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  • As More Viewers Stream TV, Many Move to Slimmer TV Packages with Fewer Channels

    May 18 07:01 AM

    While “cord cutters” are often mentioned with dread by Cable TV companies, recent studies show few consumers are actually cutting their TV cord completely. Still, many consumers are showing considerable interest in “trimming” and “slimming” Cable TV packages where possible. Around 40% Streaming TV at Least Once a Day With about 40% of us streaming TV at least once a day, many Cable TV companies are looking for ways to keep valuable customers happy, even if it means selling them fewer channels. According to Nielsen research, the average TV viewer watches around 15 TV channels no matter how ... Read more...

  • Verizon Snaps Up AOL as Pay TV Slowly Loses Subscribers

    May 12 09:09 AM

    Verizon agreed to acquire AOL for $4.4 Billion to secure mobile video delivery and increase digital advertising capabilities. This addition better positions Verizon for a changing world of connected device video delivery, served by efficiently targeted digital advertising. In a related story, the WSJ reports Pay TV providers lost subscribers at a .05% rate last year. Rather than showing a steep increase in "cord cutting," research (including data from 10channels) is showing many consumers "shaving" services by moving into lower level, less expensive Pay TV packages with fewer channels. See ... Read more...

  • Netflix Raises Concerns, Urges FCC to Revise Proposed AT&T Purchase of DIRECTV

    May 6 09:02 AM

    Netflix raised concerns with the FCC about AT&T's proposed purchase of DIRECT. These concerns relate to the combined company's market share, and the impact this could have on online video distributors like Netflix and others. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-netflix-urges-for-revisions-to-att-directv-deal-20150505-story.html Read more...

  • ESPN Files Lawsuit Over Verizon's New Package Plans

    April 28 11:08 PM

    In the latest dispute over how popular networks are packaged and sold to consumers, Verizon Communications announced new “Custom TV” plans starting at only $55 a month to allow viewers the option to buy smaller, basic groups of channels, including broadcasters and some cable networks. Verizon customers would then have the choice to layer on tiers of special interest channels such as sports, kids and lifestyle. ESPN quickly filed a lawsuit against Verizon alleging the company’s new FiOS TV package plans breach existing contracts that specify how ESPN can and cannot distributed. See the ... Read more...

  • Free Over-the-Air Antennas Gaining Wider Following

    April 28 01:24 PM

    Improved Antennas Deliver High Quality HD Picture As you’ve heard before, many things old are new again, eventually. When it comes to TV, this applies to more than just Friends reruns. It’s increasingly apt for over-the-air television signals and the antennas that receive them. Antennas are increasingly popular for several reasons. Serious sports fans sometimes want one because the HD picture is often the best quality available. Other viewers who predominately stream TV can use an antenna to get local stations. Those who keep or slim an existing Pay TV package frequently put one on a second ... Read more...