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The Hunt for the Best TV Streaming Service

Streaming services have changed the rules of the television entertainment game. Television entertainment used to be the monopoly of big cable companies at one time. It is now slowly getting decentralized. Getting into a contract is not the only way to watch your favorite TV show anymore. Even television is not a prerequisite for it. All you need is a device with a screen and a high speed internet connection, and you will have everything – popular shows, news, movies, music, and so much more – right in your hands. Here are some of the best streaming services  and what makes them worth your consideration. If you are someone who is looking to cut the cord, then these are your best bets.


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No list about streaming services can be complete without a mention of Netflix. Why? Because it is not only a pioneer in the industry, but a frontrunner in sourcing some of the most desired content for its users. Netflix has grown over the years from a DVD rental service to what it is today – a giant with 80 million subscribers. They have developed a highly user-friendly interface that allows the users to navigate through the huge library of content on Netflix rather easily. If that is not enough, once you start using Netflix, you will start getting recommendations for what other shows or movies you should watch. This is a great way to watch some really good and new content. The movie library at Netflix is pretty awesome. You have some of the most recent movie titles and short feature films to choose from. The TV shows on Netflix are not really its strong suit, but it is a decent collection, where you will find complete seasons of many popular shows.

Apart from all the sourced content, Netflix has also started producing a lot of original content for its users. This has been a huge plus point, since they have aired some outstanding shows like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and Bloodline, among others. They have been loved by the audience and are highly critically acclaimed. Netflix has invested a lot of its money in creating more such shows. Such exclusive and high quality content has made the service even more desirable.

Netflix has been one of the most affordable streaming services around. However, the service has recently announced a hike in its subscription fee, which makes it a little costlier than other similar services. The standard Netflix package now costs the new users $9.99. This is the most popular package on Netflix that offers HD content streamed to two screens simultaneously.

Since Netflix is wildly popular and has been around for a long time now, many of the streaming devices come with a Netflix app. It can be easily accessed on smartphones, gaming consoles, smart TVs, and most other electronic devices. So, hardware compatibility will not be an issue at all when you subscribe to Netflix.

Amazon Prime Instant Video

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Amazon Prime Instant Video is another popular service that has rather quickly made its presence felt in the world of streaming services. The Amazon branding does not hurt either. But, it is the high quality content and lots of it that brings in the subscribers.

First of all, subscribers get access to the huge library of Amazon Prime Instant Video, which the company has built through its relationships with big media companies. There is a good collection of television shows and movies. The users can watch a lot of original programming on this streaming service like All or Nothing, Mozart in the Jungle, and so on. However, these are not as popular as the original shows on Netflix.

One more important point to bear in mind is that there are many Amazon Prime benefits that this subscription comes with. These include Amazon 2-day shipping, access to free Kindle eBooks, free Amazon Music, and so on. These benefits definitely sweeten up the deal. The subscription to Amazon Prime Instant Video costs around $10.99 for a month. The annual subscription offers an even better value at $99 per year. So, if you are planning to stick to one subscription service, then the annual plan is definitely the way to go.


This is a streaming service from the Showtime Networks. The subscribers get unlimited access to Showtime’s programming, which includes movies, TV shows, comedy, sports, and so much more. You can enjoy all of this anytime you wish. Showtime airs hit TV shows like Homeland and Masters of Sex, which you can binge-watch. Apart from this, you will also be able to watch live TV, which means that all the content that is being aired on the Showtime channel on cable will be available to the online subscribers as well.

This streaming service is available for $10.99 per month. It can be accessed on all kinds of devices including laptop, tablets, gaming consoles, smart phones and TVs. Showtime is also available with Apple devices, media streamers like Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV. If you want to get Showtime added to your existing Hulu subscription, then you can get it for only $9. It should be clear by now that this is not the same as Showtime Anytime streaming service. Showtime Anytime is a cable-based app, which means that you should be subscribed to a traditional cable provider to get it. On the other hand, this is a standalone app, and does not depend on any other subscription.

Sling TV

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Cord cutters have always aimed for a service that offers them television programming as extensive as that of cable, along with the freedom of online streaming. This is a tall order to match, but streaming services are moving towards this ultimate destination. Sling TV is one of the services that comes very close to such expectations.

Sling TV offers a collection of over 20 live TV channels to its users. These include the likes of History, Food Network, Travel Channel, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family, and more. Sling TV offers a lot of add-on packages for extra $5 each. These include Kids, Lifestyle, World News, Hollywood and Sports package. The sports programming on Sling TV is one of its most popular offerings by the streaming service. No other streaming service offers live sports channels. But, Sling TV offers ESPN and ESPN 2 as part of its core package. Then, there is the additional sports package that offers channels like SEC Network, ESPNews, Universal Sports, and others.

