Happy Friday cord cutters!
First up, we'll be taking a break next Friday due to the holiday long weekend, but we'll be back in your inboxes July 9th.
This week we're talking about Peacock (finally) landing on Amazon Fire TV devices.
Also: Q&A on evening antenna issues, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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NEWS > Peacock Arrives on Amazon Fire TV
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Q&A > Why Am I Losing My Antenna TV Signal At Night?
This week's question comes from Colleen who says, "The picture from our Over-the-Air TV antenna is perfect during the day, but at night it has recently started to break up. Our antenna installer says it's because the stations lower the signal at night to get people to go back to cable. Is this true?"
While it's true that some stations will occasionally lower their signal strength, it's because they're doing work on their equipment, not because they have ulterior motives. In this case, the power is usually lowered for weeks or months, not just at night, and must be approved by the FCC.
The fact that Collen is only seeing pixelation or picture breakup in the evenings points to entirely different scenarios.
One could be interference from LED lightbulbs. To test this hypothesis, turn off all of the lighting inside AND outside of your home for a few minutes. If the picture clears up, at least some of your lighting isn't properly shielded and is creating RF interference. You can isolate the source by slowly turning each light back on.
Option two is atmospheric. During the hot summer months, something called tropospheric ducting can cause Over-the-Air TV signals to travel abnormally which can cause multipath interference. Unfortunately, there's no way to control the weather. Yet.
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SHORT CUTS > Rumor Has It That Comcast Is Buying Roku & 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:
- Enjoy tons of sports action including Olympic trials, NHL Hockey Stanley Cup finals, MLB baseball, PGA golf, and more
- Catch the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards - June 25th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
- Tune in to TMZ Investigates: UFOs: The Pentagon Proof - June 29th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX
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 > Save Almost 50% Off BritBox
Fan of British TV? Then you might want to take advantage of an upcoming deal on an annual subscription to BritBox.
Starting July 7th, Canadians can sign up for a year of the streaming service for just $49.99 instead of the regular price of $89.99.
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