Items tagged with cable

A recent survey may serve as a wakeup call to broadcast networks and cable companies that their subscriber base may soon be slipping away. According to a Credit Suisse survey, approximately 30 percent of Netflix users between the ages of 18 and 24 are using Netflix's Watch Instantly service to watch TV and movies instead of paying for cable or satellite TV service. The survey also revealed that 37 percent of Netflix subscribers between the ages of 25 and 34 are doing the same. “Netflix’s low cost, subscription streaming service (with improving content) is our biggest worry and could become ‘good enough’ for consumers with moderate income and TV usage to use as a substitute... Read more...
You may assume that you have no real reason to thank Finland today, but you do. If you're an avid Internet user, you owe the first nation to make broadband service a basic right a great deal of gratitude, because without them being first, there's no telling how long it would've taken for some other country to finally pull the trigger. That's right: while America tries to figure out how to get broadband into rural areas, Finland is moving forward with a far bolder plan that involves giving broadband access to every single citizen. Obviously, this is a huge undertaking, and it'll involve a great deal of spending in order to make it a reality. The move makes Finland the first nation on the planet... Read more...
There's still quite a lot of mystery surrounding Pretec's latest adapter, but the claims are impossible to overlook. The company's new H220 Intellicable doesn't look like much more than a typical USB extension plug. It's not very bulky, there aren't any foreign parts. So, what makes it so special? The software that's bundled with it, according to Pretec. The peripheral is designed to work with most popular mobile phones, with 2G, 3G and 3.5G phones supported. What you're supposed to be able to do is simply plug your mobile phone into your laptop or desktop via this cable, and instantly tether your mobile Internet. In other words, you should be able to channel your mobile Internet through your... Read more...
Do you watch TV online? Even occasionally? All the time? If you're reading this now, there's a better than average chance that you have consumed at least one or two television shows in your lifetime online, and that number is growing fast. More and more people are looking to the Internet to get their entertainment fix, and the reasons are numerous. First, the Internet is more convenient. It's almost everywhere, whereas your 56" HDTV is understandably fixed in your living room. The second reason is cost: watching shows online requires only that you watch ads, whereas cable, satellite and other pay-TV options continue to get more and more expensive.One area that pay-TV companies seem to ignore... Read more...
SuperSpeed USB is finally here, and while it's not going anywhere fast, it's also not exploding into the market place at a rapid pace. As with any brand new technology, it takes awhile for companies and consumers to let go of what's familiar and embrace something different, particularly when there are incompatibilities involved.USB 3.0 is a fantastic upgrade to a globally famous standard, and while USB 2.0 products will work with USB 3.0 sockets at the slower speed, users will need actual USB 3.0 ports in order to make the most of any external hard drive or other USB 3.0 peripheral that they may purchase over the next few months and years. Belkin, which knows a thing or two about making accessories,... Read more...
Accessories aren't usually able to grab our interest unless they really do something that hasn't been done before, but the new Cable Caps definitely have our eyes. Considering just how many USB peripherals we encounter on a daily basis, there's something special here that really connects to our daily experiences. These community developed covers help to protect, organize and add style to your every day USB cords. Put simply, they are designed to "help you protect the male end of any USB cable when not in use." These also help to put varying faces on different cables, and if you're memory is sharp, you'll be able to associate a cable head with a purpose. The top portion of each Cable Cap is a... Read more...
It has probably happened to you if you've ever owned a desktop LCD or desktop tower: the curse of the not-quite-long-enough extension cable. It's pretty difficult to move a whole desk once you've got it set in place within your home, but adding an extension cord doesn't take much effort at all. The only problem is that a bright orange extension cable is generally an unsightly mess when ran within the home, and we guess this whole quandary is exactly what inspired Meysam Movahedi to create the concept he did. The Ramber Socket is a new twist on an old product: the typical AC wall outlet. Rather than simply allowing a socket to connect, this device has an in-wall box that contains 1.5 meters of... Read more...
