Ken Northrup

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The Best Media Streaming Devices of 2018

Best Overall<p>Roku Ultra (2017)<p>Best Overall<p>Roku updated its entire lineup of streaming devices late in 2017, and the Ultra is the top-of-the-line …

Live Streaming TV Service 'Philo' Launches on Apple TV

Live streaming television service Philo today launched on the fourth- and fifth-generation Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, after first launching on iPhone, Roku, smart TVs, desktop and web browsers, and more last November.<p>With the Apple TV app, subscribers can sign into their Philo accounts and watch …

Cord-cutting goes mainstream

At his family-owned Harold’s TV on College Street in Bowling Green, Gary Jones has seen his digital antenna business increase to the point he can …

Sling TV

Young Americans will be the death of cable TV

The best data we have suggests that cord-cutting — ditching cable TV for streaming services — is happening faster than anyone foresaw. But in case …

Pew Research Center

Cutting the cord: Streaming TV gaining fans

Amy Toscano has cable television at her parents' house and in her college dorm room. But when she wants to watch TV, Ms. Toscano usually turns on her …

Cable companies freak out after 1 million cut cord in 3 months

Cord-cutting, or at least the speed at which people are ditching pay TV, is on track to be the biggest upset of the year. There’s finally a …

More people cut the cord last quarter than ever before

Cord-cutting is happening at speed. We already knew that, and cable companies have been prepping for a while. But one thing no-one foresaw is just …

Sorry, but cable TV won’t exist by 2030

A new report hit inboxes today that makes some bold claims about the future of cable TV. The Diffusion Group (TDG) estimates that by 2030, the …

Sling TV is now giving away digital antennas to those who prepay for its service

Dish’s streaming service for cord cutters, Sling TV, is now offering consumers without access to local broadcasts channels the ability to add an over-the-air (OTA) antenna to their existing setup – in some cases, for free. The company announced today two OTA antenna bundles which will include …

56.6 million US consumers to go without pay TV this year, as cord cutting accelerates

Bad news for traditional pay TV: cord cutting is accelerating at a pace faster than previously estimated. According to a new industry report from eMarketer, there will be 22.2 million cord cutters ages 18 and older this year – a figure that’s up 33.2 percent over 2016. The firm said it’s had to …

More than 22 million Americans to join cord cutting revolution

Winter is here for cable and satellite TV operators.<p>American consumers are canceling traditional pay-TV service at a much faster rate than previously …

Cord Cutting Is Accelerating Faster Than Expected, Research Firm Says

Looks like the video streaming services that initially scoffed at the suggestion that they’d cannibalize traditional pay TV were wrong.<p>Research firm …

Apple and others have failed to revolutionize TV, so I went back to cable instead

I'm one of those rare millennials who's had it with streaming everything I watch.<p>After five years of living cord-free, getting most of my TV from a combination of Netflix, iTunes downloads, and an antenna that tunes in over-the-air broadcasts, I'm back on cable. I didn't realize how much I'd been …

Smart TV

People are about to start dumping cable faster than ever before

It’s a bad time to be a cable TV executive. Streaming services are popping up faster than big cable companies can throttle them, and years of bad …

Pay TV Still Too Pricey

With cord-cutting an ongoing worry, pay TV providers are plagued by TV consumers' concerns: high price and lack of a la carte channel choice.<p>A TiVo …

The Cheapest Ways to Stream NHL Hockey (Even If You Don’t Have Cable)

If you’re like me, you watch hockey, and…basically no other sports. You also, like me, would like to skip the cable subscription. So what’s the …

Sling TV

Hulu will soon combine live TV, on-demand to smack down cable (hands-on)

Attention cable cord cutters: Hulu is about to get live.<p>Sometime later this year the subscription TV service, which currently offers a big catalog of on-demand TV shows from major networks, will roll out live TV, too.<p>The live version of Hulu will cost less than $40 per month for live channels from …

YouTube Said to Plan `Unplugged' Online TV Service for 2017

YouTube is working on a paid subscription service called Unplugged that would offer customers a bundle of cable TV channels streamed over the …

Netflix cuts out over 6 days of commercials from your life per year, compared to cable TV

The company has always maintained that killing ads provides a better experience for its subscribers, and shows no signs of changing that position. And that stance has had an effect.<p>"We know one of the benefits of an ecosystem like Netflix is its lack of advertising," Howard Shimmel, a chief …

TV

Here Are the 3 Most Aggravating Things About Your Cable TV Bill

List could be way longer, but who wants the aggravation?<p>The pay TV industry is awash in companies renowned for awful customer service, ranking on …

You can now watch cable channels on your Apple TV without a big cable subscription

If you're an Apple TV owner who's not totally familiar with Sling TV, this is good news! The app has been available on most of the other major streamers for some time now (PlayStation 4 aside), but it remains one of the few services (PlayStation Vue aside) that lets you watch genuine cable channels …

Smart TV

Cable TV Subscribers Still Unhappy, New Consumer Reports Survey Shows

Along with death, taxes, and an ever-growing assortment of Bravo reality shows, disenchantment with your cable TV service seems to be among life's certainties. As in previous years, Consumer Reports' new telecom service Ratings (available to subscribers), showed broad dissatisfaction among …

Allow me to vent about the many ways cable TV is lame

<b>By Rob Carrick</b><p>Bit by bit, we get closer at our house to cutting our cable TV. We're not quite there yet, although many others are, but I'm paying close attention to articles like this one, a complete guide on how to get free TV over the Internet.<p>What's to complain about with cable? For one thing, …

ATTENTION: Netflix Is Coming to Cable TV

It’s a beautiful thing when companies join forces to pursue a common goal — especially when that common goal is our entertainment. Our binge-watching lives are all about to get a lot easier, thanks to news from Netflix and Comcast. The entire Netflix library is coming to cable TV. Woohoo!!<p>Netflix …

The greatest fireworks show in the universe

The spectacularly explosive birth, life, and death of a star is out of this world. These images captured by NASA and its Hubble Space Telescope pack …

Bernie Sanders Supporters Least Likely to Watch Cable TV

Marco Rubio supporters are the most likely to watch television, and Bernie Sanders supporters are the least likely, according to a new poll on the …

Sony’s Streaming Cable TV Service Is Going National

Cord cutters who want cheap TV now have an option that may trump Sling TV: Sony’s PlayStation Vue starts at $30 for about 55 channels.<p>Cord cutting—ditching cable for Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and other streaming platforms—sounds great until you want to watch the latest episode of <i>The Walking Dead</i> or …

You Can Buy Cable TV Through Amazon Now

Comcast has struck a big online retail partnership.<p>The media conglomerate has begun selling its Xfinity TV, phone, and Internet services through …

Why a Charter-Time Warner Cable Merger Won’t Actually Kill Cable Companies

For decades, there was practically no regulation of cable TV service. This had left consumers at the mercy of cable providers. For many years, the …

Streaming TV Is Coming, and Cable Should Be Scared

Image source: Author.<p>Just a few days after <b>Sony</b> launched its PlayStation Vue streaming TV service nationwide, <i>The New York Post</i> reports both <b>Facebook</b> and <b>Twitter</b> are in talks with television programmers to stream their content. That follows reports that both <b>Amazon</b> and <b>Apple</b> have both been in talks for …