Category Archives: 4. The Future of TV

Where is the industry going, why are people canceling cable and what does the future of TV look like

What is Stadium? (Previously 120 Sports)

Stadium is a Digital Broadcast Network Dedicated to Sports Commentary and News

“Stadium is a multi-platform sports network that brings together exclusive live games, extensive highlights and daily studio programming. Welcome to the Game.”

StadiumWhen it comes to sports news and highlights, the vast majority of sports fans turn to ESPN for their information, but that’s slowly changing. In the quest for a better cable TV alternative, cord cutters have searched for or created their own apps and services that provide the sports news that you desire.

One such app that’s trying to disrupt that paradigm is Stadium, a digital broadcast network dedicated to sports commentary and news; which officially launched on June 25, 2014. Backed by an amalgam of different companies (Time Inc, Sports Illustrated, MLBAM, the NHL, the PGA TOUR, Campus Insiders and Silver Chalice), Stadium has various deals with the different professional sports leagues; which allows it to have access to the highly copyrighted footage that comes from all of America’s favorite games.

What’s on Stadium

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What is Sling TV?

Flexibility, Premium Content, Live TV at a Price we Can Afford

What is Sling TV


We Asked for A La Carte TV, Sling TV Delivered!

What is Sling TV?

So let’s take a deep dive on this question, as I look to provide the most comprehensive post on the topic available. Sling TV is a cord cutter’s dream come true. Starting out at only $20-per-month, Sling TV gives you live streaming access to dozens of different cable channels; including ones that have eluded cord cutters for years, like ESPN and AMC.

Interested already? Keep reading to learn about their 7-day free trial.

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Using Audio Books as a Cable TV Alternative

Audio Books as a Cable TV Alternative

Rethinking What it Means to be a Cable TV Alternative

As great as movies and television shows are, there’s nothing like a good book. With a good imagination and the right combination of words, there’s no limit to where you’ll be able to go. Although it doesn’t quite count as reading, an audio book can be a fantastic way to absorb great literature.

Ever since I purchased my Bluetooth headset (preferred device on Amazon), I’ve been listening to more audio books and podcasts non stop; as I clean the house, exercise, commute to work… I absolutely love it.

Not only can you listen to your favorite novel, but you can also learn about absolutely anything you want.  There are dozens and dozens of books on any topic you choose; and hundreds of podcasts…

Naturally, as a cord cutter, my natural instinct was to seek out the most cost effective way to acquire audio books. Keep reading and Ill show you what I found. Continue reading Using Audio Books as a Cable TV Alternative

Cord-Cutters Speak Out Against Big Cable

Cable TV Executives

A Letter to Cable TV Executives

Back in 2015 I started to ask fellow cordcutters a very simple question that I believe really tells us a lot about how people feel about their cable service.

CordCutters Speak OutThe question I asked was: “If you had a chance to speak to an executive at one of these large cable companies – what would you want them to know?

The responses I have received have been very insightful and I believe paint a clear picture of the change consumers want to see.

For a full list of the tweets used
to compile this list click here

Highest Paid TV Executives

Before we get into what Cord Cutters have to say, lets take a look at a list of the highest paid TV executives as of 2015:

  1. Former Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus
    • Total compensation (2015): $92,300,000
    • Salary: $22,600,000
  2. Comcast CFO Michael Cavanagh
    • Total compensation (2015): $40,646,246
    • Salary: $1,800,000
  3. Comcast CEO Brian Roberts
    • Total compensation (2015): $36,248,269
    • Salary: $2,928,748
  4. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson
    • Total compensation (2015): $25,145,914
    • Salary: $1,741,667
  5. Former Cablevision CEO James Dolan
    • Total compensation (2015): $24,574,453
    • Salary: $2,000,000
  6. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam
    • Total compensation (2015): $18,343,660
    • Salary: $1,661,538
  7. Charter CEO Tom Rutledge
    • Total compensation (2015): $16,361,387
    • Salary: $2,000,000
  8. AT&T Entertainment Group CEO John Stankey
    • Total compensation (2015): $10,040,810
    • Salary: $941,667

Cord Cutters Speak Up

Below is a list of my favorite responses over the last 2 years – in chronological order:

25 Apr 2015
That overselling their systems, not having the tech backup to actually service subscribers, is what kills them.

 25 Apr 2015
They need to give their customers what they want. Affordable service because their real competitors are

25 Apr 2015
Do you honestly believe bits are a limited commodity and that data caps make sense?

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What we learned from 2015 Stream Con

Stream Con is a three-day digital content and creator convention celebrating digital content and online video!

Stream Con

The digital revolution has brought us so many advances in the last decade that sometimes it’s hard to digest all the change. One of the biggest changes to our society has been the rise of online streaming, which has revolutionized the way we consume media and information.

In years past broadcast giants like ABC or NBC held the keys to a vast audience of millions of Americans, but now teenagers with a webcam and an idea can captivate the country by making a video and posting onto YouTube.

Most recently in New York, a gathering of YouTube/social media stars and fans commingled in a crowded convention center for the inaugural Stream Con; and here are a few takeaways: Continue reading What we learned from 2015 Stream Con

What is the “Netflix Tax”?

What are the implications of implementing an amusement tax on online services?

What kind of precedent does it set?

Netflix Tax

Earlier in the summer, it was announced that Chicago would implement an amusement tax on online services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Spotify; which was set at nine percent. The tax was levied to help pay serious budget shortfalls in the Chicago municipal government. Continue reading What is the “Netflix Tax”?

Let’s Take a Look at Channel Master DVR+


A DVR with free Over the Air TV Listings

Although cutting the cord gives you greater freedom and is far less expensive than cable you also lose the comfort of certain services and devices; like the channel guide and DVR.

Even the fiercest of cord cutters have to admit that being able to record live TV is pretty darn convenience. But what most cord cutters are not aware of is that there are a ton of third party DVRs and channel guides on the market that don’t require a cable television subscription.

One of the more interesting DVRs on the market is the DVR+ made by Channel Master. Unlike other DVRs on the market, the DVR+ requires no monthly subscription fee. All content is saved to an internal hard drive instead of cloud storage; which means you won’t be cut off from your content should your internet connection fail.

How much does Channel Master DVR+ cost?

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What is Net Neutrality?

Why Cord Cutters and Internet Lovers alike need to Fight for Net Neutrality

net-neutrality-100245449-largeAn issue in the news recently that I think bears addressing is Net Neutrality. If you’re a little confused about what that term means; don’t feel bad. There is a lot of vested interest when it comes to the issue of Net Neutrality, which consequently leads a lot of interpretations of what that term means.

Essentially, Net Neutrality is the concept that all information shared over the internet deserves to be treated equally and that no corporation or government has the right to deliberately slow down that data.

Video Streaming

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