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  • ‘What the hell?’: TV screens go dark as Spectrum cuts channels, raises prices

    04/30/2017 3:51:48 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 85 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader (Kentucky) ^ | April 28, 2017 | John Cheves
    The television screen went dark a month ago as Daniel Fitzgerald watched “American Pickers” on the History Channel. Perplexed, he grabbed the remote and surfed through CNN, Disney, Comedy Central and the rest of the standard cable lineup. Many of them were gone, too. In their place was a black background with a small block of text advising him that his subscription no longer provided those channels. “I thought, ‘What the hell? I just paid the cable bill,’” Fitzgerald recalled last week in the tiny Lexington [Kentucky] apartment he shares with his disabled 16-year-old son. Fitzgerald called Spectrum, the subsidiary...
  • ROKU USERS

    03/15/2017 2:07:50 PM PDT · by V K Lee · 74 replies
    ROKU USERS!! NEW CHANNELS AVAILABLE WHICH YOU MIGHT WISH TO CHECK. Variety of subjects and interests covered.
  • VANITY-Cordcutter Advice on Roku 3

    01/22/2017 7:27:17 AM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 72 replies
    Looking for advice on finally ditching very expensive Direct TV with hundreds of channels I DON'T watch.
  • The rise of sports TV costs and why your cable bill keeps going up

    12/06/2016 6:51:22 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 82 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 12/5/15 | Meg James
    Last year, Americans collectively spent 31 billion hours watching sports on TV —  a 40% increase from a decade ago. They watched football, baseball, basketball, hockey, horse racing, NASCAR, rowing, rugby, soccer and volleyball — even Little League championships and poker games. “Live sports is the most valuable content on the planet,” said Adam Ware, head of digital media at Tennis Channel, based in Santa Monica.
  • If there ever was a time to drop cable or news subscriptions, its now

    11/25/2016 2:43:10 PM PST · by Secret Agent Man · 26 replies
    Looks like the media has learned absolutely zero from this election. They are preparing round two to steal the election before the inauguration and when that fails they already have outlined how the next 4 years of coverage are going to be. If there has ever been a time to drop them, it's now. No subscriptions. No more liberal rag papers. No more magazines that tout this crap. Let them fail.
  • Top 21 Reasons To Get Rid Of Cable Once And For All

    11/22/2016 6:00:43 AM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 101 replies
    Cut Cable Today ^ | 3-11-15 | Mr. Cable Cutter
    Unsure if you’re ready to take the plunge and cut the cord? The truth is that now is the best time in history to make the call. It seems like every day, there are new reasons to get rid of cable. But in case you aren’t sure what those reasons are, I’ve collected them here, all in one place for you. #1 It’s Easier Than Ever Had you asked me a few years ago if getting rid of cable was feasible, I would have hesitated. But now, well, things are different. It’s easier than it has ever been. All you...
  • Updated: Cord Cutting 101 – A Beginners Guide to Cord Cutting (stop subsidizing CNN!)

    09/21/2016 2:20:12 AM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 46 replies
    Cord Cutters News ^ | 9-10-16 | Luke
    Cord cutting can sound scary at first, with a ton of options and decisions to be made, but you will find it is surprisingly easy and you may already have everything you need. We want to be here to help you cancel cable TV and legally stream your content online so you pay less and still get all your shows. Here are our four steps to becoming a cord cutter with our Cord Cutting 101 guide! Step 1. Streaming Services There are a lot of live streaming services available, and it may seem overwhelming at first but it is easier...
  • New FCC Cable TV App Mandate: 'Fixing' a Problem Caused by the Fixer

    09/12/2016 8:49:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    MRC TV ^ | September 11, 2016 | P. Gardner Goldsmith
    In Medieval times, Kings and Queens interested in maintaining control over small, outlying geographical areas arranged a complex system of fiefdoms, vesting feudal lords with their imprimatur to tell the local serfs and vassals what to do, and granting them the “power” to extract taxes – a portion of which would be given to the royals. Despite Constitutional strictures created to insure the contrary, the United States federal government has followed pretty much the same template, albeit on a bureaucratic, rather than monarchical, level. Case in point, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is showing once more that it is...
  • It's time to kill the cable box with apps

