Cable Company Satisfaction Ratings

Over half of cable subscribers would ditch their providers if they had a choice

By on June 6, 2014 at 11:58 AM.

Over half of cable subscribers would ditch their providers if they had a choice

It’s not hard to figure out why cord cutting has become a popular phenomenon: consumers hate their cable providers. Not all of them, of course, but according to a recent survey of more than 3,000 people by management consulting firm cg42, 53% of customers are frustrated by their primary provider and would leave if they had a choice in the matter. Unfortunately, many don’t have a choice, and as Comcast and Time Warner Cable prepare to merge, the choices are about to become even more limited. More →

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Netflix vs. Verizon Slow Streams

Netflix slams Verizon for slow streaming speeds, Verizon calls it a ‘PR stunt’

By on June 4, 2014 at 1:40 PM.

Netflix slams Verizon for slow streaming speeds, Verizon calls it a ‘PR stunt’

The war between Netflix and Verizon wages on as the movie and TV streaming service has begun to notify users that Verizon’s crowded networks might be affecting the speed and quality of their streams. Vox Media’s Yuri Victor was one of the first Netflix users to share an image of the notification on Twitter, eliciting a response from Netflix spokesperson Jonathan Friedland, who says that the company is “always testing new ways to keep members informed.” More →

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Android TV Google I/O

Major details emerge on Google’s plan to conquer both TV and gaming

By on May 30, 2014 at 3:36 PM.

Major details emerge on Google’s plan to conquer both TV and gaming

Google’s Chromecast dongle has been pretty successful for the company but that’s apparently not enough — Google wants to have another go at making a comprehensive TV platform. Unnamed sources tell GigaOM that Google plans to launch a new platform called Android TV at its Google I/O developers conference in June and that it will place a heavy emphasis on both television and gaming. More →

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Netflix Movies TV Shows

The gamble of a lifetime: Netflix Roulette is your best friend and worst enemy

By on May 28, 2014 at 12:50 PM.

The gamble of a lifetime: Netflix Roulette is your best friend and worst enemy

It seems like the more channels pay TV companies add to their lineups, the harder it is to find something good to watch on TV. The same might be said for Netflix’s digital library of movies and TV shows. Netflix is constantly expanding thanks to new content deals the streaming video giant is always working to secure. But when it comes time to sit down and pick a movie or a new show to watch, however, we often draw a blank.

That’s where Netflix Roulette comes in. More →

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LG Smart TV Privacy Policy

Agree to share stuff with LG or it’ll make your Smart TV ‘stupid’

By on May 21, 2014 at 5:15 PM.

Agree to share stuff with LG or it’ll make your Smart TV ‘stupid’

LG is apparently taking a more aggressive approach to collecting user data from Smart TVs that can be then sold to advertisers, TechDirt reports, as the company is ready to turn a Smart TV into a rather “stupid” TV for users who fail to accept its privacy policy. More →

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Amazon Prime Instant Video HBO Shows

Here are all the HBO shows you’re now able to watch on Amazon Prime

By on May 21, 2014 at 12:25 PM.

Here are all the HBO shows you’re now able to watch on Amazon Prime

Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service won’t give you everything you can get on HBO… but it will still give you a lot. Amazon on Wednesday announced the first batch of shows that its Prime Instant Video and it includes every season of The Sopranos, The Wire, Six Feet Under, Deadwood, Rome, Eastbound & Down, Enlightened and Flight of the Conchords. You’ll also be able to watch at least some early seasons of current shows such as True Blood, Boardwalk Empire and Treme, although sadly for fantasy fans there’s no Game of Thrones on this list just yet. Other HBO content available through Amazon Prime Instant Video includes original movies Mary and Martha, Temple Grandin and You Don’t Know Jack, as well as original miniseries Band of Brothers, The Pacific, John Adams, Parade’s End and Angels in America. Amazon’s full press release announcing the available shows follows below. More →

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Netflix European Release Date and Prices

Netflix confirms it wants to take Europe by storm next

By on May 21, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Netflix confirms it wants to take Europe by storm next

Netflix on Wednesday confirmed it will expand into more international markets this year, revealing plans to launch its video streaming service in various European markets. The company did not reveal and precise release dates or subscription details for its major European launch, saying that its service will be available to more customers in the region in “late 2014,” for “a low monthly price.” More →

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Why Is My Cable Bill So High

Major FCC study finds cable bills have been rising at over triple the rate of inflation

By on May 16, 2014 at 5:15 PM.

Major FCC study finds cable bills have been rising at over triple the rate of inflation

Looking for a reason why people hate their cable companies? Well, there are likely several reasons but one of them is undoubtedly the constant stream of price increases and fees that are taking out more and more of consumers’ wallets every year. A major new study from the Federal Communications Commission has found that basic cable prices increased by 6.5% throughout 2012 while expanded basic cable prices rose by 5.1% over the same period. In contrast, the general rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index throughout 2012 was just 1.6%, meaning that basic cable prices rose at more than four times the rate of inflation in 2012 while expanded basic cable prices rose by more than three times the rate of inflation. More →

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Xiaomi Mi TV 2 4K Android TV

You probably won’t be able to buy the world’s cheapest 4K TV

By on May 15, 2014 at 7:45 PM.

You probably won’t be able to buy the world’s cheapest 4K TV

Xiaomi on Thursday unveiled a brand new Android-based product, a 49-inch 4K TV that will cost just 3,999 yuan, or around $640, Engadget reports. Even though 4K TVs aren’t necessarily must-have products just yet, its price certainly makes this Xiaomi smart TV very interesting, assuming international customers will actually get a chance to buy one. More →

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Cord Cutter Data Consumption

Another huge reason for cable companies to fear cord cutters

By on May 14, 2014 at 9:41 AM.

Another huge reason for cable companies to fear cord cutters

Pay TV companies hate cord cutters. The logic behind that hatred seems fairly obvious: pay TV packages are huge revenue generators for these giant companies, and ditching them leads to lost revenue. But there’s another reason pay TV giants like Comcast and Time Warner Cable are afraid of the cord cutting movement. Cord cutters don’t just lead to lost revenue, they also cost companies more money than average subscribers. More →

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Game of Thrones Super Mario World

Here’s what HBO’s Game of Thrones would look like inside Super Mario World

By on May 13, 2014 at 5:45 PM.

Here’s what HBO’s Game of Thrones would look like inside Super Mario World

Three years ago, Game of Thrones blew away viewers with what immediately became one of the most iconic openings in television history. Paired with an epic score, the introduction to Westeros was both informative and imaginative, spanning continents while focusing in on some of the key locations of the story. The opening matched the tone of HBO’s show flawlessly, which makes YouTube user NicksplosionFX’s Mario-themed parody even more delectable. With the help of an 8-bit remix of the ubiquitous theme, NicksplosionFX has recreated the opening scene inside of the Super Nintendo classic, Super Mario World. From Yoshi’s Island to Bowser’s Castle, the Mushroom Kingdom isn’t quite as vast as Westeros, but the parody is spot on. Check it out below. More →

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Microsoft Xbox One Netflix Hulu

Microsoft to reportedly let Xbox users watch Netflix without a Live Gold subscription

By on May 13, 2014 at 8:35 AM.

Microsoft to reportedly let Xbox users watch Netflix without a Live Gold subscription

It looks like Microsoft is about to make another very welcome change to the Xbox One. Unnamed sources tell Ars Technica that Microsoft is planning to drop its requirement that Xbox users have a paid Live Gold subscription to access Netflix and Hulu on their consoles. More →

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