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This week we're talking about the pros and cons of the trend towards shorter TV series.
Also: Q&A on wind creating TV antenna reception issues, short cuts including a MASSIVE Father's Day giveaway, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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IN-DEPTH: Is the Trend of Shorter (& Fewer) Seasons Hurting TV?
TV writer Mo Ryan penned an excellent article theorizing that the ongoing trend of television shows having fewer episodes and fewer seasons could be hurting the medium.
Since the writer's strike of 2008, a growing number of new TV series have maxed out at 13-15 episodes over 3 or 4 seasons. Arguably, this has forced writers to create tighter plot lines, allowed for higher production values, and avoided the repetitiveness and gimmicks of shows past their prime. (Some of the first programs to pioneer this 'short season' approach were Mad Men and Dexter, ushering in the 'peak TV' era.)
But as Ryan points out in her piece, some of our favorite TV episodes might have never happened if the on-screen worlds and the characters they inhabit hadn't been given the space and time they needed to develop. (Not to mention beloved shows like Firefly and My Name Is Earl which were canceled before their story arcs were even finished.)
With long-running shows like Friends, Seinfeld, and The Office still netting huge streaming rights deals because of their ongoing and immense popularity, perhaps we are missing out despite having more than ever to watch. And moreover, perhaps studios are missing out on future revenue opportunities.
What do you think of this trend? Do you like shorter TV series/seasons or do you prefer longer running shows? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter.
Q&A: Why Does My Over-the-Air TV Signal Get Worse on Windy Days?
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 Andrew who asks, "My outdoor TV antenna has been great since we installed it late last year, but over the past few months several channels will start to break up when the wind is particularly strong. How do I fix this?"
Lower quality antennas with plastic parts can degrade quickly, and if not properly secured even good quality antennas can shift, affecting their ability to get proper line-of-sight to local broadcast towers.
However, the timing of Andrew's problem points to another potential source: trees.
On particularly windy days, branches will begin to sway and can cause obstructions and interference resulting in breakups in your Over-the-Air TV picture. As leaves get thicker in the spring and summer months, this problem will increase in severity, blocking TV signals that come in well during the late fall and winter when many trees are bare.
The solution is to reduce the amount of vegetation between your TV antenna and your local broadcast towers. This can be achieved by:
- Trimming the trees (if they're on your property)
- Repositioning your antenna further away from the trees (if they're not on your property)
- Or, increasing the height of your antenna with a mast or a tower (to help it 'see' over the trees)
Have a question about cordcutting that you'd like answered? Send us a note and you may see your question in an upcoming issue of Cord Cutting This Week!
SHORT CUTS: Enter to Win Our Father's Day Giveaway, & 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:
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As always, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Canadians can tune into the special Living in Colour: Being Black in Canada - June 12th @ 7:00 p.m. ET on Global
- Or the special Change & Action: Racism in Canada - June 13th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CTV
- Crime drama Grantchester returns for season 5 - June 14th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Followed by the premiere of historical miniseries Beecham House - June 14th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Tune in to the special America in Black and Blue 2020, A PBS NewsHour Weekend Special - June 15th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Catch the documentary miniseries Prehistoric Road Trip - June 17th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record!
CANADIAN CORNER: BritBox Now Available Via Amazon Prime
Fans of UK TV shows like Doctor Who and Midsomer Murders can now add the BritBox streaming service via Amazon Prime Video in Canada for $8.99/month.
By subscribing to services via Amazon, cord cutters can access all of their favorite streaming content via a single app.
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