Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're talking about whether your Smart TV can actually get a computer virus...
Also: Q&A on cord cutting house calls, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS: Samsung Reminds Users to Scan for Malware on Smart TVs
In a since-deleted tweet, Samsung helpfully reminded owners of its Smart TVs to periodically scan for malware using tools built-in to the television's operating system.
That led to a raft of blowback against the company and on the concept of Smart TVs as a whole, with some even lamenting the difficulty of finding a 'dumb TV' to buy.
As the Verge editor notes, 'dumb' TVs are often more expensive than their 'Smart' counterparts, but they can still be found if you look hard enough.
And looking certainly isn't easy... A quick check of the Best Buy, Walmart, and Amazon sites allow you to easily filter for Smart TVs and even Smart TV operating systems, there were no 'dumb TV' 'sort' options that could help buyers.
If you have a Smart TV already, should you be concerned about your TV being infected with malicious code? TechHive says no, unless you're doing things that are out of the norm like sideloading apps or plugging infected USB keys into your TV.
Did you make a conscious decision to buy a dumb TV? Tell us why on Twitter or Facebook.
Q&A: How Can I Get a 'Cord Cutting House Call'?
Send us your most pressing cord cutting questions via email so we can answer them in an upcoming issue.
Today's question comes from Sandra who says, "I've done a bunch of reading about this cut the cord thing, but I'm not a techy so it's confusing. Is there a person I can call to tell me what I need and then come set it up?"
While cord cutting technology is more accessible and consumer-friendly than ever before, folks like Sandra who are nervous about new gadgets may feel like they're stuck with cable TV.
But there are alternatives beyond calling on a tech-savvy family member for help including:
- Best Buy's Geek Squad - Best Buy stores offer a Cord Cutting Service starting at $129.99 US, where a service team member will install an indoor Over-the-Air TV antenna and streaming media device in your home.
- DISH OnTech - Yes, the satellite TV guys are keeping their techs busy by installing OTA TV antennas (for $149.99 US), Roku streaming devices, and other Smart Home devices. And no, you don't have to be a DISH or SlingTV customer to use their services.
- Cord Cutting Consultants - With the growth in cord cutting, enterprising local tech experts have launched their own consultancies to assist folks with choosing and installing cord cutting gear. To find one in your area, try Googling "cord cutting consultant + your city". You may also have luck with local home theater installation companies.
Even though these services aren't free, the cash you'll save by cancelling cable will still outweigh their fees.
Have a question about cord cutting that you'd like answered? Send us a note and you may see your question in an upcoming issue of Cord Cutting This Week!
SHORT CUTS: 100+ Free OTA Networks, QUAD on Amazon, & More
Some weeks there's more news than we can cram into this email. Thankfully 'short cuts' delivers the cord cutting news and deals we didn't have room for, including:
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
Along with the FIFA Women's World Cup, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- As long as you're not afraid of heights, tune into the special Highwire Live in Times Square with Nik Wallenda - June 21 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Season 32 of the documentary series POV premieres - June 23 @ 10:30 p.m. ET on PBS
- Summer guilty pleasure Big Brother is back for its 21st season - June 25 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
- Check out the documentary special Tiananmen: The People Verus the Party - June 25 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Catch back-to-back 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate specials - June 26 & 27 @ 9:00 p.m. on NBC
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: Raptors Game 6 Most-Watched Broadcast
Seems like Bell's last-minute decision to simulcast the NBA Championships on CTV helped the broadcaster break some viewership records.
As the final seconds of game 6 ticked down, almost 10 million Canadians were glued to their screens.
This is not only the largest ever audience for an NBA game in Canada but one of the most-watched TV events of the last three years.
Perhaps this will convince more broadcasters to air more sports on Over-the-Air TV channels in the future.
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