Frank is CEO of Beachfront Media. In the emerging multi-platform era, reaching an audience is no longer merely as simple as waiting for…
Sports fans and news junkies may get a kick out of this one: 4SeTV lets you watch four live TV feeds at once.
Want to stop paying $100 for TV a month, but still have access to live television from networks like ABC and CBS? This new antenna promises a cheap fix.
Mohu’s Channels is gaining basic time-shifting functionality as well as local file playback, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Mohu makes great TV antennas, but now, it wants to take on Roku & Co. and combine free TV with online video apps.
Cord cutting-friendly DVR maker Simple.tv showed off cloud storage integration for videos at CES in Las Vegas this week, and Simple.tv CEO Mark Ely hinted at plans to launch a European version of the company’s second-generation device in the U.K. as early as April.
According to Leichtman Research Group data, about 83 percent of US households now have Internet service at home. Less than 1 percent of all online households say that broadband is not available in their area – compared to 6 percent in 2008.
What’s a university to do if students are only watching Netflix streams? Shut down its cable system, team up with Netflix — or invest new ways to watch TV?
Thirteen percent of all broadband users under 35 don’t get any of their TV fix from traditional cable or broadcast TV, a new survey finds.
Bad news for cable companies: Six percent of US households have cut the cord, and close to sixty million Americans now get their TV for free.
The TV industry knows that broadband changes its business, but it can’t adapt quickly. That’s why the CEO of Conviva expects cord cutters to suffer higher fees and less content in the short term.
Roku’s new Roku 3 is out, complete with a revamped UI and a remote control that sports a headphone jack. Check out our video review.
WD’s new Play box squarely aims at Roku. Is the $70 device worth your money?
Netflix’s House Of Cards may just be the first cable TV drama for cord cutters.
There’s been a flood of boxes coming from Asia that bring Android to your TV. Some of them simply blow up a mobile phone UI on the big screen. The Cloud TV Box from Sungale instead uses a dedicated TV UI, but is that enough?
Sungale’s Cloud TV Box is based on Android. Can the mobile OS deliver on the big screen?
Twonky Beam brings YouTube videos to your Roku box – all you need is an Android or iOS device.
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Just in time for your holiday shopping, here’s our Cord Cutters gift guide. Use it to buy friends and family members gifts that will help them to get rid of cable and have more fun with online video, or simply buy something for yourself.
Check out our top five gift tips for TV fans this holiday season.
The WD TV Live player and the WD TV Live Hub now support live broadcast television as well as DVR functionality: here’s a first look at the new feature.
Cable operators used to focus on TV bundles as their main selling point, and treat internet access as an add-on. A recent mailer sent out by Time Warner Cable strikes a different tone, offering users a year of free TV if they improve their Netflix experience.
Many cable TV operators still argue that cord cutting doesn’t exist, but Verizon’s FIOS TV director Maitreyi Krishnaswamy thinks it’s real, and growing. But that’s not all: Krishnaswamy is also arguing that it might change the industry by putting pressure on studios.
The good news for the traditional subscription TV industry: subscriber counts across the cable/satellite/telco television services industry…
Mark Phillip wants to save cable television, kind of. He really wants to make life easier for sports fanatics like himself, but in doing so has created something he thinks could save cable and satellite from the cord-cutting craze. The secret to his possible success: data.
Thought online video was just about short clips? Think again: Netflix and Hulu are both premiering online-exclusive TV shows this month, and Sony is airing the third episode of its reality TV show on the PlayStation Network. We are taking a first look at these shows.
Boxee’s new Live TV dongle combines free over-the-air HD TV with social sharing and an electronic programming guide. The device is specifically being marketed to cord cutters and people interested in ditching their pay TV subscription – but is it worth $50? Check out our review.
Cord cutting will continue to grow in the next five years, but pay TV providers will also be squeezed by households who never subscribe to begin with. Altogether, nine million households won’t have cable in five years time. DVR growth is also slowing as a result.
Boxee’s new iPad app aggregates videos from your Twitter and Facebook contacts, plays videos files stored on your computer and beams videos straight to the Boxee Box or an Apple TV. Check out a detailed walk-through in this week’s episode of Cord Cutters
Have you ever used an Etch-A-Sketch with one hand tied behind your back? That’s what it’s been to use the Boxee Box browser, thanks to a hardly usable mouse pointer. An update to the Boxee iOS remote control app now solves these issues.
Want to watch live TV on your Roku media streamer, and maybe even pause live feeds whenever you need a quick break? How about watching recordings of your favorite broadcast TV shows? All of this is possible if you turn your Roku into a DVR.
The Peel TV Universal Remote turns your iPhone into a universal remote control. It also offers recommendations for shows to watch as well as alerts so you don’t miss anything. But how well does it work if you watch most of your video content online?
At our meetups on Cord Cutter Day, the GigaOM team got to meet with viewers that swapped stories about their setups at home and give each other advice on how to get all the content they want without cable. Here are a few of their suggestions.
