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Comment Re:What happened to consumer choice? (Score 1) 63

Maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think either Google or Amazon is providing their digital assistant to be installed on any device.

Google Assistant can be accessed on any device via their Allo app. I think my original comment already mentioned the numerous third party apps providing Alexa to an Android or iOS device. Cortana can be downloaded. Samsung provides S-Voice on their devices. My point was, and still is, you can replace the voice recognition assistant that came with your phone.

Comment Re:What happened to consumer choice? (Score 1) 63

Yes, you're crazy, because they do have access to digital assistants of their choice (not necessarily any, but certainly many). Samsung phones come with S-Voice AND Ok Google. Microsoft makes Cortana available for download. I don't think the Amazon Alexa app has voice response (it's meant to configure other Alexa devices) but there are numerous third party apps that tap into Alexa voice.Heck, my smart home app (Lowes Iris) used to have it's own voice control, although they discontinued it, mostly because it stunk.

You're confusing "any assistant I want should be pre-installed" with "I can't have any assistant I want, because it came with X instead."

Comment Re: If true, it's because Macs are starting to su (Score 1) 376

Video work for one. Compiling a modern Linux desktop environment another. Yes, there are legitimate reasons to do both.

I'm sure they looked at the market for laptop 4K video editing at the highest end where 16 GB of RAM isn't enough, but inexplicably, a mobile oriented video card was, and then added in the potential market from Linux source code compilers and moved on fairly quickly from there with disinterest. Incidentally, I know of a company that's still buying brand new Mac Pro's for their editing. Because $15K workstations weren't doing the job as well. I switched from a Mac to a PC recently, but man, for video guys, it's just got to be about the software, right?

Comment Re:Yeah, but broadcast TV? (Score 1) 166

How much can they be paying broadcasters who...broadcast their content for free? The cable co is giving them more eyeballs to sell to their advertisers, the broadcasters need their access as much as the cable cos need their content. I doubt they're jacking up their fees...would be interesting to see some real data.

Quite a bit. The theory being if U-Verse offered CBS, NBC, FOX and ABC, but Comcast offered CBS, NBC and ABC, most people would switch to U-Verse. So therefore, there's a value to the retransmission. Especially since some people can't receive it OTA easily, and most people don't want to deal with antenna, and most people don't want a two input solution.

It's the same thing that limits the number of potential customers to Vue, DirecTV NOW, Sling, etc. Lack of locals in many markets. Lack of interest in antennas and input switching.

It will change, rapidly, but for now, that's the lay of the land.

Comment Re:Verizon does this too (Score 1) 166

It's incredibly simple to have a customer owned cable modem. Maybe your provider changed from DOCSIS 2.0 to 3.0 and it's time to get a new modem, but generally speaking, I'm staring at a cable modem right now that I own and don't pay a monthly charge for. Most cable company's even publish a list of supported models, yours included.

In fairness to the original complainer, it's much, much more unlikely to use your own gear with FIOS. Especially if your FIOS includes a non-Internet service.

Comment Re:The 6th gen was a spike above the normal trend (Score 2) 232

I think it has more to do with the iPhone 6 generation being a very popular upgrade, mostly due to the larger screen sizes.

Am I the only one who remembers the pre-iPhone6 fanbois sneering at the Samsung phone large screen and insisting that the iPhone was "right-sized"?

That goes to show the level of iPhonyness of the Apple zealots.

The millions of iPhone SE sales probably mean that some of those small screen fans really were fans of small screens, and still buy small screened iPhones.

Comment Re:Doomed to fail (Score 1) 121

This sounds a lot like Comcast's XFinity, where you sign in to a website to watch cable TV. Good job guys, you've finally done what Comcast did 3 years ago... And you managed to limit it to only your channels. Now I can get less than 1/5th of the total channels for 1/3 of the price. What a bargain.

Yup. Their channels. Plus tons of others from other companies. Also the merger was just announced, and not approved yet. They don't really own those channels yet.

Comment Re:Doomed to fail (Score 1) 121

This is just silliness. The trend is very much toward being able to pick and choose what shows we want to watch, when we want to watch them. Preferably commercial-free. (I pay don't even mind paying for commercial-free content, I already pay Hulu the extra $4/mo.)

The idea of 'channels', 'stations', 'broadcasters', and someone else picking out the programming we might be interested in going the way of the floppy drive. Telling someone like me you're offering 100 channels is nonsense and useless information. I'm more interested in what programming/content there will be to choose from, and if I can't choose, not going to subscribe, end of story.

Bad business choice on AT&T's part. Will never make money. Will definitely not lure 'cable cutters.' We're a whole new breed of content consumer, unlike the cable-television junkie of old.

I'm a cable cutter. Playstation Vue subscriber. And depending on the particulars (locals, cloud DVR, specific channels in the 100 package, etc), I might even switch. In my market, Vue has locals (CBS, FOX, NBC + On Demand only ABC). They have all the local sports regionals, plus all the major cable sports (BeIn, NBCSN, FS1, FS2, all the ESPNs, SEC, etc). That alone is easily worth half the $45 I pay. Cable News, plus eight other cable channels I watch at least one show on easily pays for the other half. My kids watch Nick, Disney, etc on top of that. My wife watches TLC and others on top of THAT. There is no scenario I see where it'd be cheaper to ala carte things, go see how much CBS All Access charges to figure it out...

Comment Re:Comcast (Score 1) 121

Hell, what about the cap on my U-Verse data service? It's the only hard line available, in city limits, yet it's too slow to even support U-Verse TV.

AT&T owns DirecTV and already said DirecTV Now viewing will be zero rated. Regarding the above AC post about Comcast cable cap, you just pay them extra for unlimited. It's going up to a $50 option, which stinks, but for me, $100 total (Comcast 90mb down, 15 up, unlimited bandwidth) isn't the worst deal. I subscribe to PS Vue for another $45, and I'm still paying less than I used to for "traditional TV", plus I don't have "traditional cable boxes" littering my house.

Comment Re:Also, is it a la carte? (Score 1) 121

Again, if not it's worthless. I'm tired of paying for stations and content that I would never in a million years want to watch. If one penny of my money goes to Bravo, for instance, there is no amount of value you could add elsewhere which would persuade me to help pay for their "reality"-TV drivel.

I'm holding out for the day I can get a la carte channels. We pretty much watch AMC (Walking Dead) ,History (Vikings), BTN/ESPN/2/3 (college football & basketball), Fox (Gotham) and HBO (GOT, Westworld, movies, etc.). Also throw in a dash of CNN/Fox News to get both sets of propaganda, and I'd be good to go.

I mean... assuming HBO is $15 (because it is), and ESPN would be $15 (because they get a TON of money from cable and satellite companies now, by far the highest paid), you'd have to be able to get AMC, History, FOX, CNN and Fox News for a buck each to equal the $35 from DirecTV Now. Now granted DirecTV's service won't include HBO at that price point, but I'm not sure skinny bundles are going to save anybody money in the next few years compared to $35 to $55 fat bundles from Vue, Sling, now DirecTV, and coming soon Hulu and Google.

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