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DISH entering home services market slowly but surely

March 4th, 2015

As in the Internet of Everything comes closer and closer with lamps, refrigerators and TVs all connected and sharing data, it’s only natural for the media-first companies to look to dip their toe into this growing sector. Read more

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DISH and Chromecast

March 2nd, 2015

Chromecast opened up its API to third party apps in 2014, and some content providers have created apps that work with Chromecast even if the device does not have native support. Dish has built a seamless app that works natively with Chromecast for the Sling, and for those Chromecast users who might be a little adventurous, there are some alternatives as well. Read more

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REPORT: FCC Net Neutrality measure passes

March 1st, 2015


On Thursday, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) successfully voted on and passed Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposed net neutrality plan, which reclassified broadband Internet connections under Title II of the Communications Act. You can read about Wheeler’s plan in detail here, but long story short, the measure classified large ISPs as “common carriers” and essentially opened up the regulation of the internet as a public utility. Read more

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Sling TV is here: What You Need to Know

February 27th, 2015


Dish’s new offering, the first fully legal over-the-web TV service with ESPN, Sling TV, has finally been launched this month and it’s making quite the stir. While DISH will no doubt be adding features left and right (ESPN3 access was just added, and there are reportedly channels on the way like AMC and EPIX movie channels), let’s take a look at what’s available now. Read more

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FCC set to make Net Neutrality vote tomorrow

February 25th, 2015

fcc-logoFCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan will go before the FCC board on Thursday for a vote on the “net neutrality” measures that have been proposed this month. Wheeler’s plan has been praised as relatively nonpartisan, and it has the support of the Obama administration, in the FCC’s attempt to “reclassify” broadband internet as a Class II utility under the Communications Act, bringing some measures of utility-like oversight by the federal government for broadband networks. Read more

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Whatever happened to that Time Warner / Comcast merger?

February 23rd, 2015


Rarely does Comcast go a week without some sort of negative news, but one bit of press has been consciously absent from the headlines recently, especially when considering how huge of a story this was just 365 days ago: That little merger between Time Warner and Comcast. With the deal clearly stalled in the FCC, and other issues even taking precedence over the deal (Net Neutrality vote this month). Read more

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5 Shows to Watch This Spring

February 20th, 2015


1. Boardwalk Empire (HBO, Sept. 7)

Once positioned as the heir apparent to The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire has never quite managed to match the quality or acclaim of that legendary series — but it has carved out a quality niche of its own. Picking up after last year’s tragic, gruesome season finale, this final season follows Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) as he continues to build a criminal empire in 1920s Atlantic City. Read more

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4K TV appears to still be a work-in-progress

February 17th, 2015

How bad is it? The Verge was recently quoted saying “These companies should stop smoking weed behind the bleachers” after a string of poorly run (and designed) CES 2015 displays.

The 2015 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) was supposed to be a major turning point for the general public toward 4k, but if anything that looks to have backfired as even the big boys like Samsung, Netflix and ISPs like Comcast failed to push through anything that truly interested consumers…at least in terms of pulling their wallets out this season. Read more

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Watch the ICC Cricket World Cup on ESPN in Feb-March

February 16th, 2015


It’s not the world cup you’re used to, but Cricket is certainly huge worldwide, and has been making it to America through British and Indian immigration more and more in recent years. Read more

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Fox absconds with World Cup from ESPN, FIFA holds no bidding

February 13th, 2015

In perhaps the biggest global sporting news of the year, it’s looking like FOX will will continue to hold onto one of ESPN’s top golden gooses, as the News Corp-owned station was awarded the 2026 World Cup this past Wednesday (FOX already held rights to the women’s and men’s cups through 2022). Read more

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