How Big of a Threat is Cord Cutting to Traditional TV in the USA? May 18, 2015 at 8:33 pm

With the digital age getting bigger every day, there’s no doubt cable and satellite TV companies are putting their guards up, but is it necessary?

 

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An astounding 40% of homes in the country are now subscribed to a video-on-demand streaming service like Netflix or Hulu. But, despite the millions of citizens who say they plan to cut cable TV, only 22% of them have actually done so. Why? It’s likely because the options on the other side are rather sparse.

Most services like Netflix and Hulu have plenty of old shows and even some new releases, but the choices when it comes to sports and live TV just aren’t comparable. Some devices like Sling and Apple TV have tried to fill the gap and have a few popular channels to choose from (even some sports networks) but the options simply don’t live up to what American’s have come to expect from their cable or satellite TV provider.

Researchers say that sports channels and live TV are what’s keeping the majority of citizens on board with the traditional means of watching television. While the convenience of Hulu and Netflix is obvious, the variety of choices is nothing compared to the hundreds of channels traditional TV provides.

In fact, some of those who have cut the cable (for whatever reason) are considering reuniting with traditional TV due to the fact that there truly is always something on. If you’re one of the ones looking to go back to traditional TV, now’s the time to do it. With the threat of video-on-demand services, cable and satellite companies are lowering their prices, expanding their selection, and offering the best new subscriber deals of the century. Those who are staying loyal to traditional TV providers are also reaping the benefits with added channels and premium bonuses.

Those who have already made the switch from traditional TV may be regretting their decision. While many companies have tried to make their way into the video-on-demand industry, like PlayStation with their new Vue service, and Yahoo with Yahoo! Screen, many would think that the options for non-traditional television watching would be growing, but many successful networks are keeping their shows on (traditional) television only and preventing them from going to services like Hulu.

Other networks, though, such as HBO, have taken advantage of the possibility of increased reach and put their shows on Hulu and many other on-demand services, including their own digital channels. HBO has even made their own on-demand subscription service, which is available for a monthly fee through devices like Apple TV and online at HBO.com.

Even with some networks embracing the digital age, traditional TV providers are doing their best to continue to appeal to the new crowd. Providers like Dish have long been expanding into the world of internet streaming by allowing subscribers to login to their websites and watch shows from their laptop, but is that enough to compete?

Many citizens who have admitted that they want to make the switch to on-demand television talk about two things: cost and selection. For decades, many have felt the cost of traditional TV is high, and some see on-demand subscriptions as a money-saving option, but those saved dollars come at another cost: selection. The selection of Netflix – the pioneer in the industry of on-demand video – has long been critiqued by TV lovers across the nation. But despite the somewhat small selection, many have signed up anyways (57.4 million and counting to be exact).

Even with millions of fellow users, Netflix subscribers still complain. Not about the $9.99/month price, but because of the selection (or lack thereof) that other users warn people about. Netflix has been expanding recently with newer (yet mostly discontinued) shows being added to their selection, but overall, Netflix alone cannot compete with traditional TV. Of course, while Netflix may be the most popular on-demand service, it’s certainly not the only one. Hulu and similar services have tried to fix the issue. While Hulu has mostly newer shows and matches Netflix on price, not many networks have signed on to their service yet, leaving subscribers with a selection smaller, yet newer than Netflix subscribers.

Those cutting the cable and leaving traditional TV typically go the same route: they ditch their $30+/month service and instead usually get both Netflix and Hulu to help fill the gap of selection. Now, they may be free of cable but they’ve just racked up a $20/month subscription with less options for shows and movies. Researchers say the increase in spending for on-demand movies, like those offered by iTunes has gone up tremendously within the past year or two. So, the $10 or so a month you may save going from traditional to on-demand is very likely to be spent on movie rentals and other services.

While many have made the promise to switch from traditional to on-demand, very few have followed through, and it’s clear why. Until the selection of such services can match that of cable or satellite (while still keeping the prices cheap) customers will likely continue with the services they have – or, in some people’s cases, resort back to traditional TV.

Things You didn’t Know About Broad City. March 30, 2015 at 2:56 pm

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Broad City is an American sitcom that premiered on Comedy Central in 2014. Created by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, who also star as the show’s leading ladies, the show was originally created as a web series. The web series was produced from 2009 until 2011 with the show’s executive producer Amy Poehler guest starring in the web series’ finale. The television adaption focuses around two twenty year old women living in New York City and the struggles they face. In 2015, it was renewed for a third season.

The show follows Ilana and Abbi, two Jewish feminist women living in New York City. While Abbi tries to make a career as an illustrator, Ilana everything in her power to avoid working, constantly pursuing her hedonism. Unfortunately for Abbi, she usually gets wrapped up in Ilana’s shenanigans.