Sling TV is a subsidiary of Dish Network. However, you do not need to get a subscription to the cable network to get Sling TV. It is a standalone service that you can get for a $20 monthly subscription fee.

You just need to pay the subscription and then install the application on any device supported by the service. Sling TV can be streamed on any Android or iOS devices including phones, tablets and laptops. It can also be accessed using Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Xbox One.


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This is a streaming service that rents and even sells movie titles to its users. VUDU is a video streaming service that does not work on the subscription-based model like Netflix. Users can choose movie titles to rent or buy in both standard and high definition. VUDU is not a new service. It has been around for quite a while now and is owned by the retail giant, Walmart. However, the service has not been as popular as Netflix.

VUDU has a lot to offer in terms of quantity and quality of movies. It also claims that it has the highest number of high definition movies, more than any other streaming services in the market. On one hand, you have Netflix, where you pay for the subscription once and you are done. You can watch most of the content at no additional charges. However, if you are a complete movie buff, then VUDU may cause you to stack up costs really fast. You will get latest content for rental much quicker than Netflix and it is also a good service to watch the most recent releases occasionally.

Hulu Plus

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Most of the streaming services focus their attention on their movie library. It is rather easy to find a movie title with a streaming service than locating the latest episode of your favorite television show. Though Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video have a decent library of television shows, none come even close to that of Hulu Plus.

Hulu Plus is the best service for you, if you are more into TV shows than movies. You will find a huge selection of the latest shows. While other services update their libraries only a season or even a year after the show is released, Hulu Plus updates the episodes within a day or sometimes, hours after it has been aired on the cable. This is made possible because of the big-ticket co-owners of Hulu Plus that include Twenty First Century Fox, the Walt Disney Co., and NBC Universal Television Group. Hulu Plus also offers a movie library, but it is not as impressive as other major competitors like Netflix.

The service is available at a subscription fee of just $7.99. However, there are a lot of commercials in the content streamed on Hulu Plus. The company has recently floated an $11.99 per month package, which allows the subscribers to enjoy their content with only the bare minimum amount of ads.

Netflix is Expanding Daredevil into a Mini-Marvel Universe

The world of Hell’s Kitchen, Daredevil, and other great Marvel villains and heroes is soon going to change, and Netflix is soon getting ready to announce it. While only tidbits have been released so far, it has been confirmed that four new shows and a miniseries will soon be added to the Netflix lineup. Iron First, Luke Cage, and others will be making their way onto the Netflix platform within the coming months, and fans are building their anticipation.

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The discussion of Marvel’s universe has long been the center of much debate and entertainment. If there’s one thing Marvel is best at, it’s probably making great shows and movies that all intertwine and connect. In fact, Marvel introduced the idea to the movie world just a few years ago. Now, Netflix is jumping on board to help make the Marvel world even larger, and they’ve even announce a miniseries. The process has officially already begun with the recent release of Daredevil, but Netflix says that’s just the beginning.

The addition of Daredevil and the announcement of other shows has proven profitable for Netflix who has experienced an increase in subscriptions after adding some of their most recent series. This is a good sign for any Marvel fan, as Netflix has already made it clear that they can produce quality Marvel adaptions.

Daredevil has been gaining a lot of momentum lately as more fans jump on board to the Netflix platform and see what it’s all about. Countless cross-over possibilities have already been mentioned, and fans are waiting to see what Netflix has in store for the Marvel universe.

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Alongside Daredevil, it’s already been confirmed that Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage will also be receiving their own shows based in the same universe. Cross-overs are already in the works, and fans are expecting the next Netflix Marvel adaptions to be just as great as Daredevil.

Last year, an on-going fan speculation was finally made official: The Defenders will also be made into a miniseries (by Netflix). Similar to The Avengers, The Defenders will be a miniseries starring all of Netflix’s Marvel characters. Fans have guessed – and hoped – that Netflix and Marvel will also choose to include the villains and heroes from other Marvel movies and series. Either way, it’s expected to grow into something huge.

But, the deal between Marvel and Netflix expands far beyond TV shows. A couple of years ago, Netflix and Disney-Marvel signed a deal that would change the world of Marvel’s characters. At the time, the landmark partnership didn’t get much attention, as it wasn’t set to take effect until 2016. Now, with next year already coming up quick, and with the highly-successful release of Daredevil, fans have been reminded of the deal.

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The unprecedented deal gave Netflix first-run rights to all of the upcoming U.S. movies, including those that have now been acquired with the Lucasfilm purchase.

