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Cord Cutting This Week - The Latest on ATSC 3.0


Happy Friday Cord Cutters!

First up, apologies for omitting the link to our "Can I Use a Paperclip to get OTA TV?" story from last week's issue. You can check it out over on Cord Cutter's News

Now on to this week... We're talking about the latest timelines for ATSC 3.0 adoption.

Also: Answers to your cord cutting questions, reviews of the newest Roku models, must-see OTA TV, and more!

As always, if your mom, dad, brother, sister, wife, husband, friend, colleague, or casual acquaintance is interested in cutting the cord on cable or satellite, please forward our newsletter, or use the handy share buttons at the top of this email. 

OK... now let's get to it!   




NEWS: Broadcast Station Groups Aiming for 2020 ATSC 3.0 Rollout

This week at their annual East-Coast shindig, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced that station groups including FOX, NBC, Telemundo, Univision, TEGNA, and Nexstar are aiming to roll out ATSC 3.0 technology starting in 2020. 

The group's goal is to provide a majority of American consumers with at least some ATSC 3.0 service by the time the first television sets able to receive those broadcasts appear in stores towards the end of that year.

In case you missed it, ATSC 3.0 is a new Over-the-Air broadcast standard that will bring some cool benefits like 4K picture quality and localized emergency alerts. However, it is NOT backward compatible with current tuner technology in TVs and other OTA devices like DVRs. 

The good news is that, by law, broadcasters will need to continue to deliver TV signals using the current ATSC 1.0 standard for an additional 5 years after this transition is completed. That means your TVs and other OTA gadgets will be useful until 2025 at the very least.

REVIEW: Roku Premiere & Premiere+ Review

The folks at TechHive did an in-depth review of the new Roku Premiere and Premiere+, including comparing the pair of streamers to other more powerful devices in the Roku lineup.

Given the benefits of the TV and volume buttons on the Premiere+'s remote, we think it's the winner of the two and TechHive's team agrees.

But, does the Premiere+'s reliance on an older WiFi standard mean you should pay more for a model with newer, faster WiFi? Maybe... Check out the full review for details.  


Q&A: Why Not Two DUAL Tuner Tablo DVRs vs One 4-Tuner?  

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 Kerry who asks, "Why not buy [2] Tablo DUAL LITEs instead of [1] 4-Tuner? Pros/Cons? Are there unresolved home network or app conflicts?"

Thanks for your question, Kerry!

It is possible to use more than one Tablo DVR within your home, and even on the same home network. In fact, some families have specifically chosen this setup so they can have 'His & Hers' Tablo DVRs, or assign a specific DVR to kids programming vs. adult programming.


Plus, if you can get the Tablo DUAL LITE on sale, the cost of two units is comparable to the 4-Tuner Tablo DVR at its new lower price.

(Or you can save even more $$$ with open box deals on our webstore!) 

However, there are a few things to keep in mind about this setup:
  • You will need a direct antenna connection to both Tablo DVR units, which would mean adding a splitter or distribution amplifier to your setup. 
  • If you're not planning to take advantage of Tablo's Cloud DVR service on the Tablo DUAL LITEs, you will need a hard drive for each unit for recording storage.
  • In your Tablo apps, you will need to switch between Tablo A and Tablo B (using the disconnect button) to set recordings or view recordings as each Tablo will maintain its own separate database. This is why two-Tablo families often dedicate a DVR to a specific family member or group.

If you're wondering about the other factors you should consider when choosing between a dual-tuner and a 4-Tuner OTA DVR or what the heck a tuner even does, check out our handy guide.

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! 

There's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:


  • Drama miniseries The Woman in White premieres - October 21 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS
  • DC's Legends of Tomorrow returns for season 4 - October 22 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CW
  • Documentary series Native America hosted by Robbie Robertson premieres - October 23 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
  • Legacies - which is a spinoff of The Originals which itself was a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries premieres - October 25 @ 9:00 p.m. on CW
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: 30% of Canucks are Cord Cutters

Despite having fewer options than their American counterparts, a new survey shows that 3 in 10 Canadians have cut the cord on traditional pay TV services. Most cite the lack of value for the high cost as the reason for cutting cable or satellite. 

Numbers are much higher for those under 35, where almost half no longer pay for traditional TV.

What cord cutting gear and services are you using in Canada as a cable/satellite TV replacement? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook



We hope you enjoyed this edition of Cord Cutting This Week!

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