Have you ditched your expensive pay TV subscription yet? Or are you about to? Then join us tonight at meetups in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Toronto, New York, Chicago and some 16 other cites all across the U.S. and beyond to celebrate Cord Cutters Day.
Netflix continued to post impressive quarterly financial numbers, ending the first quarter 2011 as the largest subscription video service in North America. It now has 23.6 million subscribers in total, compared to Comcast’s 22.8 million pay TV subscribers in the U.S.
Do you still need an antenna to receive free HD over-the-air broadcast and finally cancel your pay TV subscription? Then why don’t you attend next Tuesday’s Cord Cutters Day meetups, where we will be giving away antennas, media streamers and more.
What do you do when you hook an over-the-air antenna to your TV but all you get is static? In this week’s Cord Cutters Quick Tip, Janko shows you how to make sure you’re able to get all the stations being broadcast over-the-air in your area.
In this week’s episode of Cord Cutters, Janko takes a look at the EyeTV One, a TV tuner and DVR option that plugs into your USB port and allows you to watch and record live, over-the-air HD video streams.
Some people believe cord cutting is just a myth. Let’s show them that they’re wrong on the first ever Cord Cutters Day on April 26. We will be hosting Cord Cutters meetups in San Francisco, Los Angeles Austin, Toronto and, with your help, your home town.
What’s it like to cut the cord from pay TV? In our weekly Survival Story series, we’re asking cord cutters to tell us about their experiences. This week’s featured cord cutter is Beau Bredow, who will save close to $1000 this year thanks to ditching cable.
What’s it like to cut the cord from pay TV? What’s working, what’s missing, and what kind of equipment does the best job of replacing the cable box? In our weekly Survival Story series, we’re asking cord cutters to tell us about their experiences.
This week on Cord Cutters, we are looking at ways to wirelessly stream your computer’s desktop to your TV. One of the devices capable of this is the Imation link, and we took it for a test drive to see how well it works.
“So far it has not been that bad” doesn’t exactly sound like a rave review. But when Matt Worley talks about his cord cutting experience, you’ll get a sense that he’s learning to love it. And saving a bunch of money definitely helps as well.
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Can you replace Netflix with Amazon Prime Instant Videos? And is it worth the money if you’re trying to get rid of pay TV? Check out this week’s episode of our weekly Cord Cutters web series for a closer look at the Amazon subscription service.
What’s it like to cut the cord from pay TV? What’s working, what’s missing, and what equipment does the best job replacing the cable box? This week’s featured cord cutter is J.T., who uses an elaborate setup including a Mac Mini and an EyeTV tuner.
No matter how long you’ve been thinking about cutting the cord, making the call to cancel cable or satellite TV can be scary. We’ve prepared a five step guide that will help you to get rid of that expensive monthly bill without giving up TV.
Are you living in a rural area, and an indoor HD TV antenna is just not working for you? Then take a look at these photos documenting one man’s quest to get 67 TV channels for free, despite living some 70 miles away from the closest transmitter.
Ryan Flynn got himself a Roku XDS and a new antenna when he embarked on his cord cutting adventure. Now he’s getting HD TV that looks better than cable, and he is saving around $70 per month. But for Flynn, it wasn’t just about saving money.
The folks behind the comic book fan site iFanboy got together to discuss their different approaches towards cord cutting for this special guest episode of Cord Cutters. Turns out comic book aficionados are just as obsessed with Netflix and Hulu as everyone else.
Sergio Ornelas replaced his DVR with a Dell Zinio, Comcast’s EPG with a plain old web browser and his cable package with Netflix and Hulu Plus. Still, something he’s missing some content, and he freely admits going to unlicensed streaming sites to fill that void.
Michael Kennerknecht cut the cord in more than one way when his first son was born a year and a half ago. He decided that $150 per month for triple play simply was too much and got rid of cable. And then he discovered Netflix.
Are you watching all your TV via Hulu and Netflix? Do you pay for satellite TV or cable, or do you just receive free over the air broadcasts? Those are the questions Hulu is currently asking its users. It’s all about the ads, says the company.
Here’s one more thing you can do when you don’t have cable: Meet fellow cord cutters at our inaugural Cord Cutters meetup, coming to San Francisco on 01/25. So come on by, say hello and exchange some war stories from a life without the cable box.
Thanks to availability on a wide range of devices and an ever-growing catalog of content, Netflix has become one of the go-to entertainment solutions for those without cable. But is your Netflix viewing the best it can be? That’s the focus of today’s Cord Cutters.
Turns out, CES wasn’t just about tablets: There were also a number of announcements of services and devices that will help you to get rid of your pay TV subscription and embrace the Cord Cutters lifestyle. Check out the most important news in our recap.
Which box should you buy if you want to cut the cord and get rid of pay TV? We’ve been telling you our opinion about some of the products available, but of course, our clever readers often have their own take on their favorite boxes.
