cable TV

  • 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