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Best DVRs for cord cutters you can buy

By Kevin Downey, Komando.com

Have you cut the cord yet? Are you familiar with that expression?

You’ve probably been hearing that term a lot lately, including on Komando.com. It refers to people cutting the cord on cable TV or satellite TV.

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US TV: erosion, not implosion

TMT Predictions 2016

Deloitte Global predicts that the US traditional television market, the world’s largest at about $170 billion in 2016, will see erosion on at least five fronts: the number of pay-TV subscribers; pay-TV penetration as a percent of total population; average pay-TV monthly bill; consumers switching to antennas for watching TV; and live and time-shifted viewing by the overall population, and especially by trailing millennials (18-24 years old).

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Review of the Channel Master DVR+

Free over-the-air TV forms a huge part of what we cover here on Cordcutting.com, and for good reason. Surveys show that cord cutters are increasingly awakening to the potential of OTA TV, which offers many cord cutters the chance to watch local news and major network broadcasts for free.

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HOT OFF THE PRESS! More data on over-the-air reception and trends.

Fresno numbers are much higher than the national average.  Almost four in ten homes with an 18- to 34-year-old resident rely on broadcast-only or Internet-only alternatives.

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It’s a huge movement. It’s becoming cool not to pay for bloated cable subscriptions.

It’s a huge movement. It’s becoming cool not to pay for bloated cable subscriptions. The internet has made cable obsolete and cable companies know this but they don’t want you to know. Why pay for what you don’t use? It’s invisible clutter. My cable bill was $280 per month and now I pay $77 (not including the subscription services, some of which I was paying for already). You may not save as much as I’m saving because you may not have been paying as much. If you can save an amount that makes a difference in your life and you can meet your home entertainment needs, then why not give it a try? Here’s how I did it:

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Do you really need cable?

How much do you pay for cable? The first year with a new cable or satellite provider is generally affordable with the generous promotions, upgrades, and free channels provided. However, after the promotional period ends, our bills always see to creep up a bit more here and there.

Every year the bloating gets larger — an extra fee for that second box we hardly use, all the movie channels that we don’t watch often, the amount of taxes and additional fees we have to pay, and so on.

All of this leads me to my next question. Have you ever thought about cutting the cord on cable or your satellite provider?

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Should you cut the cord?

By Jill Cataldo CTW Features
April 12, 2016

Dear Jill: I would be interested to hear your thoughts on cable or satellite television. I feel like our cable service is not worth what we are paying for it, but I don’t know what other options we have other than satellite, which costs about the same. I don’t feel like we are ready to completely cancel it, but I also don’t know what to do about the bill continually spiraling. — Robin S.

I’m sure this will surprise no one, but I’m a big fan of free, over-the-air television. Our family never had cable when I was growing up (that was a luxury to enjoy at friends’ houses!) and so my perspective on paying for television is likely somewhat different than those who have never known a world without cable or satellite TV at home. Even now, we have a rooftop antenna on our house, and the antenna has been the primary source of television reception for the majority of the years we’ve lived as a family.

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Of Cable, Congress and Cockroaches

Mohu study puts pay TV near bottom of food chain

Author: Mike Farrell

Digital antenna maker Mohu released a consumer satisfaction study Wednesday that seems to fly in the face of industry efforts to improve customer service, with respondents putting their cable company just a step ahead of Congress and disease-carrying vermin.

According to the survey, 50% of respondents said they held an unfavorable view toward their cable company, compared to 72% that said they had an unfavorable opinion of Congress and 92% that said they did not enjoy the company of cockroaches. No word on where rats, ringworm, or the Senate ranked in the study.

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As Viewers Move Away From Cable to Watch Live Sports, Watch the Dominoes Fall

By Sean Pendergast
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 6 a.m.

In team sports, to fans and spectators, ultimate victory is a simple concept. One winner takes home one trophy each season in each sport. Peyton Manning’s hoisting of the Lombardi Trophy, confetti raining down onto the Villanova basketball team after their title-winning buzzer beater — to fans, those are the images of success.

Behind the scenes, though, to the power brokers and franchise owners who move the chess pieces in our sports universe, true “victory” is far more inclusive. To them, success is measured in dollars, and while only one team can lift the trophy at the end of each season, for several years now, the money has piled up sky-high for every single team owner and major college president, regardless of how good or bad their teams have been.

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When Cable Outages Hit, HDTV Antennas Provide Back-Up

By Anne Badalamenti
GoMohu.Com

Time Warner Cable Outage Strikes Carolinas

Over the weekend, thousands of Time Warner Cable subscribers experienced cable outages, internet outages, and even phone outages. The outages lasted for hours. People were frustrated they were missing Week 16 NFL action, unable to stream Netflix, etc. And understandably given the ever-increasing cost of cable and internet. This type of outage is nothing new, unfortunately. They seem to occur with such frequency that folks acknowledge it’s part of the package when they sign up with a provider like TWC.

