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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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Comcast’s Xfinity Watchathon Week starts on March 25th

Comcast’s Xfinity Watchathon Week starts on March 25th

Comcast will be offering a treat to all of its Xfinity TV customers. From March 25th to March 31st, Comcast will give its TV customers an All-Access Pass to 100 TV series across all of its premium channels. There will be over 3,500 episodes for you watch all week long. So grab the popcorn, pop open a beer, and get yourself well-acquainted with your couch because it's going to be a very long week.

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Cable-cutting households jump 150% since 2007

Cable-cutting households jump 150% since 2007

The number of cord-cutters is on the rise, folks. With the popularity of streaming services mixed with free over-the-air stations, consumers are seeing less of a need to go with a cable subscription. In fact, the number of households that don't have cable subscriptions has jumped to five million, compared to two million in 2007.

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Time Warner cuts itself off from Time Inc.

Time Warner cuts itself off from Time Inc.

Time Warner has just announced that it will be separating itself from Time Inc. The decision was made by its board of directors who felt that this separation is the best decision for both companies. Time Warner will cut away from the magazine business and focus all of its efforts on building its juggernaut media network comprised of a huge amount of popular TV stations as well as its movie ventures.

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Fox wants to ban Dish’s mobile live TV feature

Fox wants to ban Dish’s mobile live TV feature

Dish Network's new Hopper set-top boxes gained a new feature where users can watch live television through their smartphone or tablet, but it seems not everyone is into such a thing. Fox has ended up asking for an injunction against Dish to ban the new mobile feature, citing that the new service breaches its licensing agreement with Dish and infringes on the network’s copyrights.

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CBS says Dish Network pulled a fast one, hid Auto Hop during negotiations

CBS says Dish Network pulled a fast one, hid Auto Hop during negotiations

Dish Network's Auto Hop feature has been the target of more than a few legal proceedings, with networks crying foul over its commercial-deleting abilities. Now, admist the controversy already surrounding the device, is a claim by CBS that Dish Network intentionally concealed Auto Hop during negotiations, something it is none to happy about. According to the network, not providing the information completely altered the resulting deal.

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Cable subscription models unlikely to change in next five years

Cable subscription models unlikely to change in next five years

If you've been waiting for cable companies to offer a la carte options, you'll be waiting a pretty long time. Following comments made by three cable company executives during a panel at CES 2013 last week, it appears as though such subscriptions as a la carte options will remain a fantasy for at least five years, and likely even longer.

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Time Warner to drop Ovation due to low viewer numbers

Time Warner to drop Ovation due to low viewer numbers

Time Warner Cable has announced that it plans to drop Ovation, the only arts-related station offered by the cable service provider. This move is due to low viewer numbers that put Ovation near the bottom of Time Warner's offerings. As a result of the low numbers, TWC has paid out more in fees than the station is bringing in, with the cable provider having paid the station in excess of $10 million over the years.

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Verizon files patent for set-top box with built-in camera

Verizon files patent for set-top box with built-in camera

Just yesterday we found out that Verizon is starting a new program where it will deliver targeted advertisements to its mobile subscribers who choose to opt-in. The carrier seems to be continuing its targeting-advertising spree because last week they filed a patent for a set-top box that has a built-in camera that will be used to deliver targeted ads based on what activities you do in your living room.

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Cable cloud gaming to challenge Xbox, PS3 and Wii U in 2013

Cable cloud gaming to challenge Xbox, PS3 and Wii U in 2013

The Xbox 360 and PS3 may face cable boxes edging in on their gaming turf if AT&T, Verizon, Time Warner and others have their way, with the promise of cloud gaming delivered direct to TVs bypassing traditional consoles. Trials are set to begin later in 2012, insiders tell Bloomberg, with broad commercial launches in 2013 at the earliest; games would be more advanced than the simple casual titles currently offered by some smart TV platforms.

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