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We're also talking about the mysterious source behind new TV streaming services, the future of 4K antenna TV, what's new on Netflix, must-see OTA TV, and more!
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NEWS: Roku Debuts Budget-Priced 4K Streamers
The folks at Roku introduced two new streaming devices earlier this week: the Roku Premiere and Premiere+. Both devices are capable of streaming 4K content when available and start as low as $40.
If your primary Roku streaming device is a 'numbered' Roku, it may be time for an upgrade as these are now several generations old and don't include some of the handy features (like TV power & volume buttons), processing power, or speeds of newer units.
However, at such a low price there are a few compromises for the new Roku Premieres compared the more expensive options in their lineups - namely older, slower 802.11b/g/n WiFi and no support for fancy-pants HDR video and Dolby Atmos Surround Sound.
While you may not care about Dolby Atmos or HDR, the faster 801.11 a/c WiFi on the Roku Streaming Stick/Streaming Stick+ is probably worth the upgrade, especially for a primary TV.
Still not sure? Compare different Roku models to find the options and price point that best suits your needs.
ICYMI: The Future of 4K Over-the-Air TV
Speaking of 4K... While we were on hiatus last week, our friends at CordCuttersNews published a guest post we wrote on the future of 4K antenna TV.
While ultra-high definition 4K television is one of the biggest buzzwords you'll see being touted by television manufacturers and streaming device makers, there really isn't a lot of content available in that resolution.
In fact, there's NO commercial Over-the-Air broadcasts available in 4K and it may be years before consumers can access the new ATSC 3.0 4K signals, let alone purchase the equipment required to view them. (There is a limited amount of streaming TV content in 4K, but it requires a pretty hefty internet connection to deliver without buffering.)
For at least the next five years - if not more - cord cutters can continue to enjoy live, local broadcast TV in 720 or 1080 HD resolution for the bargain basement price of $0. Hard to beat that kind of deal so it's best not to delay cord cutting to wait for 4K OTA.
Interested in learning more about ATSC 3.0? Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our blog series on this new broadcast TV standard.
NEWS: The Secret Source of New Low-Cost Streaming Services
If you follow the cord cutting industry closely (like we do!) you may have noticed a slew of new, low-cost streaming services popping up under names like SkystreamTV, TikiLive, and even being resold by more well-known tech vendors.
Many eagle-eyed folks noticed that the channel lineups and restrictions of these services seemed oddly identical.
Turns out there's a reason... They're all getting content from a mysterious company called Omniverse.
While the licensing paperwork does seem to exist to enable legal online access to these television channels for now, the folks at TechHive argue it's best to work with a more mainstream provider.
If you need to watch ESPN or FOX News without cable, not only will services like Sling TV provide a more user-friendly interface but proven longevity and ability to negotiate directly with broadcasters if need be.
STREAMING: What's New on Netflix
Alongside all of the free TV you can watch with an antenna, check out our picks for great shows and movies on Netflix for you to enjoy in October:
- In a Halloween kind of mood? Check out Blade, Blade II, The Green Mile, or The Shining
- Want a comedy instead? Check out the Monty Python classics The Meaning of Life and Life of Brian or Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles
- Revisit your youth and stream the family favorite The Neverending Story or cult-classic Empire Records
- Don't miss season 2 of Netflix original hits Making a Murderer and Big Mouth or season 3 of Daredevil
- Canadians can also check out the latest Halloween movie, as well as the Scary Movie and Scream franchise movies
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
In the thick of premiere season, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Last Man Standing returns from cancellation - September 28 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX
- With a fabulous cast and produced by the team behind It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, don't miss the premiere of the new comedy Cool Kids - September 28 @ 8:30 p.m. ET on FOX
- MacGuyver, Hawaii Five-0, and Blue Bloods all return for a new season - September 28 starting @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global/CTV
- Season 44 of Saturday Night Live begins with host Adam Driver and musical guest Kanye West - September 29 @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Long-running animated series The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, and Family Guy return for new seasons - September 30 starting @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX/CityTV
- New Girl fans won't want to miss the new comedies The Neighborhood (starring Max Greenfield) and Happy Together (starring Damon Wayans Jr.) - October 1 starting @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
- Criminal Minds and SEAL TEAM return for new seasons - October 3 starting @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global/CTV
- Comedies Superstore and Will & Grace return - October 4 starting @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
With fall premiere season in full swing, don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING filter on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record!
CANADIAN CORNER: New Kids Content Coming to Crave TV
Earlier this month, Bell announced a partnership with WOW! Unlimited Media that will bring more than 200 hours of kids programming to its Crave TV streaming service.
Titles coming to Crave include all four seasons of the classic Reboot, Class of the Titans, and stuff for really wee ones including Ella The Elephant and The Adventures of Paddington Bear.
Crave TV is also slowly rolling out a much-needed redesign of its interface.
Still no Roku app though. Womp womp.
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