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Cox flareWatch beta brings IPTV with 60 HD channels, cloud DVR for $35 monthly


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#1 OFFLINE   Athlon646464

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 06:13 AM

Cox flareWatch beta brings IPTV with 60 HD channels, cloud DVR for $35 monthly
 
While everyone tries to figure out what the future of TV looks like, Variety reports Cox Cable has crossed over to offering internet TV service to customers in Orange County. flareWatch beta testers can buy a Fanhattan Fan TV set-top box for $99 (up to three per household) and sign up for a TV package that features 90 live TV channels (60 in HD) and includes the usual favorites like ESPN / ESPN2, AMC, CNN, Nickelodeon and TNT, with video on-demand coming soon. DVR recordings take place in the cloud, with 30 hours of storage available for each subscriber.
 
 
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Posted 30 June 2013 - 01:14 PM

Again, is this available across the board, or only to existing Cox customers?  If it's restricted, I don't see the point.


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Posted 30 June 2013 - 09:47 PM

Again, is this available across the board, or only to existing Cox customers?  

 

According to the fine print at the bottom of http://watchflare.com/ > flareWatch is available only to Cox High Speed Internet subscribers with Preferred tier or higher who reside in Orange County, CA service area.



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Posted 01 July 2013 - 07:31 AM

That would be quite do-able for me, someone thinking of 'cord cutting'


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 07:53 AM

^  But that's the problem.  It's not accomplishing that if this is only available to existing Cox cable subscribers.  It's just saying that those already paying Cox can pay them more for this option.

 

Now, if Cox were to make this available to anyone nationwide whether they're in a Cox service area or not, THAT would be doing something towards cord cutting.


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:04 AM

^^^

 

"flareWatch is available only to Cox High Speed Internet subscribers with Preferred tier or higher"

 

If I'm understanding this correctly, you don't need to subscribe to their cable, just their internet.  ('Preferred tier' is their fastest internet, and is $54 per month in Providence.)  

 

So, if you live in a Cox area and already have their internet it might make sense for you.


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:12 AM

^^  But if you have Cox Internet, you're in a Cox service area.  I'm talking about people like me out in the boonies with no access to cable, where satellite is our only option.  Something like this might be competition for Dish and Direct.


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:15 AM

^^ But if you have Cox Internet, you're in a Cox service area. I'm talking about people like me out in the boonies with no access to cable, where satellite is our only option. Something like this might be competition for Dish and Direct.


But how would they offer it to you if you don't have cable service to begin with?

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:15 AM

^^^

Agreed.  

 

Intel is planning something similar nationwide.  If they do something similar to this Cox deal, Intel could be your answer some day.


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:25 AM

But how would they offer it to you if you don't have cable service to begin with?

You can have internet without having cable service from Cox.


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:28 AM

Now, if Cox were to make this available to anyone nationwide whether they're in a Cox service area or not, THAT would be doing something towards cord cutting.

 

Unlike satellite, cable is territorial and the likelihood of Cox offering this, or most any other cable co., as a standalone service is remote.


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:32 AM

^^^

 

"flareWatch is available only to Cox High Speed Internet subscribers with Preferred tier or higher"

 

If I'm understanding this correctly, you don't need to subscribe to their cable, just their internet.  ('Preferred tier' is their fastest internet, and is $54 per month in Providence.)  

 

So, if you live in a Cox area and already have their internet it might make sense for you.

 

A new customer Fios triple play in this area, before monthly hardware charges, is currently $79 plus tax. That includes 340 channels (90 HD), if you agree to commit for 2 years.

 

You can also get a similar deal from Cablevision.

 

Two DVRs and a STB from each of them runs about $50/month, IIRC, wiht no upfront charges.


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:36 AM

I already have Cox internet here, if I were to "cord cut" I would not go without internet. That's why I put it in quotes, it's not really cutting all cords...


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:37 AM

Unlike satellite, cable is territorial and the likelihood of Cox offering this, or most any other cable co., as a standalone service is remote.

That's what we need to get past.  We need to break that way of thinking.

 

But, I'm also opposed to the notion of regions for DVDs and geo-blocking of streaming from other countries.


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:48 AM

So it's a $114/month double play with 90 channels and up to $300 in up front hardware costs? Unfortunately, not much of an incentive for cord-cutting, IMHO.

 

Wouldn't it be $89 ($54 + $35)?

 

 

I already have Cox internet here, if I were to "cord cut" I would not go without internet. That's why I put it in quotes, it's not really cutting all cords...

 

Cord cutting means you would get everything through your internet connection, so of course you would not go without internet.  

 

The term 'cord cutting' refers mostly to cable TV, satellite TV and land line phone systems (in other words, traditional systems). 


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:52 AM

Wouldn't it be $89 ($54 + $35)? 

 

Right you are. I must be getting dyslexic in my old age. :P I swapped the 60 channels with the monthly charge.

 

Fixed my post.


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:56 AM

:grin:

 

Happens to me all the time, my friend.  Thank goodness for spell checkers!


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 03:13 PM

How does this affect your data cap?



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Posted 01 July 2013 - 03:18 PM

How does this affect your data cap?

 

I don't think they'll have one for these customers.......


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Posted 01 July 2013 - 04:06 PM

Unlike satellite, cable is territorial and the likelihood of Cox offering this, or most any other cable co., as a standalone service is remote.

 

But with this being an IPTV product....the customer wouldn't need to live in a Cox territory. They could just use their existing ISP. Same thing that D* did when they offered NFLST Online to non-D* subscribers.






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