Happy Friday cord cutters!
This week we're talking about how the NVIDIA SHIELD's new home screen is getting mixed reviews.
Also: Q&A on microwave oven interference, short cuts including deals, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS > NVIDIA SHIELD Interface Update Gets Mixed Reviews
One of the things owners of the high-end NVIDIA SHIELD streaming player loved was that its user interface wasn't cluttered with ads.
But as all Android TV-based consumer devices move to the new 'Google TV'-style interface, that has changed somewhat. And a majority of SHIELD users (at least according to one poll) are not impressed. Some were so upset by the new 'discover' home screen that they've replaced the 'launcher' software on their devices.
Jared Newman at TechHive offered a dissenting voice, pointing out that the new interface provides content recommendations that are less invasive than other platforms without sacrificing easy access to your favorite apps from the home screen.
However, at least on Amazon Fire TV which is one of the biggest offenders, you can actually disable the home screen video ads, something that's not possible on Android TV. Yet.
If you have an NVIDIA SHIELD, tell us what you think about the new interface on Facebook or Twitter.
Q&A > How Can I Keep My Microwave from Interfering with Streaming?
This week's question comes from Richard who says, "We have a new microwave oven. And every time we use it the Tablo will start buffering. This didn't happen with our old microwave oven. Is there a fix?"
Microwaves are a major source of interference which can affect both Over-the-Air TV signals and to a larger extent your WiFi. And as Richard is discovering, some offer better shielding against spreading RF interference than others.
If your TV antenna or your home's WiFi router are near your microwave oven, try to move them further away if possible. Switching your streaming devices to use the 5Ghz WiFi frequency of your router can also help. Check that the couplings between your antenna and DVR or TV are secure and there are no breaks in the shielding on your antenna's coaxial cable.
If the problems persist, Richard may want to think about returning or replacing the microwave as it may have a faulty seal.
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SHORT CUTS > How to Watch the Olympics, Deals, & 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
As always, there's lots of great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Catch the premiere of Secret Celebrity Renovation - July 9th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS
- Tune in to The 2021 Espys - July 10th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
- Check out the premiere of the comedy Wellington Paranormal - July 11th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Enjoy the season 4 premiere of the crime drama Unforgotten - July 11th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Followed by the premiere of the new crime drama Professor T - July 11th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- The Outpost returns for its 4th season - July 15th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CW
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 > Ontario TV & Film Production Booming
As streaming TV continues to grow at an intense pace, producers are scrambling to purchase, rent, and create new studio space for filming in Ontario.
And it's not just in Toronto... Hamilton, Pickering, and even Sudbury are seeing huge increases in film and television production and are working to scale local infrastructure to meet demand.
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