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Today, 10:57 AM
24
Jul 2014
Posted By: Athlon646464


WBOC and FOX21 Could Disappear from DIRECTV Channel Lineup After July 31
 
(WBOC.com) - SALISBURY, Md.- WBOC and FOX21, the local CBS and FOX affiliates found on Channels 16 and 21, on Thursday announced that despite prolonged negotiations, it appears that DIRECTV is unwilling to carry the stations past the end of its current contract. If no agreement is reached, WBOC and FOX21 will no longer be seen on DIRECTV after midnight Thursday, July 31, 2014.
 
Craig Jahelka, vice president and general manager, explained that WBOC and FOX21 are asking for far less than what DIRECTV pays for national networks like ESPN – even though WBOC's and FOX21's ratings are much higher than ESPN's ratings....
 

Yesterday, 06:39 AM
23
Jul 2014
Posted By: Athlon646464


DIRECTV and DISH Support Passage of STELA Reauthorization by U.S. House of Representatives
 
(Marketwatch.com) - DIRECTV and DISH Network issued the following statement today in support of Congressional efforts to reauthorize the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA):
 
"On behalf of our 34 million DIRECTV and DISH satellite television customers, we thank the leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives, along with the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Judiciary Committee, for their bipartisan work to reauthorize STELA for five more years. We support H.R. 4572, the ‘STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014,’ as an important step in Congress’ 2014 STELA reauthorization process....
 

Jul 22 2014 06:56 AM
22
Jul 2014
Posted By: Athlon646464


FXX unveils Simpsons World portal to drooling critics
 
(Hitfix.com) - Every episode ever, in an order that's easy to browse, but also easy to search. (The original "Simpsons" clips from "The Tracey Ullman Show" are not currently part of the package, but FX is talking to Matt Groening about it; "I know Matt has a very open mind to that," said FX COO Chuck Saftler. "The Simpsons Movie" will appear intermittently on the app, but won't be available constantly.
 
Now, Simpsons World will, like FX's FXNow service, require cable authentication, and for your provider to have a deal with FX, at least to watch full episodes. At the moment, FX has deals with about 60 percent of the country's providers, including AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox and Time-Warner, and Saftler sounded very confident that they will close deals with the other 40 percent in the next year or so. (Customers demanding access to Simpsons World will certainly give FX leverage in negotiations with providers.) The app will be available on iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, Apple TV, Samsung, XBox1 and XBox360 as of now....
 

Jul 22 2014 06:56 AM
22
Jul 2014
Posted By: Athlon646464


Netflix crosses 50 million subscribers worldwide and takes aim at Comcast / TWC
 
(Engadget.com) - It looks like that (pending 2 years for existing customers) price hike hasn't greatly affected Netflix's popularity, as it announced today that it has 50 million customers altogether. About 36 million of them are in the US, and Netflix specified that's about to launch in more European countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Luxembourg) in September. Its profit also more than doubled this quarter, up to $71 million from about $30 million in the same period last year....
 

Jul 21 2014 06:49 AM
21
Jul 2014
Posted By: Athlon646464


FiOS Customers Get Free Upload Speed Boost
 
Customer upgrades to equalized download and upload speeds will continue throughout the fall, starting with customers enrolled in My Rewards+ or who join the program now. If you’re a bit of a procrastinator, don’t worry. 
 
Customers do not need to do anything to receive the new upload speeds. For those who don’t want to wait, visit the Verizon My Rewards+ page to sign up for the program. Otherwise, upgrades will be phased in throughout coming months....
 

Jul 20 2014 06:28 AM
20
Jul 2014
Posted By: Athlon646464


The curated video service from TiVo's founders, Qplay, is shutting down
 
(web.qplay.co) - "It is with heavy hearts that we announce Qplay will be closing. Our last day of service is next Friday, July 25, 2014.
 
If you purchased a TV Adapter from us and would like a refund, we will give you your money back (learn how to request a refund). Refund requests will be accepted until next Friday July 25, 2014 at 5 PM Pacific. All TV Adapters will stop functioning when the service shuts down, so please responsibly recycle your TV Adapter. Click here to find a local electronics recycling location. If you have any questions send us an email to help@qplay.co...."
 

Jul 19 2014 06:37 AM
19
Jul 2014
Posted By: Athlon646464


Update: Dish Network, Comcast trade jabs at Senate hearing
 
(Bizjournals.com) - The mega-Comcast would serve nearly half of the residential Internet customers in the nation, Jeffrey Blum, Dish Network's senior vice president and deputy general counsel, told the panel Wednesday.
 
Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen said it would be more like 30 percent, according to recent data from the Federal Communications Commission.
 
Either way, Dish's Blum said, if Comcast were to serve a majority of broadband customers, that would pose a threat to companies like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu — all of which are competing for traditional TV viewers, but need to go through Comcast’s broadband to get to consumers....
 

Jul 19 2014 06:36 AM
19
Jul 2014
Posted By: Athlon646464


Netflix is testing a private mode that keeps your watching habits under wraps
 
(Engadget.com) - If you've ever wanted to keep those embarrassing Netflix choices from family members or your social-networking pals, you might soon be in luck. According to the folks over at Gigaom, the streaming subscription service is currently testing a "Privacy Mode." This means that viewed titles won't appear in that Recently Viewed section on the main screen and they also won't factor into future recommendations....
 

Jul 19 2014 06:35 AM
19
Jul 2014
Posted By: Athlon646464


DirecTV ‘hacker’ terrorizes family
 
(Loganbanner.com) - The ‘hacker’ was using a DirecTV feature, known as the search page, to make conversation with the family.  When Roger arrived at his brother’s house, the device began conversation with him immediately.  “As soon as I walked in the door, he typed ‘Hi, Roger. Nice green shirt,’” Roger said....
 

Jul 18 2014 03:30 AM
18
Jul 2014
Posted By: Athlon646464


Netflix and The Walt Disney Studios Announce Multi-Year Premium Pay TV Window Agreement in Canada
 
(Newswire.ca) - Beginning with 2015 theatrically released feature films, Netflix Canada members can enjoy new titles from Disney Live Action, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Disneynature and DreamWorks Studios. Approximately eight months after titles leave theaters - quicker than has traditionally been the case on premium pay TV - Canadian Netflix subscribers will be able to watch new releases from The Walt Disney Studios in the home and on the go....
 



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