Cablevision bundles Web, Digital Antenna, and optional HBO Now in new “Cord Cutter” package

Cablevision, a cable and internet service provider in the greater New York area who operates under the Optimum brand, has debuted two new packages targeted towards new media. The first bundle, officially called the “Cord Cutter” package, combines 50 Mbps internet service, a complimentary over-the-air digital antenna, and wifi hotspot access for $45 per month. The second “Everyday Low Price” package combines the same digital antenna and wifi hotspot access with slower 5Mbps internet service and a VOIP-based phone service for $35 per month. Subscribing to either plan grants you the option to add HBO Now for $15 per month. Being an Optimum internet subscriber is currently the only way to sign up for HBO Now outside of Apple’s current exclusivity deal.

These new bundles aren’t groundbreaking, but it is the first time an internet service provider like Cablevision has ever handed out digital antennas to their customers. With Sling TV gaining in popularity and Verizon offering semi-a-la-carte programming earlier this month, expect to see more interesting ways for traditional content providers to appeal to cord-cutters and cord-omg-lmao-yolo-ers.


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App Deal: Leo’s Fortune down from $4.99 to $0.99


Leo’s Fortune, an award-winning platform adventure game, has just gone on sale for $0.99. That price matches the lowest price it has ever been. The game features 24 physics based puzzles to beat, with extra difficulty added by a 3-star achievement system. It has a 4.5 star rating with over 200 reviews. This game is well worth the $4.99 it is normally listed at and is a steal at $0.99. Its beautiful graphics make it only compatible with the Fire TV and it does require a Amazon Game Controller to play.

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Episode 2 of the weekly podcast now up

Thanks to all the positive feedback from episode 1, I joined Luke from CordCuttersNews and Ryan from TheStreamingAdvisor again to record another episode of the new weekly podcast about new media. You can get the podcast from iTunes, subscribe through the RSS feed, or download it directly.

This week we talked about HBO Now blocking smart DNS users, Tivo courting Aereo customers over to their service, Verizon FiOS’s new ‘add-on package’ TV Model, as well as the Google Nexus Player and the future of Android TV.

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App Deal: A Long Way Home down from $1.99 to FREE

A Long Way Home, a physics puzzle game set in space, has just gone Free. This is the first time this game has ever been free. The game features 100 levels where you need to use gravity in interesting ways to get your astronaut characters from planet to planet. The game is compatible with both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, and works with either a game controller or remote.

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Netflix plans to own its original shows

You may be surprised to hear that Netflix does not own its original shows outright. They merely license the programs from studios like Sony Pictures and Weinstein Co. This is why you’ll find some of Netflix’s top shows like House of Cards, Hemlock, and Lilyhammer available on its biggest competer, Amazon Instant Video. That will be changing in the future because Netflix’s CEO, Reed Hastings, told Bloomberg that his company will be “taking on ownership and production” of many of their original shows next year. With this move towards ownership, you can expect to see fewer and fewer Netflix shows available outside of the streaming service’s own apps. Lets just hope those apps remain available on Fire TV devices.

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Netflix drops support for old Fire TV app

Six months after Netflix released their new app for the Amazon Fire TV, customers still using the old app have begun receiving an email informing them that they will need to update to the new app if they wish to continue using Netflix on their Fire TV. This is slightly more problematic than it may appear on the surface since the new Netflix app requires Fire TV software version or greater. Many Fire TV owners have decided to remain on software version since it is the last official version to be rootable. In order to upgrade beyond version and retain root, one must go through the daunting process of unlocking the Fire TV’s bootloader, installing ClockworkMod, installing a boot menu, and finally installing a pre-rooted ROM. The entire process, in the correct order, is laid out in my starters guide, which anyone can safely follow regardless of which software version they are currently on. Read on for the full Netflix email. Read more ›

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Kaltura creates HTML5 app for Amazon Fire TV

You’re probably not familiar with Kaltura, but they’re one of those behind-the-scenes companies with a video distribution platform used by companies to more easily release video content. They’re customers range from media companies like HBO, NBCUniversal, and TMZ, to universities like Yale, USC, and Dartmouth. Well, they’ve developed and released an HTM5 based app for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick for their customers to use. The app allows their corporate customers to easily release video apps with their content to Fire TV devices. The app is based on Amazon’s Web App Starter Kit for Fire TV released at the end of last year to help developers easily stream videos to Fire TV devices. With this new app from Kaltura, we should start to see their customers release video apps for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.

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Fire HD 7 tablet price slashed down from $139 to $79

Amazon has just dropped the Fire HD 7 tablet down to $79. That’s over 40% off the retail price of $139. This is a killer price and is by far the lowest price this tablet has ever been. Amazon’s Fire tablets make great companions to the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. You can fling content from the tablet to your Fire TV and even use it as a companion controller for select Fire TV games. Fire HD tablets are also exclusively the only ones that can download and store Prime video’s for offline viewing. The Fire HD 7 has a better than 720p screen and features a powerful quad-core 1.5GHz processor. It was released about 6 months ago, so it’s the current new model. If you’ve been considering a Fire HD tablet, with this fantastic price, there has never been a better time to buy.

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Logitech Harmony Smart Remote w/ Hub on sale for $89.99, down from $130


The Logitech Harmony Smart Hub & Remote has just gone on sale for $89.99 on Amazon. Apart from a one day sale in December, this is the lowest price this remote has ever been. This remote is one of the few universal remotes capable of controlling the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. It comes with a bluetooth capable hub that translates the remote’s RF signals into bluetooth. This lets it control many different devices including Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, Rokus, Apple TVs, Xboxs, Playstations, and even PCs. Logitech calls this remote “future-proof” because they regularly update its software to support new devices, and I believe them because they were quick to add Fire TV support within 2 months of it being released.

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New Apps for the Week of April 12th thru the 18th

Here is your weekly list of new apps for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. This past week there were 17 new apps released. Read more ›

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