Here is this weeks update on news that affects current and soon to be cord cutters.
Philo is Now on More Devices
When we did our review of Philo, we found it to be one of the best values for cord cutters when it comes to streaming live TV. With Philo still priced at $20 per month, that still holds true today. This past week Philo added support for both Apple TV and Fire TV. Now Phil is supported on Apple iPhone and iPad (running iOS 9 or newer), Android phones and tablets (running 5.0 or newer), Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku.
If you want to give Philo a try, be sure to take advantage of this free trial offer.
More Price Hikes
Last time it was DirecTV Now and Sling TV raising their prices. This time around, PlayStation Vue is upping their month fee on all their packages by $5 per month. The price hike will go into effect on bills after July 31st, 2018. The price hike will affect Vue packages as follows
- Access: $45 per month, access to about 50 channels
- Core: $50 per month, with more than 60 channels
- Elite: $60 per month, with nearly 90 channels
- Ultra: $80 per month, with more than 90 channels including HBO and Showtime
Tablo DVR is On Sale
My favorite OTA DVR is currently on sale. You can get the Tablo Dual OTA DVR at Amazon for just $99. That is over 55% off the listed price. I haven’t seen a deal like this in some time. If you are looking to get a DVR to record shows from your Antenna, this is the best time to buy. If you want more details on this great DVR, check out why I think it’s the best OTA DVR available.
AT&T Wants to Tinker With HBO
When AT&T finalized its deal to acquire Time Warner, HBO was one of the properties they obtained. The New York Times reported that longtime AT&T executive and current head of Warner media had some choice words for HBO employees. After essentially saying they weren’t profitable enough, he said the following:
“I suspect if we’re in a situation where we’re going to be investing heavier, that means that there’s going to be more work for all of you to do — and you’re going to be working a little bit harder,”
He went on to say:
“You will work very hard, and this next year will — my wife hates it when I say this — feel like childbirth,” he said. “You’ll look back on it and be very fond of it, but it’s not going to feel great while you’re in the middle of it.”
Ill-advised metaphors aside, this has me nervous. HBO is a subscription-based service. Little money is generated from ad revenue. For people to subscribe, they want quality shows HBO has delivered in the past like “The Wire,” “The Sopranos,” “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld.”
Pushing quantity may affect the quality. People subscribe to HBO because they’ve created some of the greatest TV ever made. They’ve done this by letting creators do their job without a lot of input from business executives. I hope it remains that way, but Mr. Stankey’s words look like a bad omen.
Today, it’s being reported that the DOJ is looking to appeal the merger, but they are getting pushback from Solicitor General Noel Francisco. If he does approve, it’s possible that HBO won’t have to worry about Mr. Stankey’s edict.
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