Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're talking about the new OTA DVR on the block - the Amazon Recast - and how it compares to Tablo.
Also: Answers to your cord cutting questions, Black Friday deals, must-see OTA TV, and more!
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NEWS: Amazon Launches Recast OTA DVR
Yesterday, retail behemoth Amazon launched two new products: a voice-activated microwave (nope, not kidding) and an Over-the-Air DVR they're calling Recast.
The device is similar to Tablo in that it's a network-based distribution and recording device for your TV antenna. However, one of the key differences is Recast is designed to work ONLY with Amazon devices, contrary to Tablo's open-ecosystem approach.
TechHive's review calls Recast "frustratingly close to great", but concludes with "... In light of everything the Fire TV Recast doesn’t do, I can’t recommend it as the best DVR for most people. That honor still goes to the Tablo Dual LITE DVR..."
If you're looking for a head-to-head comparison between Tablo and Amazon Recast, check out the Tablo blog.
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Q&A: Can I Safely Cut Internet & Use Mobile Data Instead?
In our newest feature, we're asking you to send us your most pressing cord cutting questions via email so we can answer them in an upcoming issue.
This week's question comes from Richard who asks, "I'm thinking of cutting internet at the same time as cable. I have an unlimited data mobile plan on my cell phone. Can I use my phone as a mobile hotspot or will that cause problems?"
Thanks for your question, Richard!
While it might be tempting to cut ALL the cords when you ditch cable TV, the reality is that most consumers will need to maintain some sort of high-speed internet connection.
There are a few reasons why...
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: Comcast in Trouble Over Hidden Fees, New Mi Box
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:
DEALS: Black Friday Sales on Gear & Gadgets
If you've had your eye on some new cord-cutting gear, check out these Black Friday sales to maximize your savings:
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
Along with Thanksgiving football, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- The Office's Steve Carell hosts with musical guest Ella Mai on Saturday Night Live - November 17 @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Hollywood Game Night returns for season 6 - November 21 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CTV
- Or enjoy the classic A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving - November 21 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Catch the 92nd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - November 22 @ 9:00 a.m. ET on NBC
- Enjoy the special Masterchef Junior: Celebrity Showdown - November 22 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX
- Catch back-to-back specials Meghan's New Life: The Real Princess Diaries followed by Thanksgiving-themed I'm Coming Home - November 22 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC
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: Corus Asks CRTC to Shut Down 44 Transmitters
Corus Entertainment has asked the CRTC if it can shut down 44 out of 93 Global TV Over-the-Air transmitters across the country. The company argues that the transmitters - primarily serving smaller communities - are expensive to maintain, and provide few viewers and little revenue.
Unfortunately, this will leave cord cutters, seniors, and low-income families without access to Global TV programming in many areas.
See a full list of the transmitters Corus is proposing to axe.
The CRTC is accepting comments on Corus' application until December 10th. If you care about maintaining access to OTA TV in Canada, please let the CRTC know.
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