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Silicon Dust To Launch HDHomeRun DVR Software

[U]nlike Tablo, HDHomeRun offers both over-the-air (OTA) and CableCARD tuners… making this a whole lot more versitile for those of us unwilling to cut the cord. Given the sunsetting of Windows Media Center and the hot mess that is Simple.TV (powered by SiliconDust), it’s not so surprising they would venture into software and services to round out their offerings. – Dave Zatz, Zatz Not Funny

7 things to consider before canceling cable

1. There isn’t one perfect alternative. One of the biggest problems with traditional cable subscriptions is bundling — you have no choice but to pay for dozens of channels you never watch just to get the few you want. The ideal alternative would allow you to pick and choose just the channels you want.

The reality is that cutting cable does not eliminate bundling. Whether you switch to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sling TV or any other option, you’ll still pay for shows that go unwatched. Sharon Profis, CNET 

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Discovery Feels Pressure to Adapt to Streaming ‘Skinny Bundles’

U.S. television viewers subscribe on average to about 189 channels even though they watch merely about 17 channels, according to Nielsen. Consumers have long clamored for cheaper, slimmed-down options yet only recently have the economics behind online distribution made sense. […] A lot is at stake with the arrival of the skinny bundle, an effort by media companies to reach consumers in the roughly 10 million U.S. households with high-speed Internet but who have so far chosen to not subscribe to a pay-TV service. Missing out on the skinny-bundle trend would cost Discovery substantial revenue opportunities. – Rebecca McClay, TheStreet