Report: Hulu Thinks Maybe You Shouldn't Cut Your Cable Cord Just Yet

Report: Hulu Thinks Maybe You Shouldn't Cut Your Cable Cord Just Yet

Hulu is one of the many streaming services that have led a growing number of cable and satellite subscribers to cancel their subscriptions and get most of their TV entertainment via the Internet. But a new report claims that Hulu is now looking to appease cable companies by eventually making the service available only to those who are also paying for cable. [More]

At Least Netflix Streaming Doesn't Take 6 Weeks To Reach My House

At Least Netflix Streaming Doesn't Take 6 Weeks To Reach My House

Like many other Netflix customers last year, Chris was frustrated with the service’s price hikes, loss of content, and wacky re-branding efforts. He canceled and took advantage of a free trial offer from competitor Blockbuster. His happiness about switching didn’t last long, especially when it took Blockbuster six weeks to get his first DVD to him. Sure, he lives in Alaska, but it’s not like they were delivering it on horseback. [More]

Amazon Instant Video Hitches A Ride On PS3 To Hit More TVs

Amazon Instant Video Hitches A Ride On PS3 To Hit More TVs

Access to Amazon Instant Video’s streaming library has been a nice perk to signing up for Amazon Prime. But the service was never particularly useful to many customers who like to sit back on their couch and watch stuff on TV rather than stare at a computer screen. Now Amazon has cut a deal with the PS3 that draws it closer to competitors Netflix and Hulu Plus, which both stream on the Wii and Xbox 360 in addition to Sony’s console. [More]

Why Are NBA League Pass Games On A 1-Hour Delay For Roku Users?

Why Are NBA League Pass Games On A 1-Hour Delay For Roku Users?

Darren is an NBA League Pass subscriber: a very useful subscription to have if you enjoy watching live basketball. The problem is that beginning this past Sunday, the games aren’t live anymore. Roku viewers–and only Roku viewers–are getting them on an hour delay. And nobody knows why. [More]

You'll Need A Working Credit Or Debit Card To Use That Hulu Gift Subscription

You'll Need A Working Credit Or Debit Card To Use That Hulu Gift Subscription

G. wanted to buy his daughters a six-month subscription to Hulu Plus to watch some shows, but didn’t want to give Hulu the ability to keep billing his credit card into perpetuity. Hulu offers prepaid gift subscriptions, though, so he could simply purchase a code, and the streaming-video party would stop when the subscription ran out. Right? Not so fast. [More]

NBA And Roku Wrecked My Dad's Great Christmas Present

NBA And Roku Wrecked My Dad's Great Christmas Present

John bought a really thoughtful Christmas present for his dad, a basketball fan: an NBA League Pass subscription, and a Roku so he could watch games on his TV instead of huddling in front of the computer. At least, this gift seemed like a really great idea until the League Pass app just stopped working. John and his dad aren’t the only ones who have this problem, but no one at Roku or at the NBA seems to care about the poor, game-less customers. They’ve already got fans’ money, after all. [More]

Sony Will Make "Moneyball" Downloadable Before Offering It On Disc

Sony Will Make "Moneyball" Downloadable Before Offering It On Disc

As watching movies online — legally — becomes more popular, discs are gradually moving to the wayside. Sony is helping things along in this direction by announcing it will offer Moneyball online Dec. 22, 19 days before it hits shelves on Blu-ray and DVD. Indie films often get this sort of treatment, but it’s rare that you see a major studio film take the increasingly popular distribution plan. [More]

I Miss Sunday Ticket Football Games, Get Refund In Sony Online Store Credit

I Miss Sunday Ticket Football Games, Get Refund In Sony Online Store Credit

DirecTV’s Sunday Ticket To Go is a service for football fans who can’t have or don’t want a satellite dish bolted to the side of their house. It streams Sunday afternoon out-of-market football games to computers, mobile devices, and as of this week, to the Sony Playstation 3. At $340 for the season, it’s not cheap, but football fans love it anyway. The service’s Playstation debut on Sunday didn’t work all that well for most customers, and didn’t work for Edward at all. He called for a refund, which was issued, then canceled. Instead of a refund to his credit card, he and other users will receive a store credit. For $25. To the Playstation Network store. “As if that is somehow comparable!” he fumed to Consumerist. [More]

