Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we'll be talking about what the OTA TV spectrum auction means for cordcutters like you, and getting a sneak peek at the new Fire TV edition televisions. We'll share our recommended picks from what's coming to Netflix in April, as well as this week's must-see OTA TV and much more!
OK... now let's get to it!
NEWS: FCC Over-The-Air Spectrum Auction Explained
This week the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is wrapping up an auction of spectrum traditionally allocated to Over-the-Air TV. Don't worry - this won't affect the availability of OTA TV and will only require some OTA stations to change the channel frequency on which they broadcast in your local area. In order to continue to see these channels you'll just have to run a new channel scan on your TV or your Tablo OTA DVR.
A list of affected channels will become available in mid-April and we'll be sure to pass that along.
SNEAK PEAK: Details on New Amazon Fire TV Smart TVs Emerging
At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, several TV manufacturers including Westinghouse announced a partnership with Amazon to bring the Amazon Fire TV interface to a new range of Smart TVs. Details are now beginning to emerge through FCC filings and unsurprisingly the new Fire TV Edition televisions seem to be competing directly with those powered by their competitor Roku in terms of style and features.
If you're looking for a new Smart TV, will you be considering one with an Amazon Fire TV interface? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
GEAR: 4th Gen Apple TV Firmware Update Can Break 3rd Party App Airplay
Apple released a firmware update for the 4th generation Apple TV this week which can cause Airplay functionality for some 3rd party apps to break.
Thankfully Tablo has a native app for 4th gen Apple TVs, but if you frequently use Airplay to watch a 3rd party app, you might want to delay installing the upgrade.
Is there an app you use frequently via Airplay? Tell us which one on Twitter or Facebook.
INTERNET: FCC Regulations Blocking Sale of Browsing History to Be Overturned
The US Senate and House of Representatives voted this week to overturn FCC regulations from the Obama Administration which were set to prevent ISPs from selling your personal internet browsing data to marketers. President Trump is expected to sign the legislation.
Opponents are concerned about the sensitive nature of the information in your browsing history, and that using 'private browsing' options like Chrome's incognito mode won't prevent data from being collected. In Canada, ISPs need to have your express consent to share user specific browsing data.
Are you concerned about the sharing of your internet browsing history? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
STREAMING: What's Coming & Going from Netflix in April
A new month means new content on Netflix to supplement all of the great OTA TV you can watch with an antenna. Here are our picks:
- Revel in some favorites from your youth and enjoy Gremlins, Cool Runnings and all three American Tail movies starting April 1st
- Netflix's comedy train keeps rolling with Louis C.K. 2017 starting April 4th
- Patton Oswalt and Felicia Day star sci-fi reboot Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return starting on April 14th
- TV science educator Bill Nye is back too in Bill Nye Saves the World, starting April 21st
See a full list of new US Netflix shows here and a full list of Canadian shows here.
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
Including the March Madness Sweet Sixteen, there's lots of great FREE TV on this week including:
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
- See country's biggest superstars on the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards airing - April 2 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS
- Period drama Call The Midwife returns for season 6 followed by the season 2 premiere of Home Fires - April 2 @ 8:00 p.m. on PBS
- Undead medical student/detective Liv is back for the season 3 premiere of iZombie - April 4 @ 8:30 p.m. ET on CW
- Drama Prison Break is back for a limited 9 episode arc after a seven year hiatus - April 4 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on FOX/CityTV
DEALS: Save $50 on Tablo 4-Tuner OTA DVR
Time is running out on the 4-Tuner Tablo OTA DVR sale! Order yours now before they're back up to full price!
CANADIAN CORNER: Canadians Increasingly Upset Over Lack of Streaming Choice
As the number of streaming services launching south of the border increase, frustration among Canadian cord cutters is growing. Rights to stream programming in Canada are held by Rogers, Bell and Shaw who - as pay TV operators - have little incentive to offer consumers less expensive alternatives to access that content.
There is some light at the end of the tunnel though. Stand-alone services like Netflix are ramping up production of their own content which is distributed globally. Perhaps as competition from streaming services heats up, content owners will be forced to sign agreements that are friendly to international streaming.
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