The Mandalorian
Disney+ launched to great fanfare (with a few technical glitches) and people are talking. There is the usual chatter about "a new service," and the "transformation of the television business," but something far more interesting is happening. People are talking about episode one of The Mandalorian and you know what they're saying? "I can't wait for episode two."... Continue Reading →

Making Sense of Streaming

Streaming Offerings
You want to cut the cord. You want to take advantage of this brave new video world. You are excited about all the new shows. Just how many video streaming services do you need to pay for? What is on each? Which is best for you? How do you make sense of the streaming universe? Once you get over Streaming Sticker Shock, you’ll want to develop your streaming service strategy, and here’s how to think about it.... Continue Reading →

Apple TV+ is Live Today

Apple TV+
Apple TV+ is live. You can start watching from the Apple TV app on your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, online at tv.apple.com and on a whole bunch of non-Apple devices. Remarkably, Apple is the low-cost provided in the space. It's free if you purchased an Apple device recently, it's free for 7-days if you just want to check it out, and when you do start paying, it will only cost $4.99/month for up to six users. Apple is even offering a "deal." If you act now, you get 12 months for the price of 10. Too good to be true? I'll let you be the judge. Begun, the streaming wars have.... Continue Reading →

PlayStation Vue RIP

PlayStation Vue
Blaming "the highly competitive Pay TV industry," Sony will shut down PlayStation Vue (its video streaming service) on January 30, 2020. Ironically, this announcement comes as Disney, Apple and WarnerMedia are all entering the business. ... Continue Reading →

The Streaming Wars Begin

Shelly Palmer on Good Day New York
Excited about streaming AppleTV+, Disney+, HBO Max? Keeping Netflix, Hulu? Getting Amazon Prime or YouTubeTV? Be careful how many you sign up for or you'll be in streaming sticker shock. Shelly Palmer chats with Kerry Drew and Bianca Peters on Good Day New York. Original Airdate: October 29, 2019... Continue Reading →
streaming apps
Apple, Disney, WarnerMedia, and just about everyone who can configure a streaming server is getting into the direct-to-consumer (DTC) content business. In a couple of weeks, you’ll have so many options to pay for content à la carte, you won’t really know where to start. Wondering what all this will cost? Forget your calculator, you’re going to need a spreadsheet.... Continue Reading →
Comcast Xfinity Flex
If you look at the numbers in a vacuum, Comcast is losing over 2,586 Pay TV subscribers every single day. At that pace, about a million subs will vanish in the next 12 months. Or will they? ... Continue Reading →
Roku
Roku shares closed down almost 14% on Wednesday and analysts are divided as to which new entry to the market pushed the shares off a cliff. Some say it was Facebook’s announcement that it was entering the streaming business with the reintroduction of its Portal device and associated services. Others say it was Comcast’s announcement... Continue Reading →
Samsung Q8FN
Courtesy of Black Friday/Cyber Monday pricing, I am the proud owner of a brand new, top-of-the-line 82” Samsung 4K TV set. It is huge, awesome, and amazing. The picture quality is breathtaking. You just run out of superlatives when trying to describe the viewing experience. There’s only one problem. The best 4K content is only available over-the-top (OTT). Regular TV viewers (cable TV customers and antenna users) are simply out of luck. ... Continue Reading →