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Author: John Dilley

Cable or Apple TV? Head-to-head Competition for Home Entertainment

If people are looking to have a TV service other than cable, one alternative is the Apple TV®, which Apple introduced back in 2007. Though Apple has not yet begun to market it as heavily as its other products, the company sold $1 billion worth of Apple TVs in 2013 alone. Apple also has a new model currently in development that is rumored to be enhanced and possibly even come with a gaming system. But which is better—Apple TV or cable? Read on to help you decide which option is better for you. Hardware and Price Both cable TV and Apple TV are set-top boxes you set up near your television, though cable TV will likely have an actual cable that runs to a cable outlet on your wall. An Apple TV costs roughly $100, while a cable set-top box generally comes with the original setup and monthly bill charges, which can vary from provider to provider and is also based on the number of channels that you order. As for monthly costs, Apple TV can be free if you don’t need access to any subscription-based channels. Cable, on the other hand, will always come with a monthly bill, which varies by provider, number of channels, and other features, such as DVR. DIRECTV offers a basic package with around 130 channels, ranging up to a more advanced premium package with...

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Who’s Really Making Money on March Madness?

Nobody won a billion dollars this year. But ad revenue numbers are coming in, and just hearing them doesn’t tell you where the money’s going. Who actually profits on America’s favorite college basketball tournament? The Top of the Bracket According to Kantar Media, the 2013 March Madness tournament generated $1.15 Billion in ad revenue1. That’s more than any other postseason sports broadcast including the NFL playoffs2. In 2013, one 30 second spot cost a whopping $1.42 million1. Based on last year’s numbers alone, CBS and Turner Sports stand to make somewhere between $300 million to $500 million in advertising profit in 2014. In 2011, CBS and Turner Sports struck a deal with the NCAA worth $10.8 Billion to gain exclusive broadcasting rights to the tournament through 2024. The ongoing deal gives the NCAA a $771 million payout annually4.   Round Two: The NCAA’s Budget The NCAA’s annual funding comes from the CBS/Turner payout and several major sponsorships from corporations like AT&T, Capital One, and Coca-Cola.3 In addition to the $771 million, the NCAA profits from licensing, marketing fees, and ticket sales from the men’s basketball tournament5. The NCAA’s annual revenue is somewhere around $845 million. $497.6 million6 of that is allotted to a Distribution Fund through which the NCAA helps colleges support their sports programs. The Basketball Fund (that covers the March Madness tournament plus yearly costs of basketball...

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How To Get the Sports Coverage You Want from Your TV Provider

Sometimes it can be difficult to pick a TV package that covers all of the sports you watch, especially with how many different channels are out there these days. Fortunately for the average sports fan, virtually every package will include local channels for regional sporting events as well as an ESPN or two for basic sports coverage. But what if that isn’t going to quench our sporting thirst? You can always get some add-on package or another from any cable provider that would give you just about any channel you’d want, but some do it better than others. The run-down Each of the four major cable providers (Cox, Charter, Time Warner Cable, and Comcast Xfinity) have several pre-set channel lineups. Of these, Cox gives us the most options with seven different packages for us to choose from. Comcast gives us five lineups, though only three of them have more than 80 channels. Time Warner offers four options and Charter has three. Virtually every package with every provider is going to give us the local channels, which will carry major sporting events like football games, golf tournaments, and NBA playoffs. Most of them will also carry regional sports network, such as Big Ten Network if you are in Big Ten country or the Pac-12 Networks if you’re in the western United States, as well as ESPN and ESPN 2. MMA...

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10 Must-See “Game of Thrones” Websites

  People just can’t get enough of the battle for the Iron Throne. “Game of Thrones” fans were even deemed the most devoted fan base by Vulture. But, between the books, the TV show, and the countless GoT dedicated websites, keeping up with all the GoT material starts to make you to feel the way Jon Snow must have felt while climbing The Wall. Fear not GoT devotees, we ventured into the wilderness of the web on a quest to find the sites most worthy of ruling over your attention. We emerged victorious and now present to you the...

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What Does Net Neutrality Mean For TV?

In the discussion about net neutrality, the subject of TV frequently comes up. Most of the time, it’s because Netflix is the current poster child for high bandwidth usage. A question that doesn’t get asked often enough is whether the fallout from the recent ruling on net neutrality will have any effect on your TV service or the monthly bill. The easiest answer is that net neutrality shouldn’t affect TV service at all. It’s apples and oranges, as far as FCC regulation is concerned. However, just as both apples and oranges would be regulated under ‘fruit laws,’ there are several reasons why net neutrality has some bearing on TV service. Both services draw from the same general pool of FCC regulatory history and guidelines, and both services are largely offered by the same companies. On top of that, the results of the ruling are likely to deeply affect how TV programming is viewed on the Internet, which will have (already has) an effect on TV service. The ruling itself is open to debate. Many take the “win the battle, lose the war” view, meaning the Court of Appeals technically upheld the letter of net neutrality while also opening the door wide for blatantly ‘non-neutral’ practices. Essentially, the FCC regulations are now being interpreted to support Internet service providers who want to be able to charge more for higher bandwidth...

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