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Tablo Commercial Skip Exits Beta With $2 Monthly Fee

Assuming you’ve read the headline, you already know one of our favorite OTA DVR offerings will be making commercial skip available for $2/mo (or $20/yr) as part of a new “Tablo Premium” service. – Dave Zatz, Zatz Not Funny » https://ift.tt/2NaGjVQ [photo: Tablo]

Comcast’s “free” streaming box actually requires an additional $13 / month fee

The $13-per-month rental fee for the xFi Gateway is a complete rip-off that Comcast (like other internet providers) pushes on its subscribers because people generally don’t know there’s an alternative. Instead of paying Comcast an additional $13 per month in perpetuity, you can instead buy a modem and router outright. By doing so, you’ll likely make up the upfront costs after a year, maybe two if you go for higher-end options. Once it’s paid off, you’ll be saving the $156 per year that you’re paying just to have a box sit in your house. – Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge » https://ift.tt/2JiUVjY

Charter Saddles ‘$20’ Streaming Service With $6 in Bogus Fees

[W]hile Spectrum Stream is advertised at $20 per month, Charter Communications tacks on a fairly-massive (and sure to increase) $6 per month “broadcast TV fee.” And while that sounds like a sensible charge, we’ve been noting for some time how broadcast TV fees are just a clever way for the cable industry to covertly jack up the price of advertised rates post-sale. To create the broadcast TV fee, cable providers simply take some of the cost of programming and bury it below the line. – Karl Bode, DSL Reports http://ift.tt/2ueR3ts

New Jersey Investigating Comcast’s Use Of HD Fee To Raise Basic Cable Rates

Ultimately, the question is whether or not these fees count as rate hikes — not just for customers with the lowest-cost tiers, but for all pay-TV subscribers. Comcast maintains that the HD Tech Fee is simply a surcharge for customers who “possess High Definition equipment to enable access to high definition service.” Almost all cable channels now readily available in HD; manufacturers aren’t really making standard-definition TV sets or anymore, and you don’t see set-top box makers pumping out brand new SD receivers. – Chris Morran, Consumerist

Here is One More Reason to Stop Renting Your Modem

You may already know you are renting your modem for about $10 a month, or $120 a year, but you may not know there is an additional hidden fee… So not only are you renting that modem but many states tax such rentals. In Texas you would see an additional $2 a month tax on the modem you are renting. – Cord Cutters News

Groups Ask FCC To Reform Set-Top Box Market, Say New Rules Could Save Consumers Billions Every Year

While the cable industry hasn’t fessed up to how much it makes leasing set-top boxes to their customers, in July, lawmakers crunched some numbers and found that it could be a $20 billion industry, with consumers paying up to $232 every year on that equipment. [The Consumer Federation of America and Public Knowledge] are now asking the Federal Communications Commission to begin a rulemaking proceeding to reform the video set-top box market, saying cable and pay-TV companies are overcharging consumers by $6 billion to $14 billion annually. – Mary Beth Quirk, The Consumerist

Patent pool wants payment for streaming video

photo: Mike Snider, USA TODAY

A group of companies — expected to be among them are GE, Technicolor, Dolby, Philips, and Mitsubishi Electric — that hold patents for next generation video compression technology want to change the compensation model for such patents. […] H.265 is the successor to H.264, also known as Advanced Video Coding, widely used for HDTV and Blu-ray Discs. Already used in some devices, H.265 delivers improved video using less data, making it ideal for smartphones, tablets and Net-streamed video. – Mike Snider, USA TODAY

Subscription BBC proposal for the long term

photo: Broadband TV News

A hybrid license fee and subscription model is one of the options under consideration for the future funding of the BBC. […] Part of the reforms would be a closing of the so-called ‘iPlayer loophole’ that allows viewers to download or view catch up content without a television license. There is concern that BBC income might fall as more viewers switch to online viewing alone. Another issue here is that devices used for online reception might be easier to conceal than the traditional TV set. – Julian Clover, Broadband TV News  

Which TV channels profit the most from your cable bill?

photo: BGR

ESPN nets the most cash from cable subscribers every month. Previous reports have indicated that ESPN receives approximately $4 from every cable bill, a rather sizable chunk given the vast number of channels that typically come with even the most basic of cable packages. Following way behind are TNT, Disney, Fox News, and USA Network. – Yoni Heisler, BGR
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