This is big news for not only Marvel fans, but for Netflix subscribers in general. This deal, while seemingly insignificant when first signed, can very well be a game changer in the field of on-demand streaming. When fans hear Netflix has first-run rights to Disney films, surely the on-demand streaming platform will experience a rush of new subscribers. But, it also means big news for Marvel as it will allow Netflix to continue with their project of adapting Marvel’s characters for the home screen.

Out of all of the news recently, fans seem to be most excited about the possibility of The Defenders. While already in the works, details of the miniseries aren’t yet known, but fans have confirmed that the show will be watchable in a marathon-setting. Unlike Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is heavily dependent and tied into the Marvel movies, it’s expected that The Defenders will be based in the same world, but on a smaller scale. This of course spells good news for fans who aren’t keeping up with the latest releases, and it also shows that Marvel is taking a slightly different path.

With 2015 nearly half way over already, Netflix subscribers are gearing up for everything the platform has in store. The Marvel adaptions have already proven to be highly successful with the recent debut of Daredevil, and future series are only expected to get better. The landmark deal between Disney-Marvel and Netflix is also going to prove beneficial to Netflix and its subscribers.

Fans of Marvel are waiting to see what will come of the rapidly expanding TV universe.

3 Characters from the Comic That The Walking Dead Should Include


The Walking Dead series doesn’t always stick closely to the original comic source material; the TV show has even introduced entirely new characters and storylines, such as the characters of Daryl and Merle, who were not in the original comics. The show has also altered the personal ties and backstories of certain characters, such as Tyreese, who different significantly from his comic book counterpart. Despite the many differences between the two ‘Walking Deads,’ the TV show usually does incorporate many elements from the original comic books, including its characters. The following are three characters from the comics that The Walking Dead TV show should add to its repertoire.

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Negan is one of the most intense, dangerous and cruel characters in the entire comic book series. Negan rules with an iron fist and enjoys his cruelty openly, making him a great contrast to the show’s previous villains—like the Governor, who put a façade of kindness and only let his cruelty show during very private moments, or when he became completely unhinged.

Negan would add a lot of tension and fear into the show. However, the writers would have to be careful and make sure that he is not portrayed as being too over-the-top, since the comic book Negan is prone to lots of outlandish dialogue. But dialogue that works in the context of a comic book does not always work on a television show.

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Negan would not be complete without his counterpart, Ezekiel. While Ezekiel is also the ruler of a group, he reigns with rules and consequents, and not abject cruelty or savagery. One element of Ezekiel may needto be altered for TV—namely his pet tiger, Shiva—but he would otherwise make a great addition to the show’s cast.

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Dwight is one of the most tragic and compelling characters of the original comic book series. Dwight is introduced during the “Savior” storyline of the comic book show. Dwight is one of Negan’s main underlings, and is well known–and feared–for his deadly accuracy with a crossbow. Dwight becomes tangled in the fight between the ‘Saviors’ and those living in the Alexandria Safe-Zone and he becomes torn between his loyalty and fear of Negan and his desire to live with survivors who are not cruel and dangerous. Dwight is an emotionally interesting character who could add some much needed ‘grey’ to the show’s antagonists.




Hello Ladies Pilot


Think back to your most awkward bar experience. Perhaps you struck out with that dashing young man or smoking-hot lady seated by the bar. Perhaps your rendition of ‘the robot’ wasn’t a hit on the dance floor. A fashion faux-pas was your downfall, maybe? Whatever it was, take a moment to really take in the scene and feel the humiliation. That is what watching the Hello Ladies pilot was like.

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Now, that’s not to say it wasn’t enjoyable- Stephen Merchant is delightfully funny and the humor is reminiscent of his work on The Office. The difference here is that it’s more ‘cringe-inducing’ humor that tends to rely on Stuart (the main character, who Stephen plays) being woefully desperate while everyone around him remains rotten. Being lanky and ‘awkward’ in appearance himself, Merchant plays this role perfectly, as well as writes and works on other parts of the show. If you’re not a fan of ‘cringe-humor’, you may not care for this brand of comedy. It has a lot of potential, and many will be able to identify with the manic mishaps of Stuart and his friends.

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In the pilot, the main characters are introduced- just as you’d expect. Stuart runs a web-design service and has a roommate named Jessica who could become a love interest later on (maybe too predictably), as well as a best friend named Wade who is grieving a divorce. The pilot opens with a scene at a bar where Stuart and Wade successfully approach- and then strike out with- a pair of ladies enjoying some drinks. The awkwardness is hard to swallow in even this opening scene, and one can’t help but laugh as he goes in for a number to which the lady replies “I don’t have a phone!” as she sprints away. Classic.

