Happy Friday cord cutters!
This week we're talking about new low-cost 4K streaming devices coming to market.
Also: Q&A on picture-in-picture support, short cuts including deals, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS > More Low-Cost 4K Streaming Devices On The Way
When it comes to lower-cost 4K streaming TV devices, consumers have a wide variety of options to choose from. There's the Chromecast with Google TV, the Fire TV Stick 4K, the TiVo Stream 4K, and the new Roku Express 4K.
Now lesser-known brands are entering the market — first Dynalink, now Walmart's house brand ONN, and perhaps soon Anker — with budget options of their own.
All three of these devices are based on the same reference hardware/design, and the ONN streamer and forthcoming Anker model even share the same remote, which makes it easy for companies like Walmart to keep the price as low as $29.88.
But should you choose a generic brand budget streaming device over a name-brand one? Or even any lower-cost 4K streamers over more expensive models?
Elias at AFTVnews.com wasn't overly impressed with the ONN streaming box, and Cord Cutters News' benchmarking shows how much snappier higher-end streaming devices perform. So, if you're willing to wait for a sale and spend an extra $20-$30, it's well worth it to choose more powerful technology.
Do you find these low-cost gadgets hard to resist? Or would you rather invest in something higher-end? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter.
Q&A > How Can I Get Picture-In-Picture on my Apple TV?
This week's question comes from Michael who says, "Not a lot of apps support picture-in-picture on Apple TV. Is there a workaround so I can watch hockey and baseball at the same time with the Tablo app or other apps that don't allow it?"
Apple TV is a pretty powerful streaming platform, but as Michael points out, not all tvOS apps support the same level of features. Thankfully Tech Hive put together some tips and tricks for Apple TV owners, including one that'll help sports fans keep an eye on two different games at once.
The secret is to use your iPhone or iPad to start playback of the first video and bounce it to your television screen via the AirPlay feature. Once it's playing, swipe up on the Apple TV remote and select the picture-in-picture icon which will move the video to the corner of your screen. You can then navigate to the same app or even a different app on your Apple TV and start playing another video that will fill up the rest of your screen.
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SHORT CUTS > Hot Deal on Tablo DVRs, Amazon Buys MGM, & 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:
- Tune in to season 13 of American Ninja Warrior - May 31st @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CTV
- Hell's Kitchen returns for its 20th season - May 31st @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX/CityTV
- Followed by the brand new animated comedy HouseBroken - May 31st @ 9:00 p.m. ET on FOX/CTV2
- New gameshow Small Fortune premieres - May 31st @ 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Don't miss the special Tulsa 1921: An American Tragedy - May 31st @ 10:00 p.m. on CBS/Global
- America's Got Talent returns for season 16 - June 1st @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CityTV
- Catch the season 2 premiere of Lego Masters - June 1st @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX/CTV
- Master Chef is back for its 18th season - June 2nd @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX/CTV
- Season 4 of Beat Shazam premieres - June 3rd @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX (7:00 p.m. on CityTV)
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 > CRTC Flip Flops on Wholesale Internet Rates
The wholesale rates that Canadian independent internet service providers pay to access networks from Bell, Rogers, Shaw, and Videotron have been all over the map and under dispute for YEARS.
In 2019, the CRTC ruled to lower the rates which would have boosted competition and likely lowered the rates all Canadians pay for internet access. But of course, major telecom companies sued, and those lowered rates were never implemented.
After all that legal wrangling and government review, yesterday the CRTC decided to go back to the higher rates it set before 2019... Another major win for big telecom, and another loss for Canadian consumers.
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