Happy Holidays Cord Cutters!
This will be our last newsletter of 2019! But don't worry, we'll be back with all of the latest cord cutting news, deals, and more in January.
This week we're looking at the perennial Roku versus Fire TV platform debate.
Also: Q&A on roof versus attic mounts for your TV antenna, last minute gift deals, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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THIS OR THAT: Which Platform Is Best? Roku or Fire TV
Across North America, streaming TV players are likely already gift wrapped and under the tree.
But if you still have some last minute shopping to do, or are planning to gift yourself a new streamer in the New Year, you might be debating whether to buy a Roku, or a Fire TV.
There are pros and cons to both platforms which is why TechHive has looked at some key features and differences to help you make the best choice for your 2020 cord cutting plans.
Q&A: Will My TV Antenna Work Better On My Roof or In My Attic?
Send us your most pressing cord cutting questions via email so we can answer them in an upcoming issue.
Today's question comes from Suzette who asks, "Is it better for the antenna to be installed outside or in the attic? There are a couple of stations that I can not access with my antenna on my roof."
In general, Over-the-Air TV antennas should be mounted as high as possible and with the best line-of-sight to your local broadcast towers. This is why your best bet for optimal reception is to mount your antenna outdoors on your roof.
Unless you have a radiant heat barrier or a metal roof installed on your home, the attic is a perfectly acceptable location to install an 'outdoor' antenna. However, the layers of roofing material will cause a marginal reduction in your overall signal strength.
So, it's unlikely that moving her antenna from outside to her attic will help Suzette improve reception and get those missing channels.
However, there are other things she can do to attempt to pick up those channels as long as she's within range (~70 miles or 113 kilometers) of the towers broadcasting those stations including:
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SHORT CUTS: Win a Tablo DVR, Last-Minute Holiday Deals, & More
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:
- Catch the special Celebrating Marvel's Stan Lee - December 20th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Eddie Murphy hosts and Lizzo performs on Saturday Night Live - December 21st @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Enjoy The Price Is Right At Night: A Holiday Extravaganza with the Cast of Seal Team - December 22nd @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS/CityTV
- Followed by A Home for the Holidays with Idina Menzel - December 22nd @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS
- Take a look back with the news special The Year: 2019 - December 22nd @ 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Catch The Price Is Right At Night: A Holiday Extravaganza With Seth Rogen - December 23rd @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS
- Learn about the origins of some Christmas traditions on Lucy Worsley's 12 Days of Tudor Christmas - December 25th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Enjoy the Call The Midwife holiday special - December 25th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING and TV SHOWS > GENRE > HOLIDAY filters on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record!
CANADIAN CORNER: Stack TV Offers Live Cable Streaming
While American cord cutters still have many more options for live TV streaming, there are now a handful of choices for those North of the border including Stack TV.
Created by Corus Entertainment, Stack TV offers both live streams and on-demand content from channels like Adult Swim, History, and Slice for $12.99/month.
Get more details and a review of the service on MobileSyrup.
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