting cable again. But there’s no need for that! You can watch a huge chunk of this year’s NHL playoff action for free with an Over-the-Air TV antenna.
On the Tablo blog, our friends at Cordcutting.com have all the details on how to catch the road to the Cup without cable.
GEAR: New & Upcoming (?) Gear from Google, Mohu & Vizio
As seen on 9to5Google, images scraped from an FCC filing this week revealed a new 4K dongle streamer emblazoned with a Google logo. The form factor is reminiscent of the latest Amazon Fire TV 4K dongle, and comes with a remote. Since this is a very early sneak peek, no pricing or release date is available. However, this could be the first Google-branded streamer since the discontinued Nexus Player.
This week Mohu also added a new antenna to its lineup - the Mohu Blade. Much like its 'mudflap' predecessors, the antenna is super thin but has a much more stylish design, intended to be seen and not hidden. It can be mounted on the wall, or perched on a table thanks to its optional 'kickstand'. The Blade has a 40-mile range and is $49.99 US.
After famously removing TV tuners from most of its 'displays' in 2017, TV manufacturer Vizio is cozying up to cord cutters by returning antenna connections to their entire lineup. Although the company says that a small percentage of consumers watch Over-the-Air TV, people who have cut the cord on cable value the ability to watch antenna TV on their TV. (Surprise!)
STREAMING: Best Roku Channels According to Roku Customers
Roku is consistently most popular streaming device with cord cutters because they're easy to use, affordable, and have an incredibly wide selection of 'apps' which they call channels.
They recently surveyed their customers to ask about their favorite FREE and paid streaming channels which provide so much content that even the most die-hard TV fans will never miss cable. Check out the full list here!
What's your favorite free streaming channel on Roku? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
Along with the NHL Playoffs, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna including:
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
- NBA Basketball playoff action continues - April 14 & 15 @ 3:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Canadians can catch the Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling - April 14 & 15 @ 3:30 p.m. & 12:30 p.m. ET on CBC
- Catch the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Reba McEntire - April 15 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS
- In advance of the publication of his memoir, former FBI director James Comey sits down with George Stephanopoulos in the special A Higher Loyalty - April 15 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Liev Schreiber narrates the 9 part series Civilizations that looks at how art and artists have shaped human culture - April 17 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Supernatural drama The Originals returns for season 5 - April 18 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CW
CANADIAN CORNER: Telecom Ombudsman Flooded with Complaints
Canada's Commission for Complaints for Telecom-television Services is having to hire additional staff to manage the flood of complaints against Bell, Rogers, Telus, and more. Between August of 2017 and January of this year, complaints to the commission increased by 73% when compared to the same period in the previous year.
While increased consumer awareness of the Commission is certainly partially to blame for the surge, the content of the complaints certainly shows there are issues with incorrect billing, poor service and more.
Have you filed a complaint with the CCTS? If so, was it resolved to your satisfaction? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
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