Cable prices are soaring and can sometimes cost more than some car payments. Comcast/Time Warner has be taking a huge bite out of consumers pockets causing them to run to satellite tv or ditch cable networks for good. Apple TV is going to be the next big way to join the cord-cutting party. If you don’t already know, Apple TV is a small Roku-like device that you you can connect to your TV with streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and HBO Now (an Apple TV exclusive). But come fall, when pilot season is in full force, Apple TV could be joining the ranks of Sling TV to bring you live TV from broadcast and cable networks.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is in talks with programmers to put together a “skinny” bundle of 25 channels, some of them local broadcast stations like ABC, CBS and Fox. What’s super awesome about that is that if Apple made a deal with these stations, they’d be offering channels that you can’t get on Sling. What’s not so awesome about it is that if you add up all of these streaming services, you’re looking at a bill that won’t be too far off from what you pay for Comcast. If you want to save money and ditch the dreaded cable company, it may be a matter of picking which channels and shows are most important to you and whether you want a connection to live TV. According to some media execs, the Apple service could cost $30-40 per month.
Have you cut the cord? Are you a current Roku or Apple TV user? Let us know where you stand on the best way to watch TV below!
Have you heard about the evil Comcast representative that refused to cancel service? Ryan Block, co-founder of technology news site Engaget, ended up with a nightmarish customer service representative when he called to cancel his service earlier this week. The rep’s strategy for getting customers to stay with Comcast? Just don’t let them off the phone.
Nearly 5,000 votes were also collected on what people think areThe Most Evil Internet Companies.
Here are the current rankings for both lists:
1. Time Warner Cable
3. Bank of America
5. American Airlines
8. Best Buy
9. Gold’s Gym
4. Time Warner Cable
5. Go Daddy
7. Electronic Arts
8. Microsoft Corporation
Are you a customer of any of these companies? Do you agree? Share your horrible customer service horror stories below.
Twitter is changing the way we view content mixing offline and online behaviors. Yes people. On October 9th, Twitter signed a deal with Comcast Xfinity TV cable service that let their viewers access TV shows and also buy movie tickets from Fandango directly from a tweet – seriously. Viewers will see a ‘see it’ button in a tweet for them to click and access the two services. The two companies are calling it an instant online remote control. And you thought social media was just for socializing – no it’s for consumers to be social, engage, view, and buy.
Imagine tweeting back and forth with your twitter friends about a popular show and then you have the option to “see it”. It sounds like the obvious next step in twitter and TV integration.
And that’s not all. The ‘see it’ button will allow Comcast Xfinity TV subscribers to set their DVRs, tune to shows online via TV or mobile device, and tweet in real-time. The channels that are currently on board for this new service with Twitter is NBC, USA, Bravo, and MSNBC. More channels will be added soon.
The company said, “We are trying to take advantage of all these social media conversations by linking people to our great content,” said Sam Schwartz, Comcast Cable’s chief business development officer. “Social media has become another way people find TV shows they want to watch, and we want to be right there in that discovery process.”
Were you a summer school lunch kid like me? Do you know a low income family that could use in-home internet access and an affordable netbook to get ready for the school year?
As it was announced during last month’s Blogging While Brown Conference, Cable and Internet provider Comcast is launching a new program to offer discounted Internet service and computers to low-income families.
The program, called Internet Essentials, will “provide low-cost access to the Internet and affordable computers as well as digital literacy training to families with children who are eligible to receive free lunches under the National School Lunch Program,” according to the company’s blog.
Internet service provided through Internet Essentials features download speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 384 Kbps.
The plan costs $9.95 per month (plus tax) and is available for families that:
- Are located where Comcast offers Internet service (currently in 39 states)
- Have at least one child receiving free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program
- Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days
- Do not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment
Upon enrollment, new customers have the opportunity to buy a “netbook-style laptop computer” for $149.99 (plus tax). It supports wired and Wi-Fi Internet connectivity and includes the Windows 7 Starter operating system and Internet browser software.
The program is a by-product of the Comcast-NBC merger, in which the company agreed to “increase broadband deployment in low income households” as one of a number of conditions to the acquisition.
This initiative helps push the United States one step closer to closing the digital divide between the “haves” and “havenots.”
During these hard financial times, now is the time to shout this news from the clubs to the malls & possibly gain a fresh for low-income families & kids during this upcoming school year.
Do you know a family that could benefit from Comcast’s Internet Essentials?
Would you consider contributing to that family in need?