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Comcast Subscribers Pay $1.9 Billion a Year for Free OTA Channels

22,508,000 subscribers paying $7 a month for broadcast channels comes out to around $157.6 million in monthly revenue for Comcast. Over the course of a year, Comcast gets about $1.9 billion from its Broadcast TV Fee. Again, these are channels you can get for free over the air with an antenna. – BillGeeks http://ift.tt/2uVOPgw

Microsoft’s Plan to Beam Internet Over TV Frequencies Is So Crazy It Might Work

If you were born before 1985, you might remember the days when TV signals floated through thin air, delivering episodes of Married With Children to homes across America without any wires. Those TV signals still exist, and in between the channels, there’s unused spectrum called white space. Enterprising scientists have figured out how to turn that white space into a sort of super wi-fi and broadcast internet service to a many miles-wide radius. What’s extra special is that, unlike wi-fi or cellular service, the stronger TV signal can penetrate buildings and other obstacles. This makes it ideal for rural areas, where conventional broadband service is either unavailable or prohibitively expensive. – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo http://ift.tt/2uaHSdG

Plex Just Killed My Cable Box Rental, and It Could Kill Yours Too

In the latest build of Plex, the server can actually automatically convert the media, resolving this problem. More importantly, you get now watch live TV via a feature called, strangely enough, Live TV. Now my dad, down in Texas, can log into my Plex server to watch New York baseball, or I can catch the finale of The Americans while sitting in a bar in downtown Brooklyn. Many cordcutting live TV services don’t offer that kind of freedom—locking you into a specific local viewing area and not allowing you to catch up on your shows when you’re far from home. – Alex Cranz, Gizmodo http://gizmo.do/tziOus3

This one app shows live streaming from all five free-to-air TV networks

The [Australian] app was launched this morning on iOS and Android, and starts off with live streaming of ABC, SBS, Seven, Channel 9, Ten, One, ABC2/ABC Kids, ABC ME, ABC News 24, 7Two, 7Mate, 7Flix, Racing.com, 9Gem, 9Go! and 9Life. Other channels are expected to be on-boarded as soon as they start digital streaming.[…] Freeview, an alliance of the five free-to-air networks, has claimed a world-first with its software. The industry has copped declining audience numbers in the face of digital-only streaming services such as Netflix and Stan; subscription TV providers such as Foxtel; and the fragmentation of viewers through multiple free-to-air channels. – Tony Yoo, Business Insider Australia http://ift.tt/2fsE8Nz

HDHomeRun is ready to make your Android TV a DVR

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While Kickstarter backers and subscribers can try things out now, some of the features still in the works include the View app for OS X, support for protected premium channels and pause/rewing on live TV (trick play). With Windows Media Center on ice and TiVo recently acquired, it’s an option worth considering if you’re not ready to go all-in on internet TV just yet. – Richard Lawler, Engadget
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