    01/31/2016 6:25:16 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 40 replies
    CNET ^ | 01/31/16 | David Katzmaier
    Commentary: A proposal by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler calls for cable companies like Comcast to "unlock the set-top box." Unlocking isn't enough. The box should die, once and for all, and be replaced by apps. There's no technological reason that Comcast, or Time Warner Cable, or Charter or any other cable TV provider needs to provide physical hardware at all. There's no need for warehouses full of cable boxes or arduous "service windows" where the technician supposedly shows up "sometime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m."-- or not--to fix (or more likely just replace) your device. Full-fledged pay...
  • How Amazon Prime Is Crushing the Competition

    01/25/2016 11:59:53 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 82 replies
    time.com/money ^ | 1-25-2016 | Brad Tuttle
    Here we are at the start of 2016, when Prime membership costs $99 a year, and a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) estimates that there are currently roughly 54 million Amazon Prime members in the U.S. Overall, 47% of the people who shop at Amazon are Prime members, the study says. For Amazon, the astonishing growth of Prime is a tremendous win-win. Amazon benefits doubly with Prime because 1) it collects annual subscription fees from tens of millions of consumers; and 2) subscribers tend to spend a disproportionately high amount of money with Amazon compared to non-members....
  • War And Peace Tops Ratings And Wins Rave Reviews

    01/04/2016 5:41:56 AM PST · by goldstategop · 11 replies
    BBC News ^ | 01/04/2016 | BBC News
    The first episode of the BBC's new costume drama War and Peace was watched by more than six million viewers. The drama, which stars Paul Dano, Lily James and James Norton, has also won rave reviews. The adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's novel averaged 6.3 million viewers, peaking at 6.7 million. It was up against ITV's Endeavour and spy drama Deutschland 83 on Channel 4, which averaged 4.4 million and 1.2 million viewers respectively. snip - Downton Abbey star James plays Natasha Rostov in the drama, with Dano - who starred in 12 Years a Slave - as Pierre Bezukhov and...
  • Bundled Cable Death Watch: Q2 Cord-Cutting Soars to 566,000

    08/11/2015 2:54:15 PM PDT · by Dacula · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8-11-15 | John Nolte
    The largest swindle big business ever played on the American people — forcing us to pay huge cable bills for dozens of channels we never watch — is slowly coming apart. Even with an ever-increasing population, the pay TV industry (cable and satellite) lost a net 566,000 subscribers last quarter. When you add in Q1, that’s a total of 887,000 lost customers in just six short months. There is just no question that customers are getting tech savvy and budget savvy. The result is a growing wave of cord-cutters (last quarter was the second biggest drop in pay TV customers...
  • A 'media meltdown'? Disney remark on TV viewing sends industry into tailspin

    08/07/2015 1:06:59 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 42 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/7/15 | Meg James
    It's been two days of harsh reckoning for the entertainment industry as long simmering concerns about declining pay-tv subscriptions boiled up in quarterly earnings reports, leading investors to dump shares of media stocks amid worries that a key Hollywood money pot is threatened. The massive sell-off — one analyst called it "the media meltdown" — came after Walt Disney Co. warned investors late Tuesday that profit from ESPN and other cable channels would not be as robust as initially thought because fewer consumers are subscribing to full pay-TV packages. The sell-off continued Thursday as Viacom disappointed Wall Street with weak...
  • ESPN Tightens Its Belt as Pressure on It Mounts

    07/22/2015 1:00:39 AM PDT · by iowamark · 46 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/9/2015 | Shalini Ramachandranand Joe Flint
    Sports-TV powerhouse ESPN, a profit machine that has long towered over the media landscape, is showing signs of stress as the pay-TV industry goes through an unprecedented period of upheaval. A decline in subscribers as customers trim their cable bills, coupled with rising content costs and increased competition, has ESPN in belt-tightening mode, people familiar with the situation say. The company, majority owned by Walt Disney Co., has lost 3.2 million subscribers in a little over a year, according to Nielsen data, as people have “cut the cord” by dropping their cable-TV subscriptions or downgraded to cheaper, slimmed-down TV packages...
  • Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren Think Your Cable TV Bill Is Too High, And They Want The FCC