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The rest of the pilot revolves around Stuart pursuing love interest Courtney, a woman working with Jessica on her web series. Stuart manages to arrange to meet Courtney at a nightclub, and drags Wade along to try to ‘soothe’ his divorce woes. Wade brings along Kives, a wheelchair-bound ladies man who Stuart loathes, and they hit up the club. Stuart finds Courtney who then tricks him into buying a round of 800$ drinks for her and her friends. He plays bartender, even taking orders and special requests, and then is denied a seat by Courtney or any of her friends. In what has to be the most awkward scene on recent television, Stuart trips into the table of 800$ drinks, soaking him and revealing the condom in his pocket. Facepalm worthy to the max.

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Kives is the only successful club-goer of the three, taking Courtney’s best friend home with him. Wade spent the night showing pictures of his ex-wife to potential dates on his laptop (yes, he WAS dancing around the club with the laptop bag over his shoulder- humorous in its ridiculousness) and Stuart, well, we know what happened. While viewers may find Stuart a bit too unlikeable, high hopes reign on for this series. Hopefully the writing will take a turn from “it’s funny because everybody is so awful to each other” to slightly more sophisticated humor.

Time Warner Cable Will Exceed Your Expectations


Everyone needs to be able to relax when they get home from a stressful day at work or school. This means they need quality programming and other digital services that make relaxing at home fun and easy.

Time Warner Cable offers three great services that can help their customers get all of the home entertainment and communications tools they want.

Time Warner Cable TV offers over 275 channels, with programming available on sports, news, prime time dramas, children’s programming, music videos and more. Time Warner Cable TV channels are digital quality with high definition channels as well. These channels come in a selection of channel packages that make it convenient for the family to get the channels they want, without having to pay for the programming they don’t want. Time Warner Cable TV even offers International programming that can help get familiar programming in a familiar language for the Spanish or Hispanic Households.

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Time Warner Cable TV also offers digital features like the DVR, or digital video recorder. The DVR makes it possible to record and store programming on up to five channels at once, making it possible for the kids and the parents in the house to get their programming at the end of the night, no matter what time they get home.

The DVR also makes it possible to watch On Demand and Pay Per View selections with more control. The DVR is capable of rewinding, fast forwarding and pausing the selections found On Demand and on Pay Per View to let viewers make their own instant replays, pause to get something to eat or fast forward through commercials, just like with a VCR, but better. Entertainment doesn’t get any better than this!

Time Warner Cable TV can provide thousands of On Demand choices like sports programming, music videos, children’s shows, and network programming that can give the family On Demand access to prime time shows anytime they have time to watch them. On Demand is also the best source for instant access to blockbuster hits, giving the family a selection that can keep them entertained, no matter what time of the day or night it is.

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Time Warner Cable TV also offers Pay Per View selections, as well. This programming option makes it possible to get live programming from all over the world. Pay Per View provides live programming for events like UFC fights, professional boxing and wrestling matches and golfing tournaments. Pay Per View can also provide the family with live music and comedy events. This digital feature makes it possible to get front row seats in the comfort of the family living room, for a much cheaper rate than seeing them in person.

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Time Warner Cable Digital Home Phone is another way for the family to get what it needs through one great provider. This phone service offers calling to locations like the United States,  Canada and Puerto Rico, all for the same low monthly rate. With no long distance charges for the family to pay, there is more to spend where it is needed. This calling service makes it possible to get the service and the calling features at a fixed monthly rate. The Time Warner Cable Digital Home Phone service offers up to ten calling features, including call forwarding, call waiting, three way calling, call return, caller ID and more, making it convenient to get the calling features every family needs.

These services are made available in the bundled packages that Time Warner Cable has to offer for added convenience. These are the Time Warner Cable Triple Play Bundles, offering digital cable TV services, digital voice services and broadband internet services, all in one bill.

Dish Network Satellite TV Will Make Your Family Happy

You probably knew that Dish Network Satellite Television has a large selection of programming, but did you know that Dish can offer you a bundled service package that provides home internet and home phone services, also? Dishnetwork provides Bundled packages to increase the value of your home services and provide you with monthly discounts that fit into your monthly entertainment budget.

When you use Dish TV programming, you have access to up to six different programming packages, with hundreds of television channels. You can choose from American programming or go with an International programming package. You can also access thousands of On Demand and Pay Per View selections that you can watch at your leisure. DishTV also provides a selection of DVRs and HD-DVRs that can give your family a customized viewing experience.

