Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we'll be talking about Smart TVs vs. set-top-boxes, how streaming is catching on with the over 50 crowd, this week's must-see TV, and much more...
Let's get to it!
Smart TVs vs. Set-Top Boxes - Five things Cord Cutters Should Consider
Picking the right technology for your needs when you start your cord cutting journey (or if you're in the market for something new) is important. One of biggest questions is whether to rely on a Smart TV for streaming or go the set-top-box route.
Check out the Tablo blog for the top five things you need to consider when making your next technology purchase.
Cord Cutting Isn't Just for Millennials
If you think cutting the cord on cable and streaming video online is only a trend with younger folks, think again. New research is out showing the fastest growing segment of online video viewers is the 50+ crowd. More streaming options and easier to use technology is likely behind this boost.
Are your parents and grandparents down with Roku, Netflix and OTA TV or are you 50+ and loving cord cutting? Tell us about it on Twitter or Facebook.
Original Nvidia Shield Gets Android 7.0 Update
If you have a 1st generation Nvidia Shield set-top-box, the Android 7.0 firmware update should now be available for you. This update brings all of the goodies Nvidia announced for the new version of the box at CES including support for 4K streaming and watching Amazon Prime Video content.
In the market for a new streaming device and considering the newest Shield? TechHive says it's, "...the best media streamer for geeks." You can read their full review here.
FCC's Plan to Replace Cable Boxes with Set-Top-Boxes is Dead
An FCC proposal to force cable companies to create apps for streaming set-top-boxes is dead in the water. The Verge reports incoming chairman Ajit Pai has asked for the proceeding to be closed. Republican committee members called the plan “an unnecessary regulatory threat to the content creation and distribution industries” and claimed it would limit investment in “high-quality video programming."
Oh well, putting cable on a Roku wouldn't reduce the cost of a cable package, it just would have eliminated the bloated recurring hardware rental fees.
This Week's Must-See OTA TV
As usual there's lots of great FREE TV on this week including:
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
- Don't miss the beautiful women (and interview foibles) of the Miss Universe competition - January 29 @ 7 p.m. on FOX
- If 2017 is bumming you out, try Tom Brokaw at NBC News: The First 50 Years - January 29 @ 9 p.m. ET on NBC
- Dystopian sci-fi drama The 100 is back for season 4 - February 1 @ 9 p.m. on CW
- Learn about the myths & science of the Aurora Borealis in Aurora: Fire in the Sky - February 1 @ 10 p.m. on PBS
- New comedy Powerless explores how insurance adjusters handle superhero-related damage - February 2 @ 8:30 p.m. on NBC/CTV
- Movie reboot Training Day starring Bill Paxton premieres - February 2 @ 10 p.m. on CBS/CTV
What's Coming & Going on Netflix in February
While there's lots of great TV available with an antenna, the folks at Netflix have some good stuff to supplement your viewing coming in February.
Critically acclaimed and award winning miniseries The People vs. OJ Simpson lands February 2nd. Other Netflix US highlights include Magic Mike and The Blair Witch Project.
See full list of what's coming and leaving Netflix in the US and Canada.
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Job Hunting? Apply to Be Head of the CRTC!
CRTC chairman Jean Pierre Blais' term is coming to an end soon and the job has been posted.
Blais has been controversial, promoting a very consumer-friendly agenda which has seen some wins for Canadians against the country's cable and telecom monopolies.
The Globe and Mail reports that the new job description suggests the government is looking for a similar person to fill the role next. That is if Blais does not decide to reapply for his own $250-$350K/year gig.
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