Ilana is a self-absorbed marijuana enthusiast typically oblivious to how others perceive her. Though she works for a sales company, she does everything in her power to avoid doing as much work as possible. She’s more a professional slacker than a professional salesperson. As compared to Abbi, Ilana is more sexually expressive and free-spirited, though she’s usually dragging the unknowing Abbi into her adventures.

Abbi is older than Ilana and works as a custodian at a fitness center. Although she hates her job and feels she’s at least qualified to be a trainer, she constantly misses chances to prove herself worthy of more responsibility. A struggling artist, Abbi is considers leaving her job at the fitness center and pursuing her dream fulltime. Wanting to be more like Ilana, Abbi tries to find a comfortable balance between being self-sufficient and free-spirited.

Overall, Broad City has received generally positive reviews. While receiving a Metacritic rating of 75 out of 100 based on 14 reviews, Rotten Tomatoes gave the show a 96% Certified Fresh approval rating. The consensus was, “From its talented producers to its clever writing and superb leads, Broad City boasts an uncommonly fine pedigree.”

Although Broad City   isn’t particularly new in its design, it does bring something new to the table of women in television. It’s an honest show that isn’t concerned with the cattiness between women, but instead focuses on genuine camaraderie between the two stars of the show. It’s unpretentious, and does focus on the typical “women” behaviors so commonly represented in television in media across America. Instead, the show focuses on friendship and the universal struggle that twenty-somethings face in the light of newly discovered responsibility and a yearning desire to make something of one’s self.

Abbi Johnson and Ilana Glazer have commented on Broad City, saying that the show represents a time before responsibility and money came into play. It was a simpler time for them, before the weight of adulthood rested on their shoulders. It was a time of self-discovery and introspection, a time of learning about the world in a very real, very unique way—by living. Their television representations are, according to Glazer, only about 15% exaggeration.

Amy Poehler, the show’s executive producer said, “There’s something about them that’s really watchable and organic and interesting. There aren’t enough like them on TV: confident, sexually active, self-effacing women, girlfriends who love each other the most.”  You can find more TV & online entertainment options at http://internet.realitytvcalendar.com/.

Are You Tired of Slow Internet Connections? November 1, 2013 at 5:11 pm

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Ever get tired of the Internet? It loads slowly, it randomly disconnects you and you don’t like to sit in one place all day while you try to get everything done. After a while, it just gets plain annoying and time consuming. Stop getting angry and giving up, try something new. How about your local cable TV provider? They will offer you the best in cable internet service. Their quality and performance surpasses those of their competitors. Competitors like Dial-Up, Satellite and even DSL are no match for the 105 Mbps your local ISP will offer you. You can get free features, best performance and best quality for the lowest price possible.

Sometimes it’s nice to move around the house, you can’t do that sitting at the computer. That’s why your local cable internet provider will offer you Wi-Fi. You can still get 105 Mbps in internet speed. This gives you free range of anywhere within the range of your modem. It will also allow you to use any internet enabled devices of your choosing. Wi-Fi and standard wire connection both give you enough bandwidth to do all of your needs at once. No more having to wait for a download and no more buffering when you want to stream music or a video. With this service, you also get free online security and free Parental Controls. With the online security suit your computer and personal documents are safe from hackers, Trojans, spyware, malware and any other viruses that may want to plaque your computer. This makes sure your identity and other personal items are never in harm’s way.

With the parental controls, you are always sure of your children’s safety. This feature allows you to monitor online chats and even see your child’s recent activities online. You can also regulate how much time your child spends on the internet each day. This changes with every portable device so that all age groups of the home are safe and secure. This gives you peace of mind that your children will always get what they need done while still being able to get their internet time.

When you click here and go to your local cable TV provider, they will offer you a bundled plan. Take it! This plan will give you cable internet, cable TV and home phone service for a single low monthly payment. This will make paying your bills a little easier. They will also give you a monthly discount just for bundling with them. This will also give you online bill pay option, which means convenience. You can go online and pay your bill for no extra charge. That mean you no longer have to sort through a mountain of papers to find the address to send in a check or even to find their phone number to call them directly. This makes your life a little simpler. Quality, performance, convenience and reliability through one provider each month. It’s the perfect home service provider for you and your family.

Miley Cyrus VMA Performance September 10, 2013 at 5:15 pm

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The 2013 VMAs will forever remain a tribute to foam fingers and twerking. However, while the world was talking and sharing snickers online, Miley Cyrus was sitting back and taking it all in. Apparently, she knew there would be a stir, to put it mildly, and had actually planned it that way.