    07/10/2015 12:28:36 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 40 replies
    International Business Times ^ | July 10, 2015 | Christopher Zara
    Attention, voters: Bernie Sanders is just like you, which is to say he’s tired of paying too much for cable. The independent Vermont senator and 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful joined three fellow senators Thursday in asking the Federal Communications Commission to investigate the “ridiculous prices” charged by pay-TV and broadband services. In a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, Sanders -- along with Democratic Sens. Al Franken of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey of Massachusetts -- said American consumers are being burdened by ever-increasing monthly bills and a thicket of hidden fees. Citing lack of competition and increased...
  • Cable news is in trouble, and it’s more about the news than the cable

    05/10/2015 9:26:12 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 46 replies
    Vox.com ^ | May 10, 2015 | Ezra Klein
    Cable news is in trouble. The Pew Research Center reports that the median daily audience for Fox, CNN, and MSNBC is down about 11 percent since 2008. The Washington Post's Paul Farhi sees a grim future for the industry. He argues that cable news outlets are pretty much where newspapers were a decade ago: their audience is aging, their medium is being disrupted by new technologies, and the next generation of viewers is developing habits and preferences that they're poorly placed to serve. (This is probably a good moment to note that I'm a contributor to MSNBC.) The networks may still...
  • In cable, it’s survival of the fittest as channels drop from the bundle

    04/08/2015 11:57:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 7, 2015 | Cecilia Kang
    At the Weather Channel, the heavy snow and bitter cold that swept the Northeast this winter was cause for celebration as its wall-to-wall coverage helped lift ratings to their highest level in years. But none of that mattered in the spring, when Verizon Fios dropped the channel from its offerings to more than 5 million subscribers. In a letter to customers, Verizon said that people want to get their reports from the Internet and apps on their phones these days, not TV.
  • Cord-Cutting and Cable-Bill-Cutting Are All the Rage

    03/26/2015 1:07:16 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 84 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/26/2015 | Chriss W. Street
    The Wall Street Journal recently published a strange piece called “Why Cable TV Beats the Internet, For Now.” Despite pay-TV losing 1.4 million customers last year, it seems the WSJ is device-challenged and unwilling to embrace the obvious future dominance of Internet streaming media. And the war to discount your cost for pay-TV is heating up. Geoffrey A. Fowler of the WSJ’s Person Tech section describes himself as a “tech columnist and someone who watches enough TV to own a Snuggie.” He acknowledges that cord-cutting allows cheaper choices than pay-TV, but strangely he worries that “Internet TV means juggling gadgets.”
  • MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show Delivers Under 100,000 Adults 25-54 Viewers on Friday, March 13

    03/17/2015 2:24:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    TV By The Numbers ^ | March 17, 2015 | By Sara Bibel
    MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show averaged 96,000 adults 25-54 viewers on Friday, March 13 and 731,000 total viewers. It was the second time this year the show delivered under 100,000 adults 25-54 viewers and ranked as the program's seventh lowest rated performance in its six-and-a-half year run among adults 25-54. FNC's The Kelly File was the top rated cable news program at 9PM (1,898,000, +286,000 in 25-54) beating its two major competitors.
  • Apple is going to launch a TV service this fall that could kill cable

    03/17/2015 7:02:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/17/2015 | Bryan Logan
    Apple is reportedly working on a plan to launch its own TV service. A Wall Street Journal report suggests Apple, which already lets users watch television and Netflix shows through its Apple TV device, is working with programmers "to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks this fall." The Journal cites sources familiar with the talks who say Apple's subscription service may provide "about 25 channels, anchored by broadcasters such as ABC, CBS, and Fox, and would be available on Apple devices such as the Apple TV." The as-yet-unannounced service would cost $30 to $40 per month, according to The...