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To Renew or Not Renew the Triple Play?

December 4, 2014
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To Renew or Not Renew the Triple Play?

Winter is coming as is the end of my Verizon FIOS two year contract for TV, Internet and phone aka the Triple Play. Recently, in the mail, I received an offer reserved for Verizon’s “best customers” as did a number of other folks as reported on DSL Reports. The deal offers a two year contract...

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Is Netflix Super HD Video, Super for Customers?

January 13, 2013
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Is Netflix Super HD Video, Super for Customers?

Netflix recently two major changes to how it streams video to customers. First, Netflix video streams are more efficient and require less bandwidth. Second, Netflix is now offering a new higher quality 1080P video stream called “Super HD”. When the more efficient video streams appeared, it allowed for the delivery of 1080P video to households...

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TiVo’s Xfinity On Demand Launching in the Hub

June 7, 2012
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TiVo’s Xfinity On Demand Launching in the Hub

While I’m not a Comcast customer, I would be remiss not to write about a story involving both TiVo and Boston (the Hub) given the name of this blog. Starting today, TiVo is pushing out a software update to enable access to Xfinity On-Demand for Comcast customers. On-Demand content can be browsed or found...

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CableCARD Trials and Tribulations

February 10, 2012
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While in the works for some time, the FCC’s proposed change to encrypt all cable service is getting some attention again. Boxee recently posted a strongly worded note asserting that the encryption rule is anti-consumer. Given all this, I thought it was appropriate to share a cautionary tale about the CableCARD standard and how it’s...

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Content, Cost and Convenience Will Win the Digital Video War

September 28, 2011
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To start off, this is one of the most challenging pieces I’ve written for Tech of the Hub. Every time I start to write this piece, there’s another announcement or change in the market. Maybe that’s why I enjoy writing about this area so much. Every day is a new day! So, before things change again…...

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FIOS is here and there is no looking back

September 16, 2010
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FIOS is here and there is no looking back

My FIOS install was successfully completed.  As other folks have chronicled, the install takes a long time.   It took over six hours for all three services: Internet, TV and phone.   I’ve had FIOS for a couple of weeks now and I am very happy with the results. The actual install process was...

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Goodbye Comcast, Hello FIOS and the Kitchen Sink

August 18, 2010
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I recently called Comcast to see if they would meet Verizon’s FIOS deal and the answer was no!  FIOS had recently upped the ante.  Verizon now offers their $89 a month package deal for 24 months with a contract (12 mos. without a contract).  Even with paying for their set top box after the...

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TiVo Versus Windows Media Center

August 6, 2010
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TiVo Versus Windows Media Center

Engadget recently posted a comparison between the TiVo Premier and Windows Media Center.  The side by side was very thorough with the slight victory handed to Windows Media Center.  However, if you are looking for something that’s easy to setup and use, they recommend the latest TiVo.  For me, TiVo is the clear winner...

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DVR Roundup

July 15, 2010
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There’s been a lot happening lately in the world of digital video recorders (DVRs).  Here’s the roundup: GeneralSony, TiVo, NCTA and others chime in on CableCARD’s replacement.  Don’t hold your breath for a cable card replacement. TiVoTiVo Supplies Software Update for Stability A simliar story also ran in May.RCN offers TiVo Premiere in Boston; Philadelphia,...

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Time to Switch From Comcast to FIOS? This is BIG!

July 9, 2010
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Looking at the monthly cable bill, I realize that we are paying too much.  About $160 a month for Comcast’s phone, HD cable and high speed Internet.  Is it time for FIOS? After going through their on-line tools, it appears they are about the same cost for a new subscriber.   Before taxes, $3,060...

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