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After ten years of cord-cutting, I’ve signed up for cable TV

After ten years of cord-cutting, I’ve signed up for cable TV

If you'll forgive the hipster-ish-ness of it all, I was a cord-cutter before cord-cutting was a thing. Not because I wanted to be, but rather due to a childhood in which we didn't have cable and, later on, the habit of living without it. I had an old Dell laptop connected to the TV and a ton of DVDs ripped to its hard drive. The arrangement became more sophisticated over time, it was joined by Netflix and Hulu subscriptions, and I'd say my satisfaction with the arrangement had been increasing every year. Why, then, did I subscribe to cable TV this month?

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ASUS ZenFone Go TV has a built-in digital TV tuner

ASUS ZenFone Go TV has a built-in digital TV tuner

ASUS has launched an interesting addition to its ZenFone lineup: the ZenFone Go TV smartphone with an integrated TV tuner. As expected, the tuner allows users to receive and watch local over-the-air TV channels wherever there is reception, providing an alternative to data-hungry video streaming services like Netflix. The smartphone supports the DTV channels available in 41 countries.

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‘Orange is the New Black’ trailer teases a dark fourth season

‘Orange is the New Black’ trailer teases a dark fourth season

The fourth season of Netflix's Orange is the New Black arrives next month, and that mean it's time for a trailer. Netflix bestowed us with a long look at the upcoming season today, and it's a doozy. New inmates have arrived at Litchfield, old inmates are at each other's throats, and the days of lackadaisical enforcement appear to be long, long gone.

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Stallone’s ‘Ultimate Beastmaster’, a global competition, heading to Netflix

Stallone’s ‘Ultimate Beastmaster’, a global competition, heading to Netflix

Netflix is on board for what it says is the first ‘global on-demand competition series,’ and it’s called Ultimate Beastmaster. The series comes from Sylvester Stallone and Dave Broome, and will feature hosts/contestants from the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Germany, and South Korea to compete with each other to complete “The Beast” — something Netflix describes as ‘the most physically demanding obstacle courses ever devised.”

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YouTube Unplugged live TV service tipped for 2017

YouTube Unplugged live TV service tipped for 2017

YouTube is the latest company working on a live streaming television service, according to a new report, and it’ll be called ‘Unplugged.’ As with Hulu’s newly confirmed service, Dish Network’s Sling TV, Sony’s PlayStation Vue, and more, the service will reportedly allow subscribers to stream from a bundle of cable channels over the Internet. YouTube is said to have “already overhauled its technical architecture” in preparation of the service.

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Hulu says it will offer live television in 2017

Hulu says it will offer live television in 2017

Hulu has confirmed a recent report claiming that it will soon offer live television streaming. In a statement today, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins said the company will roll out “live programming” in 2017, giving viewers something other than the service’s on-demand content. As with PlayStation Vue and Sling TV, Hulu’s live programming will include commercial breaks and will not require a separate cable/satellite subscription.

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Hulu tipped in plan to launch Sling TV competitor next year

Hulu tipped in plan to launch Sling TV competitor next year

Hulu could be the next company to offer a live streaming real-time TV service, according to sources. The service would be akin to Sling TV and PlayStation Vue, enabling subscribers to watch live cable channels and broadcasts over the Internet rather than through a satellite or cable television subscription. Sources say Hulu is aiming to launch the live service in the first quarter of next year.

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Netflix is now making a Punisher spin-off series

Netflix is now making a Punisher spin-off series

Marvel's superhero movies have been dominating the box office for years already, and now it's becoming clear that they will soon do the same on Netflix. The streaming service has confirmed that it will be making a new series for The Punisher after the character's recent popularity on season 2 of Daredevil. Actor Jon Bernthal will continue in the roll of vigilante anti-hero Frank Castle, who arrives in Hell’s Kitchen to dish out justice with plenty of guns and violence.

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TiVo Roamio OTA 1TB DVR records local over-the-air channels

TiVo Roamio OTA 1TB DVR records local over-the-air channels

TiVo has taken the wraps off its new TiVo Roamio OTA 1TB, a DVR that doesn’t require any sort of monthly subscription fees and that, says the company, has a new 1TB hard drive (able to record up to 150 hours of high-definition content). The DVR can be used to record content from local channels available via an OTA HD antenna, giving cord-cutters a way to record episodes and movies available freely over the air

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Sling TV will soon offer Comedy Central, MTV, Spike, Nick Jr

Sling TV will soon offer Comedy Central, MTV, Spike, Nick Jr

Dish Network has struck a deal with Viacom that will result in several new channels being added to the company’s Sling TV offering. The deal is described as a multi-year contract that, in part, renews access to Viacom networks for those with Dish’s regular satellite service. As well, Sling TV will soon offer Nick Jr., Comedy Central, BET, MTV, Spike, and more.

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Lore, hit ‘scary stories’ podcast, is being made into a TV show

Lore, hit ‘scary stories’ podcast, is being made into a TV show

Hit podcast series ‘Lore’ is being made into a TV horror series, according to a new report. The podcast has earned itself a solid fan base over its relatively brief time, having been been awarded iTune’s “Best of 2015” designation with, as of now, more than a million listens every month. The television adaption will be in the form of an hour-long anthology series, and it will be shopped around to potential network destinations.

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HBO offers free weekend for Game of Thrones premiere

HBO offers free weekend for Game of Thrones premiere

HBO, the home of the world's most popular — and most pirated — TV show, is dropping its subscription fee for the upcoming weekend, letting anyone tune-in to its premium television offerings. The free weekend begins on Friday and will last until Sunday night. It's clearly a move to entice viewers to check out HBO's shows and then lure them into subscribing, but it's the scheduling that's genius, with this weekend offering so much content, including the season 6 premiere of Game of Thrones.

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