There’s been a lot of activity in the cable cutting, streaming space over the last 6 months since I began writing about the movement on this site. It appears more and more people are jumping on the bandwagon and companies have realized this is far from a fad, but is now a real-life change in media consumption.
I’ll try to keep the updates rolling in, but I wanted to hit a few high level ones that have made an impact recently.
First up is an excellent offering from Amazon.com that took everything that was great about Roku and many of the other stand alone streaming boxes, and upped the game even further. The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a new highly powerful $39 HD streaming stick that deserves proper exploration. In addition to allowing you to access the major streaming services, including Amazon’s own excellent Prime service, this box allows for gaming, photos and music applications and also voice control, which is a first.
Next up is a service that has been in the news quite a bit recently, because it is the subject of much debate [UPDATE: Unfortunately Aereo lost its court fight; their future is yet to be determined at this point]. This usually means that they are doing something cool, and indeed they are. The service I’m referring to is called Aereo and it allows you to watch high quality local programming through your streaming box. It helps the issue of spotty signal reception you might be encountering through your HD antenna, by harnessing a powerful signal and beaming it down to your box. As an added bonus it allows for DVR like recording capabilities so you can save your favorite shows and watch them at your convenience. It’s not available everywhere yet, but at $8/month it’s a heck of a cool option. When paired with everything else I’ve listed on this site, you can replace cable TV almost in its entirety, and perhaps access even more content.
Please feel free to add comments on new services and technologies that you encounter. Thanks for visiting the site.