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The Xfinity TV App Is Actually OK; And Why To Get a New Modem

I’m not sure if this letter went out to everyone, but the other day I received a letter from Comcast. Usually, these go right in recycling after reading the first line, but this one caught my attention. My Internet speed was being increased but my modem was too old to process it. So I needed to get a new modem.

My modem was at least 4 years old, a now ancient version of the Motorola Surfboard so I wasn’t too upset to have to replace it. I called Comcast tech support to find the best, and fastest new modem they would recommend. This turned out to be the best customer service call I’ve ever had from Comcast.


First the gentleman walked me through a couple modem options and I settled on the new Motorola Surfboard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem and purchased it through Amazon for $86.

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HBO, CBS and Lionsgate Break the Mold and Announce New Streaming Services

hbo3I never understood HBO’s reasoning for tying themselves to only customers who have a cable subscription.  That was how I remember HBO and Showtime working when I was a kid, but times have changed, and the new media tide is bigger and moving faster than these companies may have expected.

When I cut the cord, losing HBO was my biggest challenge because I love their content. Sure there are ways around it.  You can use someone else’s HBO Go account, or just wait for the programming to appear on Netflix or Amazon Prime.  But HBO’s content is discussed the day after it airs.  It’s timely and compelling.  It demands to be watched now.

Thankfully, HBO announced that they would be launching a stand alone streaming service that is unhooked from the cable subscription.  This was news to my ears.  And they will gain me back as a customer right away, and I’m sure I’m not alone.

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A Few Updates From My Original Post

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 primeAmazon’s own excellent Prime service, this box allows for gaming, photos and music applications and also voice control, which is a first.

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A Simple Guide For How to Cut The Cord on Cable TV and Get More Content for Less

imgedward20scissorhands1This site is one page long, written by a former cable subscriber who has found new light without cable.  By the end of this article you will be able to get local HD TV programming for free, get more TV/movies than you can digest for $20/month or less, get free two-day shipping on everything you order from Amazon.com, and learn a bit about home media serving for when you’re really a cordless rockstar.

Time to Jump Ship
I had finally had enough. As they do every six months it seems, my cable provider (Comcast) raised my cable TV rates and added a $10 “technology fee” on top of what was already becoming an outrageous monthly expense. And I don’t watch enough TV to justify $120/month, which if invested at 7% over the next 15 years could likely be enough to send one of my kids to college.

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