Big Cable Is Tricking Advocacy Groups Into Fighting Net Neutrality

The public wants net neutrality. We’ve all made it pretty clear. But the cable companies don’t. They have already ginned up some lobbyist-funded, anti-neutrality groups, but now it seems they’re going a step further, tricking real groups into joining up.

The FCC Gets The Premium Cable Takedown It Deserves

The death of net neutrality is a looming catastrophe that the Federal Communications Commission in the US thinks it can slip past you, while you just twiddle your thumbs and fail to notice how much of a farce the whole process is. If that hasn’t hit home just yet, John Oliver’s explanation from last night’s Last Week Tonight is a solid (and funny) recap.

The Xbox One Is Turning Your Phone Into The Only Remote You Need

If you have pay TV, the Xbox One’s TV-controlling powers are a great feature; having a list of just the channels you watch is how all cable-surfing should be. But you probably also have a DVR, and the Xbox One has been useless at controlling it. Until now.

Comcast Is Buying Time Warner Cable To Make Big Cable Even Worse For The US

Time Warner Cable is getting swallowed by the only monster bigger than itself: Comcast. That means the biggest cable provider, Comcast, is buying the second biggest cable provider, Time Warner Cable, to form a ridiculously ginormous cable company that’ll deliver unsatisfying service under one iron fist. We should all hold each other as big cable just gets bigger and badder.

Why The FCC Can't Actually Save Net Neutrality

Network neutrality — the idea that internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data that travels over their networks equally — is a principle that EFF strongly supports. However, the power to enforce equal treatment on the internet can easily become the power to control the internet in less beneficent ways.

People Stream Netflix More Than They Watch Any US Cable Network

In the last three months, Netflix subscribers watched four billion hours of streaming content according to Reed Hastings, and a report from BTIG Research calculates that this puts Netflix ahead of any US cable channel.

The First Honest Pay TV Company Commercial

Cable companies are universally regarded as only slightly more popular than evil dictators, and a little less fashionable than certain strains of STDs. How do you fix something like that? Honesty!

Sony Is Going To Make A Streaming TV Service Later This Year

Variety reports that one of Sony’s big-fish announcements this year will be a broadband TV service that’ll compete directly with pay TV. The TV service will offer multiple channels licensed from different content companies and will stream over the internet. Meaning there would be no more need for pay TV. Meaning awesome.

Do Phones Need To Come With Chargers These Days?

UK carrier O2 is taking a pretty bold step: an as-yet-unannounced new HTC handset that it’s selling will come without a charger in the box. O2 claims it’s an attempt to be more environmentally friendly, but maybe it’s just the future.

Rumourmodo: Apple Shrinking iPhone Connector To 19-Pin Port

The idea of Apple ditching the current 30-pin iPhone connection in favour of something smaller has been floating around for some time. Now, Reuters is reporting that the next iPhone will feature a new, 19-pin connection.