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Bad news for cable, good news for cord-cutters

The second quarter numbers are in, and it’s not a great time to be a cable company. Broadcast Engineering reports that the top 13 multichannel providers (cable and satellite companies) lost a total of 325,000 subscribers last month….

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DIRECTV Protection Plan gets even better

DIRECTV’s Protection Plan is a great deal for those folks who don’t do their own upgrades. We’ve got a lot of DIYers here but there are also a lot of folks who want a simple, worry…



It’s now “DRE” and “DRE Plus”

A little bit of new nomenclature I read about… for all those commercial types who follow DIRECTV Residential Experience. The base level of DRE is now simply called “DIRECTV Residential Experience.” This is the version without…


Is This the Tipping Point for Cable TV?

The Tipping Point. It’s the subject of an excellent book by Malcolm Gladwell. He talks about the tiny little changes that cause an idea to go viral, a social change to occur, or a product to succeed. The…




Seems like Time Warner’s losing customers to antenna

DIRECTV may have lost some subscribers but Time Warner’s got them beat. According to their own financials, released today, They lost 169,000 subscribers in the last quarter. It doesn’t seem like the people who dump Time Warner…


DIRECTV Announces Second Quarter Results

DIRECTV continues to grow in Latin America, and they continue to increase profits. While the tendency is to say, “Take that, Viacom” it’s not all completely rosy. It’s hard to get a real picture from these…




Solid Signal Fall 2012 Buyers Guide

Does your DIRECTV receiver seem like a dinosaur? If it’s been a while since you looked at new satellite equipment, it’s time to look again. Even if it’s only been 5 years since you looked at…


TV Apps are a little wonky today

If you’re a fan of DIRECTV TVApps, you’ve no doubt noticed that they have been a little bit twitchy the last few days. You might have noticed that the weather channel app is not responding right…