Cordcutter Chronicles: News and Trends (Week of Nov. 14th)

November 21, 2016

The Cordcutter Chronicles: Your weekly dose of what’s happening in cord cutting.

  • Charter Communications offers $15 per month high-speed internet to low-income customers.
  • CellON TV abruptly stops service started in September.
  • DirecTV Now teases with November 28th invitation only media event in NYC.

Charter Spectrum Internet Assist Program

Cordcutter Chronicles Charter

Possibly one of the best things to come out of Charter Communication’s acquisition of Time Warner Cable is the company’s newest program to make high-speed internet accessible to low-income families and seniors.

Charter Communications name for the new program is Spectrum Internet Assist.

The new program costs $14.99 per month plus taxes and fees (probably more like $20 per month with those additional costs) and provides up to 30 Mbps download speeds and 4 Mbps upload speeds to its customers.

The 30 Mbps speed is enough to stream video content from Amazon, Hulu, Netflix and Sling TV,  potentially making it even easier for cordcutters to supplement their free over air TV with streaming media.

Spectrum Internet Assist pricing includes:

  • $14.99/mo. for a 30/4Mbps speed package
    • Includes all standard Internet features; i.e. security suite, mailboxes, etc.
    • Includes a modem at no extra cost and free self-install.
  • $5.00/month for Charter WiFi
    • Includes a router
    • Activation fee waived
    • Rate will not be increased during the life of the program
  •  Additional Services
    • Spectrum Internet Assist may be bundled with other services; the Spectrum Internet Assist rate does not change (i.e. the “Triple Play” bundle – Spectrum Internet Assist /voice/TV service starts at $74.97)
    • Standard/promotional installation rates for TV and voice service apply
    • Standard billing and collection processes apply

Currently the service is not widely available, but Charter hopes to change that by mid-2017, making it available to all eligible customers on their network.

For more information regarding this program and to determine if you are eligible,  click here to view the Charter Communications press release.

CellON TV Shuts Down

Cordcutter Chronicles CellOn TV Shutdown

As we shared in September, CellON TV service launched in late September 2016 promising a fresh streaming service option for cordcutters.

This past week CellON TV abruptly stopped service and started offering refunds to subscribers.

The indication on their site is that they plan on returning with a new and improved service, but there is no real information available as to a specific date for the return of CellON TV.

If you subscribed to CellON TV service and are seeking a refund you can try contacting them by clicking here.

Alternatively you can also try to contact them by phone: (844) 766-7690 or at their address: 23 Mauchly Ste 100, Irvine, California 92614; both listed on Facebook.

DirecTV Now Teases With Media Event

Cordcutter DirecTV Now

AT&T has been very secretive about the actual public launch date for its new DirecTV Now streaming television service. However, the company has announced an invitation only media event in NYC for November 28th to formally launch the service to the media with information on pricing and channels offered.

According to a company official, AT&T/DirecTV will be announcing details about the service at the event, including info on public availability.  Per the invitation, the press conference begins at 4 p.m. ET, with product demos to follow at 5 p.m. ET.

DirecTV Now had originally been slated to launch in November 2016, however since the end of the month is quickly approaching some are wondering if this media event is simply to follow through on this promise…sort of.

No matter when it launches, DirecTV Now will undoubtedly go head to head with Sling TV in the internet TV marketplace.

With a promise of 100+ channels for $35 a month, DirecTV Now is certainly offering a competitive package option that will be of interest to cordcutters.

AT&T mobile customers stand to benefit the most as DirecTV Now service may be available to them without going against their mobile data limits.

New DirecTV Now customers may also be eligible to receive free streaming devices at launch too.

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