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The newest HD-DVR from Dish is the Hopper. This device can record up to 250 of HD content and up to 2,000 hours of standard definition content. It will skip commercials and help find the remote, and it will show up to four different shows on four different televisions at one time. It’s a great tool for busy families that need enough storage for everyone.

The Hopper can be used with the Dish Anywhere service, which provides remote access to your live channels, recorded programming and On Demand selections. Dish Anywhere can give you access to movies and shows while you are in the park, in the break room on lunch or on the commute home.

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Just sign on with your smartphone, laptop or tablet and you can have the best entertainment package DishTV has to offer at your fingertips.

Dishnet can provide high-speed internet and quality home phone services. When you bundle your services through Dish Network, you save money and get the convenience of easy online bill pays that also save time.

Charter Cable Deals Have Been Improving

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If you are sick and tired of getting shafted by cable companies then it might be time for a change.  With Charter Communications Bundles you can enjoy the best technologies in the world when it comes to home service without paying out the wazoo for them!  Charter Internet, Charter TV in Digital, and Charter Phone Unlimited use the world’s best technologies for the best way to keep in contact with the entire world from your very own home.


Without a safe internet experience it can be hard to get yourself to do anything online without worrying about it.  Combatting the worst online threats of the decade, Charter Internet comes loaded with an advanced security package.  Stay free from debilitating viruses, costly identity and other types of theft, trojans, bots, malware, spyware, and other online threats that are always increasing their presence online.  The Charter Security Suite updates regularly and even comes with parental controls so that even the kids will not be in harm’s way online.

Personal features such as access to for a plethora of live sporting events on a day-to-day basis are perfect for occupying your entertainment needs online. Other exciting features include personal email accounts, personal home pages, and much more!

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Charter Internet is available in three different speeds which guarantee that your house is not paying for a service it does not require.  With Charter Internet Lite and Express you can enjoy instant page uploads, fast checking of email, and the ability to download your basic pictures and music files. Ideal for households without children or with only a few people in them, Charter Lite is effective and efficient!

Plus, Max, and Ultra are each incredibly fast and facilitate awesome streaming abilities, video chatting capabilities, HD streaming, instant surfing, and the fastest downloading just to name a few.  A PowerBoost feature comes with these three internet selections from Charter Internet and guarantee almost instantaneous downloading of some of the largest files and programs you can find on the web.  Without spending all your time waiting to do things online, just do them and move on with your next online or other activity with fluidity, only with Charter High Speed Internet.

Have you ever wanted to have complete control over your television?  With Charter TV in Digital you can with a freely included Digital Video Recorder!  This nifty little box grants total control to anyone with the remote over what you watch and how you watch it.  DVRs have the ability to pause, stop, rewind, fast-forward, and record live television instantly!  Perfect for when you cannot watch a show doe to prior engagements, the DVR can record many shows on different channels simultaneously and in HD.

The best part about having a DVR with Charter TV is that you will have access to almost everything that come on live television.  Charter TV has so many channels with specific programming that you will have access to international movies, news, and shows in their original language and formatting, you will have access to more sports stations than you can imagine with the most obscure sporting events to the most exciting, the best news, kid’s shows, and so much more!  Find it all and watch it at any time with your new DVR included with Charter TV.

A ton of High Definition selections are included with Charter TV including over 900 choices with HD On Demand.  Letting you select from thousands of movies, shows, programs, and videos and watch them instantly, On Demand is the perfect tool for a movie night with a date or a whimsical viewing.  You can even enjoy Pay-Per-View for the best live events right in your own home, many of which are in HD for that realistic touch to make it feel like you are really there!

Millions of households have transitioned to Charter Phone Unlimited and they always keep coming back.  Complete satisfaction is the goal, and when you consider Charter Phone’s bundle of features you can see Charter’s dedication to customers.  With call forwarding select you can always forward any call to your home phone to any other number so calls you want to take are never missed, ever!  Other features like anonymous call rejection and selective call acceptance assure that telemarketers and unwanted calls are a thing of the past, letting you enjoy every call every time.

The best audio quality with digital technology and an instant connection makes phoning friends and family enjoyable again without miscommunication.  You will definitely want to take advantage of such good audio quality as much as you can because Charter Phone comes with an unlimited calling plan so that calling across the country and even to Canada and Puerto Rico will never cost you an extra dime.

Take charge of your life with these three services from Charter Cable Bundle.  Neither you nor your family will be disappointed, and you get to save money!  These entertainment and communication services can be conveniently mixed and matched for various degrees of savings, so see what is right for you, order your Charter package online today.