Happy Friday & Happy St. Patrick's Day Cord Cutters!
This week we'll be talking about Roku tips & tricks, regional sports fees, PBS budget cuts, this week's must-see TV and much more...
OK... now let's get to it!
Tablo + 4 Other Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Roku
More than half of Tablo customers use Roku players and Roku TVs to watch live and recorded TV through the Tablo Roku channel. But there’s so much more you can do on the Roku platform! This week Melissa from the Roku team stopped by the Tablo blog with some tips and tricks to make your Roku streaming experience better than ever!
PBS On the Chopping Block in US Federal Budget
While it's not really a surprise, this week the White House released a proposed budget which would totally eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting which partially funds PBS and NPR. At today's funding rate, this amounts to $1.35 per citizen, per year.
"Small and rural stations serving underserved populations would be the first to feel that impact and would be hit hardest," Anne Brachman, CPB's VP of government affairs, told Forbes.
Are you concerned about what this could mean for your local PBS station? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
Get An OTA Antenna Installed... By Amazon?
If you live in the US, you can order just about anything from the good folks at Amazon. And that now includes installation of Over-the-Air antennas! Even though outdoor antenna installation can be a fairly simple DIY job (especially if you're reusing some existing infrastructure), there are many who would say $220 - $250 US would be money well spent to not have to climb on the roof or break out some power tools.
Did you install your outdoor antenna yourself or did you hire a pro? Have someone local you'd recommend? Share your story with us on Twitter or Facebook.
Today in Crazy Pay TV Charges: Regional Sports Fees (Un)Explained
Sleuthing from The Consumerist revealed that DirectTV customers could pay anywhere from $0 to $7.29 a month (or $87.48 a year) to get the same exact sports networks and watch the same exact teams as their neighbors. Not really surprising as Comcast is already being sued for billing practices around this fee, but when asked all DirectTV could come up with was, “[Regional sports network] content and thus the costs charged by providers vary significantly by ZIP code.”
*Insert eyeroll here*
While there is a decent outcome for this story - DirectTV's parent company AT&T finally admitted billing errors and will be issuing credits - it's unclear whether this would have happened at all without consumer complaints, media coverage and pressure from subscriber losses from cord cutting.
If you're still paying for cable or satellite, it's past time to cut the cord... or at least call your provider to ask them to explain the hundreds of dollars in fees you're paying.
Did you experience billing errors or oddities when you paid for cable or satellite? 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!
- Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals returns for season 4 - March 17 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Documentary Truth & Lies: The Family Manson premieres - March 17 @ 9:00 p.m. on ABC
- Mr. T will pity the fool who doesn't tune in to the season 24 premiere of Dancing With The Stars - March 20 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Supported by an all-star cast including Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss and Sanaa Lathan, drama series Shots Fired premieres - March 22 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX/CityTV
Cord Cutting Deals of the Week: Mohu Antennas on Sale
If you've been meaning to try Over-the-Air TV, there's no better time than right now. All Mohu antennas are on sale and start at just $14.99 US.
Pair that with a refurbished 2-Tuner or 4-Tuner Tablo DVR (which are also on sale) and you're ready to say goodbye to cable forever! Order yours from Tablo (US STORE / CANADIAN STORE) today!
Canadian Corner: Cord Cutting In Canada Accelerates
Despite the advent of 'skinny basic' packages, Canadians are still leaving cable and satellite providers in droves. A new report shows over 200,000 Canadians said goodbye to expensive bills in 2016 and that cord cutting actually accelerated by 13% in the two quarters after 'skinny basic' packages were launched.
Did you look into 'skinny basic' and decide to cut the cord on cable anyways? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
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