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Why You Should Cut Cable Right Now — Cord cutting is very much a thing and the cable companies are running a bit scarred. So, when we suggest that you cut cable right now, we mean you should, at the very least, tell your cable provider you plan…

Cable Is Like Smoking: Expensive, Tough to Quit — Whether or not you love television, and there is a lot to love, it is a sure bet that you hate the cable company. However, here in the early 21st Century, there is no good excuse to keep paying for…

Cord Cutters to Cable TV: We Don’t Miss You — If young people are the future, then satellite and cable TV providers need to sit up and take notice. Millennials are not only most likely to never have had cable, but are also most likely to be happy cord cutters.


Cord Cutter: Get an HD Antenna, Pay Once, Watch Forever — Whether you just want to stop paying (so much?) for TV or aim to reduce debt, getting an outdoor HD antenna is a great place to start. Here is a quick TV news report out of Bakersfield, CA about a…

47% Have Netflix, etc, 25% Plan Cable Cut — Da Nile is a river in Egypt, but the state of denial is where you will find cable and satellite TV operators. That is, nearly half of all Americans subscribe to a streaming TV service and half of those people…

Refurbished Roku Deals from $39.99, Roku 3 $20 Off — Whether you choose to cut the cord, you absolutely positively should get Roku — watch your shows when you want to. And, absolutely the best deal is on a Refurbished Roku, which delivers the same awesome little box with the…

Netflix: OS X 10.10 Testers Get HTML5 Upgrade — No more plugins to watch Netflix on your Mac. However, because the future isn’t evenly distributed, only OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta testers have access to this “advanced” functionality…

Cord Cutting: 17 Channels and a Whole Lotta [Expensive] Nothing On — Choice is the question and Americans are only picking options without really considering the cost. While cord cutting has been making headlines, relatively few families are doing the math and dropping cable…

Mac Media Server XBMC 13 ‘Gotham’ Ships — If you have a Mac and Roku, your best media server choice is Plex. However, if you plan to connect your media center Mac directly to a TV, XBMC is the consensus choice and there’s a whole number update just…

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Popcorn Time 3.1 Beta: Flawed Yet Brilliant — Even when viewed in the best light, Popcorn Time is a provocation. At worst, it is just another way to steal movies and TV shows. Whatever your call it, Popcorn Time is a flawed yet brilliant way to watch anything…

New Roku Streaming Stick Arrives, Kills Roku LT — What’s not to love? With a Roku box or, now, the second generation Roku Streaming Stick, you get access to 1,200 plus channels and more than 31,000 movies. The big advantage of the new Roku Streaming Stick is that it…

Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner Throttle Netflix. Yes, But… — Do broadband ISPs throttle Netflix? As far as subscribers are concerned, the answer is an emphatic and exasperated, yes! You will also hear the same answer from Netflix’s netflix provider, Cogent, which has gone public with its complaints about…

Does Your ISP Cap Data, Throttle Netflix? — What is net neutrality? It is a simple rule that states that all internet traffic should be treated equally. Given the mechanics and politics of that internet that, quite obviously, isn’t happening. Here is a quick and dirty look which…

Canadian Cord Cutting: One in Four Don’t Pay for TV — How do Canadians fell about their cable bills? Money talks and about one-in-four citizens of the Great White North aren’t paying for TV. Cord cutting, it seems, is even more prevalent in Canada than the US.
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Cut Your Cable Bill: Six Ways to Save and Their Friends — Change begins with dissatisfaction and, when it comes making people unhappy, cable companies are at the top of the list, right next to airlines and phone companies. So, you’re motivated and here’s how turn that into savings. Cut your cable bill, trim the cable fat and save.

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Cord Cutting: A Great Antenna Is Key — If you’re gonna be a cord cutter, Netflix, Red Box Instant, Hulu, iTunes, Amazon Instant, etc only get you so far — very little news and no live sports. To maximize the cord cutting experience, a great antenna is what…

Amazon vs Netflix: Combatants or Complementary? — As evidenced by the huge number of reality shows on TV, people love conflict. However, while it might be entertaining to think “Amazon vs Netflix,” the reality of the situation is that Amazon + Netflix is a better deal for…

Satellite, Cable TV Operators Raising Prices — Cord Cutting is very much a thing and more than 2 million people dropped cable and satellite TV over the last year or so. With that background comes news that Comcast, Dish and DirecTV are raising prices. The Denver Post reports…

10 Apple TV Tips and Their Friends — Have a new Apple TV? How about an older Apple TV? Chances you will be spending lots of quality time with over the next day or so. Here are 10+ Apple TV tips that will optimize your viewing experience. Apple TV…

Netflix Adds $7 Single-Screen SD Plan — If you aren’t currently a subscriber and would be happy with standard definition (480p) playback and only on a single device/screen, Netflix has a deal for you — $6.99 a month. And, that is a buck, one thin greenback per month…

Never Going Back to Cable, Says WSJ Editor — Could you say no to $480? Wall Street Journal media and marketing editor Martin Peers couldn’t either — becoming a cord cutter saved him $40 a month, which is a dinner out every few weeks or one free car payment…

XBMC 12.3: New Apple TV? You Need This App — This particular XBMC update, the last in the “Frodo” line, delivers a number of critical bug fixes, including patches for Mavericks specific issues. However, a bigger fish, “Gotham” (aka version 13.0), is being fried as we speak.

