Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're tackling the latest in cable industry anti-cord-cutting propaganda.
We've also got details on some popular OTA subchannels being added in new markets, why your KODI box might be watching TV without you, as well as this week's must-see TV.
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NEWS: Internet Costs are Rising, But There's More to the Story
The latest 'proof' being circulated to discourage cord cutting is the fact that the cost of broadband internet is going up. While that's true, there's much more to the story.
As people embrace streaming TV vs. traditional cable or satellite TV, consumers are paying more for broadband. But they're also getting more value in the form of faster speeds and potentially unlimited access vs. packages with a datacap.
Get the facts about broadband internet costs, some tips for getting the best deals, and why you should avoid getting sucked into 'deals' that include cheap or 'free' cable TV on the Tablo blog.
NEWS: Your KODI Box Could Be Watching TV Without You
Speaking of broadband, if you're seeing unusually high amounts of internet data usage, your 'KODI box' could be the culprit. A recent study found users of TV piracy services are using more than 1TB of 'phantom' bandwidth each month.
Beyond moral and legal implications, that's just one more reason to avoid these devices and services.
NEWS: Popular OTA Subchannels Coming to New Markets
A number of popular OTA subchannels including Bounce, Escape, Grit TV, and Laff are coming to 43 new markets across the United States.
These networks carry shows like Night Court, That 70s Show, Walker Texas Ranger, The Bernie Mac Show, and Unsolved Mysteries.
There's no specific ETA for when these channels will begin broadcasting, which is one of the reasons why it's important to periodically run fresh channel scans on your Tablo DVR or your TV.
WHAT'S ON: 'The Orville' Renewed, 'Me, Myself & I' Canceled
These days networks are quick to lock in fan favorites, and just as quick to axe under-performing shows from their lineups.
While critics haven't been impressed with The Orville, audiences have loved the cheeky take on traditional space-themed shows which is likely why FOX has already renewed it for season 2.
Meanwhile, CBS has already effectively axed the freshman comedy Me, Myself, and I starring John Laroquette and Bobby Moynihan by removing it from the schedule in favor of Man With a Plan.
As we hear more about renewals and cancellations, we'll be sure to keep you posted.
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!
- Fans of How I Met Your Mother should check out Cobie Smulders (Robin) in Great Performances: Present Laughter - November 3 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Canadians can tune into the new series Frankie Drake Mysteries set in the 1920s - November 6 @ 9:00 p.m. on CBC
- Love jazz? Documentary series Independent Lens is featuring a movie called Chasing Trane about legendary artist John Coltrane - November 6 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- More of a country fan? Don't miss the special Living Every Day: Luke Bryan which follows the country supestar and his family - November 6 @ 10:00 p.m. on ABC
- Later this week catch performances from Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks and more on the 51st Annual CMA Awards - November 8 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CTV2
CANADIAN CORNER: Canada's Most-Binged Netflix Show Is...
Netflix recently announced the top 20 most binged shows in Canada. Surprisingly it's not Stranger Things, or Orange is the New Black, but something truly Canadian: Trailer Park Boys.
We'll see if the show manages to retain that title after the passing of actor John Dunsworth (Mr. Lahey) when their latest Netflix series begins streaming November 24th.
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