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Sony and Viacom strike preliminary deal for Internet-based TV service, says sources

Sony and Viacom strike preliminary deal for Internet-based TV service, says sources

Adding to the growing competition against traditional cable service providers, Sony has achieved a preliminary deal with Viacom in regards to offering the network's content on its planned Internet-based TV service. The information comes from sources who spoke to The Wall Street Journal, stating that before the deal is finalized, Sony needs to lay out the final details for the agreement.

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Aereo arriving in Dallas, Houston, Miami, and Chicago next month

Aereo arriving in Dallas, Houston, Miami, and Chicago next month

Despite its struggles with cable companies, Aereo still seems to be going strong. The company announced today that they'll be launching their live television streaming service in Dallas, Houston, and Miami next month, along with Chicago, which was confirmed back in June. This brings the total city number to seven as of next month.

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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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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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Intel talks set-top box for 2013: traditional TV’s last gasp

Intel talks set-top box for 2013: traditional TV’s last gasp

This week there's a bit of an insider tip floating about speaking on Intel's very first HDTV set-top box, on that'll be offered at retail for web-streamed live TV. This device is said to be working with web connectivity that needs no television package plan, therefor aiming to do the traditional TV industry a blow that could be their last. In other words, Cablevision, Comcast, Charter Communications, and Time Warner Cable beware.

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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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YouTube monthly subscription costs to battle Cable, not Netflix

YouTube monthly subscription costs to battle Cable, not Netflix

Video streaming group YouTube is said to be preparing a Subscriber Channel service this week with aims at taking on the cable business with month-to-month costs and an ala carte option for users. This service would be served up by Google, owners of the video network, and would likely take payment with the Google Wallet digital payment service. This service would be connected to users' Google Accounts much in the same way Google Play takes payment for apps and multimedia.

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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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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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