Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're talking about the growth in Over-the-Air TV antenna use.
Also: Roku vs. Amazon Fire TV, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS: Antenna Use Grows as Cable Prices Climb
A new report from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) shows many consumers are turning to Over-the-Air antennas as they face escalating cable costs.
Approximately 31% of households overall now have a TV antenna but oddly the trend is even stronger (45%) among younger folks in the 25-34-year-old age bracket.
With high costs for rent and student debt loads, it's not surprising the younger demographic is looking for ways to maximize their cord cutting savings.
Consumers who are increasingly bumping up against broadband data caps and rising streaming TV fees are also turning to Over-the-Air TV as an alternative.
Did you always know that antenna TV was still a 'thing', or did you rediscover it in recent years? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter.
Q&A: Which is Better - Roku or Fire TV?
Send us your most pressing cord cutting questions via email so we can answer them in an upcoming issue.
Today's question comes from Richard who says, "I've heard about Roku and Fire TV but is one better than the other? How do I decide which to get? I'm not tech-y and new to cord cutting."
The two biggest platforms in streaming TV devices right now are Roku and Amazon Fire TV. Both offer a variety of devices available for as little as $30 and options with remotes with volume and power buttons to control your TV.
So which platform should you choose?
Here's a quick checklist that should help narrow down your decision:
- Hate obtrusive ads on your home screen? Choose Roku.
- Watch a lot of YouTube? Choose Roku. (Although that's changing.)
- Prefer or need to connect via Ethernet? Choose a Roku Ultra.
(Fire TV doesn't have built-in Ethernet, but you can get an adapter.)
- Want to control your viewing with voice commands? Choose Fire TV.
- Have an Amazon Prime/Video/Channels Account? Choose Fire TV.
One last thing to note... If there are specific apps you like to use or are planning to use when cutting the cord, make sure they're supported on the platform you choose!
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: Tablo Deals, Vudu Making 'Shoppable' Shows, & 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
As always, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Diane Sawyer sits down with Apple's Tim Cook for the news special Screen Nation - May 3 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Watch the 145th Kentucky Derby live from Churchill Downs - May 4 @ 2:30 p.m ET on NBC
- Adam Sandler hosts with musical guest Shawn Mendes on Saturday Night Live - May 4 @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Fan of The Bachelorette? Don't miss The Bachelorette Reunion: The Biggest Bachelorette Reunion in Bachelor History Ever! (yes, that's the actual title for the special) - May 6 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CityTV
- Remember Paradise Hotel? It's back with new host Kristin Cavallari - May 9 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX/CityTV
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: Amazon Prime Video 'An Existential Threat'
A government memo has revealed that Amazon is planning to launch its 'Channels' service in Canada.
Based on details obtained in an access-to-information request, the US-based company is in talks with Canadian media owners to secure rights to stream live, linear TV content over the internet as it does in the US.
The memo came from Canadian broadcasters who fear they won't be able to compete against the likes of Amazon, and that its arrival could pose a massive disruption to the current CRTC regulatory framework.
It'll be interesting to see if Amazon is able to shake up the status quo as streaming begins to overtake cable TV in Canada.
We hope you enjoyed this edition of Cord Cutting This Week!
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