The Winner of The CES Swag & Roku Premiere+ Is…

I am very excited to announce the winner of the CES swag and Roku Premiere+! With the Roku Premiere+ comes CES swag and this year we have geat swag from Plex, GoGo, TCL, Polaroid, Nikon, & More. To top it off I am adding in a Roku Premiere+ with 4K HDR. Here is everything thing you can get with this giveaway: [embedded content] Please note this giveaway is not endorsed or sponsored by Roku or CES. This giveaway is run and managed by Cord Cutters News, LLC. The winner is: Donna! We have already emailed Donna at the email address that Click Here to Read more

Hulu Now Offers All Four Major Locals in Nearly 50% Of United States

Today Hulu announced that they have topped 521 locals including ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC on their live TV streaming service. With these new affiliates, Hulu now offers ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC in nearly 50% of all US TV households. This gives Hulu a solid lead over their competitors including DIRECTV NOW, YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, etc when looking at a number of locals. Hulu went on to say that they will be adding additional affiliates in the “next few weeks.” This will continue to help Hulu keep their lead in locals over their competitors. This all comes a few days Click Here to Read more

Tesla sets massive stock awards for Musk based on boosting market value

BANGALORE/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk could earn as much as $55.8 billion in Tesla Inc stock and own more than a quarter of the electric car company in the next decade if he hits all targets of a bold new pay plan. The unexpected compensation arrangement – announced in the middle of the night in California – involves no salary or cash bonus but sets up rewards for Musk multiplying Tesla’s market value as much as ten-fold to $650 billion over the next 10 years. That ambitious target implies Tesla stock will grow by 1,000 percent Click Here to Read more

Verizon’s New 5G Network Will Bring 1 Gbps Internet to Everyone

Today Verizon held their 4th quarter earnings call and gave some interesting new details about their plans for 5G. The promise of 5G home Internet is to bring fiber Internet speeds without the cost of running fiber to each house. With 5G you will be able to get 5G Internet wirelessly to your home, which is a dream many cord cutters have had for years. The hope is to cut the time it takes to wire a city with fiber Internet from years to months. Verizon has been at the core of this push to see 5G rollout starting this year. Click Here to Read more

Apple launches HomePod voice speaker, taking on Google, Amazon

(Reuters) – After missing the critical holiday shopping season, Apple Inc has jumped into the voice speaker wars with the HomePod smart speaker, a device that will use its Siri voice assistant and compete against offerings from Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google. Apple on Tuesday said it will start taking online orders for its HomePod smart speaker on Friday in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, just over a month later than initially planned. The $349 voice-controlled speaker, introduced in June and originally scheduled for a December release, can make music suggestions and adjust home temperatures. The speaker Click Here to Read more

Philo’s CEO Opens Up About New Networks, App Support, & More

Yesterday FierceCable posted an interview with Andrew McCollum, the CEO of the live TV streaming service Philo. During the interview a few interesting points jumped out to us, and we wanted to highlight them here. Philo’s Plans to Add More Networks One of the most common questions we get is will Philo add more networks. During the interview McCollum said they would love to add more networks such as FX, Nat GEO, and SyFy. Yet at the same time he explained why getting these networks is difficult for Philo. “It is tough because being in those families of networks with Click Here to Read more

Apple launches HomePod smart speaker sales from January 26

(Reuters) – Apple Inc will start taking online orders for its HomePod smart speaker from Jan. 26 in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, just over a month later than initially planned. The $349 voice-controlled speaker, introduced in June and originally slated for a December release, can make music suggestions and adjust home temperatures. HomePod will pitch Apple against rival smart speakers from Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc. Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Martina D’Couto Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

PlayStation Vue is Currently Down For Many Subscribers

About an hour ago PlayStation Vue went down according to reports for our readers. The outage seems to be scattered through parts of the Midwest, Northeast, and East coast of the United States. Out in Nebraska 😩 https://t.co/krrgmiXUqw — Bryan (@Padsker) January 23, 2018 Detroit is out — Ryan Curtis (@theCurtisReport) January 23, 2018 Some users are reporting that a stream they started before the outage is still working but they are unable to switch channels: Guide will not load. Stuck on one channel — Ti_ (@ti_watson) January 23, 2018 As best we can tell the issue seems to be Click Here to Read more

