Hey there cord cutters!
Before we get into this week's news, a quick note to say that Cord Cutting This Week will be taking a bit of a summer hiatus. We'll be back on August 21st to help you get ready for the fall TV season!
Until then, we've got a great how-to from TechHive on increasing your data privacy as a cord cutter.
Also: Q&A on adding memory to your Roku, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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HOW-TO: Improve Your Data Privacy When Cutting the Cord
One of the ways most streaming services, platforms, device and television manufacturers make money is by gathering and selling your viewing data. This data helps them sell you things directly via on-screen ads, sell ad space to third parties, and sell your viewing data to other companies.
(Quick note... Tablo gathers a minimal amount of data for customer support and basic business purposes only and does not sell data to any third parties.)
Thankfully some new California legislation requires the companies that share this data to allow you to opt out. There are also settings on your streaming devices and TVs that can be tweaked to prevent this. (Big thanks to the team at Tech Hive for compiling this info!)
Have you already tweaked anti-tracking settings on your devices or would you rather get served more relevant ads? Tell us about it via Facebook or Twitter.
Q&A: What's the Benefit Of Adding Memory to My Roku?
This week's question comes from Colleen who asks, "Is there any benefit to adding memory to my Roku Ultra? Will it reduce buffering or can I play back movies from it?"
If you have a 'box' style Roku like the Roku Ultra instead of a Roku stick, there's a good chance there's a microSD slot on the back.
Adding memory to your Roku via a microSD card won't reduce buffering (that's caused by slowdowns on your home network or external internet connections) and it won't allow you to play back videos (that's what the USB port is for).
What it will do is give you more memory for storing streaming apps which means apps you use less frequently will launch much quicker.
microSD cards can be purchased for as little as $5, so it's certainly a cheap and easy upgrade if responsive app launching is important to you.
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SHORT CUTS: Tablo Named Best Overall OTA DVR, & More
Most weeks there's more news than we can cram into this email. Thankfully 'short cuts' delivers the cord-cutting news and deals we didn't have room for, including:
WHAT'S ON: Must-See OTA TV
In addition to the return of sports, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Canadians can check out the Ken Burns biopic Jackie Robinson - August 2nd @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBC
- Tune into the comedic gameshow Taskmaster - August 2nd @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Followed by the reality cooking show Fridge Wars - August 2nd @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Summer reality favorite Big Brother returns for season 22 with a special 'all stars' cast - August 5th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
- Check out the US premiere of the drama Coroner - August 5th @ 9:00 p.m. on CW
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record!
CANADIAN CORNER: Plan to Rescan in Ottawa/Barrie/Halifax
Although the work was already scheduled to be completed according to the CRTC channel repack database, CTV stations in Ottawa, Toronto/Barrie (Fonthill), and Halifax will be changing frequencies on August 5th.
In order to continue to view these stations, you'll need to run a fresh channel scan on your TV, your Tablo DVR, or any other Over-the-Air TV equipment with tuners on or after that date.
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