Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're talking about a new OTA TV broadcast standard called ATSC 3.0 and what it means for cord cutters. (The TL;DR is that there's no need to panic, it's years away still!)
We're also checking out Twitter's new Roku channel, how cord cutting is going mainstream, this week's must-see TV and more!
OK... now let's get to it!
IN-DEPTH: What Cord Cutters Need to Know About ATSC 3.0
A new OTA TV standard has been approved by the FCC which will blend audio and video delivered Over-the-Air and additional info (like commercials) delivered over broadband internet connections. We've posted a deep dive on what ATSC 3.0 means for cord cutters on the Tablo blog.
Good news: If you're enjoying free antenna TV today, nothing will change about how you receive signals until well into 2019 which means your current gear - including Tablo - will continue to work.
Bad news: While there's no set cut-off date for ATSC 1.0 signals, they will eventually end and new technology will be needed that can handle the hybrid signal and higher quality picture and sound.
We encourage you to review the blog post and video to learn more. If you have questions, send them our way on on Twitter or Facebook. We'll do our best to answer!
NEWS: Rate of Cord Cutting Spikes in 1st Quarter of 2017
Pay TV subscriber losses in the first quarter of 2017 are making even cord cutting naysayers take notice. The number of households ditching cable hit over 700,000 - a fivefold increase over the same period last year.
Experts point to a larger supply of technology and streaming options for cord cutters hitting the market, meeting a demand that was always there.
Do you see cord cutting becoming more popular in your area? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
HOW-TO: Get Better Indoor OTA Reception
Positioning your indoor antenna for optimal signal reception is a bit of an art. This week, the folks at Consumers Report shared some guidelines for improving your OTA signal reception. These tips are helpful for those who want to improve their signal quality as well as those who are new to OTA TV, so make sure to check them out. And of course our tried and tested blog series on how to determine if OTA TV is right for you, is always at your disposal.
Is there a trick you used to boost your indoor antenna signal? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
GEAR: New Channel Brings Twitter's Live Streams to Roku
Social media network Twitter has been ramping up its live event streaming over the past year. In order to make it easier to watch the increasing amount of sports, news and entertainment coverage they're offering, Twitter has launched a new Roku channel. Once added, you'll be able to watch live video while keeping a real-time eye on the tweets related to the content. Don't have a Roku? There are already Twitter apps for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Xbox One.
Have you watched live video via the Twitter app on your streaming device? Tell us what you've tuned into on Twitter or Facebook.
WHAT'S ON: Buzzworthy Fall TV Pilots
As we close out the 2016/2017 fall TV season, the list of pilots vying to secure series spots for next fall is starting to shape up.
CBS has already ordered a full series run of Big Bang spinoff Sheldon but other early favorites include:
Which shows on the list sound most interesting to you? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
- Entrepreneurial comedy Start Up starring Zach Braff (Scrubs)
- High school drama Rise from the showrunner of Friday Night Lights and starring Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother)
- Paranormal comedy Ghosted fronted by Adam Scott (Parks n' Rec) and Craig Robinson (The Office)
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As usual, there's lots of great FREE TV on this week including:
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
- Royal watchers will want to check out two specials this week: Dateline's The Life and Death of Princess Diana and The Last 100 Days of Diana - May 5 @ 9:00 p.m. on NBC and May 7 @ 9:00 p.m. on ABC
- Racing fans get a double dose of NASCAR action with the Sparks Energy and Geico 500 - May 6 @ 1:00 p.m. and May 7 @ 2:00 p.m. on FOX
- Enjoy Third and Final Round action of the PGA's Wells Fargo championship - May 6 & 7 @ 3:00 p.m. on CBS/Global
- Catch the 'Shamy' cliffhanger on the season finale of The Big Bang Theory - May 11 @ 8:00 p.m. on CBS/CTV
- Season 1 of the hit Archie-based series Riverdale wraps up - May 11 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CW
- The NBA and NHL playoffs continue on ABC, NBC and CBC
(Remember that season finales are treated as 'live' events on Tablo, with an an extra 50% of the run time added to a recording when a tuner is available.)
CANADIAN CORNER: 7% of Canadian Homes Using Banned 'Android' Boxes
A recent study showed that despite the ban on sales of so-called 'fully loaded' Android TV devices, almost 7% of Canadian homes are regularly streaming pirated TV content using one of these boxes. Given the lack of streaming TV choice for Canadians, their continued popularity in the face of legal crackdowns isn't surprising.
Do you feel like you have no choice but to pirate content because of the lack of streaming options? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook. We promise not to tattle on you!
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