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Hallelujah: USB Type-C grabs Lightning’s best feature

Hallelujah: USB Type-C grabs Lightning’s best feature

A new USB plug might not seem like a big deal, but if you've ever cursed your smartphone charger because you can't get it to connect seemingly no matter which way you flip it, USB Type-C being finalized is going to make your day. The new connector, outlined last April, can be plugged into a device in either orientation, as well as supporting faster data transfers and more power.

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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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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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NFL, MLB join the Aereo legal pile-on in Supreme Court petition

NFL, MLB join the Aereo legal pile-on in Supreme Court petition

The National Football League and Major League Baseball have filed a petition with the US Supreme Court arguing that antenna-streaming service Aereo violates copyright law and should be stopped by legal injunction. The petition is an amicus ("friend-of-the-court") brief in support of the four major TV broadcasters, whose most recent of many failures to stop Aereo occurred in a New Court Court of Appeals suit. The Supreme Court is expected to hear the case sometime in 2014.

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Time Warner and DirecTV reportedly considering plan to avoid retransmission fees

Time Warner and DirecTV reportedly considering plan to avoid retransmission fees

According to sources who spoke to the folks at Bloomberg, both Time Warner Cable and DirecTV are contemplating adopting a free broadcast TV signals model similar to Aereo, which has been embroiled in a long legal case. Under such a business plan, both companies could avoid having to pay retransmission fees, saving astronomical amounts in fees. In addition, one source says Time Warner Cable is looking into buying Aereo.

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Corning Thunderbolt cables released by Apple online in 10m lengths

Corning Thunderbolt cables released by Apple online in 10m lengths

The release of the 33-foot-long Thunderbolt Optical Cable by Corning is a long-awaited event. For those that want to move data along a wired connection - a long distance, at that - there's a lot to be said about the 10 Gbit/s bi-directional, dual channel technology, and as the first "all-optical" offering in the world - at this length, at least - Corning is bringing a rather unique product to the market.

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Time Warner Cable and CBS end stalemate, sign content carriage deal

Time Warner Cable and CBS end stalemate, sign content carriage deal

After a month of failed negotiations and back and forth spats, Time Warner Cable and CBS have finally arrived at terms they both can live with. The two companies have signed a deal that will bring back CBS content for the cable service provider's subscribers.

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