Chord Cutters Heaven

Early adopter Chord Cutters are finally being rewarded with mainstream providers like HBO planning to launch major packages exclusively for Internet during 2015. The momentum for streaming Internet content is being driven by the upsurge in mobile usage and the users desire to watch quality production where and when they want without the dreaded umbilical like cable connection. It is expected that 2015 will be the turning point where the content distribution model for the major providers will include streaming Internet product as standard and opens the door for “chord-less” global distribution outside the syndicated cable model. Although HBO has not released pricing as yet, it is expected that the reach and potential take-up of this and similar offerings from competitors will keep prices low.

There is some evidence that the chord cutter practice of sourcing and streaming selected content over the Internet is making a dent in the take-up of standard cable services so do not be surprised if Comcast and others come to the party with their own internet offerings – after all you can only swim against the tide for so long and it will make commercial sense to them to increase their reach while lowering their distribution costs.

It is also expected that as the requests roll in to cancel Comcast cable – the advantages of offering a second tier, cheaper product with no connection costs will prove too tempting. If you have been longing to cut the cable with Comcast just remember to be nice as you could be watching your favourite cable shows via the Internet sooner than you may think!

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Comcast Hides Cheap Internet

Comcast caught-out  hiding cheap broadband Internet plan from consumers.

If you think Comcast has been holding out and giving you a raw deal on your services, it now looks as though you have been right all along. The Federal communications Commission (FCC) has slapped Comcast with an $800,000 fine for failing to actively promote an affordable, standalone broadband service that  was  originally part of an agreement that paved the way for Comcast’s purchase of NBC Universal.

Under the original agreement, the FCC required that Comcast offer a standalone broadband service with similar features to those included in bundled broadband and cable services. The FCC stipulated that this independent broadband service should have a minimum download speed of 6mbps and a maximum price of $49.95 and now, subsequent to the latest proceedings, also restricts Comcast from increasing prices until February 2015.

The service from Comcast is called Broadband Performance Starter and is expected to be popular with customers whom only want broadband without another service.

Other concessions that Comcast made as part of the NBC Universal deal include a product called “Internet Essentials” where broadband and subsidized laptops are provided to eligible low income families.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn, who initially notified the FCC with his concerns about Comcast’s non compliance with the NBC Universal deal, said in a statement “Consumers should not be forced to sign up for cable or satellite television as a condition of receiving Internet access.”

“Today’s announcement by the FCC is a huge win for consumers who have fewer and fewer options for obtaining affordable broadband services.”

In a statement, Comcast spokeswoman Sena Fitzmaurice said,  “We look forward to continuing to offer and market Performance Starter in additional ways and with additional outlets,” She said. “We believe this product offers a choice consumers want in the marketplace.”

Better late than never but it’s a shame that Comcast requires a big stick to honor its agreements and provides even more reason to check your Comcast bills and Comcast service offerings closely.

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