In a recent interview, Miley explained that, before the performance, she told Robin Thicke that they were about to make history. She also said that she finds it amazing that, even after the event, people are still talking about her performance with Thicke.

Cyrus says people are still asking her about her performance. She said that other people are putting more thought into her performance than she did. She said she put no thought into the performance before she did it because that’s just her.

While her performance has been called a number of things, well-thought out is not one of them. But, as Miley put it, she isn’t paying attention to the negative publicity that was garnered from the performance. She says she has seen these kind of situations play out so many times before. She named Madonna and Britney as examples in point, in which performers and artists make history by putting on a show that is talked about for years after the event. She said that is the kind of publicity that an artist wants- the kind that makes history.

Her performance may have made history but there are is now talk about how it caused a fight, and ultimately, a break up between her and Liam Hemsworth, her fiance. There are rumors that those surrounding Hemsworth are telling him to break it off with Miley permanently for the sake of his career and his public image. Only time will tell if the rumors are true. Find out more at http://youtu.be/Fy4y0C4GmYU right now.

Have You Looked At Time Warner Cable Recently? August 30, 2013 at 2:54 pm

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With quality viewing options and a reliable Advanced Optics Network, Time Warner Cable can provide your home with everything your family needs for home entertainment and telecommunications.

Time Warner Cable Digital TV offers a large selection of Free HD channels to choose from. This provider can also offer digital standard definition channels that can be enjoyed from the programming package or from the DVR.

Subscribers can get the DVR or HD-DVR to record their programming. These devices can store hours of programming that can be watched at a family’s leisure. With a DVR, the family has hours of standard definition to look forward to, and with the HD-DVR, a family can record hours of standard and HD.

These devices can record from multiple channels at one time, or play back recorded  shows while they record more. The DVR and HD-DVR allow viewers to rewind, pause and fast forward through programming, so families get the scenes they want, when they want them. They can even pause to pick these shows back up later. Just click over to this site for more info about Time Warner Cable Package Deals in your area.

The Digital Video Recorder functions can be used with On Demand programming so that any show, movie, sports program or children’s show can be controlled to watch all of the interesting parts again.

Time Warner Cable Digital TV On Demand menu has more than 10,000 viewing choices that all age groups can enjoy. Music videos, children’s shows, sports programs, Movies On Demand from premium channels like HBO, Showtime, Cinemax and STARZ can entertain for hours. On Demand also carries the newest lineup of Hollywood releases, so families don’t even have to leave their homes to rent movies.

Even with the thousands of programming options available, Time Warner Cable Digital TV is safe for the family. They offer Parental Controls, at no additional charge that covers the programming from the package, the programming stored on the DVR and the programming from On Demand. Parents never have to worry about what their kids are watching, even when they are not at home.

Time Warner Cable also provides Parental Controls for their Time Warner Cable High Speed Internet service. These Parental Controls block content while allowing the children to navigate and network on their favorite gaming and social sites. These Parental Controls also keep parents in the loop about who their children are talking to online.

With Time Warner Cable Internet, families get a choice of Time Warner Cable Internet with PowerBoost, and Time Warner Cable Internet Turbo. These services offer Time Warner Cable Internet, so that gaming and playing online are fast and fun. Find out more about TWC High Speed Internet at http://cabletelevisionbundles.s9.com/high-speed-internet-deals-.html

With Time Warner Cable Internet, families also get free security software that offers more protection against viruses, spyware, popups and Identity Theft.  Families can get the speeds they need, with WiFi or traditional connections and the ability to play and surf online at their convenience, all through Time Warner Cable Internet.

Time Warner Cable can also provide for the home’s telephone needs, with Time Warner Cable Home Phone services. These telephone services include unlimited local and long distance calling to any location in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. This means families can stay in touch with their loved ones in any of these countries for a set monthly rate.

This rate also includes digital calling features that make it easy for families to get and manage their calls on busy schedules. Families don’t have to pay extra to get Caller ID, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, Three Way Calling, Anonymous Call Rejection and five other features that make their lives easier.

These services and features are what families need to meet the essential entertainment and communications of a household. When families bundle these services through Time Warner Cable, they get the added benefit of discounted pricing and greater convenience when it’s time to pay the bill.

Dish Network Offers More For Less Money August 29, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Dish Network Satellite Television has more to offer with less of a monthly expense to you. Dish TV offers children’s programming, sports, movies and tons of shows that can give you a wide variety of entertainment to choose from.

Dish Network Satellite TV offers over two hundred channels for English programming, with movie and sports premiums and other features like On Demand and Pay Per View. Dish has more than 15,000 titles available for instant viewing through its On Demand menu. Or you can watch UFC fights from around the world.  You can also watch Blockbuster@Home, which provides movies and shows, or receive DVDs and games in the mail.

