Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we've got an AMAZING contest where you can win a new Tablo DUAL OTA DVR along with a Roku Smart TV and a Mohu antenna! Keep reading for details!
We're also talking about the wave of Netflix originals on the way, deals for cord cutting dads, and this week's must-see TV!
OK... now let's get to it!
NEWS: Tablo DUAL First Look & Unboxing
In case you missed it, we announced a brand new Tablo DVR last week - Tablo DUAL - which includes up to 40 hours of onboard storage for recordings. Tablo DUAL is now available exclusively at Best Buy.com and in select Best Buy stores. (And via TabloTV.com for Canucks.)
Want a closer look? The folks at Cord Cutters news have an unboxing video and a first look review as well as a comparison between the original 2-Tuner Tablo DVR and the new Tablo DUAL.
WIN: The Ultimate Out-of-the-Box Cord Cutting Kit
Want to get your hands on a brand new Tablo DUAL AND a sweet Roku Smart TV AND an amplified Mohu antenna? Don't miss out on our latest giveaway!
This kit has everything you need to cut ties with your cable company forever in an easy to set up package and would make a wicked Father's Day gift. Get your entries in ASAP!
GEAR: TCL & Winegard Team Up for Cord Cutting Bundle
Taking a page from competitor Element, TCL recently announced an incentive aimed at cord cutters: a $20 off coupon for Winegard's popular Winegard FlatWave antenna with the purchase of one of their 4K Roku-enabled Smart TVs.
Given that CNET recently named Roku as the #1 Smart TV interface saying, "... it's really hard to beat any TV running Roku's interface..." TCL shouldn't have too much trouble staying popular with people looking to cut cable TV.
Do you have a Roku Smart TV? Tell us what you think about it on Twitter or Facebook!
STREAMING: Apple & Amazon Make Nice
At Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference this week they announced they've made nice and Amazon Video will be coming to the Apple TV 'later this year'.
That was pretty much the most exciting thing for cord cutters to come out of the latest Apple shindig, although they generally save the big tvOS news for fall. There are indeed rumblings a new 4K-enabled Apple TV will be announced then.
We'll be sure to keep you all posted on both of these developments!
STREAMING: 2017 Netflix Original Previews & Release Dates
Netflix has been cranking out new content at a fevered pace, so much so that they're set to have the largest new content budget of any 'broadcaster' in 2018, surpassing ESPN. And Netflix is using that budget to make some amazing TV.
Business Insider has the full list of Netflix original premiere dates for the rest of 2017, including previews of some of the brand new shows (like GLOW, Friends from College, and Marvel's The Defenders) as well as returning favs like Orange Is the New Black and Stranger Things.
DEALS: Cord Cutting Deals for Dads
With Father's Day around the corner, consider picking one of these deals up for your favorite cord cutting dad:
- Watch & record up to four channels at once with Tablo 4-Tuner OTA DVRs which are $50 off on BestBuy.com
- The best streaming set-top-box for most people - Roku Premiere+ is $10 off at BestBuy.com and Walmart.com
- TODAY ONLY - Highly rated TP Link Archer series Dual-Band routers are $50 off on Amazon.com
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
As usual, there's lots of great FREE TV on this week including:
- Theater buffs won't want to miss the 71st Annual Tony Awards, which celebrates excellence in Broadway productions - June 11 @ 8:00 p.m. on CBS/CTV
- Tune in to the return of $100,000 Pyramid, the classic game show where stars team up with players for a chance to win one of 100 grand prizes - June 11 @ 10:00 p.m. on ABC
- Hardest working guy in Hollywood - Steve Harvey - is the host of two new shows this week: Celebrity Family Feud and Little Big Shots - June 11 @ 8:00 p.m. on ABC/CityTV and June 14 @ 8:00 p.m. on NBC/CityTV
- Don't miss the new season of American Ninja Warrior, where competitors tackle the world's most difficult obstacle courses - June 12 @ 8:00 p.m. on NBC/CTV
- Everyone's favorite dance competition, So You Think You Can Dance, is back for its 14th season - June 12 @ 8:00 p.m. on FOX
- Kal Penn hosts Superhuman where ordinary people with extraordinary skills compete for a grand prize - June 12 @ 9:00 p.m. on FOX
- Check out Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge where teams must work together to race across specially designed obstacle courses - June 12 @ 10:00 p.m. on NBC
- The NBA & NHL finals continue on ABC, NBC and CBC
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
CANADIAN CORNER: Bell Scolded by CRTC Over Pick & Play
Without any real competition, Bell has been playing fast and loose with rules set down by the CRTC to improve consumer choice when it comes to pay TV. This week the regulator gave Bell an ultimatum to start following the letter of the law on pick & play TV, requiring them to let customers choose multiple add-on bundles to 'skinny basic' programming.
Would you love to see more competition in streaming TV offerings in Canada, like consumers enjoy in the US? Tell us on Twitter or Facebook!
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