Netflix Vs. HBO Video Streaming

Netflix is reeling from its $1 price hike – and that’s incredible news for American consumers

By on October 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM.

Netflix is reeling from its $1 price hike – and that’s incredible news for American consumers

Predicting the behavior of consumers is notoriously tough, but nowhere is it harder than in the rapidly evolving video streaming market. Pretty much nobody expected Netflix’s streaming service to bloom into the huge mainstream success it currently is. A few years ago, many viewed Netflix’s streaming operation as fatally hamstrung by the narrow and often low-quality movie selection. And this autumn, almost nobody predicted just how much a $1 summer price hike would dent the company’s momentum. More →

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Google Wireless Internet Service

This is how the real Apple TV will let you ditch your cable provider

By on October 16, 2014 at 11:55 AM.

This is how the real Apple TV will let you ditch your cable provider

Well, this is interesting: Over the past couple of days both HBO and CBS have announced different standalone streaming services that won’t require a cable bundle… and this is all right before a big Apple event in which the company may or may not talk about the future of its Apple TV set-top box. What is clear, however, is that over-the-top content is the future while pricey cable bundles are the past, and Apple and other big tech companies are likely going to lead the way with their own streaming services, set-top boxes and perhaps even television sets that will let you watch your favorite shows online. More →

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Google Nexus Player

Google just unveiled a new Nexus device that no one saw coming

By on October 15, 2014 at 12:35 PM.

Google just unveiled a new Nexus device that no one saw coming

As expected, Google officially announced release details regarding the Nexus 6 smartphone, Nexus 9 tablet and Android 5.0 Lollipop software on Wednesday, but another Android device made its way into the announcement as well: the Nexus Player. More →

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HBO Standalone Streaming Service Launch

HBO will fulfill cord cutters’ dreams and launch a standalone streaming service next year

By on October 15, 2014 at 10:59 AM.

HBO will fulfill cord cutters’ dreams and launch a standalone streaming service next year

This is the moment that cord cutters have been waiting for: HBO will start offering a standalone over-the-top online streaming service starting next year, which will be a massive blow to the American cable TV industry. HBO made this announcement during an investor conference for parent company Time Warner, which has in the past hinted that it wants to give HBO fans the option to watch their favorite shows without having to subscribe to expensive cable bundles. Now that HBO is unbundling its highly acclaimed shows from cable, it will put pressure on more content providers to make their shows more readily available online. More →

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Netflix 4K TV Content Ultra HD

Netflix is raising prices for its highest quality content

By on October 13, 2014 at 4:26 PM.

Netflix is raising prices for its highest quality content

Do you own a 4K TV and subscribe to Netflix? Well, you’re about to suffer a minor blow for daring to own a 4K TV. Netflix will now charge a “platinum” rate plan of $11.99 a month to people owning a 4K TV — also known as Ultra TV — that gives them access to Netflix’s limited collection of 4K content.

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Google Fiber Vs. Cable TV

Google says TV studios are charging Google Fiber ridiculous prices for their shows

By on October 6, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

Google says TV studios are charging Google Fiber ridiculous prices for their shows

Cord cutting may be the future but Google Fiber unfortunately still has to deal with the present, and that means it has to shell out cash to TV studios for the rights to deliver their shows over its pay TV service. Per The Washington Post, Google Fiber boss Milo Medin said on Monday that paying for TV programs is the biggest impediment to Google Fiber spreading further, especially because studios charge significantly more for the rights to offer their shows than they charge big cable companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable. More →

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Google X Modular TVs

Could Google revolutionize the TV before Apple even gets the chance?

By on October 3, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Could Google revolutionize the TV before Apple even gets the chance?

Huge televisions are more affordable now than they ever have been in the past, but the manufacturers haven’t made many attempts to innovate since the rise of the flat-screen TV. All we’ve really had to look forward to recently is 4K resolution, but The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google might be working on the next revolution in display technology. More →

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Cord Cutting Cable Companies

Smaller cable providers realize cord cutters are the future

By on October 1, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Smaller cable providers realize cord cutters are the future

Big providers like Comcast and Time Warner Cable may want to cling to the past but it looks like smaller cable providers seem to know that cord cutting is actually the future. The Wall Street Journal reports that smaller cable providers are increasingly placing more emphasis on their broadband offerings and less on TV packages as consumers have shown that they would much rather have a faster Internet service than hundreds of channels they never watch. More →

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Comcast Time Warner Cable Customer Satisfaction

JD Power just released its cable customer satisfaction ratings – guess who ranked dead last?

By on September 30, 2014 at 12:04 AM.

JD Power just released its cable customer satisfaction ratings – guess who ranked dead last?

Three things are certain in life: Death, taxes, and low customer satisfaction ratings for Comcast and Time Warner Cable. DSLReports points out that the cable industry’s non-dynamic duo have come in last place in JD Power’s latest customer satisfaction survey of cable customers. More →

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HBO Go Standalone Package

It sounds like HBO is getting ready to drop a bomb on the cable industry

By on September 12, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

It sounds like HBO is getting ready to drop a bomb on the cable industry

Apple fans aren’t the only ones who have had an exciting week for news — cord cutters now have reason to cheer as well. Quartz reports that Jeff Bewkes, the CEO of HBO parent company Time Warner, told an investment conference this week that his company is “seriously considering” whether it wants to start offering HBO Go as a standalone subscription option that people can subscribe to without having cable TV. While Bewkes didn’t full commit to fulfilling cord cutters’ dreams, he did go much farther than he ever has toward saying HBO Go might be a standalone option sometime in the future. More →

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Verizon Internet Pay TV Service 2015

Cord cutters’ unlikely new ally: Verizon?

By on September 11, 2014 at 10:00 PM.

Cord cutters’ unlikely new ally: Verizon?

Verizon has famously gotten into multiple spats with Netflix but the telecom giant might soon find itself in the middle of peering disputes of its own with incumbent ISPs. Deadline Hollywood reports that Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said on Thursday that his company is working to get an Internet pay television service up and running sometime in 2015 that will include the four major TV networks plus other “custom channels.” The big news, however, is that McAdam also made arguments about the future of TV that will make bundle-loving cable executives’ hearts seize. More →

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HBO Standalone Streaming Service

HBO could make a fortune by making cord cutters’ dreams come true

By on August 27, 2014 at 10:30 PM.

HBO could make a fortune by making cord cutters’ dreams come true

HBO has a brand-new reason to offer a standalone online streaming service other than making cord cutters very happy — it could also rake in huge sums of money. Ars Technica points out that a new research note from Barclays Capital analyst Kannan Venkateshwar, who projects that HBO could generate an additional $600 million per year by offering its content online and apart from cable bundles. More →

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