Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're bringing you the latest in the debate on cord cutting, and why consumers can STILL save money even in the era of streaming service proliferation and peak TV.
Also: the hottest cord cutting gear deals right now, how-tos on placing and installing your TV antenna, the low-down on antenna 'mileage' ratings, this week's must-see OTA TV, and more!
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NEWS: Cord Cutting In the Era of Peak TV
Yet again this week a story (this time from The Verge) floated the idea that the proliferation of streaming services aimed at cord cutters is just recreating the bloated cable bundle of yore, just as a more expensive and complicated ecosystem.
And yet again, TechHive comes in with the rebuttal that it's not about recreating cable.
It's about choice in the era of 'peak TV'.
It's about saving money because, as TechHive says, "... no one’s making you subscribe to them all."
Nor should you, especially since the lack of contracts allows you to jump from service-to-service as new content appears and you have the free time to binge the hottest new series.
On our Facebook page, we asked Tablo customers what streaming services they use to supplement their Over-the-Air TV viewing. While most subscribed to at least one, some are subscribed as many as five specialty content providers at once and they're STILL saving money compared to their previous pay-TV bill.
HOW TO: Where to Place & How to Install Your OTA Antenna
Just as important as picking the right Over-the-Air antenna, is placing or installing it in the right location in your home.
The ideal location for your antenna may not be near your TV, but instead on the roof, off your garage, in your attic, in a bedroom window, or on a balcony.
This week on the Tablo blog, we covered the best spots to put your OTA antenna and how to get the signal from point A to point B if that place doesn't happen to be in the same room as your TV.
And if you've ever wondered what the 'mileage' or 'distance' ratings on antennas mean, the folks at CordCuttersNews.com asked us to stop by with the answer. (HINT - they're just a guideline!)
(P.S. If you're new to cord cutting, or you know someone who's just getting started, check out/share our fully refreshed and expanded Beginner's Guide to Over-the-Air Antenna TV!)
HOW TO: Improve Your Home Theater Sound for Only $100
If you watch a lot of movies or sports and you're still using your TV's built-in speakers for sound, it may be time for an upgrade.
Thanks to TV soundbars, you no longer need to buy an expensive Surround Sound system and run a bunch of cabling for an improved audio experience.
The best part is that there's a new soundbar that the experts are going bananas over, and it's just $100.
Both CNET and CordCutters.com recently wrote glowing reviews, with the latter saying "...This is a ridiculously good sound bar for the money. Period..."
Do you have a full Surround Sound setup or a soundbar at home? Or are you satisfied with the sound from your TV's speakers? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
(And in case you missed it, you can now enjoy 5.1 Surround Sound via Tablo OTA DVRs!)
DEALS: Save Even MORE Money on Cord Cutting Gear
We know cord cutters love a great deal! Here's a few we've spotted this week:
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As usual, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- NFL pre-season action continues
- Tune into the WE Day special, a celebration of young people featuring inspiring artists and speakers - August 18 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Beatles fans won't want to miss the prime-time special Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live from Liverpool - August 20 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS
- Don't miss the documentary miniseries The Story of the Royals - August 22-23 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC
CANADIAN CORNER: Cord Cutting Continues in Canada
This week, the CRTC released its annual snapshot report on the state of the telecom market in Canada. It showed Canadian households are spending on average $222 monthly on triple or quadruple play packages (internet, mobile, TV, landline).
The average spending on TV services alone was $53.75, but the number of Canadians with those TV subscriptions also dropped by 3.9%.
As Canadian streaming options continue to increase, along with the awareness of cord cutting and availability of tools and technology we're likely to see this trend continue.
If you enjoy reading Canadian government publications (like who doesn't, am I right?) you can check out the full report on the CRTC website.
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