Apple TV Discounts, Roku Deals — Cord cutting is most definitely a thing — millions of have already ditched cable TV. Whether you’re looking to give Time Warner, Comcast, Cox, etc the boot or just taste the wine, the gateway to cord cutting is a set top box, like the Roku or Apple TV…

Virtual MVPD: The Future of Pay TV? Perhaps… — It’s a simple idea — a virtual MVPD (multichannel video programming distributor) is essentially a cable or satellite company without the cable, bundle or high cost. No matter how you get broadband, you can get the TV shows and movies…

Cable TV vs Cord Cutting: ‘The Hole Saga’ — Confused by the whole cable TV vs cording cutting debate? Apparently, so is the cable industry. Nevertheless, cable TV collectively in the voice of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA) has finally responded to the cord cutting phenomenon with…

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Young Adults Flock to Netflix as Cable’s Luster Fades — Cord cutters are one thing and cable nevers are quite another. Yes, cable TV providers have been bleeding subscribers, which should be alarming to Time Warner, Comcast et al. However, the big (encouraging) news is the large number of young…

PBS, Yahoo: Apple TV Gains Even More Content — While nothing beats the Roku (links below) for the shear volume and variety of content available, Apple has been relentlessly adding new apps and, thereby, content to the Apple TV over the last year — it’s like getting a better…

Cord Cutter Tool Kit: Get Started with Streaming TV, Digital Broadcast — Are you ready to be a cord cutter? Whether you just shouted an emphatic “yes!” or just wonder about the possibilities, you need not make a definitive choice right now — you can cut the cord in steps and here…

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Pay TV Loses Another 113K Subscribers — Schadenfreude is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. Like lots of folks, I get a thrill watching the pay TV suppliers, especially the cable companies, in pain and they’re definitely suffering, if only a little.
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Cord Cutting: Doing the Cable Math Is an Eye Opener — Depending on where you live and which package you get, the cost of cable TV has doubled or even tripled over the last decade. The cure? If you live in or around a city metro, then a good antenna and…

Netflix Opens Super HD Floodgates — Streaming media services and set top box makers are getting busy, together. But don’t look away because they’re doing it all for you (and profit). Netflix is now offering Super HD to all subscribers with 1080p devices (and adequate bandwidth)…

New Roku LT-1-2-3 Family Released, M-Go Movie Store Added — A recent FCC filing revealed Roku’s plans to release a new low-cost set top box, though few details were known at the time. The company has now ended all speculation by releasing new Roku models and, perhaps with an eye…

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IPTV: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Penetration Rising Rapidly — As cable and satellite TV providers bleed subscribers, IPTV services continue to rapidly add customers. Specifically, 38 percent of American homes now subscribe to Netflix while Hulu and Amazon Instant continue to make big gains, too.

Netflix + BitTorrent: A Match Made in Holland — Or, heaven — some folks think that Holland and heaven are actually the same place. What’s all that? When Netflix was deciding what content to offer in Holland, the streaming video giant checked out torrent sites to see which movies…

— The Roku 3, which shipped in March, has been received very well both critically and in the marketplace. The Roku 3, however, isn’t a standalone device, but a template for other new set top boxes, including the upcoming low-cost Roku…

Cord Cutter: Free Amazon Prime: Get the 30-Day Trial — Are you cord cutter curious and want to get a taste before telling Time Warner or Comcast to go take a flying leap? A great place to start is a free Amazon Prime 30-day trial, which is loaded with tons …

Cable Loses Another 1.8 Million Subs — Here is a slightly different take on the cord cutter data the Fairer Platform first reported last month. However, the conclusions are the same — cord cutting is gaining momentum and cable TV is taking it on the chin.

Cord Cutter: Plex for iPad, iPhone Now $1.99 — You are paying more than $100 a month for cable and you have had enough — watch, save, be a cord cutter! You can do it with an Apple TV, about which much good can be said, or the Roku…

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Vevo Coming to Apple TV, Get It Now on Roku — Steve Job’s little black hobby puck accounts for 56 percent of the IPTV set top market. So, when important new content, like Vevo, comes to the platform, it’s a big deal.

Cord Cutters: IPTV Subs Rise as Cable, Satellite Fall — After years of denial by cable and satellite TV providers, there is now no doubt traditional pay TV is on the decline. And, here’s a look at the other side that coin — cord cutters and the rise in IPTV (internet protocol TV) subs.

Mac Dashboard: WidgetTV 3 Rewritten, Adds TWiT and More Channels — If you are a cord cutter, just “let it play” breaking news can be one of the holes that is hard to fill. The WidgetTV Mac Dashboard widget scratches that itch brilliantly with free, instant access to top news, science and tech channels.

