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Comcast X1 cable box steps up the cable game

Comcast X1 cable box steps up the cable game

So the way the living room market exists now, if you're on the leading edge of electronics, you have a cable or satellite box which you use to watch live TV. But if you want to stream a movie, check in with what's up on your friend's wall, tune into Internet radio, or find out what the weather's like, you have to change your TV to some sort of Internet-connected device like a game console or third-party set-top box. Sound familiar? Comcast wants that to be a thing of the past.

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Comcast launches next-gen X1 cloud-enabled DVR

Comcast launches next-gen X1 cloud-enabled DVR

Comcast has launched its next-gen cable box called the X1 that brings a slick new interface, cloud integration, and app support. Over the coming weeks, the company will start by making the new set-top boxes available in the the Boston area followed by a nationwide launch later this year.

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Cable companies team up for CableWiFi hotspots

Cable companies team up for CableWiFi hotspots

LTE connectivity is great, but sometimes there are places in the country where it’s not yet available, not to mention patchy areas of coverage in areas which do have it. What’s a man to do without high speed internet access on the go? Cable companies might have the answer. Several of the major players have partnered up to provide WiFi access to all their customers across the United States, with around 50,000 hotspots to connect to.

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AT&T U-verse on Xbox 360 temporarily suspended

AT&T U-verse on Xbox 360 temporarily suspended

If you switched cable providers for the express purpose of being able to watch TV on your gaming console, then hopefully the companies AT&T and Microsoft were not part of that decision. AT&T has dropped its U-verse TV service from the Xbox 360, but it's only temporary as the company says it wants to tweak the service so that it can "improve and enhance this functionality."

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Dish Network: AMC devalued itself by going to Netflix

Dish Network: AMC devalued itself by going to Netflix

If you're a Dish Network subscriber, you may be all too familiar with the repeated threats that the cable channel AMC might be dropped from its lineup. Of course, pay TV operators and content providers go through this song and dance every time a new contract is up for renewal. But this may be the first time we've heard such a blunt argument as for why the cable operator isn't willing to pay a lot of money for a network - because Netflix is making the network worth less.

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Cable Cord Cutting? Ha! Never!

Cable Cord Cutting? Ha! Never!

I’ve often been asked by friends and family that have made the leap if I would ever consider cutting out cable television, ditching my service with my provider, and moving into the great, cord-cutting frontier. Those who press me say that if I make the move, I’ll be able to enjoy nearly all the same entertainment, but I will no longer need to pay Time Warner Cable for the, uh, privilege, of using its service.

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NPD estimate points to $200 cable bill by 2020

NPD estimate points to $200 cable bill by 2020

In a study that potentially seems too forward-thinking to be useful, analyst group NPD has determined that eight years from now, the average cable or satellite TV bill will be $200 per household. In 2011, it was $86. Of course, there are viable questions about whether or not cable as we know it will even exist that far in the future, but the point of the study is to show that increased competition is not at all driving down the cost of pay TV.

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Convergence Consulting Group report: 1,000,000+ people cut cord for Web

Convergence Consulting Group report: 1,000,000+ people cut cord for Web

Last year, services like Netflix and Hulu provided enough entertainment for more than a million people in the US to cancel their cable or satellite TV subscriptions. That brings the total number of people who have made such a move to 2.65 million since 2008. These are people who specifically said they canceled pay TV service because they were switching to Web-based video options.

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Netflix CEO says he wants to watch HBO Go

Netflix CEO says he wants to watch HBO Go

In what seems like an unusual turn of events at first glance, the head of Netflix is taking to social media to talk about wanting to access HBO Go, not as a competing company executive but as a normal guy who just likes good entertainment. It's a very weird thing to see Hastings post on Facebook, since he has been very vocal about saying that HBO is Netflix's biggest competitor. But then again, his Facebook post is actually more focused on criticizing Comcast.

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Comcast Xbox fine print removes “private IP” reference

Comcast Xbox fine print removes “private IP” reference

After coming under fire for its Xbox Live streaming service, which apparently tapped into a private IP network, because of potential net neutrality issues. Critics slammed the service because in the Xbox Live FAQ, Comcast said its content was "being delivered over our private IP network and not the public Internet." That raised concerns that Comcast was not playing by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

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