Cord Cutting Guide Best Apps

10 apps cord cutters can’t live without

By on April 22, 2014 at 1:20 PM.

10 apps cord cutters can’t live without

So let’s say you’ve decided to cut the cord on your expensive pay TV service and get all your favorite shows over the Internet. Which apps will you need the most on your connected television? NPD Group has just come out with a new survey of connected TV users and has unsurprisingly found that viewers see Netflix as their most essential app for TV watching. However, Netflix isn’t the only TV app that cord cutters love and the rest of NPD’s survey on popular TV apps contains some surprises. More →

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Pay TV Subscriber Losses

Cord cutters unite: Pay TV providers lost subscribers for first time ever in 2013

By on March 18, 2014 at 10:45 PM.

Cord cutters unite: Pay TV providers lost subscribers for first time ever in 2013

The pay TV industry may not be sweating the cord cutting trend just yet but for the first time in 2013 it had a reason to take notice. According to new data from Leichtman Research Group, pay TV providers posted a net loss of 104,000 subscribers in 2013, the first time the pay TV industry has ever lost subscribers year-over-year. The biggest losers were Time Warner Cable and Comcast, which respectively lost 825,00 and 305,000 pay TV subscribers each. Given how poorly both those companies have fared in multiple customer satisfaction surveys, this isn’t too surprising. More →

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Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger Criticism

Surprise: Giving ISPs everything they want hasn’t created a broadband paradise

By on February 21, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

Surprise: Giving ISPs everything they want hasn’t created a broadband paradise

One thing we’ve heard and will continue to hear over the next several months is that the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger will be an awesome deal for consumers because it will give the newly formed cable giant the ability to really invest in aggressive network upgrades. Writing at Bloomberg Businessweek, Brendan Greeley gives us some good reasons to treat this argument with a great deal of skepticism because we’ve largely let ISPs consolidate to their hearts’ content and it’s done us very little good. More →

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Slow Cable Internet Service

How ISPs are working to keep you stuck with their slow service

By on February 13, 2014 at 12:40 PM.

How ISPs are working to keep you stuck with their slow service

Internet service providers are notoriously reluctant to build out faster services in rural parts of the United States — after all, building infrastructure is hard and it costs a lot of money. That’s why some municipalities have taken it upon themselves to build out their own high-speed networks for their citizens to use. However, ISPs aren’t happy that these small cities and towns are taking matters into their own hands, which is why they’re running to state legislatures and demanding special legislation that will help keep their slow services the only game in town. More →

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Satellite Cable Companies Customer Service

Pay TV companies make their customers curse more than any other

By on December 18, 2013 at 11:00 PM.

Pay TV companies make their customers curse more than any other

Have you ever dropped a profane four-letter word when dealing with your cable or satellite TV provider? If so then you aren’t alone… in fact, you’re one of many thousands. Call analytics firm Marchex has done an exhaustive study detailing which companies’ customers are most likely to curse them out over the telephone and has found that satellite TV and cable TV providers rank first and third among all industries, respectively. In fact, Marchex found that satellite TV companies get cursed out in one out of every 81 calls while cable companies get cursed out in one out of every 123 calls. More →

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Cable Industry Cord Cutting

Cable companies’ new strategy: Embrace cord cutting?

By on December 12, 2013 at 11:30 PM.

Cable companies’ new strategy: Embrace cord cutting?

While cord cutting isn’t yet a threat to cable companies’ profits, many in the industry can see where the market is headed and seem to understand that consumers aren’t as willing to pay for expensive bundles when they have cheaper alternatives in the form of Netflix and Hulu. According to Forbes‘ Dorothy Pomerantz, cable and telecom companies are considering adapting to this new world of online television by doing what had previously been unthinkable: Embracing cord cutting. More →

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VMedia A La Carte Cable

A la carte cable arrives at last… in Canada

By on December 12, 2013 at 3:00 PM.

