It's the end of the week, a brand new month, and that means it's time to talk cord cutting...
This week we're looking at whether the lack of live sports should result in discounts or refunds for consumers.
Also: Q&A on VHF-low signals, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS: State of NY Asks Cable Companies to Axe Fees for Live Sports
While internet providers have mostly agreed to discontinue data cap overage fees for the time being, consumers are still paying big bucks for access to cable sports channels that aren't airing any sports.
New York State's Attorney General has actually asked pay TV providers to halt the practice, saying it's unfair that consumers are paying for a service that isn't being provided.
According to TV analyst Rich Greenfield, Charter's CEO doesn't agree, passing the buck to the leagues and the athletes themselves....
Do you expect a discount or refund for lack of sports if you still have cable? What about a paid streaming service where costs aren't broken out into 'regional sports fees'? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter.
Q&A: Where Can I Find a True VHF-Low Antenna?
Send us your most pressing cord cutting questions via email so we can answer them in an upcoming issue.
This week's question comes from Joe who says, "I'm having problems finding an antenna that will receive low band VHF. Do you know of an antenna that will, or have you seen instructions on how to DIY one?"
Very few Over-the-Air TV stations broadcast on a true VHF low frequency today, but some still exist. VHF-low stations broadcast on channels 2-6, although a channel’s physical broadcast frequency is not always reflected by the channel number you see.
Joe told us he lived in Detroit, where there is one independent channel (WHNE) broadcasting on a VHF-low frequency and one on the edge of VHF-low (WJBK) which is the local FOX affiliate.
Most indoor antennas are not designed to capture even high-VHF signals and will have trouble picking both channels up. WHNE will be particularly difficult as it's also broadcasting at very low power.
Given the difficulty in getting solid reception on these channels, it's hard to recommend a DIY approach here.
If Joe is willing to invest in a good quality outdoor antenna that features a very long VHF element as shown above, he may be able to receive both stations clearly. Thankfully, Winegard makes a handful of commercially-available options for mid-, long-, and ultra-long range reception.
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: Comcast Reports More Losses, Deals & More
Most 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
As always, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Tune into the documentary The Queen At War - May 5th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Canadians can enjoy John Malkovich starring in the new crime drama The ABC Murders - May 6th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBC
- Blindspot returns for its 5th season (this time for real) - May 7th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CTV
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record!
CANADIAN CORNER: Crave Adds Surround Sound to Select Platforms
After announcing it was coming in October, Crave has confirmed that a select number of streaming platforms will now offer 5.1 Surround Sound, if the content is available in that sound profile.
Supported platforms include Apple TV, Android TV, and Amazon Fire TV as well as Facebook Portal... Because everyone has one of those, right?
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