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  • Oct 26th, 2018 @ 5:07am

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    First of all, the manufactures will negotiate that price with Google down to nothing. It is basically a Google Apps MSRP. So NOBODY will have to pay more for their phone.
    Secondly, I read somewhere that Google does referral deals on search, so any manufacturer who wants the "payola style" kickback on search revenue will "pay" google to install the apps and include chrome and search.
    The end result is nothing more than a few extra contract terms between Google and Samsung/LG/Huawei etc.

  • Apr 25th, 2018 @ 6:19am

    Re: Re:

    Hmmm. Let me think about these other services I may be forgetting....

    CBS online? Nope, I get CBS with PS Vue.
    Hulu? Nope, I already get all the networks with PS Vue.
    Netflix? I was already paying for that with cable.
    Amazon? I have had Prime for years and never watch video.

    I can't even think of another streaming service, let alone one I need to pay for!

  • Apr 25th, 2018 @ 6:16am

    Re: Re:

    To be fair, my internet rate will go to either $54.99 or $59.99 in a year or two (I don't remember). I'll just cancel and re-join under my name like I did with my wife's name to get this "new customer deal". Even if I didn't bother I would still save over $70 a month.

    Of course, Verizon and Comcast will probably jack their rates even higher as more people do the same thing....you know, instead of just reducing their outrageous "triple play" rates.

    Seriously, if Verizon and Comcast just sold their triple play packages for $100/mo and didn't have the absurd box rentals and other BS fees they wouldn't have to worry about this.

  • Apr 24th, 2018 @ 6:56am

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    I'm so tired of the "cutting cable doesn't save money" claim. I save over $90/mo and I think I lost 1 channel that I obviously didn't care that much about since I don't remember what channel it was!

    My last cable/phone/internet bill was $180.37

    My current bill:
    PS Vue TV: $44.99/mo
    Verizon FioS 100/100 service: $39.99/mo
    VOIP.ms Phone Service: ~ $2.80/mo

    Total monthly cost: $87.88
    Total monthly savings: $92.49

    Upfront costs
    Linksys VOIP adapter: $28.00
    Roku Premiere+: $49.99
    Roku Streaming Stick+: $49.99

    Total upfront costs: $127.98

    Time to break even on upfront expenses: 42 days.

  • Jan 30th, 2018 @ 10:01am

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    We recently "thinned" our cord. We were paying $180/mo for phone, internet, 3 TV's with a mid tier package, no premiums, and DVR. We bought two Rokus for $100, went internet only for $40 and PS Vue for $45. We lost 2 channels we watch, one of which I can stream online.

    So $95/ month is not saving money????

  • Dec 11th, 2017 @ 5:45am


    I came here to post the same thing. Jail the commissioner if he doesn't provide the information required. Then the next day jail the NYPDs #2. And so on down the line until the information is released. I mean, it's a win even if the info never gets released and the whole NYPD brass ends up in jail.

  • Dec 8th, 2017 @ 1:10pm

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    We just cut the cord last week. I'm a 40-something living in my own house with a wife and 3 kids. Paying $180/mo for internet/phone/TV was just absurd. Probably $40 was BS fees and box rentals. Dropped to a 100/100 internet only plan plus PS Vue TV. Picked up a couple of Roku's on Black Friday and we are all set. $100 up front equipment cost and $40/mo internet and $45/ Vue TV. We will save $100/month and not really lose anything of note. Maybe comedy Central and another non-critical channel. So far so good.

  • Sep 15th, 2017 @ 6:00am

    Usually I agree with your analysis....

    But not this time. I thought it was a clever and humorous approach to addressing people illegally downloading a show on Netflix. I think you are overreacting to this.

  • Jul 7th, 2017 @ 6:54am

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    Who the F*** is going to voluntarily pay MORE for cable? That's a F-ing insane plan to propose when your very customers are leaving cable because of the pricing. Why not come up with a better non-cable alternative option instead. Even offer that service to people who pay for an app option. But not ON TOP of cable TV.

