HBO Vs. Netflix Subscribers

Why HBO won’t ditch cable, no matter how much you beg it to

By on July 28, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Why HBO won’t ditch cable, no matter how much you beg it to

HBO gets it: You want to be able to subscribe to its content without having to pay for a bunch of other channels you don’t want. However, just because HBO understands what you want, that doesn’t mean it care. Re/code’s Peter Kafka has an excellent post explaining why HBO isn’t going to pull a Netflix and offer a standalone online subscription, no matter how much you beg it to do so. More →

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Apple TV Torrent Streaming

Pirate paradise: New app streams movie torrents to Apple TV and Roku

By on July 28, 2014 at 12:56 PM.

Pirate paradise: New app streams movie torrents to Apple TV and Roku

An app called Popcorn Time that has been dubbed the “Netflix for pirates” has been making waves recently because it makes finding and streaming pirated movies and TV shows easier than it has ever been before. The app is also quite sleek, with a nice user interface and, apparently, equally elegant code. The program’s code has been used in a number of similar apps, and now a new offering of particular interest has popped up: TorrenTV. More →

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Halo Nightfall First Look

Watch the first clip from the Halo TV show premiering this fall

By on July 24, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Watch the first clip from the Halo TV show premiering this fall

We all wish that Halo 5: Guardians could be done in time for the holiday season this year, but 343 Industries and Microsoft are doing everything they can to tide us over in the meantime. At San Diego Comic-Con on Wednesday, Microsoft took the stage to show off the first footage of Halo: Nightfall, an original television series based on the game franchise which will begin airing this fall. More →

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Netflix France Release Date

Netflix is bringing enough bandwidth to France to take on many ISPs

By on July 23, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Netflix is bringing enough bandwidth to France to take on many ISPs

Netflix has learned a thing or two from its U.S. online movie streaming business, and the company will apparently bring an impressive infrastructure in the new European markets it plans to serve starting with this September. GigaOm reports the company is coming to France with 1Tbps of bandwidth, which apparently is more capacity than some of the country’s top ISPs have. More →

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Netflix Release Date for Germany, France, Austria

Netflix will attack six European markets this September

By on July 22, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

Netflix will attack six European markets this September

It’s no secret that Netflix to expand in additional European markets this year, but the company has never offered an exact rollout plan for the new countries it wants to conquer. Fortunately, in a new letter to shareholders spotted by Android Police, Netflix confirmed that its European presence will see a significant increase in September, when the movie streaming service will reach six new markets. More →

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Worst Customer Service Ranking in USA

Believe it or not, there are 5 companies with worse customer service than Comcast

By on July 18, 2014 at 11:15 AM.

Believe it or not, there are 5 companies with worse customer service than Comcast

Comcast may be one of the two most hated companies in America, and it may have terrible customer service according to most accounts, but it turns out that when it comes to customer service in the United States, Comcast is only the sixth-worst company when it comes to providing support to subscribers. The news could be a tiny boost for Comcast — earlier this week, the company had a customer care-related incident that went viral when one of its employees was recorded while he relentlessly tried to prevent a customer, who ended up being a well-known tech blogger, from canceling his service. More →

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Verizon Netflix Congestion Issues

Was Verizon lying to us about Netflix congestion issues?

By on July 18, 2014 at 10:33 AM.

Was Verizon lying to us about Netflix congestion issues?

For months, Netflix has been adamant that Verizon is the root cause of streaming slowdowns on its service, but Verizon countered last week with an accusation of its own: Netflix itself is responsible for the nosedive in streaming quality. Verizon Regulatory Affairs VP David Young shared the evidence on the Verizon Policy Blog, concluding that Netflix could solve the issue by making a few simple adjustments, but Netflix network operator Level 3 has now joined in the fight to try to catch Verizon in a lie. More →

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Xbox Entertainment Studios Shut Down

Nadella is axing Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios as well

By on July 17, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

Nadella is axing Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios as well

Following the enormous round of layoffs announced this morning, Microsoft has now confirmed that Xbox Entertainment Studios will be getting the axe as well. Re/code was the first to report that despite the fact the entertainment division of the Xbox team didn’t receive a mention in Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s letter on Thursday morning, Microsoft will be shutting the door on future Xbox original programming initiatives. More →

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How To Get HBO GO

How to get HBO GO without paying full price for a cable subscription

By on July 16, 2014 at 1:57 PM.

How to get HBO GO without paying full price for a cable subscription

One of the only things keeping cable subscribers tied to their providers is the never-ending stream of quality content being pumped out by HBO. Whether it’s Game of Thrones, True Detective or The Leftovers, many of us can’t help but gather around the television on Sunday night for hours on end, but it doesn’t alleviate the pain of that $100+ subscription. That’s why it might be time to take advantage of one of the little known secrets of the cable industry.

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Slingbox M1 Release Date

Sling unveils two new Slingboxes as battle with pay TV companies continues

By on July 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

Sling unveils two new Slingboxes as battle with pay TV companies continues

Sling Media on Tuesday unveiled two brand new Slingbox products alongside news that its SlingPlayer software will soon receive a major update. Sling Media is a pioneer in TV “place shifting,” having developed hardware and software solutions for years that allow users to stream live TV content from their homes to any computer, tablet or smartphone in the world. The company is currently facing a huge battle now that pay TV companies have begun to embrace streaming content in their own mobile apps, which now often stream TV shows and videos live or on demand. But that won’t stop Sling from launching two new products this summer. More →

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Roku Vs. Chromecast Vs. Apple TV

Sorry, Apple TV: Roku and Chromecast are killing you in sales

By on July 10, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

Sorry, Apple TV: Roku and Chromecast are killing you in sales

The market for web TV streaming devices is heating up and Roku and Google’s Chromecast look like the big winners so far. Per GigaOM, new data from researchers at Parks Associates estimates that both Chromecast and Roku each have sold around 3.8 million units in the United States over the past year while Apple TV has sold only 2 million units in the U.S. over the same period. This makes a lot of sense because Chromecast and Roku’s new USB dongle are both less expensive than Apple TV, which is supposedly due for a major refresh sometime this year. More →

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Netflix 2014 Emmy Nominations

Netflix just scored a remarkable 31 Emmy nominations

By on July 10, 2014 at 10:51 AM.

Netflix just scored a remarkable 31 Emmy nominations

It hasn’t taken long for Netflix to establish itself as a very respectable original content producer. Business Insider brings us word that Netflix’s original series have been nominated for 31 different Emmy awards this year, led by its two smash-hit shows House of Cards and Orange is the New BlackMore →

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