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Comcast to Eradicate Piracy Once and For All By Politely Asking People to Pay for Stuff

Please???

Over the years, cable companies and rights holders have tried just about everything to stop illegal downloads. But neither lawsuits nor even next-day iTunes availability nor raids on Kim Dotcom’s house seem able to stomp out Hollywood’s scourge.

Now, Variety reports, that Comcast is developing yet another measure, in addition to the “six strikes” program, where ISPs throttle your bandwidth after a certain number of infractions. Basically, the company would like the industry to start presenting pirates with an option to purchase the content they’re trying to download and ask nicely that they use it: Read More

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London Now Has a Squad of Cops Wholly Dedicated to IP Crimes

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Watch out, impatient U.K. Game of Thrones fans: The City of London is launching a new police unit dedicated to IP crimes. The squad will be responsible for both online piracy and IRL offenses like counterfeit goods., and the national government is contributing £2.5 million to the cause.

This comes on the heels of a crackdown on torrent site operators, TorrentFreak reports. Read More

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Boxee TV Debuts With Real-Deal Cord-Cutting Options: Live HDTV Channels and Unlimited DVR

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Suddenly the days are growing shorter and there’s a snap in the air, and you know what that means: Everyone’s getting ready to duke it out for the top spot on holiday shopping lists. (Only 69 days left, folks.) Stepping into the ring today: Boxee, with the announcement of the Boxee TV–and the specs sound pretty promising for any aspiring cord-cutters out there.

The new device–which The Verge first leaked pics of last week–combines apps like Netflix, live broadcast TV, and an unlimited DVR offering all in one device. A dual tuner will allow you to watch live television from either a basic cable connection or antenna, as well as recording up to two channels at once. The price: $99. The device hits shelves November 1.

“There’ll be one place where you can watch live television, you can watch your recordings and you can watch video from the key over-the-top services,” Boxee CEO Avner Ronen told Betabeat. “We’ve streamlined the experience so it’s familiar grounds for anybody that has used the TV before.” Read More

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Aereo Launches ‘Try for Free’ Feature for the Commitment Phobic Among Us

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New York Tech Meetup heroes Aereo released a new deal today geared towards those who want to try the broadcast TV streaming service without actually having to commit. Paging NYC dudes under 30! (Ba dum tsch.)

The new feature, called “Try for Free,” allows users to access Aereo for one hour daily without ever having to sign up or input their credit card info. So if you start watching a program on Aereo at 3 p.m., you’ll have access to the service until 4 p.m. You won’t be able to DVR anything, though. Read More

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As Google Wires Kansas City, Looks Like Time Warner Is Asking Employees for Scuttlebutt

The all-seeing eye must know all. (Photo: Link text)

Are you a Kansas City employee of Time Warner Cable? Are you also, perchance, an amateur sleuth? Well, get out your magnifying glass and your deerstalker cap, because your corporate overlord wants something investigated.

Let’s back up. Kansas City is a pilot location for Google Fiber, an experiment in ultra high-speed Internet access. It’s not clear entirely Read More

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Is Hulu About to End Free Streaming?

Not the new CEO. (Photo: Hulu)

The days of Saturday Night Live as cheapo Sunday morning hangover cure may be coming to a close. The New York Post reports that Hulu is getting ready to upend its current business model and require users to login with their cable or satellite account numbers. If you don’t have a cable or satellite account and therefore you don’t have a number, well, tough cookie.

Sources tell the Post that Hulu plans to transition to an authentication model, meaning access to content will be predicated upon some sort of subscription. Those same sources point to the shift as the reason for Providence Equity Partners unloading its stake for $200 million. Read More