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Boxee and Comcast reveal cable encryption workaround

Boxee and Comcast reveal cable encryption workaround

Comcast and Boxee are collaborating on a new system that could eventually replace CableCARD and allow third-party set-top boxes like the Boxee Box to access encrypted all-digital cable broadcasts. The two companies detailed the proposed approach in a joint FCC filing, initially using an external cable box that would hook up to STBs via ethernet, but eventually migrating to a licensed integrated digital transport adapter (Integrated DTA) that would provide a more streamlined solution.

 

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DirecTV toying with commercial-skipping DVR

DirecTV toying with commercial-skipping DVR

Although commercial revenue is one of the most revenue-centric parts of the cable and satellite business, DirecTV seems to be willing to accept the fact that if you record something on your DVR, you aren't going to watch the commercials. Period. So the satcaster is apparently working on a new service that would allow customers to automatically skip the commercial breaks on recorded programs.

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Netflix says it single-handedly increased Mad Men audience by one million

Netflix says it single-handedly increased Mad Men audience by one million

The most recent season premiere for the AMC series Mad Men brought in a whopping 3.5 million viewers. That's not too shabby for a basic cable show, especially when you compare it to last year's season opener. That episode pulled in around 2.3 million viewers. So what's the reason behind that explosive growth? If you believe Ted Sarandos, then it's almost exclusively thanks to Netflix.

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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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