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  • Cloud-Based TV Operator Magine Raises $19M Series A Round To Fuel International Expansion

    Cloud-Based TV Operator Magine Raises $19M Series A Round To Fuel International Expansion

    Magine, the Swedish cloud-based cable operator, today announced that it has closed a $19 million Series A round led by a group of Swedish and international investors. The company didn’t disclose the identity of these investors, but given the space the company operates in, $19 million is an impressive number. All Magine would tell me is that “we have found investors (as in our… Read More

  • Magine Is The Best Internet-Based Cable TV Service You Can’t Use (Unless You Live In Sweden)

    Magine Is The Best Internet-Based Cable TV Service You Can’t Use (Unless You Live In Sweden)

    Hulu Plus, Netflix, Amazon Prime offer compelling alternatives to cable TV for those who don’t want to subscribe to regular cable. But what if you could subscribe to an Internet-based cable TV service that doesn’t need a set-top box, has a DVR-like catch-up TV feature and great search and still lets you watch live TV right on your regular smart TV at home (or stream shows from your… Read More

  • iTV Might Be Awesome, But It’s Not What We Really Want

    iTV Might Be Awesome, But It’s Not What We Really Want

    Apple’s iTV is reportedly in the labs of Canadian cable service providers Rogers Communications and Bell Canada right now. This is exciting news (it is real!), but it’s a bummer for those of us who were hoping that Apple was planning on disrupting the cable television business. If Apple is letting the cable companies play with its new toy, then they’re probably in the market… Read More

  • Why Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and online streaming are threatening cable companies

    Why Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and online streaming are threatening cable companies

    Comedy Central said last week that it will stream the comedy triumvirate of “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report,” and “South Park,” in their entirety, on Fancast.com. (Silly name, but whatever.) Beyond the “wow, neat” reaction, there’s something else going on here that we already hinted at a few days ago: what if people, seeing all… Read More

  • Irony: Los Angeles has really cruddy HDTV selection

    Irony: Los Angeles has really cruddy HDTV selection

    Tough times for Los Angelenos wanting to watch HDTV. Apartment dwellers in the city are, apparently, fed up with Time Warner’s foot-dragging when it comes to expanding HD content, especially those who aren’t allowed to install a DirecTV or Dish Network satellite dish. Right now, Los Angeles ranks dead last in HD channel availability in the top five TV markets in the country. (LA… Read More

  • Given Internet alternatives, why do people still pay for cable TV?

    Given Internet alternatives, why do people still pay for cable TV?


    Flickr’d Why do you still pay for cable TV? That’s what today’s New York Times asks, while noting that as the price of damn near everything increases—food and fuel most notably—so, too, does the price of sitting at home and watching TV. Since 1996, price of a cable TV subscription has risen about 77 percent, to an average of $60 per month. (I pay right around… Read More

  • Congressional bill would decrease FCC's influence on Big Cable even more

    Congressional bill would decrease FCC's influence on Big Cable even more

    The cable companies were able to squeeze out from under the FCC’s efforts to regulate them more, including such niceties as a la carte programing, de-monopolizing areas, and creating increased competition. But they’re not done: their trade group, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association has lobbied Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to introduce legislation… Read More

  • Verizon adds a metric ton of HD channels to FIOS

    Verizon adds a metric ton of HD channels to FIOS

    In just a little bit, we’re going to hear from Vince about his experiences with Time-Warner cable. Here in Seattle, we don’t have that as an option. I’m stuck with Comcast, for better or worse, but I sure do wish I had Verizon. Comcast has a handful of HD channels, and most of them are crap, (I swear I was watching something at 10 frames per second in “HD”… Read More

  • AMD's Two TV-tuning Wonder Dongles

    AMD's Two TV-tuning Wonder Dongles

    AMD is going to turn your world upside down by transforming your PC into a home theater bursting with features. The introduction of two ATI TV Wonder USB dongles will convert your PC or laptop into a DVR for your HD content. The TV Wonder 650 Combo PCIe gives you the ability to record your cable and local broadcasting while also boasting the ability to record QAM stations via ClearQAM tuning… Read More

  • Stop Working, Start Playing

    Bored out of your skull by your job? Cubicle life got you down? Just don’t feel like working today? Check out this list of free games available online from cable TV stations. There is a wide variety to choose from including simple puzzle games based around “South Park” characters, “Daily Show” trivia battles and something called Trick My Truck that lets you… Read More