The Latest Big Cable Consolidation Will Screw Consumers and Startups

America woke up to some frustrating news today. Charter, the fourth-largest cable company in America, wants to buy Time Warner Cable, the second-largest, as well as Bright House, the tenth-largest. If the deal goes through it’s going to affect come 23 million internet customers directly. Not in a good way.
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Your Favorite HDTV Antenna is Deeply Discounted Today, Plus More Deals

If you want to stop paying your cable company $100/month for channels you don't watch, it might be time to cut the cord. Between services like Netflix, Hulu+, Sling TV, and HBO's upcoming standalone subscription service, it's easier than ever to declare cable independence, but a good antenna is still a critical… » 3/08/15 6:50am 3/08/15 6:50am

Cable Channels Speed Up Shows to Squeeze in Extra Commercials

At some point, you've probably noticed a joke or two cut from a beloved movie or sitcom rerun—for those watching cable, at least. The reason being commercials and capitalism and America, etc.. But cable channels do more than just chopping. They are speeding up the very shows themselves. » 2/19/15 1:56pm 2/19/15 1:56pm

It's Finally Game Time for Net Neutrality

On Thursday, the government is expected to propose new net neutrality rules that would treat the internet more like a public utility. According to several reports, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal will reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. This is great… » 2/02/15 12:50pm 2/02/15 12:50pm

More Comcast Customers Report Name Changes to "Whore" and "Dummy" 

Remember a couple days ago, when the world learned Comcast had changed a customer's name from "Ricardo Brown" to "Asshole Brown?" Looks like our Ricardo might not have been the only one. More Comcast customers have reported similar incidents to Elliott.org. The name changes range from "dummy" to "whore" to the… » 1/30/15 7:20pm 1/30/15 7:20pm

Comcast Changed Customer's Name to "Asshole Brown" But Is Totally Sorry

When Ricardo Brown from Spokane, Washington got his most recent bill from Comcast, he had an extra special reason to be dismayed. It wasn't the pricey charges—we're all used to that by now. No, it was that on this particular bill, Comcast appears to have misspelled his name. By replacing it entirely with the word… » 1/28/15 6:17pm 1/28/15 6:17pm

​Sling TV Review: Holy Crap, We've Figured Out Internet Television

At some point, TV became complicated. It used to be this thing I would plop down in front of after school and mindlessly flip through. Then, in 2009, everything changed: analog signals were outlawed, and the new digital TV signals failed me in every way: my old television wasn't compatible, my house was too far from… » 1/26/15 6:00am 1/26/15 6:00am

Your Cable Box Is an Energy-Sucking Monster (But It Doesn't Have to Be)

An innocent little cable box can suck up more electricity than your actual TV. The most galling part though? Up to two-thirds of its power-hogging actually happens in "idle" mode, when you're not even using it. The good news is, device makers have the technical ability to make cable boxes that don't waste so much… » 12/03/14 12:00pm 12/03/14 12:00pm