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Cable and Satellite TV Costs Going to Hike in 2016

By FinancialProspect.com
December 26, 2015

The price of pay-tv is proceeding greater for all customers, with a number of Satellite Television businesses and the country’s greatest wire recently saying price increases that’ll take effect.

DirecTV and Tis & AT Uverse, that are today part of the exact same organization, introduced a week ago that their prices may increase Jan. 28, beginning. The increases will be different for clients, but funnel plans various foundation deals and advanced stations might find increases which range from $2 to $8 monthly. New year price increases for DirecTV have grown to be an almost yearly event, using the organization January, increasing costs by around 6 percent.

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Monthly TV-service bills going up — again

By Gerry Smith BLOOMBERG NEWS
Friday December 25, 2015 5:13 AM

Your television-viewing bill is going up. Again.

While facing a growing number of consumers who drop pay-TV for cheaper online alternatives, Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Dish Network and AT&T all are planning to increase their prices early next year — at the risk of turning off more subscribers fed up with the rising cost of television.

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Happy New Year: Dish, DirecTV/AT&T, Time Warner Cable All Raising Rates In January Because They Can

By Kate Cox December 21, 2015

For a bunch of the big cable and satellite companies, it does indeed look like a very merry Christmas and a happy new year are on the horizon — but consumers can be forgiven for feeling a lot more grinchy about it. That’s because all the new nickels, dimes, and dollars that are going to line businesses’ big virtual pockets are coming directly from subscribers in the form of unasked-for price hikes.

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Cutting cable is no longer daunting

By Mitch Lipka | Globe Correspondent November 27, 2015

Q. I switched my television service from cable to Dish because of increased pricing. Then I started getting increases from Dish. I don’t need a DVR service and 128 channels. My question is to you where can I find an affordable television, Internet, and/or telephone company for a senior citizen to enjoy these services at home? – BARBARA PANTOS, WORCESTER

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Broadcast TV: A lot to see for free

Lloyd “Sonny” Crile traded his satellite TV service for a regular antenna last summer and says there’s no way he’s going back.

“To get the TV channels we wanted (on satellite), we had to take a package giving us about 200 stations,” said Crile, of Oxford. “When we really took a look at what we were watching, other than regular TV, it was only three or four of the 200.”

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20 Percent of Consumers Could Dump Cable in 2016, Study Finds

A report by PricewaterhouseCoopers finds dissatisfaction with bundle is driving customers to join cord-cutting trend

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Over-The-Air Broadcast Signals Up 11.8%

“More consumers are looking to cut the cord, giving up their cable and satellite subscriptions in favor of either over-the-top or over-the-air options, according to a new survey by TiVo’s Digitalsmiths unit.

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Ventura Broadcasting Company adds channel guide

BY RICK BENTLEY
rbentley@fresnobee.com

Since 2012, Mark Shirin has been growing his local television empire. His Ventura Broadcasting Company now offers 24 channels broadcasting on KGMC (Channel 43.6), KVHF (Channel 4.1), KVBC (Channel 13) and KBID (Channel 31).

That’s a lot of programming. To help, Shirin has added an on-screen channel guide on KVHF to help viewers keep up with what’s being broadcast on the over-the-air channels.

“We strive to satisfy the requests of our viewers,” Shirin says. “One of the biggest complaints that viewers have expressed to us is that there was not a convenient way to get local program information. While we have gone to great lengths to make program guides available online and on mobile devices via our website, that simply wasn’t always convenient for our viewers.”

The guide doesn’t just list stations being broadcast by Ventura Broadcasting; it features all local TV stations.

In addition to the guide, the channel also will offer streaming audio powered by Biz Talk Radio, a nationally syndicated talk-radio network. Biz Talk Radio broadcasts business related programming.

The other recent addition is BUZZR, a classic game show television network. It is available to TV watchers who use an antenna at KVBC (Channel 13.7).

“While BUZZR is not yet a household name, our viewers will surely be familiar with the great classic game shows on the Buzzr Channel, like ‘What’s My Line’ and ‘Family Feud.’ Many of our viewers not only remember the show hosts, but fondly remember the celebrity contestants that appeared on those shows,” Shirin says.

Other game shows featured on the channel include “Let’s Make a Deal,” “Beat the Clock,” “Super Password,” “To Tell the Truth,” “Match Game,” “Password,” “Blockbusters” and “Card Sharks.”

Rick Bentley: (559) 441-6355@RickBentley1

Source: Fresno Bee http://www.fresnobee.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/rick-bentley/article24789562.html


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Mohu Channels review: An ugly marriage of over-the-air and streaming TV

Over-the-air broadcasts are enjoying something of a renaissance in the cord-cutting age. If you live within range of broadcast towers, a simple antenna will deliver basic channels—including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and PBS—in beautiful high definition for free. It’s the perfect supplement to streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

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