In our 12th episode of Cord Cutters, Janko spotlights the WD TV Live Plus, a set-top box that also supports for locally-hosted media, Ryan reads out some great Twitter comments we’ve received recently and Liz talks up the popular YouTube series Black Box TV.
Reader Doug van Kirk and his family were cable subscribers for a while, but Comcast’s package deals just weren’t working for them. So with some upgrades to their home entertainment solutions, including a connected PC and Windows Media Center, they joined the ranks of the cable-free.
AT&T and Time Warner are both planning rate hikes in 2011, well out of step with projected inflation. But while cable companies pass along the costs of a decrease in subscribers and an increase in retrans fees, online services adjust their rates to consumer need.
Still doubting that cord cutting is real? The enjoy the time you have with that notion: 2011 will be the year that cord cutting is becoming an indisputable fact, as more and more consumers are embracing alternatives to cable and other forms of pay TV subscription.
On this week’s episode of Cord Cutters, members of the GigaOM staff explain why they canceled their pay TV subscription and how they’re watching TV shows with the help of MacBooks, projectors, Netflix and Hulu Plus subscriptions, Roku players, Boxee boxes and sports bars.
Ramin Vaziri uses not one but two laptops to get video content straight from his web browser to the TV in his living room – and he shares with us why some of the web-exclusive shows he’s found online are the most exciting aspect of coed cutting.
The only problem he ever faced with cord cutting was finding a mouse that works well when used on the couch, writes our reader Mark Smith, who is using a combination of HTPC, projector and a few set-top boxes to satisfy all his TV watching needs.
While there are plenty of set-top boxes and fancy devices out there to help you drop your cable subscription, it turns out that with the right combination of cables and adaptors, a laptop can fill the gap just fine for any aspiring cord cutter.
“The only thing cable ever gets you is fat,” says Henry Knepp, who cut the cord this week. Knepp is now using a Roku box, Hulu Plus and Netflix to access online content. He’s missing a few shows, but also saving a whole bunch of money.
The holiday season has officially started, and with it the need to find good presents. How about giving your loved ones a gift that will save them tons of money down the road by enabling them to cut the cord and cancel their pay TV contract?
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If once is a fluke and twice is a trend, we can maybe confirm what we’ve been saying all along: that cord cutting is something the cable industry needs to worry about. According to new data, 119,000 pay TV subscribers dropped service in the third quarter.
Cord cutting was one of the hottest topics at last week’s NewTeeVee Live conference. In fact, the term got mentioned so often that people started a drinking game. On this week’s episode of Cord Cutters, we talk about some of the show’s highlights and key take-aways.
Wanna cut the cord and free yourself from your monthly cable bill, but not give up on HD content on your TV? Then why don’t you buy a $12 antenna? On this week’s episode of Cord Cutters, we’re embracing the good old rabbit ears.
Google TV wants to combine the world of television with the countless videos available online – but does this work for cord cutters as well? That’s the question we asked in this week’s episode of Cord Cutters, which also covers Veebeam and Legend of Neil.
Sanford Bernstein analyst Craig Moffett believes the typical cord cutter is 40 years old, poor and settling for a “dog’s breakfast” of Netflix and short-form video. But recent research from Strategy Analytics shows that, as it turns out, nothing could be further from the truth.
We know that Comcast is losing cable subscribers en masse. What we don’t know is what makes them cancel: Are these cord cutters ready to switch to Hulu? Or are we talking about victims of the recessions who just can’t afford HBO and Showtime anymore?
Need more evidence that cable subscribers are cutting the cord? Look no further than Comcast’s latest earnings report, in which it lost 275,000 subscribers during the third quarter. Want to know why they’re switching off cable? Check out Comcast’s ARPU, which jumped 10 percent, to $129.75.
We here at NewTeeVee love talking about the world of cord-cutting, because it’s where everything we’re passionate about converges. And that’s why we’re taking our passion for this phenomenon to the next level with the launch of Cord Cutters, our first original web series.
PlayOn says 30 percent of its customers have canceled their cable subscriptions, with another 10 percent downgrading them. Based on the number of users that have downgraded or done away with cable, the startup estimates that it saves customers $24 million a year on cable bills.
The cable and satellite industry in the U.S. has begun to show some weakness, with the first-ever decline in pay TV subscribers last quarter. But data from the European Union shows that cable subscribers there have already decided to stop paying for cable TV services.
Cable companies continue to raise prices for their pay TV subscriptions, even as consumers are struggling to make ends meet due to the economy. That could be one reason that the number of multichannel TV subscribers dropped for the first time ever last quarter.
U.S. Pay TV subscriptions have declined for the first time in history in the second quarter. Comcast & other cableco’s lost a total of 711,000 subscribers last quarter, which represents the biggest quarterly loss ever for cable TV. Telcos and sattellite TV providers were better off.