Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
Welcome to our first issue of 2019! And WOW, it is JAM PACKED with details about the cool new cord-cutting tech coming out this week's Consumer Electronics Show, including the new Tablo QUAD OTA DVR!
Also: Roku vs. Amazon, cord cutting Q&A, must-see OTA TV and more.
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NEWS: Tablo Unveils New Tablo QUAD, Commercial Skip Feature
The team from Tablo HQ was in Las Vegas this week to unveil two new things that should make Tablo fans excited:
Check out the Tablo blog for details including availability and pricing and our press page for coverage of the announcements.
Here are a few highlights:
- “Nuvyyo, the makers of the Tablo OTA DVR aimed at cord cutters who want to watch and record live TV, just gave their DVR a big upgrade.” - TechCrunch
- “This is clever: Tablo is using the cloud to remove commercials from its DVRs for cord cutters.” – Variety
- “The best cord-cutting DVR for most people gets better with new hardware and software.” – TechHive
- “(Tablo) uses a cloud-based system that marries algorithms and machine learning to help you enjoy an ad-free experience without lifting a finger.” – Engadget
- "... what if recorded TV ads skipped themselves, automatically, and without any intervention on the part of the viewer? Well, that would make watching DVR-based recordings almost as good as watching Netflix." - Digital Trends
And check out this video from Cord Cutters News to get a hands-on first look at the new Tablo QUAD and commercial skip feature:
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NEWS: Battle for Streaming Supremacy Heats Up
Roku and Amazon are competing hard for control over your TV.
Both are pursuing strategies focused on offering low-cost, low-margin hardware and partnering with TV manufacturers to get their interface on as many screens as they can.
For several years it looked like Roku was winning the war. Earlier this week Roku shares surged on its announcement of 40% year-over-year growth in active accounts - a total of 27 million.
Then, for the first time ever, Amazon gave specific active account numbers of its own - 30 million and growing.
As cord cutting continues to grow faster than expected in 2019, this war is just going to keep heating up. In fact, just yesterday Amazon announced a new free streaming service called Freedrive in partnership with IMDB, which is similar to the Roku Channel announced in September.
However, the advantage is still on Roku's side since you can access most of Freedrive's content via the Amazon Prime app on Roku.
What's your favorite streaming TV device - Roku or Amazon Fire TV? Or are you a devotee of Apple or Android? Tell us why on Twitter or Facebook!
SHORT CUTS: Dispatches from the Consumer Electronics Show
Some weeks there's more news than we can cram into this email. Thankfully 'short cuts' delivers the cord cutting news and deals we don't have room for, including:
Q&A: How Do I Add an App to my Streaming Device?
This week's question comes from Barb who says, "My daughter bought me a subscription to the BritBox streaming service for Christmas but I don't see the app for it on my Roku... Do I need to buy a different device to use my gift?"
Smart TVs and streaming devices come pre-loaded with a handful of popular apps like Netflix. But just because you don't see an app (or a channel as Roku calls them) on your device's home screen, doesn't necessarily mean it's not available.
Both Roku and Amazon have two main ways to add apps to your device - by searching for the app on the device itself (using your device's remote) or via your Roku or Amazon account online.
Apple and Android have specific sections on their devices (the 'Apple 'App Store' and the 'Google Play Store) where you can search for and download new apps.
Once you locate the app or channel search section on your device, just type in the name of the app you're looking for and select 'download' or 'add'. Apps that require subscriptions (like BritBox and Netflix) may require you to log in or provide additional information once the app is downloaded.
Once you've taken those steps you'll be ready to start streaming your shows!
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WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
Along with many prime time favorites returning from break, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Based on a best-selling trilogy of books, check out the premiere of sci-fi drama The Passage - January 14 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on FOX
- Learn about the history of the Everglades in the first episode of season 31 of American Experience - January 15 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Check out the premiere of Roswell, New Mexico a semi-reboot of a previous 'WB' hit - January 15 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CW
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: Bell Wants to Track Your Every Move
In December, Bell started asking customers for permission to track "everything they do with their home and mobile phones, internet, television, apps or any other services they get through Bell or its affiliates."
While companies like Facebook and Google already do this, they do so in return for a service like a place to post pictures of your dog or free email.
Bell is only promising more targeted advertising in return for valuable, sensitive, and personal information. Um.... thanks but no thanks!
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