Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're talking about the state of the Android TV platform, including the 'new' hardware introduced this week.
Also: the myth of the paperclip TV antenna, a Tablo DVR buyer's guide, must-see OTA TV, and more!
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NEWS: 'New' Android Hardware Announced
The last few weeks have seen new streaming hardware from Roku and Amazon... And this week it was Google's turn.
Unfortunately, Google's keynote didn't focus at all on Android TV. And the two 'new' hardware introductions - first a Xiaomi Mi Box with a refreshed remote and then a tweaked Chromecast dongle - were done outside of the big corporate shindig.
Compared to competitors who are working hard to evolve their platforms and deliver faster, cheaper hardware, it's been a very quiet year for the Android TV platform. In fact, PC MAG went so far as to say, "Google's entire TV philosophy is wrong." Yikes.
Still, Android TV does have some dedicated fans, generally because of the platform's flagship device, the NVIDIA SHIELD. Although consumers love its flexibility and power, its price point keeps a lot of new cord cutters from embracing the platform.
Are you still an Android TV fan? Or have you ditched it for Roku, Fire TV, or Apple? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
Q&A: Can I Use a Paperclip to get OTA TV?
In our newest feature, we're asking you to send us your most pressing cord cutting questions via email so we can answer them in an upcoming issue.
To be fair, the inspiration for this week's question is actually from a post on /r/cordcutters.
(If you're not familiar with Reddit, congratulations on avoiding one of the largest time-wasting but occasionally super-useful websites on the internet.)
The question is, "Can I really use a paperclip as an antenna to watch Over-the-Air TV?"
While there's a small chance you could use a piece of metal like a paper clip to receive OTA signals, it's really not a great idea, even for testing purposes.
Check out our guest post on CordCuttersNews.com for details about why the 'paperclip' suggestion exists, why it's a bad idea, and what you should try instead. (Hint - a real TV antenna is your best bet.)
Have a question about cord cutting that you'd like answered? Send us a note and you may see your question in an upcoming issue of Cord Cutting This Week!
GEAR: Which Tablo OTA DVR is Right for You?
This week the folks at Cordcutters.com posted a great rundown of the differences between Tablo OTA DVR models, providing suggestions on which version to choose based on your needs.
The two big decisions for most folks considering a Tablo are:
Storage requirements are very much a personal preference, however, we've heard time and time again from customers that extra tuners come in handy more often than they thought!
If you're looking for a more thorough Tablo product comparison chart, we've got one on our website.
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
In the thick of premiere season, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Blindspot returns for season 4 - October 12 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC
- Or catch the season 2 premiere of Dynasty followed by the season 4 premiere of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - October 12 starting @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Documentary series Shakespeare Uncovered unveils the stories behind some of the bard's most famous plays - October 12 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- SNL alumn Seth Myers hosts with musical guest Paul Simon on Saturday Night Live - October 13 @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Get a double-dose of girl power with the premiere of season 4 of Supergirl followed by the reboot of Charmed - October 14 starting @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Catch the premiere of the newest late-night program The Alec Baldwin Show - October 14 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CTV
- Arrow returns for season 7 followed by the special Constantine: The Legend Continues (which includes a sneak peek at the new season of Legends of Tomorrow) - October 15 starting @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Roseanne spinoff The Conners premieres, followed by The Kids are Alright, the season 5 premiere of Black-ish, the season 2 premiere of Splitting Up Together, and the Nathan Fillion drama The Rookie - October 16 starting at @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CTV/CityTV
With fall premiere season in full swing, don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING filter on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record!
CANADIAN CORNER: Amazon Prime Video Comes to Roku
Roku users in Canada now have access to another major streaming service - Amazon Prime Video - if they also have a $80/yr. Amazon Prime account.
Amazon has started ramping up production of award-winning and critically acclaimed original content, but its catalogue is still much smaller than Netflix. That means it may not be a worthwhile purchase unless you also take advantage of the free and fast shipping of a Prime account.
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