OPINION: Why cable cutting is NOT a good idea – just not yet

If you read 98% of the articles abut getting rid of cable and going all streaming to save money, they make it seem that it is the thing to do, and that cable systems should be worried about their business, or are even predicting their demise in a few years. Well, I don’t mean to be the caller of bad news, but don’t call your cable company just yet.  Here’s why: While it is true that cable companies are hiking their prices and are giving you less offerings, you’re still getting a deal with the number of channels and offerings Click Here to Read more

TiVo set to intro new User Interface that’ll work with Android too

(TechHive): You might still think of TiVo as a DVR company, but this year a different strategy is starting to emerge. TiVo didn’t bring any consumer hardware to CES 2017; instead, the company showed off a brand-new TiVo interface—first announced last September—that tries to predict what you might watch based on past viewing patterns. That new interface should become available for the entire TiVo customer base this year, says Paul Stathacopoulos, TiVo’s vice president of strategy. But it won’t just be for DVR boxes. It can also run on Android, paving the way for new streaming devices with TiVo’s recommendations, browsing Click Here to Read more

CBS CEO says he is open for a DirecTV Now Deal

Speaking at a telecommunications and media conference, CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves hinted that DirecTV Now will be able to add his network’s programming to the slate, eventually. “I’m assuming we’ll be able to make a deal with them,” Moonves said at the UBS Global Media and Communications conference, regarding the AT&T-owned DirecTV Now service. “As they said in The Godfather, ‘We are not unreasonable people here.’” CBS remains the only broadcast network hold-out that has no programming on DirecTV Now. “[DirecTV Now] is obviously something they’re going to lose money on initially,” said Moonves. “There’s no way it can Click Here to Read more

The FCC’s Cable Box plan is Doomed – Thanks to Donald Trump

The flight to ditch the cable box appears to be over, thanks to President-Elect Donald Trump. (CNN) – Throughout this year, the Federal Communications Commission has pushed a proposal that would eliminate the need for consumers to spend hundreds of dollars each year to rent a cable box. A vote on the controversial proposal had already been delayed indefinitely amid intense pushback from cable providers, media companies and politicians. Now this and other efforts have come to a screeching halt as the agency is urged to avoid “controversial items” during a transition period. While Trump avoided the set-top box issue on the campaign trail, he Click Here to Read more