Happy Friday Cord Cutters and May the 4th Be With You!
This week we've got the latest cord cutting numbers, including an interesting stat pointing a big finger at why so many consumers are abandoning pay TV.
We're also talking about which WiFi frequency is best for cord cutting gear, news that another favorite show may be making a comeback, this week's must-see OTA TV and more!
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NEWS: Cable TV Continues to Bleed Subscribers... And Here's Why...
Cable and satellite companies just reported their financial results for the first quarter of 2018, and to nobody's surprise they are continuing to lose subscribers to cord cutting. Charter was hit hardest, dropping 79,000 more subscribers than they estimated, which subsequently tanked their stock by 15%.
And when you look at the economics behind the mass exodus of cord cutters from traditional pay TV - which research firm Kagan did - it becomes very clear why... Consumers just can't afford it! Since the year 2000, the average cost of your cable/phone/internet bill went up by 74% (which is what the telcos call 'ARPU' - see chart above). During that same time, the average take home pay has remained fairly flat.
Something has to give, and when you have to choose between cable TV and keeping your family fed and clothed, a roof over your head, and the lights and heat on... The cable's gotta go! Especially when you can pick up an antenna for as little as $20 and watch 94 of the top 100 shows on TV for the grand total of ZERO DOLLARS.
NEWS: Comcast Offers Internet Speed Boost to TV Customers Only
Comcast - oft voted the worst company in America and so terrible that our hilarious friends at Antennas Direct sent them a 'thank you' cake for creating more cord cutters - is at it again.
Earlier this week it was reported that some Comcast customers in Texas, Oregon, and Washington State would be given free speed boosts for their internet packages. Sounds nice, right? Not so much if you're a 'filthy cord cutter' because that bonus was only offered to customers whose bundles included TV service.
You'd think that the mass exodus away from cable TV would lead these companies to offer BETTER choices to customers, instead of penalizing the ones they've managed to keep - at least on their broadband internet side. But that's not their style.
So if you still have internet service through a major cable company, and you have an alternative ISP in your area it may be worth your while to give them a call. Or, like these guys in New York - start your own mesh WiFi service!
HOW TO: Find Out Which WiFi Frequency is Best for your Cord Cutting Gear
Most modern home routers and internet-connected gear supports something called 'dual band' WiFi. That means these devices can send and receive information over both the 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz frequencies - each of which have their own pros and cons.
When it comes to cord cutting gear like streaming set-top-boxes and sticks, and network-connected DVRs like Tablo, connecting to the right WiFi frequency can make the difference between a bad, buffer-filled experience and smooth streaming.
Get the scoop on the differences between the two, and which frequency would work best for the cord cutting gear in your home on the Tablo blog.
WHAT'S ON: Last Man Standing May Return to TV
Fans of the canceled Tim Allen comedy Last Man Standing got some good news this week when it was revealed that FOX is in talks to resurrect the show.
When ABC axed the show last year, there was speculation it was due to Allen's conservative views. The network denied this and said it was more about the cost of the show and its complicated ownership structure.
However, the recent success of the Roseanne revival has shown there is appetite for more right-leaning sitcoms.
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WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
Along with the NHL Playoffs, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna including:
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
- Jazz fan? Check out the documentary The Jazz Ambassadors featuring Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gilespie and Duke Ellington - May 4 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Stir up some mint juleps and put on your fanciest duds to catch the 144th Kentucky Derby - May 5 @ 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC
- Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino does double duty as host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live - May 5 @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Running Wild with Bear Grylls returns for season 4 with Bear and Joseph Gordon-Levitt tackling the wilds of Kenya - May 7 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC
- The season finales of The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon are back to back - May 10 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS/CTV
CANADIAN CORNER: All-Reality Streaming Service Hayu Launching
There's no pricing or launch date details yet, but this week NBC Universal announced they're bringing their international reality show streaming service Hayu to Canada.
Now we know that reality programs like Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Real Housewives of *Insert City Name Here* are not everyone's cup of tea...
That being said, there are plenty of would-be cord cutters whose partners have lobbied to keep expensive cable or satellite subscriptions purely because they couldn't kick their reality TV habits. This may be the perfect solution for them.
And heck, even if you'd rather claw your eyes out than watch reality TV, the fact that there are new streaming services being launched in this country on a more regular basis is great news for Canadian cord cutters.
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