Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
Today we're talking about a cable TV fee that's slated to hit almost $20 a month by 2020.
We've also got pointers to keep your router in tip-top shape, streaming TV updates from Netflix and Fox News, this week's must-see OTA TV and more!
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NEWS: Local Broadcast TV Fee Could Reach $19/Month by 2020
Smart cord cutters know that you can watch your local broadcast channels - like ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and more - for FREE with an Over-the-Air antenna. And yet most cable and satellite subscribers pay a fee each month to enjoy those same programs.
Now the cable industry is warning that fee could reach as high as $19 each month by 2020!
If you or someone in your family is still paying for cable, now's the time to make a cord cutting plan and put it into action!
NEWS: Fox News to Launch Streaming Service
Even though cord cutters with 24/7 cable news addictions can still get their fix via streaming services, the folks at FOX have plans to offer even more content via a newly announced service of their own.
Details are slim aside from the name - FOX Nation - and an approximate Q4 launch date, but sources at the broadcaster say the service is aimed at Fox News superfans and will offer exclusive content as well as access to news archives.
Where do you get your news since cutting the cord on cable? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter.
HOW TO: Care & Feeding of Your Home WiFi Router
Today's home routers are working harder than ever as the amount of WiFi-connected consumer devices has exploded. That's especially so in cord cutting households, where routers are constantly delivering video traffic to Smart TVs, mobile devices, streaming-set-top boxes, and more.
So, if your WiFi router is misbehaving and requires constant reboots to stay online, try these tips from Tom's Guide to ensure your current router is working efficiently:
- Update your router's firmware
- Check the power connectors
- Check the temperature & add cooling if needed
- Set a timer for an automatic reboot
That being said, if your router is more than five years old it may be time for an upgrade anyways. Newer routers are faster, designed to handle more traffic, and have improved range.
STREAMING: What's New on Netflix in March
Alongside all of the free TV you can watch with an antenna, check out our picks for great shows and movies on Netflix for you to enjoy in March.
- Binge watch Ghostbusters 1 & 2, or the teen classic Cruel Intentions and its two sequels
- Jessica Jones is back for season 2 and it'll be interesting to see the direction this show and its excellent cast take
- Looking for a date night movie? Check out Up in the Air with George Clooney and Anna Kendrick
- Enjoy comedy specials including Ricky Gervais: Humanity & The Standups: Season 2
- The kids will love new seasons of Dinotrux and Voltron, or the reboot of 90s favorite Power Rangers
- Canadians can also enjoy the first 5 Fast & Furious movies, mini series Alias Grace, season 12 of the Trailer Park Boys, and Jennifer Lawrence's breakout film role in the Oscar nominated Winter's Bone
See a full list of new Netflix shows in the US here and in Canada here.
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
The 2018 Winter Olympics wrap up this weekend, but there's even more great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna including:
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
- Season 14 of The Voice premieres - February 26 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CTV
- iZombie is back for season 4 - February 26 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Canadians can enjoy Caught a new drama series starring Paul Gross (Due South) and Allan Hawco (Republic of Doyle) - February 26 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBC
- In the new comedy Living Biblically, a man tries to turn his life around by following the good book - February 26 @ 9:30 p.m. ET on CBS
- With a cast including Mad Men's Christina Hendricks, Parks and Recreation's Retta and Arrested Development's Mae Whitman, you won't want to miss the premiere of dramedy series Good Girls - February 26 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC
- Survivor returns for its 36th season - February 28 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
- Don't forget about 'crossover' night where the Grey's Anatomy crew interacts with upcoming firefighter drama Station 19, and Olivia Pope and Annalise Keating from Scandal/How to Get Away with Murder team up - March 1 @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CTV
- The reboot of the popular variety program Showtime at the Apollo premieres - March 1 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on FOX
CANADIAN CORNER: Sports Service DAZN Comes to Roku
Sports streaming service DAZN got off to a rocky start during its Canadian launch last year, but according to execs has been working hard on improving. Part of that is expanding app support to include Roku.
DAZN remains one of the cheapest ways to watch NFL football in Canada, so hopefully by the time next season starts they'll have fixed the issues fans experienced last year.
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