Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're thrilled to share an exhaustive OTA DVR review roundup from TechHive. It's the most in-depth overview and analysis we’ve seen to-date and includes all the pros, cons, and recommendations you'll need to make the most informed choice possible about how to watch and record antenna TV.
We're also checking in on the battle over net neutrality, what's new on Netflix this week's must-see TV and more!
OK... now let's get to it!
REVIEWS: The Best DVR for Cord Cutters is... Tablo!
There are a handful of journalists that follow the cord cutting industry closely, and Jared Newman at TechHive is one of them. Over the past few months he's spent a significant amount of time testing all of the major Over-the-Air DVR solutions on the market for this exhaustive review roundup. We were pleased to see that Tablo was recommended as the best OTA DVR for most cord cutters!
Want more details? Check out the full in-depth Tablo review.
NEWS: FCC Officially Announces Plan to Reverse Net Neutrality
As expected, the chairman of the FCC this week announced plans to reverse net neutrality rules implemented under the previous administration. Those rules prevented internet providers from blocking or throttling the speed of sites and apps, and the concept of paid 'fast lanes'.
The proposal to axe these rules goes to a vote on May 18th, but will face significant opposition from the high tech sector, experts, and consumers.
NEWS: Mass Layoffs at ESPN Due to Cord Cutting
There was a time when ESPN seemed immune to cord cutting, but no more. This week the network announced layoffs of 100 on-air staff as they continue to bleed subscribers - a total of one million over a five-year period.
And that trend is likely to continue as streaming options and online coverage expands, and consumers realize that $7-9 per month of their traditional cable TV bill goes to sports, whether they watch or not.
Are you a sports fan that ditched cable? Do you stream ESPN now, or do you get your sports news and highlights elsewhere? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
NEWS: 25% of Americans Will Be Cordcutters by 2018
The latest research says that by 2018, 1 in 4 Americans won't have a traditional TV subscription. This kind of growth isn't surprising given that almost 70% now have an internet-connected TV and there's new gear and streaming services popping up all the time.
Aside from Tablo, is there a cord cutting gadget or service you're digging lately? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
STREAMING: What's Coming & Going from Netflix in May
As we mentioned last week, May is a HUGE month for Netflix originals but there's also tons of other great new streaming content to supplement all of the great OTA TV you can watch with an antenna.
Here are our picks:
- Check out new seasons of great Netflix originals Master of None, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Sense8, House of Cards, Bloodline, and F is for Family.
- Keep the laughs going with new Netflix comedy specials including Norm Macdonald: Hitler's Dog, Gossip & Trickery, Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive, and Sarah Silverman A Speck of Dust.
- Benedict Cumberbatch becomes a time-bending superhero after being mentored by Tilda Swinton in Dr. Strange.
- Enjoy one of Quentin Tarantino's best films Inglourious Basterds which (as usual) has a fantastic cast including Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, and Michael Fassbender
- Introduce the kids to the awesome music and message of Forrest Gump
See a full list of new US Netflix shows here and a full list of Canadian shows here.
WHAT'S ON: 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!
- NHL playoffs Eastern and Western conference semifinals continue - on NBC/CBC
- John Ridley-directed documentary about the lead-up to the Rodney King riots Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 premieres - April 28 @ 9:00 p.m. on ABC
- Catch 3rd and final round action from PGA's Zurich Classic of New Orleans - April 29 & 30 @ 3:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
- The NBA Playoffs continue - April 30 @ 1:00 p.m. on ABC
- Wonder what it would be like to live in Victorian England? Check out reality show Victorian Slum House premiering - May 2 at 8 p.m. on PBS
CANADIAN CORNER: Bell Plans New Streaming Service
In Bell's recent earnings call they hinted at the possibility of a new streaming service aimed at cord cutters. Based on insider details revealed to Mobile Syrup, it sounds like a swing and a miss.
The service called Fibe TV Alt will only be made available to Bell's unlimited internet customers and will have similar pricing to other 'skinny basic' plans. Apps will be limited to web, mobile and Apple TV.
What do you think of Bell's latest attempt to court cord cutters? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
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