Happy Friday cord cutters!
This week we're peering into our crystal ball to see what new streaming TV gadgets may be on the way.
Also: Q&A on another highly advertised but questionable streaming product, short cuts, must-see OTA TV, and more.
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SNEAK PEEK: When to Expect New Streaming TV Gadgets
New streaming TV gadgets tend to be released in September or October, just in time for your favorite shows to return and in advance of the peak buying season.
So, should you wait for something new or buy now? Let's take a look at what's rumored to be in the works (or at least a good bet based on past history) for each streaming platform:
Roku released small updates to their product lineup in late September of 2018 and 2019. There are no current product rumors but even if they do release updates again this year, you can't go wrong with the Roku Ultra + Roku Streaming Stick+ bundle that Costco is offering for $99.
- Amazon Fire TV
According to tech journalist and FCC testing documentation aficionado Janko Roettgers, a new Amazon Fire TV device is on the way. That's basically it for details, but the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is due for a refresh. Look for it in October, but in the meantime wait for a deal on the 2nd generation Amazon Fire TV Cube.
- Android TV
A Google streaming device code-named Sabrina has been in the works for some time. This week, product listings revealed a rumored release date of September 30th and a price point of $50. If that's true, it could be a great alternative to Amazon Fire TV. As for NVIDIA, we don't anticipate any new SHIELD hardware, but you can save $10 off the current model now.
- Apple TV
Those who loathe the Apple TV's remote might argue it was due for a refresh before it even hit the shelves. And while the current model is still snappy, Bloomberg claims that a new model with an upgraded remote is on the way... But not likely till 2021. In the meantime, a 3rd party remote is a good upgrade.
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Q&A: Is the TV FIX Caster Any Good?
This week's question comes from Cassandra who says, "I keep seeing ads for something called the TVFIX Caster. It's supposed to let me watch my favorite shows after I cut the cord without needing a Smart TV. Is it any good?"
While we haven't shelled out the $49.99 to test the TVFIX Caster ourselves, just like the 'LiveWave antenna' we can already tell there are better products out there for cord cutters.
The TVFIX Caster seems to use a similar technology as Google Chromecast to beam content from your smartphone or PC to your big screen via an HDMI-connected dongle. It won't give you free access to Netflix (outside of their new free section) or other streaming services and isn't even the best way to turn your existing television into a Smart TV.
If the infomercial-style website and lack of coverage from any real tech publication weren't enough to scare you away, the reviews from folks who were duped should.
For the same price or less, you'll be much happier with a Roku Streaming Stick+ or Amazon Fire TV 4K stick, not only because they have their own included remote but because they're backed by real companies.
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SHORT CUTS: Deals on NEW 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 great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
- Canadians can enjoy the comedy series The New Wave of Standup - September 6th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBC
- Season 12 of American Ninja Warrior premieres - September 7th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CTV2
- Tune into the premiere of newsmagazine 48 Hours: Suspicion - September 9th @ 10:00 p.m. on CBS/Global
- Catch the special Shark Attack: The Paige Winter Story With Robin Roberts - September 10th @ 10:00 p.m. on ABC
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: Miss PBS? You Can Stream It!
For those who aren't close enough to the border to pick up PBS with a TV antenna, there's a new alternative: PBS Passport is now available for streaming in Canada.
For $60 a year CAD, you can stream some of your favorite PBS shows on demand. At the moment streaming is restricted to browsers but mobile and Smart TV apps are expected this fall.
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