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FCC's Annual Fee Hike Irks Satellite TV


Looks like satellite TV fees are on the rise. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has set its annual regulatory fees at $384 million for 2016, an increase of 11–13% on an average from the year-ago figure. The fee hike will cover the regulatory body’s one-time costs of $44 million for reorganizing and reducing office space. Moreover, the FCC has raised fees for satellite TV providers like AT&T Inc., DIRECTV and Dish Network Corp. (that will now pay 27 cents per subscriber – more than double the fees of 12 cents charged last year. However, the  charges are lower than the rate of $1 per subscriber paid by cable TV and IPTV providers like Comcast Corporation and Charter Communications Inc. Industry Response The American Cable Association (ACA) praises the fee increase for satellite TV operators as it is deemed to bridge the yawning gap between cable operators and satellite TV operators. However, Dish expressed discontentment, citing that consumers will ultimately bear the brunt of the raised fees. Rates may be going up but satellite TV is still cheaper than cable. Read the full article  

Sony's 4K Blu-ray Player Arrives This Spring

Here’s the lowdown on Sony’s latest 4k Blu-ray player. But, like its other high-end products, this model is available only through custom installers. Sony's first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player will begin shipping next spring. The UBP-X1000ES (below) is compatible with Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, and will stream video in full 4K resolution and High Dynamic Range (HDR). But like Sony's other high-end "ES" products released in the US, this model is available only through custom installers like Control4, Crestron, and Savant. Sony UBP-X1000ES 4K Ultra Blu-ray player"Our new reference model has been specifically designed to deliver the highest quality video and audio possible and will excite the most demanding A/V enthusiasts," Yukio Ishikawa, director of Sony home entertainment systems, said in a statement. Looks like a great product. Read the full article

The PS4 Pro Is All About Upgrading To An

Ultra-HD TV With HDR

Wow! The best of both worlds - a game player and Ultra-HD. Sony’s big announcement this week was the addition of a new PlayStation 4 sku — the PS4 Pro. The new console is about twice as powerful as the base PS4, but what really makes it hum is its support for 4K and HDR content. While prices have fallen a great deal on 4K television sets, adoption of these higher-definition screens is still relatively low. Some estimates have Ultra-HD adoption at 15% of American households by the end of 2016. The PS4 Pro requires a UHD set with HDR to fully take advantage of its improved technology, and provides consumers with a compelling reason to upgrade both their console and television. In some respects, it would be correct to think of the PS4 Pro as a very good reason to upgrade your TV. I can’t wait to try this one out. Read the full article
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