Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
Today we've got details on how you can watch the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics, even without a cable or satellite TV subscription.
We're also talking about new OTA TV antenna trends, why your Google Home might be breaking your WiFi, this week's must-see shows and much more!
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HOW TO: Watch the 2018 Winter Olympics as a Cord Cutter
Even folks who aren't usually 'sportball' fans love to watch the Olympics. There's just something about cheering on your country that gets even casual viewers excited.
The good news for cord cutters is that you can enjoy all the Olympic action, even without a cable or satellite subscription.
To find out how, check out our guide on the Tablo blog.
NEWS: WiFi Wonky Lately? Your Google Gadgets May Be At Fault
If your WiFi has been going down a lot since you added a Google Home or Chromecast device to your gadget lineup, your ISP or router may not be to blame.
Google has admitted that a software bug is causing some Google Cast-enabled products to inadvertently clobber your home network's router with a tsunami of data when the devices wake from sleep modes. TP-Link Archer C7 routers - which are favored by many cord cutters - were hit particularly hard.
Some router manufacturers have already pushed firmware updates, but a bug fix for Google Cast-enabled devices should also be available from the Google Play store starting today.
Did you run into this issue with Google Cast-enabled devices? Tell us about it on Twitter or Facebook.
NEWS: New OTA History & Science Channel Coming Soon
As the popularity of Over-the-Air TV increases, new OTA subchannels are popping up all the time. Later this month, cord cutters in 25 cities across the US can start watching Quest TV.
Brought to you by the company behind the Justice Network, the channel will include shows you may remember from Discovery and History channels like Life After People, Storm Chasers, and Sci-Trek.
And remember, unless you perform regular channel scans on your TV (or your Tablo) you may be missing out on new Over-the-Air programming, or even networks you watch regularly if they've moved as many will be doing between now and 2020.
(Tablo Tip - To perform a new channel scan, go to the web app at my.tablotv.com then select Settings > Edit channel lineup > Rescan> Add to guide.)
GEAR: The 'Hidden' TV Antenna Trend
While Over-the-Air antennas are much more aesthetically pleasing these days, some new cord cutters still wish they could hide their antennas. Unfortunately, squirreling it away behind your TV or in another obscured spot can severely impact reception.
Perhaps this is why companies like Antennas Direct and RCA seem to be embedding antenna technology into things you might already have in your living room, like picture frames and roller blinds.
If you live near your local broadcast towers, these types of TV antennas might be a good fit. However, those living further away will need to be more concerned about antenna performance, power, and placement to ensure consistent reception.
In that case, using a Tablo DVR to stream OTA TV from an antenna in a less conspicuous location - like a spare bedroom or the attic - is a great option.
Where does your OTA TV antenna live? Have any tips for 'camouflaging' without impacting reception? Tell us about it on Twitter or Facebook.
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
Along with AFC and NFC championship games, this week there's lots more great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna including:
- Award-winning actress Jessica Chastain hosts Saturday Night Live - January 20 @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- The Jaguars take on the Patriots in the NFL's AFC Championship game - January 21 @ 3:00 p.m. ET on CBS/CTV
- Followed by the Vikings vs. the Eagles in the NFL's NFC Championship - January 21 @ 6:30 p.m. on FOX/CTV
- Then stay tuned for the premiere of the new medical drama The Resident - January 21 @ 10:00 p.m. on FOX/CityTV
- Former Today show host Ann Curry's new public affairs show We'll Meet Again recounts modern American history from those affected by key events - January 23 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Wondering if your fav NFLer has talent off the field? Check out the special MVP: Most Valuable Performer - January 25 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
CANADIAN CORNER: Rogers Now Implicated in Customer Service Fiasco
This week Rogers has been implicated in widespread reports of high-pressure sales tactics in Canada's telecom industry.
Just today, an ongoing CBC investigation revealed even more details directly from Rogers employees about managers turning a blind eye to unethical customer service practices with the sole goal of generating more revenue.
If you or a vulnerable person in your family still have services with one of Canada's major telecom companies, please check your billing thoroughly and ask plenty of questions before and after making any account changes. Or better yet, find a small local ISP and make the switch.
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