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  • Turns out you really, really, like your television provider

    Turns out you really, really, like your television provider

    Last year, overall satisfaction with television providers was at the lowest level in 5 years. It seems however, that when J.D. Power tells the providers that they suck, they listen. And now, they seem to have actually turned it around. Read More

  • TiVo and Time Warner apparently discussing DVR deal

    TiVo and Time Warner apparently discussing DVR deal

    Looks like Time Warner cable subscribers may someday get the option of the TiVo interface on their DVR boxes. According to Bloomberg, "TiVo is in talks to provide service through Time Warner Cable Inc." although nothing specific has really been revealed yet. Read More

  • NFL Red Zone Channel may not be free on Comcast after all

    NFL Red Zone Channel may not be free on Comcast after all

    You may recall that exactly one week ago, your old buddy Doug got all bonered up about NFL Network and Comcast finally reaching an amicable agreement. In particular, it was starting to sound like Comcast subscribers would not only get NFL network at no extra charge, but that we'd also get the very-excellent Red Zone Channel for free as well. I mentioned that it "seems way too good to be true" and… Read More

  • This is why no one likes the cable company

    This is why no one likes the cable company

    It’s a sad fact that often the only face a content provider has to a customer is the lowly cable installer. It seems that more often than not, said installer is not the best representative to what could be a good company. Of course, I’m not saying all installers will set fire to a house, sleep on a customers couch, or perform a sloppy install, but when those infractions happen… Read More

  • DISH Network losing customers

    DISH Network losing customers

    DISH announced today a net loss of 25,000 customers. The company blamed the loss of subscribers on a combination of economic factors and stiffening competition. Wall Street reacted unfavorably, sending the shares down in early trading. The stock price made up lost ground as the day went on. Craig Moffett, analyst at Bernstein Research, said: This is not pretty. It’s the first ever loss of… Read More

  • Verizon FiOS cable tv coming to NYC: Can you see me now?

    Verizon FiOS cable tv coming to NYC: Can you see me now?

    Look for Verizon to start infiltrating select NYC neighborhoods in the “coming weeks” while they deploy their fiber-optic network. The telco giant has received approval from the New York State Public Service Commission to start selling its FiOS cable TV service in New York. As Verizon FiOS is 100% fiber-optic all the way to your home, expect the transition to take some time. It would… Read More

  • Cable companies still bickering over FiOS advertising

    Cable companies still bickering over FiOS advertising

    Comcast, Verizon, and Time Warner Cable are all sniping at each other, emphasizing the minor advantages their overpriced service has over the competitor’s overpriced service. They’re trading whiny potshots over whether the fiber goes to the house, what “compression” means, and so on, when they should be doing that other stuff cable companies do, like throttling my bandwidth… Read More

  • Time Warner working on mystery "Internet TV" project

    Time Warner working on mystery "Internet TV" project

    This is a little out of left field, but it could also be interesting. Time Warner Cable is planning on releasing a set-top box to its customers with a built-in cable modem to allow them to watch “Internt TV” on their televisions. The thing is, there’s no additional information on what this might be. Time Warner already has set-top cable boxes with full digital and HD… Read More

  • SlingModem officially announced

    SlingModem officially announced

    Your friendly cable company may soon be carrying the SlingModem, a combination SlingBox and DOCSIS 2.0-certified cable modem. Basically, you’d only have to connect one coax cable to the box and you’d get your internet access, plus you’d be able to sling the cable signal right out of the gate. Sounds cool, I guess. SlingModem is one of Sling Media’s newest place-shifting… Read More

  • Time Warner thinking of selling Time Warner Cable

    Time Warner thinking of selling Time Warner Cable

    In an earnings call today Time Warner reported that it was planning to spin off its Cable holdings, “under the right circumstances.” No specifics were noted but Time Warner Cable is obviously bolted on to the weak AOL and TW media holdings and not quite the best fit for a media company in the first place, synergy be damned. TWC had a $771 million in profit last quarter, which is pretty… Read More

