Happy Friday the 13th Cord Cutters!
First, with Amazon Prime Day happening Monday, July 16th, make sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter to get real-time updates on the best deals for cord cutters!
Now on to the good stuff... This week we're discussing visible and invisible sources of interference that can put a damper on your Over-the-Air TV enjoyment.
We're also talking about why Cox customers should ALSO be double checking their bills, a sweet giveaway with our friends at CordCutting.com, this week's must-see OTA TV and more!
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NEWS: Cox Caught Adding Unwanted Services to Customer Accounts
We told you last week about how DirecTV NOW customers may have been billed for duplicate accounts or even if they weren't using the service. Now there are reports that Cox cable sales reps were pulling the same type of scam.
In an effort to meet sales quotas that would result in personal bonuses, reps were adding services to customer accounts that were never requested, and not just for cable TV but phone and internet plans.
Needless to say, it's critical to open and review your monthly bills to ensure you're only paying for the products and services you want and either remind or help elderly or vulnerable family members to do the same.
HOW-TO: Avoid Visible and Invisible Sources of OTA Interference
In order to get the best quality and quantity of Over-the-Air signals with your TV antenna, knowing the visible and invisible sources of potential interference is key.
For example, did you know that the type of light bulb you use in your house or proximity to power lines can hurt your TV reception?
If not, check out our guest post on CordCuttersNews.com for the details. It could make a huge difference in your OTA TV viewing experience!
ENTER TO WIN: Summer of Cord Cutting Prize Pack
Summer is one of the best times to become a cord cutter. Why?
Most of your favorite TV shows are on hiatus until the fall, and you're likely spending more time at the beach or in the backyard enjoying the weather than inside on the couch. That gives you plenty of time to research, buy, and install your ultimate cord cutting setup!
To give you a head-start on your cord cutting mission, we've teamed up with our friends at Roku and Cordcutting.com to give away a sweet prize pack including:
Head over to the Tablo blog to enter, and make sure to share the contest with friends for more chances to win!
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
Along with continuing coverage of the FIFA World Cup of Soccer, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Canadians can catch coverage of Cycling's Tour de France - July 14-23 on CityTV
- Catch Tennis' Wimbledon women's and men's final match-ups - July 14/15 at 3:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Nature documentary program Earth's Natural Wonders returns for a 2nd season - July 14 @ 2:30 p.m. ET on PBS
- New show Whistleblower profiles ordinary people who risk their jobs to expose wrongdoing - July 13 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS/CityTV
- Catch MLB Baseball's 89th All-Star Game live from D.C. - July 17 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX
- Celebrate the top moments in sports this year with The 2018 ESPYs - July 18 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Follow all-girl eSports team CLG Red as they compete in one of the world's biggest tournaments in the documentary Girl Got Game - July 18 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
- True crime mockumentary series Trial & Error returns for it's 2nd season starring Kristin Chenoweth - July 19 @ 9:00 a.m. ET on NBC/CTV
- Catch season 2 of the nature program Earth's Natural Wonders followed by the documentary series Kingdoms of the Sky - July 11 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
CANADIAN CORNER: Pay TV Subscribers & Revenue Drop in 2017
This week the CRTC released its annual overview of the state of Canada's broadcasting industry based on stats collected from television service providers, and broadcasters in 2017.
Over the past year, pay TV providers in the country lost 1.9% of their subscriber base to cord cutting, and 2.3% of revenue. This is the sixth consecutive year of decreasing revenues for the conventional TV service industry, and almost a full point increase in subscriber losses.
It will be interesting to see if even more Canadians cut the cord on cable in 2018 with the increase in streaming TV options.
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