Happy Friday Cord Cutters!
This week we're talking about all the reasons you should go back to paying for cable TV!!!
(Just kidding... it's April Fools!)
What we do have is a Q&A on dealing with finicky Roku remotes, hot deals, short cuts, must-see TV, and more!
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Q&A > Why Is My Roku Remote So Temperamental?
This week's question comes from Elizabeth who says, "My Roku remote is very temperamental. Sometimes I can ‘fix’ it by removing and reinserting the batteries (they are fresh), or by using the Roku remote app on my phone. Is there is some setting or reason for this ‘disconnect’?"
Most Roku streaming players ship with voice-enabled remotes that use Wi-Fi to control the streaming stick or set-top box. (The exception is very low-end Roku models which use more traditional 'infrared' or IR remote technology.)
Unlike IR remotes, 'Wi-Fi Direct' remotes don't need to be pointed directly at the device they're controlling. This means if you tuck your Roku away behind your TV, or in a nearby cabinet, you can still play, pause, and rewind your favorite shows. The downside is that these remotes can easily become un-paired from your Roku device if your Wi-Fi is flaky or if your Roku is subject to HDMI interference.
Resetting the remote is a good first step, but you may also need re-pair your remote. This can be done by opening the battery cover and pressing the small button inside to initiate the process. Roku also recommends using the 5GHz Wi-Fi band (if your router and Roku support it) to avoid interference on the more common 2.4 GHz band.
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DEALS > Save on Refurbished Tablo DUAL LITE DVRs & More
This week's deals on cord cutting gear and services include:
SHORT CUTS > Is Apple TV+ In Trouble & 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:
- Catch the special Whitney, A Look Back - April 2nd @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS
- Jerrod Carmichael hosts and Gunna performs on Saturday Night Live - April 2nd @ 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC/Global
- Tune in to The 64th Annual Grammy Awards - April 3rd @ 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS/CityTV
- Enjoy the new documentary series Benjamin Franklin - April 4th @ 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.
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