Happy Friday cord cutters!
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This week we're talking about the very public debate around TiVo's future in the streaming TV business.
Also: Q&A on IPTV, short cuts including deals, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS > Is TiVo Abandoning The Streaming Device Business?
(Editor's Note - To avoid any perceived editorial conflict of interest we very rarely if ever mention TiVo as they are a competitor to Tablo. That being said, we have done our best to provide a balanced overview of the onslaught of TiVo news and rumors from this week below.)
Last May, TiVo broke away from its long history of hardware DVRs and released an Android TV-based streaming dongle, the TiVo Stream 4K. Just months later, some stiff competition arrived in the form of Chromecast with Google TV. Launched at the same price point and with similar content discovery capabilities, it immediately made the TiVo Stream 4K a tougher sell, especially given early issues with the product.
TiVo's parent company Xperi admitted as much on a recent earnings call, causing TiVo watchers to conclude the company was giving up on the streaming dongle concept to focus instead on building a Smart TV platform.
But others weren't convinced that TiVo had totally thrown in the streaming towel, and Xperi's PR team eventually told TechHive it would continue to make new devices but statements to other outlets were less specific.
That clarification seemed too little too late for some, especially amid the departure of key product personnel, the choice to give Channel Master exclusive rights to its antenna DVRs, and increased focus and spending on patent acquisition.
Only time will tell which side is right about TiVo's future.
Q&A > Is This IPTV Provider Legit?
This week's question comes from Jeffrey who says, "I continually get emails from an IPTV company offering 2000 channels for one low monthly price. Am I right to think this sounds fishy?"
When it comes to streaming TV services, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
These days, any legitimate streaming service will shy away from being called an 'IPTV provider'. Why? While the acronym IPTV accurately describes the delivery of television over the internet, this word has been co-opted by disreputable organizations, often operating outside of the US and Canada, selling access to content they have no right to distribute.
Streaming illegal IPTV could put you in hot water with your ISP at best, and at worst put your personal information or home network in jeopardy. That's why it's best to stick with legitimate brand-name services like Sling, Philo, Disney+, and others.
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SHORT CUTS > Hot Deal on Tablo DVRs, Internet Discounts, & 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
Along with some season finales, there's lots of great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Catch The Queen Carries On: A Gayle King Special - May 14th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
- Keegan-Michael Key hosts and Olivia Rodrigo performs on Saturday Night Live - May 15th @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Enjoy the new nature documentary series Life at the Waterhole - May 19th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
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 > Virgin Mobile Customers Eligible for Crave TV Deal
Virgin is offering mobile, TV, and internet customers two months of its top-tier Crave + Movies + HBO service for free. (A $40 value.)
The deal must be requested via your Virgin account online or the My Benefits App. With huge hits like Tenet, The Handmaids Tale, and more streaming now it's a great way to supplement Over-the-Air TV viewing over the summer without breaking the bank.
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