 
  • Verizon pushing FCC to treat all TV suppliers equally

    [photopress:fiostv_multi.jpg,full,center] Verizon’s petitioning the FCC to make it easier for customers locked into cable monopolies to leave in favor of similar services offered by ISPs, such as Verizon itself. Verizon, AT&T, and others offer TV via data, an alternative to cable, and Verizon feels that customers much jump through too many hoops to switch as it is. In essense, Verizon… Read More

  • Comcast in Seattle getting six more High-Definition channels in March

    [photopress:hdcomcast.jpg,full,center]Rarely do I give Comcast praise, but today I feel I must. The cable company monopoly will be adding six new HD channels to its catalog in March, just in time for my birthday, and they’re good ones! Well, most of them. Those of you who are still using standard definition need to seriously think about your futures. You’re holding the rest of us back… Read More

  • Video: First look at Comcast + TiVo interface

    http://progressive.playstream.com/playstream/progressive/flashplayers/FLVPlayer.swf Here’s a quick first look at the Comcast + TiVo interface that’s recently become available in the Boston area. Pros: Way better than the alternative Comcast DVR interface from 1982, it’s TiVo, dual tuner + HD for about what you’d pay per month for TiVo except you don’t have to shell… Read More

  • Boston: Comcast's TiVo boxes already having trouble?

    Boston: Comcast's TiVo boxes already having trouble?

    Comcast is busy installing TiVo-equipped boxes here in the Boston area today. I’ve been waiting patiently since 11:30. It’s now a little after 1:30 and this screen’s been up for the past hour with no end in sight. Come on, TiVo! You can do it, buddy! Read More

  • Time Warner trying usage-based billing in Texas

    Time Warner trying usage-based billing in Texas

    I’ll be damned, they’re actually doing it. Time Warner will be testing out a pay-for-what-you-use program for its high speed Internet service in Beaumont, Texas. This, based on findings that about 5 percent of the network’s users account for more than half the bandwidth. Here’s the problem, though. What happens when all the high-bandwidth users leave for the nearest… Read More

  • Comcast + TiVo finally in the wild, your upgrade coming soon?

    Comcast + TiVo finally in the wild, your upgrade coming soon?

    Credit: Steve Garfield CC BY-NC-SA It’s been over two years since Comcast announced that its DVR boxen would be getting the TiVo treatment, with nothing materializing yet. That is, of course, unless your name is Steve Garfield, of the Boston area, in which case your DVR is now a TiVo. Garfield is apparently the first customer in the country to get the upgrade, and things are going about how… Read More

  • Hey NFL, ditch cable and develop your own box already

    Hey NFL, ditch cable and develop your own box already

    So I finally buckled and added NFL Network to my cable package because I had, had, had to see the game last night. I realized two things. First, the Dallas Cowboys can pretty much score at will. They’re fast becoming the New York Yankees of football. I don’t care for Tony Romo’s boyish charm or his ability to see everything in 360 degrees. Secondly, I realized that the only real… Read More

  • Would you rather have a la carte cable?

    Would you rather have a la carte cable?

    Kyle McSlarrow is the head of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. He sees the FCC’s attempts at legislating the cable industry as hurtful to consumers, particularly the idea of offering us a la carte pricing which would basically allow you and me to subscribe only to the cable channels we actually watched. He says it would "fundamentally wreck business models and hurt… Read More

  • Man uses Comcast van and uniform to steal cable box

    Man uses Comcast van and uniform to steal cable box

    This seems like a lot of work for a little money but a man "dressed in a Comcast uniform and driving a Comcast van" showed up at a woman’s house at 2:30 in the afternoon a few days ago, took her cable box and cable modem, gave her a receipt, and left. Comcast, of course, "had no record of the worker coming to her home" which begs the following question; is it possible… Read More

  • Apartment dweller: 'The letter forcing me to switch to Comcast is tantamount to an eviction notice'

    Apartment dweller: 'The letter forcing me to switch to Comcast is tantamount to an eviction notice'

    Wow. This guy really doesn’t like Comcast. I’m certainly not going to be asking Comcast to the Prom anytime soon but this guy is planning on moving out of his apartment thanks to a notice sent to the tenants in his building saying that Comcast will be the only ISP available starting January 1st. Read More