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Fall TV Schedules Still In Flux

Tablo Cord Cutting This Week

Hey there cord cutters!   

This week we're talking about how the pandemic and industry economics are continuing to shake up the fall TV schedule.  

Also: Q&A on amplified antennas, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more. 

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NEWS: Pandemic & Economics Continue to Reshape Fall TV Schedules
Star Trek Discovery

Trekkies have been waiting 21 years for a new season of Star Trek to air on CBS's main broadcast network. And it only took a global pandemic and a major economic shakeup of the entire television business for it to happen. 

With production on many new shows delayed or still shut down, CBS is bringing season 1 of its streaming hit Star Trek: Discovery to the public airwaves, as well as season 4 of One Day At a Time which was cancelled at Netflix and then moved to cable network Pop.

This hybrid streaming/broadcast approach is increasingly popular not only to work around production shutdowns, but as changing business models impact the economic viability of scripted shows, especially comedies.

Over at ABC, the network is leaning heavily on unscripted series to fill its schedule, although comedy The Conners is one of the first scripted shows to return to production and should air new episodes this fall. 

With Master Chef Junior production delayed, FOX is hoping to repeat its success with The Masked Singer by airing another singing game show hosted by Ken Jeong to round out its schedule.

Delays have also hit NBC's proposed schedule, with American Ninja Warrior replacing The Voice until later this fall.

While we won't be back to 'peak TV' in the short term, television production is slowly ramping up and there will be new shows to watch this fall as we wait for some of our regularly scheduled favorites to return


Q&A: Was I Right to Choose an Un-Amplified TV Antenna?
Mohu Amplified Antenna

Send us your most pressing cord cutting questions via email so we can answer them in an upcoming issue.

This week's question comes from Curtis who asks, "When I selected my TV antenna I chose a non-amplified antenna with a range more than needed. I felt it was better to avoid amplified antennas because of possible interference or just more complexity. Was that a good decision?"

Curtis' question is a follow-up to last week's lead story about antenna mileage ratings. Many indoor antennas and even some outdoor antennas come with optional or built-in signal amplifiers.

It's a common misconception that amplified antennas can help you bring in TV stations from further away.

In reality, amplifiers simply 
boost the Over-the-Air TV signals that you're already getting. Unfortunately, they will also amplify any errors (noise) in your signal which could actually make your reception worse. Many amplifiers also need to be connected to a power outlet which is an additional level of cabling complexity. 

In general, it's best to make the same decision as Curtis and choose an un-amplified antenna that is rated to receive signals from a bit further away than needed. Although if you're already 50-70 miles away from your local broadcast towers, you may need that extra boost.

Have a question about cordcutting that you'd like answered? Send us a note and you may see your question in an upcoming issue of Cord Cutting This Week! 

SHORT CUTS: Channel Repack Work Continues, & More

channel repack tower work

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: 


As usual, there's lots great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
  • Canadians can catch the Arkells debut their new album on Budweiser Stage At Home - August 29th @ 8:00 p.m. on CityTV
  • Can't get enough Love Island? Check out the 'aftershow' Love Island: More to Love premiering -August 29th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS
  • Tune in to the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards - August 30th @ 8:00 p.m. on CBS/CTV2   
  • Canadian medical drama Transplant makes its US debut - September 1st @ 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC 
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record! 

Hard Drive Sales

Back to school is a great time to score a deal on a new Tablo-compatible hard drive.

This week Walmart has 1TB and 2TB models from WD and Seagate on for as low as $59.98 CDN.

Saturday and Sunday only Shoppers Drug Mart is advertising a 1.5TB Seagate drive for just $59.99. 


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