Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're talking about what ABC might do to fill the hole in its fall schedule now that they've cancelled Roseanne.
We've also got details on how wind farms could affect your cord cutting plans, tips on OTA TV antenna accessories, this week's must-see OTA TV and more!
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WHAT'S ON: Well... Not Roseanne!
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard that ABC made the decision to cancel Roseanne this week after its star sent out a tweet that many considered racist and offensive.
Although Roseanne later apologized and claimed she was tweeting under the influence of the sleep aid Ambien, ABC has stood firm in its decision despite the fact it leaves a huge hole in its fall TV lineup.
Speculation abounds on how ABC could salvage some of its investment, and solve its programming problem including spin-offs featuring Roseanne stars Laurie Metcalf (Jackie) and Sara Gilbert (Darlene). Metcalf, Gilbert, and John Goodman (Dan) have all said they'd be onboard.
(This move wouldn't be without precedent, as that's exactly what NBC did when a contract dispute left its late 80s sitcom - Valerie - without a lead actress.)
Others have suggested that the show should be picked up by FOX, since they rescued Last Man Standing after it too was cancelled by ABC.
Regardless, ABC will have to make decisions about how to fill its lineup in the coming weeks so we'll be sure to keep you posted.
NEWS: Wind Farms Block Antenna TV Signals?
Our friends at Cord Cutters News posted an interesting piece this week based on reports that Over-the-Air TV signals are being blocked, or at least impacted by wind farms.
When we shared it on social media, several of our followers chimed in to say their OTA signals are indeed negatively impacted when their local turbines are in motion. And the science of antenna TV signals backs this up, as interference from trees and buildings and other tall structures can refract or block reception.
Those who live near airports or major hospitals may also see dips in their OTA signals when helicopters pass by, and the rotors of those aircraft definitely mimic the disruptions you'd see with wind turbines but on a smaller, more intermittent scale.
Have you seen OTA interference from your local wind farm, or another unlikely source? Tell us your story on Twitter or Facebook!
HOW TO: Perfect Your Over-the-Air TV Setup with Antenna Accessories
While it may be more difficult to work around major sources of Over-The-Air interference like wind farms, there are a variety of ways you can take your OTA TV reception from good to great with antenna accessories.
Depending on your setup, your location, and other factors, these antenna gadgets can change your antenna TV experience for the better, and for very little money. Check out the different types of accessories, and learn how they work on the Tablo blog.
SHORT CUTS: Quick Cord Cutting News Tidbits
Our new 'short cuts' feature is a roundup of links to cord cutting news and deals from this past week, including:
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
Along with the NHL Playoffs, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna including:
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
- Catch continuing coverage of the French Open Tennis tournament - June 2 - 10 on NBC
- Reality competition So You Think You Can Dance returns for season 15 - June 4 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX
- Sketch comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? returns for its 6th season - June 4 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Musical competition The Four: Battle for Stardom returns for season 2 - June 7 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX
CANADIAN CORNER: Streaming TV Needs to Pay for Cancon
Yesterday the CRTC issued its report titled Harnessing Change: The Future of Programming Distribution in Canada. (You can read the full thing here, if you're so inclined.)
This report is supposed to provide some guidance for policy changes around the Broadcasting Act which hasn't been updated since 1991, well before the advent of streaming TV.
The report identifies four options for the future of content distribution in the country, and suggests the best approach is to "... clearly and explicitly make any video or audio services offered in Canada and/or drawing revenue from Canadians subject to the legislation and incorporate them into the broadcasting system..."
Basically that means requiring companies like Netflix and even music service Spotify to contribute revenues to fund the production of Canadian content, just like traditional broadcasters like TV and radio stations do now.
What's not clear, is how the government would ensure this type of regulatory oversight and funding would not impact end-users in terms of price hikes or services avoiding the market because of these hurdles... Or if any of the vague plans in the report will ever be turned into actual policies.
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