Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we've got a Q&A on finicky indoor TV antennas, deals, short cuts including a four-step how-to for new cord cutters, must-see TV, and more!
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Q&A > Why Is My Indoor Antenna So Finicky?
This week's question comes from Janet who says, "I purchased an indoor TV antenna over the holidays. If it gets bumped a tiny bit or the cord touches anything else the picture gets blocky. I'm tired of messing with it. Is the antenna defective?"
We'd estimate that more than 70% of TV antennas sold online today are absolute junk, propped up by fake reviews and questionable marketing.
And it sounds like Janet is running into a common issue with these garbage antennas: cheap, unshielded cabling. If your TV antenna has a very thin and pliable cable between it and the connector on the end, it's likely either poorly shielded or unshielded.
This can allow interference from other nearby electronics to ruin your Over-the-Air TV signal.
TV antennas from quality manufacturers should come with higher-quality RG6 or at least RG59 coaxial cable which properly shields the signals from this type of interference. They should also allow you to remove and replace the coaxial cable in case you need a longer one or if the cable gets damaged.
If your TV antenna doesn't, return it and purchase a different model from a recommended brand.
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DEALS > Discounts on Refurbished Tablo DVRs & More
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SHORT CUTS > How To Cut the Cord in 2022 & More
'Short Cuts' delivers all the cord-cutting news you need to know about, 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:
- Will Forte hosts and Maneskin performs on Saturday Night Live - January 22th @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Tune in to the new reality show March - January 24th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CW
- Canadians can see season 2 of TallBoyz - January 25th @ 9:30 p.m. on CBC
- Check out the premiere of the drama Promised Land - January 24th @ 10:00 p.m. on ABC
- Canadians can enjoy the premiere of the new crime drama The Unusual Suspects - January 27th @ 10:00 p.m. ET on CTV
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.
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