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Fight back against your ISP: Stop paying bogus modem rental fees

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Cable and satellite TV providers charge you as much as a monthly Netflix subscription or even more to rent a cable box that allows you to use their services. You’ll likely end up paying hundreds of dollars for this box over the course of your contract.

Of course, pay TV companies are also Internet service providers, and they double up and pull the same move with your modem. Same as cable boxes, you can fight back against these bogus charges by purchasing your own hardware.
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EE TV box: Free for broadband customers

EE has decided to take on rivals including BT and TalkTalk with its own set-top box and TV platformEE TV

UK – In a bid to take on the likes of BT and TalkTalk, mobile network EE has announced its own EE TV set-top box which will rival YouView. The device is available now from EE stores nationwide and here’s what you need to know about getting one, it’s price and features. [Read more...]

HBO, Sony And Showtime Seeks Internet Fast Lane For Online Streaming Services

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) new rules on net neutrality may ban paid prioritization, aka Internet fast lanes, but TV streamers are reportedly looking for loopholes to help them get around the rules to be put in effect in a few months.HBO Now

HBO, Sony and Showtime reportedly want special treatment from Internet service providers (ISPs) as a way to avoid bandwidth data caps and Internet congestion as more and more people start streaming movies and TV shows online. This is according to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, which cites people familiar with the matter who say that the companies have reportedly been in discussions with Comcast and other ISPs to have their TV streaming services treated as “managed” services. [Read more...]

CES 2015: Dish Network Unveils Sling TV, a Streaming Service to Rival Cable – With ESPN!

CES 2015: Dish Announces Sling TVDish Network, the satellite provider, is trying to lure younger viewers back to paying for television with the start of a web-based offering that includes ESPN and a number of other popular networks for $20 a month, about a fifth the cost of the average household bill for cable and satellite service.

Announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday, the new service is called Sling TV, and provides live and on-demand television delivered via an Internet connection to television sets, computers and mobile devices. [Read more...]

Netgear offers mobile broadband service with routers

Netgear is starting to sell 4G mobile broadband along with its mobile hotspot devices. Unveiled at CES in Las Vegas, the Netgear Around Town Mobile Internet offer is available initially in the US on the Sprint network. The AirCard  hotspot allows users to connect up to ten devices to the 802.11n Wi-Fi network. It will sell for USD 199.99 including 1 GB of data that doesn’t expire. Users can add more data at a cost of USD 25 per GB, with no contract required. The device can be extended with MIMO antennas and Gigabit Ethernet with the optional Boosting Cradle for USD 69.99. Both devices are for sale on Amazon. [Read more...]

CES 2015: TV makers, service providers focus on growing online viewership

ces 2015 4k tvCES 2015 (Las Vegas) – TV makers are now catering to online viewers with 4k display TVs.

People are watching TV, but less and less each year.  The dramatic shift toward online and mobile viewing is driving television set makers to design as much for streaming video as for watching broadcast or cable channels. [Read more...]

Project Goliath: Hollywood’s war against Google

What is “Goliath” and why are Hollywood’s most powerful lawyers working to kill it?

Leaked emails from the hack against Sony show that major movie companies are working together with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) on a project aimed to stop a company known as “Goliath.”

It’s pretty clear they’re referring to Google. [Read more...]

The Sony hack: how it happened, and who is responsible

The Sony hackLast month, hackers infiltrated the computer network of Sony Pictures Entertainment. The attackers stole a huge number of confidential documents, which are now being downloaded (primarily by journalists) from file-sharing networks. Since then, journalists have been poring through the files looking for tabloid-worthy information.

The FBI, and Obama Administration, have now formally accused North Korea’s government of being responsible but offered few hints about how or whether it would retaliate. Its proof: The U.S. detected communications between computer Internet addresses known to be operated by North Korea and hacking tools left behind at the crime scene, which the FBI also said contained subtle clues linking them to that country’s government. [Read more...]

100Mbps Internet available to 59% of US – Gigabit just 3%

2 percent of Americans can’t even get 3Mbps!

More than one quarter of American homes have not adopted Internet service, many citing cost as their primary reason. Since market competition can significantly affect consumer prices, we set out to ask: how many Internet service providers (ISPs) are available to consumers at different levels of download speeds? - Department of Commerce

Though some pockets of the US have a competitive market for ultra-fast broadband, a new government report shows that Internet service of at least 100Mbps is limited, and where it exists there is usually just one provider 59% of U.S. Households Can Buy 100 Mbps Internet Accessthat offers it. [Read more...]

Flipboard for iPad review

Flipboard InterfaceAmong the already great selection of iPad news-reading apps, Flipboard (free) continues to be the best of the best, of the best…with honors. Version 3.0 of Flipboard for the iPad now has a more streamlined interface, a daily curated magazine, and a way of reading that looks like a social media site and encourages you to follow topics, people, and magazines. Flipboard 3.0 is still very much like it’s preceding versions, with aggregated articles, videos, and social media all at your fingertips. [Read more...]