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Cox Offers New Streaming TV Service 'flareWatch'
Which Surprisingly Doesn't Require Cable TV Connection
by Karl Bode 08:59AM Tuesday Jul 02 2013
Like most cable operators, Cox Communications has unveiled a new streaming TV service. Unlike most cable operators, Cox has decided (so far) to offer the service without forcing its customers to also subscribe to traditional cable television if they want to get it. Variety has learned that the company is beta testing a new service named flareWatch in Orange County, California. Participants pay $99 dollars for up to three Fanhattan Fan TV set top boxes, then pay $35 a month for 97 channels of streaming content, as well as 30 hours of cloud DVR storage. While it's unclear if things change once the product leaves trials, it's one of the first times cable operators have done more than pay just lip service to lower-cost, streaming only options. Cox insists that "results and customer feedback will determine if we proceed with future plans."

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FFH
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Here are the channels being streamed

Here are the channels being streamed:


For $35/mo, these channels would satisfy many customers.
strange_69

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Ridgecrest, CA

Re: Here are the channels being streamed

The only problem I see is that if you are not a COX customer all the TV you watch would count against your usage cap. Having a 250 GB cap (Mediacom) I bet I could burn through that quickly.
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FFH
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Re: Here are the channels being streamed

said by strange_69:

The only problem I see is that if you are not a COX customer all the TV you watch would count against your usage cap. Having a 250 GB cap (Mediacom) I bet I could burn through that quickly.

From what I read on Cox website, this product won't be available except over Cox broadband connections. Not avail to Comcast, TWC, etc.
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Re: Here are the channels being streamed

said by FFH:

From what I read on Cox website, this product won't be available except over Cox broadband connections. Not avail to Comcast, TWC, etc.

My prediction: The first cable operator to break out of their own territory and offer the service nationally, at a disruptive price, will dominate. And if they're smart about it, they'll have enough of a lead that even when their competitors follow suit, it will be too late.

If you think I'm wrong, look how Netflix dominates. Amazon is trying, but Netflix already had the momentum when the me-too services finally entered the market....

... much the same way Amazon.com dominated the online book-sellers market. By the time Books-a-Million, B.Dalton, and WaldenBooks finally realized there was something to this "internet" thing, it was too late. Now where are they? Bankruptcy, or nearing it.

Jammy
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Another reason why I should have stared in San Diego.

Jammy

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Re: Here are the channels being streamed

said by Jammy:

Another reason why I should have stared in San Diego.

Jammy

Stared? Weird.

dvd536
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Ripoff

5 channels i actually watch. nice try cox. how about putting channels people actually watch. *bomb*
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Re: Ripoff

said by dvd536:

5 channels i actually watch. nice try cox. how about putting channels people actually watch. *bomb*

There is a good mix of channels there, including sports(both ESPNs), TNT, TBS, all the OTA(CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS), several movie channels, SciFy, news channels, kid shows, etc.

So what channels do you watch that aren't on the list? They must be channels that nobody usually watches.
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Re: Ripoff

said by FFH:

said by dvd536:

5 channels i actually watch. nice try cox. how about putting channels people actually watch. *bomb*

There is a good mix of channels there, including sports(both ESPNs), TNT, TBS, all the OTA(CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS), several movie channels, SciFy, news channels, kid shows, etc.

So what channels do you watch that aren't on the list? They must be channels that nobody usually watches.

You are right he must watch any stations that most do not watch. About 75% of the stations I watch in the mix.
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amungus
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I'd have to agree - the selection isn't bad, especially for the price range. Kind of like a standard package, in HD, at a much better rate than standard cable card based boxes would provide. If the picture quality is on par with standard broadcast, it'll probably be a decent success.

adkinsjm

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1 edit
Funny how the guy who doesn't watch any of the popular channels didn't volunteer what he actually watches.

88615298
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said by dvd536:

5 channels i actually watch. nice try cox. how about putting channels people actually watch. *bomb*

Are you serious? Which channels are not on there that you would like? Oh by the way it's $35 a month. Feel free to pay $80 a month or more to get those other channels you are missing so bad.

dvd536
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Re: Ripoff

said by 88615298:

said by dvd536:

5 channels i actually watch. nice try cox. how about putting channels people actually watch. *bomb*

Are you serious? Which channels are not on there that you would like? Oh by the way it's $35 a month. Feel free to pay $80 a month or more to get those other channels you are missing so bad.

I do
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JasonOD

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How are they allowed to do this?

Are there not agreements in place with content houses preventing traditional distributors from becoming a-la-carte internet distributors?
XJakeX

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Coventry, RI

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Re: How are they allowed to do this?

I looks like they have covered almost all the majors they are forced to offer in the bundle contracts. But I suspect this required a new contract. Mostly because the price is too low. If they can offer this selection over the Net for $35.00, why aren't they doing it over the cable?

A new deal was cut here. One that smells kind of fishy. If it's too good to be true, you know there's something hidden in the fine print.

EDIT: Just looked at the web site. $35.00 price is temporary, only during beta testing. So obviously, it will jump.

jgkolt
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where do i sign up

Is there any way to request it in more areas?
ISurfTooMuch

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Tuscaloosa, AL

Now that's a better deal

I could actually go for this. If someone offered this deal in my area, I'd be all over it. Hell, stream this on the Roku, and I'd subscribe today.
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I like this

A channel or two that I'd want (BBC America, NBC Sports) aren't there, but a cable operator doing OTT...including HD...is a step in the right direction. The price is actually reasonable, both for the box and for the service. Hopefully Cox goes nationwide with this (just to tick off the likes of TWC and Comcast). Or maybe the threat of going nationwide with this will be enough to get them a seat at the CableWiFi table, and that's all that they want.
tommy2text0

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Re: I like this

said by iansltx:

Or maybe the threat of going nationwide with this will be enough to get them a seat at the CableWiFi table, and that's all that they want.

Cox is already part of CableWiFi, you must be thinking of Charter.
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Limited box

Neat idea, but the box is seriously limited - »www.engadget.com/2013/05/30/fanh···-tv-stb/

No component out, which would probably make media center connectivity difficult / impossible.
mogamer

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Re: Limited box

said by amungus:

Neat idea, but the box is seriously limited - »www.engadget.com/2013/05/30/fanh···-tv-stb/

No component out, which would probably make media center connectivity difficult / impossible.

How many new products include component out anymore? The only one I can think of is the Tivo Mini. I know that BD/DVD players don't have them anymore.

adkinsjm

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When will the videophiles chime in?

Waiting for the videophiles to complain about the bitrate of a streaming service, because we all know videophiles like a bargain.
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dvd536
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Re: When will the videophiles chime in?

said by adkinsjm:

Waiting for the videophiles to complain about the bitrate of a streaming service, because we all know videophiles like a bargain.

a phile and his money are soon parted. but yeah it'll be bitstarved garbage like netflix.
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