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Believe it or not, everyone still hates cable companies and ISPs

Why Are Cable Companies So Bad
We probably didn't need a survey to confirm this, but the 10,000 consumers polled for the 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings agree that TV and internet service providers are the most hated industries in the United States.

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Jacob Siegal

May 26th

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Comcast is using a lame excuse to avoid competition for cable boxes

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Cable boxes are one of the biggest money sucks in pay TV (and when we're talking about an industry that charges you money to watch ads, that's a serious statement). The FCC has voted on a plan to open up the cable box market to competition, which would allow you to buy your own, technologically advanced box, rather than renting forever from your cable company. Cable companies make $20 billion a year from rental fees, so would you like to guess how enthusiastic Comcast is about the new plan?

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Chris Mills

May 17th

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ISPs’ latest dirty trick is removing data caps if you pay for TV

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Cable companies that have long milked cable subscriptions for profit are worried about how they're going to replace that cash among new generations of cable-cutters. But maybe, just maybe, they won't have to. DSL Reports has spotted a trend among ISPs that at first glance, looks pretty good: AT&T and Bend will both remove their broadband caps if users also bundle TV and home phone. It looks like a deal for customers -- no fee to remove data caps! -- but really, it's an out-and-out money grab.

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Chris Mills

May 13th

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Netflix’s popularity among young and older viewers continues to rise

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The rising popularity of Netflix represents a two-pronged threat to the cable industry. On one hand, cable companies need to keep subscribers who pay upwards of $100/month happy enough to keep them from cutting the cord completely. Additionally, cable companies need to figure out ways to bring new subscribers into the fold.

On the first front, the cable industry is doing alright. While the cord cutting phenomenon is very real, its impact, at least not yet, isn't as severe as initially believed. As we reported earlier in the week, the rate of cable subscribers cutting the cord has noticeably slowed down as of late.

On the second front, well, this is where the true challenge lies.

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Yoni Heisler

March 12th

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Netflix’s popularity among young and older viewers continues to rise

Netflix Subscriptions

The rising popularity of Netflix represents a two-pronged threat to the cable industry. On one hand, cable companies need to keep subscribers who pay upwards of $100/month happy enough to keep them from cutting the cord completely. Additionally, cable companies need to figure out ways to bring new subscribers into the fold.

On the first front, the cable industry is doing alright. While the cord cutting phenomenon is very real, its impact, at least not yet, isn't as severe as initially believed. As we reported earlier in the week, the rate of cable subscribers cutting the cord has noticeably slowed down as of late.

On the second front, well, this is where the true challenge lies.

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Yoni Heisler

March 12th

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Another reason to cut the cord: Cost of cable is increasing much faster than inflation

Price Of Cable

While services like Netflix and Hulu have made accessing media content more affordable than ever before, the price of cable, somewhat curiously, has continued to rise to unprecedented heights. Not too long ago, a study revealed that the average monthly cost of cable now stands at about $99, a figure which is 39% higher than in 2010.

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Yoni Heisler

February 17th

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Phone and cable companies have been ripping you off for years – here’s how to strike back

How To Lower Phone Cable Bills

Your phone and cable company could charge you a lot less than they do right now and still make a healthy profit. We know this because whenever you call up and threaten to cancel your service because it's too expensive, they almost always offer you a better deal immediately. However, haggling with your phone or cable company for lower prices takes time and patience, which is why I was intrigued to see The New York Times' new report on a company called BillFixers that does all the hard work for you in exchange for taking half of the yearly savings you get.

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Brad Reed

February 9th

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The Unlikely Origins of Deadpool, The X-Men Character Who Conquered All Media

Deadpool wasn’t always a comics (and movie, and video game) superstar. The Merc with a Mouth started out much smaller, as a supporting character in one of the many X-Men comic books. We talked to the people who created and shaped him, to find out how Deadpool conquered the universe.

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February 9th

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Moxiware offers first elegant, upright Apple Pencil charging dock

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Accessory maker Moxiware is the first out of the gate with a dock for the new Apple Pencil stylus that launched today alongside Apple’s larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Apple Pencil, Apple’s first stylus launching today as a companion accessory for the new iPad Pro, charges using a built-in Lightning connector. But having the Pencil sticking out of the bottom of your iPad or lying flat on the floor or a desk with the included adapter isn’t ideal. Moxiware’s dock, however, allows the Pencil to stand upright while charging, not unlike a traditional pen stand.

As is the case with most early docks for new Apple products, this one doesn’t appear to include an integrated Lightning cable meaning customers will have to supply their own and snake it through the base.

It’s available in 4 models: aluminum and wood finishes in either a cone shape or a cylinder shape with an extra pen slot.

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The Moxiware Apple Pencil charging dock is available to order now from the company’s website with shipping schedule to start in December. The dock costs $30 + $6.95 shipping worldwide.

The iPad Pro officially went on sale today online in 40 initial launch countries with the device scheduled for shipping to customers as early as Friday. Some Apple retail stores are also reporting having stock of the new device today, while accessories for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard companion accessories are shipping in 5-7 days at the time of writing.

Check out our roundup of the best iPad Pro cases, covers, keyboards, and other accessories here.


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November 11th

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Time Warner Cable Is Trialling Roku in Place of Cable Boxes

Time Warner Cable has announced that it’s going to perform a trial run in which it will allow customers in New York City and New Jersey to use a Roku instead of its usual cable box.

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Jamie Condliffe

November 10th

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