Netflix crosses $100 billion market capitalization as subscribers surge

(Reuters) – Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) snagged 2 million more subscribers than Wall Street expected in the final three months of 2017, tripling profits at the online video service that is burning money on new programming to dominate internet television around the world. The results drove Netflix to a market capitalization of more than $100 billion for the first time. Shares jumped 9 percent to over $248 in after-hours trading on Monday after rallying throughout the month and rising 53 percent last year. (tmsnrt.rs/1Ry82wG) The company has signed up more than half of all U.S. broadband households and is building its Click Here to Read more

Google Breaks YouTube on Amazon Fire TV Browsers

The fight between Google and Amazon just took a new turn today as Google cracked down on Fire TV users once again. Today Google blocked Silk or Firefox browser to access YouTube.com version made for smart TVs. Now if you try to access YouTube.com/TV on a Fire TV through the Firefox or Silk browser you will be redirected to the desktop version of the site. According to Elias Saba from AFTVnews who first reported this change “By blocking access to the version of YouTube made for television browsers, Google has deliberately made browsing their website an unusable experience on Amazon Click Here to Read more

Netflix crosses $100 billion market cap on subscriber surge

(Reuters) – Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) snagged 8.33 million new streaming customers in the final quarter of last year – 2 million more than Wall Street expected – as the pioneering online video service kept pouring money into programming in a race to dominate internet television around the world. The results cheered investors who drove Netflix shares up 7.8 percent to a record high of $245.16 in after-hours trading on Monday, hitting a market capitalization of more than $100 billion for the first time. Tech companies have been driving much of the U.S. stock market’s record-breaking rally since January, with Netflix Click Here to Read more

CBS Renews Their Contract With PlayStation Vue

Today it was announced that CBS and PlayStation Vue have agreed to a new contract to keep CBS owned stations and affiliates on PlayStation Vue. This deal will also keep CBS owned networks like Showtime, CBS Sports Network, CBSN and Pop on Sony’s live TV streaming service PlayStation Vue. “We are very pleased to extend our partnership with PlayStation Vue,” Ray Hopkins, president, television networks distribution, CBS Corp., said in a statement.  “The renewal of this agreement for various CBS networks enables us to continue to bring CBS’ world-class content to the audiences we share.” No details of the deal have been Click Here to Read more

Murdoch calls for ‘fee’ for trusted news publishers on Facebook

(Reuters) – Media mogul Rupert Murdoch on Monday called on Facebook to pay “trusted” news publishers a carriage fee, similar to the model used by cable companies, amid efforts by the social media company to fight misinformation on its platform. “Facebook and Google have popularized scurrilous news sources through algorithms that are profitable for these platforms but inherently unreliable,” Murdoch, who controls the Wall Street Journal as executive chairman of News Corp (NWSA.O), said in a statement. Facebook Inc (FB.O) Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday his company would fight misinformation and sensationalism on its platform by using member Click Here to Read more

Report: Facebook Passes on Thursday Night NFL Football

Right now the NFL is busy accepting bids for streaming rights to Thursday Night NFL Football in 2018. According to reports, there is a growing number of services biding for rights to stream the games. Now we know of at least one service that won’t be bidding. According to Bloomberg (who has an excellent reputation with their sources), Facebook has decided to pass on Thursday Night Football streaming rights as it is expected the price will once again go up. Last year Amazon paid $50 million for the World Wide streaming rights to NFL Thursday Night Football. Even at that price though Click Here to Read more

Icahn, Deason demand Xerox explore strategic options

(Reuters) – Hedge fund managers Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason demanded on Monday that Xerox Corp (XRX.N) explore strategic alternatives and said they would join forces to elect four new members to the board, prodding the company’s shares higher. Icahn and Deason, who together own over 15 percent of Xerox, last week separately called on Xerox to break off or renegotiate its joint venture with Fujifilm Holdings Corp (4901.T), saying it was unfavorable to the U.S. company. In Monday’s letter, Icahn reiterated his demands for a renegotiation or termination of the JV and the replacement of Xerox’s Chief Executive Jeff Click Here to Read more