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Welcome to the beginning of the end for pay TV bundles

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“The TV industry’s response has been cautious, licensing live feeds to DISH, SONY and, likely, AAPL for skinny bundle OTT services, but refusing to allow cloud-based DVR functionality,” [Paul Sagawa,Sector & Sovereign Research] wrote. “Trends suggest that online linear TV may prove less than popular. Hub Entertainment Research recently reported that 53% of all US video viewing is time-shifted – DVR, on-demand, or streaming – with millennials even less likely to watch linear TV. TWX and CBS have jumped in with on-demand streaming versions of their premium channels, but at price points too high to encourage cord cutting.” – Zach Epstein, BGR

The pay TV scam that’s hiding in plain sight

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If you have ever subscribed to a cable or satellite TV service, you have undoubtedly looked at the set-top box rental fee on your bill and been filled, at least momentarily, with anger. Not only do you have to pay ridiculous rates to watch TV, you have to pay another $5 or $10 or $15 or even more just to rent the box that lets you watch TV. Make no mistake — this is a scam. – Zach Epstein, BGR

Comcast has created a monster… and its name is Netflix

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A recent study found that Netflix continues to have a huge impact on the pay TV industry as it draws households away from pay TV packages and drives them to cut the cord. According to the study, 9% of Netflix subscribers who currently also pay for cable or satellite TV plan to cancel their pay TV subscriptions in the next year, and another 16% are at least considering cutting the cord. – Zach Epstein, BGR

EFF launches open source site to help you contact Congress, and to hold Congress accountable

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With the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)’ s latest project, the organization has created a new open source tool that makes it easier than ever for Americans to contact their Congressmen and women and make their voices heard. And just as important, the tool will also allow the EFF to hold members of Congress accountable. – Zach Epstein, BGR

WTF of the Week: FCC Commissioner Says People Don’t Need the Internet

It is important to note that Internet access is not a necessity in the day-to-day lives of Americans and doesn’t even come close to the threshold to be considered a basic human right. I am not in any way trying to diminish the significance of the Internet in our daily lives. I recognized earlier how important it may be for individuals and society as a whole. But, people do a disservice by overstating its relevancy or stature in people’s lives. People can and do live without Internet access, and many lead very successful lives. Instead, the term “necessity” should be reserved to those items that humans cannot live without, such as food, shelter, and water. – Michael O’Rielly, FCC via Zach Epstein, BGR

This Is What Life Might Be Like Without Broadband Monopolies

The United Kingdom is apparently a magical land where Scotch eggs can be found on every corner, the Queen’s Guard runs people over, and broadband subscribers actually have options when it comes to choosing a service provider for their home internet. Choices? What on Earth are those?! […] A survey conducted by Cable.co.uk asked people to rate several different factors that impact purchase decisions on a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 is the most important and 1 is the least. Price received an average rating of 8.2 to find its way to the top of the pile, while the existence of usage limits (7.99), data speeds (7.59), contract length (6.98) and voice calling bundles (6.52) rounded out the top five. – Zach Epstein, BGR

The holy grail: Pirate service that streams live TV for free plans to add cloud DVR

In a nutshell, cCloud TV doesn’t host any pirated content. Instead, the service points to publicly available video streams hosted elsewhere on the Internet. It’s unclear whether that explanation will satisfy the companies that own the content cCloud TV helps people stream for free, […] Even more interestingly though, the service’s developers have confirmed that they are working on a cloud-based DVR service that will let users schedule recordings and stream them back at any time. As exciting as this new feature sounds though, it may bring about an entirely new set of legal issues. –Zach Epstein, BGR

Pirate TV service that lets you stream live HBO and more returns after first takedown

[I]f you don’t care about stealing, cCloud TV is a new service that lets users watch live TV from a variety of networks for free. The service launched recently and was made available across a wide range of devices including Windows PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads, Roku boxes and more. Late last week, however, cCloud TV was taken offline for obvious reasons: It facilitates theft. As it turns out though, the service is already back online at a new URL […] The developers behind cCloud TV have said that the new URL [ccloudtv.github.io] is only temporary, and they are currently working on moving the service off of GitHub and onto different cloud-based servers. – Zach Epstein, BGR

Amiduos is a $10 app that lets you run Android on a Windows PC

At just $10, [Amidous] is pretty affordable for a full-featured Android emulator, and it’s based on Android 4.2.2. An update to Android 5.0 Lollipop is due to be released this month, which means you can potentially run a newer version of Android on your Windows PC than the versions found on about 90% of all Android devices. – Zach Epstein, BGR 
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