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150,000 Cable Subscribers Cut The Cord Last Quarter

A report released Friday by the Leichtman Research Group says the 13 largest pay-TV providers — a group that includes companies like Time Warner Cable, Comcast and DirecTV — shed about 150,000 video subscribers in the most recent quarter, compared to just 25,000 in the same period last year. The Leichtman Research Group said this was a greater net loss of subscribers than in any third quarter going back to at least 2002, when the company was founded. To date, the greatest single-quarter loss the company has seen was a net drop of 350,000 subscribers in the second quarter of 2013. […] Statistics from earlier this year suggest that Hulu and Netflix may be eating cable providers’ lunch, and a study recently cited by Variety showed that the number of U.S. customers who say they’re planning to cancel their pay-TV plans is up from what it was a year ago — albeit only slightly. Quartz recently cited 2013 data suggesting that pay-TV subscriptions may have peaked in 2012. – Damon Beres,HuffPost Tech
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Watch The First Teaser For Coach Taylor’s New Netflix Show

From “Damages” creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler comes your next favorite Netflix obsession: “Bloodline.” Set to debut in March of next year, the new series stars Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn (Jessa’s dad on “Girls”), Linda Cardellini, Sam Shepard, Sissy Spacek and Norbert Leo Butz, among other famous faces. “When the black sheep son of a respected family threatens to expose dark secrets from their past, sibling loyalties are put to the test,” – Christopher Rosen,HuffPost Tech 

HBO Streaming Announcement Sends Netflix Stock Tumbling

On Wednesday, HBO announced it will offer a standalone streaming service that will let you watch the network’s programming without a cable subscription. The news sent Netflix stock tumbling […] Though the stock rallied a bit after an initial drop, it was still down 3 percent to $435.63 at around 12:30 p.m. Time Warner Inc., HBO’s parent, was up nearly 2.5 percent to $72.39. By 2:45 p.m., Netflix’s stock price had recovered somewhat, back up to $441.75. HBO’s announcement comes on the same day that Netflix is expected to announce its quarterly earnings and seems timed to poke at the streaming company. – Emily Cohn,HuffPost Tech
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Martin O’Malley Believes Wi-Fi Access Is A ‘Human Right’

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said “Wi-Fi is a human right” while comparing the generational differences between baby boomers and young people. […] “Younger people are choosing to live in cities,” […]. “They realize that connections to each other are making us better. That Wi-Fi is a human right. That proximity is important to entrepreneurship, access to capital and talent and diversity. There is an opportunity there for us as a nation to embrace that new perspective.” O’Malley is rumored to be laying the groundwork for a 2016 presidential campaign. – Amber Ferguson,HuffPost Tech
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You May Soon Be Able To Get HBO Without Paying For Cable

As of now, people who don’t have cable but want to watch “Game of Thrones” or “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ have to either buy a cable package or borrow a login to HBO Go, the channel’s streaming service, from another customer. But [Jeff Bewkes,TWC], seemed to imply there may come a time when cord-cutting customers will able to buy a subscription to HBO Go the same way they buy a Netflix membership, without having to pay for TV channels or a cable modem at the same time. […] “[It] is becoming more viable, more interesting,” Bewkes said at the conference. “We’re seriously considering what is the best way to deal with online distribution, but I don’t have anything to announce about it today.” […] Right now, HBO’s deals with pay-TV providers remain lucrative. And if people can get HBO without cable, they may buy only Internet and downgrade their cable packages. – Alexander C. Kaufman,HuffPost Tech
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The Battle Between HBO And Netflix Just Got Real

HBO got 99 of the Emmy nominations announced on Thursday, the 14th year in a row the cable network has gotten more nods than any of its rivals. […] But Netflix garnered 31 nominations more than doubling last year’s haul of 14. That puts Netflix at 7th on the list of networks getting nominations, but it is climbing up the ranks quickly. And the networks ahead of it are all “real” TV networks like CBS and ABC. Their nomination tallies aren’t growing as fast. – Alexis Kleinman, HuffPost Tech http://ift.tt/1rYhjRq

Silicon Valley: Stop The Huge Comcast Merger

In a letter to Sen. Al Franken, Ed Black, president of the Computer & Communications Industry Association, noted that the two companies not only provide Internet and cable service, but also large amounts of video content. If they are allowed to merge, Comcast “would be in a better position to discriminate against online websites and services that threaten its legacy cable business,” Black wrote in a letter Monday responding to questions from Franken, who also opposes the merger. – HuffPost Tech http://ift.tt/1qtyl6w

After 2018, Your PC Won’t Be The Main Way We Get Online

“There is a transition happening,” Shruti Jain, a senior analyst at Cisco, wrote in an email. “With the increase in the number of devices with more computing power and features … we see that there is a real momentum towards increased use of internet time on portable and other non-PC devices in general, away from PCs. ” – Timothy Stenovec, HuffPost Tech http://ift.tt/1uRByPL