This week, the FCC ruled that cable cards or "navigation devices" are being eliminated from their mandated reporting requirements. The FCC has determined that at less than a half-million users, with it dropping by 50,000 every year, it is no longer required for cable companies to have to report them or support them.
cutting the cable
Jake recently "cut the cable" in favor of fiber. He's getting 700 MBps up and down. Leo says WOW. Jake wants to be able to connect his router to it so he can back up his computer. Leo says he would have to put the Verizon router in bridge mode and it won't do it. He will need to get another router that can handle that kind of speed.
Gloria wants to know if the Fire TV stick is a good deal for cutting the cord. Rich recommends the Fire TV Stick 4K because it's the best option and it's only $10 more. Then he recommends also picking up the Fire TV Recast for the local channels. However, Gloria will need an antenna or subscribe to DirecTV Now for those local channels, minus KTLA.
Scott will want to look at the price point vs. the channels he wants. The nice thing about Playstation Vue is that they have live, local programming.
Jay is going to "cut the cable" from his HD provider but he wants to still do DVR recordings over the air. Leo says it can be done. Check out ChannelMaster.com. TIVO may do it as well, but it requires a monthly fee.
Ruth ditched satellite, has the cable and bought a few Leaf antennas for her TV. She also streams sometimes with cellular internet and sometimes it fails. Leo says that may be due to bandwidth caps. Ruth says Netflix buffers while Amazon Prime has no problem. Leo says that after 6pm, Netflix is being used by everyone. And maybe Netflix hasn't pad tribute to the cell provider for higher speed internet. That practice was started by Comcast.
Jeff has had it with Time Warner. He's tired of paying $180 for TV, Internet, and phone, especially since he only watches a handful of channels on that cable subscription. He also hates it when he can't get his voicemail deleted even though he's retrieved the voicemail over email. His DVR has also been completely erased due to a service issue. How can he cut the cable? How can he record everything he needs all at once after doing so?
Rusty is interested in cutting cable, and wants to know how he can do that. Leo says that if he's in an area where he can get over the air local channels with an antenna, then he can get most of his live programming free. Check out AntennaWeb.org for suggestions on the best antennas for his area.
James says that prices of cable and satellite services are escalating. What can he do to cut the cable and get the same programming? Leo says that content companies are raising prices and cable companies are just passing the cost along. Cutting the cable can be done by using streaming and buying ala carte channels. It would be great if he could do that and eliminate the middle man. He could also get exactly what he wants and none of what he doesn't. But the cable companies are standing in the way. That's where streaming and buying shows on iTunes and Netflix is beneficial.
Tech reporter Ryan Block tried to cancel his Comcast cable account on the phone, but the account rep wouldn't let him. He tried for over an hour to get Ryan to change his mind. Leo says that he's learned the rep loses money on his salary after a percentage of accounts get cancelled, to the point where he ends up making minimum wage. So the representative probably was trying to save his salary. This is a bad way to do business, and Comcast later issued an apology for the hardship that Ryan dealt with.