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Author: John Dilley

The Definitive Review of the XFINITY® X1 Platform from Comcast

Does the XFINITY X1’s entertainment operating system transform TV? XFINITY by Comcast claims the X1’s next generation platform will “change the way you experience TV”? At Cable TV, we wanted to dig into the details of Comcast’s cloud DVR to determine if that was truth or hype.  Our verdict? The X1 does offer a fantastic integrated viewing experience focused on Netflix, sports, and on demand HD. The platform specifically shines on the go, where the mobile app serves up one of the best user-friendly interfaces on the market. But the X1 lacks luster in some very basic equipment specs,...

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Why I Miss My Dish

  Why I regret cutting the cord, and leaving DISH for streaming. Fed up with the monthly kick in the gut of opening my TV bill, I succumbed to the lure of “cutting the cord.” Now, my monthly kick in the gut has been replaced by a daily kick in the head in the form of frustration over my TV-viewing options. Was my TV service possibly worth the money? Lots of choices, few good options After dumping pay TV, my only legal TV options were streaming services and/or the old, rabbit-ears antenna. Both choices are wrought with frustration. I started with...

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Why LeBron James Deserves at Least $31 Million per Year

With LeBron James still undecided about where he will play next season, you might start to wonder how much he’s really worth. How much value does the world’s greatest player actually bring to a franchise? How much of a raise does he really deserve? This is how the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat were effected when he changed teams the first time. Share this Image On Your Site Please include attribution to with this graphic. LeBron James Is Underpaid – An infographic by the team at Find Featured image courtesy of Keith Allison Find John on...

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Bad Timing Could Cost AT&T Millions of Dollars

By acting too early, AT&T may have driven up the price on one of DIRECTV’s featured assets, NFL SUNDAY TICKET. On May 18, AT&T announced it was purchasing DIRECTV for $48.5 billion. Unfortunately for AT&T, DIRECTV’s valuable contract for exclusive broadcasting rights to NFL SUNDAY TICKET, for which it paid approximately $1 billion per season, expires at the end of this year. DIRECTV and the NFL are currently negotiating an extension for the contract. On May 19, it was reported that AT&T can choose not to consummate the deal with DIRECTV if the satellite company fails to negotiate the extension with the NFL. The NFL is the most popular sports league in America, making NFL SUNDAY TICKET an enormous asset for DIRECTV. With the news of AT&T’s option to essentially back out of the deal if DIRECTV doesn’t extend the NFL SUNDAY TICKET contract, the NFL has the leverage drive up the price.  According to a report in the L.A. Times, industry observers anticipate the price tag on NFL SUNDAY TICKET could go up by 40% next season followed by 4% increases each year after. By negotiating the DIRECTV buyout before the NFL contract extension is finalized, AT&T basically assured that DIRECTV will overpay for one of the last acquisitions it makes before the merger and therefore locked themselves into the bad contract. While DIRECTV may be negotiating the...

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More Channels Means Higher Quality Shared Experiences

It used to be that the biggest shows on television were national events, cultural experiences shared by everyone with a television set. That’s because those sets could only pick up a few networks, but the introduction of cable gave those televisions access to hundreds of new channels to plug into, giving their owners access to the niche interest of their choice. Internet distributors offer even more choices still. Without question, TV is in the age of the niche. And that’s something to celebrate. The danger of such an age, of course, is that with more choices available of what to watch, it is more possible than ever for one to mold their own personal media stream into echo chambers that reinforce their views and tastes. That argument breaks down in two ways: It breaks down when we consider the experience of consumers. The proliferation of more voices means that even if one has their own favorite media streams, they are at least offered elevator pitches of new ideas in the form of social media posts and advertisements. Even if one is trying only to pay attention to their favorite perspectives, smaller voices have a broad stage in a way they never before have. It is impossible to select one’s favorite shows or channels without at least briefly considering the vast quantities of alternatives. It breaks down in the experience...

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