Comcast treats their customers like shit, and their Internet service clearly throttles certain kinds of traffic from certain companies. Could this have anything to do with the launch of their new Xfinity Online Streaming service, which doesn’t go against your data caps? Possibly. It’s actually quite likely, if you think about it. If you were an automaker who happened to own a highway, it might make sense to let your brand of car drive in the fast lane for free, while competitor’s cars were forced to sit in the toll booth line for hours. All analogies aside, that’s where I’m afraid we’re headed: having the Internet reduced to a crappy bundle of subscription cable channels where companies like Comcast dictate the content. Since I already send Comcast a $50 check every month for access to the Internet, one of humanity’s greatest technological achievements, I would like to decide what content I consume and have all traffic treated the same by Comcast’s network. As a consumer, I don’t really have a choice between competing companies here, so the FCC needs to step in and ensure that all Internet traffic is treated fairly by ISPs. If we’re not careful, dreaded cable company monopolies may someday extend into cyberspace. Now that is a frightening thought.

Comcast is definitely throttling Netflix, and it’s infuriating

He makes a strong case that Comcast is throttling Netflix and it’s just as frustrating and wrong as he says it is.

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Rant: It Would Have Been Cooler If Apple Bought Time Warner Cable

turnstylenews:

Let the record show that I am crazy, and not stupid. There are a jillion reasons why Apple never got into, and was wise to not get into, the competition to take over Time Warner Cable. However there is one goodreason why the alternate reality where they…

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Now we think about the future of the Web, we think it’s going to be the better Web; it’s going to be Web 2.0, but it’s not. It’s going to be as different from the Web as Web was from TV. I think in that next stage it’s also going to be a very frontier-like situation where there is openness; There is lawlessness. There are land grabs; There is a sense in which the great uncertainty and new wealth and the resistance of the established players trying to bend things in their direction. The next step after that will be collapse and consolidation of that frontier.

Kevin Kelly (via azspot)

Stay limber.

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parislemon:


theonion:

Netflix Instant Thinking About Adding Good Movie

"Ted Sandaros":

“We feel the addition of a popular, above-average, well-made film would provide a nice counterbalance to our existing library of poorly received sequels, totally unknown indie dramas from four or five years ago that you’ve never heard of, and horrendous direct-to-DVD horror features.” At press time, Netflix had reportedly abandoned the plan and added Something’s Gotta Give to its streaming library.

Perfect.

parislemon:

theonion:

Netflix Instant Thinking About Adding Good Movie

"Ted Sandaros":

“We feel the addition of a popular, above-average, well-made film would provide a nice counterbalance to our existing library of poorly received sequels, totally unknown indie dramas from four or five years ago that you’ve never heard of, and horrendous direct-to-DVD horror features.” At press time, Netflix had reportedly abandoned the plan and added Something’s Gotta Give to its streaming library.

Perfect.

Starting on January 6, ABC will require viewers to sign in with their cable account information if they want to watch new episodes of the network’s shows online the day after they air on TV.
Bad news for cord cutters: ABC starts restricting access to full TV show episodes — Tech News and Analysis (via infoneer-pulse)

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Gone are the days when a family gathered around their TV on Sunday night to connect with the outside world.

Leaked Facebook Video Ad Pitch Deck Reveals Plans To Steal TV And YouTube Dollars | TechCrunch

Felt so connected to the outside world watching America’s Funniest together as a fam. 

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newyorker:

Steven Beschloss on the history of the remote control: http://nyr.kr/1cqyPmK

“In 1955, Zenith introduced the first true wireless television remote, the Flashmatic. Invented by Eugene Polley, it was able to turn the television on or off, change channels, and mute the sound by flashing a directional light on photoelectric cells at each corner of the screen. … While Zenith assured the public that the remote was ‘absolutely harmless to humans,’ it did have one problem: on bright days, the sunlight sometimes changed the channels.”

Photograph by Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty.

newyorker:

Steven Beschloss on the history of the remote control: http://nyr.kr/1cqyPmK

“In 1955, Zenith introduced the first true wireless television remote, the Flashmatic. Invented by Eugene Polley, it was able to turn the television on or off, change channels, and mute the sound by flashing a directional light on photoelectric cells at each corner of the screen. … While Zenith assured the public that the remote was ‘absolutely harmless to humans,’ it did have one problem: on bright days, the sunlight sometimes changed the channels.”

Photograph by Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty.

thisistheverge:

Sony PS Vita TV review: when game console met set-top box
The PS Vita TV looks an awful lot like Sony’s attempt to preempt that eventuality. Released in Japan this week, it mirrors the Apple TV in many ways: it’s a small, roughly $99 box that repurposes mobile hardware to fit your TV set. But the Vita TV is based on the PS Vita handheld, meaning that it can offer a premium gaming platform in addition to the usual media functionality. Sony has all the pieces of the puzzle here — the games, the controller, the content. 

thisistheverge:

Sony PS Vita TV review: when game console met set-top box

The PS Vita TV looks an awful lot like Sony’s attempt to preempt that eventuality. Released in Japan this week, it mirrors the Apple TV in many ways: it’s a small, roughly $99 box that repurposes mobile hardware to fit your TV set. But the Vita TV is based on the PS Vita handheld, meaning that it can offer a premium gaming platform in addition to the usual media functionality. Sony has all the pieces of the puzzle here — the games, the controller, the content. 

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