cable TV

  • Comcast partners with AWS as it struggles to fight cord-cutting disruption

    Comcast partners with AWS as it struggles to fight cord-cutting disruption

    Cloud providers love to brag about their customer wins and Amazon got a big one today when it announced that Comcast had chosen AWS as its preferred cloud provider. What does that mean exactly? Presumably Comcast is going to put the majority of its cloud workloads on AWS. In a time when Comcast is fighting the cable cutting trend, being able to produce cloud services and apps that differentiate… Read More

  • Comcast’s X1 cable boxes now serve up YouTube videos alongside traditional TV

    Comcast’s X1 cable boxes now serve up YouTube videos alongside traditional TV

    Comcast’s cable boxes are getting YouTube. The cable TV company and Google today announced the addition of a YouTube app across Comcast’s Xfinity X1 service nationwide, which will allow customers to watch YouTube content alongside traditional TV programming. YouTube videos will also be featured in Xfinity on Demand, and will be accessible via the X1 voice remote. The ability to… Read More

  • Suppose.tv launches a service that helps cord cutters find the best deal

    Suppose.tv launches a service that helps cord cutters find the best deal

    With a growing number of streaming TV services entering the market, it’s becoming difficult for consumers to make comparisons. People want to know which service is best for them in terms of channel selection, feature set and price, but this involves a lot of research these days. A new startup launching today called Suppose.tv aims to help, offering an online utility that lets consumers… Read More

  • Amazon Channels now works like a TV login for HBO & Showtime’s apps

    Amazon Channels now works like a TV login for HBO & Showtime’s apps

    Amazon Channels is starting act like a TV provider. The service, which allows Prime members to subscribe to over-the-top premium networks like HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax and others, now allows you to log into some of the networks’ standalone streaming apps, as well, starting with HBO and Showtime. That is, instead of entering in your cable or satellite TV credentials to gain access to… Read More

  • Why owning your cable box won’t kill your favorite shows Crunch Network

    Why owning your cable box won’t kill your favorite shows

    A funny thing happens when the Federal Communications Commission moves to introduce competition into a consumer market. The industry, once so accustomed to acting the monopoly or duopoly in its sector, must suddenly “deal with” thousands if not millions of unhappy customers and a heated public debate. In the case of cable companies fighting the FCC’s set-top box proposal… Read More

  • Dismissing the cord-cutter myth Crunch Network

    Dismissing the cord-cutter myth

    When cable TV subscriptions in the U.S. peaked in 2012 — and 97.6 million Americans paid to watch television delivered via cable — it seemed the traditional media supply chain was stronger than ever. Since then, however, cable subscriptions have steadily declined each year. Read More

  • Solar Power Startup Bright Raises $4 Million To Distribute Energy In The Developing World

    Solar Power Startup Bright Raises $4 Million To Distribute Energy In The Developing World

    Bright, a solar panel installation and distribution startup, pulled in $4 million in seed money to build out its solar software and financing team. The startup launched out of the last batch of Y Combinator and began building in Mexico last year. Energy is expensive and often complicated in the country, costing upwards of $4,000 MXD ($250 USD) in hot summer months in some cases, according to… Read More

  • New Apple TV Hardware With Siri, App Store And HomeKit Said To Be Planned For WWDC

    New Apple TV Hardware With Siri, App Store And HomeKit Said To Be Planned For WWDC

    Apple had Apple TV news at its most recent special event, but it wasn’t the new Apple TV hardware some expected. That refresh is coming in June at WWDC, however, according to Buzzfeed’s John Paczkowski, and alongside it we’ll finally see an App Store for the set-top box, as well as an official SDK, Siri support, increased onboard storage and HomeKit support for passing on… Read More

  • The Diary Of A Cord Cutter In 2015 (Part 2: Shaving The Cord And Cheating)

    The Diary Of A Cord Cutter In 2015 (Part 2: Shaving The Cord And Cheating)

    2015 is the year I finally cut the cord with cable TV. No more flipping through programs mindlessly, no more massive lineup of channels I never watch, no more DVR’ing. In doing so, I’ve been determined to rely on streaming-only services for access to TV and movies, and my current lineup today includes Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, and Hulu, with the occasional movie rental… Read More

  • 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

    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

    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?


    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

    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

    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 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