A la carte cable arrives at last… in Canada

Is a la carte cable really a “farce” as 21st Century Fox CEO Chase Carey claims? Well we’re about to find out because our neighbors to the north are doing us the favor of giving it a try. Per The Hollywood Reporter, TV subscribers in Ontario this week will be able to buy channels a la carte from IPTV startup VMedia, whose UChoose Store will charge subscribers around $2.12 per month for each channel they subscribe to. Subscribers will also have the option of buying small bundles of 6 channels that will cost $1.65 each per month or 12 channels that will cost $1.41 each per month. More →

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21st Century Fox CEO Cable Bundles

21st Century Fox CEO to cable critics: Bundles are good for you

By on December 12, 2013 at 1:15 PM.

21st Century Fox CEO to cable critics: Bundles are good for you

It seems that everyone hates cable bundles these days, including the creators of South Park who recently ridiculed cable companies as nipple-rubbing monopolist greedheads intent on shaking consumers down for every last dime. But there are two groups that still think bundles are terrific: The cable companies themselves and the entertainment studios that benefit from consumers subsidizing content they’ll never watch with their monthly cable bills. Multichannel reports that 21st Century Fox CEO Chase Carey recently lashed out at cable critics and said that bundles were good for most consumers even if they didn’t know it. More →

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American ISP Criticism Pricing Service

U.S. subscribers explain why they hate their ISPs

By on December 9, 2013 at 1:20 PM.

U.S. subscribers explain why they hate their ISPs

It’s no secret that most Americans really don’t like their Internet service providers and now Ars Technica has reached out to its reader base to get a better understanding of exactly why Americans hold their ISPs in such low esteem. What emerges, Ars finds, is consumers who are fed up with “high prices, data caps, absurd policies, and incompetence.” More →

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Anti Cord Cutting Ad Campaign

Behold: Cable companies release the worst anti-cord cutting campaign of all time

By on December 9, 2013 at 10:25 AM.

Behold: Cable companies release the worst anti-cord cutting campaign of all time

Are you a cable TV subscriber who might be considering cutting the cord? Did you already take the leap and dump your TV service? Cable TV doesn’t want to see you go, and it wants you back if you’ve already left. And what better way to convey that message than with a nice little campaign put together by the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, the main trade association for cable operators in the U.S.

Behold: The Hole Saga. More →

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Cable Industry Cord Cutting

Cable companies may be finally hearing cord cutters’ footsteps

By on December 5, 2013 at 11:00 PM.

Cable companies may be finally hearing cord cutters’ footsteps

Cable companies have shown no signs of concern over cord cutting so far and it’s easy to see why: Even customers who ditch their home video services will keep paying cable companies for broadband access. But TechHive notes that the cord cutting trend might finally be showing up on cable companies’ radars now that it’s growing to a more substantial size. A quick rundown of the numbers: Comcast has added 917,000 broadband subscribers this year but has lost 348,000 pay TV customers; Charter added 86,000 broadband subscribers but lost 27,000 pay TV subscribers; and Time Warner Cable saw its broadband subscriber numbers rise by 1.7% while seeing its pay TV subscriber numbers shrink by 6%. More →

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Cable Companies 1Gbps Internet Service

Cable companies are making too much money to bother with 1Gbps service

By on December 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM.

Cable companies are making too much money to bother with 1Gbps service

Whenever you see an industry with high profits and low customer satisfaction ratings, it’s a good bet that it doesn’t face the same kinds of competitive pressures that most industries deal with on a regular basis. Such has certainly been the case with the cable industry, whose largest two vendors don’t even compete with one another in any major markets. And as Ars Technica reports, cable companies could dramatically boost their services’ speeds starting today if they wanted to… but they won’t because they aren’t facing any competitive pressure to do so in most markets. More →

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Cable Industry Reputation Survey

Yet another poll shows cable companies’ reputations are in the gutter

By on November 29, 2013 at 9:45 PM.

Yet another poll shows cable companies’ reputations are in the gutter

As we’ve observed before, cable companies are not popular in the United States. Various surveys have shown that cable companies have even lower customer satisfaction ratings than airlines or that pay TV companies account for six of the seven worst-rated companies in the U.S. And now Light Reading has conducted a poll of its readers that shows what lots of other polls have shown in recent years: People still really don’t like their cable providers. More →

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