Starz Won't Renew Netflix Deal When It Expires In February

Starz Won't Renew Netflix Deal When It Expires In February

Come March, Netflix’s array of video streaming options could be considerably thinned. Starz announced it’s stopped negotiating an extension with Netflix and all its movies and TV shows will vanish from the service when the current deal expires February 28. [More]

Vizio Takes Advertising Broken Amazon Streaming Very Seriously

Vizio Takes Advertising Broken Amazon Streaming Very Seriously

Perhaps it was naive of Josh to assume that his Vizio Blu-Ray player came with free Amazon.com video streaming. It’s listed as a feature of the player, Amazon is one of Vizio’s “Internet apps,” and the Amazon logo is featured on the product box and on Vizio’s site for the product. All that doesn’t mean that Amazon streaming actually works, though. [More]

Netflix Lets You Downgrade Video Quality So You Don't Hit Bandwidth Caps

Netflix Lets You Downgrade Video Quality So You Don't Hit Bandwidth Caps

With providers like AT&T and Comcast adding on limits to how much bandwidth you can use per month, Netflix has rolled out a feature that lets you downgrade the streaming video quality so you don’t use as much data and incur overages. [More]

Netflix Now Lets You Use 50 Different Devices To Stream Video

Netflix Now Lets You Use 50 Different Devices To Stream Video

With all the options now available to stream Netflix videos, it was easy to surpass the service’s old cap of six devices. Addressing the concern, Netflix has now lifted the limit to 50. [More]

Tennessee Lawmakers Pass Bill Making It A Crime To Share Your Netflix Password

Tennessee Lawmakers Pass Bill Making It A Crime To Share Your Netflix Password

If you’ve ever let a friend or family member know your password for subscription services like Netflix or Rhapsody so they can watch a movie or listen to a song, we hope you don’t live in Tennessee, where state legislators have passed a bill making it a crime. [More]

Well, At Least Netflix Is Being Realistic

Well, At Least Netflix Is Being Realistic

Say what you will about this exit survey for unsubscribing Netflix customers, but at least it’s realistic about why people cancel Netflix. It’s especially thoughtful of Netflix to include the addresses of still-functioning torrent sites for those users who aren’t yet familiar with them. (Thanks, MedicallyNeedy!)
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Fox Soccer Channel Delivers Lousy Streaming Video, Indifferent Customer Service

Fox Soccer Channel Delivers Lousy Streaming Video, Indifferent Customer Service

The great thing about the revolution in streaming video is that we can subscribe to niche services that supplement or replace cable TV. The problem with such services is that when they fail, you only have one option for that content. John, a fan of England’s Premier League, subscribes to a service through Fox that streams games not broadcast on the Fox Soccer Channel. The streaming service is on its second year, and the quality is noticeably worse than last year. He could cancel his subscription, but that would leave him with no soccer at all. [More]

Crackle Streams Free Movies To Sony Devices, Roku

Crackle Streams Free Movies To Sony Devices, Roku

If you own a PS3 or Roku and were itching to rent Ghostbusters or A Few Good Men, hold off on adding them to the Netflix queue. Crackle, Sony’s video streaming service, will pump the movies — which aren’t available on Netflix streaming — to your TV for free. [More]

Showtime Will Yank Shows From Netflix Streaming

Showtime Will Yank Shows From Netflix Streaming

If you’re catching up on Showtime shows via Netflix streaming, you’d better step up your pace, because Showtime doesn’t plan on renewing its pact with the streaming company when it expires this summer. [More]

Time Warner Cable iPad App Is Great For TV On The Go… But Only In Your House

Time Warner Cable iPad App Is Great For TV On The Go… But Only In Your House

TV lovers, rejoice! The future of legal, licensed television watching is here, and it’s….incredibly locked down! Time Warner has introduced a beautiful new iPad app that lets you log in with your Time Warner Cable username and password and watch TV anywhere on your iPad. Well…as long as “anywhere” is “in your house, or on the wireless network of another Time Warner Cable customer, as long as you yourself have a cable package from Time Warner at home.” So much for mobile. [More]