Happy Friday cord cutters!
This week we've got the scoop on a new twist in the free ad-supported streaming space: original content.
Also: Q&A on Roku alternatives, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS > Free Ad-Supported Video Platforms Adding Originals
Q&A > Is There A Stand Alone Android TV Box?
This week's question comes from Gene who says, "I have a Sony Smart TV with Android TV. I LOVE the interface. For most of my other TV I use a Roku box.
But with Roku fighting with providers all the time is there a standalone Android TV box like the Roku I can get?"
- NVIDIA SHIELD PRO - a super flexible streaming set-top-box ($199.99 US)
- NVIDIA SHIELD TV - a lower-frills streaming stick ($149.99 US)
- Chromecast with Google TV - a new but popular streaming dongle ($49.99 US)
If you've got the cash to spare, the SHIELD PRO is a worthy splurge, but the Chromecast with Google TV is still a solid 'daily driver'.
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SHORT CUTS > Top 100 Sitcoms of All Time, 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 usual, there's lots of great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Dynasty returns for its 4th season - May 7th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Catch VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World - May 8th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC/CBS/FOX
- Elon Musk hosts and Miley Cyrus performs on Saturday Night Live - May 8th @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Tune in to the American Ninja Warrior Women's Championship - May 9th @ 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CTV
- Enjoy the documentary series Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer - May 11th @ 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 > Debate Over Bill C-10 Continues
Bill C-10 which amends the Broadcasting Act faced continued scrutiny this week.
Experts and critics say further amendments proposed by the Liberal government don't narrow the scope of the bill enough to avoid impacting free speech on social platforms like YouTube.
While individual Canadians are now exempt from CRTC regulation under the proposed bill, it does still impact the 'discoverability' of that content on apps and platforms.
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