Happy Friday cord cutters!
This week we're sharing highlights from this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
Also: Q&A on Android boxes, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS > An Unusually Quiet CES
The first week of January is usually jam-packed with gadget news coming out of the largest tradeshow in the world: the Consumer Electronics Show.
While some folks actually made the trek to Las Vegas, the majority stayed home and the overall lack of announcements certainly made for a more subdued event.
There were still a few highlights for cord cutters including:
Of course, it wouldn't be CES without a few 'weirdo' products... The 'winner' this year seems to be an AI-powered robotic pet that eerily resembles a tribble.
Which announcement were you most excited to see? Tell us via Facebook or Twitter.
Q&A > Should I Replace My Android Streaming Box?
This week's question comes from Joe says, "I bought a Buzz TV Android box to cut the cord with but it hasn't worked well at all. Will I have better luck with Roku or Fire TV?"
Although Facebook, eBay, and Amazon have all cracked down on the sale of generic Android boxes, we still hear from consumers who've unfortunately purchased one only to be disappointed.
The main issue with these knock-off streaming devices is they usually run the mobile version of Android, intended to be used on smartphones and tablets, not your television. This can lead to in-app navigation problems if you're even able to access the app you want. Because they're also not certified by Android, these boxes often aren't able to access premium apps like Netflix.
But Android isn't all bad. There are great Android TV devices on the market - like the NVIDIA Shield and the Chromecast with Google TV - which are supported by major companies and have the proper operating systems and certifications.
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SHORT CUTS > Cord Cutting Set to Double in 2021, 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:
- Batwoman returns for season 2 - January 17th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Catch the miniseries Miss Scarlett and the Duke on Masterpiece - January 17th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- And the special Inside the Mind of Agatha Christie - January 17th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- 911 returns for its 4th season - January 18th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX/Global
- Followed by season 2 of 911 Lone Star - January 18th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on FOX/CTV
- Season 2 of All American debuts - January 18th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Canadians can enjoy season 5 of Kim's Convenience - January 19th @ 8:00 p.m. on CBC
- Finding Your Roots returns for season 7 - January 19th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
- Riverdale is back for season 5 - January 20th @ 8:00 p.m. on CW
- Followed by season 2 of Nancy Drew - January 20th @ 9:00 p.m. on CW
- Supernatural's Jared Padalecki stars in the reboot of Walker (Texas Ranger) - January 21st @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Followed by the season 3 premiere of Legacies - January 21st @ 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 > How Watch Hockey As a Cord Cutter
Hockey fans across the country are excited that the NHL has returned to play. Unfortunately, watching games that aren't available Over-the-Air as a cord cutter can be challenging.
Thankfully, MobileSyrup has put together a great guide on how to stream NHL games without resorting to sketchy websites and VPNs.
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