Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we'll be talking about the crackdown on 'KODI boxes', a new 'Disc to Digital' service, this week's must-see TV and much more including our biggest cord cutting giveaway EVER with our friends at Roku!
OK... now let's get to it!
ENTER TO WIN: Roku TV Prize Pack
While we generally recommend using a set-top-box vs. a Smart TV for use with Tablo, Roku-powered TVs are arguably the best on the market and provide a virtually identical experience to their set-top-boxes or sticks. Add a Tablo OTA DVR to the mix and you can watch live, local TV and all of your favorite streaming services with a single remote. Pretty cool, eh?
That's why we've teamed up with our partner Roku to give away one of our biggest and most exciting prize packs EVER: a 43" Sharp Roku TV and a 2-Tuner Tablo OTA DVR! The entry deadline is Sunday at 11:59 p.m. ET so enter soon, enter often and make sure to share the contest for more chances to win!
NEWS: 'KODI Box' Crackdown Explained
You've probably seen ads in your local buy/sell groups, kiosks in the mall or even listings on Amazon and eBay for Android set-top-boxes pre-loaded with apps based on home theater software called KODI. This software is a great way to unify all of your legally-owned content in a single interface. (Heck, Tablo even has a KODI Add-On).
But much to the dismay of the foundation behind KODI, 3rd party add-ons and plug-ins for the software designed specifically to stream pirated content over the internet, have become synonymous with its name. To combat this, KODI has begun enforcing its trademark leading to legitimate vendors in the US to choose not include these 3rd party add-ons. Sellers in Canada and the UK are even being sued in court by content owners.
Set-top-boxes with an Android operating system remain 100% legal as does the base KODI software. So what should cord cutters looking to obtain content legally do? Avoid the unofficial plug-ins and add-ons and 'free TV' Android devices. For the best experience, we recommend purchasing a mainstream commercial set-top-box like the Nvidia Shield, Xiaomi Mi Box, or Amazon Fire TV.
Do you use KODI at home? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
RUMOR MILL: New Mid-Range Amazon Fire TV on the Way?
The team at AFTVNews.com is reporting that a new mid-range Amazon Fire TV may be on the way. Based on information they've gathered, the new device is expected to have a stick-style form factor capable of 4K UHD playback at 60 fps and high dynamic range (HDR) video and an expected retail price of $59 US. We'll be sure to share details as they come available.
Would you be interested in a new ultra high def Fire TV stick? Are you currently using Amazon Fire TV and love it? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
SERVICES: Convert Your DVDs to Digital with Vudu
If you've got a huge DVD collection taking up space in your home, and you never watch them because you have no idea where the remote for the DVD player even is, you might want to check out a new service from Vudu called Disc to Digital. The mobile app allows you to scan the bar codes on the back of your DVDs which then gives you access to the movie on Vudu's streaming service for $2-5.
There's a few catches though... Disney movies are not included and you must be in your home to do the conversion. And, while it might be great to get rid of the clutter that DVDs cause, it's good to remember that streaming a video that you own will use up internet bandwidth which can be a deal-breaker for those on a data cap.
Have you converted your DVDs to digital copies? Tell us how you did it on Twitter or Facebook.
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
Including the March Madness Sweet Sixteen, there's lots of great FREE TV on this week including:
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
- Drama miniseries To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters premieres - March 26 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Documentary miniseries Dead Reckoning: War, Crime and Justice From WW2 to the War on Terror premieres - March 28 @ 8:00 p.m. on PBS
- Jenna Elfman plays a career woman who is again visited by her childhood imaginary friend (voiced by SNL alum Rachel Dratch) in Imaginary Mary premiering - March 29 @ 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC
- Complete strangers will pair up to compete in season 29 of The Amazing Race which premieres - March 30 @ 10:00 p.m. ET on CBS/CTV
DEALS: Save $50 on Tablo 4-Tuner OTA DVR
It doesn't happen often so catch this deal while you can! Right now the 4-Tuner Tablo OTA DVR - which lets you watch and record up to 4 channels at once - is $50 off on Walmart.com.
Order yours now!
CANADIAN CORNER: Bell & Rogers Target Bars & Restaurants for Price Hike
Tired of fleecing average consumers, Bell and Rogers have turned their money-making sights to bars and restaurants.
Starting May 1st, both corporations have decided to remove their main sports channels - TSN, Sportsnet and various regional feeds - from the bundled packages available to businesses that have a liquor licence. Those channels will still be available, but at a significantly higher price.
For companies that own the content, the pipe AND even the teams playing, it seems like a move designed solely to hit cord cutters and small business owners, while increasing profits for their shareholders.
As a cordcutter, do you head to the local pub to watch sports? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
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