Dish Hopper Update

Big update adds two new features to Dish’s Hopper that users have been dying for

By on December 11, 2014 at 5:15 PM.

Big update adds two new features to Dish’s Hopper that users have been dying for

Dish’s Hopper set-top box burst onto the scene a few years ago, and the addition of the company’s “AutoHop” feature that automatically skips commercials during primetime TV shows on major networks really made waves. The Hopper remains one of the most feature-rich set-top boxes in the industry among top pay TV provider offerings, but it has fallen behind the times over the years in a few key areas.

Thanks to a major update released this week, however, Dish customers can now enjoy two new Hopper features that many subscribers have been clamoring for. More →

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HBO Online Streaming Service Launch Date

New report reveals when HBO’s cable-killing streaming service is set to launch

By on December 9, 2014 at 1:45 PM.

New report reveals when HBO’s cable-killing streaming service is set to launch

Although HBO announced that it’s planning on launching a standalone online streaming service next year, details about its official plans for the service have been scant… until now. Fortune reports that HBO is working overtime to make sure its standalone streaming service will be ready to launch this coming April, which not coincidentally will be when the fifth season of Game of Thrones makes its premiere. More →

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Netflix House Of Cards Season 3

Netflix announces House of Cards’ season 3 premiere date, posts tantalizing teaser video

By on December 1, 2014 at 4:36 PM.

Netflix announces House of Cards’ season 3 premiere date, posts tantalizing teaser video

It’s been fun watching Frank Underwood ruthlessly climb the ladder from being a congressman to the vice president and then finally to the presidency. Now that Frank’s on top of the world, he has to figure out how he’s going to stay there, which should be the main story arc of House of Cards’ third season. More →

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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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