As promised, Comcast's online television experiment is rolling out across the nation, part of the industry-wide TV Everywhere initiative designed to keep cable companies relevant in a Web 2.0 world.Fancast Xfinity TV, as it's called, allows Comcast subscribers to legally watch certain shows online for the first time. For the time being, it's available only to customers who subscribe to both the company's digital cable and Internet services. Within about six months, it should be available to all cable subscribers, Comcast Interactive President Amy Banse told Reuters.About 30 networks including HBO, Showtime, TNT and AMC are allowing the company to provide access to their shows, though it's up... Read more...
What a couple of years it has been for Boxee. Granted, 2008 and 2009 hasn't been the easiest years for startups to gain funding and solicit business, but somehow Boxee has struck a chord with consumers. It just so happened to surface at the right time in order to take the world by storm, and by and large it has yet to let go. It's a simple concept--a software portal that enables PC users to easily surf to their favorite Web-based content. Think of it as a DVR guide, but instead of working with hundreds of cable channels, it sifts through dozens of Internet channels. And considering that the vast majority of Web content is still free (though laden with advertising), it's no surprise that consumers... Read more...
Time Warner Cable Inc. is bringing its customers into its battle over programming fees it pays to stations to carry their signals on its systems.The company - the nation's second-largest cable TV operator - began asking its subscribers this week to vote on whether it should "roll over" or "get tough" in negotiations with the networks. It claims it will use the survey results when officials sit down at the table with the stations whose contracts are up this year. Those networks include The Weather Channel; some News Corp. stations, including the FX channel, which carries such hits as "Damages"; some cable channels owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, which owns Food Network and HGTV; and several... Read more...
Boxee has been on a wild, wild ride since debuting to the world last year, and for those looking for new ways to catch more content online, it has become the go-too application. And while it has certainly taken off, there's still lots of room to grow. One of the main reasons that it has yet to become a household name outside of the tech community is the need to have a full fledged PC to run it. And unless you're looking to hook up a media PC/HTPC in your den, you're probably not going to see Boxee in your living room. At least, that was the case up until this week. Out of nowhere, Boxee announced that it has located its first-ever hardware partner, which basically means that some sort of Boxee... Read more...
The long-discussed Comcast online television experiment will launch before year's end, allowing viewers to — legally — watch certain shows online for the first time. A couple dozen networks - including HBO, Showtime, TNT and AMC - have agreed to allow Comcast to provide access to their most popular television shows online to existing cable company subscribers. Time Warner is said to be next in line, if the Comcast experiment works out, and it's possible the move will extend beyond subscribers once the kinks are worked out. It's up to the individual networks to decide how much of their content is available online. For example, HBO could release all seasons of "True Blood," while AMC might decide... Read more...
You've heard horror stories from your pals who attempted to handle data migration processes on their own, and you're scared to death to make the leap to Windows 7. Thankfully, Belkin knows just what a tough spot you're in, and it has devised a dedicated cable to solve the problem that worries you most: upgrading. Of note, this cable won't do you any good if you're planning to upgrade your existing machine from Windows XP/Vista to Windows 7, but if you're putting together an all new rig and would like to migrate your data and settings over to the fresh rig, this should make your life a lot easier. We'll confess--the Easy Transfer Cable for Windows 7 seems a bit unnecessary, but then again, we're... Read more...
Comcast plans to take its television on demand feature one step further:  to your mobile devices.The U.S. cable company recently started offering wireless Internet service in some cities, jointly with Clearwire Corp., using WiMax technology. It has its sights squarely set on mobile phone/data providers, such as AT&T and Verizon, it appears, saying it is looking to add a "voice option" to that service, which could mean you could get your cable, wireless Internet and phone service (using VOIP, it would appear) on one bill.Comcast already offers a home Internet package, in addition to the cable service, and this summer announced it would start offering shows On Demand via the Internet,... Read more...
First ... Prev 3 4 5 6 7 Next