    I'll be watching TWD without commercials and I'll do it for free. My DVR records it and I wait about 30 minutes into the show to start watching. I skip all the commercials with a couple of remote clicks and finish watching at the same exact time. Plus I had 25 or so minutes of extra time.

  • Jul 7th, 2017 @ 6:48am

    Re: Alternate

    I just looked into this and found out it's been discontinued! (The will sell you the Ininitv but the echos that you need for each tv have been discontinued) I thought I had found a solution to my absurd cable bills....but alas Microsoft has killed that dream by eliminating media server after windows 8.

  • Jun 1st, 2017 @ 10:19am

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    He said bumptious

    he he.

  • Apr 27th, 2017 @ 8:13am

    I want to cut the cord!

    I want to be a 25%-er! YouTube TV is almost ready for me to make the move. As soon as they integrate it into something besides a Chromecast (like a Roku) that allows me to use a remote control and increase concurrent users to more than 3, I'm there. It has everything I need. 90% of the "TV" watched in my household is my kids on Netflix. The remaining 10% is a mix of network and popular cable channels. If I could get it all on one "box" that I don't have to "rent" every month, the savings would be significant. Even after switching to a jacked up rate for 'broadband only' I'd still save money. I probably have to switch from Verizon to Comcast (or at least pretend to) in order to get a reasonable 'customer rate', but it will be worth it.

  • Mar 27th, 2017 @ 3:45pm

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    > Holding an officer accountable for rights violations is almost impossible. Those who've obtained settlements might receive something to help with medical/funeral bills and the feeling they might have made a small, positive difference.

    Let's not leave out the fact that none of that settlement money comes out of the officer's pocket...it is all paid by the citizen taxpayers. So, we all get to pay the continued salaries of these bad cops and their benefits and pensions, and on top of that, hundreds of thousands of dollars or more in settlement money each year. Great.

  • Feb 18th, 2017 @ 12:04pm

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    Just ordered a Techdirt tee. Keep up the good work!

  • Feb 13th, 2017 @ 9:50am

    Re: Gotta love those checks and balances

    Agreed. Why exactly does his veto block this becoming law for the "foreseeable future"? If it was passed unanimously, why wouldn't the legislature simply vote to override the veto?

  • Jan 26th, 2017 @ 7:30am


    (By costs I meant cost to consumers)

  • Jan 26th, 2017 @ 7:27am

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    Well, on the bright side this will allow the cable industry to continue on the path to its own demise. Opening up the cable box may have actually been beneficial to the cable industry in the long run by lowering costs and improving service.

  • Nov 22nd, 2016 @ 12:27pm

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    What I don't understand is, how these online "news-type" organizations plan to survive by driving away views? Want to comment on an article on our site? Oh, go to a third party service and let them make money off of our audience. They can't be that blind can they?

  • Oct 7th, 2016 @ 6:53am


    That was too easy....

  • Aug 25th, 2016 @ 9:32am

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    NBC is awful. Their coverage is awful. The volume of commercials is awful. The volume of boring background fluff pieces is awful. Everything they do is awful.

    I'm not that into the Olympics but if I was bored and there was nothing on I'd TRY to watch some of it....but it was nearly impossible. SOOOOO many commercials, so many "coming up next" lies....followed by more commercials, then a 30 second clip of some athletes....then more commercials. Then I turned off the TV.

    My wife who really likes to watch gymnastics even got to the point where she stopped watching because the events were long since decided, the results were everywhere online, and she didn't want to stay up until 11pm to see an event where she already knew what happened. Maybe if they aired popular events on delay at 8pm it wouldn't be SO bad....but to try to force people to sit through a whole night full of commercials to see what they want at 11pm is ridiculous.

    We aren't millenials. We're 40-somethings. And we pay for cable. And we weren't watching.

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