Cable Pay TV Bundles

Delusional TV execs say people love paying $100 a month for hundreds of channels they don’t watch

By on November 10, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Delusional TV execs say people love paying $100 a month for hundreds of channels they don’t watch

With the launch of HBO’s standalone streaming service hitting sometime next year, you may think that the traditional cable bundle is starting to come, well, unbundled. Cable and TV executives deny this is the case since the pay TV bundle has been a hugely lucrative business model for them and they want to keep the bundle around for many more years to come. BuzzFeed has a nice roundup about what TV bigwigs are saying about the future of bundles and, wouldn’t you know it, they all think people still love paying big sums of money for hundreds of channels they never watch. More →

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Why Is Comcast So Bad

Comcast is ‘really sorry’ your TV services crashed twice this week

By on November 6, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

Comcast is ‘really sorry’ your TV services crashed twice this week

If you’re a Comcast customer, you may have noticed that you couldn’t watch some of your favorite shows at a couple of different points this week. And you weren’t alone — Consumerist reports that Comcast TV outages were widespread this week and that the company has issued a formal apology for the service disruptions, which were apparently so bad that many customers couldn’t get through to Comcast’s customer service lines to complain because they were being flooded with so many calls.

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Showtime Online Streaming Service

The death of cable TV is coming

By on November 6, 2014 at 12:35 PM.

The death of cable TV is coming

Just as we had all hoped, it looks like HBO’s announcement of an over-the-top service is starting a revolution in the TV industry. The Wall Street Journal reports that CBS is planning to offer its own standalone streaming service for Showtime as well. CBS CEO Leslie Moonves said that the online offering will “fairly definitively” be available in 2015, making next year the most terrifying in recent history for cable providers across the United States. More →

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Marvel Agent Carter Clip

Watch the first clip from Marvel’s new show Agent Carter

By on November 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Watch the first clip from Marvel’s new show Agent Carter

Not content with dominating movie theaters for the next decade, Marvel is invading the living room as well. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered last year on ABC to impressive numbers, bringing the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe to television screens across America. As the second season of S.H.I.E.L.D. ramps up, Marvel is already hyping up its second network show, Agent Carter, with its first sneak peek. More →

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Smart TV Privacy and Security

Man who owns a smart TV says he’s ‘afraid’ of using it after reading its privacy policy

By on October 31, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

Man who owns a smart TV says he’s ‘afraid’ of using it after reading its privacy policy

Just like with other electronic devices that used to be “dumb,” TVs have become increasingly smart lately, but that doesn’t mean that’s necessarily a good thing, especially when it comes to user privacy. At least that’s what Brennan Center’s Michael Price seems to think after he replaced his older TV that could offer access just to TV programs with a smart TV model that also delivers “streaming multimedia content, games, apps, social media and Internet browsing.” More →

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Netflix Vs. Hulu Vs. Amazon

Big media companies suddenly seem terrified of Netflix – and they should be

By on October 31, 2014 at 3:25 PM.

Big media companies suddenly seem terrified of Netflix – and they should be

Over the past year, Netflix has announced a colorful smorgasbord of new original content projects that include comedy, animation, historical epics, science fiction sagas, dramedies, biopics, super hero series, etc. This towering ambition has clearly increased the concerns of media moguls. Now the 21st Century Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch has spelled out bluntly what he thinks: “As an industry, we need a competitor — a serious competitor — to Netflix and Amazon.” More →

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Stephen Colbert Targets Gamergate With Anita Sarkeesian

Video: Stephen Colbert targets Gamergate with the help of feminist Anita Sarkeesian

By on October 30, 2014 at 7:45 PM.

Video: Stephen Colbert targets Gamergate with the help of feminist Anita Sarkeesian

On Wednesday night, Anita Sarkeesian, creator of feminist video game critique “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games,” stopped by The Colbert Report to discuss the Gamergate movement. Gamergate started out as a revolt aimed at alleged poor ethics in video game journalism, but then devolved into a misogynistic movement that harassed prominent women in the video game industry. More →

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Marco Polo Teaser Trailer

Check out this trailer for Netflix’s most expensive and ambitious show yet

By on October 29, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

Check out this trailer for Netflix’s most expensive and ambitious show yet

On Tuesday, Netflix released the trailer for its ambitious and very expensive new original series Marco Polo. With a massive budget, Netflix is hoping this series — based on the famous 13th century explorer — will have subscribers follow along on his journey.

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South Park Cartman Drone Video

The ACLU’s nightmare scenario: Cartman gets a drone on South Park this week

By on October 28, 2014 at 8:45 PM.

The ACLU’s nightmare scenario: Cartman gets a drone on South Park this week

The use of unmanned drones by both governments and private citizens has been hugely controversial in recent years, but even the most alarmist among us have never contemplated a nightmare drone scenario like this. More specifically, no one has ever imagined how awful things could possibly be if South Park’s Eric Cartman somehow gained possession of his own drone.

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Cable Vs. Netflix FCC

Huge potential FCC ruling sets the stage for Apple and Amazon to replace your cable company

By on October 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM.

Huge potential FCC ruling sets the stage for Apple and Amazon to replace your cable company

We’ve known for a while that over-the-top Internet streaming will be the future of television and now a new potential rule change from the Federal Communications Commission could make that future closer than ever before. More →

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Verizon FiOS Free Netflix Offer

FiOS is offering an amazing Netflix deal that might be too good to pass up

By on October 27, 2014 at 1:20 PM.

FiOS is offering an amazing Netflix deal that might be too good to pass up

Netflix and on-demand streaming have changed the way we watch movies and TV shows, sometimes letting us binge on an entire season at once. And if you live in New York City, you might be able to get access to it for a year, free. More →

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