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Dish Integrates Netflix Into Hopper DVR

December 17, 2014 No Comments

Dish Network announced Wednesday that it is the first major pay-TV company to integrate Netflix into its set-top boxes. Their second-generation Hopper DVRs will enable the streaming service, alongside their normal TV channel guide, as long as the unit is connected to broadband Internet access. Netflix has been trying to partner up with major pay-TV [...]

More Internet Access For Schools Means Higher Phone Bills For Consumers

December 16, 2014 No Comments

Federal officials voted to increase funding for High Speed Internet access to schools and libraries across the United States Thursday. That means, in order to pay for the increase, consumer phone bills will go up slightly in 2015. The price bump is expected to be close to about 16 cents per month, which totals about [...]

ShopKeep Gives Away Free Apple Pay Equipment to Stores

December 15, 2014 No Comments

A new startup company called ShopKeep has a new deal for its prospective customers. The company, which is a competitor of Square, makes checkout software for brick-and-mortar stores, and it will now give free Apple Pay equipment that will help stores accept mobile payment. Normally, this equipment would cost a store $259, and it includes [...]

Amazon, Netflix Face Off With Golden Globe Nominations

December 12, 2014 No Comments

Netflix’s second season of “Orange is the New Black,” will do battle against Amazon’s “Transparent” as they were both named in Thursday’s 2015 Golden Globes nominations. They’ll face off in the strangely named category of “Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy.” Netflix and the Golden Globes aren’t new partners, as the streaming service earned six [...]

Amazon Ready to Allow Negotiations on Some Products

December 11, 2014 No Comments

Amazon recently introduced a price-negotiating feature on a number of its products, which is a landmark moment for the retail site. It’s expected to ramp up sales on a number of different categories, including memorabilia in both the sports and entertainment world, as well as the fine art categories. This should make for a nice [...]

CBS Reaches Deal with Dish Network, But Not For OTT Service

December 10, 2014 No Comments

Dish and CBS reportedly came to an agreement this past weekend, after weeks of tense negotiations and a short blackout of certain stations. Dish was unable to, however, obtain digital rights to CBS programming for their upcoming over-the-top streaming service. This multi-year agreement between the two companies covers stations owned by CBS in 17 markets. [...]

AT&T: Kids Watching More Video on Smartphones Than TV

December 9, 2014 No Comments

In a survey by AT&T, 36 percent of the people polled say that their children watch video on their smartphones, compared to 34 percent who say their children frequently watch TV on televisions. AT&T’s report comes from a survey they conducted called, “Watching Content on Mobile Devices vs. TV,” and it included the answers from [...]

Homes With Broadband But No Pay TV Up 155 Percent

December 5, 2014 No Comments

Nielsen reports that the number of U.S. homes with broadband Internet service, but without a pay-TV subscription went from 1.1 million in October of 2013, up to 2.8 million at the end of October in 2014. The ratings company also found that households watching live TV this past quarter was down 4.4 percent over the [...]

HBO, DirecTV Have OTT Issues

December 4, 2014 No Comments

DirecTV’s plans to extend its service to an a la carte model online in 2015 have hit a speed bump, as their agreement with HBO could affect things. According to the Wall Street Journal, since HBO is expected to launch their own over-the-top streaming service, DirecTV’s deal has provisions if they reach 450,000 subscribers nationally, [...]

Misfit Wearables Raises $40 Million, Prepares to Enter Smart Home Market

December 3, 2014 No Comments

Misfit Weartables, which currently makes the Flash and Shine activity trackers, has raised $40 million in funding from Xiaomi, a Chinese smartphone company, as well as other investors, as it prepares to increase product development. “Xiaomi knows how to scale, they understand supply chains,” Misfit co-founder and CEO Sonny Vu said. “People like the stuff [...]