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Comment Re:Monopoly? (Score 1) 175

Acknowledged on the money thing. Yet, my question is: Why cannot Hulu, et al, also have the same deal simultaneously? Or, perhaps a different deal? How is it different that I should have the right to choose my ISP? I get that different ISPs offer different packages (i.e. speeds, etc...), yet it is still access to the internet and all the content there in it's multitude of forms. Seems to be a grey area here.

Because Netflix, etc wants exclusive deals. Remember that their goal is to have content that will drive membership. They make money by getting people to subscribe to their service. If you can get the same content elsewhere, then you have no reason to sign up for Netflix, thus vastly reducing its worth to Netflix.

Comment Re:Monopoly? (Score 1) 175

Correct me if I'm wrong, yet is this not along the lines of a monopoly? What if I prefer Amazon Prime, or Hulu? Now I have to have Netflix , too?! How about if Disney just make their content available to ALL providers. Let the market compete for the content. It's the American way, isn't it?!

The market had the chance to compete for the content. Apparently Netflix offered Disney a better deal for the content than Hulu, et al. Disney doesn't make movies just to make us happy. They do it to make money. That is the American Way.

Comment Re:TIVO (Score 1) 236

You can get a TIVO Mini as well and connect that to your network. It uses the tuner in the main TIVO box (of which there are 4 or 6), so you don't need to physically 'split' the antenna signal. It's like having two TiVOs, but they share the same hard drive.

Comment TIVO (Score 2) 236

I didn't see TIVO mentioned, so 'TIVO'

The Roamio I have cost $300 with lifetime service and I have an antenna. The TIVO combines my Amazon Prime, Hulu Plus, and Netflix down in to one interface.

If I want to see episodes of (say) Stargate SG-1, it'll show me what's available from my streaming sources. If an episode isn't available, it'll record it for me when it comes on the air. It's really a fantastic solution and keeps all of my services in one spot instead of having to bounce between them. The software on the TIVO is really the killer app.

Before that, I had a Mac Mini & HDHomeRun with EyeTV software. That handled all of my recording needs, but I still needed Safari for Netflix or Amazon Prime.

Comment Re:Eh? Sorry Verizon (Score 1) 176

Once a person is on a plan, the "plan" cannot change without prior written consent of the customer.

Have fun with your class action lawsuit there Verizon., you're gonna end up giving all the grandfathered accounts free unlimited for life.

Does this still apply if the customers are on a month-by-month plan? There's no contract at that point, as the contracts only lasted two years and they have long since expired.

Submission + - Verizon Wireless to Upcharge Grandfathered Unlimited Data Users $20 (

nicholasjay writes: In November Verizon Wireless is going to start charging its customers with the grandfathered 'unlimited data' plans an extra $20 for the data. This is obviously an attempt to get people off of the old unlimited data plans. I'm hoping they won't go through with this plan, but right now I'm weighing all my options.

Comment Re:Why would anyone do that? (Score 1) 174

Every day I need to cancel the scheduled update to my phone. It pisses me off. I don't want it. But evey morning I need to stop it from happening or I'm going to get it anyway. And if I accidentally hit the wrong button in a waking up fog, I'm screwed.

what da phuk???scheduled phone update? Nah, just turn the bloody thing off... turn off 'allow automatic downloads' - that's the option in my Sony Xperia and it's unchecked by default...

That only works for applications, not for the OS itself.

Comment Re:How does it help you move? (Score 5, Informative) 206

The app creates a secure wireless connection directly between your new iPhone and your old Android phone. It then moves over your contacts, pictures, and videos. Any app that's on the Android phone that's free in the App Store will get downloaded to the iPhone. Any app that requires a payment will be put in your Wish List in iTunes.

Comment Re:Why would anyone do that? (Score 3, Insightful) 174

My last several phones were flagship phones from Samsung and Motorola.

I don't want to turn this into an 'Android vs Apple' debate, but I'll list my current grievances with Android:

        Updates. Updates suck and are always cause for panic. Sometimes they work well, sometimes they don't. And if they don't, it takes a long time for a fix to come out (if at all). I had this problem with my Galaxy S3. There was an update that killed the battery life. No fix for it ever. The S5 recently (February) had an update to 5.0 and it caused tons of issues. Most people are still dealing with those issues.
        Anywhere in the Google/Manufacturer/Carrier chain updates can be blocked because someone doesn't want to support or test them, or because they just want you to upgrade to a newer phone. The Moto G may skip the carrier portion, I'm not sure.
        Every day I need to cancel the scheduled update to my phone. It pisses me off. I don't want it. But evey morning I need to stop it from happening or I'm going to get it anyway. And if I accidentally hit the wrong button in a waking up fog, I'm screwed.
        I don't like the way Notifications work in the newer Android OSs.
        Google Play Services & other Google apps seem to start eating into my battery life.

Apple solves a lot of these problems:

        Updates. Apple has gotten these wrong in the past, for sure. But at least they fix them and do it quickly. Tons of people bitch and it makes the news. Things get fixed.
        Updates come right from Apple to the phone. They don't have to go through the carrier at all. Apple's current (and upcoming) iOS work on devices all the way back to the iPhone 4S (which dates back to 2011). That's product support. Hell, Verizon still sells iPhone 5Ss new and CPO iPhone 5s. That's not to say that I'd have an iPhone that long, but knowing it'll be supported is good and help resale value quite a bit.
        I can choose when updates come in. I don't get bugged every day. If I deny an update, it doesn't ask me again and again.
        Notifications/Silence/Vibrate works a lot better than on Android Lollipop. I know it's a feature that they originally stole from Android.
        Decent music/album art/photo syncing with a computer.

It sucks that the latest crop of Android devices don't have removable batteries anymore. I really liked that feature.

Things I'd miss on Android phones:

        The blinky light LED on the front. I really like the notification light. I like being able to glance at the phone and see what I've missed.
        The goddamn 'Back' button on the hardware. There's no reason not to have it.
        Removable external storage.
        Install apps from anywhere. I hate Apple's 'walled garden' approach.

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