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How to Watch The Olympics As a Cord Cutter

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Happy Friday cord cutters!

This week we're talking about how to watch the Olympics as a cord cutter and how that has changed since the 2018 games.

Also: Q&A on what tuners do in OTA DVRs, short cuts including some super hot deals, must-see OTA TV, and more. 

As always, if you know of someone who might need some insight or help with cutting the cord on cable or satellite, please forward our newsletter, or use the handy share buttons at the top of this email. 

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NEWS > How to Watch the Olympics as a Cord Cutter
NBC Tokyo
After a pandemic-related delay, the 2020 summer Olympics are set to start officially today in Tokyo. And you don't need cable to tune in.

Casual viewers can catch tons of events for free in the US via Peacock or with an Over-the-Air antenna on NBC. With a 13 hour time difference to Tokyo, adding a Tablo OTA DVR to your antenna can help you record early/late events to watch at a more hospitable time. Sling Blue subscribers can also enjoy free access to the Olympic channel

But, as Jared Newman from TechHive points out, Olympic super fans will need to spend more apps and more money for subscriptions than ever before to catch some events like men's basketball.

Will NBC's experiment in streaming most Olympic events for free lead to more live sports leaving the realm of expensive cable or streaming subscriptions? Only time tell.  

What's your favorite Olympic event? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter.  

Q&A > When It Comes to OTA DVRs, What Do Tuners Do?
what do tuners do

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 Stacey who says, "I'm researching OTA DVRs and have a newbie question. What is the function of the tuners in relation to the antenna?"

The tuners in Over-the-Air DVRs take the signal from your antenna and turn it into the digital audio and video feed you see on your TV.

Most televisions have just a single tuner. However, most DVRs have more than one so you can watch something live on one channel while recording something else on another channel.

The more tuners a DVR has, the more programs you can watch or record at the same time from a single Over-the-Air antenna. For example, with a four-tuner DVR, you can watch or record up to four programs at once.

Have a question about cord cutting 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 > Deals On OTA DVRs, Roku Streambar, & More
Tablo Best Buy Sale

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: 


Along with the Olympics, there's lots of great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
NBA Draft
  • Sci-fi drama Roswell, New Mexico returns for season 3 - July 26th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW 
  • Tune into the 2021 NBA Draft - July 29th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING tab on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record.  


CANADIAN CORNER > How to Watch the Olympics as a Canadian Cord Cutter

Since CBC owns the rights to Olympic coverage in Canada, it's quite easy for everyone to enjoy their favorite events without the need for a cable or satellite subscription.

If you don't have an Over-the-Air TV antenna that can pick up CBC, you can easily stream the games live via the free CBC Gem app or the CBC TV app on major platforms. There's even additional coverage via the CBC Sports channel on YouTube


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