Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're talking about the ongoing scourge of 'scam' antenna marketing targeting cord cutters.
Also: A HUGE prize pack giveaway you won't want to miss, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS: Antenna Product Listings Still Filled with Questionable Claims
When we wrote our Over-the-Air TV Antenna Buyer's Guide one year ago, we specifically warned readers about the prevalence of wacky claims in antenna product listings after hearing from a number of customers who'd sadly been duped into buying what they thought was a quality product.
Still, we kept getting asked about the heavily advertised Livewave TV 'antenna', so in early 2019 we wrote another post debunking antenna marketing claims to help new cord-cutters make more informed buying choices.
But sadly, as the team at TechHive reported this week, the market is still saturated with products, "... advertising unrealistic reception ranges, nonexistent over-the-air channels, and picture quality that current U.S. broadcast standards don’t support."
Quality TV antenna manufacturers like Antennas Direct, Mohu, and Channel Master — all of whom spoke with Tech Hive — are frustrated about losing business to brands that are willing to stretch the truth.
Until regulators and retailers get more serious about this problem, experienced cord-cutters should step in to help guide friends and family members towards quality, tried and true Over-the-Air antenna products.
Did you get sucked in by an antenna scam? What TV antenna worked best for you? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
GIVEAWAY: 4 Good Reasons & 4 Sweet Prizes to Cut the Cord on Cable
If you've been enjoying beautiful summer weather, you probably aren't thinking ahead to fall. But cooler temperatures and your favorite TV shows will return soon!
That's why we've teamed up with our friends at Roku and Cord Cutters News, to give away FOUR sweet prizes to help you cut cable, including:
Head over to the Tablo blog to enter! And remember, the more entry options you do and the more times you share the contest, the more chances you have to win!
SHORT CUTS: Pay TV Losses Continue, Antenna Deals & More
Most 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:
STREAMING: What's New on Netflix
Alongside all of the free TV you can watch with an antenna, check out our picks for great shows and movies on Netflix for you to enjoy in August:
See the full list of new Netflix shows in the US and in Canada.
- Enjoy new seasons of hit originals including Mindhunter, Glow, and Workin' Moms
- Or check out classic movies including all five original Rocky films, Gangs of New York, Groundhog Day, and Four Weddings and a Funeral
- Or dig in to revivals of some classic kids content with Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance or Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling
- Canadians can also see Lego Ninjago, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Being John Malkovich, Bon Cop Bad Cop 2, and Dunkirk
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As always, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Enjoy the 2019 WNBA Basketball All-Star Game - July 27 @ 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC
- Check out the new sci-fi drama Pandora - July 28th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
- The NFL pre-season begins with the Denver Broncos vs. the Atlanta Falcons - August 1st @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC
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: Film & TV Industry Launch Pre-Election Campaign
Canada's film and television industry associations have launched an unprecedented campaign to make Canadian content a key issue in the upcoming Federal election.
The campaign asks members of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) The Directors Guild of Canada and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) to attend local election events and ask candidates if they support the creation Cancon-friendly legislation.
Current legislation that requires Canadian media companies to contribute towards funding content creation does not reflect the massive changes sweeping the industry brought on by foreign-owned streaming companies. Those companies — most notably Netflix — say they're already heavily investing in the industry and that regulatory changes are not required.
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