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Internet tops cable TV in subscriber numbers for the first time

Internet tops cable TV in subscriber numbers for the first time

For the first time in the United States, the largest service providers saw more Internet subscribers than cable TV subscribers. The information comes from the Leichtman Research Group, which says that by the end of this year's second quarter, there were 49,915,000 total broadband subscribers versus 49,910,000 cable TV subscribers.

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DirecTV Sunday Ticket without satellite? It’s coming

DirecTV Sunday Ticket without satellite? It’s coming

DirecTV has one feature that sets them apart in Sunday Ticket. The add-on service, which gives you access to more football than you could possibly watch in a day, likely keeps many subscribers hanging on. It seems the service may go into standalone mode for the desktop or mobile device.

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FCC study shows cable pricing outpaces inflation 4:1

FCC study shows cable pricing outpaces inflation 4:1

With Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, part of the FCC’s concern is plan pricing. Though a Comcast executive couldn’t tell the FCC prices would go down, he did suggests the price hikes would slow. A recent study by the FCC shows that may be necessary, as cable bill pricing outpaced inflation by four-to-one.

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Comcast can’t tell lawmakers Time Warner deal will lower cable bills

Comcast can’t tell lawmakers Time Warner deal will lower cable bills

Lawmakers questioned Comcast on their proposed Time Warner grab today, asking how the company felt it would benefit consumers. The $45 billion deal, expected to affect some 20 million users, has lawmakers concerned consumers won’t see much benefit. They’re also fearing we could see already high cable bills inflate.

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Netflix to score its own cable channel on Monday

Netflix to score its own cable channel on Monday

In what will be an industry first, Netflix will be scoring its own cable channel next week, though not in the sense that first comes to mind. Starting Monday, the service will be included on a cable channel through three cable companies, as well as inclusion on the companies' set-top-boxes.

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Gripes of a Cable Cutter (and why Internet TV will solve them)

Gripes of a Cable Cutter (and why Internet TV will solve them)

Cable-cutting -- the act of cancelling your cable or satellite subscription to join the ranks of occasionally holier-than-thou set-top-boxers -- is a slowly growing change to how many get their daily entertainment fix. Benefits abound for cutting the cable, and you've likely heard the tropes by now: lower cost, better access to content in the moment, and the reality that cable-cutting better fits with many viewers' schedules (if you're time-shifting all your shows around your work schedule, there's little point in keeping a traditional cable subscription, after all).

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Pay TV subscribers decreased last year as broadband rose

Pay TV subscribers decreased last year as broadband rose

New research by the Leichtman Research Group reveals the number of pay-TV subscribers decreased last year across all the major cable companies, among them being Comcast and Time Warner Cable, which are set to merge. Despite this, broadband Internet subscriptions grew over the course of 2013, perhaps hinting at the shift towards so-called cable cutting.

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HBO Go confirmed for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 to follow suit

HBO Go confirmed for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 to follow suit

HBO has just announced a treat that would be coming soon to Sony's gaming crowd. Though no definite date has been set, the popular HBO Go app will soon be available on the PlayStation 3. This will then be followed with availability on the PlayStation 4, hopefully not long after.

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NimbleTV offers television anywhere as it exits NY beta

NimbleTV offers television anywhere as it exits NY beta

NimbleTV unveiled itself in April of last year, following it up several months later with a beta offering available in New York. A solid year later, the company has stripped that beta label away, opening up its doors to anyone with a New York television subscription and offering a monthly for-pay subscription option for those currently without service.

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Mobile broadband, free Wi-Fi, tablets killing TV, statistics show

Mobile broadband, free Wi-Fi, tablets killing TV, statistics show

A convincing report arguing that mobile broadband, free business-subsidized WiFi, and tablets are sucking the life out of American cable and broadcast TV networks has appeared on Business Insider. While this in itself may not be news to our readers, the nitty gritty details and the statistics to back it all up should confirm what you might already suspect. TV watchers, movie buffs and sports fans are no longer anchored to a physical home.

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Canadian government to require TV providers to unbundle channels

Canadian government to require TV providers to unbundle channels

The Canadian government has announced that it will soon require TV providers within the country to offer viewers the ability to pick and choose television channels. Lawmakers in Canada believe that cable and satellite TV subscribers should be able to purchase only the channels they watch, rather than being forced to buy bundles.

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Netflix and US cable companies finally talk set-top app integration

Netflix and US cable companies finally talk set-top app integration

US cable companies may finally be warming up to the idea of letting Netflix establish an app presence on set-top boxes, reports the Wall Street Journal. As we reported two weeks ago, no cable company had come remotely close to embracing Netflix's long-standing advances, but it looks like Comcast Corp. and Suddenlink Communications are now negotiating with the popular streaming video service. Still, no deals have been struck yet.

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