Happy Friday the 13th cord cutters!
This week we're talking about a brand new Tablo DVR that connects directly to your TV.
Also: Q&A on odd buffering behavior, short cuts including pre-Black Friday deals, tons of must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS > A Different Kind of Tablo DVR - Tablo DUAL HDMI
If 2020 had a theme, it would be ‘expect the unexpected’. In that spirit, we’ve done the most 2020 thing we could think of… Something so unexpected we even surprised ourselves!
We made the first ever TV-connected Tablo Over-the-Air DVR, Tablo DUAL HDMI!
Tablo DUAL HDMI is built on powerful dual-tuner quad-core DVR hardware that connects directly to any modern television via HDMI. It runs the intuitive DVR interface that existing Tablo OTA DVR owners know and love and it even has its own remote control!
Designed for 'homebody' cord cutters who usually watch on a primary television set, Tablo DUAL HDMI can also stream live TV and recordings to secondary screens within the home on supported devices including Roku, Fire TV, and Android TV.
Tablo DUAL HDMI is available exclusively on TabloTV.com for $149.99 US or $197.99 CAD and will ship before December 1st.
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Q&A > Why Do Only Some Apps Buffer?
This week's question comes from Colt who says, "Why do less popular streaming apps buffer so much more than the mainstream apps like Netflix, YouTube, and Sling? If it was a WiFi issue then they'd all buffer, right?"
If you're struggling with buffering when streaming TV, checking your WiFi speeds and quality is always a good first step. Most streaming devices even have technology built-in to help with this.
But if only some of your streaming apps are buffering, it may be due in part to the type of streaming technology that particular app is or is not using.
Major on-demand streaming services like Netflix create multiple copies of each program and seamlessly switch from higher to lower quality streams if it detects a slowdown on your network to prevent buffering. This is called 'adaptive bit rate' technology. Apps that stream live TV like Sling must rely instead on the viewer to choose a lower streaming quality if needed to prevent buffering.
Major streaming app providers also rely on content delivery networks (CDNs) which distribute the same video from multiple computer servers in multiple geographic locations for better performance.
Smaller streaming app providers may not use any of these technologies due to cost or technical limitations, which could be why Colt is running into buffering issues on less popular apps.
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SHORT CUTS > Early Black Friday Deals on Refurbished Tablo DVRs & 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:
- The Blacklist returns for season 8 - November 13th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Canadians can enjoy the comedy Awkwafina is Nora from Queens - November 14th @ 2:30 a.m. ET on CTV
- Catch a full night of premieres on CBS - November 16th including:
- The Neighborhood @ 8:00 p.m. ET (also on Global)
- Bob Hearts Abishola @ 8:30 p.m. ET (also on CTV)
- All Rise @ 9:00 p.m. ET (also on CTV)
- Bull @ 10:00 p.m. ET (also on Global)
- And even more premieres on CBS - November 17th including:
- NCIS @ 8:00 p.m. ET (also on Global)
- FBI @ 9:00 p.m. ET (also on Global)
- FBI's Most Wanted @ 10:00 p.m. ET (also on Global)
- Serial killer thriller Big Sky premieres - November 17th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CTV
- Legal drama For Life returns for season 2 - November 18th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CTV
- After 15 seasons of saving people and hunting things, Supernatural comes to an end with a special (The Long Road Home) followed by the series finale - November 19th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
- A Million Little Things returns for season 3 - November 19th @ 10:00 p.m. on ABC/CityTV
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record.
CANADIAN CORNER > Have Crave? You Can Now Binge Bond
With the weather turning chilly and COVID-19 cases up, it might be a good idea to spend the weekend parked in front of the TV.
And if you have Crave, you can now stream every single Bond film from Dr. No to Spectre from the comfort of your couch.
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