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Time Warner Cable blackout causes CBS-related piracy to spike

Time Warner Cable blackout causes CBS-related piracy to spike

Late last month, a failure to negotiate fees between Time Warner Cable and CBS resulted in the first company dropping the latter one from its service in many markets, causing about 3 million people to lose access to the network. Although a truce was offered earlier this month, the spat continues, and in its wake leaves a long trail of spiked piracy rates.

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Time Warner Cable offers CBS truce with independent pricing proposal

Time Warner Cable offers CBS truce with independent pricing proposal

Last week, Time Warner Cable and CBS developed a squabble when the cable provider removed CBS from its service in several markets, among them being Los Angeles and New York. The decision caused CBS to retaliate by blocking access to full episodes on CBS.com, with the network saying that it would restore access when Time Warner restored the network on its service. Now a truce has been proposed.

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Comcast Xfinity Prepaid TV launches with pay-as-you-go service

Comcast Xfinity Prepaid TV launches with pay-as-you-go service

In February, Comcast began testing a pre-paid Xfinity Internet service in a few states, and now has begun doing the same for a pre-paid cable TV service. Thus far, the service provider hasn't detailed what markets have access to the service, with its "Check Availability" tool not working presently. The plans have been detailed, however, and are available now for those who want to enjoy cable television as a pay-as-you go service.

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Google reportedly seeking licensing for Internet-streamed television service

Google reportedly seeking licensing for Internet-streamed television service

Google has approached media networks in recent times about licensing their content for an Internet TV streaming service, according to sources who spoke to The Wall Street Journal. This comes a day after different sources spoke of Apple's television-dabbling ambitions, with the company reportedly approaching media companies about an advertisement-skipping service.

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Cable companies may lower bills by getting rid of sports

Cable companies may lower bills by getting rid of sports

Many people have been cutting their cable thanks to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Instant Video, but the reason many people are still glued to their cable subscription is that live sports are hard to find on anything other than cable, but that may change slightly, as cable providers are looking into cutting sports from their lineup in order to provide lower monthly cable bills.

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Aereo streamlines pricing plans by axing annual and daily options

Aereo streamlines pricing plans by axing annual and daily options

Aereo has restructured their pricing plans for their antenna television and DVR service. Plans will now start at $8 per month, which gives you access to the service with 20 hours of DVR storage. $12 per month will see your DVR storage bumped up 40 hours to a total of 60 hours of DVR time. Furthermore, there's no contract to sign, allowing you to sign up for the service essentially risk-free for a whole month.

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Aereo’s Boston spread tempts cable company fury

Aereo’s Boston spread tempts cable company fury

Aereo has been a part of a bit of controversy these past couple of months, mostly due to the fact that television networks aren't too happy with Aereo's business model. Nonetheless, Aereo has announced that its widening its reach past New York City, and will be launching its television services in Boston next month on May 15.

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Time Warner to bring out-of-home streaming to iOS live TV app

Time Warner to bring out-of-home streaming to iOS live TV app

Two years ago, Time Warner Cable released a live TV streaming app for the iPad, however, one caveat was that you could only stream live TV while inside of your home, and while connected to Time Warner's internet. Now Time Warner is looking to change that up, tomorrow, by updating its live TV streaming app for iOS devices that will let its customers stream live TV even if they're not at home.

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Comcast to encrypt basic cable channels

Comcast to encrypt basic cable channels

If you're a Comcast cable subscriber, be prepared for yet another television transition. Comcast has made official its plans to begin encrypting its basic cable channels. Comcast has begun notifying its customers in select markets that they will need to order a digital adapter if they want to continue to receive basic cable channels through Comcast.

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Verizon FiOS tops list of best internet bundles by Consumer Reports

Verizon FiOS tops list of best internet bundles by Consumer Reports

We all seem to have issues with our cable company. Whether it's because of weird charges on our monthly bill or unreliable service, there seems to never be a decent cable company out there that can provide a great experience for its customers. However, that's not all true. It turns out that Verizon FiOS is pretty good, as it topped the list of Consumer Reports' best internet/cable/phone bundles.

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Broadcast TV ratings continue to fall, ad sales go down with it

Broadcast TV ratings continue to fall, ad sales go down with it

It may be no surprise that people are favoring web video and streaming TV shows over regular television nowadays, but while both cable television and broadcast television are taking a hit, broadcast TV is seeing a steeper decline in ratings this season, and that's forcing advertisers to rethink what avenues to advertise on.

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Comcast’s Xfinity Watchathon Week starts on March 25th

Comcast’s Xfinity Watchathon Week starts on March 25th

Comcast will be offering a treat to all of its Xfinity TV customers. From March 25th to March 31st, Comcast will give its TV customers an All-Access Pass to 100 TV series across all of its premium channels. There will be over 3,500 episodes for you watch all week long. So grab the popcorn, pop open a beer, and get yourself well-acquainted with your couch because it's going to be a very long week.

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