Pay TV Subs Slide Some More — And, it’s only down from here? Pay TV subs have declined for the third quarter in a row, nearly 1 million households over the last year, and not even the cable companies can deny cord cutters are on the rise. Plus, a look at the ingredients you could use to become a cord cutter, too.

How to Add Redbox Instant on Roku — First and foremost, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Instant Video just got some serious competition. With more than 5,500 movies on your Roku and 1,500 titles via your neighborhood Redbox location, the Redbox Instant offer is simple and attractive…

Fairer Deal: Greatest Hits, $6.99; MacLegion Mini Bundle, $30; Refurbished Apple TV, $75; More — Life is good in the Fairer Deal fast lane — so many great buys, so little money needed. The refurbished Apple TV is now $10 cheaper and, boy oh boy, check out all of the cheap albums on both iTunes and…

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Fairer Deal: Free Mac Bundle; Roku Discounts; Cocktail 6.5, Half Off; Cheap Apple TV [u] — How many ways to save? Let’s count a few. Stack Social is offering a free Mac bundle of 10 great apps and their 2013 Summer Mac Bundle offers 10 mainstream apps, including Parallels for Mac, for $49.99. Plus a neat…

Apple TV Takes 56% of Set Top Market — Competition is good, but there’s no question that standardization has benefits, too. That said, Steve Jobs’ hobby puck, the Apple TV, is the set top box to beat. The good people at Frost & Sullivan have released a report detailing their…

Cord Cutter: Amazon Prime Video Adds Miramax — Are you a cord cutter? Thinking about it? One of the most popular streaming options, Amazon Prime Video, has gotten a little more tempting — you can now watch scores of Miramax Films, like Pulp Fiction and The English Patient…

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Cord Cutting: Nearly 60 Million Americans ‘Get’ Free TV — Do any or all — young, low-income, minority — apply to you? Then there is a good chance, you “get” free TV. A new survey shows more than 20 million US households, nearly 60 million people, rely solely on free…

Apple Updates: Apple TV 5.3, iAd Producer 4.0.1 — Steve Jobs’ hobby — Apple TV is the world’s best-selling set top box — has just added HBO Go, ESPN, Sky News and other content sources, making it rich but not yet abundant. Meanwhile, Apple’s long mobile advertising slog continues…

iTunes Podcasts Now on Roku — One of the great things about having a Roku is that new channels regularly appear and there is never a bill. Yes, you can pay for Hulu Plus, Netflix and others, but the free stuff just keeps coming — there’s…

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Cord Cutting: Cable TV Slides, Cable Broadband Grows — Fresh pay TV subscriber data is generating headlines — cord cutting can no longer be denied. Nevertheless, although fewer people overall are paying for TV, the real story lies in a shifting market dynamic, away from cable to other providers.

The CW Coming to Apple TV? Get It Now on Roku — Cord cutting takes another step forward. At some unnamed date in the future, America’s fifth network, The CW, will be coming to the Apple TV via a dedicated app — no subscription required, though viewers will have to wait 24…

Watch ABC 3.0: Pay Forever TV Gets a New Face — ABC’s move to offer live local affiliate streaming over the internet via their updated Watch ABC app is a good thing, right? People already paying for television do get more, but anyone hoping that free-air-TV would be free-to-view on the…

Live Streaming Coming ABC iOS App — Whereas the headline is absolutely attention getting, the caveats and quid pro quos backloaded in this feature are significant and, frankly, off-putting. Yes, live streaming is coming to the ABC iOS app, but only to existing cable subscribers and only…

Roku Adds PBS, PBS Kids — PBS on Roku, cool. Public Broadcasting System programming has previously been available in various ways, including Amazon Prime Video and the Plex plugin, on this popular set top box. However, this is nonetheless a big step forward — top level…

Fairer Deal: Hulu Plus Free, Roku Deals, Best Apple TV Prices — Been waiting weeks for this deal to land on Stack Social and it’s finally here — get Hulu Plus free for not a week, not two weeks, but 30 days (sweet). And, today’s Fairer Deal report also has some of…

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Review: Roku LT + Plex Media Server — While the wife’s away, the husband will play. In this case, he has played to great practical effect and at very low cost. It’s an all-natural a combination, Roku LT + Plex Media Server, that delivers all of our iTunes…

Average iTunes Account Valued at $515.72 — Apple claims more than 400 million active iTunes accounts. Last year, all of those people, and their credit cards, delivered $8.5 billion in iTunes revenue for Apple. That said, a fresh survey out of Britain provides another interesting way to…

New Roku 3 Box, Remote + Wireless Headphones — Competition is good and Roku just upped its game in a big way with a new set top streamer, the Roku 3, as well as an interface/software refresh for legacy boxes. New is good and keeping the installed base happy…

One-in-Four Netflix Subscribers Are Cable Cutters — Cable cutters are a large and growing audience, right? Perhaps not, but almost everyone agrees that IP-based, on-demand TV is the future. Bolstering that notion is a new study of Netflix subscribers and a move by Nielsen to start counting…

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