Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we'll be talking about how your TV might be spying on you, why you need to ditch your rental router, this week's must-see TV and much more...
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Is It Time to Upgrade Your Roku?
Most of us don't have the cash to go on a shopping spree every time there's a new gadget in town. That being said, there comes a point where it's time to give up on an older device.
Thankfully the folks at TechHive put together a handy guide outlining which older model Rokus don't support some of the newer streaming channels (like HBO Now and the CW) or features that most of us take for granted (like multiple Netflix profiles and high def video).
Have you recently upgraded your streaming set-top-box? Tell us why you picked up something new on Twitter or Facebook.
Considering Buying TV? Make Sure It's Cord Cutting Friendly
If you're considering making a TV purchase this year, the folks at Cord Cutters News warn that not all options on the market are cord cutting-friendly. Some TV manufacturers - most notably Vizio - have actually removed Over-the-Air tuners from newer HDTVs. This means there is no way to connect an antenna directly to the TV.
However, if you've already invested in a 'tunerless' TV there is a workaround. You can use an OTA DVRs like Tablo or more simple digital converter boxes.
Handy tip to avoid a 'tunerless' TV: check the fine print. Those that don't include tuners are often marketed as 'home theater displays' instead of televisions.
Your TV Might Be Spying On You *Cue Ominous Music*
Speaking of Vizio, they were fined $2.2 million this week by the US Federal Trade Commission for secretly gathering data on the viewing habits of its customers and then selling that data to advertisers and other 3rd parties. Creepy!
If you own a Vizio TV, make sure to turn off the 'Smart Interactivity' 'feature'. The folks at ZDNET have a handy tutorial here.
Speaking Of Lawsuits... TWC Under Fire Over Internet Speeds
New York State is suing Time Warner Cable over accusations the ISP failed to deliver the internet speeds its customers thought they were purchasing, and that it also failed to provide equipment that was actually capable of delivering those speeds.
But as Consumer Reports says, it's not only TWC customers who should be ditching rental routers. Why? Beyond the absurd rental costs, you may be stuck with sub-par technology and performance which can greatly impact streaming content enjoyment.
By investing as little as $100, a new router can significantly boost the quality of WiFi in your home. For more WiFi tuning tips and tricks, check out the Tablo blog.
This Week's Must-See OTA TV
As usual, there's lots of great FREE TV on this week including:
Don't forget to set your Tablo to record all these great shows!
- Period drama Reign is back for Season 4 - February 10 @ 9 p.m. ET on CW (CTV is airing episodes a day before in Canada)
- Motown fans shouldn't miss Smokey Robinson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song special - February 10 @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Alec Baldwin hosts and Ed Sheeran performs on Saturday Night Live - February 11 @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- James Corden hosts the 59th Annual Grammy Awards - February 12 @ 8 p.m. ET on CBS/CITY TV
- Katherine Heigl returns to TV in Doubt, premiering - February 15 @ 10 p.m. ET on CBS
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Canadian Corner: Bell Says CRTC Ruling Behind Ratings Drop
Bell was unhappy with the outcome of Superbowl Sunday, not because they're Falcons fans, but because of a 39% drop in ratings on Bell-owned networks. The telecom giant complained this was a direct result of a CRTC ruling late last year on something called 'simultaneous substitution'.
The ruling outlawed Bell's ability to replace US commercials with Canadian ones on US network feeds which had angered viewers in Canada in previous Superbowl years.
For those of you near the border, did you catch CTV's signal or FOX's on Superbowl Sunday. Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.
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