Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week the FCC approved the voluntary rollout of a new Over-the-Air TV broadcast standard called ATSC 3.0, and we've got the low-down on what this means for cord cutters and Tablo customers alike.
We've also got news about a new app for Tablo OTA DVRs, a reason to renew your library card, details on a new streaming service, as well as this week's must-see TV.
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NEWS: FCC Approves Rollout of ATSC 3.0 Next-Gen TV
Yesterday the FCC voted to give local TV stations the go-ahead to begin broadcasting in the new ATSC 3.0 standard, otherwise known as Next-Gen TV.
It's still early days, and even stations that are early adopters of this technology will continue to deliver signals using today's ATSC 1.0 standard until at least 2023.
Check out the Tablo blog to learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of Next-Gen TV and what this means for cord cutters.
Still have questions? Don't hesitate to ask us about this or any other cord cutting topics on Twitter or Facebook.
NEWS: Tablo 'Preview' App for Amazon Fire TV & Android TV Now Available
This week we also launched a new app experience for Tablo OTA DVR owners using Amazon Fire TV and Android TV devices.
As a native app, Tablo Preview app for Android TV and Amazon Fire TV offers more responsive navigation and faster load times for screens, as well as many user-interface improvements.
Get the details including where to download the new app on the Tablo blog.
NEWS: Philo Offers Sports-Free Streaming Bundle
If you're a cord cutter - but NOT a sports fan - you might want to check out the newest streaming service on the block: Philo.
Backed by A+E, AMC, Discovery, Scripps (Food Network, HGTV, TLC etc.), and Viacom, a 37 channel package is just $16/month and includes a 30-day DVR.
If you have a US cell phone number, you can start a free 7-day trial today.
TIPS & TRICKS: Your Local Library is a Great Cord Cutting Resource
A hugely overlooked resource for cord cutters is your local library. Not only can you borrow movies and TV shows on DVD and Blu-Ray, but many offer digital collections that you can stream!
Hoopla Digital and Kanopy are two free streaming services that only require you to have an active library card. This week the folks at TechHive took a look at both services, including how you can access them and what types of content you can expect.
DEALS: Black Friday Update
Next Wednesday, stay tuned for a special 'Black Friday/Cyber Monday' edition of Cord Cutting This Week.
In it we'll list all of the deals we can find in both the US and Canada on cord cutting gear and accessories, including what you may have missed in last week's newsletter.
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As usual, there's lots of great FREE TV on your antenna feed this week including:
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
- Chance The Rapper hosts with musical guest Eminem on Saturday Night Live - November 18 @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, Pink, and Diana Ross will all perform on the 2017 American Music Awards - November 19 @ 8:00 a.m. on ABC/CTV
- Catch the special David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize - November 20 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Season 3 of Chicago Med premieres - November 21 @ 10:00 p.m. on NBC (Nov 20th on Global in Canada)
- Canadians can enjoy the 4-part dramedy The Indian Detective starring comedian Russell Peters and William Shatner - November 23 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CTV
CANADIAN CORNER: YouTube Channel Revives Canadian TV Classics
A new YouTube channel is bringing back some of your favorite Canadian shows including The Littlest Hobo, Mr. Dressup, Degrassi Jr. High, Ready or Not, Due South and more.
Through a partnership between Canada Media Fund and Google Canada, over 22,000 television episodes, movies, and specials are now available for free via Encore+.
What other Canadian shows would you love to see again? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
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