1.7 Million Cable TV Users Cut The Cord in 2016 Pay TV providers lost ...
1.7 Million Cable TV Users Cut The Cord in 2016
Pay TV providers lost another 319,000 net cable customers last quarter as cord cutting saw its “fastest quarterly acceleration on record” according to one analyst. While some cable providers like Comcast had small to modest growth (Comcast added just 80,000 pay TV users on the quarter), other companies like Charter didn’t fare quite as well (Charter lost 50,000 on the quarter). Other companies (Dish, AT&T) continued to lose traditional TV customers, but padded their losses by including less profitable streaming video customers in their totals.
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by Karl Bode
Monday Mar 06 2017 10:00 EST
YouTube has finally announced its long-rumored online television service that doesn’t require a cable subscription. Known simply as YouTube TV, it features local broadcast networks and channels like ESPN for $35 a month.
Interestingly, YouTube TV will be its own app, reflecting a “mobile first” approach. Features include a cloud DVR with unlimited storage, machine learning-powered recommendations, and the promise of service reliability. These features will also be available through the web and traditional television sets.
By Abner Li – Feb. 28th 2017
Former Firefox developer Robert O’Callahan, now a free agent and safe from the PR tentacles of his corporate overlord, says that antivirus software is terrible, AV vendors are terrible, and that you should uninstall your antivirus software immediately—unless you use Microsoft’s Windows Defender, which is apparently okay.
A couple of months back, Justin Schuh, Google Chrome’s security chief, and indeed one of the world’s top infosec bods, said that antivirus software is “my single biggest impediment to shipping a secure browser.” Further down the thread he explains that meddling AV software delayed Win32 Flash sandboxing “for over a year” and that further sandboxing efforts are still on hold due to AV. The man-in-the-middle nature of antivirus also causes a stream of TLS (transport layer security) errors, says Schuh, which in turn breaks some elements of HTTPS/HSTS.
These are just two recent instances of browser makers being increasingly upset with antivirus software. Back in 2012, Nicholas Nethercote, another Mozillian working on Firefox’s MemShrink project said that “McAfee is killing us.” In that case, Nethercote was trying to reduce the memory footprint of Firefox, and found that gnarly browser add-ons like McAfee were consuming a huge amount of memory, amongst other things. If you venture off-piste into the browser mailing lists, anti-antivirus sentiment has bubbled away just below the surface for a very long time.
By Sebastian Anthony (UK) – 1/27/2017, 9:16 AM
Everybody hates Wi-Fi. The boxes are ugly, and it never seems to work when you need it. But just when you thought wireless internet was unfixable, the most boring and hated appliance in your house may be on the verge of actually, um, working.
Many of today’s devices are overcoming the design and technological flaws that marred the industry throughout its existence. The latest gadgets boast more effective antennas and do a better job cutting through radio interference. Some just look nicer than the hideous routers of yesteryear, with their thicket of wires, blinking lights and plastic parts akimbo.
A review of four newly released devices that employ the latest home-wireless technologies showed impressive results. In Bloomberg’s tests, the wireless routers were dramatically more reliable than their predecessors and attractive enough to earn a place on the mantle.