It’s Beginning

October 14, 2013

Canada wants to force cable companies to unbundle TV

Canada’s cable TV subscribers could soon have the ability to subscribe to just the channels they actually watch: Canada’s Industry Minister James Moore recently said on a local TV show that his government is going to require pay TV providers to unbundle their offerings and offer TV channels a la carte, according to Reuters. Any such move would likely be watched closely by both cable companies and consumers in the U.S., where TV executives have long said that unbundling would actually make TV more expensive for consumers.

You are paying for what you don’t want ... That’s the definition of bundles.

 

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Pay TV Lost 345,000 Subscribers in Second Quarter

August 20, 2013

According to the latest data from Leichtman Research, the nation’s largest pay TV operators lost a collective 345,000 subscribers during the second quarter. The second quarter is usually down time for cable operators, but this quarter things were notably even worse, causing a lot of folks that have traditionally denied cord cutting (defined for our purposes as customers cutting TV but keeping broadband) to suddenly acknowledge it’s a real trend.

Cord cutters rejoice, the Internet TV is the wave of the future, once you know ROKU there is no going back. The smell of unbundled Internet freedom fills the air.


Terror TV :

August 20, 2013

More fakers just for American’s. They learned it from the Palestinians. Not very good at photoshop?

ON WEEK OF U.S. LAUNCH, EMBARRASSING VIDEO SURFACES SHOWING AL JAZEERA AIRING APPARENTLY FAKE PROTESTER FOOTAGE (video)

As Al Jazeera America launches Tuesday and aims to recruit more cable operators to broadcast the channel, its Qatar-based sister channel, Al Jazeera English, was caught over the weekend broadcasting images of a seemingly unconscious, gravely injured Muslim Brotherhood supporter who it turns out was most likely faking his injuries.

The scene played out in a video that’s now on YouTube and has garnered more than two million views in the three days since it was uploaded.

 


Intel Cooks Up The Future Of TV

August 18, 2013

Did they Or didn’t they???

Open question so far as hardly no one knows … What it really has to offer. Technologically it can be done. Bits are bits, so all you need is high speed internet, load and go. The channel selector becomes a relic of the past … ROKU could do this right now, but license fees block them. Per subscriber fee network cable must go first!!!

When your cable company decides they just want to offer bits for sale ….

intel-future-tvWhat about carry fees? Most have not been able to take that on head-on.

Visualize the TV service you’ve always wanted: a gorgeous interface that does away with clunky (and often ad-strewn) programming grids; a simple remote that isn’t a crushing array of buttons; a cloud-based DVR that doesn’t require you to hit “record”; algorithms that learn what you like and recommend new shows; an easy sync with social networks; effortless co-viewing with friends far away; video on tablets, phones and other devices with screens; and the seamless integration of traditional TV and what’s on the web.

Now imagine all of that comes in a beautiful box with a front-facing camera and the kind of industrial design that makes you not want to hide it in a cabinet.

This device is built. And it is in the hands of a select few secret testers at media companies, agencies and, of course, Intel’s Santa Clara, Calif., headquarters.

About a year ago, Intel established Intel Media to build an “over-the-top” TV service, joining streaming-video players such as Netflix and Hulu. Its service, however, will be the first to deliver a full array of cable TV channels over the internet.

Intel has not announced a name, a price or a release schedule more specific than some time this year, but those who have seen it describe it as a significant advance over any existing cable or satellite platform. “I’m impressed because Intel makes chips; no one expected them to come out with a product like this,” said Michael Bologna, head of advanced TV at Group M, who has spent several hours with the box.

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Duck Dynasty Does It Agin

August 16, 2013

Liberals just shattered, as ducks sit in the corner : ‘Duck Dynasty’ Premiere Shatters Cable Records With 11.8 Million Viewers

A duck call is what is behind this farcical comedy show. It’s what makes the Ducks a dynasty.


The Blaze Moves On Up

August 15, 2013

TheBlaze TV is launching on four more cable operators, continuing its quest to be in every home in America, executives said Thursday.

TheBlaze has entered into carriage agreements with Blue Ridge Communications, the 21st-largest cable operator in the nation, and with BEK Communications, Sweetwater Cable Television and Atwood Cable.

“We’re thrilled to welcome these independent operators into TheBlaze family of television affiliates. These businesses understand the value of bringing TheBlaze’s original programming and unique perspective to their customers and their business,” said Lynne Costantini, TheBlaze president of business development.

The announcement comes one month after the start of “Get TheBlaze,” a grassroots campaign for TheBlaze to demand the network from their TV providers.

 


Big Cable Or More Government Manipualtion

July 18, 2013

Are you stuck in the slow lane … WHO YOU GONNA CAL???

IF CONGRESS REALLY CARED IT SHOULD PRE-EMPT: Don’t Blame Big Cable. It’s Local Governments That Choke Broadband Competition.

Despite public, political, and business interest in greater broadband deployment, not every American has high-speed internet access yet (let alone a choice of provider for really fast, high-capacity service). So who’s really to blame for strangling broadband competition?

While popular arguments focus on supposed “monopolists” such as big cable companies, it’s government that’s really to blame. Companies can make life harder for their competitors, but strangling the competition takes government.

Broadband policy discussions usually revolve around the U.S. government’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC), yet it’s really our local governments and public utilities that impose the most significant barriers to entry.

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