Back in the middle of February US District Judge Dale Kimball of Utah issued an injunction
forcing live TV streaming operator Aereo to not only shut down existing operations in Denver and Salt Lake City, but blocking the company from expanding anywhere in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. While Aereo managed to get a 14 day stay on the injunction
that time is now up, and the service went dark in Salt Lake City and Denver last Saturday morning.
In a statement sent to customers
, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia stated the company was "disappointed" by the ruling, but that he believes the company will be victorious before the Supreme Court. Denver and Salt Lake City users are getting a refund for the last month of service:
Consumers have a fundamental right to watch over-the-air broadcast television via a modern antenna and to record copies for their personal use. The Copyright Act provides no justification to curtail that right simply because the consumer is using modern, remotely located equipment.
We are very sorry for the effect that this decision has on you and we look forward to presenting our case to the U.S. Supreme Court and ultimately restoring your ability to use Aereo. In the meantime, we are issuing a full refund for the current month to you, our customers in Salt Lake City and Denver.
Aereo's case against broadcasters before the Supreme Court is scheduled for April 22.
Despite all the drama surrounding T-Mobile's price disruption, overall industry prices continue to rise, notes the Wall Street Journal
. While T-Mobile's moves may have had some positive impact on policies like early termination fees and contracts, overall prices aren't trending downward, and companies (including T-Mobile) are being very careful to avoid a price war.
Netflix has released the company's latest month rankings
of ISP Netflix streaming performance. Not too surprisingly, the results show that Comcast Netflix streaming performance has improved two spots after Comcast and Netflix last month struck a new interconnection agreement
that eliminated middlemen like Cogent Communications from their transit routes.
T-Mobile continues to disrupt the sector on price, and its latest effort involves tweaking their Simple Choice plans even further. According to a company announcement
, data allotments on a lot of the plans, originally launched last fall, will be boosted while a few prices will be increased.
Time Warner Cable has fired off an e-mail to the company's users to assure them that being acquired by Comcast will be in everyone's best interests. In the e-mail, embedded in its entirely below, new Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus (who stands to net more than $56 million personally from the deal
, should it be approved by regulators) claims that the new company will "innovate faster" and "deploy even better products and features, including a superior video guide, faster Broadband Internet speeds and even more WiFi access points so you can access the Internet wherever you go."
Dear Valued Customer:
Recently, Time Warner Cable announced plans to merge with Comcast, forming an industry-leading technology and media company dedicated to delivering great customer experiences.
Responding to T-Mobile wireless pricing pressure, AT&T announced over the weekend that the company is dropping the price of its 2GB Mobile Share Value no-contract plan by $15, to $65 a month for customers with one or two lines. According to the company announcement
, as of Sunday one line with unlimited talk, text and 2 GB of data will cost $65, while two lines of unlimited talk, text and 2 GB of data will cost $90. It's only the latest volley in an ongoing AT&T, T-Mobile price battle that never would have happened had AT&T been allowed to buy the company.
70% of consumers have never heard of the 4K high definition TV standard, according to a new study by Leichtman Research Group
. Of the 30% who have heard of the higher-resolution standard, only about a third of those
has actually seen a 4K set. That said, expectation and awareness changes quickly, and awareness and ownership of 4K sets should rise dramatically as prices begin to fall in line with more traditional high-definition televisions.
"Nearly 60% of TV sets used in US households are now HD sets, up from less than 20% just five years ago," notes Bruce Leichtman. Other notable bits from the study:
•88% with annual household incomes over $50,000 have an HDTV -- compared to 68% with household incomes under $50,000
•Among those getting HD programming from a cable, satellite, or Telco provider, the perceived mean number of channels of HD programming is 82 -- up from 42 five years ago
•28% of those who have seen a 4K Ultra HDTV are very interested in getting it, while 15% of all who have heard of 4K HDTV are very interested in getting it
•14% of households have a Smart TV set that is connected to the Internet, including 3% of households that have more than one connected Smart TV set -- connected Smart TVs account for about 7% of all television sets used in US households
•22% of all households purchased a TV set in the past 12 months -- an annual level that has been fairly consistent for the past decade.
HBO's popular crime series "True Detective" appears to have broken the company's online streaming service. "Due to overwhelmingly popular demand for #TrueDetective, we've been made aware of an issue affecting some users," stated HBO's Twitter account
last night as users tried to watch the television show online.
by Revcb 07:34AM Monday Mar 10 2014