Dish offers Dish Anywhere, a remote access service so that you can sit at home and watch your new movie releases from On Demand or you can sit at work on your lunch break and watch them. Dish Anywhere provides remote access to all of your television channels, your On Demand selections, your Blockbuster@Home package and more.

You can access all of your home television programming from up to four different television sets in your home with the Hopper, an HD-DVR that can skip commercials, help you find your remote when you lose it and automatically record primetime programming. The Hopper has enough storage for up to 250 of HD programming or as much as 2,000 hours of standard definition.  Find out more about Dish Network TV at http://www.tvdonewright.com/.

That’s more than enough room for everyone in the house to record and store their programming. The Hopper even lays the sports scores out for you so you don’t have to channel surf. With the Hopper, you can even sit on the couch in the living room and check to see what your children are watching in their rooms.

It is a great tool that can be used with a great service. Dishnet TV even offers bundled services for discounts and extra savings.

Star Trek Movies and TV Series July 1, 2013 at 7:27 pm

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It’s amazing at the number of Star Trek Series, Movies, and Episodes there have been. This Star Trek Movie and TV Series Episode guide will help guide you through all of them!

Comcast XFINITY in Seattle Washington Offers Triple Play Packages April 1, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Comcast Digital Services in Seattle WA are providing a variety of homes with exciting and new home service technologies thanks to the unification of three home services.  Including Digital TV with HD, High-Speed Internet, and Digital Voice Comcast Digital Services are offering the cheapest way for everyone in your household to enjoy communication and entertainment of the 21st century to the fullest extent possible.

Get more every time you turn on the television with Seattle Comcast XFINITY TV Packages.  With so many channels to pick from and the most intuitive onscreen guide you will have the fastest access to your favorite television as soon as you turn on the TV. No matter if you love special interest programming, sports, news, kid’s shows, old movies, new movies, or any kind of Premium Channels, Digital TV with HD has it all, and way more than your current television provider.

Get used to the exceptional brilliance that HD brings everything you watch.  Rather than going out to live events and movies you can start watching them at home in the convenience of your living room. You will save tons of money on ticket costs without sacrificing the life feeling you get thanks to hundreds of High Definition channels.

Adding to the mix of live events is Pay-Per-View, the best resource in the world for watching anything on live TV.  Browse through hundreds of events daily and find just what you are looking for every time!

Many other exciting features and tools free from Comcast Digital Service include a DVR, Online Programming, On Demand, parental controls, and others!

With Comcast Digital Service’s High-Speed Internet you can do anything online.  Enjoy graphically advanced online gaming at its best, flawless downloading, the ability to stream anything even if it is in HD, and so much more.  With this service your Online Programming from Digital TV with HD might be more realistic than your television!

Enjoy accessing your favorite sites as quickly as possible with a personalized homepage to launch your internet experience from.
When you stumble across exciting media you want to relive over and over just download it almost instantly with a huge allocation of broadband only provided for Comcast Digital Service subscribers.

Nobody has to feel left out either with the ability for over three users to surf at the same time.  No overload, time restrictions, or overuse will ever be a problem with High-Speed Internet!

Digital Voice facilitates the smoothest phone calls with high quality audio every time.  The plethora of features makes it easy to deal with outgoing and incoming calls with advanced internet technology included.

Make calls to all 50 states and beyond with unlimited nationwide calling!

When ordered together customers of Comcast Digital Services in Seattle save hundreds of dollars!  Never deal with pushy sellers when you order online to pick out the ideal package without getting more or less of what you need!  Pick all three, two, or just a single Comcast Digital Service from Authorized Comcast Dealers for Seattle Washington and save tons of money without paying for extra equipment or features because these services come with it all.

Chiropractors In Asheville, North Carolina January 28, 2013 at 8:31 pm

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Advances in TV Technology August 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm

TV has come a long way since the first set received a static-filled and scratchy sounding broadcast in the last century.

When 3D viewing first debuted it was on the big screen and required special glasses. Now, it’s come to the home and does not require the glasses. All the major TV makers are offering 3D capable TV sets and more and more broadcasters are offering 3D programming.

Combined with a good home stereo system for sound, a large 3D TV can provide a view experience just like being in movie theater.

3D TV is most common in the United States with Poland coming in a close second. Most of the 3D broadcasts are available only in some countries. HIGH TV 3D and WildEarth are available worldwide.

3D TV started in the 80s, but was the traditional type which required glasses to properly see it. 3D without the need for glasses started in 2010. Sports broadcasts dominated the first offerings and continue to be the major users of 3D TV technology. (more…)