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Peter Vogel

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Not quite cutting the cord, but a step in that direction.

Here in Canada, the broadcast regulator, the CRTC, has mandated all cable companies to provide a basic TV subscription plan capped at $25/month. The order took effect March 1. While the adoption figure so far, 66,000, is not exactly indicative of an avalanche of support, it is significant given that the telcos have completely resisted promotion of the new plan, and are in fact overtly discouraging their uptake.

The CRTC has spelled out what such a plan must offer and has allowed a small option: the carriers may provide the five American channels in the package, that is ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS. So far, here in the west, only one telco, Shaw Communications, has elected to carry these channels.

Effective December 1 the telcos must also offer complete a la carte channel pricing and stop tying a particular channel to a bundle.

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Mind you the sports channels make these high-priced bundles work I suppose. Yes, it will be a bit of a mess and I assume there will be channels that fall by the wayside. 
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Joe Halpin

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Is Roku kissing Comast's ass now that we'll see the xfinity app on Roku. Seems like it. Time to ditch the Roku?
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Roku is one of the most agnostic platforms available in terms of Apps and Services they offer including Sling TV, Amazon, Vudu and others. 
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Janko Roettgers

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Soon you'll be able to pay for Netflix with your Google Play credits.

http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/netflix-google-play-in-app-billing-1201760952/
Netflix wants to make it easier for Android users to pay for their monthly subscription fees: The company is getting ready to roll out in-app billing for Android, according to release notes publish…
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Netflix is also about to raise their rates next month also.
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Gordon Sroufe

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TCM & Criterion to offer Streaming Service

Finally, there will always be something good to watch. Let's hope they keep the cost reasonable.
The new subscription-based service, to debut this fall, is to feature hundreds of films from independent and major Hollywood studios.
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Bruce Hobbs

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Very comprehensive article on data caps - spells trouble for service like Netflix and Sling.
Data limits by home Internet providers like Comcast and AT&T, which also offer pay-TV services, are forcing people who stream Netflix or Sling TV or play online games to ration Web usage or pay surcharges.
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+Ryan Fairchild​,

So you are not getting charged for overages? What is the supposed consequence listed by your service provider (Cox)? Can/Will you link to the agreement (likely is online)?

+Mike W​,

While that sounds great, etc. - if the service is instead sold in said tiered manner (speed down/speed up/data limit) with the consequences (likely so much $ per __GB of data) clearly explained ... That is just the way it is. Has worked for cell phone providers and Internet providers for years, unlikely to change.
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Bad news for Sling users with the T-Mobile discount. If you switch to the multi-stream plan, that beautiful bill of $13.99 will go away. This discount-lover in me won't let me pull the switch. Maybe I'll wait until they finalize things with ESPN/Disney.
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+Jay Scottley Yeah, there's another link below that explains the plan. Basically same plan except ESPN & Disney channels are removed, but several Fox channels are added. 3 simultaneous streams. Helluva deal for non-sports fans or people with generous family/friends who'll authenticate WatchESPN app for you.
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Daniel Luck

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While I was watching Mickey Video App with my kids, I noticed they had a small featurette with Star Wars and Tsum Tsum.

For those who don't know, Tsum Tsum are small (or large) pillow-like stuffed animals made by Disney and have their own show.

Star Wars: A New Hope (As Told by Tsum Tsum) is a very short film (around two minutes) retelling Star Wars with Tsum Tsum. Fans of both series should enjoy this, and it's also kid-friendly.

The video can be viewed here:
http://video.disney.com/watch/star-wars-a-new-hope-as-told-by-tsum-tsum-52d038e773a153ed8af7f0f8
Join Tsum Tsum Han Solo, Princess Lea, Luke Skywalker and of course Darth Vader in this cute retelling of the 1977 classic Star Wars: A New Hope.
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Yuriy Galanter

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Friday motivation
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Bryan Lutz

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Tablo needs some serious updates in app options and functionality to last
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Jim Jensen

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Early last month, AT&T (T) stated its plan to offer DIRECTV as an OTT (over-the-top) service in 4Q16.
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Good article.
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Stuart French

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NEW YORK (AP) — Digital TV listing company Rovi is buying TiVo in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $1.1 billion. Rovi Corp. said Friday that it will pay $10.70 in cash and stock for each TiVo Inc. share. Rovi will…
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Robert Kinsella

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Now I can work with this.
The Roamio OTA 1TB should be more affordable in the long run.
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How is this different? Tivo has long offered lifetime subscription. (And 1TB is still rather small.) Tivo has always worked with OTA, and otherwise requires cable. 
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Stuart French

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Thanks to confusing bundles, hidden charges, misleading promises, and obscure terms, everyone agrees that cable TV and internet providers are the absolute worst. I tried to comparison shop for internet service in my area and ended up an awful mess of sketchy terms, and upsells. It shouldn’t be like this.
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+Mike W That's great to hear! Good news to hear that there's no data cap 😀
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Mark Stone

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What's up with CBS?

Last night my wife and I sat down to our usual ritual of watching this week's episodes of NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans. We do this by streaming the episode from the CBS website to my Chromebook, and then casting it from my Chromebook to the Chromecast device plugged into our TV.

With NCIS everything went off without a hitch. With NCIS: New Orleans it kept redirecting us from this week's episode to last week's episode. I gave up after a few tries, figuring I'd try again this evening.

This evening, the entire CBS website is different, and when I click on "Watch online now" for the latest episode it just redirects me to a page with links to various places (Amazon, iTunes, etc.) where I can purchase the episode to watch.

Is CBS giving up on their own streaming service? What the heck!
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An update on this. Apparently I was subject to some testing on CBS's part. The "new website" went away after a few days, and the old site returned. I can now watch all the CBS shows streaming off of their website again. The only permanent change seems to be that now I have to wait an extra week to see the most recent episodes. Not a big deal. I'm sure not forking over any money to them given their current offering and pricing.
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cedrick wilson

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Sling is trying to catch up with Vue as far as channels are concerned.
Thanks to a new deal between Viacom and Dish, Sling TV users will soon have a handful of new channels. Comedy Central, BET, Spike, MTV, and Nick Jr. "and many others" (but not Nickelodeon,...
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Awesome. I've been missing Comedy Central. The Hulu app is restrictive on what you can watch.
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Stuart French

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HBO is making their streaming service free for this weekend.

http://lifehacker.com/hbo-will-be-free-this-weekend-just-in-time-for-the-gam-1772053532
Good news, fantasy fans. HBO has just announced that its service will be free this weekend, from Friday to Monday. Just in time to catch the first episode of Game of Thrones season 6.
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Last year HBO had so many people trying to stream GOT Season 5 open that ir blocked.  or crashed many times. That was without ROKU. Unless HBO beefed up its service to handle the load, the same will happen this year.

I'll wait until, at least, Monday to attempt to watch.
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Stuart French

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Now you can purchase Amazon Prime Instant Video for $8.99 without any of the other Prime features. Prime also gets a month-to-month payment option.
The streaming video service is now available for $8.99 a month. Amazon also rolled out a monthly option for Prime membership at $10.99.
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Stuart French

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Hulu is finally revising their watchlist feature. Sounds a bit like YouTube More than Netflix.
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Sling TV, Dish Network’s Internet pay-TV service, launched a service to let users watch up to three streams at the same time — with a slew of sports, entertainment and local programming from …
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No, I don't think it would authenticate with the account. If you use someone else's account of course, that's a different story.
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