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Verizon to take on AT&T, Comcast with residential LTE service

Verizon LTE residentialVerizon has indicated that it plans a residential LTE broadband service that could roll out in the fourth quarter, a fixed antenna that would challenge AT&T, Comcast and others for a home broadband connection.

Verizon also reiterated that it plans to concentrate its FiOS investments in areas it already serves.

Verizon executives said that a national rollout of a fixed broadband LTE voice and data package could be based on the "cantenna," a fixed antenna that it has already deployed with DirecTV, according to comments made by Francis J. Shammo, Verizon's chief financial officer, during Verizon's earnings call last Friday.

While Verizon executives did not state that the company was winding down its residential fiber optic (FiOS) service, executives gave several hints that geographic expansion was not in the cards. Verizon already serves 16.27 million premises in its 12-state wireline service territory, representatives said via email, mostly on the East Coast. But Verizon also began indicating in 2010 that it was going to focus its FiOS investments on the markets it already serves, last year.

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TV on DVD: August 17, 2010

Dexter Season 1 DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold (Season 1, Part 1)
  • Bonanza (Best of)
  • Cougar Town (Season 1)
  • Dexter (Season 4)
  • Friday Night Lights (Season 4)
  • Keeping Up with the Kardashians (Season 3)
  • The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Season 2)
  • One Tree Hill (Season 7)
  • Rocky & Bullwinkle & Friends (Season 4)
  • Temple Grandin (TV Movie)
  • Ugly Betty (Final Season)

Make sure to also check out the DVD and Blu-ray film options for this week.

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TV Extensions, Renewals and Cancellations (7/27)

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Here’s an update on the shows you’ll be seeing more of in the months to come:

 

RENEWALS
  • Criss Angel: Mindfreak (A&E) - Season 6 **Returns August 4**
  • Damages (DirecTV) - Seasons 4 & 5 **Moving to new home**
  • Good Luck Charlie (Disney) - Season 2
  • Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too (Oxygen) - Season 2
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (Disney) - Season 4
  • Rookie Blue (ABC) - Season 2

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Damages Moves to DirecTV

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Drama, Prime Time, Cable, FX, News, Renewals,

Glenn Close on DamagesDon’t already have ? You may want to get it now.

After three years on FX, found itself heading toward the chopping block. Fortunately, the critically-acclaimed drama has just been given new life…on a new home.

The satellite service that helped save , has just placed a two-season order for the series. But unlike the NBC sports drama, Damages won’t get a second run on a different network. It will air only on DirecTV.

“It’s a win for our customers because only they will be able to see these new episodes and another great step forward for DirecTV as we continue to build our growing portfolio of exclusive, award winning programming,” Patty Ishimoto, vice president of entertainment for DirecTV said.

Glenn Close and Rose Byrne are both expected to return with the series in 2011.

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TV Talk: No Sex for Neal McDonough, Jimmy Kimmel’s Post-Lost Special

-Neal McDonough-Did Neal McDonough’s religious beliefs cost him a gig? According to a report, the married Catholic was replaced on ABC’s Scoundrels because he didn’t want to do love scenes with Virginia Madsen. It’s a principle the Desperate Housewives star has stuck by during his career.

-True Blood, which was already based on Charlaine Harris’ novels, will now be adapted into a comic book series. Although the main characters will be included, the stories will be different from the ones seen on HBO.

-Damages could soon be pulling double-duty. If the critically-acclaimed drama is going to stay afloat, future seasons may air first on DirecTV before it airs on FX. That’s similar to the arrangement NBC had for Friday Night Lights.

-Jimmy Kimmel’s love of Lost has earned him a prime position. The late night comedian will now host a post-finale special after the show ends its run on Sunday, May 23.


VIDEO: More Dead People Appear in DirecTV Ads


After hiring Chris Farley after death, the people over at Landline TV (more internet video funny guys—as if we didn’t have enough) predicted who DirecTV may hire for their next commercials:
“After testing the boundaries with their Chris Farley spot, DirecTV wrangles more famous people from beyond the grave to be in commercials. “

In the video, the level of offensiveness heightens with each ad, as Heath Ledger, President John F. Kennedy, and Jesus are all mouthpieces for the satellite TV company.

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Chris Farley Commercial: Tacky or Funny?

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Commercials, Editorial, Gossip, Video,


Is starring in a commercial with your dead best friend ever funny?

Upon seeing this new DirecTV ad for the first time, many of you out there apparently felt the same way me and my husband did: icky. Resurrecting Tommy Boy‘s for a commercial? Is there any scene that company won’t manipulate?

Now what if I told you that the spot was approved by both and Farley’s family? Would that change your opinion?

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DirecTV Out of Line With Newest Ad?

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Commercials, Gossip, Video,

DirecTV logoWe giggled when Christopher Lloyd talked about the future of DirecTV for a commercial spot. We laughed when Kathy Bates and William Shatner joined the fray. We ogled Baywatch-era Pam Anderson tout the service for her spot. We fell over in hysterics when we saw the Scooby Doo advertisement. But now, DirecTV may have twisted the funny bone of some viewers a little too hard. Their latest ad, just another in a long string of past pop culture references, has inspired some pretty heated controversy.

The ads were drawing attention even before the campaign hit the fan. Using the same actors and scenes but different lines, the service has promoted itself as an alternative to cable by putting us once again back in our favorite movie moments - as if to prove that the second time around really can be better than the first with DirecTV. They’re funny, they’re clever and they’re working. Er…they were.

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CES 2007: DirecTV Announces Portable Satellite TV System

DirecTV Sat-Go! DirecTV today officially announced the earlier-discussed Sat-Go portable satellite TV solution. The Sat-Go! system, despite its… exuberant name, includes an integrated 17” LCD display and a detachable tuner that can be used as your primary set top box when you’re not slummin’ in your RV. For an extra $4.99 a month, you can mirror your existing programming package through it, which isn’t terrible if you love to camp but hate to miss the game. Or something.

The New York Times is reporting pricing coming at between $1,000 and $1,300 when it launches in the Spring, which is great because DirecTV hasn’t released any pricing details yet. It may seem like a lot, but it’s a small price to pay to keep up on all that NASCAR, am I right?


NFL and Yahoo Offer Game Pass

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Home Entertainment, Internet,

yahoosportsThe Good News: The NFL has announced that it will now stream the entire season (which starts this Sunday) of live games to fans over the Internet.

The Bad News: this service is only available outside of North America.

More Bad News: NFL Game Pass is not compatible with Unix or Linux.
Partnered with Yahoo’s NFL Game Pass, the cost is $24.99 per week or $249.99 for the entire 17-week season. Since DirecTV has exclusive market broadcast rights, the service will not be available in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Antigua, or any of the U.S. territories.

System Recommendations:

  • 500 MHZ or faster processor
  • 512 MB or more RAM
  • 16-bit sound card
  • 64MB video card
  • 300kbps or higher broadband internet connection
  • Flash 8 PC
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Media Player 10 or higher Mac
  • OS 10.4 or higher
  • Safari 2.0 or Firefox 1.5 or higher
  • Quicktime version 7.0.3 or greater
  • FlipforMac 2.0 or greater

Try it if you are in North America and you get this scary message, “This service is not available in your location. You are attempting to access from a restricted territory.” Big Brother is surely watching us.

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