Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
Wow! This was a BIG week for the cord cutting movement! The number of people embracing cutting the cord on cable and satellite is exploding. There are new devices, services, and channels launching... Good thing you've got Cord Cutting This Week to help you keep tabs on it all!
This week we're taking a closer look at the latest stats on cord cutting... We've also got the dirt on the new Apple TV, a new OTA sports channel, and as always this week's must-see TV!
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NEWS: Cord Cutting Growing Faster than Previous Estimates
New research out this week shows that 22 million Americans will have canceled cable by the end of 2017, which is up 33% from last year's totals. The number of 'cord nevers' (people who've never subscribed to traditional pay TV) is up as well.
This trend is also reflected in new figures on the number of homes that rely on Over-the-Air TV, which is up 41% over the past 5 years. Antenna manufacturers are ramping up production to meet the demand, and retailers are creating cord-cutting specific sections within stores.
Are you still waiting to cut the cord? If so, tell us why you still haven't made the leap via Twitter or Facebook.
NEWS: New 4K HDR Apple TV Announced
At its latest product event this week, Apple announced the 5th generation Apple TV which includes support for 4K and HDR, and a higher price tag of $179. While some industry watchers feel that this update still leaves Apple TV far behind its key competitors, others think its commitments to offer 4K movies at the same price as those in HD, and the addition of live sports will allow it to dramatically increase sales.
What do you think of the latest Apple TV? Worth the price, or are you not impressed? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
NEWS: Not Into 'Sportball'? New Streaming Service Aimed at You
The reason why cable and satellite and even some of the newer cable-style streaming services are so expensive, is the cost to carry sports channels like ESPN. For those of you who aren't fans of 'sportball' you may be interested in the new service called Philo that Viacom, Discovery, Scrips, and AMC are planning to launch.
Details are scarce still as the service is just entering beta, but word on the street is that it'll be less than $20 and include channels like HGTV, AMC, and History.
WHAT'S ON: New OTA Channel Stadium Launches in 57 US Markets
For those of you who LOVE sports, there's a new Over-the-Air TV network called Stadium currently available in about 40% of the US. The new network will broadcast live college and high school games, as well as highlights.
A list of the markets Stadium is available in can be found here, but don't worry if your city isn't on the list yet as there are plans for aggressive expansion over the coming months.
Remember - you will likely need to perform a new channel scan on your Tablo (or your TV if you're not using Tablo) to receive any new OTA channels as they come online. So make sure to run one every few months!
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As fall TV season ramps up, there's lots of great FREE TV on this week including:
- Country music fans will want to tune in to the 11th Annual ACM Honors - September 15 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on on CBS
- See your favorite TV stars bring home hardware during the 69th Prime Time Emmy Awards hosted by Stephen Colbert - September 17 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS/CTV
- Or check out the premiere of Ken Burns' 10-part documentary series The Vietnam War - September 17 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Dancing With the Stars is back for its 25th season - September 18 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CityTV
- Don't miss the special The Paley Center Salutes the Best of Will & Grace before the celebrated sitcom makes its return this fall - September 19 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC
- One of last fall's breakout hits The Good Place returns for season 2 - September 20 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Superhero drama Gotham is back for season 4 - September 21 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX/CTV
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
CANADIAN CORNER: NFL & DAZN Working Together to Solve Streaming Issues
Canada's newest streaming service DAZN is said to be working closely with the NFL to fix the issues customers faced during week 1 of the season. Hopefully the service can get things right before this Sunday's matchups because despite the problems, DAZN has been popular with sports fans because its pricing is much more affordable than traditional cable or satellite options.
Did you have issues streaming the game on DAZN last weekend? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
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