Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we'll be talking about March Madness, more lies from the cable company, this week's must-see TV and much more...
OK... now let's get to it!
Number of Streaming Subscribers Surpasses Pay-TV Subscribers in US
This week the Consumer Technology Association reported that the percentage of Americans that subscribe to a streaming TV service is up to 68%, slightly higher than the 67% of the country that subscribes to a pay-TV package.
But that doesn't mean we're watching less TV! Viewing hours are actually up 32% from 2011. That stat isn't surprising given that we're living in a period of 'peak TV' and that more streaming video and device selection, as well as a boost in Over-the-Air viewing, are making it easier than ever to watch what you want, when you want and on the device you want.
Have you been watching more TV or less since cutting the cord on cable? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
Liar, Liar Pants on Fire - Cable Company Reps Are At It Again
It's not the first time, or likely the last time, we've heard about reps from cable companies telling tall tales to a customer attempting to cancel their cable service. This week a post on the popular message board Reddit claimed a rep from Spectrum advised them not to cancel because Over-the-Air TV access was ending soon. Cool story bro, but not true at all.
As CordCuttersNews.com explains, many of these reps are contractors who are rewarded for retaining customers so there is no incentive for them to let you walk away without a fight, or apparently a wild story.
When you called to cancel your cable or satellite subscription were you told something that didn't make sense or was downright false? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
Classic Cartoon Streaming Service Announced
If you're itching to revisit your youth or want to introduce your kids to classic cartoons like Scooby Doo, The Jetsons and Looney Tunes, a new streaming service Boomerang is launching this spring. The service will cost $4.99/month and will be available on iOS, Android and the web to start with plans to expand to streaming device platforms post-launch.
It seems like there are niche streaming services like this popping up all the time which is awesome because it allows you to pick and choose the content you want to see. That being said, if saving money was one of your major reasons for cutting the cord, you need to be careful about signing up for so many services that you recreate the bloated bundle you ditched cable for in the first place.
Do you pay for an unusual streaming service? If so, tell us about it and what you love about it on Twitter or Facebook. We might share your answer in an upcoming issue!
How to Watch March Madness as a Cord Cutter
If you're a college hoops fan and want to be able to catch every minute of the March Madness tournament without a cable subscription, check out the 'how-to' guide from the experts at CutCableToday! As with most major sporting events, an Over-the-Air antenna is a critical piece of the puzzle!
Who do you think will win this year's tournament? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
This Week's Must-See OTA TV
Including March Madness, there's lots of great FREE TV on this week including:
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
- Series finale of The Vampire Diaries airs, preceeded by a retrospective Forever Yours - March 10 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW/CTV
- Scarlett Johansson hosts and Lorde performs on a new Saturday Night Live - March 11 @ 11:30 p.m. on NBC/Global
- Emmy-nominated anthology American Crime is back for season 3 - March 12 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Parks & Recreation and The Office fans should check out 'mockumentary' comedy Trial & Error premiering - March 14 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CTV
- Medical Drama Saving Hope returns for season 5 - March 14 @ midnight ET on ION (US) or 10:00 p.m. ET on CTV (Canada)
Cord Cutting Deals of the Week: Refurb Tablo DVRs & Mohu Antennas on Sale
Refurbished 4-Tuner Tablo DVRs are back in stock! Even better, both 2-Tuner and 4-Tuner refurbished Tablos are discounted even more than usual, starting at just $139.99 US (or $179.99 CAD).
This deal won't last so make sure to order yours from Tablo (US STORE / CANADIAN STORE) today!
If you need an antenna to go with your refurbished Tablo and you live within 25 miles of your local broadcast towers, the Mohu Leaf Metro is 40% off on Amazon.
Canadian Corner: Streaming Rights in Canada Are a Legal Minefield
Peter Nowak wrote an excellent piece last week about the minefield that is streaming TV rights in Canada. As a country, Canada is on an intellectual property watchdog's piracy watchlist but experts argue this is due to a lack of legal streaming options, especially after the shuttering of Rogers' service Shomi.
While Canadian content producers and broadcasters currently have a 'use-it-or-lose-it' agreement in place for streaming rights, this will expire later this year based on a CRTC ruling. Moreover, it doesn't apply at all to foreign content producers which is why shows like The Americans and Game of Thrones aren't streamed at all.
What would you like to see happen with the streaming TV landscape in Canada? Do you feel justified in downloading pirated content because of the lack of legal options? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
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