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Netflix Video Quality

How Netflix is spearheading a video quality revolution

April 6th, 2015

Netflix has sure come a long ways from its humble beginnings as a company that simply made it exceedingly easy to watch DVDs. These days, Netflix is a media powerhouse with its own stable of award-winning and increasingly popular original content. What’s awesome about Netflix is they’re not just pushing the envelope content wise, they’re …

Apple TV Streaming

How Apple plans to bankroll its rumored game-changing TV streaming service

April 2nd, 2015

Amid reports that Apple is planning to roll out a $30-$40 TV streaming service this fall, Re/Code reports that Apple is hoping that TV networks will handle the infrastructure costs involved in rolling out such an endeavor. What this means, in a nutshell, is that Apple doesn’t want to actually serve the streams from its own servers, but …

Apple Comcast TV

The real reason Apple’s TV streaming service might not include NBC

March 30th, 2015

According to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, Apple is planning to roll out its own TV streaming service later this fall in a bold attempt to take control of the living room. The rumored TV service will reportedly offer users about 25 channels and will cost about $30-$40 a month. Some of the big …

Netflix Movies

How Netflix creates addicting and binge-worthy TV

March 24th, 2015

Netflix arguably ushered in the phrase “binge watching”, a term which refers to when one plops down and watches a few episodes of a TV show in quick succession. And given the unprecedented level of TV quality these days, it’s not unheard of for fans to binge watch entire seasons of certain shows over the course …

Cable TV Decline

The fall of cable is coming

March 24th, 2015

Cable is amazing. For as much as people justifiably rag on cable providers, the actual content and breadth of channels is absolutely mesmerizing. When you toss DVR and on-demand functionality into the mix, there’s really never been a better time to be a TV and movie fan. But cable is expensive, and cable providers, like …

Targeted Ads Coming to TV

Commercials are about to get personal as targeted ads expand to TV

January 31st, 2014

It’s time to accept the fact that targeted ads are no longer restricted to your browser. Facebook is stuffing them inside your mobile apps, Apple might put them in your thermostat, and now The Washington Post is reporting that Comcast and NBC Universal are bringing targeted advertisements to your television. Much like the intelligent political …

4K TVs Lower Prices 2014

You might actually be able to afford a 4K TV this year

January 2nd, 2014

Ever since they were first unveiled, ultra high-definition televisions have been little more than a pipe dream for the average consumer. With prices soaring as high as $150,000 for the largest models, many had begun to write off the whole idea of ultra HD until the prices began to dip below Lamborghini levels. Although prices …

FCC Loud TV Commercial Ban

Has the FCC ban on loud TV commercials worked?

December 11th, 2013

It has been a year since the CALM Act was officially implemented and promised to curb the volume on those raucous commercials that manage to eke out an extra few decibels from your television. Paul McNamara at Network World has taken a look at some of the data to try and decide whether or not …

TV Market Worldwide Decline 2013

TV market continues worldwide decline in 2013

November 7th, 2013

The cord cutting phenomenon seems to be extending beyond cable subscriptions. An IHS report projects that global TV shipments are expected to fall from 238.3 million units in 2012 to 226.7 million in 2013. The decline from 2011 to 2012 was 7%, and although sales were expected to pick up slightly this year, the original estimate of …

Cable Subscriptions Dropping

Survey: The cord cutters’ club keeps growing

September 24th, 2013

As alternatives to cable television have become ubiquitous over the past several years, cable subscribers have begun to question whether the monthly fee is worth paying. Although “cutting the cord” (a.k.a.: dropping cable) is already starting to become a widespread phenomenon, some reports suggest that more people than ever are considering leaving cable behind. Consulting …