Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
Today we're talking about a new poll that confirms how much cash cord cutters are saving every month.
We're also featuring pre-Superbowl deals on TVs and antennas, an awesome Olympic-themed giveaway, this week's must-see TV and more!
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NEWS: Survey Says Cord Cutters Saving $115/Month On Average
Despite regular cable propaganda articles to the contrary, savvy cord cutters know that ditching cable and satellite subscriptions can result in significant savings.
Now a new poll is out showing the average cable cutter is saving approximately $115 each month, and more than half of current cable subscribers are ready to join them over the next five years.
If you're still paying for cable, but would rather keep that hundred bucks in your pocket, check out our Cord Cutting 101 Guide.
If you've already joined the cord cutting revolution, tell us how much you're saving via Twitter or Facebook.
NEWS: Washington State Urges Comcast Customers to Check Bills
Anti-consumer behavior seems to be running rampant in the cable TV industry.
In Canada, both Bell and Rogers have been accused of fleecing customers via high pressure sales tactics. In the US, Washington State's Attorney General is continuing to receive reports alleging Comcast misled consumers into adding unnecessary 'protection plans'.
Consumers in that state are being urged to check their bills, and file a complaint with the AG's office if they believe the plan and charge was added without their consent.
ENTER TO WIN: Olympic Cord Cutting Prize Pack
The 2018 Winter Olympics begin in ONE WEEK! And to get you ready to catch every golden moment - live or later - we've teamed up with our friends at Roku and Mohu again to give away another wicked cord cutting prize pack!
Enter now and enter often for your chance to win:
The contest closes February 6th at 11:59 p.m. ET, so make sure to get your entries in and share the contest for more chances to win!
- A 43" Sharp Roku TV so you can enjoy all of your favorite streaming channels and live OTA TV on your big screen
- A new Mohu Chroma 65 mile range flat indoor Over-The-Air TV antenna in a beautiful 'frost blue' color that blends easily with your modern decor
- A new Tablo DUAL 64GB OTA DVR so you can discover, record and stream all of the amazing FREE LIVE TV you can get with your new Mohu antenna on your new Sharp Roku TV
DEALS: Big Game Savings on TCL Roku-Powered TVs & Mohu Antennas
Looking for a new big screen TV or an Over-the-Air antenna to enhance your Superbowl Sunday experience? If so, don't miss these deals...
This TCL Roku-powered 49" Smart TV is only $329.99 ($150 bucks off!). Need something bigger? A 55" set will only set you back $369.99 ($80 off).
TCL TVs are loved by consumers and reviewers for their blend of quality and value. And with Roku baked right in, they make it easy for cord cutters to enjoy a blend streaming TV and Over-the-Air channels without having to deal with multiple remote controls.
And speaking of Over-the-Air TV - which as we know is the best and cheapest way to catch the Superbowl live - our friends at Mohu have many of their top-selling antennas on sale including the powerful Sky 60 at $30 off.
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
We hear there's this thing called the Superbowl happening on Sunday (ever heard of it?), but there's lots more great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna including:
- On 48 Hours, investigators in the 1981 death of Natalie Woods reveal her former husband Robert Wagner is now a person of interest - February 3 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS/CHCH
- Natalie Portman hosts and Dua Lipa is the musical guest on Saturday Night Live - February 3 @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- The Eagles take on the Patriots in the NFL's Super Bowl 52 - February 4 @ 6:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CTV
- Followed by a special post-Super Bowl episode of This Is Us - February 4 @ 10:15(?) p.m. (Tablo users with access to 2.2.18's advanced recording features may wish to adjust the stop time on this one!)
- Big Brother: Celebrity Edition featuring Omarosa, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Mark McGrath, and Chuck Liddell premieres - February 7 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
CANADIAN CORNER: Anti-Piracy Coalition Calls for Website Blocking
Earlier this week, a coalition of Canadian telecom and media companies began a push to have the CRTC create a country-wide website blocking system to address online piracy.
The coalition called 'Fair Play Canada' wants the regulator to "identify websites blatantly engaged in content theft" (like the ones used by 'KODI boxes') and subsequently require internet service providers (ISPs) to block subscribers' access to those sites.
Fair Play Canada's proposal has already been met with fierce opposition.
While the CRTC is independent from the government, the Feds made it clear that they support the principle of net neutrality, which this concept seems to contravene. Legal expert Michael Geist calls it "ill-advised and dangerous" and internet advocacy group Open Media says it could lead to "sweeping internet censorship".
Neither side however seems to be addressing the reason why Canadians - especially cord cutters - are pirating content: a lack of choice to purchase content legally outside of pricey cable or satellite subscriptions.
We'll be keeping you posted on this story as it develops.
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