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Podcast: Bad News for PlayStation VUE and Disney

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(1:36) Playstation Vue surprises customers with a big price hike. We also cover the current subscriber numbers for the top Pay TV and streaming services.

Top pay TV services https://www.ncta.com/industry-data

Sling TV hit 2 million subs – http://www.fiercecable.com/cable/sling-tv-has-more-than-2m-subs-comscore-says

(16:36) A Pay TV company moves to streaming with MobiTV, and it opens up a world of possibilities for TV over the Internet. CSPIRE – https://www.cspire.com

(29:10) Disney is in trouble when it comes to their TV business.

Disney In decline – http://www.investopedia.com/news/disney-declining-cable-ratings-raise-concerns/

(43:50) Cord cutting and it’s effect on our kids.

(49:50) Hulu is driving the cord cutters – https://consumerist.com/2017/06/23/why-does-hulu-drive-more-cord-cutting-than-netflix-or-amazon-prime/

(53:30) What we’re watching (GLOW, Catastrophe, The Handmaid’s Tale, Orange is the New Black.)

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View Comments (6)

    • Sure thing. I wish I would have been doing it from the beginning. I'm thinking about going back, but that will take at least 54 hours.

  • Hi Dennis-
    First of all, I love the podcast. I am a PlayStation Vue subscriber who has been hit with the news of the $10 increase with no new channels coming. I chose Vue because it offered the best sports package (specifically BTN, along with all the EPSNs, FS1, FS2, etc.). In my area I can get CBS live on Vue and use an antenna to get NBC and FOX - ABC is out of range without going to the roof. I could switch to Hulu for maybe a few bucks less, but lose the live CBS feed for a FOX feed. My question is, do you see these type of services (Vue, Sling, YouTube, Hulu) eventually being able to offer ALL local channels?

    • I think that is an inevitability. Every customer wants it. It's really a matter of the networks seeing the light, which it seems they are. More and more local affiliates are giving the parent network to bargain on their behalf. The more networks that do that the easier it will be to get local channels.

      Thanks for listening to the pod. We appreciate it. If you have time, please hook us up with a review wherever you listen.

  • I like Playstation Vue, but will be dropping their service before they raise my bill. A 25% increase is ridiculous.