Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
The big news this week was the US FCC's vote to repeal net neutrality rules. We've got the latest insights into what this means for cord cutters.
We've also got a 'sweeter-than-a-candy-cane-dipped-in-hot-chocolate' holiday prize pack giveaway, a sneak peek at 2018 TV technology, this week's must-see TV and more!
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NEWS: FCC Votes 3-2 to Repeal Net Neutrality
Yesterday, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to repeal net neutrality rules which required ISPs treat all internet traffic equally.
Fans of net neutrality are still holding out hope that some last-ditch efforts (like a congressional review, lawsuits, or enacting state-level laws) can maintain the status quo, but even experts say nothing will change overnight.
Instead, Consumers Reports warns of incremental erosion in the form of more zero rating plans, higher internet costs, tiered plans, blocked content, and fewer startups.
We'll certainly keep you posted on this story as it continues, but here are some steps cord cutters can take today to prepare for any changes:
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ENTER TO WIN: Mega Holiday Cord Cutting Prize Pack
To celebrate another successful year, and to thank you all we've teamed up with the folks at Roku and Mohu to give away a mega huge holiday prize pack guaranteed to make any cord cutter merry!
The prize pack includes:
- A 49" TCL Roku TV with 4K and HDR technology
- A Roku Ultra streaming player
- A Mohu Glide 65 mile range flat indoor Over-The-Air TV antenna
- A Tablo DUAL OTA DVR
Get your entries in ASAP and make sure to share the contest for more chances to win!
NEWS: Peace on Earth for Google & Amazon?
In an update on last week's lead story on tech turf wars, there are signs of peace between Google and Amazon as Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra listings have re-appeared on the mega-retailer's site.
This is a positive sign and The Verge has confirmed that 'productive discussions' are happening between the two companies. Hopefully this means Google will rescind its decision to block YouTube on Amazon devices starting January 1st.
Stay tuned for further updates.
GEAR: 2018 Consumer Electronics Show TV Preview
One of the best things about the upcoming annual Consumer Electronics Show is ogling the latest and greatest in TV technology.
CNET's TV expert David Katzmaier has a great overview of the leading edge trends he's expecting to see at this year's show, including an emphasis on improved streaming TV integration and voice commands.
What's not on his list: ATSC 3.0 tuners. As we've highlighted in previous issues, despite the approval of this new TV standard, broadcasts and the technology needed to watch them are still years away yet.
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As usual, there's lots of great FREE live TV on your antenna feed this week including:
- Catch the fun of the 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade - December 15 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Don't miss Maya Rudolph and Matthew Broderick in the new live adaptation of A Christmas Story - December 17 @ 7:00 p.m. ET on FOX/CityTV
- The two-part holiday romantic comedy Last Tango in Halifax premieres - December 17 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Ellen DeGeneres brings super sized versions of the games from her talk show to Ellen's Game of Games - December 18 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC
- The kids will love Ice Age: a Mammoth Christmas - December 19 @ 9:30 p.m. ET on FOX
- Josh Groban and friends celebrate people whose lives were changed through adoption in the variety special A Home for the Holidays - December 19 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS
- Canadians can enjoy Frosty the Snowman followed by the original animated Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas - December 19 @ 7:00 p.m. ET on CBC
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
CANADIAN CORNER: CBC Launches Streaming Service
Canada's oldest broadcaster is now one of the country's most progressive with the recent launch of a new CBC streaming app. The app includes live, local streams and on-demand content for free. A commercial-free version is available for $4.99/mo.
The app is now available on iPhones and Apple TV. Apps for Android devices are expected in the spring of 2018.
And speaking of the CBC, their full holiday TV schedule can be found here.
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